Meriwether Lewis

Meriwether Lewis (1774 - 1809)

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Captain Meriwether Lewis
Born in Locust Hill, Ivy, Albemarle, Virginiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Sioux Nation, Lyman Coutny, South Dakotamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Grinder's Stand, Lewis, Tennesssee, United Statesmap
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Profile last modified | Created 27 Nov 2011 | Last significant change: 15 Nov 2018
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Meriwether Lewis was involved in the westward expansion of the USA.
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Preceded by
1st Territorial Governor
James Wilkinson
Meriwether Lewis
2nd Governor
of Louisiana Territory
State Seal of Missouri
Succeeded by
3rd Territorial Governor
Benjamin Howard



Meriwether Lewis is Notable.

Part of the explorer team of Lewis and Clark

A genealogy chart shows Gov. Lewis was a relative of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Robert E. Lee and Queen Elizabeth II.

Meriwether Lewis (August 18, 1774 – October 11, 1809) born in Albemarle County Virginia. He was the second child and first son of William and Lucy Meriwether Lewis. His father, who served in the Continental Army, died after his horse fell into an icy stream in 1779. Six month later, his mother married another Army officer, Captain John Marks, and raised Meriwether and his two siblings while managing a 1,000 acre plantation about 10 miles from Monticello. Meriwether Lewis was an American explorer, soldier, and public administrator, best known for his role as the leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, also known as the Corps of Discovery, with William Clark. Their mission was to explore the territory of the Louisiana Purchase, establish trade and sovereignty over the natives near the Missouri River, and claim the Pacific Northwest and Oregon territory for the United States before European nations. They also collected scientific data, and information on indigenous nations. President Thomas Jefferson appointed him Governor of Upper Louisiana in 1806. He died of gunshot wounds in what was either a murder or suicide.

Gov. Lewis was among four children of Capt. William Lewis and Lucy Meriwether Lewis Marks. The others were Jane Meriwether Lewis Anderson, Reuben Lewis and Lucinda Lewis (who died in infancy). With second husband Capt. John Marks, Mrs. Marks had two children: John Hastings Marks and Mary Garland Marks. Mrs. Marks married Capt. Marks in 1780, a year after Capt. Lewis died.[2]


Oral tradition also holds that Meriwether Lewis and a Teton Sioux woman named Ikpsapewin (Winona) conceived a child. The boy, known both as Turkey Head and as Joseph Lewis DeSmet, lived until the age of 84. His baptismal record, which was written when he was an elderly man, lists Lewis as his father.

According to other traditions, Lewis fathered a man named Martin Charger when among the Sioux. Other sources list Joseph Lewis DeSmet as the father of Martin Charger.

There is no DNA evidence to prove or disprove either of these claims.


  • Counties in six U.S. states have been named in Meriwether Lewis's honor: Idaho, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Tennessee, and Washington.


  1. On June 4, 1812, the Territory of Louisiana was renamed to the Territory of Missouri to avoid confusion with the newly admitted state of Louisiana formed from the Territory of Orleans.
  2. Solve the Mystery: --Gov Meriwether Lewis Family Tree

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On 30 Aug 2017 at 01:41 GMT Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy wrote:

Source: Dennis, Yvonne Wakim and Hirschfelder, Arlene, A Kid's Guide to Native American History, pgs 116-117, Chicago Review Press, 2010

On 13 Nov 2016 at 01:59 GMT Rick Brown wrote:

Meriwether and Rick are third cousins 6 times removed

Relationships are based on shared ancestry. The first common ancestor we found for Meriwether Lewis and Rick Brown is David Crawford.

To name the relationship we first had to name the relationship between Meriwether and David and the relationship between Rick and David. See the relationship trails below for the details. We then found the intersection of their relationships to David on a relationship table.

We can't call this relationship DNA-Confirmed, Confident, or Uncertain because one or more parent-child relationships in the connection are unmarked or non-biological. See below for more details.

Explore more: 408 common ancestors were found between Meriwether and Rick within 25 generations. To view the relationship trails, select the common ancestor here. Advanced filter: Enter one to three additional WikiTree IDs, separated by commas, to limit the common ancestor list to those that are also ancestors of other people. This is made for working with DNA matches. FILTER more information Help Relationship Trails

1. Meriwether is the son of William Lewis [unknown confidence] 2. William is the son of Jane (Meriwether) Lewis [unknown confidence] 3. Jane is the daughter of Elizabeth (Crawford) Meriwether [unknown confidence] 4. Elizabeth is the daughter of David Crawford [unknown confidence]

This trail tells us that David is the second great grandfather of Meriwether.

1. [Private] is the son of Cecil O'dell Brown [unknown confidence] 2. Cecil is the son of Nathan Virgel Brown [unknown confidence] 3. Nathan is the son of Benjamin Buckhannan Brown [unknown confidence] 4. Benjamin is the son of Mary Wells (Smith) Brown [unknown confidence] 5. Mary is the daughter of Miriam (Poindexter) Smith [unknown confidence] 6. Miriam is the daughter of Archibald Pledge Poindexter [unknown confidence] 7. Archibald is the son of Thomas Poindexter III [unknown confidence] 8. Thomas is the son of Thomas Poindexter II [unknown confidence] 9. Thomas is the son of Sarah (Crawford) Poindexter [unknown confidence] 10. Sarah is the daughter of David Crawford [unknown confidence]

This trail tells us that David is the eighth great grandfather of Rick.

On 14 Nov 2014 at 04:26 GMT Doug Lockwood wrote:

According to the relationship finder George Rogers and Meriwether Lewis are 11th cousins twice removed

On 14 Nov 2014 at 04:15 GMT Doug Lockwood wrote:

On 14 Nov 2014 at 04:14 GMT Doug Lockwood wrote:

Meriwether Lewis is notable.
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Meriwether is 22 degrees from Rosa Parks, 20 degrees from Anne Tichborne and 14 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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