Benjamin Lewis
Cumberland County, NC

William Lewis born 1761 is said to have had a son named Benjamin Lewis but no documentation has been found to prove this relationship. The following 1841 Power of Attorney indicates a close relationship between the two as William is assigning his pension from the 4th day of March 1841 to the 4th day of September 1841 to Benjamin.

The pension also states "that he now resides in Cumberland County, and has resided there for the space of one year past; and that previous thereto he resided in Sampson". Benjamin was likely close by at the time of William's death and may have placed the obituary in the newspaper. It is not known where William was buried. More


Sampson County, NC 1830 Census
Benjamin Lewis
1 M under 5
1 M 15-19
2 F under 5
1 F 15-19
Neighbor William Lewis his age 70 and under 80

Cumberland County, NC 1840 Census
Benjamin Lewis - Fayetteville
1 M under 5
1 M 5-9
1 M 20-29
1 M 40-49, born 1791-1800
1 F 5-9
1 F 10-14
1 F 20-29
1 F 30-39

Sampson County, NC 1850 Census - Northern District
Benjamin Lewis, 51, born 1799, Laborer
Byer, 46
Lidia, 23
Benjamin, 13
Delitha, 1 month
Neighbors were some of the Ulley Lewis family

Sampson County, NC 1860 Census - Northern District
Benjamin Lewis, 64, born 1796, Overseer
Biah, 55
Lytha J., 10
Appa J., 11
Elizabeth Utly, 34, seamstress
Frederick Utly, 25, farm laborer

From Will Crump - A few trees on Ancestry.com provide a spouse for Benjamin Lewis of Byer Patience Snowden with no sources claiming she was born in Sampson County in 1804. Benjamin and Byer Lewis are on the 1860 Census for Sampson County. Delitha, from a previous census, is now listed as Lytha J. and there is an additional child, Appa J. Lewis, who is a year older than Lytha. I believe this date is not correct and Appa is younger than Lytha since she was not on the 1850 Census. It's possible both of these females are the daughters of Lidia who was not living with the family on the 1860 Census. I have not found her on any other 1860 Census. It may be a coincidence for there to be Utly's in Benjamin's home as his mother is said to have been Sarah Utley, wife of William Lewis. If that is correct, then Elizabeth and Frederick Utly may have been cousins of Benjamin.


From Will Crump
Power of Attorney

Shortly before his death, William Lewis set up the following power of attorney which allowed Benjamin Lewis to collect his Revolutionary War pension on his behalf.

State of North Carolina, Cumberland County
William Lewis appeared before Joseph Avery, Justice of the Peace, and made oath that he is the identical William Lewis named in the original certificate in his possession, of which was certified the following as a true copy: On 7th June 1832 William Lewis of the State of North Carolina, who was a Private and Sergeant in the War of the Revolution, is entitled to receive Fifty five dollars Seventy cents per annum, during his natural life, commencing on the 4th of March, 1831, and payable semi-annually on the 4th of March and 4th of September in every year. Given at the War Office of the United States, this 18th day of March 1834 Examined and Countersigned, that he now resides in Cumberland County, and has resided there for the space of one year past; and that previous thereto he resided in Sampson (County).
Sworn and subscribed, this 25th day of September 1841 before me. Joseph Avery, J.P.

William Lewis
Know all men by these presents, That I, William Lewis, of Cumberland County, Pensioner of the United States, do hereby constitute and appoint Benjamin Lewis my true and lawful Attorney, for me, and in any name, to receive from the Agent of the United States for paying pensions in Fayetteville, State of North Carolina, my Pension from the 4th day of March 1841 to the 4th day of September 1841. Witness my hand and seal, this 25th day of September 1841. Sealed and delivered in presence of Joseph Avery, J.P.
William Lewis X (Seal)

State of North Carolina, Cumberland County
Be it known, That on the 25th day of September 1841 before the subscriber, a Justice of the Peace in and for said County, personally appeared William Lewis above named, and acknowledged the foregoing power of Attorney to be his act and deed. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, the day and year last above mentioned.
Joseph Avery, J.P.


The following documents are found on FamilySearch.org in the estate papers of Benjamin Lewis in Cumberland County, NC in 1862 and his Administrator was James B. Braddy. The first image mentions "besides the above am't the deceased had a charge upon the Government of fifty dollars as Bounty Money which is yet unsettled". Image

James B. Braddy Administrator's Bond, 1862 - Image


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