JUNE 11, 2007:
JUST FOUND: RHESA HOWARD, uncle of Col. Greenberry Lee (wife Elizabeth Few) of Frederick Co Maryland was in Richmond Co Ga 1785.
|GATEWAY TO LEE GENEALOGY|
|Cohassett, Alabama (The Hugghins-Taylor House) Between Pigeon Creek & Sepulga River, high on a hill, less than a mile from Covington County. Built by son of John Greenberry Hugghins. Owned by Tom & Sandra Johnson Taylor, who is descended from Greenberry Lee of Alabama who settled a few miles east on Pigeon Creek.|
|A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z|
|Great progress is being made in sorting the many Lees and determining to which branch they belong. But we have a long way to go. The majority of Lees in the Southern United States spring from what appears to be a family of brothers and/or cousins who settled in Virginia, a literal stone's throw across the river to Maryland, where they also settled in the 1600s. To aid this research, this site has currently more than 300 pages or files, on Lee and related families, divided roughly among the categories you will find in the now-being-assembled; Table of Contents, through which ALL files on this site are available with the click of a mouse. (The files are generated automatically - so some of the names look strange until I edit them) For a quick view at what interests you, click a letter in the Index above and you will find given names, surnames and place names beginning with that letter|
|General Tips for finding ancestors of Covington County settlers:
Look at Lee links in Lower Norfolk in the early days of the Virginia colony, then in 1650 to New Providence (Annapolis), Anne Arundel Co, Maryland, then Frederick Co and Harford Counties, Maryland.
In the 1750s voth Virginia and Maryland sides of Lee & related families began moving to North Carolina (Rowan, Halifax, Wake) and South Carolina (Williamsburg Dist, Georgetown, (amden, later Fairfield, Chester, Liberty and later Marion (home of the Swamp Fox) County.)
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|We begin to take an in-depth look at the name Greenberry --not Granberry. It is a specific Maryland name; There have been one or two other isolated reports of the name in Virginia, but the only family by that name which has been identified as landing in the Colonies was that of (Col. Nicholas Greenberry, named by William and Mary as their co-regent (governor) in Maryland in 1692. Accounts of this Col. Nicholas Greenberry and his descendants fill volumes on histories of Anne Arundel, Maryland and Frederick County, Md. where the brothers of our Margaret Howard Lee (Mrs. John Lee) lived among other familiar North and South Carolina and Georgia related families prior to moving to Rowan/Anson County, N.C. ca 1752. One of the most prolific of this bunch of settlers was William Few Jr., brother of Elizabeth Few who first married Col. Greenberry Lee, b ca 1748, believed to be the son of the John Lee who married Margaret Howard in Maryland. William Few Jr., both a signer of the U.S. Constitution and early president of the bank which became Chase Manhattan Bank, wrote an autobiography which described many of his contemporaries and gave us rare personal glimpses of his family. William Devereux, nephew-by-marriage of Elizabeth Few Lee Andrew Bush, kept a diary. He was also known as the "father" of Covington County, Alabama, where Greenberry & Elie Lee settled while Devereux was living there. Another (great?) nephew Few of Elizabeth Few Lee Andrew Bush wrote a letter in 1837 giving details of all this family's well-documented life. (See any Georgia history book - look under William Few or under Emory University or in North Carolina Duke University) By listing the incredible number of ties our Lees with his Lees (Col. Greenberry Lee descendants) we think it will be proven that Alabama Lees descend from this same family.|
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|Send us your wagon train stories. Ours is that Greenberry & Elie Lee stayed in Montgomery when one of them took sick & the rest of the huge Lee train, including brothers Zach & Johnny, went on to Mississippi.|
|ELEY or ELY
Eley is both a Williamsburg, S.C. (see estate proceedings of Arthur Fernay Lee) and a Maryland name -- as inGreenberry Gaither and Eley Gaither, , Maryland natives whose families migrated from Maryland to live in Putnam County, Ga. near a John Lee we believe to be son or grandson of John Lee who married Margaret Howard in Harford County, Maryland in the 1740s. JohnLee of Putnam had a son Greenberry. He had a son Sion Lee, who was born ca 1774 in Williamsburg, S.C. and whose son Kinon Lee later lived for a brief while (ca 1760) next to our Greenberry Lee of Alabama.. It is possible the Sion & Greenberry come from the Hill family.
|You may also go to files by following the links on each page; or by using the surname or given name index . It is here because one of the handed-down stories in the Alabama Lees was the fact that each generation was urged to name its children or its forefathers. This site is dedicated to brothers Greenberry & Eli Lee who had links with Putnam Co. Ga., Williamsburg, S.C. and Montgomery, Alabama before moving prior to their fifties ca 1852 to found Westover in Covington County, Alabama. The given name index features both the first names most favored by Lee & relations and first names which are unusual enough that their repetition hopefully will enable us to link families. These names at times have confused us, such as trying to link the families of various men named Needham Lee.One Needham Lee may be related to the others -- but his mother was Elizabeth Stevens, who herself had a brother Needham Stephens/Stevens.|
|Brothers Greenberry & Eley Lee: To Montgomery ca 1820, perhaps Lowndes and/or south Butler County; then fouding Westover in Covington County, Alabama ca 1840. Elie born Williamsburg, S.C.;Greenberry "of" Putnam County Ga.|
|It is possible that William Few's amazing sister, Elizabeth Few Lee Andrew Bush, is the key to all answers concerning Lees who both stayed in Alabama and continued on to Mississippi to settle near Hattiesburg when their wagon train traveled to Alabama around 1820. We have collected information pointing to this for years, and recent research in Columbia, S.C. adds one more smidgen of support to the idea that she was the grand- mother of Greenberry Lee & Elie Lee of Putnam Co, Ga/Montgomery Co., Ala and Covington County, Ala. There we found detailed descriptions of the lives of her daughter Martha, who lived in Tuscaloosa in the 1820s as the wife of the Rev. Robert Kennon, both a Methodist minister, circuit rider and doctor, as was Moses Andrew . (He was son of Elizabeth Few Lee Andrew Bush, who lived in Montgomery. Born in Maryland, Elizabeth alsd the last few years of her life in Montgomery, where Moses Andrew was a physician and Methodist minister. She died in 1829, where Greenberry & Elie Lee lived at least until after the 1830 census. In 1852, Greenberry and Eli were settlers of Westover, Covington County, Pigeon Creek; one of his legacies included a physician's medical equipment. Devoutly religious, his son became a Methodist Episcopal minister.Why Covington County? Could it be a clue that the nephew-by-marriage of Elizabeth Few Lee Andrew Bush, William Devereux was instrumental in forming Covington County during his aunt's last years in Montgomery? Devereux, who kept a lifelong diary which also gives us tantalizing glimpses of the Few's early life in Quaker Wrightsboro, Georgia, is credited as the father of Covington County by historians. When he represented his county in Montgomery, did Devereux talk it up to relatives when he visited Aunt Elizabeth? Today, the only site marking Devereux's existence in Covington County is a sign on the long winding road up the hill leading from the west to Andalusia, county seat of Covington County. It is Debro Hill or Devereux Hill.|
|Which John Lee d Putnam County 1814? Clues: He lived 1790s next to Margaret Howard Lee's brother or nephew, John Orrick in Georgia; in 1814 near Greenberry Winn in Putnam Co, Ga.. The in-laws of the Greenberry & Eley Gaither family of Maryland & Putnam Co., the Reids), signed the will of John Lee of Putnam Co, Ga. d 1822..|
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