LTC Martin Baty Lewis Sr.

LTC Martin Baty Lewis Sr.

Clark County, Illinois, USA
Death 14 Mar 1884 (aged 78)
Fresno County, California, USA
Burial Hildreth, Madera County, California, USA
Plot Unmarked Grave
Memorial ID 62921634 View Source
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Martin Baty Lewis was born January 13, 1806 in Clark Cty, Indiana and died on March 14, 1884 in Madera County, California and was buried there.

Martin was the son of Col. Samuel S. Lewis and Sarah LeMaster.

He was married Nancy Moore on 30 Oct, 1835 in Vermillion, In.

Martin was already the head of a family when he arrived in Texas. His league of land is located on the east bank of the Angelina River, adjoining William Jourdan on the north and his father, Col. Samuel S. Lewis on the west.

During his sojourn in Texas, he being a surveyor by trade, acquired thousands of acres of land, one league (4,428 acres) of which is on the west bank of Cow Creek near Bleakwood where, in fact, Singletary Bridge touches his survey.

Martin Lewis was a sergeant major in a Republic Of Texas battalion, commanded by James Whitis Bullock.

In November and December of 1835 he was a Captain of a cavalry company of East Texas volunteers that took part in the siege of Bexar on December 5-9, 1835.

Capt. Martin Baty Lewis fought in the battle of Nacodoches for the Texas fight for independence.

Capt. Martin Baty Lewis is certified by the Son's Of The Republic Of Texas, as a "Citizen Of The Republic" ,and by the Texas State Genealogy Society, as a "First Texas Family" of The Republic Of Texas. He was also a Texas Ranger.

He was Jasper County's third Chief of Justice under the Republic and was also serving in that position at the time of the Annexation.

It was he who presided over the organization of Newton County when it and Jasper were divided. He ordered Newton County's first elections.

M B Lewis followed the 1849 Gold Rush to California and later his wife Nancy followed him but some of their children who already had families of their own, remained in Texas. He was a Judge and Surveyor in Fresno Cty California.

On January 13, 1851, Governor MacDougal wrote to Sheriff Burney, the Sheriff of all Mariposa County, authorizing him to muster a force of men for the protection of lives and property in Mariposa County. The command with commission of Major was offered to James Savage, and the men formed into three companies. The entire Battalion was composed of about 200 men and thereafter became known as the now famous Mariposa Battalion. Martin also served as an Adjutant with the Mariposa Battalion under the command of Maj. James Savage, and took part in the discovery of Yosemite National Park.

Martin Baty and Nancy Lewis had seven children;

John R. Lewis, born 1825 in Louisiana.

Samuel Lewis, born 1828 in Louisiana.

Thomas McFarland Lewis, born 1830 in Louisiana.

Sarah Ann Lewis, born !831 in Jasper County, Texas.

William Lewis, born1834 in Jasper County, Texas.

Charlotte Lewis, born 1835 in Jasper County, Texas.

Melinda Lewis, born 1836.

{Biography by: Terry Lee Cochran}

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