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Title: Andrew Lewis, Jackson's River, Virginia, to Brother Thomas Lewis, Staunton.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filelewis, andrew/6
SenderMajor Andrew Lewis
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationarmy officer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginJackson's River, Virginia, USA
DestinationStaunton, Virginia, USA
RecipientLewis, Thomas
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD 3197/4: Deposited by Patricia Burton
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Belfast
Doc. No.9412235
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT/JW, 19:12:1994.
Word Count119
TranscriptTo: Thomas Lewis

From: Andrew Lewis

Jackson's River, May ye 16th, 1755
Dear Brother,
I have been stopping here several days in
purchasing of provisions. I have purchased as much grain as
will serve three months, but will have a great deal of
deficiency in getting of meat. I propose to march in ye
Narrows towards Greenbrier. I think I shall go to Marlings in
two days, where I propose to construct a small fort. I hope
you will be so kind as to remind Mr. Jones to bring pay for
my company from Colonel Wood as often as he has an
opportunity, which he promised to do. I have nothing that is
new to acquaint you of. I am, dear brother, your most
affectionate and very humble servant,
Andrew Lewis

In the Annals of Bath County published in 1918, author
Oren F. Morton stated this letter was the earliest known to
have been written in what is now Bath County, Virginia. It
was written by then Major Andrew Lewis to his brother, Thomas
Lewis, of Staunton, Virginia. The site of "Marlings" is now
Marlington, West Virginia. "Mr Jones" was Gabriel Jones,
Kings Attorney of Augusta County and brother-in-law of Thomas

Two hundred and ten years later, in mid-May of 1965, Major
Andrew Lewis' fifth great-grandson, Major Edward Higgins
White II, was undergoing training at the Kennedy Space Center
in Florida for the Gemini 4 flight. On June 3, 1965, at
3.45 P.M., Major White became the first American to walk in
outer space.

Two hundred and twenty-two years later, in mid-May of
1977, Thomas Lewis' fifth great-grandson, Charles Spittal
Robb, was campaigning in the democratic primary in Virginia
for the office of lieutenant-governor. On June 24, 1977,
Charles S. Robb won the three-man race.
Words (in letter): 119