This family was from Ireland, and settled in Virginia. A son of this family, named William,
came to South Carolina before the Revolution; he married Miss Mourning Vampelt, a Hollander.
Traditions informs us that here father and she came from Holland together, leaving his family
in Holland; they came, as it seems, prospecting, and got down into South Carolina, where they met
up with William Lewis, and soon an attachment (mutual) sprang up between the two young people, and
they got married; whereupon old man Vampelt went back to Holland for his family, and was never afterwards
William Lewis settled in Horry County; they had and raised seven sons and two daughters; the sons were
William, James, Isaac, Hardy, Joel, Jonathan and Patrick; the girls were Polly and Zilphia... Of the sons
Hardy, Joel and Jonathan settled in Marion County - Hardy on Little Pee Dee, below Gilchrist's Bridge,
Joel and Jonathan higher up the river, on the south side, near where Miller's church now stand; and
James at Allen's Bridge.
--A History of Marion County, W.W. Sellers (1902)
Excerpt transcribed and contributed by Helen Moody, March 2000.
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