Saturday, September 24, 2011

Descendants of Edmond Lewes of Lynn, Massachusertts

After ten years of research, I now have the Lewis line put together in book form: Descendants of Edmond Lewes of Lynn, Massachusetts. This has the descendants pf Edmond Lewes down to my Father, as well as spouses and children not my diect descendants. I also have my latest research on the origin of Edmond Lewes in Suffolk, England.

This is a paper back book, with a coil binding for easy reference. I have it available for cost at at the following address: You can also download a PDF copy for free.

This is Part one, the House of Lewes. I'll be adding maternal lines to it as I go along, and more research on the origins of the House of Lewes in England.



Sunday, September 18, 2011

"Descendants of Edmond Lewes" Now in Print

I've completed the first volume of Descendants of Edmond Lewes of Lynn, Massachusetts.

This is the genealogy of my LEWIS line, from Edmond Lewes, who came to Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1634 aboard the ship Elizabeth, from Ipswich Suffolk, England, the culmination of ten years of genealogical research.

I've made this book available for cost, or a free PDF download, at

Following volumes will document the maternal lines of my paternal ancestry, (CARPENTER, MARSHALL, JANVRIN, RUDE, LOFLAND/LAUGHLIN, DOTY), and my full maternal ancestry (MONKMAN, DEWOLF, CLAXTON, BREWSTER).

Friday, August 12, 2011

"Professional" Genealogists

In researching my Lewis line over the past ten years, I've come across many web sites for "professional" genealogists, those who offer to do genealogical research for hire. Most of them are legitimate, with real credentials and a track record to demonstrate their expertise.

I have also come across web sites for those who are obviously not professional genealogists, yet who make the claim and offer to do genealogical research for hire.

How can one tell the difference? How can one who really would like some help in the details of intricate genealogical research sift the legitimate genealogists from those simply posing as genealogists for their own reasons?

First of all, genealogy is a discipline based on documentation. Any web site that makes claims of genealogical connections based on heresay, rumor, innuendo, supposition or guesswork is not run by a professional genealogist. A genealogist answers questions with documentation and does not pose hypothetical questions of dubious historical connections. Any genealogists who claims great antiquity to many historical figures is also not a professional, in that deep antiquity cannot be proven, in the absence of very rare and highly unusual documentation.

Another good clue is a raft of genealogical "awards" displayed on the web site, especially when the "award" graphics do not link to any organization or web site, but are merely there for display and personal aggrandizement.

Genealogy is a labor of love, a task many of us take for on our own satisfaction, not to line our pockets with pecuniary recompense. We give our research to others for free, for personal satisfaction and for the love of our families.

Beware of genealogists bearing great gifts! If they seem to good to be true, they probably are.

The Edmond Lewes Welsh Myth

The continued assertion that Edmond Lewes was born in Llys Talybont, Glamorgan, Wales is based on two references listed in The Lewis Families of Wales and America, 1928, by Edward Simmons Lewis.

“'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.”  from the 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.”  From the History of Lynn by Alonzo Lewis and James Newhall.

These two quotations are both refuted by subsequent research. 1602 - WILLIAM LEWIS - 1671 of Stoke-by-Nayland, England and Some of his Ancestors and Descendants by Isaac Newton Lewis, 1932, documents the origin of William Lewes of Roxbury in Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, England, a descendant of Edmond Lewes, born in 1519. I.N. Lewis made the claim that Edmund Lewis of Lynn was "a cousin of William Lewis of Roxbury," not his brother, but he provides no documentation to substantiate this claim.

My research confirms the Stoke-by-Nayland origin of William Lewes of Roxbury. I found no Edmond/Edmund Lewes in this line born in or around 1600 that could be our Edmond Lewes of Lynn. 

However, there are numerous records of the birth of an Edmond Lewes in the communities surrounding Ipswich, Suffolk, and patterns of occurance of this Lewes line through time, including records of his presence in Ipswich from 1630. (Descendants of Edmond Lewes of Lynn, Arana Gulch Press, 2011)

Since a document exists recording the presence of Edmund Lewis at Llys Talybont, Glamorgan, Wales in 1637 (Survey of Lystalyboint, 1653), there is no longer reason to continue the myth that the Edmond Lewes of Watertown and Lynn, Massachusetts was the same historical person as Edmund Lewis of Wales.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Edmond Lewes not from Glamorgan, Wales

We now have definitive documentation that Edmond Lewes of Lynn, Massachusetts was not the same historical figure as Edmund Lewis of Llys Talybont, Glamorgan, Wales, as claimed by Edward Simmons Lewis in The Lewis Family of Wales and America, 1928, The Journal of American History, Volume XXII, Third Quarter, Number 3.

To whit: 

Survey of Llystalybont of 1653

Edmund LEWIS, Gent, Houldeth There by coppie of court rowle enrowled and bearing the date eight day of may in the 13th; year of the late King Charles I, in the year of our lord god 1637. One messuadge one of chard. one garden, and 36 acres of lands arable meadow and pasture with appurtence for the terme of his leiff and the lives of CATHERIN his wiffe and Thomas LEWIS their sonn and the longest liver of them successive lie according to the custome of the said manor at Ye yearlie rent of 8/4d. Etc; etc; signed by Thomas LEWIS esq; Then Steward of the Said Manor. 

(The Old County borough of Cardiff, Vol III, page 313, dated 1653; Local Studies Dept., Cardiff Central Library)

This definitively 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.

From: Descendants of Edmond Lewes of Lynn, Copyright 2011, Arana Gulch Press, Santa Cruz, California, all rights reserved.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Edmond Lewes of Lynn - his maculate conception

Edmond Lewes of Lynn, Massachusetts is an historically documented individual. His name was variously spelled "Edmund Lewis" or "Edmond Lewes," as spelling was not yet standardized. The "Lewis" surname became established in the 18th Century. Edmond Lewes's name was not spelled Louis or Luis in any documentation.

The Lewis Family of Wales and America, 1923, by Edward Simmons Lewis, states that Edmund Lewis came from Llys Talybont, Glamorgan, Wales, but offers no documentation to support the claim that the Edmund Lewis of Wales was the same person as the Edmond Lewes who traveled to Massachusetts Bay Colony aboard the Elizabeth out of Ipswich, Suffolk, England, 250 miles from Cardiff over primitive roads.

Descendants of John Gamage of Ipswich, MASS, Archeologia Cambrensis, Planagenet Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, History of Antiquities of Glamorganshire and his Families and Ancestry of C.S. Lewis say nothing about Edmond Lewes of Lynn, Massachusetts.

Francis Lewis, signer of the American Declaration of Independence in 1776, was not related to Edmond Lewes of Lynn in 1634.

Edmund Lewis of Lynn Massachusetts and Some of His Descendants by George Harlan Lewis in 1908,does not state that Edmund Lewis of Lynn came from King's Lynn (Lynn Regis), Norfolk, England. Lewis says, "Edmund Lewis, who came to this country and first settled in Watertown, is said to have come from Lynn Regis (King's Lynn), England, but there is no record of him or any of his family on the church records there."

There is no evidence, circumstantial or otherwise, that Edmond Lewes married Mary Carey. Nor is there any evidence circumstantial or otherwise, that Edmond Lewes of Lynn, Massachusetts was the same historical person as Edmund Lewis of Llys Talybont, Glamorgan, Wales. Offering this as a possibility merely perpetuates 
the myth of Edmond Lewes's origin. 

The Lewis family in America by Stephen M. Lawson, Family History: Colonial Genealogies, Colonial Families, Vol. VII Lewis FamilyPilgrim Genealogies and Histories, First Puritan Settlers of Connecticut, Planters of the Commonwealth, Lists of Passengers and the Ships Which Brought Them, offer no evidence whatsoever as to the surname of Edmond Lewes's wife.

None of the following sources offer any information as to the origin or Edmond Lewes of Lynn, nor of the surname of his wife Mary:
Lewisianna LettersAnnals and Antiquities of the Counties and County Families of WalesMagna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval FamiliesAmerican Genealogical-Biographical Index, 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, History of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Early records of Watertown, Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, Historical collections of Middlesex County, 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, Genealogical and family history of central New York, 1602 - WILLIAM LEWIS - 1671 of Stoke-by-Nayland, England and Some of his Ancestors and Descendants.
Throwing out a compendium of sources obscures the reality of researching the origins of Edmond Lewes, which are buried somewhere in the records of Ipswich and Suffolk County in England. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Genealogical Mythology

There has been a resurgence of late of the myth of the origin of Edmond Lewes of Lynn, Massachusetts. I have written of it here before, and it becomes necessary to reiterate the realities of Edmond's origin.

First, there is no evidence to support the claim made in The Lewis Families of Wales and America by Edward Simmons Lewis that Edmond Lewes of Lynn, Massachusetts was the same person as Edmund Lewis, born in 1601 in Llys Talybont, Glamorgan, Wales. Unsupported claims are not evidence. Circumstantial evidence is just a guess, it is not evidence. Edward Simmons Lewis made the claim with no support, therefore the claim is not supported.

There is no evidence to support the claim that Edmond Lewes of Lynn married Mary Carey. This is a completely unsupported claim originally posted in the LDS FamilySearch web site. No documentation is offered, no evidence put forth to support the claim. For all we know, this was made up out of whole cloth. Subsequent research in Parish records throughout Norfolk and Suffolk in England have revealed no evidence of the birth of Mary Carey or any subsequent relationship with Edmond Lewes of Lynn. There is not even a hint or circumstantial evidence that Edmond Lewes married Mary Carey.

There is however ample documentation of Edmond Lewes in and around Ipswich in early to mid 17the Century. And therefore there is no reason to make claims about the origins of Edmond Lewes of Lynn anywhere else in the world until it can be proven definitively that the Edmond Lewes's in and around Ipswich are NOT the same person as Edmond Lewes of Lynn, Massachusetts.

Anyone who makes claims of hints, circumstantial evidence, or who poses questions with no answers are engaged in irresponsible speculative genealogy. This only compounds the problems posed by historical publications that contain information that remains unsupported and that are repeated ad infinitum. Genealogies that make fictitious claims of deep antiquity are unrealistic at best and ultimately irresponsible.