Edmund Jennings Lee (1797 - 1877)

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Birthplace: Alexandria, VA, USA
Death: Died in Shepherdstown, Jefferson, West Virginia, United States
Managed by: Peter J Downey
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About Edmund Jennings Lee

Lee, Edmund Jenings, born at Alexandria, then in the District of Columbia, May 3, 1797, eldest son of Edmund Jenings Lee and Sarah Lee, his wife. He received his early education at Rev. Mr. Maffet’s school in Fairfax—an institution of high repute in that day—and subsequently graduated from Princeton College, the alma mater of his father. He studied law under his father, and on being admitted to the bar, engaged in practice at Wheeling, Virginia, where he remained until his marriage, then removing to Shepherdstown, where he resided the remainder of his life. He was frequently solicited to enter upon a public career, but steadfastly refused. Like others of his family and friends, he was originally opposed to secession, but went with his state when she seceded. He was too far advanced in years to enter the army. During a temporary absence both his own residence and that of his wife, nearby, were burned by the Federals. He married (first) Eliza, daughter of Capt. Abraham Shepherd, of Berkeley county; and (second) Henrietta, daughter of Daniel Bedinger, of “Bedford,” near Shepherdstown, Virginia. He died at his home “Leeland,” near Shepherdstown, August 10, 1877.

First Cousin of Robert E. Lee -------------------- Edmund Jennings Lee

Note: The following is taken from volume 2 of the Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography (New York, 1915; pp. 341–42), edited by Lyon Gardiner Tyler.

Lee, Edmund Jenings, born at Alexandria, then in the District of Columbia, May 3, 1797, eldest son of Edmund Jenings Lee and Sarah Lee, his wife. He received his early education at Rev. Mr. Maffet's school in Fairfax—an institution of high repute in that day—and subsequently graduated from Princeton College, the alma water of his father. He studied law under his father, and on being admitted to the bar, engaged in practice at Wheeling, Virginia, where he remained until his marriage, then removing to Shepherdstown, where he resided the remainder of his life. He was frequently solicited to enter upon a public career, but steadfastly refused. Like others of his family and friends, he was originally opposed to secession, but went with his state when she seceded. He was too far advanced in years to enter the army. During a temporary absence both his own residence and that of his wife, nearby, were burned by the Federals. He married (first) Eliza, daughter of Capt. Abraham Shepherd, of Berkeley county; and (second) Henrietta, daughter of Daniel Bedinger, of “Bedford,” near Shepherdstown, Virginia. He died at his home “Leeland,” near Shepherdstown, August 10, 1877.

-------------------- Edmund has an extensive family history on FamilySearch.org which is not listed here due to it size and distance from the general Foote family tree.

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Edmund Jennings Lee, Jr.'s Timeline

1797
May 3, 1797
Alexandria, VA, USA
1835
September 7, 1835
Age 38
Shepherdstown, Jefferson, West Virginia, United States
1836
May 27, 1836
Age 39
Shepherdstown, Jefferson, Virginia
1838
April 29, 1838
Age 40
Christiansburg, Montgomery, VA, USA
1840
August 14, 1840
Age 43
Leeland, VA, USA
1842
April 18, 1842
Age 44
VA, USA
1845
October 8, 1845
Age 48
Jefferson, Nicholas, WV, USA
October 8, 1845
Age 48
Jefferson, Nicholas, WV, USA
1849
July 14, 1849
Age 52
Leeland, VA, USA
1877
August 10, 1877
Age 80
Shepherdstown, Jefferson, West Virginia, United States