After a phone interview with my aunt today, I found I had a larger puzzle than I had pieces for. Here is some of our conversation:
She remembers her (Great) Grandpa David Lee. She says that he was mean. She also added that she wasn't so sure if it was that or that her mom had them so scared of him so they would be on good behavior while he was there to visit. She remembered asking him who his parents were but he never would tell. He did tell her that he wasn't raised by them but by an old woman, non-relative, who had a black servant boy. My aunt says that he told her the woman's name, she just couldn't remember it. He said that he joined the Confederate Army when he was 16. He also told my aunt that he was the nephew of Robert E. Lee and while in the CSA, he worked in his company, feeding the horses and holding General Lee's horse. When he came back from war to visit the woman who raised him, she didn't recognize him, he had grown so much. The black servant boy had to convince her it was really him.
My Lee family lived in Knott County, Kentucky. David Lee's parents are possibly David Lee and Martha Bates (gained from other phone interviews with my aunts and uncles). I know that having David Lee as his father doesn't put him as Robert E. Lee's nephew. It is my belief the he s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d the truth on that one. David Fletcher Lee was born 28 Feb 1846 (gained from his tombstone)and he died 3 Feb 1932. I also saw in a Knott County census, where the people listed their place of birth, that his was listed as KY. He married Sarah "Sallie" Bates on 13 Aug 1868, Letcher Co., KY. She was the daughter of James Bates and Elizabeth Adams. They had at least six children, Elizabeth B., Phoebe Jane, Sarah, Martha, John and James William "Willie."
If you have any information on David and his family me, please email me directly.
Reva Gibson Csontos
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