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Historical Documents of Genealogical Interest to Researchers of North Carolina's Free People of Color

Tag: Lewis

United States Colored Troops, no. 11.

14 H. Art’y. U.S.C.T. Alfred Bailey. Co. A, 14 H. Art’y. U.S.C.T. Reg’t. appears on Company Descriptive Book of the organization named above. Description: age, 24 years; height, 5 feet 10 inches; complexion, light; eyes, black; hair, black; where born, Hertford County, NC; occupation, laborer. Enlistment: when, 2 Aug 1864; where, New Bern; by whom: W.H. Wrigley; term, 3 years. Remarks: Appointed Corp, July 25, ‘65.

14 H. Art’y. U.S.C.T. George Boone. Co. C, 14 H. Art’y. U.S.C.T. appears on Company Descriptive Book of the organization named above. Description: age, 40 years; height, 5 feet 8 inches; complexion, light; eyes, dark; hair, dark; where born, Hertford County, NC; occupation, farmer. Enlistment: when, 1 Mar 1864; where, New Bern; by whom: Lt. Wheaton; term, 3 years.

In the 1860 census of Hertford County: Geo. Boone, 38, wife Francis, 33, and Susan Boone, 11.

14 H. Art’y. U.S.C.T. Giles Lewis. Co. C, 14 H. Art’y. U.S.C.T. appears on Company Descriptive Book of the organization named above. Description: age, 20 years; height, 5 feet 8 inches; complexion, light; eyes, black; hair, black; where born, Hertford County, NC; occupation, farmer. Enlistment: when, 1 Mar 1864; where, New Bern; by whom: Lt. Wheaton; term, 3 years.

Giles A. Lewis. Died 18 June 1915, Ahoskie, Hertford County. Colored. Married. Farmer. Born February 1844 in Hertford County to Elby Lewis and Fannie Manly. Buried near Ahoskie. Informant, Devanie Lewis, Ahoskie.

14 H. Art’y. U.S.C.T. Elvey Lewis. Co. C, 14 H. Art’y. U.S.C.T. appears on Company Descriptive Book of the organization named above. Description: age, 21 years; height, 5 feet 8 inches; complexion, light; eyes, dark; hair, dark; where born, Hertford County, NC; occupation, farmer. Enlistment: when, 1 Mar 1864; where, New Bern; by whom: Lt. Wheaton; term, 3 years.

37 U.S.C.T. William Lewis. Co. B, 37 U.S.C.T. appears on Company Descriptive Book of the organization named above. Description: age, 26 years; height, 5 feet 10 1/2 inches; complexion, mulatto; eyes, hazel; hair, black; where born, Hertford County, NC; occupation, farmer. Enlistment: when, 29 December 1863; where, Plymouth; by whom: Capt. H.L. Marvin; term, 3 years. Remarks: Mustered in January 30, 1864 at Norfolk, Va by Capt. J.R. Gould.

37 U.S.C.T. James Lewis. Co. B, 37 U.S.C.T. appears on Company Descriptive Book of the organization named above. Description: age, 24 years; height, 5 feet 8 1/2 inches; complexion, mulatto; eyes, d. hazel; hair, black; where born, Hertford County, NC; occupation, farmer. Enlistment: when, 29 December 1863; where, Plymouth; by whom: Capt. H.L. Marvin; term, 3 years. Remarks: Mustered in January 30, 1864 at Norfolk, Va by Capt. J.R. Gould.

In the 1850 census of Southern District, Hertford County: Ebbe Lewis, 38, laborer, wife Francis, 32, and children William, 12, Alfred, 10, Elvey, 7, Jiles, 5, Martha, 1, and 87 year-old Alexander Saunders, laborer. 

A guide for scouting parties of Union troops.

Willis M. Lewis filed claim #11536 with the Southern Claims Commission.  He was a farmer and resided on Trent Road in Craven County about three miles from New Bern.  “I frequently acted as a guide for scouting parties of United States troops, often aided and cared for sick and wounded soldiers.” Troops took his mare, hogs and corn and cut down pine trees for lumber to build barracks.  The 12th N.Y. Cavalry were encamped about ¾ mile from his place, and the 8th Connecticut were within 1 ½ miles. “I am a colored man, was free born, this property was my own.  The land from which the timber was cut I inherited from my father, the other property I purchased with moneys of my own.”

Calvin Bryan, age 34, testified to Lewis’ loyalty, confirming that Lewis had cared for sick Union soldiers and had guided scouting parties. He averred that Lewis “often said that he would go north if [the Confederacy] succeeded, he would not stay.” He witnessed Lewis’ property being hauled off to Camp Palmer.

In the 1860 census of Richardsons, Craven County: Willis Lewis, 74, farmer, with Sidney, 30, Willis, 22, Frederick, 8, Edward, 5, and Robinson Lewis, 4; plus James A. Morgan, 14; Frances Williams, 24; and Charles Sampson, 5.