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Lane, Sir Ralph (1528– October 1603), soldier and colonial governor, was the son of Sir Ralph Lane of Orlingbury, Northamptonshire, England, and Maud Parr, daughter of William, Lord Parr of Horton. Lane’s place of birth is unknown. Lane was educated at the Middle Temple in 1554 and was elected to Parliament in 1558 and 1563. He went to court in 1563 and, as a client of the earl of Leicester, was an equerry to Queen Elizabeth by 1568. He served in the force sent to quell the northern rebels in 1569....

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Lewis, Andrew (09 October 1720–26 September 1781), military, political, and economic leader, was born in County Donegal, Ireland, the son of John Lewis and Margaret Lynn, farmers. Lewis’s mother was a cousin of James Patton, who would also play a leading role in the development of southwestern Virginia. During Lewis’s childhood, the family left their substantial farm, migrated first to Pennsylvania, and reached Augusta County, Virginia, by about 1732. They were among the area’s earliest white settlers. Lewis married Elizabeth Givens; they settled, with their children, along the Upper Roanoke River....