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The Lewis family of Virginia is descended from John Lewis, founder of Augusta county, Virginia. The Lewis' were originally French Huguenots who left France after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, 1685. Three brothers, William, Samuel and John fled to England to escape religious persecution. Shortly afterward, they removed to North Ireland. Samuel went to Wales, John to England where he remained until forced to flee to America after killing his Irish lord after a dispute at a drunken party over increasing John's rent and injuring his brother and wife, Margaret Lynn. He was later declared to be not at fault, but he had fled the country for America.
John was born in Donegal County, Ireland in 1678, the son of Andrew Lewis and Mary Calhoun. Margaret Lynn was the daughter of William Lynn of Donegal and Londonderry counties,and Margaret Patton Their home, near Staunton on the farm called Belefonte, is located off Va 254 less than a mile east of Statler Boulevard, along Lewis Creek. John's gravesite is not far from the homesite, enclosed by an iron picket fence. The grave, originally covered by a limestone marker, now marked with a marble marker with the following engraving:
Here lie the remains of
who slew the Irish Lord, settled Augusta County,
located the Town of Staunton,
and furnished five sons to fight the battles
of the AMERICAN REVOLUTION
He was the son of Andrew Lewis Esq.
and Mary Calhoun and was born in Donegal County, Ireland in 1678,
and died in Virginia Feb. 1st, 1762.
He was a brave man, a true patriot and
a friend of liberty throughout the world.
Mortalitate Relicta Vivit Immortalitate Inductus.
Translated, the Latin reads,"Mortality relinquished, he lives clothed in immortality"
©2007 Lynn Spellman