Peter Lewis

This information is contributed by Blanche Wallace

Henry County Inferior Court Minutes, 1822- 1837, 13 Feb 1828
County and Court Purposes, pages 103-104
Georgia Archives Microfilm - Drawer 8 / Box 49

Peter Lewis’s Declaration of Revolutionary War Service

Original Claim 

Declaration in order to be placed on the pension list under the Act of the 18th March 1818.
State of Georgia, Henry County}  On the 13th day of February in the year 1828, appeared in 
open court Peter Lewis resident in said county age seventy-seven years who being first duly 
sworn, according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the 
pension made by the Acts of Congress on the 18th of March 1818 and the 1st of May 1820, 
that he the said Peter Lewis enlisted during the War but does not recollect on what day nor 
on what month but that it was some time in the year 1777 in the State of North Carolina in the 
Company commanded by Captain Benjamin Williams in the Regiment commanded by Colonel 
Alexander Martin in the line of the State of North Carolina in the Second Regiment Continental 
establishment. That he continued to serve in the corps until Colonel Alexander Martin resigned, 
when he was discharged from the service at Newton, in the State of North Carolina that he 
hereby relinquishes his way claim whatsoever to a pension except the present and that his 
name is not on the roll of any other state and not as yet, and that the following are the reasons 
for not making earlier application for a pension. Sometime after the close of the War this 
deponent volunteered to serve a three months tour in the militia of the State of North Carolina 
under Captain O’Neal against the Tories and while he was performing that tour, the Tories came 
to his house broke his locks destroyed all his papers and his discharge amongst them and all 
the clothing he had except that he had on, and in pursuance of the Act of the first of May 1820, 
I do solemnly swear that I was a resident of the United States on the 18th day of March 1818 
and that I have not since that time, by gift, sale or any manner disposed of my property or any 
part thereof with intent thereby so to diminish it as to bring myself entitled to the provisions of 
an Act of Congress to prove for certain persons engaged in the land and Naval Service of the 
United States in the Revolutionary War pass [passed] on the 18th day of March 1818 and that 
I have not had any person in trust for me, any property or securities, contracts or debts, due to 
me, nor have I any income other than what is contained in schedule here to annexed and by my 
hand subscribed.  

Schedule of Valuation of Declarant & Family

2 lots of land containing 202-1/2 acres each 
This declarant not able to pay the grant fees for the same the value not known. Suff___ to be of 
inferior quality, This declarant is by occupation a farmer but from age and infirmity is unable to 
pursue that calling he has no family except a wife and daughter his wife is about sixty seven 
years of age and his Daughter about twenty three years of age his wife is by the name of
Katherine and the    Ester but able to support themselves they are all the family that I have and 
they live in the house of my son David Lewis with me who has supported me about seven years.

Georgia, Henry County} personally appeared in open court that is the Inferior Court of Henry 
County, Peter Lewis who being duely [sic] sworn deposeth and sayeth that the foregoing schedule 
and facts stated above are trew [sic]. Sworn to in open Court this 13th February 1828.

					Peter Lewis
Test James Kimbrough Clk

Georgia Surveyor General
Grants, Land Lottery
Baldwin County, 1807, District 19

Georgia Archives Microfilm GRG 2-2338, Drawer 53, Box 18

[Page number in grant book is illegible; however, it is the next to last page in the District 19 grants.]


By his Excellency Peter Early Governor and commander in chief of the army and navy of this state, 
and of the militia thereof.

To All To Whom These Presents Shall Come, Greeting.

Know Ye, That in pursuance of an Act of the General Assembly of this state, passed on the 
twenty-sixth day of June eighteen hundred and six, for making distribution of the land in the
counties of Wilkinson and Baldwin, I have given and granted, and by these presents in the name 
and behalf of this state, do give and grant unto Peter Lewis of Tilman’s district Clarke County his 
heirs and assigns forever, all that tract or lot of land containing two hundred two and an half acres, 
situate, lying and being in the nineteenth district, Baldwin county, in the said state, which said 
tract or lot of land is known and distinguished in the plan of said district by the Number one 
hundred and fifteen having such shape, form and marks as appear by a plat of the same hereunto 
annexed, To Have and to Hold the said tract or lot of land, together with all and singular the rights, 
members and appurtenances thereof, whatsoever unto the said Peter Lewis his heirs and assigns, 
to his and their own proper use, benefit and behoof, forever, in fee simple.

Given under my hand and the Great Seal of the said state, this thirty-first day of August in the year 
eighteen hundred and fourteen and of the Independence of America the thirty ninth.

	Signed by his Excellency the Governor,
	31st day of August 1814}				[sig] Peter Early

	[sig]  Fred Freeman S.E.D.

Registered the 31st day of August 1814

Submitter Note: this land became part of Morgan County shortly after the 1807 Lottery.

Henry County, GA Court of Ordinary
Wills and Bonds 1822-1834, Page 157-158
Georgia Archives Microfilm Drawer 8 / Box 41

Peter Lewis Will

In the name of God Amen

Peter Lewis, of the County of Henry and State [of] Georgia being much afflicted but of sound mind 
and memory, blessed be God, and knowing that it is appointed for all men to die I make and 
establish this my last will and testament made and concluded in the 2nd day of June in the year 
of our Lord Eighteen hundred and twenty nine revoking all other wills by me made before this time.

Item the first, I give and bequeath my beloved wife Katharine all my household furniture (except one 
bed and furniture) and all my stock of cattle & hogs (except one yoke of oxen),

Item 2nd - I give my beloved daughter Easter, one bed & stead & furniture,

Item 3rd  - I give my beloved son David Lewis one lot or tract that I drew in Lee County land lot 
being __ fifty nine, in the fourth district of said county, I also give my ox cart to my son David 

Item the fourth, I give to my grandson David Lewis, son of my Daughter Easther Lewis one yoke 
of oxen now in my possession and also my horse that I now have in possession upon condition 
that said ____ will let the Horse remain with my wife, for the use of the family.

Item 5th – I appoint Waid H Turner & Jesse Oslin my lawful executors to this my last will and 

Item 6th – I resign my body to its ____ dust, & my soul to its Creator, Amen –							

						Peter   X   Lewis   {seal}
Made and signed in
Preasants [sic] of
____ Furgason
Thomas Lewis
Jesse Oslin J P

Georgia, Henry County} Court of Ordinary 1st ___ in September 1829 – personally appeared in 
open Court, ___ Furgason Thos Lewis & Jesse Oslin who being duely [sic] sworn solemnly swear 
that they saw Peter Lewis sign seal publish and declare this writing to be his last will and 

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