Charles Lewis
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Charles Lewis (1735 - 1774)

Charles Lewis
Born in Bellefonte, Augusta, Virginiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Point Pleasant, Colony of Virginiamap
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Charles Lewis served with Virginia Militia during the American Revolution.


Charles Lewis, the fourth son of the Founder of Staunton, Virginia, was killed at the battle of Point Pleasant on 10 October 1774. "He was esteemed," said Howe (p. 183), "the most skillful of all the leaders of the border warfare, and was as much beloved for his noble and amiable qualities as he was admired for his military talents."

Hon. Alex. H. H. Stuart, M. C. for the Augusta District from 1841 to 1843, and Secretary of the Interior under President Fillmore from 185O to 1853, communicated in a letter some interesting particulars as to Col. Charles Lewis, who, it seems, was the "Idol of die Army" :

"Staunton, October 18th, 1882. Col; John L. Peyton :
"Dear Sir, I regret very much that I cannot give you any detailed account of Col. Charles Lewis, who was killed at the battle of Point Pleasant in 1774. I remember being present at a conversation, about 1830, between my father and the late Andrew Reid (father of Col. Samuel McD. Reid) in regard to him. Mr. Reid had served under Col. Lewis in 1774, and was actively engaged in the battle of Point Pleasant. Col. Charles Lewis was a younger brother of Gen. Andrew Lewis. Gen. Andrew Lewis was represented to have been a man of reserved manners and great dignity of character, somewhat of the order of George Washington. His vigorous intellect, unquestionable courage and solid virtues inspired unlimited confidence in all who knew him, but there was nothing showy or attractive about him. Charles Lewis, on the other hand, was represented by Mr. Reid as being a man of brilliant talents, of most engaging manners, and, as Mr. Reid expressed it, 'the idol of the whole army.' My father, who was a much younger man than Mr. Reid, and had no personal acquaintance with Col. Charles Lewis, but was familiar with his character, as described by his contemporaries, concurred with Mr. Reid in the high estimate which he had formed of his abilities and noble qualities, and they agreed in expressing the belief that if he had not been prematurely cutoff he would have been a conspicuous figure in our Revolutionary war. Mr. Reid said the death of Col. Charles Lewis threw gloom over the whole army.
"Respectfully yours, &c,
"ALEX, H. H. STUART. [1]

That Charles was a son of Col. John Lewis is also evidenced by John's 1761 will, an extract of which appears in Chalkley's "Chronicles"[2]

Charles was also named as a nephew in the 1757 will of his mother's brother, Dr. William Lynn of Fredericksburg, Virginia. The will includes bequests to "my sister [first name not stated] Lewis & my Nephews Thomas Lewis, Andrew Lewis, William Lewis & Charles Lewis … all of Augusta Co. [Virginia].[3], [4]

In 1760, Col. Charles Lewis married Sarah Murry, and left seven children, viz., Elizabeth, Margaret, John, Mary, Thomas, Andrew, and Charles (the father of Charles C. Lewis), who was born in Augusta county, Virginia, in 1774, probably on September nth, as in the will of Col. Charles Lewis, dated August 10, 1774, just before starting on his march to Point Pleasant, he provides for the unborn child of his wife, Mary.

Information concerning Charles's offspring is found on LDS Microfilm #1486619, which asserts also that : (1) a microfilm of the original records is in the Library of the Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA; (2) the genealogical data was assembled by the Tinkling Spring Congregation in Augusta County, VA; and (3) the Bible was offered by Mr. H.L. Warwick of the Augusta Stone Congregation, Augusta County, VA. [5]

The children mentioned in Charles' will[6] are:

  1. John
  2. Andrew
  3. Elizabeth
  4. Margaret (married Major Prior)
  5. Unborn child (became Charles)


Owing no doubt to his distinguished Revolutionary War career, Col. Charles Lewis left his mark by having Lewis County, West Virginia named in his honor.

A Memory

The Lore of Augusta County's Charles Lewis


  2. : Chalkley, Lyman : "Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia", v. 3, p. 76 (p. 221 of the court record) : Extract of the Will of John Lewis
  3. Spotsylvania Co., VA Will Book B, 1749-1759, pp. 350-54 : Last Will and Testament of William Lynn of Fredericksburg, VA
  4. : Biography of Dr. William Lynn, including images and transcripts of his will
  5. LDS Microfilm #1486619: Lewis Family Bible, family records, and genealogical data, ca. 1626-1930


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see also this book, from which the following:

Writing of his father, John Dickinson Lewis, who was born in Bath county, Virginia, June 6, 1800, Charles C. Lewis mentions him as the grandson of Col. Charles Lewis, who was killed at the battle of Point Pleasant, October 10, 1774 (see former sketch).


This Col. Charles Lewis was born in Augusta county, Virginia, in 1736. He was the youngest son of John Lewis, the pioneer...

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Lewis-17029 and Lewis-442 appear to represent the same person because: They have the same name, birth date, and father John Lewis, and they both lived in Point Pleasant. Profile 17029 says Point Pleasant is in WV - where in fact his parents lived - and 442 says in NJ. However, that is an issue that can be resolved. Point Pleasant, WV (then VA) actually is the Revolutionary War battle in which Charles died.
posted by Loretta (Lynn) Layman