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Lewis Wimberly in South Carolina
     The Wimberly's were an early Bertie Co, NC family. Lewis was living in Chatham Co, NC in 1790 where a man of that name had as neighbors Jesse Tatum and Solomon Smith. Lewis was enumerated in Pendleton District in 1800 along with a Moody family from Chatham Co, NC.

     In the Chatham Co, NC Court Minutes, 1773-1779 on the list of Jury members to lay out a road from the Orange Co. line near Henry Beasleys, are the next named Lewis Wimberly and his brother, Jacob Wimberly.

     Lewis must have moved to the Pendleton district of SC in the fall or winter of 1792. He purchased land in Pendleton Co, in January, 1793. George Salmon, of Greenville Co, SC on January 31, 1793 sold to Lewis Wimberly of Pendleton County, SC 300 acres of land for 65 lbs. Sterling, part of a tract granted Salmon on June 4, 1787 on both sides of the South Fork of 12 Mile River, bounded by Duncan Camron and Earle. Witnessed by Sarah and Wiat Anderson.

     Lewis Wimberly moved from the Pendleton District of South Carolina in either 1802 or 1803 and moved to Sumner County (later Smith and Wilson Counties) Tennessee. On October 30, 1802, Lewis sold 200 acres of land on the South Fork of 12 Mile River bounded by Salmon's land to Charles Lay for the amount of $120.00 The transfer was signed by Lewis Wimberly and Polly Wimberly made her (x) mark. It was witnessed by John Field. On the same day, Lewis sold 300 acres of land on the South Fork of 12 Mile River bounded by Porter, Cannon and Earle to Charles Lay for the amount of $900.

     With these transactions, Lewis Wimberly sold his holdings in South Carolina and prepared to travel to Sumner County, TN (Smith, Sumner, and Wilson Counties after 1799) in the fall of 1802 or the spring of 1803. My guess is Lewis left South Carolina the first part of November, 1802 and arrived in Smith County, TN late in November, traveling about 10 to 15 miles per day. By 1802, there were well established roads from South Carolina to Tennessee. The road Lewis probably traveled on was the one that went North into North Carolina, then over the Smokey Mountains into Knoxville, then west to either Carthage, Lebanon, or Hartsville, TN which are the county seats of Smith, Wilson and Trousdale Counties.

     In 1799, Sumner County was divided into three counties, Wilson, Smith, and Sumner. In 1870, Trousdale County was formed by taking parts of Macon, Smith and Sumner Counties. Lewis' plantation could now be in Trousdale County since we do not know the exact location. Trousdale County Courthouse was burned in the late 1800's by the County Treasurer to cover his embezzlement of County funds. All records were lost.

1790 United States South Carolina Census:
1. Abraham Wimberley, Camden District, Lancaster County, married, four males under 16 years of age, and one female.
2. Abraham Wimberley, Charleston District, Dorchester County, St. Georges Parish, married, two males under 16 yrs of age.
3. Edward Wimberley, Orangeburgh District (south part), married, one male under 16 years of age.
1800 United States South Carolina Census:
1. Edward Wimberley, Barnwell District, married, between the age of 26 and 44, four males under 10 years, 1 female 26 to 44 years of age.
2. Thomas Wimberley, Barnwell District, married, between the age of 16 and 25 years of age, one male 16 to 25 years, one female under 10, and one female16 to 26 years of age.
3. Lewis Wimberley, Pendleton District, married, two males under 10 years of age, three males over 16 years of age and under 26 years of age, and Lewis, 45 years of age or older, three females under 10 years of age, one female over 10 and under 16, one female over 16 and under 26, and Mary Baucom who was over 26 and under 45 years of age.

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