The two marriages for a Rachel Lee that I found in Russell County, Va were as follows:
4/27/1863 Abel Fletcher, 22, single, Russell County
Rachel Lee, 18, single, Russell County
William & Margaret Fletcher
Mathias & Elizabeth Lee
6/29/1867 James H. Taylor, 29, widowed, Washington County
R.M. Lee (Rachel), 23, widow, Russell County
George & Jane Taylor
Martin & Fanny Lee
The census info I found on Henry C. Bates was this:
1870 Whitesburg P.O., Letcher County, KY:
Bates, Henry, 25, farmer, KY
Bates, Rachel, 28, VA
There was nothing else on the census data.
In the 1860 census, I found the two sets of Lee Parents mentioned above.
1860 New Garden P.O., Russell County, VA:
Lee, Mathias, 43, tailor
Lee, Elizabeth, 33
Lee, Rachael, 16
Lee, Robert, 13
Lee, Charles, 11
Lee, Martha, 5
1860 Russell County, VA I found Fanny Lee (no Martin, he must have been deceased) and family. There was NO Rachel listed?
My thinking on this whole Rachel Lee thing at first was the same Rachel bore Hortense, married 1st Abel and then 2d James Taylor. Because it does state that she was a widow when she married James. But then it states two different sets of parents for the two Rachel Lee's and they are both in Russell County in 1860!!! However, she IS NOT listed under the Fanny Lee household in 1860...so maybe, just maybe, whoever took the information down was wrong in the parentage of this Rachel Lee? Although that still does not explain how she came to be married a THIRD time to Henry Bates and living in Kentucky three years after marrying this James Taylor.
So if I was searching for her, I would assume that she is the daughter of Mathias and Elizabeth noted on the 1860 census as 16 yrs old. A year later she has Hortense out of wedlock. Two years later she marries Abel Fletcher. He must have died and then she married Henry C. Bates. So I suppose Hortense's stories of being left behind with the other family ring somewhat true. And then, of course, by 1880, she is back with her mother. The trouble with authenticating any of this is the 10 year spans between census material. A lot can happen in that time that isn't documented anywhere.
Hope this helps! It was fun!
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