ichard Lewis was born in Rowan, now Randolph County, North Carolina, on July 22,1759. He was married to Lydia Field, who was born June 6, 1763. They had 12 children in North Carolina. Around 1812 Richard, his wife, and most of the children relocated to Indiana. When they came to Floyd County, it was a dense wilderness. There were but two cabins, and they were used by the ferrymen and were near Springer's Gut. New Albany was not laid off until the following year - 1813. The territorial elections were held at his home where the vote was also polled for the election of delegates to form the first constitution for Indiana. Several of his children left Floyd County and settled Clay County, Illinois. The town Louisville, Illinois was supposed to be named Lewisville. Richard Lewis died September 21, 1826 in Floyd County and is buried at the Scott Cemetery with his wife, Lydia. Lydia died January 9, 1852. Richard Lewis was the son of John Lewis and Prisilla Brooks Lewis.

Richard, his father, and several brothers fought in the Revolution at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse March 15, 1781.
Sources: New Albany Messenger May 22, 1885.
Pioneer Lewis Families Vol.1 page 118.

Richard Lewis is the GGGGgrandfather of Glenn Vogedes, who submitted this story.