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Richard Henry Lee, II Esquire

Also Known As: "Richard Lee", "Richard Henry "esquire""
Birthdate: (82)
Birthplace: Northumberland, Virginia
Death: 1792 (82)
Jackson, Tennessee, United States
Place of Burial: Jackson, Tennessee, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Henry Lee I and Mary Lee
Husband of Mary Gresham Lee and Mary Elizabeth Betsy Lee
Father of Mary Agnes Lee; John Lee; Dorothy Thornton; George Lee; Gresham Lee and 13 others
Brother of Esquire John Lee; Charles Lee; Young Lee; Mary Lee; Peter Lee and 1 other

Occupation: Esquire and Planter, Colonel
Managed by: Private User
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About Richard Henry Lee II

Notes for Richard Henry Lee: Richard Henry Lee spent most of his life in Buckingham County, Virginia. He was land owner of "Fishpond Creek Area". Richard Henry Lee was a man of stature in his community. During his transaction records, he was referred to as a Planter and as Esquire. Late in life he moved to Ballston, Virginia where his 2nd wife died. He then went to Jackson County, Tennessee (presumably to spend his final years with a relative).


Descendants of Richard Henry Lee

Generation No. 1

1. RICHARD HENRY21 LEE (RICHARD20, WILLIAM19, RICHARD18, JOHN17 LEE OR LYES CLOTHIER, RICHARD16 LEE, JOHN15, HUMPHREY14, THOMAS OR DE LEA13, JOHN OR DE LEA12, JOHN OR DE LEA11, ROGER10, JOHN9, JOHN OR DE LEA8, THOMAS7, THOMAS DE LA LEA DE LEA6, JOHN DE LA LEA DE LEA5, REGINALD REYNOR DE LA LEA DE LEA4, HUGO3 DE LEGA, FULK I2 FITZWARIN, WARIN1 DE METZ) was born 1710 in Northumberland, Virginia, USA, and died 1792 in Jackson, Tennessee, USA. He married (1) MARY GRESHAM OR GRISHAM. She was born Abt. 1709 in , , Va, and died 1767 in Buckingham Co., Va. He married (2) MARY ELIZABETH BETSY MILLER. She was born Abt. 1746 in Delaware, and died 1792 in Ballston, Va.

Children of RICHARD LEE and MARY GRESHAM are:

  1. AGNES LEE, b. 15 Mar 1727/28, , Buckingham, Va.; d. 12 Nov 1774, Lee Valley, Hawkins, Ten.
  2. JOHN LEE, b. Abt. 1733, Buckingham Co., Va; d. Feb 1756, Reed Creek, Washington Co., Va.
  3. DOROTHY DOLLY LEE, b. Abt. 1740, , , Va; d. TN; m. THORNTON; b. lived in TN.
  4. GEORGE LEE, b. Abt. 1743, , , Va; d. 1803, National Rd between Vandalia & Urebar RIver in ILL.
  5. GRESHAM LEE SR., b. Abt. 1745, Fishpond Creek, Goochland Co, V; d. Abt. 1829, Buckingham co., VA.
  6. JESSEE LEE, b. Abt. 1746, , , Va; d. , Oglethorp, Ga..
  7. ARCHIBALD ARCHER LEE, b. Abt. 1748, Buckingham Co. Va of Smith Co., TN; d. Abt. 1777, Smith Co., N; m. DRUTHILLA SMITH; b. Abt. 1779, Washington Co., Va. More About ARCHIBALD ARCHER LEE: Burial: 4 th Va Regiment Rev. War, , Va Christening: Resided in Smith Co., TN
  8. ABNER LEE, b. Aug 1750, Buckingham Co, VA -Moved/Jackson Co, Tennessee; d. 06 Oct 1852, Jackson Co, Tennessee.
  9. YOUNG LEE, b. Abt. 1752, Albemarle Co., Va of Buckingham Co., Va; d. 22 Sep 1840, Smyth Co., Va.
  10. ELIZABETH LEE, b. Abt. 1755, , Buckingham, Va; d. 19 Mar 1838, Howard Co., MO.
  11. MARY LEE, b. Abt. 1757, Virginia; d. Abt. 1779, Virginia.

Children of RICHARD LEE and MARY MILLER are:

  1. WILLIAM MILLER LEE, b. 01 Jul 1769, Buckingham co., VA; d. 1852, Rusk County, Texas.
  2. RICHARD E. LEE, b. Abt. 1770, Buckingham co., VA; m. MARY DAVENPORT; b. Abt. 1775, Washington County, VA. More About MARY DAVENPORT: Christening: 5 or 6 boys and as many girls
  3. JEHU GEHEW LEHEW LEE, b. Abt. 1774, Buckingham co., VA; d. Abt. 1848, Gainsboro, Jackson County, Tennessee.
  4. BARNETT PHILANDER LEE, b. Abt. 1776, Buckingham co., VA; d. Aft. 1840, ?.
  5. ARTHUR LEE, b. Abt. 1779, Buckingham co., VA; d. Child.


Descendants of Richard Henry Lee 1 Richard Henry Lee 1678 - 1726 .. +Mary YOUNG 1679 - ........ 2 John [Esq] LEE 1696 - 1766 ............ +Mary BRYAN Bryant 1706 - 1780 ........ 2 Richard Henry LEE 1707 - 1790 ............ +Mary GRESHAM or Grisham 1709 - 1767 ........ *2nd Wife of Richard Henry LEE: ............ +Mary Elizabeth Betsy Miller 1746 - ........ 2 Mary LEE 1710 - 1746 ........ 2 Charles LEE 1712 - ........ 2 William LEE 1714 - ........ 2 Young LEE 1718 - 1774 ........ 2 Peter LEE 1724 - ............ +Sarah Green 1722 - ........ 2 William LEE 1727 - 1796 ............ +Agnes LEE 1728 - 1774


  1. Spent most of his life in Fishpond Creek area of Buckingham Co. VA. (Not known where he was born).
   2. Late in life moved to Ballston, VA where his wife died. He then went to Jackson Co. TN (presumably to spend his final years with a relative). He died there around 1800.
   3. According to Mother of Richard Henry Lee II is Mary Young and father is Richard Lee Sr. Richard H. II "Esquire" Lee Birth 1710 Buckingham Co., VA  "Land Owner of Fishpond Creek Area" moved to Jackson, TN - Occup: Esquire & Planter
   4. From Luayne: Noted events in his life were: A. He had a residence most of life in VA. He lived in Buckingham Co, most of his life until just before he died B. He had a residence in 1795 in Ballston, Arlington, VA. was living here when wife died C. He had a residence shortly before death in Jackson Co, TN. Richard married Mary GRISHAM. Mary was born about 1710.
   5. Info per a Rootsweb listing:
   Name: Richard H. II "ESQUIRE" LEE Given Name: Richard H. II "ESQUIRE", Birth: 1710 in Buckingham Co, VA "Land Owner of Fishpond Creek Area" moved to Jackson, TN - Occup: Esquire & Planter (See Notes/LAND RECORD) Death: in Jackson, Tennessee 
  Richard Henry Lee and Mary Grisham (1st spouse) Had 10 Children: Jessee, Archer, Abner, Dorothy , Mary Agnes, George, Elizabeth, Young, Grisham and William Lee . 
  Richard Henry Lee and Mary Elizabeth Betsy Miller (2nd spouse) Had 6 Children: Barnett, Miller, John, Gehew or Jehu, Steven and Dolley Agnes Lee. 
    Miller Lee Born July 1 1769 Buckingham County Va. Married Peggy Margart Carson and
    Had 9 Proven Children. John Lee { Scalped 1756 REED Creek, Washington County Va. , 
    Gehew Jehu Married Unknown having Two Children Alfred and  Abraham Lee , Steven Lee
    Born Prince William County Va. Died June 1791 MASON County Ky. { At Lee Wood }. He had 9        children.
   REFERENCE: Richard Lee II,
   Page 17 - Richard Edward Lee - Author of Ancestors & Descendants of
   Gresham Lee of Buckingham Co, Virginia
   Paragraph 2 - As mentioned earlier, Richard Lee II was a man of stature
   in his community. During his transaction records, he was referred to as
   a PLANTER and as ESQUIRE. The term Planter related to LAND HOLDINGS and
   PLANTATION OPERATION. The "Esquire" TITLE was given to men of stature
   and influence in the community. Pg. 17.
   Paragraph 3 - Records of the Albermarle County Virginia Court will reveal
   that Richard Lee II owned at least two tracts in 1750. On February 20,
   1755, he recorded a survey of 370 acres that joined his existing property
   and that of his probable brother, Thomas. This tract lay on FISHPOND
   CREEK in Albemarle County. The tract plot included a road that ran
   east-west and butted into Burnette Road, present day 618, which ran in a
   north-south direction. The first road was known as BEARD'S ROAD, present
   day ROUTE 614, and it crossed FISHPOND CREEK. Reference was made to this
   survey in Chapter II. Pg. 17
   William C. Wooldrige has a deed that refers to a tract that belonged to
   his ancestors and lay on both sides of the "Holliday River and both sides
   of the North and South forks of that river. The tract contained 240
   Acres and the lower half joined the tracts of land known as "RICHARD
   LEE's OLD PLACE". Of course, this "lower" meant Southern and it was the
   FISHPOND CREEK area. The date of this deed was February 14, 1791. The
   Richard Lee place must have been at least (50 or 60 years old) if it ws
   to be called "OLD PLACE". Pg. 17
   In 1773, Richard II was listed as having one tiltable in his household.
   Of course, this could have been Richard himself. As reported earlier,
   Archibald was living with Richard in 1774 and he had become old enough to
   be listed as a tiltable, consequently Richard was charged with two
   tiltable for that year. Although most of the counties contained in this
   report listed the number of acres owned by the individuals' no land
   holdings for Buckingham tax payers were listed. At this point, it should
   be noted out that for many years, even from the beginning of the COLONY,
   TAXES were levied, not on property, but on persons as such, therefore, a
   tithe or tiltable was, generally speaking, a person who was subject to
   TAXATION. Usually all males above sixteen years of age and servants of
   both sexes above that age were listed as a tithe and the customary tax
   was so imposed. Pg. 17/18
   The Buckingham County land tax RECORDS of 1782, the first such listing,
   reported that RICHARD LEE OWNED 400 Acres and the Personal Property Tax
   list for that year listed Richard as being levy free, indicating that he
   had passed the age for paying such a tax. The report showed that he
   owned one Horse and eight head of cattle. In 1783, he owned one horse
   and six head of cattle. Richard was not listed in this report for 1784
   and 1785, however, he was shown as having three white tiltable, four
   horses and no cattle in 1786. In 1787, he was listed as a tiltable and
   owned one horse and three head of cattle. In 1789, he was listed as a
   tiltable and his son by Elizabeth Miller was listed...
   6. These are quotes from Eric G. Grundset's "Buckingham County, VA Surveyor's
   Plat Book 1762-1858"
   Page 2 "Henry Baird; Dec. 14, 1762; 67 ac.; west side Willis' mountain;
   Joseph Childress, David Maloy neighbors"
   Page 201 "Willis Piller; 150 ac.; by virtue of his land office Treasury
   Warrant for 150 acres No. 6947 and dated September 14, 1820 Issued to Nathl A.
   Crenshaw and assigned to said Willis Piller by said Crenshaw on both sides Rocky
   Ridge joining Turpin alias Hubbard formerly Henry Baird William Molloy decd,
   Childress', Coleman and Seaymor Holman. On the plat William Molloy is shown
   as Widow Molloy)."
   Page 92 "Josiah Giles; March 20, 1793; 290 ac.; on each side Fishpond Creek
   and on both sides Beards and Burnett's roads joining Edward Patteson, Richard
   Taylor Charles Gallahorn and Samuel Staples; part of survey is missing."
   Page 102 "Richard Lee; 290 ac.; on both side Fishpond Creek, a branch of
   Appomattox River and on both sides Burnette road and joining to Beards road and
   bounded by lines of Edward Patteson, Richard Taylor, Thomas Smith, and Samuel
   Staples, <nowiki>----</nowiki> of May 1791; shows creek."
   His book is still in print.
   7. Website posting:
   I  have been reviewing the info on Thomas Lee of Goochland Co.Va. and Buckingham Co. Va. and it seems to me that they are one and the same. I am wondering if the rest of you feel the same. Here is what I have on this Thomas Lee,if he is one and the same.
   20 Jan. l734 - 21 Jan. l734 - Stephen Lacy of Hanover Co., St. Martins Parish to THOMAS LEE of St. James Parish, Goochland Co. for L100, l00a bounded by Henry Atkinson, with all hosues. Wit: Thomas Paulett, John (I) Lucas. Signed Stephen Lacy. (Source: Goochland Co.Va. wills and deeds by Benj. Weiseger, also found in Chalkeley's Aug.Co.records)
   l6 Sept l740-17 June l74l - THOMAS LEE of goochland to Wm. Bayley of same for L15, l00a on ns of James R. on branch of Owens Cr. bounded by John Parish, John Lucas, Stephen Lacy, being land deeded to THOMAS LEE by Stephen Lacy. Wit: Robert Christian, John (I) Wright, Hugh Morris. Signed: THOMAS LEE, ELIZABETH (E) LEE. (Source: the same book by Benj.Weiseger)
   13 June 1743 - THOMAS LEE of goochland, 400a on both sides Fish Pond Cr. adj. Henry Chiles, his patent on both sides of Holladay R. in Patent Book 21, p356 (Source: Cavaliers and Pioneers V.5 page 5)
   20 Feb. 1755 - THOMAS LEE on both sides of Fish Pond cr. of Appomattox R. 29 March 1750, l00a
   20 Feb l755 -RICHARD LEE on Fishpond Cr adj. Richard Lee, Thomas Lee, Thomas Sanders
   Source: Albemarle Co.Va. Plats Book
   8 Sept l760 - THOMAS LEE to PETER LEE, 30 lbs paid for 200a on ss Fish Pond Cr of Appomattox R. adj. Henry Chiles. Wit: Peter Fore, Thomas Sanders, Adam Sanders. DB 2 p515 of Albemarle Co.Va. (Source: Buckingham Co.Va. Survey Plats by Johnson)
   l9 March l767 - THOMAS LEE, l76 l/2 a. on both sides of Fish Pond of Appomattox R. adj. ___Hall,
   ___Roberts, vacant land and rest is illegible. Date at bottom was Aug. l2, l80l. (Source: Buckingham Co.Va. Survey Plats by Johnson)
   It appears that THOMAS LEE was in Goochland by 1734 when he buys land from Stephen Lacy, then THOMAS LEE AND WIFE ELIZABETH sell this land in l740/l74l. He was in Goochland Co.Va. l743 when he buys the land on Fish Pond Creek adj. Henry Chiles. In l755 both Thomas Lee and Richard Lee are shown as being on Fish Pond Creek. By l760 Thomas Lee deeds land to Peter Lee on the ss Fish Pond Cr adj. Henry Chiles so this is part of same land he bought in l743 which was adjacent to Henry Chiles. Apparently Thomas Lee was still alive in l767 from the document in Buckingham Co.Va. which is partly illegible. Perhaps research on both Stephen Lacy and Henry Chiles might shed some light on this Thomas Lee and also research in St. James Parish of Goochland Co.
   I would appreciate any imput any of you have as to your thought on the Thomas Lee of Goochland being the same Thomas Lee of Fish Pond Cr. and the possible father of Peter Lee and Richard Lee. I believe it is established pretty well that Evan Lee was a son of Thomas Lee.
   Joan McBride


Transcript of the Miller Lee (son of Richard Henry Lee and Mary Elizabeth Betsy Miller) letter as it appears in the book on Gresham Lee by R.E. Lee. The transcript was provided to R.E. Lee by a Barbara L. McKelvey, a Miller Lee descendant.

Rusk City March 30, 1850

I, Miller Lee, was born on the first day of July 1769 in Buckingham Co. in the State of Virginia. My father's name was Richard Lee, raised in Buckingham Co. and lived there most of his life until just before he died. He moved to Ballston, near Arlington, Va. There my mother died. He then moved to Jackson, Tn. where he died. His father came from England, his mother from Wales. My mother's name before marriage was Elizabeth Miller. Her father and mother were from Germany. She was born in the State of Delaware and she moved to Virginia. The Indians killed her father. Her mother died when she was about 12 years of age. She was my father's second wife. Richard was the first child, then Miller, John, Barnett, Agnes, Arthur who died at three weeks of age, then Stephen, the last. My wife's father was James Carson. Her mother before marriage was Mary Helm. They were raised nearby so to the north. Her parents moved to Campbell Co. Va. There James Carson died. His widow went to West Tenn. There she died at about 94 years of age. James Carson was 70. My wife before marriage was Margaret Carson. We were married in Campbell Co., Va. on 6th of Jan. 1798. About a year later moved to Logan Co. in a few more years to Butler Co. Lived there about 12 years. Then back to Logan Co. on or near the "Big Whipporwill." Lived there three years, then to Christian Co. There we buried our 8th child, 11 months old. Stayed there three years. Had another son and in the Fall of 1818 moved to Tallageda Co. Last of Feb. A.D. 1847 moved to Caddo Parish, La. Then last of Jan. 1848, moved to Rusk Co. on or near Main Rabbit Creek.

A note by the transcriber says: "Miller Lee was 81 when he wrote the letter and adds that there is more in the letter but no names or dates."


GEORGE WASHINGTON LEE LETTER (grandson of Richard Henry Lee, II)

The letter appeared in the Oct.-Dec. 1996 issue of the Virginia Genealogist Magazine. The original is owned by Isabell Cameron of Berry Creek, California .

Letter written to Abner Gresham Lee by his father, George Washington Lee: October 9th, 1867 Feather River, Sutter County, Cal.

A.G. Lee. I will now write you a few lines to let you know that I am still alive and in tolerble health and dohope this may find you alive and in good health. I have your letter of last March the 7th, 67, before me which is the last leter I have had from you, and the last one that I have seen or heard of from you was theleter you wrote to E. W. after you had heard that Rachel was dead, and as you speak of Scalp takin it maybee that your Scalp has left the head; but I hope not. Well your leter that youbefore the one on the 7th ofMarch got lost so I could not find it and, I waited to see if I would find it but have not found it yet. In it you wanted to know something about your mother which I have entirely forgoten but E. W. says that you wantedto know how old she was when she died. Well she was Borne May 12th 1802 and died June 4th, 1852. You wanted to know if your uncle Levi had any son named Alfred. Now I can say to you that he has not. He has ason named Andrew but I have forgot his middle name though it appears to me it was Lawrence or Baley. I had a Cozen in Tennesse named Alfred but whether he had any middle name or not I don't know and he married one of my Cozens daughters on my mother's side by the name of Gailbreath and there was one of his brothers by the name of Abraham Lee and I think his wife was a Piron. Alfred and Abraham was sons of uncle Jehew Lee by Richard Henry Lee's second wife whose maiden name was Miller. Alfred and Abram are onley 1/2 cozens to me. They were Brothers to Isaac Lee of Mud Praire, Ill.and uncles to Peter T. Lee also of Mud Prairie, Ill. Now if aney one of them had a son cauled Alfred I don't know it. Well there must bee maney thousands of us as my grate grandfather was certainly the firstLee that ever was in North America with his familey. He was one of the setlers of Jamestown, Va. I haveforgotten great-grandmother's maiden name. She was Welch and born and raised in the City of Wales. The(y) had 4 sons and how maney daughters I do not now remember but I remember seeing of two.Old Aunt Rhodey Watkins and Aunt Judey. The 4 sons was named John, Peter, Evens and Richard Henrey who is my Grandfather. Well Richard Henry Lee married Mary Grisham who was the sister of thetwo John Grishams Brothers, full Welch also, and he had by her 7 sons and 3 daughters (to wit) Grisham,William, Jesse, Archer, Young, George and Abner. These was the sons. The daughters was named Dorothy, commonaly cauled Dolley, Mary & Elizabeth. Well I never saw uncle Grisham nor none of his family. He married Priciley Staples and staid in Virginia and was a gunsmith to the U. S. in time of the Revolution. Was then quite an old man and had children as old as my father so his family must have spredto many hundreds by this time. Uncle William also maried a Staples and mooved to Kentucky in an earlyday. Him and his family I have saw excep one son and two daughters. He had 5 sons and 4 or 5 daughters. Uncle Jessee maried but I have forgoten his wife's name. he went to Geogia, Oglethorp County, had a large family but I never saw him or aney of his children. Uncle Archer died in the Arme of the Revolution. Uncle Young maried a Mathewes and had children how maney I do not Know. I never sawhim. he staid in Virginia. I saw one of his sons, Guy Lee. Uncle George maried and moved to Kentucky . Who he married I do not know. I never saw him or any of his children. They lived on the National Road between Vandalia and the Urebar River in Ill. Your grandfather you know all about. Now Aunt Dolley married a Thorton. The(y) lived in tennesse though I never aney of them. Aunt Mary maried her cousin Thomas Lee son of G.uncle Peter Lee and had many children. I never saw aney but her grandson William Lee, Willis Reeves brother-in-law which you have saw. Aunt Elizabeth maried her cousin, also son of G.U. Peter, Richard Henrey Lee. the(y) both moved to Kentucky in an earley day andthen to Mo. She was Elizabeth Holley's grandmother & Dr. Wright's Grand mother. She was the youngest;and grandmother died and grandfather maried a Mary Miller and had by her 5 sons and 1 daughter (to wit)Richard, Barnet, Miller, Gehew & Stepen. Uncle Richard maried a Mary Devenport, had 5 or 6 boys and as maney girls. I have saw them amaney a time. Uncle Barnet maried Mary Dewroset & had one son and5 or6 daughters. I have saw them all often. Uncle Miller I have saw but it was when I was little. Who he maried I do not know. It likely that Stephen D. Lee of the confederate armey was one of his sons as he move to Alabama in an early day. I hope the President will have enough in Congress to sustain his vetos this winter. Well you will get a letter I wrote to Robert Cheshire. I had no envelop and sent it to town by George & Cam. George knew who it was to, put it in envelop, gave to Cam to Direct and he Directed it to you instead of to R. C.


Family Data Collection - Individual Records about Richard Lee Lee

Name: Richard Lee Lee

Spouse: Elizabeth Miller

Parents: Richard Lee Lee, Mary Young

Birth Place: Buckingham Co, VA

Birth Date: 1710

Marriage Date: ABT 1766

Death Place: Jackson Co, TN

Death Date: ABT 1795

Richard Henry"esquire" Lee II (son of Richard Henry Lee and Mary Young) was born 1710 in Northumberland, Co. Va, and died 1790 in Jackson Co. Tenn. He married (1) Mary Gresham on 1746. He married (2) Elizabeth Betsey Miller on 1765.

More About Richard Henry"esquire" Lee II: Date born 2: Albemarle Co. Va.

More About Richard Henry"esquire" Lee II and Mary Gresham: Marriage: 1746

More About Richard Henry"esquire" Lee II and Elizabeth Betsey Miller: Marriage: 1765

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Richard Henry Lee II's Timeline

Northumberland, Virginia
March 15, 1728
Age 18
Buckingham County, Province of Virginia
Age 23
Buckingham Co.,Virginia
Age 30
Province of Virginia
Age 33
Buckingham County, Virginia
Age 35
Fishpond Creek, Goochland County, Province of Virginia
Age 36
Age 38
Buckingham Co., Virginia
Age 42
Albemarle Co., Va of Buckingham Co., Va