Posted By:Mike Lee
Subject:Lee families on Cub Creek
Post Date:December 20, 1999 at 16:30:32
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Forum:Appomattox County, VA Genealogy Forum
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I have a great deal of information on the families of James W. Lee, Liberty Lee, and Henry W. Lee all of whom were born in Buckingham Co. and lived as adults on Cub Creek in the southern part of Appomattox Co. from 1830's forward.

Several descendants of James W. Lee were given the name Walker as a first or middle name which leads me to suspect that this was his middle name.

In depositions given by their descendants in a court case (Moses vs. Moses, Appomattox 1907), it appears that these three men were brothers; however they were approximately nine years apart in age (birth dates 1803, 1814, 1822) and while they could conceivably have been full brothers, it seems unlikely that they would have had all had the same mother given the nineteen year spread of their ages. Also the possibility exists that these three were related as cousins or uncles/nephews and that the people giving the depositions did not know the exact relationship.

In addition, there were two women in the neighborhood during the same period who appear to have been widows of Lee men who had died prior the 1850 census. They are Elizabeth H.(Harvey ?) Lee and Jane Connor Lee. Elizabeth was postmaster in Appomattox in late 1800's and apparently never remarried. Jane married David M. Bagby in 1850's.

One of these women had a daughter named Rhoda G. Lee who was living the the household with Henry W. Lee's people in one census report (1860, I think). This name is significant in that the name Rhoda was popular in the families of Richard Henry Lee and his son Gresham Lee of Buckingham Co. It seems very likely that the Lee men on Cub Creek were sons (and/or grandsons) of Gresham Lee.

The loss of records for Buckingham and Appomattox has been a serious obstacle in proving the ancestors of this Lee group. If anyone is interested in what I have I will be glad to share. If anyone can help identify ancestors, I would appreciate hearing from them.

Mike Lee
Lynchburg, Va.