Lawing redux: French & Indian War service?

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“He was in the French and Indian War at Ft. Louden in Capt. Stuart's Co., 1756 - 1757”

The above quote was from an email I received back in the 90s. I have not been able to confirm this. Are F&I War records kept here or in London? Any sources I’m missing? If true, I don’t know if he came here for the war or was already here.

WikiTree profile: William Lewin
in Genealogy Help by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)
recategorized by Jillaine Smith
Any idea what Fort Loudon?  If it’s the one in the Cherokee Nation there are some muster rolls for the soldiers there.

I’m thinking it’s the one in Pennsylvania.

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Hi there are some sources on the small French and Indian War Space page

(a subproject of Military and War).  It has several spaces linked to it.

You might browse through the sources to see if that helps you.
by Mary Richardson G2G6 Mach 3 (39.1k points)
selected by Susan Laursen
Thank you, Mary. I’ll check it out tonight. Gotta go eat Mexican and work my inheritance (wife and I are meeting up with my parents).
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A Fort Loudon is in what's now Tennessee, near Vonore (it was close to an important Cherokee town, apparently established to support British cooperation with the Cherokee). I believe the soldiers who served there were mostly from South Carolina.

The site is a state park that includes a reconstruction of the fort.
by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
The Wikipedia article about the Tennessee fort mentions a commander named Stuart. (I would post a link, but unfortunately, I can no longer paste from my clipboard into G2G when using my phone.)

Fort Loudon was mostly garrisoned by American units of the British Army,   Called ‘Independent  Companies of Foot,”  they are listed in a book called “Colonial Soldiers of the South.”  I think this is what you are looking for:   About halfway down the page is “Will Lewing”.  I’m also descended from one of those soldiers and I haven’t been able to find out if he was born here or came from England.  He told people he was born in England but he made up his ancestors so I’m not sure.

Well, I’ll be!! Thank you Kathryn for digging this up for me. Just what I was looking for. Now if I could only find the original document. Barring that, I’ll use this as a source on William’s profile.
Kathryn, you also confirmed the earliest spelling of Lawing as Lewing (as shows up in some English records of the time). That spelling was used as late as the Civil War four generations later, but the spelling has never been consistent. Thanks again!
The  original document was in the letters of Lord Lyttleton which seem to have been transcribed into a book (reprints available and digitized on-line) published in the 1800’s.  If the originals exist it appears they would be in England.
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"Colonial Records of the South, 1732-1774" Miscellaneous Rosters; page 1072-1073

# 33 William Lewing is on the muster roll of Captain John Stuart's company beginning July 15, 1756 ending March 27 1757 at Ft. Loudoun (present day Tennessee) A Cherokee massacre occurred there in 1760 after William's departure. This is a record of his service to the Crown in the French and Indian War.

(No digital edition _

In "Anson County Records", Page 143 William Lewing was paid a debt from the estate of Andrew Berry (estate records page 301-302) Mecklenburg was part of Anson before 1760.

by Eddie King G2G6 Pilot (626k points)
edited by Eddie King

Thank you, Eddie! Now, at least, I can date William back to 1756, even if I don’t k ow where he was living at he time. I still suspect that he was in Anson loving around near The Killian (Andreas the immigrant) as William married his daughter, Jean, and many, if not all,  of his children were born in what became Mecklenburg a County. 

Eddie, you really know how to dig!

I didn't look for the Andrew Berry will and probate record. You might try that for exact date and place info.
K. Thanks! I’ll do that! Much appreciated!

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