Friday, August 23, 2019

52 Ancestors - Week 292: #503 Marie (LaTourette) Lewis (1734-1791) of Richmond County, New York

Marie (LaTourette) Lewis (1734-1791 ) is number #503 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandmother, who married  #502 Jonathan Lewis (1715-1786)  in about 1756, probably in Richmond County, New York.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter, #251 Catherine Lewis (1759-1846) who married  #250 William Hutchinson (1745-1826) in 1784.
*  their daughter, #125 Mary Jane Hutchison (1792-1868), who married #124 Frederick Sovereign (1786-1875) in 1810.
*  their son, #62 Alexander Sovereen (1814-1907) who married #63 Elizabeth Putman (1818-1895) in 1840.
*  their daughter, #31 Mary Jane Sovereen (1840-1874), married  #30 James Abraham Kemp (1831-1902) in 1861.
*  their daughter #15 Georgianna Kemp (1868-1952)  married  #14 Charles Auble (1849-1916) in 1898.
*  their daughter #7 Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977), married #6 Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976) in 1918.
*  their daughter #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) who married #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
Name:                          Marie LaTourette[1–3]    
Alternate Name:               Mary Lewis[4-5]

*  Sex:                           Female    

*  Father:                         David La Tourette (1699-1764)    
*  Mother:                        Catherine Poillon (1712-????)  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                            before 1 September 1734, Staten Island, Richmond, New York, United States[3]    
*  Baptism:                      1 September 1734 (after age 0), Dutch Reformed Church, Staten Island, Richmond, New York, United States[1-3]    

*  Distribution:                23 March 1764, father's will proved; Richmond, New York, United States[4]
*  Distribution:                5 January 1786 (after age 51), husband's will proved; Richmond, New York, United States[5]    

*  Death:                          before 31 December 1791 (before age 57), Richmond, New York, United States  

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:                Jonathan Lewis (1715-1786)    
*  Marriage 1:             before 1756 (before about age 22), Richmond, New York, United States[1-2]    

*  Child 3:                  David Lewis (1757-1811)    
*  Child 4:                  Catherine Lewis (1759-1845)    
*  Child 5:                  James Lewis (1761-1845)    
*  Child 6:                  Mary Lewis (1763-    )    
*  Child 7:                  Francis Lewis (1765-    )    
*  Child 8:                  Elizabeth Lewis (1767-    )    
*  Child 9:                  Israel Lewis (1769-    )    
*  Child 10:               Phoebe Lewis (1772-    )    
*  Child 11:               Joseph Lewis (1775-    )  

4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

The book by Lyman LaTourette, LaTourette Annals in America, provides vital records and biographical information about the LaTourette family in Richmond County, New York.[1]   Seversmith's book, Colonial Families of Long Island, provides information about the Jonathan Lewis family.[2] 

 Marie LaTourette was baptized in the Dutch Reformed Church of Port Richmond on Staten Island on 1 September 1734, the daughter of David LaTourette and Catherine Poillon.[1-3]  The baptism was witnessed by Judith Bodin.

 She married Jonathan Lewis (1715-1786) in 1756 in Richmond County, New York as this third wife[2]. They had nine children: 

 * David Lewis (1757-1811), married 1789 Suzanne Rezeau (1762-????) 
* Catherine Lewis (1759-1845), married 1784 William Hutchinson (1745-1826). 
* James Lewis (1761-1845), married 1793 Rebecca Colon (1777-1803). 
* Mary Lewis (1763-????). 
* Francis Lewis (1765-????) 
* Elizabeth Lewis (1767-????) 
* Israel Lewis (1769-????), married 1799 Sarah Roome (1768-1852). 
* Phoebe Lewis (1772-????). 
* Joseph Lewis (1775-????) 

Marie's father, David La Tourette of Richmond County, died 20 March 1764, having left a will written on 23 February 1764.  In his will, he stated[4]:

"...My executors are to sell personal property to pay debts and funeral charges. I leave to my son James my gun and sword. I leave to my sons James and David all my lands, tenements and messuages in the folowing manner:  James is to have 1/2 of the clear land, the west part. David is to have the east part, and the wood land to be divided equally. And they are to pay to their sisters Mary and Catherine £300 each..."

He also named his son-in-law Jonathan Lewis (husband of Mary) as one of his executors.
 Jonathan Lewis wrote his will on 28 November 1785, and it was proved on 5 January 1786.[5] The will names his wife as one of the executors and bequeaths to her:

 "Imprimis I give bequeath and demise to my dearly beloved wife Mary Lewis my best horse and riding Chair two of my best Cows of her own Choosing with sufficient of my household furniture to furnish one room together with the sum of one hundred pounds lawful money of the State aforesaid to be first taken and levyed out of my estate and that in lieu of her dowry or power of thirds in or upon my estate I Likewise will and order that my beloved wife Mary Lewis shall have the use of my Negro wench and the yearly interest of the sum of fifty pounds during her life or the time she shall remain my widow."

 It may be that Marie (LaTourette) Lewis died before 31 December 1791 when the executors placed an advertisement in the newspaper seeking to sell the rest of the property as directed by the will of Jonathan Lewis. 

 There are no apparent death or burial records for Marie (Latourette) Lewis in Richmond County, New York.

1. Lyman E. LaTourette, LaTourette Annals in America (Portland, Ore.: s.p., 1954), page 24, David La Tourette sketch.

2. Herbert Furman Seversmith, Colonial families of Long Island, New York and Connecticut: being the ancestry & kindred of Herbert Furman Seversmith  (Washington DC : H.F. Silversmith, 1939-1948), Jonathan Lewis sketch.

3. Tobias Alexander Wright, editor, Collections of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society: Volume IV, Staten Island Church Records (New York: NYGBS, 1909), "Records of the Dutch Reformed Church of Port Richmond, S.I., baptisms from 1696 to 1772," page 45, baptism entry for Marie, daughter of David La Tourette and Catherine Poillon; digitized images, FamilySearch International, FamilySearch Books ( : accessed 15 August 2019).

4.  New York Surrogates Court, Probate files, Volume 024 1762-1763, pages 416-418 (stamped, images 252-253 of 362), David La Tourrette will, 1764; "New York, Wills and Probates, 1659-1999," digital images, ( : accessed 9 September 2015); Original data in New York County, District and Probate Courts.

5. New York  Surrogates Court, Probate files, New York County Wills, Volume 038, 1785-1786, pages 313-315 (stamped, images 202-203 of 303), Jonathan Lewis will, written 28 October 1785, proved 5 January 1786; "New York, Wills and Probates, 1659-1999," digital images, ( : accessed 9 September 2015); Original data in New York County District and Probate Courts.


NOTE:  In 2014, Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I have extended this theme in 2019 to 312 Ancestors in 312 Weeks.

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