CHRISTOPHER C. GEWIN
BIOGRAPHY and GENEALOGY
(1810 – 1891)
Lawrence County, Alabama
Christopher C. Gewin son of Thomas Gewin III and Charity Cox was born July 28, 1810 in Anson County, North Carolina. On July 18, 1810, he came to Madison County with his father. He was a deputy of Mr. Valiant, sheriff of Moulton prior to 1840 and subsequently was elected sheriff in 1840 after forming an extensive acquaintance with the people. In 1844, he was elected to the House of Representatives and became the 3rd Probate Judge of Lawrence County, Alabama.
Though he had little education, “he had a strong, clear, natural mind and energetic character. He was decided in his opinions and movements, and had warm friends and bitter enemies.”
In the 1850 Lawrence County, Alabama Slave census, C. C. Gewin is listed with 13 slaves. He was listed as Assistant Marshall of the Southern Division in the Slave census of June 2, 1860, and had 10 slaves. In 1857 he was appointed the Probate Judge of Lawrence County, Alabama to fill out the unexpired term of Hon. Crockett McDonald who died in June of that year. In 1882 he was united with the Christian Church in Madison County and became an Elder.
Christopher Gewin was married twice; first on May 6, 1834, in Moulton, Alabama to Indiana Pinkson a daughter of Wiliam Boyd. After her death, he married a second time to her half-sister, Artemesia Boyd on November 28, 1848.
In later years, he moved to Madison County, Alabama. He died at his residence at Madison Station October 7, 1891, at the age of 81 years, 2 months, and 9 days.
1. SAUNDERS, EDMUND, RECOLLECTIONS OF LAWRENCE COUNTY ALABAMA, pp. 67-68