The Family of Thomas Lewis

by William Addams Reitwiesner

Thomas Lewis, born in the 1590s and died between 1637 and 1639, Patentee of Saco in the Province of Maine, was a grandson of Lewis ap Jevan, of Almer Park, near Shrewsbury, co. Salop, who died in 1558. See Walter Goodwin Davis, "Ancestry of Thomas Lewis and his wife Elizabeth Marshall of Saco, Maine", New England Historical and Genealogical Register, vol. 101 (1947), pp. 3-23 and 81-91. This Lewis ap Jevan was actually Lewis ap Ieuan Coetmor, and appears in WG2 at Tudur 21 (E). The line of descent given in WG2 for Lewis ap Ieuan Coetmor is very similar to the descent given by Davis, op. cit., p. 5. Both of these descents show no wives or mothers for twelve generations, until Nest f. Lles, wife of Elidir ap Rhys Sais [WG Tudur 18], who was living in 1081. Both Nest and Elidir are descended from the native Welsh Princes of the 800s and 900s, but Lewis ap Ieuan Coetmor has no other known Royal descent.

Two notes: (1) Rheinallt ap Madog Foel is said by Davis to have been illegitimate, but this is not supported by WG Tudur 21. (2) There were three Hwfa's instead of the two shown by Davis.

William Addams Reitwiesner