LEENET-L ArchivesArchiver > LEENET > 1998-08 > 0904061360
Subject: Re: [LEENET-L] Newsletter
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 1998 11:09:20 -0500
It is good to hear from you again and see your always welcome
contribution to LEENET.
I will attempt to answer the questions you posed to me, since you have
now read the Lee Tree newsletter. I have seen a copy of the original
G.W. Lee letter, although it must be a second or third generation copy.
Even though it is not very legible at points, I am convinced that the
author actually did write 'Wabas' (i.e., Wabash). There is, of course,
no such river named 'Urebar' in Illinois.
In his book "Ancestors and Descendants of Gresham Lee from Buckingham
Co., Va.", Richard E. Lee did surmise that Rhoda Watkins was a Gresham.
However, he apparently did not know about the G.W. Lee letter which
stated she was a Lee. I am inclined to give G.W. Lee the benefit of the
doubt that he identified his aunt correctly. It is quite possible that
Rhoda first married a Gresham then a Watkins. If we have no evidence for
it, then neither do we have official record of Richard Lee marrying a
Gresham. As you know, it was not uncommon for siblings to marry
siblings of another family.
As far as the 'debate' about Richard Lee's father, there is no more
convincing evidence, I think, than the supposed 1755 deed identifying
Evan Lee's father as Thomas. I write 'supposed' because I have not seen
a copy of it. Clearly, if Evan and Richard were brothers (per G.W. Lee
letter) and if Thomas was Evan's father, then surely Thomas was Richard's
father as well.
I would be very interested to see the G.W. Lee family bible which states
his great-grandfather as Richard, but the deed should take precedence
over the bible record.
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