Notes on the emigration from Virginia to Kentucky and points West.
Taken from "Lee Chronicle," by Casanove Lee, published by New York University Press in 1957. The bulk of the following material is from Appendix C, "Hancock Lee's Descendants," and the balance from Appendix D, " The Missing Children of Richard Lee of Ditchley."
Hancock Lee was the fifth son of Richard Lee the Immigrant and wife Anne Constable. He married (1) Mary Kendall and (2) Sarah Allerton. He had children with both wives and is known as the founder of the Ditchley line of the Virginia Lees.
Hancock Lee, Jr. (1709-1762) was the son of Hancock Lee and his second wife, Sarah Allerton. He
married Mary Willis, the daughter of Col. Henry Willis of Fredericksburg, in 1733. He inherited
land in Fairfax and along the Rappahannock and bought land near Fredericksburg. Their children
were (1) Willis Lee, killed by Indians; (2) Mary Willis Lee, married Capt. Ambrose Madison, younger brother of future president James Madison; (3) Hancock Lee III, who became an explorer; and (4) John Lee, also an explorer.
John Lee, son of Hancock Lee, Jr. and wife Mary Willis, was born in 1743. he was a noted Revolutionary War figure, rising to the rank of Major. He married (1) Laetitia Atwell of Culpepper. She died on March 19, 1775, giving birth to a son, Willis Atwell Lee. Willis was raised by his great uncle Hancock Lee, Jr. during the war years. John married (2) Elizabeth Bell, his cousin through the Cobb Hill line, on December 8, 1781. Their daughters (1) Sarah
Lee married the Hon. John J. Crittenden, Senator from Kentucky and their son was Major General George B. Crittenden, CSA; (2) Lucinda Lee married Mr. Call, and their sons were General George Call CSA and Wilkinson Call, Senator from Florida. Major John Lee moved his family to Woodford County, Kentucky c.1792.
Hancock Lee III (1740-1819)went with an expedition to explore Kentucky 1771-1774, along with
his brother Willis Lee and his cousin Hancock Taylor. Both of his companions were killed by Indians and Hancock himself was held captive for a short time. Hancock made over twenty expeditions to Kentucky. Family lore says he rode the same horse on all twenty trips. Hancock served as surveyor to the Ohio Company. He married his cousin Winifred Eustace Beale, daughter of Elizabeth Eustace and John Beale of Richmond, in December, 1776. Their marriage was recorded in the King George County records. It appears he was living on the Lee lands near Falmouth
at this time. Their children were (1) Thomas Ludwell Lee, who moved to Missouri; (2)Hancock
Lee IV. In 1776, Hancock Lee III founded Leestown, Kentucky, near the present-day site of Frankfort; (3) Elizabeth Lee, married Zachary Taylor and their son Zachary moved to Kentucky.
Hancock Lee IV (1794-1842), son of Hancock III and wife Winifred Beale, founded White Sulphur Springs, in Greenbriar Co.,Virginia, as a health resort [May be family lore as I can't confirm it yet]. The resort was destroyed in the Civil War but later rebuilt. Greenbriar is now a part of West Virginia.
Thomas Ludwell Lee, son of Hancock Lee III and wife Winifred Beale, should not be confused
with his cousin from the Stratford line. Thomas moved to Kentucky soon after his marriage.
His children were (1) Matilda Lee, married Thomas Gaskins and stays behind in Kentucky when family moves to Missouri; (2)Thomas Lee; moves to Missouri; (3) Jennie Lee, married Charles Beale and settles in Lafayette Co., Missouri; (4)May Lee, married William T. Anderson and settled in Lafayette Co., (5) Edwin Lee married Ann (?) and settles in Johnson Co., Missouri; and (6) Elizabeth Lee, married John Carter and settled in Atchison Co., Missouri.
Richard Taylor was the son of Elizabeth Lee and Zachary Taylor. He fought with George Washington at Trenton and rose to the rank of colonel. Col. Taylor moved to Kentucky in 1785. He married Sarah Dabney Strother in 1779. He was one of the framers of the Kentucky state constitution. He had five sons – Hancock, Zachary, George, William, Joseph – and three daughters – Elizabeth, Sarah and Emily.
Zachary Taylor, b. 1784, was the son of Richard Taylor and Sarah Strother. He was the only one of eight children born in Virginia, his siblings all were born in Kentucky. He had an illustrious military career in the war with Mexico and was elected as the twelfth president of our country.
Richard Lee of Ditchley, the second son of Richard Lee the Immigrant, left a will at his death that named daughters Elizabeth, Mary, Judith, and Lettice, and son Kendall. A thorough review of his other documents and records show that there were two more children who were not mentioned in the will. This was a topic of discussion and confusion for many years.
One of the missing heirs was known to be a daughter. Research of Lee family documents eventually determined that Anne, who married Edward Kerr of Isle of Wight Co., Virginia, was the missing daughter.
In 1930, an Alabama woman claimed to have a family bible that showed she was descended from Capt. Thomas Lee of Lee Valley, Tennessee. According to this bible, Capt. Lee, a Revolutionary War soldier, was the son of Richard Lee of Ditchley and wife Judith Steptoe Lee, and that he was born at Ditchley on December 3, 1739. For many years, it was accepted that Capt. Thomas Lee was the missing child.
The only other viable candidate was Stephen Lee of Kentucky. Judith Steptoe Lee's parents were Anthony Steptoe and Lucy Stephen. Judith and Richard had already named a son after his family (Kendall). According to naming conventions of that time, a son should have been named for Judith's family and none were. This Stephen Lee married young and, according to land records, purchased large tracts of land at an early age. This would indicate that he had received his patrimony before his father's death.
In May, 1952, Thomas Lee of Lee Valley, Tennessee, was eliminated as the possible son of Richard Lee and Judith Steptoe Lee. The bible from Alabama was purchased by W. F. Franke of Birmingham, Alabama, a descendant of the Thomas Lee in question. Mr. Franke was able to confirm through North Carolina court records from 1768 was the son of John Lee of North Carolina, who died in 1768, and whose will was probated in that year.
While Stephen Lee has not been proven 100% to be the missing Ditchley heir, there are no other candidates. It seems reasonable certain that Stephen Lee of Kentucky was the first Lee to establish himself in that state.
|Laetitia Lee||Cause of Death|
|Laetitia Lee||Date of Death||3/19/1775|
|Laetitia Lee||Birth Surname||Atwell|
|Laetitia Lee||Last Name||Lee|
|Laetitia Lee||First Name||Laetitia|
|Laetitia Lee||Place of Birth||Culpeper, VA|
|Hancock Taylor Lee, II||Last Name||Lee|
|Hancock Taylor Lee, II||Birth Surname||Lee|
|Hancock Taylor Lee, II||Date of Birth||5/25/1709|
|Hancock Taylor Lee, II||Date of Death||October 1762|
|Hancock Taylor Lee, II||Occupation|
|Hancock Taylor Lee, II||First Name||Hancock|
|Mary Willis Madison||First Name||Mary|
|Mary Willis Madison||Last Name||Madison|
|Mary Willis Madison||Birth Surname||Lee|
|Mary Frances Lee||First Name||Mary|
|Mary Frances Lee||Last Name||Lee|
|Mary Frances Lee||Birth Surname||Lee|
|Willis Lee||First Name||Willis|
|Willis Lee||Last Name||Lee|
|Willis Lee||Birth Surname||Lee|
|Willis Lee||Cause of Death||Killed by Indians|
|Hancock Lee, III||Date of Birth||4/7/1740|
|Hancock Lee, III||Date of Death||March 1819|
|Hancock Lee, IV||First Name||Hancock|
|Hancock Lee, IV||Last Name||Lee|
|Hancock Lee, IV||Suffix||IV|
|Hancock Lee, IV||Birth Surname|
|Hancock Lee, IV||Date of Birth||5/5/1794|
|Hancock Lee, IV||Date of Death||1842|
|Hancock Lee, III||First Name||Hancock|
|Hancock Lee, III||Last Name||Lee|
|Hancock Lee, III||Birth Surname||Lee|
|Willis Lee||Place of Death||Kentucky|
|Captain William Ambrose Madison, Sr||First Name||Ambrose|
|Captain William Ambrose Madison, Sr||Last Name||Madison|
|Captain William Ambrose Madison, Sr||Birth Surname||Madison|
|Captain William Ambrose Madison, Sr||Display Name||Captain William Ambrose Madison, Sr|
|Maj. John Arthur Lee||First Name||John|
|Maj. John Arthur Lee||Middle Name||Arthur|
|Maj. John Arthur Lee||Last Name||Lee|
|Maj. John Arthur Lee||Birth Surname||Lee|
|Maj. John Arthur Lee||Date of Birth||9/20/1743|
|Willis Atwell Lee||First Name||Willis|
|Willis Atwell Lee||Middle Name||Atwell|
|Willis Atwell Lee||Last Name||Lee|
|Willis Atwell Lee||Birth Surname||Lee|
|Willis Atwell Lee||Date of Birth||3/19/1775|
|Lucinda Call||First Name||Lucinda|
|Lucinda Call||Last Name||Call|
|Lucinda Call||Birth Surname||Lee|
|Wilkinson Call, U.S. Senator||First Name||Wilkinson|
|Wilkinson Call, U.S. Senator||Last Name||Call|
|Wilkinson Call, U.S. Senator||Birth Surname||Call|
|Wilkinson Call, U.S. Senator||Display Name||Wilkinson Call, U.S. Senator|
|Wilkinson Call, U.S. Senator||Occupation||Senator from Florida. attorney, Confederate soldier|
|Gen. George B. Crittenden (CSA)||First Name||George|
|Gen. George B. Crittenden (CSA)||Middle Name||Bibb|
|Gen. George B. Crittenden (CSA)||Last Name||Crittenden|
|Gen. George B. Crittenden (CSA)||Birth Surname||Crittenden|
|Gen. George B. Crittenden (CSA)||Occupation||Confederate officer|
|John Jordan Crittenden, US Atty Gen.||First Name||John|
|John Jordan Crittenden, US Atty Gen.||Last Name||Crittenden|
|John Jordan Crittenden, US Atty Gen.||Birth Surname||Crittenden|
|John Jordan Crittenden, US Atty Gen.||Display Name||John Jordan Crittenden, US Atty Gen.|
|John Jordan Crittenden, US Atty Gen.||Occupation||statesman, Senator from Kentucky|
|John Jordan Crittenden, US Atty Gen.||Middle Name||Jordan|
|Willis Lee||First Name||Willis|
|Willis Lee||Last Name||Lee|
|Willis Lee||Birth Surname||Lee|
|Willis Lee||Place of Death||Leestown, Kentucky|
|Willis Lee||Cause of Death||Killed by Indians while surveying Kentucky|
|Mary Lee||First Name||Mary|
|Mary Lee||Last Name||Lee|
|Mary Lee||Birth Surname||Willis|
|Mary Lee||Date of Death||12/4/1766|
|Elizabeth Lee||First Name||Elizabeth|
|Elizabeth Lee||Last Name||Lee|
|Elizabeth Lee||Birth Surname||Bell|
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