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Mary W. Dees / Lee (Bryan)

Also Known As: "Mary /Bryan/", "Mary /Mitchell/Bryant"
Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Isle of Wight, Virginia, United States
Death: Died in Johnston County, North Carolina, United States
Place of Burial: Johnston county, North Carolina
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Bryant, I and Alice Bryant
Wife of John Robert Dees and John Lee of Johnston County, North Carolina
Mother of Shadrack Deese; Jacob Dees; Arthur Dees; Simon Dees; Herman Dees and 12 others
Sister of Needham Bryan, I; William Bryan, Jr; John Bryan, Maj. and Alice Bryan

Occupation: Housewife
Managed by: Jacqueli Charlene Finley
Last Updated:

About Mary W. Dees / Lee

John Lee, Esq. was probably born in Virginia around 1695 and is thought to have been among the Roanoke River Settlers in 1720. His wife was Mary, who may have been the daughter of William and Alice (McLand) Bryan. John and Mary started their family on lands between the Roanoke and Tar rivers along Coneto and Conoho Creeks. Today, these lands would be along the borders of the NC counties of Halifax, Martin, Edgecome, and Pit. Several or all of John and Mary's children were born in the Roanoke region and records through 1744 most frequently list the family as being of Edgecomb Co., NC.

By the 1740s, settlers were moving into lands in Johnston County- then known as Craven County. These immigrants included John Lee, who on 26 July 1743 received grants for 400 and 100 acres of land along the south bank of the Neuse River. Many of his Conoho Creek neighbors such as Needham, John, and William Bryan also moved south to Johnston County prior to 1750. Court records detail various land holdings (over 1700 acres) in Johnston County and refer to his serving on juries, laying off roads, etc. John and Mary lived the remainder of their lives in Johnston County and raised at least nine children.

John died between December 4, 1766 when his will was written in Johnston Co., NC, and February of 1768 when the will was probated. John's will names wife Mary, sons Robert, Edward, John, Thomas, Frederick; daughters Mary Ballanger and Sabray Green, grandson Shadrack Ingram. John's wife Mary probably died before 1780.

Links to additional material:

  • W. Johnston, et al., compilers, John Lee Esquire and Some of his Descendants. (1975) (available at Johnston Co., NC library in Smithfield, NC).
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Mary W. Dees / Lee's Timeline

Isle of Wight, Virginia, United States
Age 19
Age 22
Buckingham, Va
December 3, 1729
Age 23
Nansemond County, Virginia
December 3, 1729
Age 23
Northumberland County, Virginia, United States
Age 24
Albemarle, Virginia, USA
Age 30
Edgecombe, NC, USA
Age 31
Bertie, NC, USA
Age 31