Name: Anness Lea 1 2 3 4
Reference Number: 8631
Birth: 13 JAN 1761 2
Burial: Lea's Chapel United Methodist Church (Person County, North Carolina) 5
Death: 17 MAY 1821 5 2
Anness Lea (1761-1821)
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Annis Lea married on 8 September 1780 John McNeill who was a merchant at Leasburg and co-owned a store in Orange County with Thomas Cole. He was deceased before March 1792 when an inventory of his store property was returned to the first term of Person County Court. Their 6 children were:
(a) Hosea McNeill who found his bride in Caswell Co when he married his cousin Isabella Graves.
(b) William McNeill.
(c) John Hubbard McNeill married 25 June 1810 Anne Darby and they had children Cicero, Darby, and Betsy who married 9 Dec 1834 David Richmond of Caswell.
(d) George McNeill married Elizabeth Kirkland and 2nd a Miss Ruffin and he had a son Rev. George McNeill the first editor of The North Carolina Presbyterian published in Fayetteville.
(e) Sarah McNeill married 5 Nov 1800 William Lea of Leasburg a son of Gabriel Lea and they had children William, Addison, Willis, Lorenzo, Rev. Solomon, Maggie, and John Lea.
(f) Frances McNeill married 14 November 1796 Nathan Williams (son of Henry) and they resided in Caswell County before removing to Rutherford Co. TN and on to Henry Co. TN.
Annis Lea McNeill was married 2nd to James Chchran on 14 Jan. 1793 and their children were Annis, Susan, and Addison. James Cochran served in the US Congress. The Cochrans are buried at Lee's Chapel Church near Leasburg, but in Person County.
Source: The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 355 (Article #443, "Capt. William Lea" by Katherine Kerr Kendall).
See also: The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 380
Her name was spelled Annyss in one estate record. See: Report of Research on The Lea Family in Virginia & North Carolina Before 1800, Ben L. Rose (1984). Name seen as possibly Annys in Report of Research on the Lea Family in Virginia & North Carolina Before 1800, Ben L. Rose (1984) at 142.
Person County, North Carolina
Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions
March Court 1804
Record Book 3, Page 243
Will of William Lea, dated 30 October 1802. Daughter Eunice Rose; oldest daughter of grandson Benjamin Lea; son George Lea; daughter Anness Cochran and her six children of first marriage with John McNeill. Executors: James Cochran, Alexander Rose, Sen., grandson Duncan Rose, Moses Bradsher, Loyd Vanhook. Test: Loyd Vanhook, Margaret Vanhook, Alexander Rose, Jun.
Codicil: "I William Lea Sen. of South Hyco": daughters Anniss Cochran and Eunice Rose. 5 July 1803.
Person County North Carolina Compilations: Land Grants, 1794, 1805, 1823 Tax Lists, Record Books Abstracts 1792-1820, Letters of Attorney, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1978) at 64.
Anness Lea was born January 13, 1761, the daughter of Capt. William Lea. At the age of nineteen Anness (sometimes spelled Annis) married John McNeill, a successful merchant in the area, and bore him six children: Frances, Sarah, Hosea, William Lea, John H., and George. John McNeill died in October 1791 and Anness, at age 30, was left as a rich widow with six children. James Cochran, an ambitious young bachelor in the community, recognized a good thing when he saw it and married Anness a little over a year after John McNeill died. James Cochran died in 1807 and Anness herself died in 1821. Two of her descendants distinguished themselves by their public service. Her grandson, James Cochran Dobbin, was in the US Congress as a Representative from North Carolina from 1845 to 1847 and served as Secretary of the Navy, from 1853 to 1857, under President Franklin Pierce. Dr. William Louis Poteat (1886-1958), a great grandson of Anness, was for many years the distinguished president of Wake Forest College and highly regarded in the state and the nation for his integrity and his Christian commitment.
James Cochran, Anness Lea's second husband, served as a Justice of the Peace of Person county and represented Person county in the NC State legislature in 1802, 1803, 1804, 1805 and 1806. He was a senator from Person county in state legislature in 1807. James Cochran tried but failed to have his father-in-law, Capt. William Lea declared non compos mentis, and when Alexander Rose presented in court the will of Capt. Lea to be probated, Cochran objected. The court ruled against Cochran and the will was admitted to record. James Cochran died in 1807 and is buried in the chapel churchyard, the oldest marked grave there.
Rose, Ben Lacy and Satterfield III, Preston. Chapel on South Hyco: The Story of Lea's Chapel United Methodist Church, Person County, North Carolina 1750-2000 AD. Richmond: Robert Schreiber, Printing, 2000, Page 17.
Father: William (South Hico) Lea b: ABT 1715
Mother: Frances Unknown [Lea]
John McNeill b: ABT 1754
- Frances McNeill b: 19 OCT 1781 in Caswell County, North Carolina
- Sarah McNeill b: 24 AUG 1783
- Hosea McNeill b: 18 MAR 1785 in Person County, North Carolina
- William Lea McNeill b: 07 MAY 1787 in Caswell County, North Carolina
- John Hubbard McNeill b: ABT 1789
- George McNeill b: 25 SEP 1791 in Caswell County, North Carolina
James Cochran b: ABT 1761
14 JAN 1793
in Person County, North Carolina 5
North Carolina Marriage Collection, 1741-2004
Name: Ann McNeill
Spouse: James Cochran
Marriage Date: 14 Jan 1793
Marriage County: Person
Marriage State: North Carolina
Source Vendor: County Court Records at Roxboro, NC and FHL # 0962911 item 7 and 0924086 item 3
Source: County Court Records at Roxboro, NC & Family History
- Susan Cochran b: 26 NOV 1793 in North Carolina
- Aurelia Cochran b: 1806
- Annes Cochran
- Addison Cochran
- Details: Report of Research on the Lea Family in Virginia & North Carolina Before 1800, Ben L. Rose (1984) at 134 and 142
- Details: Thomas McNeill of Caswell County, North Carolina, His Forebears & Descendants, Ben L. Rose (1984) at 15
- Details: Rose-Steel Anthology, Ben Lacy Rose (1982) at 8
- Details: The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 380 (Article #485, "Hosea McNeill" by Mary Frances Kerr Donaldson)
- Details: Report of Research on the Lea Family in Virginia & North Carolina Before 1800, Ben L. Rose (1984) at 147