Richard Llewellyn 1763-1833

Billie Harris - Oct 27, 2008

The following article is from Llewellyn Traces, March and June 1997, by Martha J. Abbey.

"The many names of Richard Llewellyn, 1763-1833.

"We have wondered if Peyton Lieuallen (1798-1880) (see page 8) belonged somewhere in the line of Richard Llewellyn (1763-1833) of Prince Edward County, Virginia, and Anderson County, Tennessee.

"Richard llewellyn is another man for whom ecords are scarce.   his life may elude us because he not only spelled his surname a variety of ways but, according to descendants, he also used creative given names.

"We've looked for him in records only as Richard Llewellyn or Lewallen or Luallen, but two descendants call him Sam Richard.   And one of those descendants (a great granddaughter) lists three different names which, according to her recollections, he used during certain periods of his life.   in early years, she says, he was Richard L. Luallen and S. William Llewellyn, and, at the time of his second marriage, he was Sam Richard Llewellyn, as well as Richard Llewellyn, Lewallen and Luallen.

"Worth S. Ray in Tennessee Cousins, said he believed that Richard Llewellyn belonged somewhere in the family of Llewellyns (Lewellens) of Norfolk County, Virginia.   Perhaps.   But so far, we have no links to Norfolk County for Richard except for his first marriage there when he was 30 years old.

"We do know the following:

"Richard Llewellyn, born in 1763 in Blackwater Precinct, Prince Edward County, Virginia, is a DAR patriot.   He served in the American Revolution, entering service as a private in 1781 while living in Prince Edward County.   He served three months under Captain Thomas Owens in Col. Richard Bibbs' regiment of militia.   After this service, he volunteered, still in 1781, for an additional three months under Capt. Nathaniel Cunningham in Col. John Holcomb's regiment of militia.   He was in the battle of Yorktown.

"In 1832 while living in Anderson County, Tennessee, he received Revolutionary War pension W 26211.   Richard Llewellyn died the following year on 8 May 1833 in Anderson County, Tennessee.   He was 70 years old.   According to one reference, when in Anderson County, he lived 'two or three miles north of Clinton.'

"Richard Llewellyn was married twice.   his first wife was Grace 'Gracey' Stokely, whom he married 30 March 1793 in Norfolk County, Virginia.   After Gracey's death, he married Parazeda Vowell (1796-after 1866) on 1 July 1818 in Anderson County, Tennessee, when he was 55.

"In 1855, at the age of 59, Prazeda (Vowell) Lewallen was granted Bounty Land Warrant 34923, based upon Richard Lewallen's Revolutionary service.

"In his first marriage, Richard Llewellyn was the father of nine children:   Charles, John, Susannah (Kirkpatrick), Betsy (moore), Richard Burton, Polly (Patton), Millie (Queener), Ann and Samuel Smith.   Some of these children spelled their surname 'Lewallen,' others 'Llewellyn' or 'Luallen.'

"Children of the second marriage were Alexander M., Nancy (Bailey), Daniel, Louisa, Jesse and Freeman.

'Some researchers have jumped to the conclusion that Richard had a son named Daniel and Peyton Lieuallen (1798-1880) had a brother hamed Daniel, therefore Peyton must have been Richard's son.   We disagree.   We are dealing here with two different Daniels.

"Here's why:   Daniel Lewallen (1789-1849) brother of Peyton, was born 28 or 29 years before Richard Llewellyn's 1818 marriage to Paraseda Vowell, who was the mother of Richard's son Daniel.

"Much more work needs to be done on Richard Llewellyn (Lewallen, Luallen) and his family.   And researchers must hunt for records created by Richard L. Luallen, S. William Lewellyn, and Sam Richard Llewellyn as suggested by his descendants.   We then must determine which records apply to the man we know as Richard Llewellyn (1763-1833) of Prince Edward County, Virginia and Anderson County, Tennessee...."

Billie Harris - Dec 10, 2008

I just found the following post on GenForum by Gloria Burris, a member of this site.   It pertains to Richard and his son John so I'm posting it here for future reference.

Richard Lewallen/Luallen VA>TN & h/son John Lewallen
Posted by: Gloria Burris (ID *****0621) Date: September 08, 2007 at 12:02:08
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I have just been checking some of the information listed on RootsWeb on Richard Lewallen born 1763. This has to be some of the most distorted information I have ever seen! These people placed this information on this site many years ago & since changed their email. I cannot contact them & the information is so wronggggggggggggg!

I wish to inform these people if they monitor this list to please go to RootsWeb & delete it off or make the correction! The information they have listed on Richard Lewallen/Luallen b 1763 Prince Edward Co, VA son John Lewallen is incorrectly stated. Richard Lewallen has an Unknown spouse in which I believe he had 3 children. One being John Lewallen b 1790 Prob Prince Edward Co, VA & d Jan 06, 1839 Anderson Co, TN married to Nancy Unk b Abt 1790 & d March 18, 1846 Anderson Co, TN.

I don't where they got the name John Robert Babil Lewallen b Abt 1788 d 1848 & m to Hannah Motley ??? as the son of Richard Lewallen b. 1763???

John Lewallen b 1790 & married to Nancy Unk are my gggg/g/parents. My John Lewallen was always in Anderson Co, TN.
Ref: DAR # 381533; Rev War Pension, File W-26211
Lewallen, Richard (b 1763 Prince Edward Co, VA & d May 8, 1833 prob. Anderson Co.) Lived Prince Edward Co, VA during the war. Entered the service as Pvt. 1781. Service-VA Line. Age 71-1832 pension list-Anderson Co, TN; 1834 P. L.W. m 1st 1773 Norfolk Co, VA to Grace Stokley, m 2nd June 1, 1818 Anderson Co, TN to Parazeda Vowell. Children: JOHN, Samuel, Richard, Charles, Betsy married Samuel Moore, Polly married Jesse Patton, Susannah married James Kirkpatrick, Milly, Ann, Alexander, Nancy, Daniel, Jesse, Louise, & Freeman.

Here's the proof!
John Lewallen was deceased by 1840. I didn't find Nancy Lewallen listed as head of household in 1840. Don't have any idea who she was living with???
John Lewallen was listed in," A Promise of Good Things," Longfield Baptist Church 1831-1981, by Edith Wilson Hutton, pages 15, 21, 33, 39, 41, First elected treasurer, (also church clerk) p 43, 44, (Recorded Deaths 1831-1839) John Lewallen, Jan 6, 1839. P. 78, 92, 244, 334, 339, (See biographical sketch) John Lewallen, 340, 341, 713)
Taken from "A Promise of Good Things:" Longfield Chuch Records, by Edith Wilson Hutton
The surname is spelled various ways by different branches of the family. The 1830 Federal Census of Anderson Co list the surname of Richard as "Luallen" & John's surname as "Lewallen;" however, the name is spelled Luallen in the church minutes & in court records.
John Luallen, his wife, Nancy, & daughter, Elizabeth H were received into the Arm of Zion by experience, Nov 1833. They became charter members when the church was instituted in 1834.
When clerk Aaron Baxter was excluded, the church elected John Luallen to take his place. John served as the first clerk after the church was formally instituted in 1834. He was also treasurer in 1836.
In Sept of 1836, John Luallen & his family prepared to move from their Anderson Co home. John & his wife & dau applied for dismission letters from the church. Before they were able to move, John Luallen became ill. He died on Jan 6, 1839.
In April 1839, Nancy Luallen & her daughter, Elizabeth returned their membership to the church. They remained members for several years. Nancy Luallen died in March 1846.
It is not known, where John & Nancy Luallen are buried; however many years after their death, the church held a meeting at "Luallen Graveyard."
John & Nancy Luallen were parents of several children. As heirs of John Luallen, the children's names are mentioned in Anderson Co Deed transfers, 1840 & 1842. Names of children listed from the book.
1-Polly Luallen b ca 1812 m Alfred Daniel. Polly & Alfred were living in IL in 1840.
2-Jane Luallen b ca 1815 m Arthur W Herrel.
3-Elizabeth H Luallen b abt 1818 m Calvin M Slover.
4-John Luallen b abt 1820 m Elizabeth I Bailey.
5-Charles Luallen b abt 1825. Charles was a minor when his father died & John Leinart became his guardian.

Sources Consulted
1-Deeds of Anderson Co TN, 1840-1842. Office of Register of Deeds, Anderson Co Courthouse, Clinton, TN.
2-Federal Census Schedule, Anderson Co, TN 1830, C L McClung Historical Collection, The East TN Historical Center, Knoxville, TN.
3-Military & Pension Records of Richard Lewallen, Certificate # W26211. National Archives, Washington, DC.
4-Minutes from Longfield Baptist Church, Book I. C. L. McClung Historical Collection, The East TN Historical Center, Knoxville, TN.
5-Queener, Lillie Luallen. Incidents & Recollections of the Richard LaFayette Luallen Family. Washington College, TN: Pioneer Printers, 1965.

Recorded Anderson Co, TN: Deed Book K-1, PP 190-194, Oct 2, 1840.
Names all of John & Nancy Lewallen's children.
1-Polly Lewallen wife of Alfred Daniel. They were living in IL.
2-Jane Lewallen
3-Elizabeth Lewallen
4-John Lewallen
5-Charles Lewallen, & acting as his guardian was John Leinart & Nancy Lewallen, widow of John Lewallen deceased.

Recorded Anderson Co, TN, Deed Book K-1 P 180, Sept 20, 1840
Each Luallen child received 40A from division of John Luallen's estate.
Elizabeth, Jane, Charles by gdn John Leinard, John & Nancy widow of John decd, all heirs at lw of John decd to James Ross. All of Anderson Co except Polly Daniel; $200; women all signed with X.

Recorded Anderson Co, TN: Deed Book K-1, PP 186-187, Oct 2, 1840. Polly & Alfred 40A to Elizabeth Luallen.

Recorded Anderson Co, TN: Deed Book K 1-P 188; Jane, Charles, John, Nancy to Elizabeth.

Recorded Anderson Co, TN: Deed Book K-1 P 157, Nov 4, 1840. Polly Luallen, form, Polly Luallen & Alfred Daniel heir of John Luallen, decd, both of Cass Co, IL, & Charles Luallen by gdn John Leinard, Anderson Co, TN; land in Anderson Co, TN; Dist 5; Charles has interest after death of Nancy Luallen, widow of John Luallen, decd. John Wilson, JP of Cass Co, IL, wit, acknowledgements.

Recorded Anderson Co, TN Deed Book K-1, P 184 Polly Luallen, Alfred Daniel to James Ross.

Recorded Anderson Co, TN Deed Book K-1, P 190 Polly Luallen Daniel & Alfred Daniel to Jane Lewallen.

Recorded Anderson Co, TN Deed Book K-1, P 195 Polly Luallen Daniel & Alfred Daniel to John Lewallen.

I don't have any idea to whom their John Robert Babil Lewallen b Abt 1788 belongs but it isn't to Richard Lewallen b 1763 who also died in Anderson Co, TN. Richard Lewallen m 2nd Mar 30, 1793 Norfolk Co, VA to Gracey Stokley; 3rd Jul 01, 1818 Anderson Co, TN to Parazeda Vowell.

If anyone has John Robert Babil Lewallen b Abt 1788 as the son of Richard Lewallen born 1763, please correct your data.

Thank you,
Gloria Fay (Harmon) Burris