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WILLIAM LEWIS (d. 1683) of Hartford, Hadley, Northampton and Farmington
William Lewis died on 2 Aug 1683 in Farmington. [Ref, 2;156-7] He married Felix Unknown. [Ref, 2;156-7] She died on 17 Apr 1671 in Hadley. [Ref, 2;156-7]
William Lewis arrived in Boston on 16 Sep 1632 on the Lion. [Ref, 2;156-7] He was admitted freeman in Nov 1632. [Ref, 2;156-7] He moved to Hartford in 1632. [Ref, 2;156-7] In 1652 he became one of the founders of Hadley, MA. [Ref, 2;156-7] He was a representative to the General Court in 1662. [Ref, 2;156-7] He was living in Northampton in 1664. [Ref, 2;156-7] He moved to Farmington before 29 Nov 1677. [Ref, 2;156-7]
Children of William Lewis and Felix Unknown:
CAPT. WILLIAM LEWIS (d. 1689/90) of Farmington
Parents: William Lewis and Felix Unknown [Ref, 2;156-7]
William died between 16 Jul 1689 and 18 Aug 1690. He married first Mary, the daughter of William and Mary Hopkins. [Ref 4;1843][Ref, 2;156-7] Mary was the daughter of the wife of Richard Whitehead of Windsor. [Ref, 2;156-7] Savage says that Mary was the daughter of William Hopkins of Stratford. [Ref, 2;156-7] William married second Mary, the daughter of Ezekiel Cheever.
William Lewis sen., of Farmington, signed his will on 16 Jul 1689. He gave his wife one-third of his lands during his life; he gave his son Philip "a full confirmation of the living he liveth upon at Hartford, according to the tenure of my Hond Father's Will". [Ref 1;481]
William was a wealthy man and the settlement of his estate involved a fair amount of controversy and took years. Inventory was taken on the estate of Capt. William Lewis of Farmington on 28 Aug 1690. It amounted to about £1025. He children were named as Philip, Samuel, William, Ebenezer, John, James, Ezekiel, Nathaniel, Mary Judd, Sarah Boltwood, Hannah Marsh, Felix Selden, & Abigail Lewes. [Ref 1;480] On 4 Sep 1690 the inventory was exhibited by his widow and John Lewis. [Ref 1;480] On 5 Nov 1690 administration was granted to Philip and William Lewis. It was noted that Mrs. Lewis had an interest in the estate by jointure. On 6 Mar 1690/1, the jointure having been settled "in Land and Negroe", William's estate was distributed. His eldest son Philip received a double portion; the other's received single portion. On 6 Mar 1690/1, John [perhaps the son of the deceased John] joined Philip and William as an administrator of the estate. [Ref 1;480] On 8 Apr 1691, his widow Mary Lewis complained that the court had distributed the £100 jointure that her father Ezekiel Cheever had made for the use of her and her heirs, who were the three youngest children. [Ref 1;481] On 1 Oct 1691, the estate was distributed to Philip, Ezekiel, Nathaniel, Samuel, Ebenezer, John, James, Mary, Sarah, Hannah, Felix and Abigail. [Ref 1;480] On 7 Jun 1707 a distribution was made to Samuel; John and James, who were both deceased; to Mary Judd; Sarah Boltwood; Hannah Marsh; Felix Selden. [Ref 1;480] On 7 Jun 1707/8 the court ordered land belonging to William and valued at £40 to be distributed to William's children. [Ref 1;480] On 1 Jul 1718, James Lewis of Jamaica, Long Island [presumably the son of the deceased James] appealed the distribution. [Ref 1;481] On 27 Aug 1718: James Lewis appealed to the Superior Court to have the distribution of his father's estate nullified; the appeal was rejected. [Ref 1;481] On 5 Aug 1719 the court asked William and Nathaniel why James should not have an appeal. The court chose not to grant the appeal and ordered James to pay costs. [Ref 1;481] On 27 Aug 1718: James Lewis appealed to the Superior Court to have the distribution of his father's estate nullified; the appeal was rejected. [Ref 1;482]
Children of William Lewis and Mary Hopkins:
Children of William Lewis and Mary Cheever:
MARY LEWIS (1645 - 1690/2)
Parents: Capt. William Lewis and Mary Hopkins [Ref 4;1843]
Mary Lewis was born on 6 May 1645. [Ref 4;1644] She died after 28 Aug 1690 and before Mar 1691/2, when administration on Benjamin's estate was granted to her son Benjamin, her brother-in-law John Judd and her brother William Lewis. [Ref 1;474] She married Benjamin Judd [Ref] in 1667. [Ref 4;1843]
She is called Mary Judd when inventory was taken on her father's estate on 28 Aug 1690. [Ref 1;480]
Benjamin and his wife were in full communion in the Farmington church on 1 Mar 1679/80. [Ref]
Goodwin, Nathaniel, "Records of Farmington in Connecticut," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 11, 1857, 323-328; 12, 1858, 34-38, 327-330.
Mainwaring, Charles W., A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, R. S. Peck & Co. Printers, Hartford, CT, 1904.
Seversmith, Herbert Furman, Colonial Families of Long Island, New York and Connecticut: Being the ancestry & kindred of Herbert Furman Seversmith, Washington, unknown, 1939-1958.
Timlow, Heman R., Ecclesiastical and other Sketches of Southington, Conn., Hartford, Press of the Case, Lockwood and Brainard Co., 1875.