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  • ID: I3187
  • Name: Jeremiah Alexander Lea 1 2 3
  • Sex: M
  • Reference Number: 3187
  • ALIA: Jerry
  • Title: Captain
  • Birth: 27 JAN 1841 in Caswell County, North Carolina
  • Burial: Kerr's Chapel Baptist Church (Caswell County, North Carolina)
  • Death: 30 JUN 1916 in Caswell County, North Carolina
  • Birth: 27 JAN 1841 in North Carolina 4
  • Death: 30 JUN 1916
  • Note:
    Jeremiah Alexander Lea (1841-1916)

    Jeremiah Alexander Lea

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    Captain J. A. Lea, Company H, 6th Regiment, C.S.A. Army. Source: The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 629 ("Caswell County chapter #1152 United Daughters of the Confederacy").

    He was captured at Gettysburg and taken to Johnson's Island on Lake Erie. After many long months of imprisonment, he walked back to Caswell County where he was called "Captain" Jerry Lea. His granddaughter heard him state that the prisoners ate rats. Source: Caswell County Historical Association Newsletter (Vol. 28, No. 1) January 2005 at 4.

    See: Johnson's Island Civil War Prison

    Jeremiah A. Lea and families lived in the James Kerr house near Kerr's Chapel Baptist Church (Caswell County, North Carolina). He, his two wives, and daughter Minnie (1868-1869) were buried in that church cemetery. Source: At the Foot of the Lake: The Pattillo-Patillo Family and Allied Lines, Millard Quentin Plumblee (1987) at 109.

    He was living with his daughter Nancy Kerr Lea Florance at the time of the 1910 US Census and was serving as Caswell County Treasurer.
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    The following is from At the Foot of the Lake: The Pattillo-Patillo Family and Allied Lines, Millard Quentin Plumblee (1987) at 102-109:

    Prior to 1850 and later the home of A. A. Pattillo was on the south side of present South Second Street at the intersection and on the north side of Julia Street. On the east side of the same intersection a spring furnished water for many families. it is still in evidence. [Webmaster's Note: This is in the area of the Dillard School.]

    On 16 February 1983, 3:15 P.M. this writer interviewed Mrs. Martha (Lea) Little, a widow (b. 6 November er 1904, died 29 November 1983) who was the daughter of Thomas Sidney Lea (born 23 February 1873, died 25 October 1963) and his wife Julia (Hill) Lea born 4 March 1880, died 23 July 1978). Thomas Sidney Lea's father was Carl Lea; his wife was Martha Lea.

    The purpose of the interview was to secure information about an old school house which was supposed to have been the home of A. A. Pattillo in the 1850s, later the home of State Senator John W. Stephens, who was assassinated in 1870 in what is now the old Courthouse, Yanceyville, North Carolina. The interviewer stated that he had been told that the A. A. Pattillo-John W. Stephens house was located where the present Fulton Funeral Home now stands. Mrs. Lea exclaimed, "No it was not."

    She stated that the Stephens house was one and the same as the Yanceyville School for black children and that she attended there when she was a child. She said that it was always called the "Stephens-House" and that her grandmother, Martha Lea, worked for the John W. Stephens family at the time he was assassinated. Later it was torn down and another frame school building was erected there when N. L. Dillard was principal.

    Mrs.Little stated that the Pattillo-Stephens School was of frame construction with two rooms and a hallway between and had identical rooms upstairs. Large chimneys and fireplaces were at each end, but no fireplace upstairs. Her story continued by stating that when she was seven or eight years of age her mother once went there, sat down, looked up and made a pattern of the overhead ceiling design of tulips with raised petals. From this pattern she made a quilt. Mrs. Little then went to another room and brought out the old quilt and showed it to the interviewer. With her consent it was carried to the Caswell County Museum and exhibited for several months.

    This writer interviewed both Roy Graves, age 85 or more, and Mrs. Mary Lea (Florence-Gatewood) Nicks of Yanceyville, North Carolina, and they agreed to the description and location of the Pattillo-Stephens School building.

    Again, reference is made to the writing of "Jeems Goslin" quote:

    "The present colored graded school building was the home of John W. Stephens at the time of his assassination in May 1870 and in the early 1850s the home of A. A. Pattillo."

    Later A. A. Pattillo moved from his residence to one a few hundred yards south. This one was called his "Mansion House."

    Since John W. Stephens is frequently mentioned in connection with the house in which A. A. Pattillo lived, mention is made of him. The black people soon after the Civil War began to exercise their privilege of citizenship. Wilson Carey was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives in 1868-70. He also served as postmaster at Yanceyville, North Carolina, for several months in 1869. He also served in the House of Representatives, 1874-79, and again in 1889.

    John W. Stephens, white, and a Republican, was elected to the North Carolina State Senate for 1868-69 from Caswell County, North Carolina. Recently, 13 December 1975, an estate sale was held at the home of W. A. Bouldin of Southern Caswell County, North Carolina, and about three or four miles from the homestead of Zacharia Pattillo. It may be noted that Zachariah Pattillo named his wife, Mary L. Pattillo, James Bouldin, and Thomas Pendergast as executrix and executors of his will which was dated 26 December 1824. A Box of old papers and miscellaneous items were offered for sale at the W. A. Bouldin auction. No bids were made thereon. From that box an old handwritten letter was discovered and preserved. A xerox copy of the original was obtained from J. Burch Blaylock. An attempt has been made to make an exact copy in so far as possible, paragraphing, spelling, etc.

    State of North Carolina
    State Senate Chamber
    Raliegh
    December 3, 1868

    Mr. Turner Pattilor
    Andersons, N.C.

    Dear Sir:

    I call your attention to the fact that you will be having an election for magistrate and constable in January. You should hold a Republican Convention and enominant suitable men to fill those offices as it (is) very important that you have good Republicans in those offices as they whold for two years.

    As soon as you deside on your candidates send me the names & I will have your tickets printed & send in time for the election. See G. T. F. Ganaway & tell him to attend to the same thing in Poplar Grove Dist. & tell him to write to me also -- let me here from you all soon. I an anctious to know how you are all getting along.

    Yours Etc.

    J. W. Stephens

    Oh, what has become of our friend Bolden that he don't write to me. How did he vote in the last election -- did he cum square out or was he scared off by the Rebs.
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    In the west room of the Graves-Florance house, N.E. Corner of the Yanceyville, North Carolina, public square, 17 September 1985, and in the presence of Ira and sister Janie Ruth Pleasant, Mary Lea (Florance-Gatewood) Nicks (a Lea descendant) stated to this author that in the 1840s and 1850s the A. A. Pattillo-John W. Stephens school house was called "The Academy," and that Jeremiah Alexander Lea (1841-1916) attended school there. His parents then lived in the William Long-Sally (Womack) Wiggins (granddaughter of Bartlett Yancey, Jr.) house on State Highway #62 immediately south of Yanceyville, where the pecan trees shade the driveway.

    Later Jeremiah A. Lea joined the Confederate Army 6 July 1861 Thirteenth Regiment, known as the "Caswell Boys," was sent to training camp near Company Shops (Burlington, North Carolina). Later his regiment became the Sixth North Carolina Troops. Captains were Alfred A. Mitchell (Yanceyville Druggist), William J. H. Durham, Thomas J. Ruffin, and then Jeremiah Lea. Lieutenants were Quinton T. Anderson, William Flemming Covington, Samuel P. Hill, Monroe Oliver and Lewis Hardy Walker.
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    1870 United States Federal Census
    Name: Jeremiah Lea
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1843
    Age in 1870: 27
    Birthplace: North Carolina
    Home in 1870: Stony Creek, Caswell, North Carolina
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Post Office: Locust Hill
    Household Members: Name Age
    Alvis Lea 64
    Jeremiah Lea 27
    Bettie Lea 18
    Ella Lea 15
    Mannie Lea 1
    Mary Williamson 68

    1880 United States Federal Census
    Name: Jeremiah A. Lea
    Home in 1880: Stony Creek, Caswell, North Carolina
    Age: 39
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1841
    Birthplace: North Carolina
    Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
    Spouse's Name: Hattie
    Father's birthplace: North Carolina
    Mother's birthplace: North Carolina
    Occupation: Farmer
    Marital Status: Married
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Household Members: Name Age
    Jeremiah A. Lea 39
    Hattie Lea 24
    George Lea 20
    Nannie K. Lea 11
    Mary Lea 2
    William A. Lea 3M
    Samuel Tate 27
    Wm. F. Gant 26

    1910 United States Federal Census
    Name: Jersy A Len
    [Jerry A Lea]
    Age in 1910: 68
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1842
    Birthplace: North Carolina
    Relation to Head of House: Father-in-law
    Father's Birth Place: North Carolina
    Mother's Birth Place: North Carolina
    Home in 1910: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina
    Marital Status: Married
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Household Members: Name Age
    Thomas J Florance 51
    Nannie K Florance 41
    Alvie L Florance 20
    Maud Florance 16
    Helen Florance 11
    Mary L Florance 6
    Jersy A Len 68 [Jeremiah Alexander Lea]

    North Carolina Death Certificates, 1909-1975
    Name: Jeramiah Alexander Lea
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Age: 75
    Birth Date: 27 Jan 1841
    Birth Place: Caswell, North Carolina, United States
    Death Date: 30 Jun 1916
    Death Location: Yanceyville, Caswell
    Father's Name: Alvis Lea
    Mother's Name: Nancy Kerr

    Name: Jeramiah Alexander Lea
    Death date: 30 Jun 1916
    Death place: Yanceyville Twp, Caswell, North Carolina
    Gender: Male
    Race or color (on document): w
    Race or color (expanded): White
    Age at death: 75y 5m 3d
    Birthdate: 27 Jan 1841
    Birthplace: Caswell Co, Nc
    Marital status: Widowed
    Father's name: Alvis Lea
    Father's birthplace: Caswell Co, Nc
    Mother's name: Nancy Kerr
    Mother's birthplace: Caswell Co, Nc
    Occupation: County Treasurer
    Cemetery name: Kerrs Chapel
    Burial date: 30 Jun 1916
    Collection: LDs North Carolina Deaths, 1906-1930
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    Jeremiah A. Lea served as the first U.S. postmaster at what has been called Stony Creek post office #2, which operated from 26 March 1879 until 15 May 1905. Source: Caswell County, North Carolina Post Offices. That the Jeremiah Alexander Lea of this entry was that postmaster has not been confirmed.




    Father: Alvis Graves Lea b: 22 DEC 1805 in Caswell County, North Carolina
    Mother: Nancy Kerr b: 05 MAR 1813

    Marriage 1 Harriet Rebecca Graves b: 07 MAR 1856
    • Married: 21 JUL 1877 in Caswell County, North Carolina
    • Note:
    Children
    1. Has Children Mary Lea b: 29 JUN 1879 in Stoney Creek Township, Caswell County, North Carolina
    2. Has Children William Alvis Lea b: 31 JAN 1880 in Caswell County, North Carolina
    3. Has No Children Jeremiah Alexander Lea Jr. b: 30 JUN 1882 in Caswell County, North Carolina
    4. Has No Children Barzillai S. Lea b: JUN 1884 in Caswell County, North Carolina
    5. Has No Children Benjamin J. Lea b: JAN 1887
    6. Has Children Porter G. Lea b: JAN 1890 in Caswell County, North Carolina

    Marriage 2 Mary Elizabeth Lindsey b: 15 OCT 1847 in Caswell County, North Carolina
    • Married: 15 FEB 1867 in Caswell County, North Carolina 1
    • Note:
      Marriage Record
      Groom: J. A. Lea
      Bride: millie E. Lindsey
      Bond Date: 13 February 1867
      Marriage Date: 15 February 1867
      Bondsman/Witness: H. F. Brandon
      Married By: S. G. Mason
      Location: Caswell County, North Carolina
      Source: Caswell County, North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1778-1868, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1981) at 59.

      Family Data Collection - Individual Records
      Name: Mary Elizabeth Lindsey
      Spouse:
      Parents: Archibald Campbell Lindsey , Elizabeth Lea Graves
      Birth Place: Caswell, Yanceyville, NC
      Birth Date: 15 Oct 1847
      Marriage Place: Yanceyville, Caswell, NC
      Marriage Date: 13 Feb 1867
      Death Place: Stony Creek, Caswell, NC
      Death Date: 27 Sep 1869
      Source Information: Edmund West, comp.. Family Data Collection - Individual Records [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000.
    Children
    1. Has No Children Minnie Lea b: 27 JAN 1868 in Caswell County, North Carolina
    2. Has Children Nancy Kerr Lea b: 06 MAR 1869 in Stony Creek Townwship, Caswell County, North Carolina

    Sources:
    1. Details: Caswell County, North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1778-1868, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1981) at 59
    2. Details: Caswell County Historical Association Newsletter (Vol. 28, No. 1) January 2005 at 4.
    3. Details: Fox and Graham Family Website
    4. Title: 1910 US Federal Census

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