|Ann Beeson Lewis, Wife of David, My 5th Great|
Grandmother, Born in 1789 in Hopewell, VA and Died
in 1812 in Anderson, SC
|David Lewis, Husband of Ann, My 5th Great |
Grandfather, Born in 1747 In Guilford, NC and
Died in 1822 in Anderson, SC
David Lewis and Ann Beeson met and married in Guilford County, North Carolina. Ann's parents, Benjamin and Elizabeth (Hunter) Beeson, were staunch Quakers. The record of the Society of Friends (Quakers) of New Garden, Guilford County, show that Ann Beeson 'married out of meeting' on January 30, 1768. This meant that she chose a husband who was not a Quaker, which resulted in her dismissal from fellowship.
From April 12, 1781 until April 12, 1782, David Lewis served in North Carolina's 10th Regimental Line, helping the colonies win their independence from England. After the American Revolution, David and Ann Lewis bought considerable land in Pendleton County, South Carolina, where they raised eight sons and five daughters. Ann (Beeson) Lewis died in 1812 in Pendleton District (now Anderson County, South Carolina), David Lewis subsequently married Penelope?, who is named in his will. David made his will on January 19, 1820, in Pendleton/Anderson County, South Carolina. He died there on June 23, 1822 at the age of 75.
Before coming to South Carolina, it is certain that the Lewises lived in Guilford and Randolph Counties, North Carolina. The Benjamin Beeson family, came to Randolph County area with many other Quakers around 1760. Unlike the peace loving Quakers who would not bear arms for any reason, Randolph County annals record that the Lewis family had a reputation for dealing with conflict in very physical and sometimes violent ways. Early stories of Randolph County describe the Lewises as tall, broad, muscular and powerful -- 'the lions of the county'. It must have been a great sorrow to Benjamin Beeson when his daughter, Ann, chose to marry outside her faith and into a family rather famous for fighting.
The Lewises lived in Virginia prior to coming to North Carolina. Records seem to indicate this family of Lewises came to American from Wales around 1640.
Indian Trader Ellis Harlan 1731 Fell Out of Grace