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Mary Polly Lee (Bryan)

Birthplace: Lewis, Bertie, NC
Death: Died in Lee Valley, Hawkins, TN
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Bryan, Col. and Elizabeth Bryan (Smith)
Wife of Thomas Greenberry Lee; John Raines and Capt. Thomas Greenberry Lee
Mother of Thomas Lee, Jr.; James Lee; William Lee; Henry Rains; Edith Lee and 3 others
Sister of Captain Lewis Bryan; Sarah Freeman; William M Bryan, II; Arthur Bryan; Elizabeth S Sasser and 8 others

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About Mary Polly Lee

The last wife of Capt. Thomas Lee was Mary, widow of John Rains. Mary was given the administration of the estate of John Rains, Feb. 1772 in Johnston Co., NC. (Court Records). Securities for her bond were Richard Ingram and Henry Rains.

Mary left a will, written August 29, 1818, in which she describes herself as Mary Lee, widow of Thomas Lee of Hawkins County. The executors were William Lee and Edward Lee. The witnesses were Jones Griffin and David Cummings. She left to her daughters Winifred Bailey, Zilpha Bailey and Mary Griffin her clothing. She directed that the rest of her estate be sold and divided among all her heirs.

In a suit filed in Chancery Court, Hawkins Co., Tenn., 23 May 1823, the nine heirs of Mary Lee were named: Henry Rains and the last eight children of Thomas Lee (i.e, those children by Mary) NEEDHAM, JOHN, WINIFRED, ZILPHA, WILLIAM, EDWARD, JAMES AND MARY. The phrase "last eight children" gives credence to the belief that Thomas was married more than once.

Child of Mary Raines and husband John Raines:

  • Henry Raines

Children of Mary Raines Lee and husband Capt. Thomas Lee:

  • Needham Lee
  • John Lee
  • Winifred Lee, married a Bailey
  • Zilpha Lee, married a Bailey
  • William Lee
  • Edward Lee
  • James Lee
  • Mary Lee, married a Griffin


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Mary Polly Lee's Timeline

November 4, 1745
Lewis, Bertie, NC
December 9, 1761
Age 16
Johnston County, NC, USA
Age 16
Johnston County, North Carolina, USA
Age 18
April 5, 1766
Age 20
Johnston, North Carolina, United States
Age 21
Johnston, North Carolina, USA
October 20, 1768
Age 22
Johnston, North Carolina, United States
Age 26
Prince William, Virginia, USA
Age 26
Lee Valley, Hawkins, TN