Monongalia County, Virginia (West VA) - Samuel, John, Jacob, Thomas, Doctor

Billie Harris - Dec 12, 2008

the following came from the March and June 1997 edition of Llewellyn Traces by Martha Abbey:

"Records of Monongalia County, (West) Virginia

"...adjoining Samuel Llewellyn...'

"For the purpose of locating and tracing the holdings of men named Samuel Llewellyn (and a few others) in Monongalia County, (West Virginia, here are abstracts of deeds found in the county's Deed Book 'Old Series,' Volumes I-4, 1784-1810, abstracted and gathered by Rick Toothman into a book published in 1994.   This material should be compared with 'A 36-Year Time Line of Llewellyn Records in Monongalia County, (West) Virginia," in Llewellyn Traces 4:3, on page 49.

"The names and dates of the individuals involved in each deed are given here for the convenience of tracking each parcel of land in later transactions.   although most of these deeds do not actually involve Llewellyn land, the locations mentioned near or adjoining Llewellyn land are significant in our research in Monongalia County at the time when there seem to have been at least two Samuel Llewellyns, and perhaps more, contemporary with each other.   The deeds locate neighbors, and include a few allied names.

"All spellings are as they are in the records, thus avoiding our practice of using sic.   The records below have been placed in chronological order, although some are not in chronological order in the volume in which they are published.   A few other references to documents concerning Monongalia locations have been added to this article, making it a time line of sorts.

"1783, 1 September, patent to Samuel Lewellin.   (See 11 February 1797 below.)   An Appendix titled 'Other early Monongalia Land Transfers' placed at the end of the Toothman book lists the following transactions, with no specific location indicated:

   "1787, Samuel Luellen to James Cleland, acreage illegible (page 377.)
   "1787, Jacob Cozad to Samuel Lewellen, 103 acres (page 378).
   "1787, Samuel Luellen to Thomas Neely, 306 acres (page 378)
   "1787, Samuel Luellen to Thomas Neely, 306 acres (page 378).

   "1788, March, Samuel Luellen to Thomas Neely, 135 acres (page 378)
   "1788, March, James Luellen to Daniel Neely, 133 acres (page 378)

   "1789, November, John LuAlen to John Fowler, 96 acres (page 378).
   "1789.   November.   John LuAlen to William Neighbours, 40 acres (page 379)

   "1792.   Jacob LuAlen to John Galaspie, 355 acres to Hugh (?) McNeely's district (page 380)
   "1792.   Jacob LuAlen to William Kennedy, 73 acres in Hugh (?) McNeely's district (page 380)

   "1797, 11 February, Neal and Nancy Gillespie of Washington County, Pennsylvania (deeded) to James Gillispie 350 acres on east side of Cheat River adjoining Rubles Run, Morgans Run, Samuel Lewellen.   Delivered to James Gillespie 12 April 1803.   Recorded:   OS 1:370 (page 48).   (Please see 'The Widow Gillespie, a Llewellyn," in Llewellyn Traces 4:4, page 69, and 'The Widow Gillespie.'   Actually Wasn't in this issue on page 15.)
   "1797 11 July, Samuel Lewellen of Washington County, Kentucky, sells to Richard Stephens (of Nelson County, Kentucky) 220 acres in Monongalia County, Virginia, laying on the east side of the Cheat River at the mouth of Morgans Run...adjoining Bartholomew Jenkins on Cheat River...'lands to be understood where Samuel Lewellen formerly lived and now his Son John lives'... (Please see Llewellyn Traces 7:2, page 33, for this deed, which does not seem to be included among published Monongalia County deed abstracts, although it was ordered recorded in Monongalia County in May 1798.)

   "1798, 12 February, James Henthorn of Mason County, Kentucky, by his attorney, deeded to Daniel Kiger 1000 acres in Monongalia County (now Harrison County) on right hand branch of Big Sandy adjoining Samuel Lieuellen.   Tract (was) patented to Samuel Hanaway 20 June 1787, sold by him (Hanaway) to Christian Wireman in 1790, by Wireman to James Henthorn, also in 1790.   Recorded OS 1:353 and 354 (page 47.)
   "1798, 15 May, Doctor Lewellin, with his 'X' signed as a witness to the deed of Arthur and Sarah Trader to Elisha Griffith for 22 acres on Rubles Run, patented 3 March 1785 (page 52).

   "1800, April Court, road petition signed by Thomas Lewellen, among many others including, of interest, Jacob Jones, Joshua Gough and Jabish Bell, touches upon William McDannald's on Tyger Valley River, Swamps Settlement, Robert Wilson's Mill and German Settlement.   (Please see Llewellyn Traces 7:3, page 54 for this petition.)
   "1800, September Court, road petition signed by Doctor Lewellen, John Lewellen, Samuel Lewellen, among many others, along with a statement by Hannah Lewellen, mentions Ice's Ferry, Gillespie's 'old mill' and Reubel's Mill.   (Please see Llewellyn Traces 7:3, page 54, for this petition.)

   "1801, 11 June, David Scott (deeded to Daniel Merchand 500 acres adjoining Samuel Lieuellen, surveyed for Scott, assignee of thomas Evans, assignee of William Hill, patented (blank).   Delivered to Dr. Daniel Merchand.   Recorded 0S 2:198 (page 109)
   "1801, 13 September, Dudley and Ann Arah Evans (deeded) to Thomas Lewellen 100 acres on Three Fork Creek and Swamp Run, adjoining Jabish Bell and James Thomas.   Part of a 1700 acre patent (to Dudley Evans) of 23 August 1797.   Acknowledged in court, April 1802.   Delivered to John Jones 14 April 1806.   Recorded:   OS 2:458 (page 160)

   "1802. 1 November.   Dudley and Annah Evans (deeded) to Henry Wolf of Loudoun County (Virginia) 800 acres on Three Fork Creek, adjoining lands of Dudley Evans, John Evans, James Cunant (?), Robert (?), (?) Bell, Thomas Lewellen, William Dragoo, and George Swank.   Excepted is 100 acres already sold to John Jones.   Acknowledged in court 13 December 1802.   Delivered to A. McClelland 15 December 1802.   Recorded OS 2:468 (page 162).

   "1803, 14 February, Jeremiah and Sally Tanehill (deeded) to Francis Collins 83 acres, part of the tract where Samuel Lewellen formerly lived, adjoining Charles Donaldson's former land and Widow Jenkins.   Acknowledged in court February 1804.   Delivered to Robert Woods 26 August 1806.   Recorded 0S 3:38 (page 188).

   "1808, 21 September, Enoch and Amelia Evans, formerly of Monongalia (no current address stated) (deeded) to Nimrod Evans 304 acres at Cheat Neck adjoining Francis Warman, William Norris, James Donaldson and Samuel Lewellen.   Patented to Bartholomew Jenkins 1 November 1782, and devised by his will to his daughter Amelia, who has since intermarried with Enoch Evans, but not to take effect until the death of Mary Jenkins, his widow and Amelia's mother.   Acknowledged by Amelia Evans in Cape Girardeau District (area not identified but it would seem to be Missouri Territory) 16 December 1808.   Proved by witness March 1809.   Recorded:   OS 4:358-360 (page 344).

   "1809, 21 March, Francis and Ann Collins (deeded to John Downer, 83 acres adjoining Samuel Luellen.   Widow Jenkins and Charles Donaldson, tract where Samuel Luellen used to live.   Acknowledged in court June 1809.   Delivered to him (Downer) April 1810.   Recorded:   OS 4:411 (page 355)   (this appears to be the same area that is involved in the 14 February 1803 deed.)

   "1822, 28 Jnuary, will drawn by Samuel Lewellen (probated 9 December 1822) in Jefferson County, Kentucky, mentions 67 acres of land, part of 400 acre parcel, owned in Monongalia County, Virginia (Will abstracted from Jefferson County, Kentucky, Will Book 2, page 195, in Early Settlers of Kentucky, Records of Jefferson County, Kentucky).

   "References:   The Filson Club, Early Settlers of Kentucky, Records of Jefferson County, Kentucky (Baltimre GPC, 1988), page 241 and 242; Llewellyn Traces 4:3, page 49; 4:4, page 69 and 7:2, pages 33, 54; Rick Toothman, Monongalia County (West Virginia, Deedbook Records 1784-1810 (Old Series Volumes 1-4), (Bowie, Maryland:   Heritage Books, Inc, 1994); Melba Pender Zinn, compiler, Monongalia County, (West) Virginia, Records of the District, Superior and County Courts, Volume 4, 1800-18902, 1810 (Bowie, Maryland:   Heritage Books, Inc, 1992); Melba Pender Zinn compiler, Monongalia County (West) Virginia, Records of the District, Superior and County Courts, Volume 8: 1822-1812 and 1814-1829 (Bowie, Maryland:   Heritage Books, Inc. 1996)."

(my note:   the citation given of Volume 8:1922-1812 and 1814-1829 just above is exactly as is the Llewellyn traces.)

FROM THE ABOVE, Samuel Lewellen moved from Monongalia County to Washington County, Kentucky in 1797.   His son, John, remained on his land.


In trying to find this family, I checked to see what's in the Llewellyn, Lewallen, Lewelling, etc. book and the following is what I found.   It appears this family may have come from Pennsylvania, prhaps Washington County, PA, which in early years bordered or almost bordered with Monongalia County, VA (West VA).   IF from Washington County, was he related to Shadrach who married Deborah Burson?

“The Abbridged Compendium of American Genealogy” edited by Frederick A. Virkus shows in Vol. 6, page 332:

“5. –  Jacob Jones (1732-1829) his mother Hanna, m. 2nd Samuel Lewellen) to Monongahela Valley 1770 and first settled on Dunkard Creek, now Pa. where 1777 his 2 oldest children, Mary and John, were captured by Indians.   To Cheat Bottom, now in Preston County, Va., finally settled on a larger rant of land what is now Knottsville, W. Va. 1795…
“…4.   William (1774-1843) b. in the woods, Monongalia Co., Va., during Indian raid…”
 It is further written that John, son of Jacob, escaped after 5 years from the Indians and married Ann Gough

FROM THIS POSTING, note the 1800 Hannah Lewellen mentioned in Llewellyn Traces above.   Was Samuel Lewellen deceased by 1800 and later references to Samuel to a son?

GENEALOGY:   (Note:   The submitter of the following spelled the county wrong; it should be Monongalia…bh)
JOHN LEWELLEN, born Feb. 6, 1806 Monongohelia, W.   Va.   Died Oct. 9, 1878
Married Sept. 25, 1828 Sarah Haymond, born 8/8/1808, daughter of Rebecca Wilson and John Haymond..   Children:
1.   Colder Lewellen, born 7/6/1829 Monongahelia, W. V.   Died 7/9/1829
2. William Wilson Lewellen, born 10/21/1830 Monongahelia, died 4/17/1837
3. Elizabeth Lewellen, born 4/15/1833 Monongahelia; died 7/23/1903.   Married William Stalnaker
4. Lewis Lewellen, born 4/17/1837 Monangahelia; married Harriet Wilson 12/21/1858
5. Maria Lewellen, born 5/2/1839 Monangahelia; married Isaac Means 5/28/1857
6. John Clark Lewellen, born 7/1/1844; married Rebecca Jones 8/3/1866
7. Wartman Lewellen, born 7/10/1849; died 7/5/1851

“Monongalia County 1790 census shows:
Francis Lewellin 1782 –  6 whites
John Lewellin, 1782 –  6 whites
Samuel Lewellin, 1782 –  9 whites

1810 Census shows:
Monongalia County –
   Dr. Lewellen, John Lewellen, Samuel Lewellen, Samuel Lewellen, Thomas Lewellen, T. Lewellen Jr.

The following marriages in Monongalia, Va. Were copied from the “Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine”:

Thomas Lewellin married Mary Gugh, daughter of Joshua Gough on 7/30/1804
Mary Lewellin, daughter of Thomas Lewellin, married Jabish Jones on 7/9/1812
David Lewellen married Abigail Jones, daughter of Benjamin Jones on 12/30/1815
Nancy Lewellen, daughter of Samuel Lewellen married John Ryan on 1/26/1822 (see “History of St. Clair Co., Mo.”)
Thomas Lewellin married Mary A. Stafford, daughter of John Stafford on 7/19/1823
John Lewellin married Mary McDaniel, daughter of Aaron McDaniel on 9/4/1830
Margaret Llewellyn married   John Marshal.   Son, John Murphy Marshall married Malinda Houston Wear in 1843.   (See Tennessee pages for more on this)

“Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette Co., Pa. N.Y.” by Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1912 reads on pages 778 and 779:

“LEWELLYN.   This distinctively Welsh name appears in America in various forms, such as Llewellyn, Lewellen, Flewellen, Fluellen; in the forms with initial F, attempt is made to approximate the pronunciation of the double L, which is a sound very difficult for others than the Welsh to produce.   The forms with single l are simplificiations, avoiding both the difficulty of pronunciation and the double initial.   While the Welsh are not numerically one of the most prominent elements in American life, they are much more numerous than might at first be supposed.   Such common names as Jones are indicative of Welsh ancestry.   Except in certain parts of the country, as in some sections of Pensylvania, the Welsh are hardly felt as a people separate from the English, and for this reason have not received the attention which their position merits.   In fact, the Welsh are of the same stock with the pre-Roman inhabitants of England, and thus identical with one of the elements which have entered into the formation of that very mixed race, the ‘Anglo-Saxon’.
   “(1)   John Lewellyn, founder of this family, was born in Wales.   In that principality also he married.   Immigrating to America, he settled in Virginia.   Children:   James of whom further; William G., born about 1816 died in 1880, married Mary Norris.
   “(II)   James, son of John Lewellyn, was born in Virginia.   He removed to Masontown, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, where he was a blacksmith.   He was a Democrat and a Presbyterian.   He married Susanna Wolfe.   Children:   Jacob, living in Kansas, Jane, living in Kansas; Margaret, living in Fayette county, Pennsylvania; Lewis C. of whom further; John I., living in Fayette county, Pennsylvania; James living in Kansas; Susan living at Morgantown, Monongalia county, West Virginia; David living at Morgantown, Monongalia county, West Virginia; LeRoy, living at Tarentum, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania.
   “III) Lewis C., son of James and Susanna (Wolfe) Lewellyn, was born at Masontown May 7, 1847.   He was educated and brought up in Fayette county.   Although his school attendance was limited to the common schools of Masontown,   he wis a fine mathematician.   Until 1892 he followed his trade, that of blacksmith, but since that time he has been in the revenue service of the United States government.   He is active in politics and is a Democrat.   With his family he attends the Presbyterian church.   He married Sarah Ellen, daughter of John and Nancy (Weltner) Hague, born at Masontown, July 1853, died in July 1896.   Her father was a native of Fayette county and her mother, a daughter of John Weltnr, also lived in that county.   Children:   1.   Clement Gregg of whom further.   22.   Elizabeth, after finishing the public schools of Masontown, attended the Southwestern Normal School at Claifornia, Washington county, Pennsylvania; the University of West Virginia at Morgantown; and the University of Chicago; in each of the universities she won the highest honors; she has also spent one year abroad; at the normal school, California, Pennsylvania, she has since been for seven years a training teacher, and she now holds a lucrative position in the high school at Pittsburgh.   3.   Pearl, attended the Southwestern Normal School; after graduating therefrom she studied two years in the University of West Virginia, taking a classical course; at the normal school and at the university music was a special object of her attention, and while taking her two years’ classical course at the university she also graduated in music; her musical studies have since been continued at Oberlin, Ohio; at the University of Chicago; and in private, under an eminent instructor; two years were spent in musical study in the schools of Vienna, Austria.   4.   Alameda attended the Normal School, but on account of health did not continue her education beyond this stage.   5.   Charles, graduated from the Southwestern Normal School; during his course there he was winner of an oratorical contest between ttwo societies in the school; he afterward graduated from the law school at the University of West Virginia, and is now a member of the law firm of Stelring, Higbee, Matthews & Lewellyn, of Uniontown, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, for two years he was principal of high schools of North Union township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, and for one year a principal at Brownstown.   6.   Dana, deceased.
   “IV)   Clement Gregg, son of Lewis C. and Sarah Ellen (Hogue) Lewellyn, was born in Green county, Pennsylvania, June 23, 1872, but was brought up at Mcclellandtown, Fayette county, Pennsylvania.   Here and at Masontown he attended the public schools.   From these he went to the Southwestern Normal School and in 1897 he graduated from the normal school at Indiana, Indiana county, Pennsylvania.   At Waynesburg College, Waynesburg, Green County, Pennsylvania, he did special work in pedagogy.   In 1890 he began teaching in Henry Clay township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania.   For six year he taught in Washington county.   Having had charge of the high schools at West Newton, Westmoreland county and at Brownsville, Pennsylvania, he was in 1901 elected principal of the Brownsville high schools.   Four years later he was elected county superintendent of schools at Fayette county, and he was re-elected in 1908 and again 1911.   He has also been for seven years a member of the Brownsville city council.   He is interested in all public enterprises, among his special interests being the Young Men’s Christian Association and the new hospital.   His fraternal societies are Brownsville Lodge No. 60, Free and Accepted Masons; Chapter No. 164, Royal Arch Masons, in which is now an officer; Olivet Council of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, St. Omar Commandery No. 7, Knights Templar, in which for two years he was eminent commander; Uniontown Lodge of Perfection, in which he is an officer; the Consistory in Pittsburg; the Mystic Shrine; and the Syria Temple, Pittsburg.   He is active in Masonry, and has taken thirty-two degrees.   He is past officer of th Blue Lodge, the Commandery, and the Lodge of Perfection.   He is a Democrat, and a member of the Presbyterian church.   Mr. Lewellyn has not married.”