Lewis was an African American man enslaved by Captain
William Hickcox. Hickcox's estate inventory, taken in
1737, included "Filis the negro woman," valued
at £100, and "Lewis the negro man," valued
at £140. Neither Lewis nor Fillis appeared in the
estate distribution in 1739, nor were they mentioned in
Hickcox's will. Lewis and Filis were among the first African
Americans to be enslaved in Waterbury.