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Mary Lee (Bryan), widow Raines

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Springfield Plantation, Johnston, North Carolina, United States
Death: March 3, 1821 (75)
Lee Valley, Hawkins County, Tennessee, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Col William Bryan and Elizabeth Bryan
Wife of John Raines and Capt. Thomas Lee, of Lee Valley
Mother of Henry Rains; Hon. Needham Lee, Sr.; Zilpha Bailey; John B. Lee; Winifred Bailey and 3 others
Half sister of Captain Lewis Bryan; Sarah Freeman; William M Bryan, II; Arthur Bryan; Elizabeth S Sasser and 6 others

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About Mary Lee, widow Raines

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 Lee, widow Raines's Timeline

November 4, 1745
Johnston, North Carolina, United States
Age 21
Johnston, North Carolina, USA
January 3, 1773
Age 27
Johnston, North Carolina, United States
November 4, 1773
Age 28
May 10, 1776
Age 30
Hawkins County, Tennessee, United States
August 2, 1778
Age 32
Hawkins County, Tennessee, United States
July 30, 1779
Age 33
Carter's Valley, Hawkins, Tennessee, United States
August 6, 1784
Age 38
Hawkins, TN
July 30, 1788
Age 42
Carters Valley, Hawkins, Tennessee, United States