LTC Samuel S Lewis (1785 - 1838) - lived and died in Jasper County, Texas -Information submitted by Terry Lee Cochran
The Lewis Family Story - written by Ruby Boyett Burkett
Samuel S. Lewis - Information submitted by Arthur H. Lewis (NOTE: This is a PDF file. You must have Adobe Reader to view it)
Information submitted by Terry Lee Cochran
Col. Samuel S. Lewis History
New Handbook of Texas", The Texas State Historical Association
Lewis, Samuel S. (1784-1838). Samuel S. Lewis, early Texas settler and congressman, was
born to John and Sarah Lewis on July 4, 1784. [This is incorrect, his parents were Samuel
L. Esther Whitley--see "The Family of John Lewis, Pioneer" by Irvin Frazier] He
married Sarah LEMASTER in Henry County, Kentucky, on August 7, 1804. They moved to
Indiana, where their seven children were born, five in Indiana Territory and two after it
became a state. Lewis founded Orleans, Indiana, and served with the Indiana militia in the
War of 1812. In the mid-1820's the family moved to Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, where
Lewis became justice of the peace. He sent his slaves and some of his property to the
Mexican state of Coahuila and Texas in 1830 and followed with his family in 1832. By 1835
he and his sons, Martin Baty Lewis and John Taylor, had settled their families in the Bevil
municipality on Indian Creek in what became Jasper County. Lewis served as lieutenant
colonel in the battle of Nacogdoches in 1832 and participated in the siege of Bexar in 1835.
He was a Bevil delegate to the consultation of 1835 and represented Jasper County in the
First and Second Congresses of the Republic of Texas. He died on February 10, 1838, at his
plantation in the Bevil district.
Bibliography: C. K. Chamberlain, "East Texas," "East Texas Historical Journal 4
"(October 1966). Mrs. Harry Joseph Morris, comp. and ed., "Citizens of the Republic of
Texas" (Dallas: Texas State Genealogical Society, 1977). Texas House of Representatives,
"Biographical Directory of the Texas Conventions and Congresses," 1832-1845 (Austin:
Book Exchange, 1941).
Elizabeth “Lewis” Cochran’s father….her son Martin Baty Cochran was named after her brother Martin Baty Lewis,
As according to an old English naming plan.