The Society Of the Cincinnati in The State of Connecticut

The Capture of the Hessians at Trenton, December 26, 1776-1828. Left: Jonathan Trumbull Jr. (1740-1809) - Speaker of the Us House of Representatives. Right: Jonathan Trumbull Sr. (1710-1785) - Governor of Connecticut
The Battle of Bunker's Hill, June 17, 1775. Right: William Hull (1753-1825) - Lieutenant-Colonel in the Continental Army
The Resignation of General Washington, December 23, 1783. Left: Thomas Y. Seymour (1757-1811) - Lieutenant in the 2nd Continental Regiment of the Dragoons
The Death of General Mercer at the Battle of Princeton, January 1777

Lt Thomas Lewis 1740-1815

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Biography of Commissary Thomas Lewis [March-22-2012 by Diana McCain and Carol Whitmer of the
Connecticut Historical Society for William Thomson]

Birth: 7 August 1740, Farmington (Hartford) CT, son of Elisha and Ruth (Wadsworth) Lewis [Julius Gay,
Extracts from “Farmington, Connecticut Vital and Church Records,” ms. at Connecticut Historical Society,” hereafter Gay, Farmington records]

Death: September 1815, Litchfield (Litchfield) CT [Connecticut Courant, 13 September 1815, death notice “At Litchfield, Mr. Thomas Lewis, aged 76, formerly of Farmington”]

Marriage: 24 December 1765, in Farmington (Hartford) CT to Sarah Garnsey of Durham, Connecticut.
[Barbour VR Farmington CT]

Children: By wife Sarah (Garnsey) Lewis:

Daniel Wadsworth Lewis, b. 25 November 1766 [Barbour VR Farmington CT]

Elisha Lewis, b. 4 January 1768 [Barbour VR Farmington CT], bap. 10 June 1768 [Gay,
Farmington records]

Ezekiel Lewis, b. 30 December 1769 [Barbour VR Farmington CT] bap. 31 December 1769
[Gay, Farmington records].

Sarah Lewis, b. 28 August 1774 [Barbour VR Farmington CT], bap. 11 September 1774, d.
29 August 1776 [Gay, Farmington records].

Abigail Lewis, bap. 14 July 1776 [Gay, Farmington records]

Thomas Lewis, circa 1780 [Litchfield Monitor, 17 October 1804 report on death of Thomas
Lewis, merchant, son of Mr. Thomas Lewis of Farmington., age 24, in Savannah
[Georgia] on 25 September 1804, of bilious fever. No record has been found in
Farmington for a son of Thomas and Sarah Lewis born at this time.]

Military: The record of Thomas Lewis’s induction into the Society of the Cincinnati in 1787 does not include
any military rank. In Members of the Society of the Cincinnati Original, Hereditary and Honorary, by
William Thomas (1929), Thomas Lewis’s rank is given as “commissary.”

There are three index entries for Thomas Lewis in Connecticut Men in the War of the Revolution, and two in the Rolls and Lists of Connecticut Men in the Revolution, published as volumes 8 and 12 of the Connecticut Historical Society Collections. None of these men was an officer, and it is at present not possible to determine which, if any, of these men was Thomas Lewis of Farmington.

There are several references in the published Public Records of the State of Connecticut, between 1776 and 1784, to Thomas Lewis of Farmington serving in one case as “commissary of purchases,” and in others as being in charge of transporting supplies for the troops.

Cincinnati: Original Member, July 4, 1787, Hartford, CT [CMWR p. 376].

Occupation: Based on his commissary activities, it is possible Thomas Lewis was a merchant in civilian life.
Discussion: Thomas Lewis was admitted to the Farmington Congregational Church on 23 November 1766.
[Gay, Farmington Records].

Based on a selective survey of Farmington, Connecticut, grantee indexes, beginning in 1766 and continuing until 1795, Thomas Lewis acquired small parcels of land in Farmington, amounting to perhaps more than 12 acres and a house.
Thomas Lewis was living in Farmington in 1790 according to the U.S. census. His household included two boys under 16, two men over 16, three females, and one slave. Thomas Lewis was living in Farmington according to the 1800 U.S. census. His household included a man and a woman over the age of 45, presumably Thomas and his wife Sarah; a man between the ages of 26 and 44, and a woman between the ages of 16 and 25; one free black individual and one slave. In 1810 Thomas Lewis was living in Farmington. His household included only a woman and a man both over 45, presumably Thomas and his wife.

Thomas Lewis moved from Farmington sometime after 1810. By September of 1815 he was living in Litchfield (Litchfield), Connecticut. He died there in 1815. [Connecticut Courant, 13 September 1815, death notice “At Litchfield, Mr. Thomas Lewis, aged 76, formerly of Farmington”]. A notice in the Connecticut Courant for September 3, 1822, reports the death “At Montgomery, (N.Y.) on the 12th ult. Mrs. Sarah Lewis, aged 80, formerly of Farmington, Conn.” This may have been the widow of Thomas Lewis. The location of the graves of Thomas or Sarah Lewis is not known.