About Thomas Lee
There were two separate Thomas Lee's alive at this time - Thomas son of Richard Lee and Judith Steptoe and Thomas Lee son of John Lee Esq.
The correct Bible reference for this Thomas - of Ditchley - accepted by Casenove Lee - is the Griffin Bible, not the controversial false bible records that were confusing the two Thomas's. It was found that the second Capt. Thomas Lee of the Rev. War was not son of Ditchley but of the John Esq. Line.
Griffin Bible Transcripts:
From:Hugh Husma Subject: [LEE-L] GRIFFIN Bible, Transcript of Entries Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2002 17:10:18 EDT
G R I F F I N
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Bible owned by Samuel Griffin, the 6th, of Heathville, Virginia
- Samuel Griffin and Elizabeth Rout married May 2, 1731
- Thomas Lee and Mary Griffin married April 9, 1747
- Samuel Griffin and Mary Coleman married June 6, 1755
- Thomas Griffin and Ann Rout married Sept. 12, 1760
- Richard Adams and Elizabeth Griffin married April ??, 1764
- 1. Samuel Griffin, born Jan. 1, 1705
- 2. Elizabeth R. Griffin, born Dec 6, 1714
- 3. Mary Griffin, born March 30, 1732
- 4. Samuel Griffin, born Sept. 24, 1734
- 5. Thomas Griffin, born Dec. 6, 1737
- 6. Nancy Griffin, born May 10, 1740
- 7. Frances Griffin, born Dec. 6, 1742
- 8. Sarah Griffin, born Feb. 8, 1745
- 9. James Rout Griffin, born April 14, 1747
- 10. Elizabeth Griffin, born May 20, 1750
- 11. Leroy Griffin, born Oct. 4, 1752
- Mary Lee, wife of Thomas Lee, of Ditchley, our beloved daughter died Dec 8,
- Leroy Griffin, son of Samuel and Elizabeth died Jan. 12, 1760
- Samuel Lee, son of Thomas Lee, died Aug. 5, 1762. age 14.
- Elizabeth, beloved wife of Samuel Griffin departed this life May 24, 1769 in
her 56th year.
- James Griffin, died Dec. 1, 1776 age 29 years
- Sarah Griffin, died Feb. 28, 1777 age 32 and 20 days
_________________________ END _______________
1. This transcript made by me from 1938 transcript sent to Mr. Mimms W. Lee, Esq. from DAR. The DAR record was from Reverend George W. Beale, D. D. who made the original transcription and sent it to the DAR in 1911/1912. The entries were reviewed by Casanova G. Lee of Washington, D. C. and held as authentic by him.
2. Dr Casanova Lee also held at the time (1938) that the Bible entry, re Thomas Lee of Ditchley, was proof that Thomas Lee was the son of Richard and Judith Lee, but he noted that he could find no supporting proof in Richard's will or its probate regarding Thomas' name or legacy.
3. This Thomas Lee of Ditchley entry is the sole evidence that Thomas was associated with Ditchley. He may well be of the Lees of Ditchley, but he was not the son of Richard and Judith LEE who were the owners of Ditchley at the time. Ditchley Hall was the LEE family seat, so it is reasonable to suspect that other LEE family groups were living somewhere on the property from time to time. Further, it is possible that all the LEEs were locally identified with Ditchley whether they actually lived there or not.
Excerpt from "Genealogies of VA Families", by Mimms W. LEE
LEE.- I do not lay claim to talent as a researcher, but in my search for data on the parentage of Colonel (Thomas) Greenberry Lee of Virginia and Georgia, I have uncovered a bit of family history which it might be well to record. During the years, I acquired considerable data about my ancestor Colonel Greenberry Lee, but for sometime could not locate his father. I knew that Greenberry Lee was a Colonel of Richmond County (Georgia) Militia during the Revolution, was a member of the Georgia Legislature, a Justice, a Road Commissioner, and died before he was thirty-six years of age. He was born in 1750, and married Elizabeth Few (Deed book "B", p. 458, Warren Co., Ga., records: Deed book "F" p. 21-22 February 25, 1787, Richmond Co., Ga.) who before moving to Wrightsboro, Georgia, lived in Alamance, NC. Her family was prominent. She had four distinguished brothers, one of whom, Colonel Wm. Few, Jr., was the first U. S. Senator from Georgia, a Signer of the Constitution from Georgia, and at one time Mayor of New York City. I have the old gun used by Colonel Greenberry Lee in the American Revolution, and have heard my father say that as a boy, Greenberry (not Granbery) Lee lived near Danville, Virginia; and that while not of the Robert E. Lee line, he did belong to a branch of the Virginia Lee family. I have letters proving this statement. So with this information I set out to find his parents. I decided to locate if possible some Lee who had married into a family where the name Greenberry occurred, feeling that the name Greenberry was such an unusual one that its occurrence would be evidence of kinship.
My efforts were soon rewarded for I found in Mr. Clarence Griffin's book (VA State Library) a Greenberry Griffin whose father lived in Virginia prior to 1750. My next step was to find a Lee who had married into a Griffin family. I could hardly believe my eyes when I read in the Samuel Griffin Bible record the following: - "Mary Lee, wife of Thomas Lee of Ditchley, our beloved daughter, died December 8, 1758." Samuel Griffin Bible record (VA Historical Society and Archives Div., VA State Library). Here I had found a descendant of Colonel Richard Lee, who had married into a family where the very unusual name of Greenberry appeared. The immediate objectives of my search had been achieved.
Further inquiry into the record of Thomas Lee revealed the fact that he took up land in Prince Edward County in 1747 (Swem's VA Historical Index). Prince Edward is near Danville where Colonel Greenberry Lee, lived as a boy. Thomas Lee had moved to this section no doubt with his young wife Mary Griffin from Northumberland County, VA, in 1747. We can establish the fact that some years later, Thomas Lee lived in Johnston County N.C. (NC Colonial records), which was quite near the home of the Fews who lived prior to 1771 at Alamance, NC.
It was at Aalamance, NC, that Colonel Greenberry Lee undoubtedly met his future wife, Elizabeth Few, to whom I have already referred. They were married later in Wrightsboro GA, in 1774. The Fews moved to Georgia from Alamance in 1771. The final evidence which to me was positive proof of Greenberry Lee's parentage developed in this fashion.
Thomas Lee of Ditchley lost his first wife Mary Griffin in 1758 after having been married eleven years. He married a second time in 1761, Mary Bryan of Johnston County, NC. By this marriage I have located three sons, John, Lewis and Edward. The first two had sons named Greenberry Lee, and the third son named Green Lee, grandsons of Thomas Lee of Ditchley. Mr. Will Franke, Wheeler Business College, Birmingham Ala, is my authority. He has done extensive research on the descendants of Thomas Lee, and Mary Bryan; also Mrs. H. A. Godby, a genealogist of College Park, GA. This to me was conclusive evidence that these Greenberry Lees were related, and that Thomas Lee's grandsons were named after their half uncle Colonel Thomas Greenberry Lee, who was a son of Thomas Lee of Ditchley and his first wife Mary Griffin.
I have proof that Thomas Lee of Ditchley was the son of Richard Lee and Judity Steptoe. This proof if sound in a photostatic copy of the Needham Lee, Jr. Bible; (Archives Div. VA State Library and VA Historical Society) and is corroborated by the Samuel Griffin Bible record sent to DAR Headquarters, Washington DC, by Rev. Dr. Geo. W. Beale of Heathville, VA (copy in the Archives Div., VA State Library and VA Historical Society.) This Southern branch of the Lee family has furnished some rather representative citizens: among them are lawyers, ministers, college professors, a United States Senator, and scores of other good Americans.
-Mimms W. Lee (pgs. 357-358)
On my recent trip to the area I did not get a chance to visit Campbell Co. VA Courthouse. I would like to know if Capt. John Lee had a son named William? And a list of Capt. John Lee's heirs.
I do not wish to make this message too long, but William Lee the "brother" of Capt. John Lee owned land in Botetourt. Through a "Letter of Patent" dated 9May1760. This also shows a possible link to Zachariah Lee of Botetourt. And I discovered a William Lee was on Craig's Creek 1745-1748.
This is the information on my ancestor. William Lee and Matilda (Oney) Lee were married in Botetourt Co. VA 13Mar1817. On 11Mar1817 Matilda chose William Lee as her guardian. The name was recorded as Matilda Onee, the modern day index records it as Matilda Once. Also on 11Mar1817 A marriage bond was issued for the marriage of William Lee and Matilda Oney. William Lee and William Evans were the principles
William LEE(b. about 1785 VA d. By 1858 Fentress Co. TN) m. 13 Mar 1817 Botetourt Co. VA
Matilda (ONEY) LEE(b. Surry Co. VA by 1801 d. Mar 1870 Casey Co. KY) daughter of James ONEY(b. ? d. 4Oct1801-27Oct1801 Surry Co. VA) m. by 1798 Southampton or Surry Co. VA Mazey (BOOTH) ONEY TILLOT MADDERA (b. by 1777? VA d.17Jul1854 Bedford Co. VA)
- Name: Matilda Oney
- Surname: Oney
- Given Name: Matilda
- _MARNM: Lee
- Sex: F
- Birth: 9 Nov 1799 in , , Virginia
- Death: AFT 1860 in , Casey, Kentucky
- _UID: E952094CF23CC645A90EC49F33CC4DED1CE1
- Note: Ray and Carolyn Lee -- -- Matilda Oney's birthdate is listed in Booth Family Bible (her mother was Masey Booth when she married James Oney) as being born on 9 Nov 1799.
- Change Date: 5 Dec 2009 at 13:14:38
- Name: William Lee
- Surname: Lee
- Given Name: William
- Sex: M
- Birth: 1784/1785 in , , Virginia
- Death: ABT 1856 in , Fentress, Tennessee
- _UID: 081294180C7140478A710DCD7A516C4D23FE
- 1830 Fentress Co, TN census William Lea 50-60 b. 1770-1780; 02000001-100001; Page 8.
- 1840 Fentress Co, TN census William Lee 50-60 b. 1780-1790; 10110001-2210001; Page 9.
- 1840 Fentress Co, TN census William Lee 50-60 b. 1780-1790; 10110001-1210001; Page 19.
- The 2 William Yorks in 1840 seem too close in enumeration to not be the same person!
- 1850 Fentress Co, TN census William York 65 VA; Dist 10 #411.
- 1860 Fentress Co, TN census Matilda (gardening) Lee 60 VA 1799-1800 f Jamestown #357.
1830 1840 1850 1860
- William Lee 50-60 50-60 65 VA 1784-1785
- Matilda Lee 30-40 40-50 45 VA 60 VA 1804-1805
- son 5-10 15-20 1820/25
- Bartholet Lee 5-10 10-15 24 TN 1825-1826
- Marion Lee 1 TN 1848-1849
- daughter 0- 5 10-15 1825/30
- Eliza J. Lee 5-10 18 TN 24 TN 1831-1832
- Sarah Lee 5-10 16 TN 1833-1834
- Newton Lee 0- 5 13 TN 1836-1837
- Elizabeth Lee 0- 5 10 TN 19 TN 1839-1840
Bartholet Lee, son of William and Matilda Lee, married Catherine Williams who was probably his third wife. His second marriage was to Holly Johnson, daughter of Stephen and Anna Johnson. Batholet and Holly divorced. FCHSNL Volume 5 page 78. Victor Lee.
- 1850 Fentress Co, TN census Bartholet Lee 24 TN; Dist 10 #411.
- 1860 Fentress Co, TN census B. (revenue collector) Lee 35 TN 1824-1825 m Jamestown #351.
- Bartholet Lee 24 TN 35 TN 1825-1826 (revenue collector)
- Catharine Lee 22 TN 1837-1838
- William Lee 1 TN 1858-1859
- Marion Lee 1 TN 11 TN 1848-1849
- William Lee 65 VA 1784-1785
- Matilda Lee 45 VA 1804-1805
- Eliza Lee 18 TN 1831-1832
- Sarah Lee 16 TN 1833-1834
- Newton Lee 13 TN 1836-1837
- Elizabeth Lee 10 TN 1839-1840
Bartholet is buried at Salem Church Cemetery in an unmarked grave. He had a number of deed transactions. After the Civil War, Bartholet appears to have lost all of his real estate holdings for debt accumulated during the Civil War. He was High Sheriff of Fentress Co, TN many years prior to the Civil War. During the Civil War he was the clerk at the courthouse until 1865. In November 1866 he probably fled to Casey Co, KY where he died in 1873.
When there is conflict between two sustained claims for the same line, I always feel it's best to make the effort to get back in time to the origin places: to the INITIAL assertions. That's what I have done today, I believe. I would like to note at the outset of my remarks that among the alternative suggestions that Hugh has given me is the possibility that two Thomas Lees have been merged into one. I'd like to say, now, that I believe that is probably what happened. First I will show the origin article, and then I will state my case for believing Mimms Lee has merged to different men named Thomas Lee.
Hugh posted (01-02-2000) a "problem with the identity of the Thomas LEE 'of Ditchley' who is cited in the Griffin Bible as the husband of Mary Griffin." His reference was, "a manuscript file (Mss G:4G8755:2) at the VA State Library which contains the following four cites from an extract of the GRIFFIN Bible." I won't repeat all of the citings. Only two of them:
- Thomas LEE and Mary Griffin, married April 9, 1747
- Samuel Lee, son of Thomas, died Aug. 5, 1760, aged 14
From this I would gather that the THOMAS LEE in question was born plus or minus c1726, married about age 21 MARY GRIFFIN, 1747. Although it would appear that SAMUEL, SON OF THOMAS LEE was born in 1746 (a year prior to his parents' marriage). Let's assume that SAMUEL was the son of THOMAS LEE & WIFE MARY (GRIFFIN) LEE, otherwise it would make no sense for him to be in the GRIFFIN BIBLE.
I find the following page and a half on pp. 357-8 of GENEALOGIES OF VA FAMILIES, Vol. III, He-M (Wm. & Mary Qtly.), and which had originally appeared in a report by Mimms W. Lee, appearing in the 2nd Series, Vol. XVIII (1938), 513-514:
"LEE. - I do not lay claim to talent as a researcher, but in my search for data on the parentage of Colonel (Thomas) Greenberry Lee of Virginia and Georgia, I have uncovered a bit of family history which it might be well to record. During the years, I acquired considerable data about my Ancestor Colonel Greenberry Lee, but for sometime could not locate his father. I knew that Greenberry Lee was a Colonel of Richmond County (Georgia) Militia during the Revolution, was a member of the Georgia Legislature, a Justice, a Road Commissioner, and died before he was thirty-six years of age. He was born in 1750, and married Elizabeth Few (Deed book "B" p. 458, Warren Co., Ga., records; Deed book "F" p. 21-22 Feb. 25, 1787, Richmond Co., Ga.) who before moving to Wrightsboro, Georgia, lived in Alamance, N.C. Her family was prominent. She had four distinguished brothers, one of whom, Colonel Wm. Few, Jr. was the first U.S. Senator from Georgia, a Signer of the Constitution from Georgia, and at one time Mayor of New York City.
I have the old gun used by Colonel Greenberry Lee in the American Revolution, and have heard my father say that as a boy, Greenberry (not Granbery) Lee lived near Danville, Virginia [KG: Pittsylvania Co., VA]; and that while not of the Robert E. Lee line, he did belong to a branch of the Virginia Lee family. I have letters proving this statement....[KG: letters NOT themselves presented in evidence, but only mentioned].....I decided to locate if possible some Lee who had married into a family where the name Greenberry occurred, feeling that the name Greenberry was such an unusual one that its occurrence would be evidence of kinship.
My efforts were soon rewarded for I found in  MR. CLARENCE GRIFFIN'S BOOK (VA. STATE LIBRARY) A GREENBERRY GRIFFIN WHOSE FATHER LIVED IN VIRGINIA PRIOR TO 1750. MY NEXT STEP WAS TO FIND A LEE WHO HAD MARRIED INTO A GRIFFIN FAMILY. I COULD HARDLY BELIEVE MY EYES WHEN I READ IN THE SAMUEL GRIFFIN BIBLE RECORD THE FOLLOW: - 'MARY LEE, WIFE OF THOMAS LEE OF DITCHLEY, OUR BELOVED DAUGHTER, DIED DECEMBER 8, 1758.' SAMUEL GRIFFIN BIBLE RECORD (VA. HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND ARCHIVES DIV., VA. STATE LIBRARY).
Here I had found a descendant of COLONEL RICHARD LEE, who had married into a family where the very unusual name of Greenberry appeared. The immediate objectives of my search had been achieved. further inquiry into the record of THOMAS LEE REVEALED THE FACT THAT HE TOOK UP LAND IN PRICE EDWARD COUNTY IN 1747 (SWEM'S VIRGINIA HISTORICAL INDEX). PRINCE EDWARD IS NEAR DANVILLE WHERE COLONEL GREENBERRY LEE LIVED AS A BOY. Thomas Lee had moved to this section no doubt with his young wife Mary Griffin from Northumberland County, Virginia, in 1747.
 We can establish the fact that some years later, THOMAS LEE LIVED IN JOHNSTON COUNTY, N.C. (N.C. COLONIAL RECORDS), which was quite near the home of the Fews who lived prior to 1771 at Alamance, N.C. [KG: Alamance, Alamance Co., NC. The county was created out of Orange Co., NC in 1849. Alamance Co. is attached to Caswell's S border and lies between present Guilford and Orange Cos.]. It was at Alamance, N.C. that Colonel Greenberry Lee undoubtedly met his future wife, Elizabeth Few, to whom I have already referred. They were married later in Wrightsboro, Ga., in 1774. The Fews moved to Georgia from Alamance in 1771.
 THE FINAL EVIDENCE WHICH TO ME WAS POSITIVE PROOF OF GREENBERRY LEE'S PARENTAGE DEVELOPED IN THIS FASHION. THOMAS LEE OF DITCHLEY LOST HIS FIRST WIFE MARY GRIFFIN IN 1758 AFTER HAVING BEEN MARRIED ELEVEN YEARS. HE MARRIED A SECOND TIME IN 1761, MARY BRYAN OF JOHNSTON COUNTY, N.C.
 BY THIS MARRIAGE I HAVE LOCATED THREE SONS, JOHN, LEWIS, AND EDWARD. The first two had sons named Greenberry Lee, and the third a son named Green Lee, grandsons of Thomas Lee of Ditchley.
 Mr. Will Franke, Wheeler Business College, Birmingham, Ala. is my authority. He has done extensive research on the descendants of Thomas Lee, and Mary Bryan; also Mrs. H. A. Godby, a genealogist of College Park, Ga. This to me was conclusive evidence that these Greenberry Lees were related, and that Thomas Lee's grandsons were named after their half uncle Colonel Thomas Greenberry Lee, who was a son of Thomas Lee of Ditchley and his first wife Mary Griffin. I have proof that Thomas Lee of Ditchley was the son of Richard Lee and Judith Steptoe. This proof is found in a photostatic copy of the NEEDHAM LEE JR. BIBLE; (ARCHIVES DIV. VA STATE LIBRARY AND VA HISTORICAL SOCIETY) AND IS CORROBERATED BY THE SAMUEL GRIFFIN BIBLE RECORD sent to D. A. R. Headquarters, Washington, D. C. by Rev. Dr. Geo. W. Beale of Heathville, Va. (copy in the Archives Div., Va. State Library and Va. Historical Society.)
............. - Mimms W. Lee"
 Capitalization by KG, simply for emphasis on important passages & to show that this is a direct reference to the people in Hugh's dilemma.
 Mimms Lee can only establish that "a" Thomas Lee was in Johnston Co., NC, but has conspicuously NOT IDENTIFIED that Thomas Lee. Perhaps there WAS more than one appropriate adult THOMAS LEE in Johnston Co., NC, but the compiler has NOT proved it and seems oblivious to Thomas Lee, son of John, Sr. My overwhelming impression is that Lee simply "hopped on" this handy Thomas Lee in Johnston County without investigation. This is relevant to the problem, quoting from p. 55 of JOHN LEE, ESQUIRE OF JOHNSTON CO., NORTH CAROLINA AND SOME OF HIS DESCENDANTS (hereinafter known as "John Lee, Esq."), p. 55:
- "It is assumed that Thomas Lee married for the first time about 1754, FOR HE APPLIED FOR A LAND GRANT IN JOHNSTON COUNTY., 100 A. ON THE MIDDLE PRONG OF MILL CREEK, 7 JAN. 1755. HE SOLD THIS, WITH ADDITIONAL ACREAGE, TO NICHOLAS LEE IN 1776, WHEN IT IS ASSUMED, NICHOLAS WAS OF AGE."
 Unless or until the Thomas Lee who married Mary Brian is positively ID'd, Mr. Lee is whistling in the wind.
 One "set" of a John and Edward (brothers of Thomas and all three named in John Lee, Sr's will) are the sons so-named in the will of John Lee, Sr. of Johnston Co. Lewis Lee is possibly Lewis son of Robert Lee, son of John Lee, Esquire. NONE OF THESE PEOPLE HAD A SON NAMED GREENBERRY, SO I DON'T KNOW TO WHAT MIMMS LEE REFERS. I have no DOB or DOD on Lewis Lee, other than we know he died prior to the will of his father, Robert Lee, which was drawn Oct., 1782. Lewis Lee's brother, Godfrey Lee, is estimated as b. c1759 in Johnston Co.
 Despite Will Franke's well known competence in genealogical work, he was a poor choice for Mimms Lee as HIS "authority" for the 1938 article, as by or before 1950, Mr. Will Franke had denounced part of the bible entries, known to some of us as "The Chestnut Bible" (from it's last owner family), which has a statement of Thomas Lee (of Hawkins Co., TN) birth at Ditchley. Without any doubt whatever, Mr. Franke eventually realized that Capt. Thomas Lee was NOT a descendant of the Ditchley Lee group, as he reported the adulterated bible to Cazenove Gardner Lee, who agreed. It may well be that the old Mimms Lee article of 1938 came into the hands of the Chestnut Bible owner and inspired the added-on note about Thomas Lee's parentage, at the outset. That's why I call this mess "a self-fulfilling prophesy." ONE WRONG IDENTIFICATION INSPIRES ANOTHER, AND THE LATTER IS USED TO CONFIRM THE FORMER. By the way, Mimms Lee never tells us what Will Franke actually SAID in or prior to 1938, nor does he either tell us what Mrs. Godby actually SAID. It's all inferences, and 2nd hand information at best.
It has to be understood that in the 1766 will of John Lee, Esquire, which transcription I have sent to the group, John left 75 acres of land on MILL CREEK AT THE BRIDGE, among other bequests, to Edward Lee, another of his sons, and 300 a. on White Oak Swamp at (a) Branch of MILL CREEK to his grandson, Shadrack Ingram, AND that the collective deeds of John Lee, Sr/Esq.'s family are replete with MILL CREEK references, including these following for THOMAS LEE, HIS SON:
13 Oct. 1756: Grant to Thomas Lee 100 a. middle prong Mill Creek. Chain bearers: John Powell, EDWARD LEE [son of John Lee, Sr.]
24 Feb. 1776: Thomas Lee sold the foregoing land to Nicholson Lee....250 a., all of the above patent and part of Grant #72.
27 Feb. 1769: Thomas Lee bought from Drury and Anne Dees, 100 a. s-Neuse, mid-prong Mill Creek. Wit: Lewis Bryan, EDWARD LEE.... [KG: Again, Thomas's brother]
9 Apr. 1770: Thomas Lee grant for 200 a. Whiteoak, br. of Mill Cr.- Dees corner.
Thomas Lee, son of John Lee, Sr. was still buying & selling land in Johnston Co., NC along either Mill Creek or White Oak Swamp, a branch of Mill Creek, in numerous deeds through at least 1782 and on 15 February 1784, as "Thomas Lee of Green Co., NC" [WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN GREENE CO., TN, CRE. 1783 OUT OF WASHINGTON CO., NC (LATER TENNESSEE), RATHER THAN GREENE CO. NC, WHICH WASN'T CREATED UNTIL 1799], Thomas gave Power of Attorney to William Ingram and Shadrack Ingram of Johnston Co. and that transaction was witnessed by Samuel Smith, Josiah Barnes. Samuel Smith, Jr. was a witness to the will of John Lee, Sr. in Johnston Co., 1766 as was Ricard Dees. The Ingrams noted here were probable relatives of Thomas Lee's sister, ____, who married an Ingram and produced John Lee, Sr's grandson of his will - Shadrack Ingram and as well relatives of Thomas Lee's KNOWN m3: Mrs. Mary (INGRAM) Rains, daughter of Richard Ingram, whom he married bet. 1772-1774. Mary Ingram Rains d. in 1821 in Hawkins Co., TN (Bible). The "Nicholson" Lee referred above is doubtless the child of Thomas Lee better known as Nicholas Lee in other references, b. c1755.
The only point I can see which might be in dispute is the marital record of a Thomas Lee's marriage 15 March 1761 to MARY BRYAN. It is claimed in "John Lee, Esq." as the "possible" 2nd marriage of Thomas Lee, son of John Lee, Sr. It is POSSIBLE that it is the marriage of ANOTHER THOMAS LEE, however I find that highly doubtful in view of the numerous Bryan references in the records of John Lee, Sr's family. The m1 of Thomas, son of John Lee, Sr. was to an unknown woman c1754.
As far as I am concerned, the Power of Attorney record showing THOMAS LEE "of Green County" is conclusive evidence that "our" Thomas Lee of Johnston Co., NC removed to East Tennessee, and was later found in Hawkins County, presently on the N flank of Greene Co., TN. The burden of PROOF lies with someone claiming that Thomas Lee of Hawkins Co., TN was NOT the son of John Lee, Esquire named in the latter's will, rather than the other way around, as the evidence is overwhelming that Thomas of Mill Creek was John Lee's son. Right now, I know of no defined "competitor" adult Thomas Lee in the same area of Johnston Co. against whom to compare Thomas, son of John, Sr.
From "Some of the descendants of Capt. Thomas Lee of Hawkins Co., TN" (1972), the children (numbering 14 in total) of Capt. Thomas Lee are: Nicholas, Elizabeth, Thomas, Jr., Eleanor, Edith and Micajah (prior to his marriage to Mary (Ingram) Rains). His children by Mary Rains: Needham, John, Winifred, Zilpha, William, Edward, James and Mary. Note that there's not a "Greenberry" nor a "Samuel" in the lot, nor is there a "Greenberry" listed in the Lee index to "John Lee, Esq." Note also, that there are TWO Needham Lee-s in my own line of descent from Robert, son of John Lee, Sr. of Johnston Co.
Now, for a few minutes, I'd like to move in another direction on this problem - Into what I can find in my library on PRINCE EDWARD CO., VA where it's stated that THOMAS LEE and WIFE MARY GRIFFIN REMOVED! VIRGINIA LAND RECORDS (Gen. Pub. Co., Inc., 1982), p. 398, "Early Settlers of Prince Edward County, Virginia":
LEE, THOMAS - - - - - 5th March 1747 - - - - - 300 (a.) Vaughan's Cr. do. 15th Dec. 1749 - - - - - - 243 Vaughan's Cr.
P. 397 GRIFFIN, ANTHONY - - 5th April 1748 - - 2000 Nottoway R.
P. 406 Will of Samuel (X) Lee. Pro. Aug. 14, 1759 Son Samuel Lee Jr (land to James McDuell's line); son Thomas Lee; daughter Ann Baugh; grandson Samuel Lee Baugh; daughter Sarah Chamlis; gr-dau Frances Chambliss; gr-dau Elizabeth Chambliss; son-in-law SHANDS RAINS; grandson EPHRAIM RAINES; gr-dau SARAH RAINES; gr-dau Amy Williams; gr-son Peter Chamblis "land adjoining the land of Wm. Baugh, Samuel Lee Jr., and Thomas Owen"; gr-son Samuel Lee, son of my said son Thomas; gr-dau Mary Baugh; wife Frances Lee, Extx. Wits: - John Edwards; Benjamin Fernando, Wm. Newell, Margaret (X) Connell.
KG: Samuel, son of Thomas Lee of the Griffin Bible, died at age 14, 1760, and was NOT the Samuel, a grandfather, who died in Prince Edward Co. in 1759. Might this be a brother of Thomas Lee of Northumberland? The inventory record makes it appear so.
P. 407 Inventory of Samuel Lee, deceased. Thos. Lee, Exec. Oct. 9, 1759.
Kay G. Question: HAS ANYONE MADE SURE THAT THIS THOMAS LEE EVER EVEN LEFT PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY BY CHECKING THE DEED & TAX RECORDS? AS PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY WAS CRE. 1753-4 OUT OF AMELIA COUNTY, IT WOULD BE WELL TO CHECK AMELIA, AS THOMAS LEE WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE MADE HIS MOVE OUT OF NORTHUMBERLAND IN 1747, ACTUALLY PRIOR TO THE CREATION OF PR. EDWARD.
KG: This ancient Mimms Lee article is apparently where these quandries started; however, the compiler apparently didn't know enough about NC genealogy to even deal with the fact that there was a THOMAS LEE, BORN C1735, NAMED AS 4TH SON, 4TH CHILD IN THE WILL OF THOMAS'S FATHER JOHN LEE, SR. OF JOHNSTON CO., N.C. WRITTEN ON 4 DECEMBER 1766. The compiler, Mimms Lee is simply appropriating the Thomas Lee of Johnston Co., NC as the same person born at Ditchley, probably c1726. Thomas, son of John Lee, Sr. would still have been a child in 1747 at the time of the older Thomas Lee's marriage to Mary Griffin.
I draw this conclusion: For any connection to the Richard (1) Lee line in VA to ACTUALLY EXIST, JOHN LEE, SR. OF JOHNSTON CO., NC WOULD HAVE TO HAVE BEEN THE LINK, NOT HIS SON THOMAS.
fBaronetcy of Leigh of Georgetown SC - Sir Thomas Egerton Leigh
Retreat Plantation – Beaufort – Beaufort County
- Location – Battery Creek (a branch of the Beaufort River), Beaufort, St Helena Parish, Beaufort County. Original plantation lands were located off SC 280
Marriage 1 Matilda ONEY b: Bef. 1801 in Surry County, Viginia
- Married: 13 Mar 1817 in Botetourt County, Viginia 1
- 1. Vanquelon LEE b: 24 Jul 1823 in Fentress County, Tennessee
- 2. Bartholet LEE b: 1825 in Tennessee Note: Sir Bart Leigh Lee
- 3. Eliza LEE b: 1832 in Tennessee
- 4. Sarah LEE b: 1834 in Fentress County, Tennessee
- 5. Newton LEE b: 1837 in Tenn.
- 6. Elizabeth LEE b: 1840 in Fentress County, Tennessee
SOME OLD COURT RECORDS The following items are taken froman old account sued on by Eli F. Johns against Phillip Mace in 1843 as appears in the Minute Book of the Circuit Court of Fentress County:
- "To one boatcable 66 feet long $8.00
- To 5 gal. whiskey $2.50
- To 1 qt. of whiskey and 2 1/2 gallons $1.50
- To hauling Boat Gunnels and stock $3.00
- To pepper and spice by father .25
- To 1 deer skin on the river .75
- To 2 oz. Indigo by Joshua Storie.40
- To Joel L. Reagan paid lady .37 1/2
- Take off twenty-five cents for Bruce' debt for I don't distinckly recollect that Mace told me to let him have it."
Judgement was rendered in favor of plaintiff, Eki F. Johns by Sam Hinds, J.P. and was appealed by Mace, and appeal dismissed by the Circuit Court. Wm. Cullom was Attorney General in 1842. John H. Savage succeeded him in 1843 and served for many years afterwards. Edward Choate, Sheriff 1842. Joshua Storie, 1843. Charles Reagan, Clerk 1843. Ab. Caruthers was the Circuit Judge.
The following names of Attorneys are found in the old minutes of the court atthat time, John L. Goodall, Joyn Allison, John B. McCormick, Alvin Cullom, Minnis, Lapsley & Trabue, Thomas E. Bramlett, Rice Maxey, Richardson and Turney.
The Grand Jury at the June Term in 1843 were, William Lee, Foreman, Phillip Conatser, Robert Boles, Burdine Young, Leroy Taylor, Jesse Cobb, Thomas Riley, William Flanningan and Frederick Highsaw.
The trial Jury at October term were, Robert Clark, John G. Francis, Joshua Jeffers, Frederick Helm, Noah Storie, John H. Hughes, William Lee, Edward Franklin, Thomas Boles, David Gwinn,Jonathan Rich and John Combs.
Justices of the Peace whose names appear in the Minutes of the Circuit Court about this time, Joseph Upchurch, Daniel Smith, J. L. Kennedy, William Beason, Samuel Hinds, William Lee, Joshua Owens, Abner Phillips. John Albertson was clerk in 1842 and Charles Reagan was clerk in 1843.