I've backtracked my ancestor John Lee to Currituck and Beaufort Cos, NC in the 1780's. In 1785, his wife Elizabeth Fenton is a minor orphan in Currituck, and in 1786 John and Elizabeth, listed as "of Beauford [sic] County", sell off land she inherited from her deceased father, Thomas Fenton of Currituck.
I don't know if John Lee is from Beaufort or is just passing through.
He and Elizabeth disappear between 1786 and 1805, when they reappear in Iberville Parish, LA along with 6 to 7 kids. John dies in 1814, and Elizabeth sells out in 1824 and disappears. My ancestor Thomas, their youngest child, remains in the area.
John Lee is a bit of an enigma. In LA, he squats on land, never buying it. Yet, in an 1805 conveyance record, he is named executor of an estate (for a person I can't find in the area, either), and a well-known local acts as his security. This indicates that he was a good citizen, possibly of modest means. His estate in 1814 was modest, as well.
In LA in 1805 there are very few Lees. One family is from Union Co, SC, having been Loyalists who fled to the then-Spanish territory. Another is a group of Mississippi River flatboat traders originally from Richmond Co, VA who migrated west and south down the river system. There's another Lee from Ireland who MAY have been there in this timeframe. And my boy, who may or may not be connected with any of them.
I am seeking any information on the Lees of Beaufort and/or Currituck Cos of NC in the hopes of finding a missing John Lee b. ca 1760.
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