Lewmans have been in the New World since the beginning of English colonial settlement of New England. William Lewman in 1648 witnessed the will of a Mr. Turnbull in Massachusetts, Anne Looman's will was probated in 1659, Weymouth, Massachusetts. A Robert Le/o/w/man was made a freeman in 1642, Salem, Massachusetts and may have been an ancestor. In 1735, Captain Luman, master of a schooner owned by a Mr. Carnes of Boston, was lost overboard off the coast of North Carolina. It was later presumed a murder when his crew disappeared after reaching landfall. Ann Lumon of Baltimore County, Maryland married William Pinkston in 1743. Another line of inquiry involving what may have been some John Lewmans and possible wives, Sarah Sprigg and Mary Driver, need documentation.

I am using the Lewman spelling for convenience at this time though all three spellings are used. There are recorded instances of the different spellings in the same generation. This due to tax collectors, census takers and others spelling it as it sounded to them. If the persons being recorded were illiterate, they couldn't very well correct the spelling. In England, the same spelling was varied for the same reasons during the 1500's. The name has both Anglo-Saxon and French as possible derivations. The old English may have been Leovfman or a similar spelling in the Domesday Book of the 11th century, meaning a person living on a hill or high place. Lewman may have been a man living on the Lew River in Devonshire. In the 12th century, a Count DiLumine lived in England as part of the Norman incursion and left descendants. Regardless, Devonshire seems to be the point of origin by the time of the emigration to the New World and especially convenient when Plymouth was the major port of embarkation.

Speculation can let us map out a westward route of Devonshire to Massachusetts to Maryland, but for direct ancestral lines, we start with Caleb Lewman in 1773 with his purchase of 220 acres of land in Frederick County, Maryland; on a site eight miles east of Cumberland. With the restructuring of the counties over the next twenty years, 'Lewman's Ramble' eventually became a part of Allegany County. The land is now Rocky Gap State Park and where the house stood is now a parking area.

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