Capt. William Lea, of South Hico

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William Lea

Also Known As: "William (Coobs/Hyco Creek) Lea", "William of South Hickory Creek Lea"
Birthplace: of, King & Queen, Virginia
Death: between July 05, 1803 and June 15, 1804 (84-94)
Person, North Carolina, United States
Place of Burial: Leasburg, Orange, NC, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt. John Lea, of King & Queen, VA and Ann Caruthers
Husband of Frances Lea
Father of Elizabeth Lea; George Lea; Frances Leah Lea; Eunice Rose and Anness McNeil
Brother of Elizabeth Taylor and James Lea, of Country Line Creek
Half brother of Susanna Frances Deatherage; George Edward Eastham; Elizabeth Eastham; Robert Eastham; James Eastham and 5 others

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About Capt. William Lea, of South Hico

William Lea

  • Birth: Circa 1714 - St Stephen's Par, King Queen, Virginia
  • Death: Aug 3 1803 - Person Co., NC
  • Parents: John Lea, Anne Taylor

brief biography

From Rose, Ben Lacy and Satterfield III, Preston. Chapel on South Hyco: The Story of Lea's Chapel United Methodist Church, Person County, North Carolina 1750-2000 AD. Richmond: Robert Schreiber, Printing, 2000. Pages 14-17.

"William Lea of South Hyco (also called Capt. William Lea) was born in England (SIC) around 1715 and came to America with his parents before 1731. The family settled in King & Queen Co VA and William's father is known in the records of Virginia as John Lea of King & Queen County. William was the oldest of three children. He had a brother James and a sister Betsy."

"William's father died and his mother, Ann, married Thomas Creathers and moved to Spotsylvania Co VA. The three children chose Creathers as their guardian, but a month later William changed his mind and chose as his guardian Zachary Taylor, who was the grandfather of U.S. President Zachary Taylor. In the settlement of his father's estate, William received one hundred acres of land in Spotsylvania Co VA on which he settled. There he married and began to raise a family. His wife's name was Frances, but we do not know her family name. William tended his farm and apparently served as constable in Spotsylvania county for a time, but in 1752 he sold his land to Thomas White, who had married his sister Betsy, and moved to North Carolina."

"William petitioned for a grant of land in Orange Co NC on South Hyco creek and a survey of it was ordered in 1753. William built a home and settled his family on this land. In 1755 he was appointed Captain of the local militia and after that he was referred to as "Capt. Lea." The Orange county militia was called out by Governor Tryon in 1768 and again in 1771 to suppress the Regulators, and it is possible that Capt. Lea participated in these engagements, including the Battle of Alamance, which took place not far from his home. Capt. Lea's name does not appear on any list of officers or soldiers from North Carolina who participated in the Revolution. In 1776 he would have been over 60 years of age and was probably considered too old for such duty."

"Capt. Lea was a respected citizen of the community and was quite active in local politics. In addition to the usual services as overseer of the road and various jury duties, he was for a long time Trustee (Treasurer) of the county and was also for a number of years a Justice of the Peace.

"Capt. Lea and his wife, Frances, had five children: Frances who married James Hendrix and moved to South Carolina; Eunice who married Alexander Rose and lived not far from Capt. Lea's home; Anness who married first John McNeill and second James Cochran and who also settled in the area of Lea's Chapel; Elizabeth who married James Lea, son of William Lea of Cobbs Creek; and George who married Lucy Tolbert and moved to Georgia. George Lea's granddaughter, Maggie Lea, married Gen. Sam Houston of Texas fame and raised a fine family of eight children by him."

Comments From Betty Fitzgerald, 9 January 2012.

"Now, one more word about the feelings in Caswell County after the British rampage through, both chasing the Colonials, and surprising the militia, picking them up prisoners by the hundreds, but the often repeated account about what happened at the Captain William Lea, of the South Hyco's place when the British dragoons reached him, after they lost "the chase to the Dan." Mad as hornets and hungry. Captain William (South Hico) Lea's place was the repository for supplies for the Continentals. In a strongly built building, secured with locks, against any normal pilfering. When the British rode up they demanded the supplies. "He gave them the keys." Now, they gave him two separate notes or receipts, listing what they took, and signed by the British Major. This was not done except for those who were know to be "Kings" loyal supporters. They are in the North Carolina State Archives. I have copied them. We have the British army records. They had copies. More on their records next. When brought before the committee to defend his actions, he pointed out that it would have served no purpose to have resisted. However, the stain remained, his house was not raided. So, people could take their own views. That year was called, "the starving time.""



"Controversy continues to swirl over the brother of Captain William (South Hico) Lea, but most researchers seem to agree that he was one of the children (three documented) of John and Ann Lea of King and Queen County, Virginia. One camp believes his brother is James (Country Line) Lea, while the other designates James (Kilgore's Branch) Lea as his brother. Note that in this database we side with the former and show James (Country Line) Lea as the brother of Captain William (South Hico) Lea."


Person County, North Carolina Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions March Court 1804 Record Book 3, Page 243

Will of William Lea, dated 30 October 1802. Daughter Eunice Rose; oldest daughter of grandson Benjamin Lea; son George Lea; daughter Anness Cochran and her six children of first marriage with John McNeill. Executors: James Cochran, Alexander Rose, Sen., grandson Duncan Rose, Moses Bradsher, Loyd Vanhook. Test: Loyd Vanhook, Margaret Vanhook, Alexander Rose, Jun.

Codicil: "I William Lea Sen. of South Hyco": daughters Anniss Chchran and Eunice Rose. 5 July 1803.

September Court 1804 Record Book 3, Page 290

Inventory of property of Captain William Lea, Sen. of South Hico taken 16 June 1804 by Alexander Rose, Executor. September Court 1805


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Capt. William Lea, of South Hico's Timeline

King & Queen, Virginia
January 16, 1739
Spotsylvania Co., Virginia
Caswell County, North Carolina
Caswell County, North Carolina
January 2, 1749
Spotsylvania County, Virginia
January 13, 1761
Orange County, North Carolina
July 1770
Age 56
Leasburg, Orange, NC, United States
July 5, 1803
Age 89
Person, North Carolina, United States