Elizabeth Medstand Howson

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Elizabeth Medstand Howson (Lee)

Also Known As: "Howson; Medstand;", "coffer"
Birthplace: Line, Northampton, Virginia, United States
Death: July 26, 1761 (72)
Middlesex, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Cobbs Hall Burying Ground, Northumberland County, Virginia, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Capt. Charles Lee, Sr., of Cobbs Hall and Elizabeth Lee
Wife of Capt. John Howson
Sister of Thomas Lee; Major Charles Lee, II of Cobbs Hall; Leanna Jones; Margaret Lee; Harriet Lee and 1 other

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About Elizabeth Medstand Howson

Elizabeth Medstand married John Howson (they were cousins)

Note: marriage to Thomas Buford, Jr. is no longer shown at FindaGrave.

Disputed marriage

“Nathan Twyman raises the question whether or not Elizabeth Lee was Thomas Buford's wife. He wrote on 30 Jan 2020 the following:"

Please consider removing the hearsay sources from this profile. They tend to make uninitiated people believe that the data in the profile is supported by real evidence. Another option is to label the source "hearsay" or something similar, so people understand that there is no actual evidence behind the citation.

I have been fighting this battle for many years without making any headway: there is literally no evidence anywhere that Thomas Buford married Elizabeth Lee or Elizabeth Perrot. It looks to me like someone accidentally conflated two Lee families who lived near each other, then someone accidentally filled in--or guessed--which Elizabeth Thomas married. Others saw it, loved the idea that a blank maiden name was filled in, and voila! the tsunami of hearsay propagates eternally across the internet. Please consider removing Thomas's connection to Elizabeth Lee unless legitimate evidence is produced.

Thomas's grandson wrote in an 1811 autobiography that Elizabeth was a native of England. Those who claim Elizabeth Medstand was Thomas's wife also claim she was a native of Virginia. So not only is there no evidence of Thomas's connection to Elizabeth (Medstand) Lee, there is evidence contradicting that narrative.

This long diatribe is because I have been fighting this battle at FamilySearch Tree for years, and especially lately I've had many novices use this very Geni profile as their reason for overwriting the data on the tree there. Before that it was "because it says so on Wikitree." I've been trying to get things changed there too. Thank you for your consideration.

There are some inaccuracies in the data below. The documents on the Early family do not include this Mary. Elizabeth Lee's middle name was Medstand, not Johnson. Everything else either matches other sources or has additional data not found elsewhere. mez]

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Elizabeth Medstand Howson's Timeline

August 11, 1688
Line, Northampton, Virginia, United States
July 26, 1761
Age 72
Middlesex, Virginia, United States
June 26, 1936
Age 72
August 13, 1936
Age 72
Cobbs Hall Burying Ground, Northumberland County, Virginia, USA