Notes for Exum Lewis: Distinguished Whig of the American Revolution. Served as a Colonel.
From Edgecombe County History:
Under the regularly instituted military organization in the county field officers were elected, and commissions were issued by the Provincial Congress. Subordinate officers were elected by the county commissioners. The Council of Safety exercised the authority of calling out the militia in an emergency when the Congress was not in session. The first field officers of the Regular or Grand Army--Colonel William Haywood, Lieutenant Colonel Sherwood Haywood, Major James Moore, and Second Major Henry Horne--were elected in 1775. In 1776, the militia system was reorganized because of the inactivity of the officers. Edgecombe's list was changed completely. Exum Lewis succeeded William Haywood as colonel; Simon Gray became lieutenant-colonel; Jonas Johnson Major, and Thomas Hunter second major. At the same time the Continental Regiments were organized in North Carolina, and James Blount and Henry I. Toole were elected captains in the Second Regiment.
Many descendents gained entrance to the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) and the SAR on the basis of this passage.
Will of Exum Lewis:
LEWIS, EXUM June 26, 1790. Aug. Ct., 1790. Wife; ELIZABETH, life estate. Son: THOMAS, plantation where he now lives, on the Reedy or Great Branch to low grounds of Swift Creek. W to GEORGE FOREMAN'S line. S by P. FOREMAN'S line, 200 A; 2 negroes. Son: GREEN, 420 A plantation I now live on, near run of Swift Creek N by GEORGE FOREMAN'S to mouth of Reedy or Great Branch, up Mirey Branch, E to FIGURES LEWIS, to GEORGE LINCHE'S 2 negroes, cattle, furniture, pewter dishes, $50 when 20 yrs. of age. Son: BARTHOLOMEW, 793 A of land adjoining lands given, Sons: THOMAS & GREEN LEWIS, negro girl, cows and calves, furniture, pewter, dishes, Basins, 6 plates, $180 cash. Sons: EXUM & EDWIN, money goods in the store, Pork, Bacon, Brandy, lands, when EDWIN arrives at age 20. Son: EXUM, negro boy, Cato, horse, Marcus, bridle and saddle, cows and calves, Bed and furniture, 2 pewter basins, pewter dishes, 6 pewter plates, etc. Dau: ELIZABETH, 2 negro women, bay mare, Silver Heels, bridle and saddle, 2 cows and calves, furniture, 2 Pewter dishes, 2 Pewter basins, 1 flax wheel. Dau: SALLY MOORE, negro girl. Sons: THOMAS, BARTHOLOMEW and GREEN LEWIS, the use of my brandy still. Residue of property lent to wife, ELIZABETH. Exr: sons: FIGURES LEWIS and EXUM LEWIS; son-in-law JESSE JOHNSON. Wit: NATHAN HARRIS, ELI B. WHITAKER, JAMES WHITAKER. Probate date, 1795.
Kinfolks of Edgecombe County, North Carolina 1788 - 1855 by Joseph W. Watson, c. 1969
Exum LEWIS Family Bible
Marriages Exum Lewis To Ann Harrison Dec 31, 1795 William Figures Lewis to Ann Elizabeth Foxall daughter of David Barlow Jany18, 1872
Births Exum Lewis Sept 15, 1771 Ann Harrison consort of Exum Lewis Aug. 10, 1775 Peggy Lewis daughter of said Exum & Ann Lewis Oct. 6, 1797 Peggy Harrison Lewis March 10, 1799 Betsy Figures Lewis April 27, 1801 John Wesley Lewis March 2, 1804 Richard Henry Lewis March 21, 1806 Mary Ann Lewis Aug. 1, 1808 Emma Lewis March 12, 1811 Exum Lewis Jan. 7, 1814 Kenelm Harrison Lewis Sept. 25, 1816 William Figures Lewis Sept. 19, 1819
Marriages Betsy F(igures) Lewis to Speir Whitaker Dec. 30, 1819 Mary Ann Lewis to Thomas C Hunter Nov. 25, 1824 John Wesley Lewis to Catherine A. Battle Feb. 5, 1829 Richard Henry Lewis to Mary Eliza Foreman April 24, 1832 Exum Lewis Jr. to Jane Cotton 1835 Emma Lewis to John F. Speight Sept. 29, 1840
Deaths Peggy Lewis Nov. 5, 1797 Peggy H. Lewis Oct.4, 1804 Exum Lewis, Sr. Jany 18, 1839 Aged 67 yrs 4 ms 3 da Ann Lewis consort of Exum Lewis Sr. Dec. 16, 1843 Mary Ann Hunter consort of T.C. Hunter July 5, 1850 Richard Henry Lewis Jany 19, 1857 John Wesley Lewis at the age of 36 years Exum Lewis Jr. Kenelm Harrison Lewis Sept. 1, 1866 William Figures Lewis May 16, 1910 Bart. Lewis April 9, 1813
More About Exum Lewis and Elizabeth Figures: Marriage: Mar 16, 1758, Southampton Co., Virginia.
Children of Exum Lewis and Elizabeth Figures are:
+Sally Ann Figures (Lewis) Lowe, b. Abt. 1769, Edgecombe, North Carolina, d. Abt. Sep 01, 1830, Sycamore Alley Plantation, Tar River, Halifax Co., North Carolina (near Enfield)179.