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									                                    Josiah Lewis, Sr.
Josiah Lewis was born Feb 17, 1728 in Bath County, North Carolina. Present day
Brunswick County and died June 11 1820 in Bladen County North Carolina. His wife,
Lucy Ann Mullington was born on April 5, 1734 in Brunswick Town and she died in
Bladen County on June 11, 1775.

Josiah and Ann were married December 23, 1750.

In the late 1750's, Josiah and Ann moved to Bladen County and settled for the remainder
of their lives. All eleven of their children, five sons and six daughters, were born in
Bladen County. They were the parents of: Josiah, Jr., Silence (Sylvia in his will), Ann,
Lucy, Aaron, Durrum, Richard Millington, Moses, Sarah, Mary and Miriam.

At age 35, the 1763 tax listing, places Josiah in Bladen County where he lived in the
Baker’s Creek area. This would place his residence near the court house landing, site of
the first court house in Bladen (up river from the present day court house). The town of
Elizabeth, or “Elizabeth Town” was organized and lots were laid out in 1773 on the eve
of America’s Declaration of Independence from Great Britain, and the start of the
Revolutionary War.

Josiah served in the Revolutionary War, probably earning the rank of Lieutenant while
serving in the Militia. Several of his sons served also. The eldest, Josiah, Jr., was a
sergeant in Francis (the Swamp Fox) Marion’s Brigade.

Josiah Lewis was elected to the Senate Commons as a representative of Bladen County
on September 7, 1791. He represented Bladen County in the NC House of Commons at
New Bern in 1792-1793, at Fayetteville in 1794-1795, and in the Senate Assemblies at
Raleigh 1795-1800. Josiah Lewis was also Sheriff of Bladen County from roughly 1803
to 1812.

Josiah Lewis represented Bladen Co at the NC General Assembly from1792-1800. He
and his wife, Ann Millington, and family attended White Lake Baptist Church across the
river from Elizabethtown, NC. Colly Chapel was built there later, and many Lewis's are
buried there.

Josiah Lewis, Sr. died June 11, 1820 at the age of 92. Nash Odom, historian, feels that he
is buried in the Baker’s Creek area near where he lived, but no marker has been located.
There is a memorial marker in the Colly Chapel Graveyard, White Lake, NC.

Will of Josiah Lewis

February 17, 1728 - June 11, 1820
31 March 1808
Book 2, Pg. 335
Bladen County Wills
In the name of God "Amen"

I, Josiah Lewis Sr. of Bladen County in the State of North Carolina, being weak in body
but of perfect mind and memory blessed be God, calling to mind the mortality of my
body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die make and ordain this my
last Will and Testament as follows that is to say principally and first of all I resign my
soul into the hands of almighty God that gave it, my body I recommend to the earth to be
buried in a decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors hoping through the
merits of my blessed savior Jesus Christ to have a glorious resurrection at the last day.

And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased Almighty God to bless me
with in this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.

Impremis:
It is my will and desire that all my just debts and funeral charges be paid.

Item - I give and bequeath unto my son Joshua one shilling sterling to him and his heirs
forever.

Item - I give and bequeath unto my daughter Silvia one shilling sterling to her and her
heirs and assigns forever.

Item - I give and bequeath unto my daughter Ann one shilling sterling to her and her heirs
and assigns forever.

Item - I give and bequeath unto my daughter Lucy one shilling sterling to her and her
heirs and assigns forever.

Item - I give and bequeath unto my son Aaron one shilling sterling to him and his heirs
and assigns forever.

Item - I give and bequeath unto my son Richard one shilling sterling to him and his heirs
and assigns forever.

Item - I give and bequeath unto my son Moses one shilling sterling to him and his heirs
and assigns forever.

Item - I give and bequeath unto each and every one of my daughter Sarah's children on
shilling sterling to them their heirs forever.

Item - I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary my lodging bed with all the furniture
belonging to said bed to her and her heirs forever.

Item - I give and bequeath unto my son Darrum one shilling sterling to him his heirs and
assigns forever.
Item - I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mariam one shilling sterling to her and her
heirs forever.

Item - I give and bequeath unto my grand son Aaron Lewis all the remaining part of my
property to him his heirs and assigns forever.

Lastly - I do hereby appoint ordain and constitute my aforesaid grand son Aaron Lewis to
be my true and lawful Executor of this my last will and Testament and no other revoking
and disannulling all other wills by me made allowing and ratifying and confirming this
and no other to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the thirty first day of March
in year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eight.

JOSIAH LEWIS {SEAL}
Signed, sealed, published and
pronounced by the said Josiah
Lewis Sr. as his last will and
Testament in presence of

DOUGAL McMILLAN }
NEILL McMILLAN }
DUNCAN McMILLAN }

DAR/SAR Grave Marking Completed on 15 May 2010.

								
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