The Family Tree

At least 150 American households are limbs on the family tree of Meriwether Lewis.

Most modern-day relatives are descended from Jane Meriwether Lewis Anderson, sister of Meriwether Lewis, and Edmund Anderson, her husband. Beyond the identified Lewis descendants, many other people across the country could lay claim to being related to Gov. Lewis.

The closest known living relative of Gov. Lewis is Dr. William M. Anderson of Williamsburg, Va. Gov. Lewis’ next-closest living relative is Dr. Alden Scott Anderson of Staunton, Va. Both men are great-great-great nephews of Gov. Lewis.

Meriwether Lewis collateral descendants Dr. Alden Scott Anderson (back left) of Staunton, Va., and Dr. William M. Anderson (back right) of Williamsburg, Va., unveil a bust of Gov. Lewis in 2008 at the Old House of the Virginia House of Delegates in Richmond, Va. Looking on are Gov. Tim Kaine (seated left), collateral descendant Thomas C. McSwain Jr. (at podium) and H. Morgan Griffith (seated right), majority leader of the Virginia House of Delegates.
Meriwether Lewis collateral descendants Dr. Alden Scott Anderson (back left) of Staunton, Va., and Dr. William M. Anderson (back right) of Williamsburg, Va., unveil a bust of Gov. Lewis in 2008 at the Old House of the Virginia House of Delegates in Richmond, Va. Looking on are Gov. Tim Kaine (seated left), collateral descendant Thomas C. McSwain Jr. (at podium) and H. Morgan Griffith (seated right), majority leader of the Virginia House of Delegates.

Photo credit: Office of the Governor of Virginia

Gov. Lewis was among four children of Capt. William Lewis and Lucy Meriwether Lewis Marks. The others were Jane Meriwether Lewis Anderson, Reuben Lewis and Lucinda Lewis (who died in infancy). With second husband Capt. John Marks, Mrs. Marks had two children: John Hastings Marks and Mary Garland Marks. Mrs. Marks married Capt. Marks in 1780, a year after Capt. Lewis died.

A genealogy chart shows Gov. Lewis was a relative of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Robert E. Lee and Queen Elizabeth II.

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