Stephen's Top Matches
About Stephen Lee
Regarding Stephen Lee -
Information provided by LEE CHRONICLE, by Cazenove Gardner Lee, Jr. compiled by Dorothy Mills Parker, 1957...and THE LEES OF VIRGINIA, Burton J. Hendrick, 1935...and LEE OF VIRGINIA, Edmund Jennings Lee, 1895...and LEE FAMILY OF VIRGINIA & MARYLAND by Edward C. Mead, 1871...
According to the Lee Chonicle, much controversy and research has been put into dispelling the belief that Capt Thomas is a son of Richard. Accordingly, two other children (the remaining 2 of the 7) have been determined, as well. Only 5 children (Kendall, Elizabeth, Mary, Judith and Lettice) were mentioned in his will but the administrative records ofhis estate show that he had 2 additional children. The research of 2 genealogists in 1929 turned up Anne, who married Edward Kerr and settled in Isle of Wight County, Va as one of the 2 missing children. The other child was later determined to be a Stephen Lee of Kentucky who was researched extensively by Cazenove Lee in the 1920's. 1951 MrsRobert M Templeton, genealogist for the Lee Society reopened the case ofStephen Lee. One deciding factor in determining Stephen's kinship to RichardLee was the fact that Judith Steptoe Lee was the daughter of AnthonySteptoe and Lucy Stephen. Judith and Richard's first son was named Kendallafter his paternal grandmother so it seemed logical to name a second sonafter his maternal grandmother. Though Stephen was not named in the willcould be attributed to his earlier financial assistance received from hisfather indicated by his marrying young and buying large tracts of land inFairfax at an early age.
THE children of Richard Lee of Ditchley who were mentioned by name in his will were his daughters Elizabeth, Mary, Judith, and Lettice, and his son, Kendall. But the administrative records of his estate show that he had two additional children. In 1929 two genealogists, working on the supposition that the missing children were probably girls who had married and moved away, set to work at Heathsville, the county seat of Northumberland, where much material concerning the early generations of Lees is to be found. Their research turned up one of the lost children-a daughter, Anne, who married Edward Kerr, of a well-known Eastern Shore family, settled in Isle of Wight County on the south side of the James, and left descendants.
Meanwhile Cazenove Lee in 1922 had started an extensive research on a Stephen Lee of Kentucky, based on what he regarded as strong circumstantial evidence that this person was a son of Richard Lee of Ditchley. In anticipation of finding more conclusive proof, he prepared a chart of Stephen Lee's descendants. But he abandoned this project in 1930 when word came in that year from a lady in Alabama, claiming descent from Captain Thomas Lee of Lee Valley, Tennessee, a Revolutionary soldier whose Bible record read as follows: "Thomas Lee, son of Richard Lee and Judith Steptoe Lee, was born at Ditchley, Northumberland County, Virginia, December 3rd, 1739." This seemed reasonable evidence that this Thomas was the other missing child of Richard, but in 1951 Mrs. Robert M. Templeman, genealogist for the Lee Society, reopened the case of Stephen Lee. She studied Cazenove Lee's files, entered into correspondence with a number of persons, and found enough new evidence to convince her that Stephen was indeed a son of Richard of Ditchley. One significant it em was the discovery that Judith Steptoe, wife of Richard, was the daughter of Anthony Steptoe and Lucy Stephen. Judith and Richard's first son had been named Kendall for his paternal grandmother, hence the logic of naming a later son for the maternal side of the house. That Stephen was a son of Richard seemed a certainty, even though he was not mentioned in the will. This could have been due to his having received earlier financial assistance from his father, which seems likely in view of the fact that records indicate that Stephen married young and was buying large tracts of land in Fairfax as early as 1755.
There still remained, however, the puzzle of Captain Thomas Lee. Obviously both Thomas and Stephen could not be the missing children, since one of the two had already been identified as a daughter, Anne. This point was clarified in May, 1952, by a letter from Mr. W. F. Franke of Birmingham, which definitely eliminated Thomas. Mr. Franke, himself a descendant of this Thomas Lee, had not been satisfied with the evidence furnished by the Bible record in 1930, and had later purchased the Bible from the estate of the person who had quoted it in establishing Thomas as a child of Richard of Ditchley.
Upon examination it was found that the entries concerning Thomas Lee had apparently been added later, from hazy memory and wishful thinking, as is all too often the case. Mr. Franke had also established, through documentary proof in the North Carolina Court Records of 1768, that this Thomas was the son of a John Lee whose will was probated in that same year. He went on to say that he had submitted these findings to Cazenove Lee just prior to the latter's death in 1945, and that Mr. Lee had accepted them as authentic and unquestionable. There had been some amount of correspondence between the two, and Mr. Franke has copies of the letters he wrote Mr. Lee, together with the latter's replies. Had death not intervened Mr. Lee undoubtedly would have published the correction regarding Thomas, and reopened the research on Stephen Lee.