Admixture calculations provided by Eurogenes K13 on Gedmatch
As stated in previous posts, James Warr’s estate papers mention a Winifred Hays, orphaned daughter of William Hays, who we know to be the husband of Catherine Lewis. Through Catherine’s father Joshua Lewis’ estate papers, we also know that Catherine Lewis married William Hays and that both died and left behind many children.
Searching through the guardianship papers of Northampton County, North Carolina available on FamilySearch I have found documents granting guardianship of the following minor orphans to James Warr, second husband of Millie Mildred Lewis (after Daniel Drewry):
In my last post, I wrote about Barry Lee Marston’s very helpful book Marsten Book/Marston Plantation. It turns out that Barry is a relative!
Barry is so nice and very helpful; he put me in touch with Judie King who is also awesome and helpful. I felt a little apprehensive since, as I mentioned in my email, I’ve heavily used their work to help me leaf-out this branch of the family tree once I established a tie to Millie Lewis’ family in Northampton County, North Carolina. All props and respect to Barry Marston and Judie King! Thank you!
I haven’t connected Catherine Lewis to Sally Hayes on paper quite yet, BUT thanks to Barry and Judie I have found confirmation that Catherine Lewis did marry and have children with William Hayes. She pointed me to Catherine’s father Joshua Lewis’ estate documents filed by Millie Lewis and her second husband James Warr in Northampton County in 1788. The document says that Catherine Lewis was married to William Hayes but that they had since passed together and that the couple had five (or seven? That looks like an “n” at the end) children.
From what I understand, Joshua Lewis died in 1759 in Southampton County, Virginia and that’s where his estate went to probate in 1760. That makes me wonder if Catherine Lewis and William Hayes died in Southampton County as well. How did Sally Hayes, if she is the daughter of Catherine Lewis and William Hayes, end up in Greensville County, VA in 1790 to marry Henry Evans?
We have two perfect mitochondrial DNA matches. One connected my furthest known maternal line ancestor, Sarah Evans, to her parents Henry Evans and Sarah Hayes by way of her sister Nancy Evans of Northampton County, North Carolina (Nancy married Elijah Gumbs Boon). I just need to figure out the parents of Sarah Hayes who was likely born in Virginia, particularly her mother.
The second connection is through Mildred “Millie” Lewis b. 1738 d. 1801, wife of Daniel Drewry/Drury, both of Virginia. Her parents were Joshua Lewis and Martha Marston. Given the DNA evidence, I have a strong hunch these families are connected through the maternal line even though I don’t have quite enough of a paper trail yet to firmly connect them. I just need to figure out a daughter who could have been the mother of Sarah Hayes.
Children of Joshua Lewis and Martha Marston (from Marston Book/Marston Plantation by Barry Lee Marston):
It is important to note Joshua Lewis and Martha Marston’s son James Lewis eventually ends up in Northampton NC with his family (from the Genealogy Web Page for Charles E. Lewis: Descendants of Lewis ap David of Cardiganshire, Wales):
I would love to know more about Judie King of Texas and her letter #293!
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