Abel Lewis

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Abel Lewis
B: about 1733
D: ???

Married ???

Charity Berryman
B: about 1737
D: ???

Name Born Died Married
Charity Berryman 1759 after 1830
Perry Co, AL
Bartlett Yancy Eaves
B: 1765
D: after 1830
Perry Co, AL
M: 1783
Rutherford Co, NC

Bartlett Yancy Eaves was the son of Graves Eaves Jr and his wife Martha Nancy Yancey. We know that Bartlett and Thomas Robinson Jr left Rutherford Co, NC about the same time and ended up in Jasper Co, GA together. Thomas Robinson Jr sells land to Bartlett in the early 1800's in Jasper Co. Here are the names of the children of Bartlett and Charity Berryman Lewis:

Nancy Eaves born about 1784 Rutherford Co, NC.
Graves Perry Eaves born about 1786 Rutherford Co, NC
Abel Lewis Eaves born about 1789 Rutherford Co, NC
Bartlett Yancy Eaves born about 1792 Rutherford Co, NC
Howard Harvey Eaves born about 1794 Rutherford Co, NC
Burrell Eaves born about 1796 Rutherford Co, NC
Jesse Berryman Eaves born about 1798 Rutherford Co, NC
Charity Eaves born about 1800 Rutherford Co, NC

Two of these names, Abel Lewis and Jesse Berryman are the exact names Thomas Robinson Jr and Sarah Lewis named their sons. To me, this is strong proof that Charity Berryman was a wife of Abel Lewis and perhaps the mother of Sarah Lewis Robinson.

The Berryman name, used for the last six generations in my family, has been somewhat of a mystery on where it actually came from. My Great Aunt Helen Robinson Graves, who wrote a book on our family history believed it came from a man named Jesse Berry who married Abel Lewis's widow after he died. His step daughter, Sarah Lewis Robinson liked him so much she named a son, Jesse Berryman Robinson, after him. Today we know that is incorrect and that Abel Lewis was still alive when his daughter, Sarah Lewis Robinson, married Thomas Robinson Jr.

Another possibility was Berryman Hicks. The Hicks family had married into the Berryman family and had carried the name down through several generations. It was thought Berryman Hicks may have been the preacher who married Sarah Lewis and Thomas Robinson Jr and they used the name.

Questions that need answering:

1. Who was Charity's father? Was it Jesse Berryman?
2. Where was she born? If 1759 is correct, it wouldn't have been Spartanburg Co, SC.
3. What proof is there Charity Berryman married Abel Lewis and if no proof where does it come from?
4. I've been told they were married in Hanover County, VA. Does anyone have proof of this?