Lewis – Surname Saturday

Roberts-Barnes-Taft-Sutherland-Lewis Line
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.Lewis is a common name with many different potential sources. It may be an Americanized form of the French Louis, Irish Mac Loughaidh, or Welsh Llywelyn. As my Lewis ancestors appear to have been English, it most likely from the Middle English and Old English personal name Lewis.[i]

Direct Surname Ancestors

I have two independent sources of Lewis ancestors. Both Mercy Eliza Taft’s parents have Lewis ancestors, but they do not appear related.

2nd Great-grandmother, Mercy Eliza Taft (1822-1884) paternal ancestors include my:

    • 3rd Great-grandfather:  Joel Cruff Taft (1800-1849)
    • 4th Great-grandfather: Asa Taft (1774-1839) * Note footnote [ii]
    • 5th Great-grandfather: Silas Taft (1744-1812) *
    • 6th Great-grandmother: Mary Lewis (1714-1795) *
    • 7th Great-grandfather: Samuel Lewis III (1684-1760) *
    • 8th Great-grandfather: Samuel Lewis II (___-___) *

2nd Great-grandmother, Mercy Eliza Taft (1822-1884), maternal ancestors include my:

    • 3rd Great-grandfather: Tamise Fanny Sutherland(1796-1864)
    • 4th Great-grandmother: Mary Lewis (1771-1804) * Note Footnote [iii]
    • 5th Great-grandfather: Morris Lewis (1733-1807) *
    • 6th Great-grandfather: Isaac Lewis, Sr (1701-1749) *

My Lewis’ in History


Mary (Lewis) Taft’s (1714-1795) husband, Stephen Taft, was a lieutenant in the Militia in Massachusetts.[iv] Her father, Samuel Lewis, III, died before the Revolution,

Immigrant Ancestor

1. Mary (Lewis) Taft’s father, Samuel Lewis (1684-1760), was probably born in Middlesex County. Massachusetts Bay Colony (MBC).

    • His father, Samuel Lewis (1641-1698), was born in Charlestown, MBC.
    • His father may have been John Lewis (1603-1657). If so, he immigrated to MBC about 1635, probably from England.

2. Mary (Lewis) Sutherland (1771-1804) was born in Dutchess County, New York. Her father, Morris Lewis (1733-1807), was likely born in Massachusetts Colony.

    • His father, Isaac Lewis, Sr. (1701-1749), was also born in Massachusetts Colony.
    • His father may have been Barachiah Lewis, born 1663, in MBC.
    • His father may have been John Lewis, born in 1635 in MBC.
    • Finally, his father may have been William Lewis, Jr, born in 1599 in England. He immigrated to the MBC in 1635 or 1636.

Both of my immigrant Lewis ancestors were apparently from England and came to America during the “Great Puritan Migration” of 1620 to 1640.


I haven’t discovered any of my “Lewis Cousins” yet. However, I’m sure I’ll find more as I continue to research my Roberts/Lewis ancestors.


2014 – Snapshot in Time

The vast majority of Lewis in the World today (actually 2014) live in the United States; most live in Texas, California, and Florida. The greatest incidence of Lewis’s is in Louisiana (1 person in 298).

Famous Lewis’s

There are many famous Lewis. From entertainer Jerry Lewis to author C. S. Lewis. From explorer Meriwether Lewis to Abisha Lewis, Jr. & Sr. (both of whom are Revolutionary War Patriots).

Studies, Societies, & Key Lewis Websites

Lewis is not in my Y-DNA or mtDNA, so studies relating to those DNA groups will not help my genealogical research. Because my closest Lewis ancestor is a 4th great-grandmother, the closest relation I’d have living today would be a 5th cousin. A 5th cousin and I would typically share only 25 cM and fall within the range of 0 to 117 cM. Ancestry indicates they have six matches for me that have the surname of Lewis and share 25 cM or More. None of them have a public family tree extending into the 1700s.

My Direct LEWIS Descendants

I have 295 known descendants of Isaac Lewis (1701-1749) in my tree; 27 Barnes, 21 Roberts, 17 Ransford, and 15 Taft.

I have 352 known descendants of Samuel Lewis II, including 47 Tafts, 28 Barnes, 21 Roberts, 17 Ransford, and 9 Childers.

Because both lines converge at Mercy Eliza Taft, 226 of these known descendants are duplicated in both lines.

I have previously written about five of them.

Ancestor Photographs[v]

Essie Pansy Barnes

Joel Clinton Barnes

Essie (Barnes) Roberts c. 1975

Joel Clinton Barnes
Cropped from photo Courtesy: Ken Smith



Happy Birthday Tamise Sutherland

April 3

Roberts, Barnes, Taft, Sutherland Line

Today, I remember my 3rd great-grandmother, Tamise/Tammy Sutherland/Southerland. She was born on 3 April 1796 in New York. Tamise married Joel Cruff Taft about 1819 at Triangle, Broome County, New York, and died on 24 March 1864 in Fairbanks, Sullivan County, Indiana.

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Ancestor Sketch – Tamise Sutherland

Roberts-Barnes-Taft-Sutherland Line
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.Overview

Tamise[i] Sutherland[ii] was born on 3 April 1796 in New York, USA as the last child of Reuben Sutherland and Mary Lewis. She had seven siblings: Phineas, David, Lot, Candice, Eliza, Josiah, and Elizabeth. She may have had two additional siblings Justus, and Lewis; however, I have been unable to confirm their relationship. When she was 22, she married Joel Cruff Taft, son of Asa Taft and Sarah Whitney, about 1819 in Triangle, Broome, New York, USA. Joel died in 1849. After his death,  when she was 60, she married Manoah Sullivan on 31 August 1856 in Sullivan County, Indiana, USA (Married by Benjamin Gray, Justice of the Peace.). She died on 24 March 1864 in Fairbanks, Sullivan County, Indiana, USA.

Roberts/Brown – Ancestor #43

List of Grandparents

    • Grandmother: Essie Pansy Barnes(1903-1982)
    • 1st Great-grandfather: Joel Clinton Barnes(1857-1921)
    • 2nd Great-grandmother: Mercy Eliza Taft(1822-1884)
    • 3rd Great-grandmother: Tamise Sutherland (1796-1864)
    • 4th Great-grandfather: Reuben Sutherland (1768-1799)
    • 5th Great-grandfather: William J Sutherland (1741-1815)
    • 6th Great-grandfather: William Sutherland (1715-1768)

Tamise Sutherland (1796-1864)


Tamise Sutherland was born on 3 April 1796 in New York[iii]. Lisle, Tioga County, New York, was first settled around 1791[iv]; it is unclear to me if Tamise was born there or elsewhere in New York. In 1799, Tamise’s father, Reuben Sutherland, died. Indeed, by 1800 her family was well established in Lisle.[v]

In 1806, Broome county was split off from Tioga County, so most records of her and her family are typically stated as occurring in Broome county. Tamise’s mother died in 1809, and I have been unsuccessful in finding the remaining Sutherland family in the 1810 Census. The children were likely spread among other families.

Marriage #1

In 1819, Tamise married Joel Cruff Taft in Broome County[vi]. They had 11 children:

Children of Joel Cruff and Tamise (Sutherland) Taft

Child Born Married Died
Silas 28 April 1820   (Bef. 1830)
Mercy Eliza 27 March 1822 Nelson Barnes 4 August 1884
(FNU Male) (Bet.1824-1830) n/a TBD
Sarah Emaline 17 May 1824 Henry William Monk 26 November 1904
Amanda J. 14 February 1826 Albert C. Thompson 27 January 1847
Catherine Tammy 25 August 1828 Abraham Lemen 21 August 1851
Candance Irene 25 August 1830 Jesse C. Redmond 1888
Joanna Lucy 7 March 1832 John Riggs 23 April 1888
Lurancy Caroline 11 November 1834 Abraham Lemen 21 February 1879
Platina 19 March 1835 n/a 25 May 1841
William 30 April 1842 Sarah Mayfield 17 October 1908

1820 Census

The 1820 Census found Joel and Tamise living near Joel’s brother, Silas, and his father, Asa, in Lisle, Broome County, New York[vii]. In his household are his wife and his oldest son, Silas.

1830 Census

The 1830 household (See Joel Cruff Taft & the 1830 Census) of Joel Taft suggests tragedy. Silas, who would have been ten years old, isn’t enumerated in the household. However, some researchers indicated that Silas married Lydia Monk in 1843. I haven’t confirmed this. The 1830 Census does show four females in the household that fit the profile for the four youngest daughters of Joel and Tamera.  There was another male child in the household, under the age of 5, who I haven’t been able to name.

1831 – Township created.

In 1831, Lisle was divided into four parts creating Baker, Nanticoke, Triangle, and Lisle[viii].

1840 Census

The 1840 Census (see Joel Cruff Taft & the 1840 Census) finds Joel (and Tamera) in Baker, Broome County, New York. Their known daughters are accounted for.

  • Females – Under 5: 2     Platina (age 4) Lurancy (Age (5)
  • Females – 5 thru 9: 1     Joanna (Age 8)
  • Females – 10 thru 14: 3     Candance (Age 10), Catherine (Age 12) (Amanda (age 14)
  • Females – 15 thru 19: 1     Sarah (Age 16)
  • Females – 40 thru 49: 1     Tamise (age 44)

The 1840 Census also indicates there were two males in the household besides Joel. One was 10 to 14, and one was 20 to 30. Certainly, the one from 10 to 14 is the same unknown male child enumerated in the 1830 Census. But the other, 20 to 30 year old, could be Silas. If so, was he just missed in the 1830 Census? Could this be evidence he lived to marry Lydia Monk?  Possibly.

The 1840s

Sometime during the 1840s, the Taft family moved to Sullivan County, Indiana. Tamies’s daughter, Platina, died on 25 May 1841 at the age of 6. Daughters Sarah and Amanda were married in 1845 and 1846, respectively. Sadly, Amanda died in 1847. Candance married in January 1849. Later that year, Tamise’s husband Joel Cruff Taft died on 19 April 1849 in Fairbanks, Sullivan County, Indiana[ix].

1850 Census

The 1850 Census[x] reports Tamise living in Fairbanks Township, Indiana. The widow is living with her children, Joann (17), Laransa (14), Catherine (21), and William (8).

The 1850s

During the 1850s, Tamise and Joel’s other daughters married – Catherine (1850), Joanna (1851), and Lurancy (1852). Sadly, Catherine died in 1851, about ten months after her marriage.

Marriage #2

On 31 August 1856, the 60-year-old Tamera married 73-year-old Manoah Sullivan.

1860 Census

The 1860 Census reports Manoah and Tamera living in Turman Township, Sullivan County, Indiana. Living with them are three of Manoah’s children, John (15), Simon (12), and Alvera (10)[xi].

The 1860s

The Civil War broke out in 1861, and Indiana contributed about 210,000 military forces to the war effort[xii]. I haven’t determined if any of Tamera’s children participated in the war or if there were any civilian causalities in Fairbanks during 1864.

Tamera (Sutherland) (Taft) Sullivan died on 24 March 1864 in Fairbanks, Sullivan County, Indiana[xiii].

Events by Location

  • Indiana, Sullivan, Fairbanks – 1850, Marriage #2 (1856), 1860, Death (1864)
  • New York                                        – Birth (1796)
  • New York, Broome, Barker[xiv] –  1840
  • New York, Broome[xv], Lisle  – Marriage #1 (1819), 1820, 1830
  • New York, Tioga, Lisle               – 1800

Further Actions / Follow-up

  • Determine if Silas Taft died before 1830 or if he married Lydia Monk in 1842. Find clear evidence.
  • Determine the name of the Unknown male born between 1824 and 1830 and when he died.
  • Research if any of Tamera’s sons served in the Civil War. They would have been of age.


[i] Also known as Tammy and Fanny in various records.

[ii] Also “Southerland” in some records.

[iii] Daughters of the American Revolution, “Descendants Search”, DAR, Name Restricted – Nat’l # 887132 – Ancestor #A112392. https://services.dar.org/public/dar_research/search_descendants/?action=list&MyPrimary_Seqn=1001593&MyLineageCount=1.

[iv] Wikipedia – Lisle, New York – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisle,_New_York

[v] Don Taylor Genealogy – “Tamise Sutherland & the Early Censuses.”

[vi] Family Group Record, Family Search, Joel Cruff Taft (K8BN-FDM) – See File: 20170512 Family K8BN-FDM.pdf. Marriage Place:  Triangle, Broome, New York, United States.

[vii] 1820 Census (A), Ancestry.Com, Asa Taft, Asa Taft Jr., Joel C Taft – Lisle, Broome, New York.

[viii] Wikipedia, Wikipedia.org, Lisle, New York. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisle,_New_York.

[ix] Daughters of the American Revolution, “Descendants Search”, DAR – Nat’l # 887132 – Ancestor #A112392. https://services.dar.org/public/dar_research/search_descendants/?action=list&MyPrimary_Seqn=1001593&MyLineageCount=1.

[x] 1850 Census (NARA), 1850 – Fanny Taft – Fairbanks, Sullivan, Indiana – Page 365 (283) Family 183. . Fairbanks Township, District 106 – Page (handwritten 365 printed 283). http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1850usfedcenancestry&indiv=try&h=1390830.

[xi] 1860 Census (NARA), 1860 – Manoah Sullivan – Turman Township, Sullivan, Indiana.

[xii] Wikipedia – “Indiana in the American Civil War” –  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indiana_in_the_American_Civil_War

[xiii] U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889­-1970, Ancestry.Com, Joel C Taft – Volume: 265. National Number 52981 – State Number 1007 (Indiana). http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&db=SARMemberApps&h=1149463.

[xiv] Part of Lisle Township until 1831.

[xv]  Part of Tioga County until 1806.

Tamise Sutherland & the Early Censuses

Census Sunday
By Don Taylor


Following families in the early census records is always tricky, and when a census’s locations change and a family’s status changes, finding families can make things even more difficult. Such is the case concerning Tamise (aka Tammy & Fanny[i]) Sutherland (also Southerland) and the 1800 and 1810 Census.

Tamise Sutherland

Tamise married Joel Cruff Taft in 1819[ii], and I’ve followed her in all of the census records until her death in 1864. Tammy’s father, Reuben, died in 1799 and her mother, Mary (Lewis), died in 1809. I searched at length for the Sutherlands in the 1810 census and could not find any candidates in Broome county.

I know I should have done it first, but I checked Wikipedia for the history of Broome county. It was there I learned that Broome County was split off from Tioga County in 1806.[iii] So, I would expect the family to show in the Tioga county census in 1800 and Broome County in 1810.

I also learned that the area that is now Lisle was first settled by whites around 1791; and that, in 1831, Lisle was divided into four, creating three new towns, Barker, Nanticoke, and Triangle[iv]. So seeing that Joel and Tamise (Sutherland) Taft lived in Lisle in 1830 and in Barker in 1840 doesn’t mean they moved.

1800 Census

With the 1800 boundaries in mind, searching for Fanny’s mother Mary was much easier. As the head of a household in Lisle, Tioga County, I found Mary Southerland, the second from the bottom on page 3 of 5 (Pages 244-245).  These are difficult sheets to read as there is an unnatural split of pages between the column for males under 26 and males over 45. The column, which should be “males under 45”, is virtually unreadable.

800 Census, New York, Tioga, Lisle – Mary Southerland (click image to see full screen)

After carefully reviewing the entry, I read:

1800 Census – Tioga County, New York, Pages 244 & 245

Head           Mary Southerland

  • Males             <10                  2          Probably Phineas and Lot, ages 9 & 8.
  • Males             10-16              1          Probably Josiah, Age 11.
  • Males             16-26              1          Possibly David, age 15/16.
  • Males             26-45
  • Males             > 45
  • Females           <10                  1          Tamise should be 4 years old.
  • Females           10-16             2          Must be sisters Candice and Eliza ages 13
  • Females           16-26             1          Must be Mary but she should be 29.
  • Females           26-45
  • Females           > 45

So, the children of Reuben and Mary (Lewis) Sutherland that I know about are accounted for. However, there are two children, Justus and Lewis, born in 1799 and 1800 respectively, who some researchers indicate are also the children of Reuben and Mary. They are not mentioned in the 1800 Census; however, I have not confirmed those two children in my research.

1810 Census

The 1810 Census is much more problematic. A review of that Census indicates that only Berkshire, Chenango, and Union townships appear to be enumerated in the 1810 Census for Broome County. The town of Lisle was formed from Union in 1801, so it should be listed in the 1810 Census; however, it is not. As such, I do not anticipate finding Tamise in the 1810 Census.


[i] In various records Tamise was reported as Tammy and Fanny. Likewise, her surname was reported sometimes as Sutherland and sometimes Southerland.

[ii] Family Group Record, Family Search, Joel Cruff Taft (K8BN-FDM) – See File: 20170512 Family K8BN-FDM.pdf. Marriage Place:  Triangle, Broome, New York, United States.

[iii] Tioga county split off of Montgomery in 1791, Montgomery county was the rename of Tryon county after the Revolutionary War and that Tryon county was split from Albany county in 1772.

[iv] Wikipedia, Wikipedia.org, Lisle, New York. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisle,_New_York.

Sutherland – Surname Saturday

Roberts Research

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.Ancestry indicates that Sutherland surname is a Scottish regional name from the Old Norse suðr ‘south’ + land ‘land.’ Sutherland lays south of Scandinavia and the Norse colonies in the Orkney and Shetland Islands. Forebears add that it comes from the province of Moray.


Today, the most significant number of people with the Sutherland surname live in the United States with over 40,000. As you might expect, it has the highest frequency in Scotland, where one in 462 people have the surname.

In the United States, the most significant number of people with the Sutherland surname live in California, with over 4,000 people. The highest frequency for the surname is Wyoming, where one in 3,823 have the surname.

Direct Sutherland Ancestors

I have not had a chance to do in-depth research of my Sutherland ancestors, so all of my estimated ancestors are notional. However, it appears that I have seven known Sutherland ancestors in two separate paths.

    • 3rd Great-Grandmother: Tamise (Possibly Tammy or Fanny) Sutherland (1796-1864)
    • 4th Great-Grandfather: Reuben Sutherland (1768-1799)
    • 5th Great-Grandfather: William J Sutherland (1741-1815)*
    • 6th Great-Grandfather: William Sutherland (1715-1768)


    • 5th Great-Grandmother: Hannah Sutherland (1747-1810)*
    • 6th Great-Grandfather: Col. David Sutherland (1711-1794)
    • 7th Great-Grandfather: William Sutherland (1690-1772)

(* Note: William J Sutherland and Hannah Sutherland married. It is unclear what their relationship may have been before their marriage.)

Interestingly enough, Tamise Sutherland, wife of Joel Cruff Taft, is my next planned research subject in my Roberts Research.


1840 – Tamise (Sutherland) Taft is my only known Sutherland ancestor that was living in 1840. She had already married Joel Cruff Taft. They lived in Broome County, New York, at the time. In 1840, 29% of the Sutherlands (or 96 households) in the United States lived in New York; however,  none of the Sutherlands appear to have lived in Broome County.

Direct Sutherland Descendants


My records have identified 287 direct descendants of William Sutherland (1715-1768) and 289 for William Sutherland (1690-1772), most of whom are duplicated. These include 27 Barnes, 21 Roberts, 17 Ransford, 15 Taft, and many more surnames. I only have eight descendants of the Sutherlands with the Sutherland surname, indicating I have much more research to do on my Sutherland cousins.

Other Sutherlands

Festival TV Monte-Carlo, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Of course, there are many famous Sutherlands. Donald Sutherland and his son Kiefer are probably the most famous. However, Elizabeth Sutherland, 24th Countess of Sutherland, also comes to mind. Again, I have much more research to do on my Sutherland cousins. I would love to learn that Donald, one of my favorite actors, is related.



[i] Current populations based upon information available at Forebears.