Col. Andrew Lewis
d.25 Sept. 1844
m. JUN 1778
Facts and Events
Biography of Col. Andrew Lewis
From History of Roanoke County By George S. Jack, Edward Boyle Jacobs:, pg. 76:
COLONEL ANDREW LEWIS
Colonel Andrew Lewis, fourth son of General Andrew Lewis, settled on Bent Mountain and died at his home, "Longwood," in Roanoke County, September 25th, 1844. He had five brothers and one sister, as follows: John, Thomas, Samuel, William, Charles, and Anne. All of the brothers distinguished themselves in the early history of this country with the exception of Charles, who died at the age of fifteen and was buried at "Richfield," the home place of General Andrew Lewis, near Salem, Virginia. Colonel Andrew Lewis, like his father, was a valiant Indian fighter, winning
for himself a colonelcy in the early wars. He bore the name of his distinguished father and is said to have greatly resembled him in appearance. He settled on Bent Mountain, eighteen miles distant from the present city of Roanoke. He built the first house on Bent Mountain, a primitive log structure, a story and a half high, which has sheltered five generations of the descendants of the Lewises. The place he named "Longwood," and "Longwood" it is to-day. The old building is still standing, and although unoccupied is in a fair state of preservation. Colonel Andrew Lewis at one time was the owner of many thousands of acres of Bent Mountain lands. He was twice married, his first wife being Agatha Madison, daughter of John and Agatha (Strother) Madison, she being a sister of James Madison, the first Episcopal Bishop in Virginia. Her father, John Madison, the first Clerk of Augusta County, was a member of the first vestry organized in Augusta, and was active in setting on foot the exploring expeditions which led to the settlement of Kentucky. He was a prominent and useful citizen of the Virginia Colony and was influential in the Revolution. But one daughter was born to this union, Margaret Lewis, who became the wife of Colonel Elijah McClanahan. Nine daughters were born to the McClanahans, and their descendants are among the most prominent of Roanoke County families. After the death of his first wife, Colonel Lewis married a Miss Bryan, sister of James Bryan, an early landholder near Salem. Two children were born to them, Catherine (Kitty J Lewis and Thomas Lewis.
The home of Colonel Andrew Lewis, which became known as the Bent House, and which was afterwards destroyed by fire, was the scene of many happy entertainments in the early history of this country. His first wife was a cousin of President Madison, and they were visited by such distinguished citizens of the Commonwealth as John Randolph, of Roanoke, and Light Horse Harry Lee. Following an itinerary mapped out for them by General Washington, Louis Philippi with his brothers. Count de Montpensier and Count Beaugolis, spent a night in this hospitable home. After the destruction of the Bent House by fire, Colonel Lewis again moved into "Longwood," the first house ever erected in this part of the county, a picture of which accompanies this sketch. It was here that the remaining days of his life were spent.
His only son, Thomas Lewis, was killed in a duel with a man named McHenry, known throughout the country as the Lewis-McHenry duel. The men had been fast friends, but a dispute arose over an election and the code duello was invoked to settle the difficulty. Rifles were chosen as the weapons and a distance of thirty paces agreed upon. Both men were accustomed to the use of the weapon selected. McHenry said to his second upon taking his position: "Do you see that button on Lewis's coat? I mean to strike him there." He was true to his word. At the first shot Thomas Lewis fell dead and his antagonist fell mortally wounded, dying shortly afterwards.
Bent Mountain in those early days was the home of the panther, the wolf, and the bear, and many stories are extant of the encounters of Colonel Lewis and his son, Thomas, in subduing not only the forests but the wild native animals which roamed them. On one occasion it is told of Thomas Lewis, while strolling through the woods with a friend, his dog treed a panther, and neither man being armed, young Lewis held the animal at bay until his companion traveled over a mile and back for a rifle, a single discharge from which brought the fierce animal to their feet dead. Thomas Lewis never married.
Catherine Lewis, better known as "Kittie," was married to Joseph King, of Montgomery County, February 24th, 1807. Captain King, who was a distinguished citizen of Montgomery, owned the valuable estate known as "White House," at Shawsville. Catherine Lewis was born April 16th, 1789. She knew the Republic in its infancy, passed through the War of 1812, the Mexican War, and the Civil War. Her life was spent at "Longwood," sharing the place until his death with her father. Ten children were born to Captain Joseph King and his wife, all of whom are now dead and their descendants are scattered all over the United States.
In an old leather covered trunk at "Longwood" were many valuable papers belonging to Colonel Andrew Lewis, but they have recently become scattered through persons going over and assorting them, keeping such as they desired as relics. Among them were letters to Colonel Lewis from William Wirt, James Mason, and Light Horse Harry Lee, with one to General Lewis from Patrick Henry, and a legal document signed by Thomas Jefferson as Governor of Virginia. Mrs. George W. Powell, a great granddaughter of Colonel Lewis, is the possessor of a miniature daguerrotype of him in solid gold frame, which is said to be an exact likeness, and from which the portrait accompanying this sketch is a reproduction. The writer of this sketch has in his possession two land grants on treasury warrants to Andrew Lewis and Matthew Pate, from Governor William B. Giles, under date of October 27th, 1829, one being for sixteen and the other for seventy-four acres of land in Montgomery Count}-. Both documents are well preserved and both contain the signature of Governor Giles and the seal of Vir ginia. Another interesting document found among the papers of Colonel Lewis is a copy of a deed from Samuel Lewis, of Augusta County, to Andrew Lewis, under date of July 20th, 1788. The deed conveys to Andrew Lewis one thousand six hundred acres of land in Augusta County, three tracts comprising one thousand six hundred acres of land in Greenbrier County, eight hundred acres in Botetourt County, a house and lot and land in Charlottesville, Virginia. The consideration in the deed was the payment of five shillings and the assumption and payment of all of the just debts of Samuel Lewis, "which he honestly desires to secure and pay to his several creditors." A further indenture is included in the deed in which Samuel Lewis sells to Andrew Lewis one negro man named Charles and one negro woman named Elise, forty head of horses, mares, and colts, twenty-five head of black cattle, together with all his farming implements, and the products of his farm. Andrew Lewis was authorized in the deed to settle up the entire estate of Samuel Lewis, "extricating him from his present embarrassments."
Information on Andrew Lewis
28. Col. Andrew5 Lewis Jr. (Andrew4, John3, Andrew2, William1) was born 1759. Col. died 1844 at 85 years of age.
He married twice. He married Margaret Bryant. He married Elizabeth Strother Madison 1778. Elizabeth was the daughter of John Madison and Agatha Strother.
From: "Patrick Kenney" <patrickkenney@@uswest.net> Subject: RE: [LEWIS] Andrew Lewis, Gen. Family, Botetourt County, VA Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2000 06:58:26 -0700 In-Reply-To: <cb.9ab1b26.2700f6b3@@aol.com>
I do not have anything on Susanna Madison daughter in-law...
From: CROBIN5008@@aol.com  Sent: Monday, September 25, 2000 11:43 AM To: LEWIS-L@@rootsweb.com Subject: [LEWIS] Andrew Lewis, Gen. Family, Botetourt County, VA
Andrew Lewis b: 23 April 1720 d: 26 Sept. 1781 md. Elizabeth Ann Givens 1. John Lewis b: 14 Sept. 1746 md Martha Patsy Briscoe Love, 1771 2. Samuel Lewis b: 4 Sept. 1748 d: in Greenbrier Co. VA 3. Thomas Lewis b: abt. 1752 d: Dec. 1800 md. Sallie Thornton Daughter: Rebecca Lewis b: 1821 4. Andrew Lewis, Jr. Col b: Oct. 1758 md. one of his wifes 7 June 1778, Elizabeth S(mith). Madison (widow of William Madison?), Margaret Bryant 5. Ann Lewis b: abt. 1760 md. Rowland T. Madison, 1781 (? son of John Madison) 6. William Lewis b: Abt. 1764 md. Lucy Madison (?d/o John Madison), Nancy McClanahan, Hannah Poe 7. Charles Lewis b: Abt. 1765
I have a Report that tells about the Family of John Madison of Botetourt that said Andrew Lewis was his son-in-law.
This is the Report:
Pricilla Bowyer August, 1800 (K to Z).
William Bowyer, Administrator, and Priscilla Madison, devisees of Richard Madison, vs. Thomas Madison, Andrew Lewis and Agath Madison, Executors of John Madison. ---Chancery. Spa. 22d August 1786. Defendants returned no inhabitants, 27th May, 1788. Richard Madison was son of John Madison. John Madison's will in in Botetourt. Pricilla married William Miller, Agatha Madison answers from Botetourt County. Thomas was son of John, who died first part of 1784. John's children, Margaret, Lucy and George, were living with him at the time of his death. John had sons, James, Gabriel. John was clerk of Augusta ans resigned only upon the express condition that Richard should be appointed and this appointment was considered as an advancement to Richard by his father, John. Pricilla was daughter of William Bowyer. Thomas Madison's answer sworn to in Washington County, 16th September, 1788. Robert Rennick's deposition in Botetourt, 1790. Hugh Crockett's deposition in Montgomery County, 14th October 1790. Copy of will of John Madison, of Botetourt County dated 19th December 1783. Son William, Deceased. Son Roisland. Daughter-in-law, Elizabeth, widow of William, Grand daughters, Susanna Smith Madison, and Agatha Strother Madison, daughters of William. Son, George, 2,000 acres Kentucky land. Son, Thomas. Son-in-law, Andrew Lewis. Daughter-in-law, Susanna Madison. Mourning to be purchased and presented to Mrs. Margaret Harvey.
I transcibed this to clearify the family of John Madison:
John Madison's children. Sons: Richard, James, Gabriel, George, William, Roisland and Thomas Daughters: Margaret, Lucy Daughter-in-law: Pricilla Madison, d/o William Bowyer, married William Miller (Is this William Madison?) I thought she was married to Richard Madison. Daughter-in-law: Elizabeth, widow of William Grand daughters: Susanna Smith Madison, Agatha Strother Madison daughters of William (and Elizabeth) Son-in-law: Andrew Lewis (Which daughter did he marry? Lucy or Margaret? or did he marry Elizabeth, widow of William Madison?) Daughter-inlaw: Susanna Madison (Which son did she marry?)
Can anyone answer my questions in ( )?
Col. Andrew LEWIS of the Brent Mountain 1759 - 1844 ID Number: I70496
RESIDENCE: of Augusta and Botetourte Co. VA
BIRTH: 1759, Botetourte,VA DEATH: 1844  RESOURCES: See: [S1956] [S2693] Father: Andrew LEWIS Hero of Pt. Pleasant Mother: Elizabeth Anne GIVENS
Family 1 : Elizabeth "Eliza" MADISON MARRIAGE: Jun 1778, Virginia
Family 2 : Margaret BRYANT MARRIAGE: 1792, Virginia
"18. IV. Colonel Andrew Lewis((5)), U. S. A. of the Brent Mountain, b. 1759. Married Eliza, daughter of John Madison, of Montgomery Co., Va.; d. 1844. Issue: I. Charles Lewis((6)), d. unmarried. II. Thomas Lewis((6)), a distinguished lawyer who killed and was killed by Mr. McHenry in a duel with rifles at the distance of thirty yards, the first duel at close quarters ever fought with rifles in Virginia. Left no issue. III. - Lewis((6)), d. young. IV. - Lewis((6)), d. young. V. Agatha Lewis((6)), b. 1778. Married Col. Elijah McClanahan, of Botetourt Co., Va."