Mary (Walker) Lewis
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Mary (Walker) Lewis (1742 - 1824)

Mary Lewis formerly Walker
Born in Castle Hill, Albemarle County, Virginiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 1760 (to 8 Dec 1808) in , Albemarle County, Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Albemarle County, Virginia, United States of Americamap
Profile last modified | Created 8 Apr 2011
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Contents

Biography

Castle Hill, Albemarle County, Virginia
Mary Walker was born on 24 July 1742 at Castle Hill, near Cismont, Virginia, the third of approximately thirteen known children and the second of about nine daughters of Thomas and Mildred Thornton Walker.[1]

Family of birth

Father: Thomas WALKER (b: 25 Jan 1715/16 in King and Queen County, Virginia), married 1st) Mildred THORNTON (b: 21 MAR 1721 in Snow Creek;, Spotsylvania County, Virginia).[2]
Thomas had the following children, four sons and nine daughters, all by his first wife:
  1. Mildred Thornton (Meriweather) Syme [half]
  2. Hugh Walker Sr.
  3. Mary (Walker) West
  4. John Walker
  5. Susan (Walker) Fry
  6. Mildred (Walker) Hornsby
  7. Lucy Walker
  8. Mildred Sarah (Walker) Lindsay
  9. Solomon Walker
  10. Martha Walker
  11. Reuben Walker
  12. Frances Walker
  13. Peachy Walker

Marriage and family

On 2 November 1758, when she was sixteen, Mary married Nicholas Lewis (b: 19 Jan 1733/4 in Belvoir;, Hanover County, Virginia) at Castle Hill, Albemarle County and bore him twelve known children, five sons and seven daughters:
  1. Jane Walker LEWIS b: 6 JUL 1759 at The Farm;, Albemarle County, Virginia
  2. Mildred Walker LEWIS b: 1761 in Virginia
  3. Thomas Walker LEWIS b: 24 APR 1763 in Albemarle County, Virginia
  4. Mary Walker LEWIS b: 1765 in Virginia
  5. Nicholas Meriwether LEWIS b: 18 AUG 1767 in Belvoir;, Louisa County, Virginia
  6. Elizabeth "Betsy" LEWIS b: 6 JUN 1769 in Belvoir;, Cismont, Albemarle County, Virginia
  7. Alice Thornton LEWIS b: 1771 in Virginia
  8. Robert Warner LEWIS b: 1774 in Virginia
  9. Frances Thornton LEWIS b: 1776 in Virginia
  10. John P. LEWIS b: 1778 in Virginia
  11. Charles LEWIS b: 1783 in Virginia
  12. Margaret LEWIS b: 1785 at "The Farm", Albemarle County, Virginia.[3]

The Revolution

Mary was known for her enthusiastic loyalty during the Revolution, and was called, in admiration, "Captain Molly".[4] Mary was a splendid nurse who cared for both the wounded British and American soldiers in her home. A British officer who died became the first grave in the Lewis family cemetery.
In late April of 1781, British General Charles Cornwallis moved his army from North Carolina into Virginia and occupied Richmond. Thomas Jefferson was governor of Virginia and ordered the legislature to leave the city and reconvene in Charlottesville.
Cornwallis sent his young cavalry officer, Col. Banastre Tarleton (The Green Dragoon) and a detachment of green jacketed horsemen to pursue and capture the governor and legislature. The force of 250 men left Richmond on June 3, 1781. They stopped to rest in Louisa and then again at Castle Hill, the ancestral home of Mrs. Nicholas Lewis. The following morning, they thwarted a militia force at the Rivanna River and stormed into Charlottesville burning goods and seizing firearms.[9] Tarleton dispatched Captain McLeod to Monticello who arrived just after Jefferson had escaped. Monticello was left unharmed.
Jack Jouett, a militiaman and Albemarle native saw Tarleton’s detachment passing through Louisa and immediately realized their intention. He mounted his horse and set off in the night for Charlottesville to warn the Governor of the approaching British dragoons. Arriving at Monticello at 4:30 am, he awoke Jefferson. Then he went into Charlottesville to warn the town of the approaching British forces. Jefferson and members of the legislature managed a narrow escape. Jefferson’s opponents considered this episode an example of his lack of leadership and cowardice for not confronting the enemy.[10]
Col. Tarleton and his dragoons camped the night of June 4, 1781 in Charlottesville at “The Farm”. There they imprisoned in the coalhouse one delegate who did not escape, namely Captain Daniel Boone. Tarleton and his men rode up to the house through the rose garden and exclaimed to Mrs. Lewis, “What a paradise!” She retorted, “Then why do you disturb it!”[11] Mrs. Lewis was hostess to Col. Tarleton, and ever after preserved the chair (originally Meriwether’s) he had used. When they left the next morning, his soldiers took her flock of ducks. She ordered a servant to take the veteran drake to Tarleton with her compliments since it was no longer of use to her. After this episode, she became known as “Capt. Moll.”[12][5](1)

From Findagrave.com

Mary Walker Lewis
Birth: Jul. 24, 1742, Albemarle County, Virginia; Death: Feb. 9, 1824, Charlottesville

Charlottesville City, Virginia, United States.

Daughter of Dr. Thomas Walker and Mildred Thornton (Lewis) Meriwether (Walker's lst wife. Mildred's 2nd husband.) Born at Castle Hill. Married Nicholas Lewis on Nov. 2, 1758 at Castle Hill. Bore 12 kids at "The Farm". Died at "The Farm". Buried in the Lewis Graveyard at "The Farm" which became Riverside Cemetery. Son Thomas Walker Lewis is also buried here. 
Family links: Parents: Thomas Walker (1715 - 1794), Mildred Thornton Walker (1721 - 1778); Spouse: Nicholas Lewis (1734 - 1808); Children: Thomas Walker Lewis (1763 - 1807), Thomas Walker Lewis (1763 - 1807), Elizabeth Lewis Meriwether (1769 - 1841), Margaret Ann Lewis Blalock (1786 - 1848); Siblings: Mildred Thornton Meriwether Syme (1739 - 1760) [half-sister], Infant Walker (1742 - ____), John Walker (1744 - 1809), Susan Thornton Walker Fry (1746 - 1808) [half-sister], Thomas Walker (1749 - 1809), Lucy Walker Gilmer (1751 - 1800), Martha Walker Divers (1760 - 1829), Willis Walker (1761 - ____), Francis Walker (1764 - 1806).
Burial: Riverview Cemetery, Charlottesville, Charlottesville City, Virginia. [6]

Research Note

Transcript:

  • Issue of Nicholas Lewis and his wife, Mary Walker (she was b. 1742), viz.: twelve children:

1 Jane W. Lewis*, b. 1759; m. Hudson Martin.

2 Mildred W. Lewis^ b. 1761 ; m. David Wood.

  • Marriage of Mary Walker to Nicholas Lewis:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/14946048/nicholas-lewis

Citations

  1. Edmund West, comp.. Family Data Collection - Births [database on-line]. Provo, UT, United States: Ancestry.com. URL: https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=5769&h=4685949&tid=&pid=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=DTn1908&_phstart=successSource. Accessed 5 Nov 2017 by Patricia Prickett Hickin.
  2. Edmund West, comp.. Family Data Collection - Births [database on-line]. Provo, UT, United States: Ancestry.com. URL: https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=5769&h=4685949&tid=&pid=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=DTn1908&_phstart=successSource. Accessed 5 Nov 2017 by Patricia Prickett Hickin.
  3. The Meriwether Society, Inc. URL: http://MeriwetherSociety.org. Information about this individual has been collected by The Meriweither Society from many sources. As the Society is in the process of verifying the information, it should be treated as unconfirmed at this time. Please do not assume the information is correct.
  4. George Frye, ‘’Col. Joshua Fry of Virginia and Some of His Descendants and Allied Families.’‘
  5. http://www.people.virginia.edu/~mjb6g/LewisHouse/nicolaslewishouse.htm
  6. Kaaren Crail Vining, "Mary Walker Lewis," Findagrave.com. Record added: Jul 15, 2006. URL: https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=lewis&GSfn=mary&GSiman=1&GScid=51879&GRid=14945957&. Accessed 5 Nov 2017 by Patricia Prickett Hickin.

Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments

  • This person was created through the import of Grant R. Phillips, Jr..ged on 08 April 2011.
  • This person was created on 09 May 2011 through the import of Lewis2011.ged.

Sources

  • Meriwether, Nelson Heath. The Meriwethers and Their Connections (N.p.: Artcraft Press: 1964) Reprinted in 1991 p 520 by The Meriwether Society, Gateway Press
  • The Meriwether Society, Inc. URL: http://MeriwetherSociety.org. Information about this individual has been collected by The Meriweither Society from many sources. As the Society is in the process of verifying the information, it should be treated as unconfirmed at this time. Please do not assume the information is correct.
  • Louisa H.A. Minor, The Meriwethers and Their Connections. A Family Record, Giving the Genealogy of the Meriwethers ...", ALBANY, N. Y.: JOEL MUNSELL's sons, PUBLISHERS. 1892
  • The Meriwether Society, Inc. URL: http://MeriwetherSociety.org. Information about this individual has been collected by The Meriweither Society from many sources. As the Society is in the process of verifying the information, it should be treated as unconfirmed at this time. Please do not assume the information is correct.
  • George Frye, ‘’Col. Joshua Fry of Virginia and Some of His Descendants and Allied Families.’‘

Meriwether, Nelson Heath. The Meriwethers and Their Connections (N.p.: Artcraft Press: 1964) Reprinted in 1991 p 520 by The Meriwether Society, Gateway Press The Meriwether Society, Inc. URL: http://MeriwetherSociety.org. Information about this individual has been collected by The Meriweither Society from many sources. As the Society is in the process of verifying the information, it should be treated as unconfirmed at this time. Please do not assume the information is correct. Vining, Kaaren Crail. "Mary Walker Lewis,"



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update - merge completed

Walker-28211 and Walker-2118 appear to represent the same person because: These were set as rejected - they had different parents, but Walker-28211 was attached to parents that weren't hers. They've been disconnected & these profiles (same dates/places) should be merged. Thanks!

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
edited by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
the Thomas Walker associated with Castle Hill was the Thomas born in 1715 - see Walker-2063 / Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Walker_(explorer)

His daughter Mary married Nicholas Lewis, according to DAR records:

Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, (http://www.dar.org/ : accessed 5 October 2020), "Record of Thomas Walker", Ancestor # A119663.

OK if I disconnect this profile from the wrong Thomas & merge her with Walker-2118?

posted on Walker-28211 (merged) by Liz (Noland) Shifflett

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