William Lewis Power of Attorney, 1841
Cumberland County, NC

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 after his death. It is said William had a son named Benjamin

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.