The Lee Family
family, or at
least old William Lee, came to Russell County from North Carolina. They
seem to have settled in the Molls Creek section of western Russell
There seems to have been at least three adult men named Lee in the
settlement. They were William Lee, Giles Lee and James Lee. Their
to the 1850 census, was born in Georgia, but his children claim he was
born in Virginia. He is found in the 1797 tithables of Russell Co., VA.
James Lee was
25 April 1765, died 21 January 1851. Buried in the family cemetery at
was married three times.
to Sarah _____ b. 10 December 1761, d. 21 October 1810 in Russell Co.,
Lee, b. 4 April 1788, d. 1842, in Arkansas, m. ca 1809 John McKinney.
could possibly be the son of James McKinney who lived near the Lee
 Giles Lee,
5 February 1799, Russell Co., m. 1822 to Susanna _____. Giles d. 1863
Civil War. They had children in the Russell County area: James, Wesley
and Margaret who m. a William Mood or Moad (Mead?)
James Lee m. a
time to Rachael Hendricks, b. 20 March 1792, d. 16 February 1829. She
said to be the daughter of Thomas Hendricks, d. 1823, but is not
in his will. She may possibly have been a daughter of James or Aaron
She had brothers Aaron, Thomas and James (none of these mentioned in
Thomas Hendricks will). By this second marriage James Lee had the
 Sarah Lee,
18 October 1813 in Russell Co., VA, m. _____ Jessee. In the 1864
of her father, James Lee's estate it makes mention of the unknown heirs
of Sallie Jessee. In the 1852 settlement of the Curator's account of
estate Jefferson Jessee was administrator of the estate, but Jefferson
Jessee is claimed to have married Nancy Counts. He was Sheriff of Wise
County in 1860, and he was born 1802.
family supposedly came from Caswell Co., NC, the first being John
b. ca. 1750, d. 17 October 1815, m. Franky Lea (Lee). Children: Archer;
John; Leo; David; Mary; Elizabeth; William Frances; Dicey; Sarah;
Rebecca; George Lea, m. Elizabeth Counts; Martin; Jefferson m. Nancy
Mary m. Abednego Kiser. John Jessee was mustered into the Revolutionary
War from North Carolina. In May 1797, James Lee bought 100 acres on
Creek on the north side of a ridge from Walter Preston.
b. 29 March 1815, Russell Co., m. Fanny ______, 1850 census shows him
children: Elizabeth; Sydney; Phoebe; Rachael; David; Martha; Hugh.
Lee, b. 1819-1820, Russell Co., VA, d. 21 July, age 32 years, 7 months,
2 days, m. Oliver H. Price, son of Daniel Price.
b. 10 June 1823, Russell Co., VA, m. _____ Bates
Lee, b. 24 September 1825, m. James Edgerton.
Lee, b. 18 October 1826, Russell Co., VA, m. W. R. Porter. (Note: it
be remembered that Eunice, daughter of Old William Lee married a
thus this shows a close family connection)
 James H.
b. 22 November 1828, Russell Co., VA. It is believed he died shortly
birth. His mother died less than 3 months after his birth.
a 3rd time to Chloe Fraley, 23 June 1830. Chloe Fraley, b. 14 November
1809, was the daughter of William Fraley, b. 23 January 1773, son of
and Chloe Fraley. Children of the third marriage:
 James M.
b. 30 June 1831, killed in 1863 in the Civil War, m. 8 October 1857 to
Mary Hackney. She was 22 in 1857 and is believed to have been from Ashe
Lee, b. 16 February 1833, d. 11 January 1894, Russell Co., VA, m. 1st
McReynolds. Child: Millard Fillmore Lee, b. 1854. Alexander m. 2nd
G. Smith, d/o George and Abbey Smith, and had children: [a] Virginia
b. 1858, d. August 1894, in the settlement of her father's estate S. H.
& R. A. Fletcher to inherit her portion. [b] Georgia Alice Lee, b.
1861, d. 1898, m. William Hopkins Gose, b. 1860, d. 1907, s/o Nathaniel
Gose & Rebecca Williams. Nathaniel was the s/o Stephen and
E. Litz Gose. [c] John S. Lee, b. 1864, d. 1916 [d] Francis S. Lee, b.
1857, m. _____ Quillen; [e] Elvira S. Lee, b. 1869, d. 1885. [f]
Alexander Stuart Lee, b. 1875, d. 195__, m. Myrtle Kelly. They had old
James Lee's Bible.
Lee, b. 20 May 1834, m. William Osborne, b. 1831, m. 2nd George Hopkins
Gose. They had a son R. Walter Gose of Abingdon, Washington Co., VA and
S. Christopher Gose and perhaps others.
Lee, b. 15 August 1836, probably died young as the next son is named:
Lee, b. 1837, m. 1853 to Mary C. Plott.
 Tivis P.
b. 1841, m. Mary _____
 Giles D.
b. 1841, probably a twin to Tivis and may have died young.
Lee, b. 1841, m. Mary _____ in 1860.
Old Giles Lee
bought 94 acres from William Fugate and his wife Jane, of Lee Co., VA,
on 25 July 1797. This land was in Moccasin Valley on Moll's Creek.
Deed Book 2,
537, Russell Co., VA, Giles Lee and his wife Rachael on 28 August 1798,
sell to Colbet Fugate, 50 acres being part of the above tract bought of
Deed Book 2,
245, Russell Co., VA, 28 May 1809 Giles Lee and Sarah, sell to Colbert
Fugate, another 15 acres part of the William Fugate tract.
Deed Book 5,
43 - Russell Co., VA, 5 April 1814, Giles Lee sells to Colbert Fugate,
29 acres being the remaining part of the 94 acres of William Fugate
In 1803, Giles
and his wife, Sarah were dismissed from the Stoney Creek Baptist Church
(Fort Blackmore). In 1798 he had wife "Rachael" and in 1803 and 1809 he
has wife "Sarah" which means Rachael died sometime between 1798 and
Deed Book 2,
436, 26 September 1797, Giles Lee sells to William Sergeant 50 acres in
Glade Hollow, being land patented to Cornelius Roberts, in 1787,
was killed by Indians on Black Mountain in 1788.
On November 3,
Giles Lee buys from Briant Fannin and wife Rachael 5 « acres of
on Castle Run, bordering Daniel McKinney's land. Then on November 13,
just ten days later the death of Giles Lee is recorded in the Bible of
James Lee. James Lee named a son Giles and old Giles Lee's death is
in his Bible. His son Giles was killed in 1863. So this possibly shows
a brother or father and son relation.
In 1797 there
also a William Lee in Russell Co. and owned land also in the Molls
triangle. He died in Russell Co., VA in 1810, and in his will he
a son Abner Lee by a former marriage. Also mentioned are his daughters
Franky Whitley, Elizabeth Hobbs, grandson William Hobbs, sons: Ephaim
Joseph Gold Lee, Alvey Lee and George Lee. His 2nd wife, mentioned in
will was Sarah Lee.
Also in this
he stipulates that his wife is to comfortably maintain his son George
and his (William's) brother James Lee. This probably suggests that his
son George was some sort of an invalid and possibly his (William's)
James was very old.
was made 2 April 1810 and probated 5 June 1810. The DAR records show
William Lee to have been born ca 1735-1740.
son of the above mentioned William Lee) and his wife Sally, sells to
brother Joseph G. Lee, 180 and 30 acres of land on Copper Creek in
This is probably the property he inherited from his father "when he
served in the Revolutionary War from Montgomery Co., VA.
There was an
Lee (pension R-6257) in Lt. Thomas McCulloch's Co., at King's Mountain
under General William Campbell. Uncertain whether this was William's