About John George Lee, Sr.
John George Lee and Elizabeth Lowman Information from excerpts of letters, biographies, and general information given throughout the years to different family members of the Lee family.
This information concerning the Lee family comes from the Family Bible of Susan Lee Reynalds, daughter of Richard W. Lee and furnished by her daughter Olive Reynolds Longrace.
The record shows the birth date of Elizabeth Lowman Lee to be 31 August, 1878, which would make her only 16 years old at the time of her marriage in 1803 to John George Lee. The inscription on the monument that stood on her grave on the old farm east of Terre Haute, Champaign County, Ohio, a mile, reads- "Elizabeth Lowman Nee died 21 June 1846 - age 61", That makes her two years older than the records show. When her remains were removed to the cemetery at Terre Haute the monument, a slab, was not moved, and in 1837 I saw it in an old church building on this same farm where it had been for over 40 years." (Marilyn L. Hankins Kromrey, Jan 1988)
When we (Vicki Fotheirngham, Roger Curtis & Mike Fotheringham) visited the cemetery in 2005, we found the monument placed in the ground near John George Lee and other Lee family members. It had been repaired and was in fair enough shape to get a photo of it. Vicki Lee Curtis Fotheringham
"This is the family of John George Lee Sr. and his wife Elizabeth Lowman Lee. Their three oldest sons were born in or near Martinsburg, Berkley County, Virginia, the family having previously lived in Westmoreland County, Virginia and one son was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, near Lancaster, soof after the arrival of the family to Ohio and the two youngest were born in Champaign County, Ohio, about 3-1/2 miles North East of Urbana, OHio.
Arnold Lutz related the story of Elizabeth's stone when we visited Ohio in Sept 1990. When Arnold repaired the back porch he used the large marble stone as a table top and drain board. Arnold remembered it years later and retrieved it from the new owners who had thrown it out of the porch and it was found upside down in the dirt.
The actual stone has a large willow tree at the top and the words "Elizabeth Wife of John Lee died 21 June 1846."
(Marilyn L. Hankins Kromrey)
"John George Lee was born about 1776 or 1778 in Berkley County, Virginia (Some say Westmoreland County, Virginia) and was married to Elizabeth Lowman of Queen Ann County, Maryland in 1803 and continued to live in Berkeley County, and Westmoreland Counties until 1807. (Berkley County is in what is now West Virginia. Westmoreland County is South and East of Berkeley County and Northeast of Richmond, Virginia and a considerable distance from each other. (MLK)
Their fourth son William Wise Lee was born there in that locality. In 1810 they located about 3 miles North East of Urbana, Champaign COunty, Ohio.
He (John George Lee Sr.) was known and referred to as "The Emigrand Lee" of Virginia, by the historical records of the State of Ohio and also the recors of Champaign County, Ohio. He and his family settled on a farm about 2-1/2 miles east and 1 mile North of the city of Urbana, Champaign County, Ohio, on what is now known of as the Ludlow Road, and Est of the present road about 1/2 mile.
It is not known why he chose this place to settle, unless it was that it was high and dry enough to farm. He died six years later on 10 January 1816, while he was practically a young man. (about age 38 - VLF) Nothing is known of his cause of death. He was buried on a hill side, near where the family lived as was the custom in those early days. In a place which was called the "Middleton" Cemetery where there are some 200 of the early settlers of that locality were buried and later abandoned as a cemetery. Many fo the graves and stones and markers still show (1937) where it once was. It is about 1 or 3 miles South of the old Mt. Tabor Church and cemetery, and where many of the remains of the early pioneers have been removed to. The remains of John G. Lee Sr and his oldest son John G. Lee Jr. who died 13 Dec 1813 and was also buried there, was never removed, and are still in this old cemetery and but few know were the graves are. I have talked with some of that have seen the markers with the "Lee" name on them in the Middleton Cemetery, 3-1/2 miles North East of Urbana, Ohio, which disapproves the reported story that he and his son were buried or removed to the Mt. Tabor Cemetery. I have found nothing to substantiate their report. (MHK)
"He had a brother William Lee who later on went to Wyandot County (1827)". Vicki Lee Fotheringham comments on this.
There is some fairly strong evidence that John George Lee's father is George Lee and his mother is Martha George Lee. George Lee is shown as the son of William Lee and Rachel Ambrose. If this is the case, in the children listed as his siblings, we do not see a William. He is said to have a sister, Sarah who married a man with the last name of Collier. We do see a Sarah Lee born about 1711 but shows she married George Penn.
In 2010, I spoke to family members who remember seeing the letters that had been written by earlier members with Elizabeth Lee telling another family member that John George's parents were indeed George Lee and Martha George. Unfortunately, someone in the family realized that there was some valuable information within the family history that was in his home, and he decided to take the history and sell it. All that proof is now just a memory of some of our oldest Lee family members still living.
On another note, we have James Lee born about 1714 listed as possibly leading to George Lee's father. James has a brother William but not a sister Sarah. James Lee, possible father of George Lee, shows born in 1714, in King and Queen County, Virginia.
Here is the line showing from Us and our Related Families"
William Lee born circa 1623 Charles City, Charles City County, Virginia Married: Alice Felton
son William Lee born 1654 New Kent County, Virginia, Maried: Mary Green
William and Mary Green Lee Son William Lee born c 1711 married Rachel Ambrose Son James Lee born c 1714 married Ann Tolbert
William Lee c 1711 and Rachel Ambrose son George born 16 Jan 1737 or 1738
George Lee born 1737 Son John George Lee born c 1778 to 1780 Married to Elizabeth Lowman
The reason I put more than one son in several places is the father to George could be either one of these men.
Back to the history by Marylin Hankings and Clyde W. Hankins
"This family saw and endured many hardships that we know nothing of today. He died 10 Jan 1816 when quite young or about 38-40 years of age. The cause of his death is not known at this time. He left a family of his wife, three sons, James A. Lee, Richard W. Lee, William W. and a daughter Francis Ann Lee. One son, John George Lee Jr. was born 6 April after his death."
Elizabeth Lowman Lee
"Elizabeth Lowman was born in Queen Anne County, Maryland, 20 May 1785 and died 21 June 1846 in Champaign County, Ohio, at the age of 61 years, i month and i day. This does not correspond with the bible records of her grand daughter, Susan Lee Reynolds of Riggold County, Iowa. I also saw her grave in Terre Haute, Ohio and other descendents in the cemetery at nettle Creek, about 3 milies East and North of Terre Haute. Nothing is known of her early life or any of her family or where they lived. But she was married when she was quite young and was one of the sturdy pioneer women of Ohio and endured the hardships and privations of that day and age in a true pioneer spirit."
"It is said that she was an expert at horseback riding and took her butter and eggs to Urbana eight miles on horseback. She was also good with a gun as the firearms of those days were very rude, she had to make the best of things in defending and providing for her family after the death of her husband in 1816."
"Adter the family lived near Terre Haute for about nine years, or in 1827, s he again married to a nam named Phillip Stout. He was inclined to be lazyu and abusive to her children and she sent him on his way. They had no children. He died in 1848. No record of his life or place of burial but, presume he was berried at Terre Haute. She assumed her former name."
Note by Vicki Fotheringham When we visited in Ohio, we spoke to a family member living across from the Nettle Creek cemetery. She backed this same story up and said, he was not a respectable man once he managed to convince her to marry him. Her marriage did not last long, but no one has record of the date of divorce at this time.
"Elizabeth Lowman's death occurred 21 June 1846 and she was buried on her farm in the back of her orchard in a place she had previously picked out and had put a fence around and where several of her grandchildren, Children of John George Lee Jr. were buried). She had a slab monument put up on this lot and the inscription on it reads 'Elizabeth Lowman Lee - Died June 21, 1846 - age 61 years', They all say that have no records previous to 1800."
"The records of John G. Lee Sr and his wife Elizabeth Lowman and their family was verified by Clyde W. Hankins in August 5, 6 and 7, by the Courthouse records and the Historical records of Champaign County, Urbana, Ohio. The records show that Elizabeth Lowman Lee died of a hemorrhage of the lungs and that she was born in Queen Anne County, Maryland. No mention was made to the cause of John G. Lee's death. Mention is made in some old letters of an Uncle Samuel Lowman in Urbana, no doubt a brother, but nothing is known of the Lowman family at this time, except that they were quite well to do people and remained in Maryland. NO records of the Lowman family have been found in Virginia or Maryland, as they say that they have no records previous to 1800."
Note by Vicki Fotheringham Later I will post a Lowman family history as well. They did have a very impressive and an honorable history. There are family members who were very into government along beside the Lee family. When the complete history is revealed, you will be saying the same as we do, the Lee and Lowman families came from great, honorable and honest lineages. It is a history to be very proud of and an honor to be a part of.
"In a eltter dated 11 July 1940 from Allie Conrad Lineville whose mother was Amelia Jane Lee born 31 May, 1839) she mentions many things that her mother told her about her Great Grandmother (Elizabeth Lowman Lee) and when she lived near Frederick, Maryland, and how she happened to meet her husband, John George Lee Sr and married very young, against the wishes of her parents and with two small children, came to Ohio. Also that Aunt Polly who is Mary Idle Lee (born 26 May 1815) wife of John G. Lee Jr, and daughter in law of Elizabeth Lowman Lee, had told her and her mother may incidents of her life." (Note the letter referred to above is not in the collection. MHK)
Elizabeth Lowman's story will continue under her name.
John George Lee, Sr's Timeline
December 31, 1803
Frederick, Frederick, Maryland, USA
September 28, 1804
Martinsburg, Berkley, West Virginia, USA
December 13, 1805
Martinsburg, Berkeley, WV, USA
October 9, 1808
Martinsburg, Berkley, West Virginia, USA
March 25, 1810
Lancaster, Fairfield, Ohio, USA
February 26, 1813
Lancaster, Fairfield, Ohio, USA
January 10, 1816
Champaign, Ohio, USA
August 27, 1849
Martinsburg, USA, West Virginia, Berkeley Co
not a child of John George and Elizabeth Lowman Lee