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Lewis, Biddy

Lewis, Biddy

Female 1803 - 1879  (75 years)

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  • Name Lewis, Biddy 
    Born 09 Jul 1803  ,,South Carolina,USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 24 Mar 1879  ,Randolph County,Arkansas,USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Dalton,Randolph County,Arkansas,USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Reynolds Cemetery
    Biddy Lane gravestone
    Biddy Lane gravestone
    • "I will explain how I came to this conclusion if anyone wants to know, but I am now confident that I have identified the family of my great grandmother, Adeline Lewis (Green). And of course, this comes right after I had resigned myself to another ten years of searching. I have suspected for several weeks that the Jacob Lewis family of Madison County Missouri was my line, and that his daughter Bidda was my great grandmother. However, I had given up on finding any hard facts that would allow me to make this claim with confidence. People did occasionally change their first names, but it is not all that common. I needed something substantial before accepting a name change. Then I discovered that Jacob's youngest daughter Emeline (Lewis) Voyles and her husband had joined Allen and Adeline Green in the very small town of Buda, Illinois for several years in the late 1870s and early 1880s. With all the other evidence pointing to this connection, I am now convinced. Bidda and Adeline are the same person, and she is my great grandmother.

      In a way I feel a little sad because I had researched several Lewis lines so diligently I got to feel like I knew them personally. There is a sense of loss to realize they are not my family. But then, all of them did come out of North Carolina, so a common bond may yet exist.

      A quick look at the records gives me an overview of this family. There were at least two Lewis brothers, John and Benjamin, living in Buncombe County, North Carolina after the Revolutionary War. Together they moved to Cocke County, Tennessee, which was no great distance. I cannot tell yet just when they made the move because the census records of Tennessee are missing until 1830. In the early 1820s the state of Tennessee began selling land in that area very cheaply (12 1/2 cents per acre) to raise money for their school system. It is possible that the Lewis families came at that time, but I can't say yet. This is all too new for me at this time.

      Apparently John and Benjamin Lewis had a sister Bidda, and she married a Randolph Lane (Lain). This family was among the Cocke County settlers. Two of the next generation, George and Jacob Lewis, were born in N C, but reached adulthood in Cocke County where they married. Jacob married Mary Martin, and these would be my great great grandparents. Since Mary would not have been alone as a young single girl on the wilderness frontier, her family was no doubt in Cocke County also. Adeline (Bidda) Green, my great grandmother, stated in the 1880 census that her mother was born in South Carolina. Often times the place someone spent their childhood is confused in the census records with the actual place of birth. Mary (Martin) Lewis lists Tennessee as her place of birth, but I noticed that the elder head of the Martin family in 1830 Cocke County is Samuel Martin. He is a veteran of the Revolution War having served from South Carolina. This is all coming together.

      I will encourage any of you who wish to work together to sort out this family to contact me and begin exchanging information. One of the immediate problems is to identify which of the SE Missouri Lewis families is descended from John, and which from Benjamin. About all we know for now as far as I know is that Helen has placed Sampson Lewis of Butler County Missouri with Benjamin. There is a Zacariah Lewis also in Butler who is older than Sampson and apparently connected, but not necessarily a brother.

      Also, the possibility exists that John, Benjamin, and Bidda had other siblings. In fact, it is even likely. I am very eager to examine the pension file for Samuel Martin to find out where he lived in SC, and if there were any Lewis families in the same area. Is this exciting or what????" [Bill Green,]

      1850 (August 28) 54th District Madison Co., MO Federal Census, page 230A; lines 7-14
      Dwelling # 492/Family # 492
      LANE, Randolph 47 yr farmer VA
      LANE, Nancy 16 TN
      LANE, Isaac 15 TN
      LANE, Jacob 12 TN
      LANE, Rhedy (Rhody?) 10 MO
      LANE, Catharine 8 MO
      LANE, Tabitha 8 MO
      LANE, Moses 6 MO
      (Note: Wife Biddy does not appear in this census; daughters Catharine & Tabitha listed as same age - could they be twins?? Where is son Elias in this census?? Elias marries Mary Polly HUFF after the August census was taken because she is listed as living in her father Joseph's household for the census.)

      1860, July 14 - PO Polk Spring, Liberty Twp, Iron Co., MO, page 743
      Dwelling # 906 / Family # 885
      LANE, Randolph 56 y/o, farmer, VA
      LANE, Biddy 56 SC
      LANE, Catharine 16 MO
      LANE, Moses 15 MO farmer
      SMITH, Ellen 7 MO
      (Note: Living next door is his son Jacob #886, 2 house down is Joseph WILSON #888 & next to him is Robert LANE & wife Elizabeth (WILSON) LANE #889 -- Robert would've only been about 14 y/o in the 1850 census therefore he is probably a nephew of Randolph's) - #890 is Randolph's son Elias Lane. His other son Isaac can be found in the 1860 census of Reynolds Co., PO Rainsville, Logan Twp, MO.)

      1870 federal census
      I have not been able to find Randolph & Biddy in this census in Randolph Co. or Lawrence Co, AR nor can I find daughter Catharine who is now married to F. M. KIZER -- I thought they may have been living with her since it seemed she appeared to remain close to her parents & is even buried with them in the Reynolds Cemetery in Randolph Co., AR. They are not listed in the home of son Isaac Lane who is living in or near Ironton, Iron Co., MO. Randolph & Biddy both died in 1879 so they should've been counted in this census, however it is possible that they were missed (not at home) the day the census taker knocked on the door. John & Martha (Spier) Lane, sons Elias & Mary P. (HUFF) LANE & Moses & Eliza (WILLIAMS) LANE can be found in Roanoke Township; Jacob & Harriet (?Pangston?) Lane is living near Pocohontas, Little Black Twp. Daughter Tabitha is now married to Benjamin VANCE & is possibly living in St. Francois Co., MO but haven't been able to find them. Nor have I found further information on daughter Rhedy or Rhody.

      22 Sep 1865 - Randolph Co., AR DEED RECORDS, page 648.
      RANDOLPH buys 107 & 13/100 acres located NW of Dalton, Randolph Co., AR for $450 (SW part of SW fractional fourth of Section No. 22 & NW fourth of North Section No. 27 in Twp 21 North of baseline R2W). This land was purchased from Mazzella, Leonidas, Martha J. & William Brown.

      1865 - Randolph County, Arkansas, TAX RECORDS.
      RANDOLPH was taxed based on 108 acres of land valued at $450. And 2 horses valued at $225. He was charged a State Tax of $2.25 & County tax of $1.00.

      1866 - Randolph Co., AR TAX RECORDS.
      The following were taxed in Davidson Township: RANDOLPH LANE, JACOB LANE, MOSES LANE

      1867 - Randolph Co., AR TAX RECORDS
      The following were taxed in the Spring River Township: RANDOLPH LANE, ELIAS LANE, MOSES LANE.

      Located closer to Elm Store than to Dalton; just south of Elm Store on west side of Hwy 93.

      BAKER, Tolitha C. .... b: Mar 7 1871 d: Oct 29 1879 [d/o John & Sarah M. (LANE) BAKER]
      KIZER, Catherine .... b: Sep 25 1842 d: May 21 1896 [w/o Francis Marion; d/o Randolph & Biddy]
      KIZER, Julian Randle .... b: Aug 3 1870 d: Feb 15 1900 [h/o Mahlia Margaret Elizabeth BROWN; s/o Francis M. & Catherine (LANE) KIZER]
      KIZER, John R. .... b: 1871 d: Nov 19 1936 [h/o Berdi BROOKS then Rosena Bonner ARNOLD; s/o Francis M. & Catherine (Lane) KIZER]
      BROWN, Rebecca .... b: Nov 25 1875 d: Feb 7 1968 w/o John Brown; d/o Catharine LANE & Francis KIZER)
      BROWN, F. Ed [Francis Edward] ... b: 15 Jan 1906 d: 17 Feb 1981 (s/o Rebecca KIZER & John BROWN)
      BROWN, Mayme Edith ... b: Nov 3 1902 d: May 12 1992 (d/o Rebecca & John)
      BROWN, Taylor ... b: 22 Jan 1909 d: 4 Oct 1915 (s/o Rebecca KIZER & John BROWN)
      LANE, Biddy .... b: Jul 9 1803 d: Mar 24 1879 [w/o Randolph LANE]
      LANE, Elias .... b:July 20 1831 d: Arp 4 1890 [husband of Mary P. HUFF]
      LANE Luther I. .... b: Jan 6 1896 d: Nov 28 1896 [son of I.M. & M.A. -- Irvin Moses & Melissa Ann (GAINES) LANE]
      LANE, Randolph .... b: Apr 9 1803 d: Jul 25 1879 [h/o Biddy]
      STUBBLEFIELD, Sarah M. .... b: Oct 22, 1852 d: Aug 2 1932 [w/o John BAKER, then Joseph STUBBLEFIELD; d/o Elias & Mary P. (HUFF) LANE]
      Submitted by Sherry Link.

      [Randolph Lane.FTW]

      Biddy's maiden name has remained elusive to those of us researching the family. Vern Eldridge writes that Palmer and Margeret Lane state that they recall Everett saying that his father (Moses) had told him that his mother's maiden name was "Dunn". Others feel that her maiden name might have been "Lewis" or 'Gilliand".

      In the 1850 Madison Co., MO census Biddy is not listed in the household of Randolph but she is there in 1860 Liberty Twp., Iron Co, MO - listing her birthplace as from South Carolina.

      July 12, 2000, Gary D. Lane writes:
      I am again questioning Biddy's maiden name.
      We know she is listed as being from SC, and her children indicate their mother as being from SC. However the only families we find near Randolph who are from SC are the Dunns. With brother (?) John, in 1850, is his father-in-law Robert Gilliland, who is listed as being from SC. And next to Robert is his son William, b 1805, listed as being from TN. I'm going back to my original belief that Biddy is a Dunn, and I suspect she is the daughter of Mary Dunn. I realize Mary would have been about fourteen when Biddy was born. What's your thoughts on this?
    • Big Creek Baptist Church

      1 Apr 1843 - Big Creek Baptist Church Organized: RANDOLPH & BIDDY LANE along with Joseph Reuble, Jacob Lewis, Stacy Ruble, Christina Woolford, Roley Ann Lewis & Elizabeth Sutten at the house of RANDOLPH LANE on Big Creek.

    • For years I have thought that Biddy was a Lewis, while many others thought she was a Dunn, their reasoning was that widow Mary Dunn was living next door in the 1840 census, researchers have noted if Mary Dunn was the mother of Biddy, she would have been abt 13 years old when Biddy was born. Biddy shows her birth in South Carolina, which other Dunn's of this area show they were born in SC

      These are now thoughts about Biddy Lane

      #1 check this file under Mary, wife of Robert Dunn... descendants signed a deed in 1857, Randolph and Biddy Lane are not on that deed

      I beleive Randolph Lane was the son-in-law of Benjamin Lewis

      Randolph Lane was in Cocke, Tenn in 1830, in 1825 Randall Lane is listed on a land survey of Benj. Louis I see no Dunn's there, He was in Marion County, Tennesse with the Lewis families and signed on deeds with Benjamin Lewis.
      Note the Aristides Smith living on the same page in 1840 Madison, Mo. there is an Ellen Smith living with Biddy and Randolph in 1860. I don't know how the Smith's might be related. There are other Smiths in Madison County at the same time period , Abraham Smith, Jacob, John and William H

      1850 Madison, Missouri

      Randolph Lane 47 VA

      Nancy Lane 16 TN

      Isaac Lane 14 TN

      Jacob Lane 12 TN

      Rhody Lane 10 TN

      Catharine Lane 8 MO

      Talitha Lane 8 MO

      Moses Lane 6 MO

      1860 Liberty, Iron, Missouri

      Randolph Lane 56 VA

      Biddy 56 SC

      Catherine 16 MO

      Moses 15 MO

      Ellen Smith 7 MO

    Person ID I48344704  robsgenealogy
    Last Modified 3 Sep 2016 

    Father Lewis, Benjamin,   b. Abt 1774, ,Moore County,North Carolina,USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1850-1860, prob Marion County, Tennessee,,, Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 86 years) 
    Mother Unknown,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F6465632  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lane, Randolph,   b. 09 Apr 1803, Amherst,Amherst County,Virginia,USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jul 1879, ,Randolph County,Arkansas,USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    +1. Lane, Winnie or Minnie,   b. 1828, ,,Tennessee,USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Mar 1906, ,Iron County,Missouri,USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    Last Modified 3 Sep 2016 
    Family ID F27479270  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 09 Jul 1803 - ,,South Carolina,USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 Mar 1879 - ,Randolph County,Arkansas,USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Dalton,Randolph County,Arkansas,USA Link to Google Earth
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