Billie Harris - Jul 10, 2008

Wow, Debbie.   That's a great genealogy.   I'm truly impressed.   This is also Bill Crawford's line.   Are you two related?

Bill has a web site:

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Billie Harris - Jul 12, 2008


If John Lewallen was born 1841 and his first son was born 1860, that would have made him about 18 or 19 years old when he got married.   He would have been considered a minor at that time.   By any chance is there a consent to the marriage on file?   Since John David was born in Pendleton, S.C., then the marriage license would have probably been obtained there, wouldn't you think?   Pendleton, S.C. is in Anderson County.   I couldn't find a Lewallen or any variation of the name in the 1860 Anderson County census.

Anderson County is on the border with Georgia, near Banks.   There were a number of Lewallens in Banks County but I can't find John who was born about 1841 listed so it could have been he was somewhere in between Anderson and Banks when the census was taken.

Bill Crawford - Jul 12, 2008

Billie, most all researchers including myself were using the above dates for John L. but we've found out those dates are actually his wife Nancy's dates. In 1870 census(I think)Nancy's last name was spelled. From 1860-1880 John was not with family. Here's Nancy's cemetery listing. At Damascus Baptist Church in Banks Co.

LUALLEN, Nancy C., b. Jun. 26, 1841, d. Dec. 5, 1883

I haven't found John's burial as yet. One of the sons went to Arkansas we've heard so don't know if he went there also.

Billie Harris - Jul 13, 2008

Thanks for the clarification, Bill.

Last night I found a John Lewallen who was born born 1840 Georgia and living in St. Francis County, Arkansas in 1850.   I know this isn't your John, but thought I'd add that info here in case it's needed in the future.

Billie Harris - Jul 30, 2008

John David Lewallen was born in Pendleton County, SC 1860.

The Lewallens (info suppled by John Corn) show this line of Lewallens in Banks County, Georgia by 1846   The lines could still be related though.

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Debbie, I know you offered look-ups on Ancestry, but when you get a chance, would you look at Pendleton County, S.C. and find out the names of the nearby neighbors for the Lewallens in 1860, and then do the same thing for the Lewallens in 1850 in Banks County, GA.   Sometimes good clues are in the neighbors.

Bill Crawford - Jul 30, 2008

Billie, 1870 census on shows he was born in Ga.

1870 United States Federal Census
about John Lewallen
Name: John Lewallen
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1861
Age in 1870: 9  
Birthplace: Georgia  
Home in 1870: Washington, Banks, Georgia
Race: White  
Gender: Male  
Value of real estate: View Image
Post Office: Nails Creek  
Household Members: Name Age
Nancy Lewallen 23  
John Lewallen 9  
Floyd Lewallen 5  
William E Lewallen 8/12  


Bill Crawford - Jul 30, 2008

I also ran across the obit of John David in my files.

.   JOHN DAVID2 LEWALLEN (JOHN L.1) was born 03 Nov 1860 in Banks County, Georgia, and died 26 Nov 1941 in Banks County, Georgia.   He married MARY BROCK, daughter of JAMES BROCK and PHOEBE CHITWOOD.   She was born 17 Jan 1857, and died 21 Sep 1935.


Banks County Journal

Friday, Dec. 5, 1941

Mr. John D. Lewallen Dies in Atlanta

Mr. John David Lewallen died Wednesday morning, November 26 at the Emory University Hospital in Atlanta after a short illness.   He made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Willis Banks.

Mr. Lewallen was born in Banks County, November 3, 1860 and lived most of his life in that section of the country.   He married Miss Mary Brock and to them was born nine children, of whom six survive him.

Mr. Lewallen was a member of the Webb's Creek church and lived a Christian life.   The funeral was held Thursday afternoon from this church with Rev. Gilbert officiating.

The pallbearers were: Ellis Banks, Otho Lewallen, Melow Martin, Geo. Gordon, Howard and Jesse Lewallen.

He is survived by six children: W. R. Lewallen, Rev. B. M. Lewallen of Warrior, Ala.; J.G. Lewallen, Mrs. J.W. Banks, Mrs. W.F. Gordon, Mrs. L.O. Martin, all of Banks County, and fifty-five grandchildren, and sixty-six great grandchildren, and one brother, Mr. Floyd Lewallen of Banks County.

Sanders Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

- The Commerce News

John Corn - Aug 7, 2008

Billie -
 The South Carolina Lewallens were living in an area known originally as the 96 Judicial District (sometimes called the "Old Pendleton District") formed in 1769 which included roughly the entire northwest quarter of the state. In 1789, the district was expanded to include the former Indian lands which are the present day Oconee County.   This gets really confusing because they couldn't make up their minds whether to have districts, counties or parishes and it went back and forth several times. In 1816, the new Pendleton District was formed which included present-day Oconee, Anderson & Pickens counties.   In 1826, Pendleton was divided into Pickens District and Anderson District. Then, in 1868, all Districts went back to being Counties instead of Districts and Pickens was divided into Oconee County and Pickens County.

If you are a little confused, that's totally normal.   (If you are not confused, you either need to reread the above or you are REALLY smart).   If you would like to see this mapped out step by step, go to