Edmund Lewis/Louis/Luis-Edmond Lewes of Watertown/Lynn, MA

April 10, 1634 Edmund/Edmond Lewis age 33 years, his wife Mary aged 32, son John, aged 3 and son Thomas aged 3/4 years arrived in the USA on the "Elizabeth" boarding at Ispwich, England.  He was granted land July 25, 1636, lot 26, 80 acres in the 1st division in Watertown, MA, he was granted other lands as well.  His will made on Nov. 13, 1650 can be found--Essex County Probate Records Vol. 1 f. 119.  In Lynn, MA there is Lewis Street named after him.

Edmund Lewis/Louis/Luis-Edmond Lewes of Lynn, Massachusetts. Where was he born?

Did he come from Llys Talybont, Glamorgan, Wales?

The Lewis Family of Wales and America, by Edward Simmons Lewis in 1923 states he does (see next paragraph).  Descendants of John Gamage of Ipswich, MASS shows Thomas Lewis of Van (who would be Edmunds grandfather). Archeolgia Cambrensis Journal also shows Thomas Lewis of Van and his first wife Margaret Gamage. Planatenet Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families shows Margaret Gamage and Thomas Lewis of Van.  History of Antiquities of Glamoranshire and his Familes shows Thomas Lewis of Van and Margaret Gamage.

From Ancestry of C.S. Lewis by Alston Jones McCaslin V & Silas Dobbs McCaslin: 'THE LEWIS FAMILY OF WALES AND AMERICA, p. 237, -"George Lewis of Lystalybont (father of the just-described Edmund Lewis of Lynn, Massachusetts), married, third, Mary Gore, daughter of Edward Gore of Wiltshire, and had sons, Herbert, Harry, William, and John, and several daughters. Of these, William came to America in 1630, and, settling in Roxbury, Massachusetts, became known as William Lewis of Roxbury. References to Edmund of Lynn and William of Roxbury, as brothers (they being, actually, half-brothers), are made in several histories of that period, as follows:
“'William Lewis of Roxbury, brother to Edmund Lewis of Lynn, was descended from a very respectable family in Wales. His descendants enjoy great satisfaction in being able to trace their descent from a very high antiquity.”–Annals of Lynn.
'Edmund Lewis of Lynn was brother to William Lewis of Roxbury, who descended from a Welsh family with a pedigree running back centuries.”–History of Lynn, by Alonzo Lewis and James Newhall (second edition).
'Edmund Lewis of Lynn was one of the first settlers of Watertown. He removed to Lynn and died there in 1651. William Lewis, brother of Edmund, came from England in 1630 and settled in Roxbury.”–The General Register of First Settlers in New England, by John Farmer.'"

Charles Lewis states: "Distant relatives of Francis Lewis (b. 1713 Llandaff, Glamorganshire, Wales) who did in fact sign the Declaration of Independence as a delegate from New York. FYI, the Lewises of Connecticut and Rhode Island are also related to the same Lewis family of Glamorganshire, Wales."
authors note-he states Edmund Lewis immigrant to RI, we know it was to MA.

Mark Wallace states: "Edward Lewis Glemorganshire, Wales married Margaret Jones. 1550 and a son, William, was babtised in 1561 at Penarth, Wales.
William 2nd came from england on the ship Lion. Landed in Boston Sept 16, 1632 Settled in Canbridge Mass. His name on settlers monument at Hartford Ct."

However there are researchers that don't agree that he came from Wales.

Edmund Lewis of Lynn Massachusetts and Some of His Descendants by George Harlan Lewis in 1908 states he came from Lynn Regis (King's Lynn) England. But at the time of his publication he hadn't located the family within the church registers.

From Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts by Bond, 1855 - p. 337 and 338- "LEWIS - Embarked at Ipswich, England, Apr. 10, 1634, in the Elizabeth, William Andrews, Master, Edmund Lewis, aged 33, wife Mary, aged 32, son John, aged 3 years, son Thomas, aged 9 months. He was admitted freeman, May 24, 1636; was Selectman, 1638. Children, 1. JOHN, b. 1631 in England. 2. THOMAS, b. in England 1633. 3. JAMES, b. in Watertown, Jan. 15, 1635-6. 4. NATHANIEL, b. Aug. 25, 1639. 5. CHILD, aged 20 days, buried Nov. 6, 1642. Mary Lewis of Lynn, widow of Edmund of Watertown, lately deceased, sold, to William Page, for 10, all her parcels of land in Watertown, Nov. 26, 1652."----------------"George and Hannah Lewis, had 1. Samuel, b. June 16, 1685.  Hannah Lewis, m. Nov 13, 1702, Jacob Peirce.[16] Barrachios Lewis, of Rox, m., Dec. 4, 1734, Hannah Adams [9]."
Authors note-Could William Page be related to Benjamin Page Jr. who married Elizabeth Lewis great granddaughter of Edmund and Mary Lewis?

In Michael Lewis's book Descendants of Edmond Lewes of Lynn  The author claims that a Survey of Llystalybont of 1653 proves that Edmund Lewis of Llys Talybont, Glamorgan, Wales was alive and still living in Llys Talybont on May, 8, 1637, three years after Edmond Lewes had sailed from Ipswich, Suffolk, England to Watertown, Massachusetts.

Edmund/Edmond was born about 1596-1601 (most likely 1601) and he married Mary could her surname be Carey/Cary/Carew?
There is circumstantial evidence that the parents of Edmund Lewis are George Lewis and Catherine Mathew/Matthew of Wales.  There is circumstantial evidence that Edmund/Edmond Lewis/Lewes of Lynn, Massachusetts is the same as Edmund Lewis of Llys Talybont, Glamorgan, Wales.  There is circumstantial evidence that Edmund/Edmond Lewis/Lewes came from England.
In all circumstantial cases it takes further documentation to prove something. People who research and document all information and documents found are doing professional work in presenting all angles of the issue. It will take others, possibly future generations to find documents that can prove it one way or the other. I urge everyone to do their own research, draw their own conclusions and maybe one day further documentation will be found.  In the case of Edmund Lewis there are several people that matches in both Wales and England that could be him.

There are many baptism records found- one of a Edmund Lewys, and 2 Edmund Lewis in England in the right 1596-1602 era, could he be one of these? Additionally in Hawkedon, Suffolk, England there is found the birth of an Edmond Lewis in 1600, could this be him?  In Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, England there is found the birth of an Edmund Lewis, could this be him? A baptism record of John son of Edmund in 1630 in St. Matthew Parish could this be his son John? A baptism of John son of Edmund in 1630 in St. Mary Le Tower Church in Ispwich, Suffolk England could this be his son John? A baptism record of John son of Edmund in 1632 in Swaffham Prior, Cambridgeshire, England could this be his son John?

Additionally there were many Lewis's in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England and Ipswich, Suffolk, England area.

There is a will of a Richard Lewes of Ipswich, merchant Oct 14, 1625 that leaves things to sons Thomas, Richard and Edmond Lewes and daughter Mary Lewes and Ann (Lewes) Basill.  Could this be our Edmond's father?

In the book Able men of Suffolk (England) 1638 there is listed a Edmond Lewes, but again a few years after our Edmund Lewis arrived in the US.

Could any of these be him?

Parish records collection 1538-2005

Last name First name(s) Year of

Place County

Hirnant Montgomeryshire

Marriages - Parish records collection 1538-2005

Last name First name(s) Year of
Year of
Place County
LEWIS Edmund 1631
London (St Gregory by St Paul) London

LEWIS Edmund 1633
Weston Somerset

LEWES Edmund 1631
Swaffham Prior, St Mary Cambridgeshire

LEWES Edmund 1631
Swaffham Prior Cambridgeshire
Last name First name(s) Year of

Place County Record source

LEWES Edmund 1632
Ipswich Suffolk Freemen of Ipswich, Suffolk

Mary Carey/Carew was born about 1602 in Norfolk, England
There is circumstantial evidence that Mary's surname was Carey or Carew.  This comes from several sources here are some of those circumstantial evidence:
The Lewis family in America by Stephen M. Lawson
Family History: Colonial Genealogies #1, 1607-1920, "Electronic," pg 342
Colonial Families, Vol. VII
Lewis Family
Pilgrim Genealogies and Histories, 1600s-1900s
First Puritan Settlers of Connecticut
, (Genealogical Records), pg 117
Planters of the Commonwealth 1620-1640
Lists of Passengers and the Ships Which Brought Them - 1634.
There has also been a hint that Mary descended from Henry Carey 1st Lord Hunsdon who was in King Henry VIII's household in 1545.

If anyone has evidence to further support these circumstantial claims, or prove things conclusively I would love a copy.

Sources for Lewis info (note this is on Edmund and/or various descendant lines):

Lewisianna Letters. It is a lot to go through as there are 17-20 volumes and each volume has 12 issues. Example Volume 12 No. 7 page XXX.

Also look at the book- Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County Families of Wales and the book Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families.

American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI)--Edmund Lewis b. 1601 Eng, Mass Vol 103 page 328-A genealogical dict. of the first settlers of New England, showing three generations of those who came before May, 1692. By James Savage. Boston. 1861. (4v.) v.3:85 Gen. Column of the " Boston Transcript". 1906-1941. (The greatest single source of material for gen. data for the N.E. area and for the period 1600-1800. Completely indexed in the Index.): 21 May 1902, 5562; 12 Jun 1907, 9271; 12 Sep 1910, 1504; 23 Feb 1926, 3289; 20 Jul 1927, 5869; 25 Jan 1928, 6606; 23 Nov 1931, 1942; 24 May 1933, 6504; 26 Jul 1933, 8864; 17 Aug 1933, 8864

Pioneer Lewis Families by Michael L. Cook

400 Years with a New England Lewes-Lewis Family, by Barbara Lewis Williams

Twelve Generations of Lewis's in America, 1634-1997 by Delbert Lewis

Edmund Lewis-History of Middlesex County, Massachusetts : with biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men Vol.III Cities and towns-- May 1636 shows Edmund as a Freeman and shows him getting land.

Early records of Watertown shows Edmund Lewis and lands.

Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, including Waltham and Weston;  to which is appended The Early History of the Town. with Illustrations, Maps and Notes, by Henry Bond, M.D.

Historical collections of Middlesex County shows Edmund Lewis and land.

The Pioneers of Massachusetts, A Descriptive List, Drawn from Records of the Colonies, Towns and Churches, and other Contemporaneous Documents, by Charles Henry Pope

Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy: First Families of America, Fredrick A. Virkus (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1987), Volume I, p. 642. shows marriage of Edmund and Mary.

Genealogical and family history of central New York : a record of the achievements of her people in the making of a commonwealth and the building of a nation Vol 3 by William Cutter

The Arundel Castle - 1602 - WILLIAM LEWIS - 1671 of Stoke-by-Nayland, England and Some of his Ancestors and Descendants by Isaac Newton Lewis, published in 1932. William Lewis of Roxbury and Edmund Lewes of Lynn is written, "Edmund Lewis, cousin of William." The parish records of Stoke-by-Nayland have only turned up the birth of an Edmund Lewis in the right time frame but no marriage record and has not turned up any record of an Edmond Lewes's birth or marriage.  Nothing on the birth of sons Thomas and John.  Arundel Castle built by Alfred the Great, which was for the Dukes of Norfolk.  Lots of researchers believe this is where the Lewis family of America descends.

Edward ap Lewis settled at the Van in Caerphilly in the early 16th century. He and his descendants acquired extensive lands in the Taff & Rhymney Valleys and in the Vale of Glamorgan, particularly in Llanishen, Whitchurch, Radyr, St.Fagans & Penmark, plus property in Wiltshire and Buckinghamshire. In 1616 Sir Edward Lewis of Van purchased St.Fagans Castle and its surrounding lands from Sir William Herbert and set about improving the castle (really a fortified manor house rather than a true castle).
St.Fagans Castle now called the National Museum of Wales - Museum of Rural Life. The castle itself is a museum and in the grounds have been built many buildings transferred from all over Wales to show what life was like in days past.

The Welsh Lewis surname comes from Henry VIII's passing of the Act of Union. (See A Simple Guide to Constructing 16th Century Welsh Names (in English Contexts) by Tangwystyl verch Morgant Glasvryn, (http://heraldry.sca.org/laurel/welsh16.html).

History of Lynn by Alonzo Lewis states the Lewis name was as popular in Wales as Washington and Franklin in this country.  Note-Alonzo Lewis pedigree is on his monument in the Western Burying Ground, Lynn, showing from William to his son Isaac.

According to http://genealogy.about.com/od/surname_meaning/p/lewis.htm :
The Lewis surname is generally derived from the Germanic given name Lewis (Lowis, Lodovicus), meaning "reknowned, famous battle," from the Germanic elements hlod ‘fame’ + wig ‘war’.

In Wales, the Lewis surname may have derived from an Anglicized form of the personal name Llywelyn.

As an Irish or Scottish surname, Lewis can be an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Lughaidh, meaning "son of Lughaidh," derived from Lugh 'brightness.'

The author (Jill) has her DAR line through the Lewis line through Edmunds 2nd great grandson.

Map Watertown, MA - E. Lewis

Map of Watertown, MA from book by Bond--Jill circled E. Lewis properties in red

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