|Died||December 7, 1781 (aged 56)|
(m. 1746; her death 1750)
(m. 1750; his death 1781)
Frances Fielding Lewis
|Relatives||George Washington (brother-in-law)|
Fielding Lewis (July 7, 1725 – December 7, 1781) was an American merchant and a Colonel during the American Revolutionary War. He lived in Fredericksburg, Virginia where he had a plantation, which later became known as Kenmore. His brother-in-law was George Washington.
Lewis was born at Warner Hall, a plantation in Gloucester County, Colony of Virginia. He was third of seven children born to John Lewis IV (1694-1754), a merchant and planter (also known as Colonel John Lewis), and Frances Fielding (c. 1702-1731). After the death of his mother in 1731, his father remarried to Priscilla Churchhill Carter, the widow of Robert Carter II.
His father had a store in Fredericksburg. In 1749, John Lewis had a fine retail building constructed to display his wares and provide space for a selling floor and storage. The sandstone quoins, usually found only on larger mansions, were a sign of his aspirations. His son Fielding joined him in the business, taking it over in the 1750s.
Lewis was established as a successful merchant before the American Revolutionary War. He was appointed as Commissary General of Munitions during the war, and commissioned at the rank of Colonel.
He and his second wife Betty resided on a plantation (later named Kenmore) in Fredericksburg. Like others in the planter elite, they were supported by the labor of slaves. Betty's mother Mary Ball Washington frequently visited them and had a favorite spot she called her "meditation rock".
In 1769, Fielding and Betty started construction of a large Georgian mansion on their property, which was completed in 1775. It has some of the most refined colonial interior finishes of any surviving mansion. Named by later owners as Kenmore Plantation, it has been designated a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Lewis married Catharine Washington on October 18, 1746. She was his second cousin, the daughter of John Washington (an uncle of George Washington) and Catharine Whiting. Before his wife's death on February 19, 1750, they were the parents of three children, including:
A few months later, on May 7, 1750, Lewis married Betty Washington (1733-1797), the sister of George Washington and another second cousin. She was 17 years old. They had 11 children together, including:
Lewis died in Fredericksburg in 1781 at the end of the Revolutionary War. Before her death in 1789, Mary Washington asked to be buried at her favorite spot at Kenmore, and her daughter Betty arranged for that. Betty outlived Lewis by 16 years, dying in 1797.
In 1833 a memorial was started at Mary Washington's gravesite, but never completed. Following the United States Centennial in 1889, numerous historic and lineage societies were formed; the Mary Washington Memorial Association held fundraising events and commissioned a memorial for her gravesite. It was dedicated in 1894 at Mary Washington's gravesite in a ceremony presided over by President Grover Cleveland of the United States.