Friday, November 10, 2023

52 Ancestors - Week 503: #1004 Jonathan Lewis (1688-1765) of Huntington and Richmond, New York

Jonathan Lewis (1688-1765) is  #1004 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married  #1005 Abigail (--?--) Scudder (1688-b1753)  in about 1710, probably in Huntington, New York.

I am descended through:

*  their son, #502 Jonathan Lewis (1715-1786) who married #503 Marie LaTourette (1734-1791) in 1756.
*  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) who 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 J. Seaver (1943-....)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                         Jonathan Lewis[1–2.4-6]
*  Alternate Name:         Jonathan Luice[3]

*  Sex:                             Male

*  Father:                        Jonathan Lewis (1658-1708)
*  Mother:                       Jemima Whitehead (1655-1694)

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Birth:                          1 May 1688, Huntington, Suffolk, New York, United States[1-3]

*  Will:                            7 May 1764 (age 76), will written; Richmond, New York, United States[6]

*  Death:                         before 23 February 1765 (before age 76), public sale scheduled; Richmond, New York, United States[6]
*  Probate:                       9 March 1765 (age 76), will proved; Richmond, New York, United States[6]

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

*  Spouse 1:                     Abigail  (--?--) Scudder (1688-1753)
*  Marriage 1:                  about 1710 (about age 22), Suffolk, New York, United States[2]

*  Child 1:                       Phebe Lewis 1712-1780
*  Child 1:                       Jonathan Lewis 1715-1786
*  Child 1:                       Elizabeth Lewis 1716-1785
*  Child 1:                       Hannah Lewis 1718-1788
*  Child 1:                       Bathsheba Lewis 1718-1764
*  Child 1:                       Mary Lewis 1720-    
*  Child 1:                       Sarah Lewis 1722-1762

*  Spouse 2:                    Anne (Edwards) (Wheeler) Kelsey (1682-1756)
*  Marriage 2:                 3 November 1753 (age 65), Huntington, Suffolk, New York, United States[1–2]

*  Spouse 3:                    Abigail (--?--) Pintard  (1696-1764)
*  Marriage 3:                 28 August 1756 (age 68), Monmouth, New Jersey, United States[1-2,4-5]


Jonathan Lewis was born 1 May 1688 in Huntington, New York Colony, the son of Jonathan and Jemima (Whitehead) Lewis of Huntington[1-3]

He married (1) in about 1710, probably in Huntington, to Abigail (--?--) Scudder (c1688-b1710), the widow of Jonathan Scudder (1683-1708)[2].  They had seven children, all born in Huntington:

*  Phebe Lewis (1712-1780).
*  Jonathan Lewis (1715-1786), married (1) 1735 Elizabeth Corey (1716-1753); (2) 1753 Anne (Edwards) (1725-1756); (3) 1756 Marie La Tourrette (1734-1791).
*  Elizabeth Lewis (1716-1785), married Jacques La Tourette (1731-b1785).
*  Hannah Lewis (c1718-c1788), married 1739 Benjamin Britton (1713-1769).
*  Bathsheba Lewis (1718-1764), married 1746 David Mercereau (1710-1786).
*  Mary Lewis (1720-????).
*  Sarah Lewis (1722-1762), married c1738 John Scobee (1720-1788).

Abigail died before 1753, when Jonathan married (2) on 3 November 1753 in Huntington to Anne (Edwards) (Wheeler) Kelsey (1682-1756), the widow of Thomas Wheeler (1679-1728) and Daniel Kelsey (1682-1752)[1-2].  Jonathan and Anne had no children together.  Anne died before August 1756.

Jonathan married (3) Abigail (--?--) Pintard (1696-1764) of Monmouth, New Jersey, the widow of Anthony Pintard (1693-1755)[4-5].  Jonathan and Abigail had no children together.  

Jonathan Lewis wrote his will on 7 May 1764[6].  The transcribed will is:
In the Name of God Amen, the seventh day of May one thousand seven hundred and Sixty four. I Jonathan Lewis of the County of Richmond and Colony of New York being sick and weak in Body but having my ussial Understanding and Memory thanks be given to God therefor and knowing the Mortality of my Body do make this my last Will and Testament in the manner and form following. 

Imprimis I will and direct that all my just Debts and funeral Charges be paid and satisfyed for the payment of which I subject my whole Estate.

Item I give and order to my beloved Wife Abigail a decent Maintenance out of my Estate in such manner as my Executors shall think reasonable and according to their discretion and likewise the Bed and furniture belonging to it that we lie on, which maintenance and Legasies to be instead and in Lieu of her Right of her Dower, and not other ways. 

Item I give and bequeath to my two unmarried Daughters Phebe and Mary all the remaining part of my Beding to be eaqually shared and divided between them. 

Item my Will is and I do order that all my Lands Meadows and Real estate which I have in this County of Richmond shall be sold in some convenient time after my Decease at the discretion of my Executors give and Granting unto my Executors full power and Authority to give and Execute a title for the same and half of the money arising by such Sale of my Lands as aforesaid I give to my Son Jonathan Lewis his heirs and Assigns. 

Item I order and direct that all the residue of my moveable Estate shall be sold and the money arising from the Sale thereof together with the other half of the money to arise from the Sale of my Lands aft paying my just Debts and funeral Charges, I give and dispose of in the following manner. 

Item to my Daughter Phebe the Sum of forty pounds to my Daughter Mary Forty pounds to my Daughter Hannah the wife of Benjamin Britton ten pounds to my Daughter Elizabeth the wife of James Latourette the Sum of twenty five pounds and to my two Grandaughters Sarah and Ann Mersereau Children of my Daughter Bathsheba Deceased to each of them the Sum of Thirty pounds and if either of them them my said Grandaughters should Die under Age and without Issue then her part or Share shall go to the Survivor of them and all the remaining part I give and dispose thereof in the following manner and form to wit one fifth part thereof I give and bequeath to the Children of my Daughter Sarah Deceas'd who was the Wife of John Scoby, to each of her Children and the Survivors of them and Eaqual share of the said fifth part One other fifth part I give to my Daughter Phebe one other fifth part I give to my Daughter Mary One other fifth part I give to my Daughter Elizabeth the remaining fifth part part shall be put out at Intrest by my Executors and the Intrest arising therefrom shall be Yearly paid to my Daughter Hannah during the Life of her Husband the aforesaid Benjamin Britten in such manner as my Executors shall think most to her advantage and in case she should Die before her Husband the aforesaid Benjamin Britten then I will the aforesaid fifth part Last mentioned to be equally ????? and Divided amongst all her Children Share and Share alike but if she my said Daughter Hannah should survive her husband then and immediately after his Death she shall receive her portion or fifth part as aforesaid and be at her own dispose. 

Item my will is that my Executors shall keep as much of my Estate in their hands out of the last mentioned part given to my Daughters and Children of my daughter Sarah disposed of in five eaqual parts as above said as will be sufficient to ???? ???? ???? thereof a sufficient Maintenance for my wife as above said during her ???? ????. 

I hereby Nominate Constitute and Appoint my true and trusty friend Joseph Bedell Esqr. Benjamin Seaman and Silas Bedell all of this County of Richmond this my Last Will and Testament hereby disanuling and disalowing all other and former Wills made by me Ratifying allowing and Confirming this and no other to be my last Will and testament. Jonathan L (his mark) Lewis (SS) 

Signed Sealed published and declared by the said Jonathan Lewis to be his Last Will and Testament the words (of which) in the first page and the words (other half of the) and word (fifth) on the second page were interlined before the Sealing and Delivery hereof. Paul Micheau John Micheau Anthony Stoatttenburough, Richmond county. 
Jonathan Lewis died before 23 February 1765, when a public sale was scheduled[6]

The will of Jonathan Lewis was proved in Richmond County Surrogates Court. on 9 March 1765.  The Court record says[6]:
Be it Remembred that on the ninth day of March one thousan seven hundred and Sixty five personally came and appeared before my Benjamin Seaman Surrogate of the said County John Micheau and Paul Micheau of the same County Yeoman and being duly Sworn on their Oaths declared that they and each of them did see Jonathan Lewis sign and Seal the within ^written^ Instrument purporting to be the Will of the said Jonathan Lewis bearing date the Seventh day of May one thousand seven hundred and Sixty four And heard him publish and Declare the same as ^and for^ his last Will and Testament that at the time thereof he the said Jonathan Lewis was of Sound disposing Mind and Memory to the best of the Knowledge and belief of them the deponants and that their Names subscribed to the sd Will are of their respective ^proper^ hands Writing which they subscribed as Witnesses to the said Will in the Testators presence and that they saw Anthony Stottenborough the other Witness sign his Name as Witness thereto in the Testators presence.                                                                                   Benjamin Seaman Surrogate

Cadwallader Colden Esquire his Majestys Lieutenant Governor and Commander in Chief of the Province of New York and the Territories depending thereon in America.To all to whom these Presents shall Come or may Concern Greeting. Know Ye that at Richmond County on the Ninth Day of March last before Benjamin Seaman Esquire and at the City of New York on the Day of the Date hereof before Edward Smith thereunto delegated and appointed the Last Will and Testament of Jonathan Lewis Deceased (a Copy whereof is hereunto Annexed) was proved and is now approved and allowed of my me.  The said Deceased having whilst he lived and at the time of his Death Goods Chattels and Credits within this Province by means whereof the proving and registring the said Will and the Granting Administration of all and Singular the said Goods Chattels and Credits and also the Auditing allowing and final discharging the Account thereof doth belong unto me. And that Administration of all and Singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said Deceased and any way Concerning his Will is granted unto Joseph Bedell and Silas Bedell ^and Benjamin Seaman^ Two of the Executors in the said Will named being first duly Sworn well and faithfully to Administer the same and to make and Exhibit a true and perfect Inventory of all and Singular the said Goods Chattels and Credits and also to render a???? and true Account thereof when thereunto required.

In Testimony whereof I have ?????? the Prerogative Seal of the Province of New York to be hereunto Affixed at the City of New York the Twenty second Day of April One thousand seven hundred and sixty five.                                                                                     Geo. Banyar D Secry
A newspaper article in the New York Gazette newspaper dated 18 March 1765, Issue 328, Page 3, describes the public sale of the estate of Jonathan Lewis: 
"To be Sold, at Publick Vendue, on the Premises on Thursday, the 28th of March next, to begin at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon;
"The Farm or Plantation, which belonged to Jonathan Lewis, late of Staten Island, in the Province of New-York, deceased, containing upwards of two hundred acres, whereon is a good House, Barn, and Orchard, of five hundred bearing Apple Trees, with a variety of other Fruit Trees, a sufficient Quantity of Fresh (or English) and Salt Meadow, to keep a good Stock of Cattle, all adjoining; well-timbered and watered, a constant Brook running through the Land, and a very good Landing, where Boats of ten Cords Burthen, or upwards, frequently load for New-York Market. It is conveniently situated, lying at the Fresh-Kill, on the main Road from the Narrows to the Blazing Stars Ferry. -- There will be sold at the same Time and Place, the Stock of Cattle, Horses, Sheep, and Hoggs, farming Utensils, and Household Goods. Likewise, two Negroe Men, one of them understands House-Work, was bred in Town, and both used to farming Business.

"February 23d, 1765
Joseph Bedell, Silas Bedell, Benj. Seaman, Executors."

1. Herbert Furman Seversmith, Colonial families of Long Island, New York and Connecticut: being the ancestry & kindred of Herbert Furman Seversmith  (Washington DC : H.F. Seversmith, 1939-1948), page 1833, #2 Jonathan Lewis family sketch.

2. Michael L. Cook, Pioneer Lewis Families, 5 Volumes (Evansville, Ind. : Cook Publications, 1978), Volume 4, page 328, #12L110, Jonathan Lewis family sketch.

3. Charles R. Street, Huntington Town Records, Including Babylon, Long Island, N.Y., 1653 --- 1688, With Introduction, Notes and Index (Huntington, N.Y. : The Towns of Huntington and Babylon, N.Y., 1887), Volume 1, Huntington Town Records, page 525 (image 538 of 1941), Jonathan Luice birth entry, 1 May 1688; indexed database with record images, ( : 7 November 2023).

4. "New Jersey, U.S., Marriage Records, 1670-1965," online indexed database, ( , Jonathan Lewis and Abigail Pintard entry.

5. "New Jersey, U.S., Marriage Records, 1683-1802," indexed database with record images, (, Volume XXII, Marriage Records 1665-1800, page 240, Jonathan Lewis, Richmond N.Y., and Abigail Pintard, Monmouth, 28 August 1756.

6. New York  Surrogates Court, Probate files, Wills and Administrations Volumes 24-27, 1763-1771, Volume 24, pages 49-50 (stamped, images 53-54 of 872), Jonathan Lewis will, written 7 May 1764, proved 9 March 1765; "New York, U.S., Wills and Probates, 1659-1999," digital images, ( : accessed 9 September 2015); Original data in New York County District and Probate Courts.


NOTE:  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 in 2014.  I have extended this theme in 2023 to 520 Ancestors in 520 Weeks.

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