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  • ID: I5245
  • Name: John LEA
  • Suffix: Capt.
  • Title: Capt.
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1677 in Mattaponi River, King & Queen Co., VA
  • Death: ABT 1729 in , King & Queen Co., VA
  • Reference Number: 80+D.34+1
  • _UID: 67217649FDB50F468AF105A2093270678267
  • Note:
    In 1731, Zachary Taylor was appointed guardian to William Lea, the son of his sister, Ann Taylor, who had married John Lea. Ann Taylor and John Lea left 4 children: William, James, John, and Betty.

    Source: Materials provided by Sandra Hall, Franklin, TN.

    Source: Lea Family Ancestry by Raquel Lindaas, Heritage Consulting, Salt Lake City, UT, for the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Forde, March 2006.

    Dr. Cynthia Ford provided the following document, with the recorded Lea Family informnation shown here. It extends, and changes and hopefully corrects much previous information recorded, but aligns families differently, based on the latest research.

    Descendants of Capt. John Lea

    Generation No. 1

    1. CAPT. JOHN6 LEA (COL. WILLIAM5 LEIGH/LEA, CAPT. WILLIAM4 LEA, WILLIAM3, ?2, NICHOLAS1) was born Abt. 1677 in King and Queen County, Virginia, and died Abt. 1729 in King and Queen County, Virginia.. He married ANN TAYLOR Abt. 1698 in King and Queen County, Virginia.. She was born 12 Jan 1681/82 in Virginia, and died Abt. 1731 in King and Queen County, Virginia.

    Notes for CAPT. JOHN LEA:
    6200 hundred acres was inherited from his father, William Lea.

    More About CAPT. LEA and ANN TAYLOR:
    Marriage: Abt. 1698, King and Queen County, Virginia.

    Children of CAPT. LEA and ANN TAYLOR are:
    i. DAUGHTER7 LEA, m. JOHN KEY.
    ii. DAUGHTER LEA, m. ROBERT BAYLOR.
    2. iii. JOHN LEA, b. Abt. 1700; d. 1727.
    iv. CATHERINE LEA, b. Abt. 1702; m. (1) GEORGE PRIDDY; m. (2) RICHARD SHACKELFORD.
    v. ELIZABETH LEA, b. Abt. 1709; m. (1) ZACHARY TAYLOR; m. (2) SWAN JONES.

    Notes for ELIZABETH LEA:
    President Zachary Taylor's Grandmother.

    3. vi. WILLIAM LEA, b. Abt. 1714; d. Abt. 1762.
    4. vii. JAMES LEA, b. Abt. 1716, King and Queen County, Virginia.; d. Aft. 1797, Caswell County, North Carolina.


    Generation No. 2

    2. JOHN7 LEA (CAPT. JOHN6, COL. WILLIAM5 LEIGH/LEA, CAPT. WILLIAM4 LEA, WILLIAM3, ?2, NICHOLAS1) was born Abt. 1700, and died 1727. He married ANN CARTER Abt. 1720 in Probably in King and Queen Co, Virginia. She was born Abt. 1703.

    More About JOHN LEA and ANN CARTER:
    Marriage: Abt. 1720, Probably in King and Queen Co, Virginia

    Children of JOHN LEA and ANN CARTER are:
    5. i. RICHARD8 LEIGH, b. 1721.
    6. ii. FERDINAND LEIGH, b. Abt. 1724.


    3. WILLIAM7 LEA (CAPT. JOHN6, COL. WILLIAM5 LEIGH/LEA, CAPT. WILLIAM4 LEA, WILLIAM3, ?2, NICHOLAS1) was born Abt. 1714, and died Abt. 1762. He married MARY BARNETT.

    Notes for WILLIAM LEA:
    William of Cob Creek.

    Children of WILLIAM LEA and MARY BARNETT are:
    7. i. ZACHARIAH8 LEA, d. Caswell County, NC.
    8. ii. WILLIAM LEA, d. Abt. 1804, South Hyco Creek, Person County, North Carolina.
    iii. BARNETT LEA, m. MOURNING ROAN ?.
    9. iv. GEORGE LEA, b. 16 Jan 1738/39; d. 1825.
    v. SARAH LEA, b. 1741; m. GEORGE RUNNELS.
    vi. JAMES LEA, b. 1743; d. 1816, Caswell County, NC; m. ELIZABETH (MAJOR) LEA.
    vii. RICHARD LEA, b. Abt. 1745.
    viii. JOHN LEA, b. 1749; m. PEGGY SATERFIELD.


    4. JAMES7 LEA (CAPT. JOHN6, COL. WILLIAM5 LEIGH/LEA, CAPT. WILLIAM4 LEA, WILLIAM3, ?2, NICHOLAS1) was born Abt. 1716 in King and Queen County, Virginia., and died Aft. 1797 in Caswell County, North Carolina. He married ANNE BANKSTON, daughter of LAWRENCE BANKSTON and REBECCA HENDRICKS. She was born Abt. 1726 in probably York County, Pennsylvania, and died Aft. 1793 in Gloucester Dist., Caswell County, North Carolina.

    Notes for JAMES LEA:
    Posted by: Brenda Date: September 15, 1999 at 06:36:04
    In Reply to: Re: James Lea by Brenda


    The children of James Lea and Ann Tolbert
    are as follows:
    1. William Lea b. 1747 d. 1806
    Mar: Catherine Van Hook
    2. James Lea Jr. b. 1749
    mar: Elizabeth LNU
    3. Polly Lea b. abt 1752
    mar: James Sargent
    4. Pheobe Lea b. abt 1755
    mar: Thomas Kilgore
    5. Gabriel Lea b. 1758 d. 1834
    mar: Elizabeth Ashburne





    Notes for ANNE BANKSTON:

    There were two (probably more than that) but one James Lea married Ann Talbot and one married Ann Herndon. A couple of years ago I posted the following but it is so far down on the list now that it is probably not seen.
    I will post it again.

    The following was copied from a document found at DAR National Headquarters. This does quite a bit to explain the Lea/Herndon/Talbot controversy, and how it came to be.
    ANN (HERNDON) LEA


    Through the cooperation of "Miss Frances Powell Otken of McComb, Mississippi, and Dr. Albert E. Casey of Birmingham, Alabama, who are appropriately recognized as the two most serious students of the records of the Lea Family of Virginia and North Carolina, the compiler of this genealogy has been able to discover the source of the misinformation that James Lea who died testate in 1788 in Caswell County, N.C., had married Ann Talbert (Talbort, Talbot, Tolbert, Tolburt, etc.)

    About 50 years ago when certain descendants of James Lea first became interested in joining the Daughters of the American Revolution they employed a woman professional genealogist to prepare the necessary papers. She sought information about lines of descent dates and places of birth, marriage and death from various members of the family. From preserved correspondence we conclude that it was Mrs. A. Elizabeth (Yancy) Womack who furnished the name "Miss Talbot", but it was as the maiden surname of the mother of "Mrs. Womack's maternal grandmother Nancy (Slade) Graves, not as the maternal grandmother of her grandfather John Herndon Graves.
    In order to help the reader to visualize the lineages involved we add the following diagram:

    James Lea - Ann (?)

    Isabella Lea - John Graves Slade -- Miss Talbot

    John Herndon Graves - Nancy Slade John C. Lea -- Hannah Slade

    Bartlett Yancy - Nancy Graves Son
    A. Elizabeth Yancy - Thoa J. Womack Son
    George A. Lea

    (This diagram is not very clear as shown here.)

    The genealogist carelessly added the Ann, mentioned in James Lea's will as his wife, to the Miss Talbot who married Mr. Slade, and thereby created Ann Talbert as the ancestress of the Leas of Caswell County, North Carolina, descendants of James lea

    Under date of 14 February 1898 Mrs. Womack wrote from her home in Yanceyville to her first-cousin-once removed George A. lea, of Danville, Virginia, a long letter the concluding paragraph of which reads:

    "The Slade family came from Maryland about the time the Graves (family) came from
    Virginia. Mother's grandmother, who was your great (great) grandmother, was a Miss
    Talbot of Maryland, a strong-minded woman -- she brought cherry and apple slips with
    her and here is where the first Quirt (?) and blackheart cherries came from in this country
    (that is the neighborhood). Cousin John Slade has the old stone jar that she brought them in from Maryland."

    While there are some errors in Mrs. Womack's letter, data so explicit is not lightly to be brushed aside. They bear the hallmark of authenticity. The Talbots were, as a matter of act, a well known and highly regarded family early seated on West River, Maryland.

    Miss Otken, in a letter dated 10 April 1949, written to the compiler, said:

    "I have a number of old letters in which reference is made to the family connection between the Leas. Slades, Yanceys,
    Tolberts, etc. and one mentions particularly the one Ann Tolbert married a Slade, so it is possible that she was confused with the wife of
    James Lea...."

    So we must reject a inaccurate the ascertain that it was James Lea who married Ann Talbert. A painstaking inquiry by Dr. Casey, Miss Otken and Mrs. F.G. Harrelso, Yancyville, and several others who are much interested in this subject has failed to produce a single item that shows support for that claim.. It was the first printed, so far as we have been able to learn, in Noted "Southern Families, Volume 2 (no authority being stated or quoted) and has been copied consistently since as thought proved to be true.

    On the other hand the evidence, thought circumstantial, is overwhelming that James Lea married Ann Herndon. It is circumstantial only in that no document showing the marriage has been discovered. In other aspects, we rely upon documents, classified below as (1) land ownership, (2) Spotsylvania interests, (3) family names and (4) genealogical references.

    (1) LAND OWNERSHIP . The following Power of Attorney from James Lea is copied form the Caswell County Deed Book B:36:

    STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA:

    Know all men by these presents that I, James Lea (the son and heir of William Lea, dec.) of the County of Caswell, have constituted made, and appointed my true and trusty friend Thomas Phillips of the County and State aforesaid, my true and lawful attorney for me (and in) my name and stead to ask, demand, sue for in law, so as to obtain a good and lawful right and title to a certain tract of parcel of land lying in King and Queen County in the Commonwealth of Virginia, containing 25 acres on the waters of Matipone (Mattaponi), lying near Maddison Mill which said land fell to me by the line of heirship, and upon receipt of recovery of such land as aforesaid, I do impower him to contract, make sale of dispose of the said land, and sign, seal and execute lawfully to any person whatsoever a good and authentic deed of conveyance in fee simple and also all and everything needful and necessary whatever to be done touching the above premises (sic), I do include and perform as full, largely and amply to all intents and purposes as myself right or could do it I was personally present.
    In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal, this the 16th day of March Anno Dom. 1784, in the Year of American Independence (the Eighth).
    Signed, sealed and delivered
    In the presence of /s/ JAMES LEA
    Herndon Haralson, Jurat
    William Lea

    March 1784
    The above letter of attorney was duly proved in open court by both Herndon Haralson, one of the witnesses thereto, and ordered to be recorded.

    (Note: Glydie Ann Nelson) There is one more line beneath the above line at the bottom of this page which appears to be another signature but was cut off in the copy process).

    The land referred to as part of a tract of 100 acres on the north side of the River in St. Stephens Parish, King and Queen County, VA., granted to William Lea 16 December 1714 (Virginia Land Grants, Volume 10:214). It was in this immediate neighborhood that there had been patented to William Herndon in February 1673/4 land in New Kent County "on the north side of the Mattaponi River" and there his son, Edward Herndon, purchased another tract "in the fork of Mattapony" in St Stephens Parish, King and Queen County; and it was this land that Edward Herndon deeded to his son Edward Herndon who was later of Spotsylvania County, VA (See 1 HFV 1-2,7 wherein the original documents are quoted.)

    (2) Spotsylvania Interests: From the intensive studies being mad of the Lea family we learn that the aforementioned William Lea left among others, probably) sons named John and James who are mentioned in the records of Spotsylvania County from the which we summarize as follows:

    John Lea had married by 4 February 1745, Ann, daughter of George and Elizabeth Carter, for on that date George and Elizabeth Carter made a deed of gift of 185 acres in St. George's Parish "in consideration of the natural love and affection they, the sd. George and Elizabeth bear unto the sd. John Lea, their son-in-law, and Ann his wife their daughter. Seven years later, describing themselves as "John Lea, of Orange County, North Carolina, and Anne, is wife" they conveyed that land to Thomas Neal of Spotsylvania, for L24. In 1l770 John Lea was Sheriff of Orange County, North Carolina.

    On 6 August 1745 there were recorded two deeds of interest to this study. James Lea, John Graves and Joseph Brock were witnesses to the first of these. It was for John Pain and Frances, his wife, to John Talburt for 100 acres. The other was of adjacent property transferred by John Talburt and Margaret his wife to Jeremiah Stevens, 36 acres on Cattail swamp on the Mattapony River, joining the lands of Joseph Brock and near the Samms plantation. Five years later James Lea was a witness to the deed of sale of most of this land to James Samms by James Stevens and his wife Alice. The other witness was James Chapman. On 5 March 1753 James Lea and Ann his wife sold 200 acres in Spotsylvania to James Chapman.

    James Lea and Edward Herndon were members of the Vestry of St. Georges Parish, the former until he left for North Carolina about 1755, the latter until approximately the same date. James Lea was a witness in 1754 to the deed of trust conveying the land on which a new church was to be built. Edward Herndon was foreman of the November 1741 Grand Jury, one of whose members was James Lea.

    Because Mrs. Hiden has carefully traced the Graves family of Spotsylvania County, Va. and Caswell County, N.C. in Tyler(s Quarterly, Volume 19, it is not necessary to repeat her data here except to mention that the John Graves who married Isabella, daughter of James and Ann Lea, was of this family.

    (3) FAMILY NAMES: Not once among all the known descendants of James and Ann Lea does the name TALBURT (or any other of the spellings of it) appear as a given name. On the other hand, we find that Nancy (Lea) Haralson, oldest of the children of this couple, named her eldest son Herndon Haralson; Isabella, the second daughter of James and Ann lea, named her eldest son John Herndon Graves; and Major Lea second of the sons of James and Ann Lea, named his eldest son Herndon Lea. Herndon was, moreover, the given name of numerous members of subsequent generations of this Lea-Haralson-Graves family.

    (4) Genealogical references: In addition to the genealogical references cited at the beginning of this sketch, the following one is of significance in our opinion for it shows an independently arrived at conclusion that is in harmony with what we have been attempting to prove, namely, that James Lea married Ann Herndon:

    "Mary (Graves) Kerr was born in James City County, Va. January 26, 1754, daughter of Hon John Graves II and Isabella Lea of the Herndon Family, and later home being in Caswell Co., N.C. near Yancyville which he represented in the Assemblies of 1788, 1791, 1792 and 1793 and the Federal Constitutional Certifying Convention of 1788 and 1789. She died Feb 22, 1731." (Quoted from the Morehead family in its Chapter IV called "The Graves Family." Italics for the word "Herndon" do not appear in the original.)

    From the foregoing evidence we have concluded that James Lea married Ann Herndon and not Ann Tolbert. Lacking the actual record of their marriage, we have shown how the error in the reading of Mrs. Womack's letter led to the unsupported, bald assertion that his wife was Ann Tolbert; that the Leas and Herndons had lived near each other from the early 1700's first in King and Queen and later in Spotsylvania County; that in the latter they were active in the work of the Vestry of the Parish; that children of the Lea marriage named their eldest sons Herndon, a name that persisted among descendants for several generations, but no child was Tolbert; and that latter students of the matter of family relationships have corrected the error of a descent from Ann Talbert and have asserted instead that the correct family name was Herndon.

    In addition it is appropriate to refer to fact that the family of David Herndon also lived in Caswell County, N.C. a few years later being in Person County when it was created (as was also Herndon Haralson's family), and removing to Orange County a few miles to the south before he died there testate, 1811.

    We have no information pertaining to Ann Herndon personally. We have assumed that she was a daughter of Edward Herndon and his second wife Miss Leftwich, and that she was probably born about 1719. The birth year of her eldest child, Nancy has been given as 1737 which would justify us in assuming that Ann Herndon married at the age of 17 in 1736 and that she named her first child Nancy for herself, since Nancy is the diminutive of "Ann". We know that a wholly unsupported record says that she died "upwards of ninety". As that record says that she and her husband were living together 75 years, we dismiss it as valueless, because we have the knowledge that James lea was only 70 years old when he died.

    James Lea was born in 1718 in King and Queen County, Va.; removed to Spotsylvania as a young man, lived there until about 1754, and after that date the first in Orange County, N.C. until Caswell County as erected in 1771. and from then until his death he lived in Caswell Co.

    In the opinion of the professional genealogist who prepared the first DAR applications for descendants of James Lea, he was a private serving under his brother Capt. Gabriel Lea. This is probably incorrect,. In the first place, James Lea was 60 years old in 1778. It is not likely therefore that he served in a military capacity. In the second place, the family historians have found to support for the claim that Lea was his brother.

    The difficulty of identification of what this James Lea did is borne in upon us when we consider that in 1773 when the petition for the creation of Caswell County (or more literally for the division of Orange County) was circulated the Lea signers included Edmund, Elliot, Garnett, Henry, four named James, Major, Thomas, William and William, Jr. and Zachariah Lea. One of these was, it is reasonable to assume, the James Lea of this sketch.

    He founded Leasburg, now in Caswell County. There he and his brothers founded the Episcopal Church.

    Among the Caswell County Minutes for 1777 we find that John Lea opened the Court at it's June term; that Major Lea was appointed a jurior for the next court of Oyer in Hillsboro; that John Graves, Esq. (Usually referred to in family records as John Herndon Graves) produced his commission as Captain; that Major Lea, Gentleman, produced his commission as Lieutenant; and that James Lea, Jr. was appointed an overseer of tone of the roads. At the term of court beginning 9 September 1777 we find that (1) Paul Haralson was granted leave to build a mill on his own land on Adams Creek; (2) John Lea, James Lea (doubtless this James Lea of our search) Henry McCoy, Zacharah Lea, and Edmund Lea were among those designated road jury duty; (3) John Lea was appointed surveyor for the County; (4) James Lea (Little) was appointed overseer of a road; (5) Major Lea was appointed patroller in the Richmond district; (6) John Lea, William Lea, another John Lea, and Zachariah Lea were appointed patrollers for St. Lawrence district and (7) Capt. William Lea was appointed overseer of a road.

    The foregoing court items are cited as sample of the rich ore that may be dug out be a patient prospector.

    The James Lea of this sketch was the owner of land in Orange County, later in Caswell County, on which he paid taxes regularly.

    Data compiled by Dr. John Goodwin Herndon
    Haverford, Penna. 1949

    Please contact me at my e-mail address if you have any questions.
    Deposition given by James Lea in Caswell County, NC 1797 ---
    "I married a daughter of Lawrence Banckson (sic)" The deposition was given in the home of Gabriel Lea.

    Source: Thanks to Grace Turner for finding the documents and to Bess Antes for sending them to Spirit South!

    Children of JAMES LEA and ANNE BANKSTON are:
    10. i. WILLIAM8 LEA, b. Abt. 1747; d. 1806.
    ii. JAMES LEA, JR., b. Abt. 1749; d. Aft. 1796; m. ELIZABETH LEA, JR.; b. Abt. 1755.
    iii. POLLY LEA, b. Abt. 1753; m. JAMES SARGENT; b. Abt. 1751; d. 07 Mar 1833, Franklin County, Tennessee.
    iv. PHEOBE LEA, b. Abt. 1755; m. THOMAS KILGORE.
    11. v. GABRIEL LEA, b. 23 Mar 1758, Leasburg, North Carolina; d. Abt. 1834.


    Generation No. 3

    5. RICHARD8 LEIGH (JOHN7 LEA, CAPT. JOHN6, COL. WILLIAM5 LEIGH/LEA, CAPT. WILLIAM4 LEA, WILLIAM3, ?2, NICHOLAS1) was born 1721. He married UNKNOWN RICHARD.

    Child of RICHARD LEIGH and UNKNOWN RICHARD is:
    i. RICHARD9 LEIGH, JR..


    6. FERDINAND8 LEIGH (JOHN7 LEA, CAPT. JOHN6, COL. WILLIAM5 LEIGH/LEA, CAPT. WILLIAM4 LEA, WILLIAM3, ?2, NICHOLAS1) was born Abt. 1724. He married MARTHA COLE?.

    Child of FERDINAND LEIGH and MARTHA COLE? is:
    12. i. WILLIAM9 LEIGH I.


    7. ZACHARIAH8 LEA (WILLIAM7, CAPT. JOHN6, COL. WILLIAM5 LEIGH/LEA, CAPT. WILLIAM4 LEA, WILLIAM3, ?2, NICHOLAS1) died in Caswell County, NC. He married MARY ANN LNU. She was born 1753.

    Children of ZACHARIAH LEA and MARY LNU are:
    i. MARY ANN9 LEA, b. 1753, Caswell County, North Carolina; m. UNK BANKSTON; b. Abt. 1750.
    ii. VINCENT LEA.
    iii. HENRY LEA.
    iv. GEORGE LEA.
    v. RACHEL LEA.
    vi. SARAH LEA.


    8. WILLIAM8 LEA (WILLIAM7, CAPT. JOHN6, COL. WILLIAM5 LEIGH/LEA, CAPT. WILLIAM4 LEA, WILLIAM3, ?2, NICHOLAS1) died Abt. 1804 in South Hyco Creek, Person County, North Carolina. He married FRANCIS WHITE Abt. 1755. She was born Abt. 1739.

    Notes for WILLIAM LEA:
    William of South Hico.

    From Patty Smoot, posted on the internet Genforum 3/20/1999. "I have a source from an Email message showing the Will of William Lea dated 15 Mar 1804 that
    lists 1/5 of his estate going to the children of his deceased dau. Frances Hendrix."

    Article #443 of "Heritage of Caswell County":
    "Before 1755 William Lea and his wife, Frances, had removed from St. George's Parish, Spotsylvania County, Virginia, to Orange County, North Carolina, the part later Caswell and then Person...On October 30, 1802 Capt. William Lea of South Hyco wrote his will calling himself Sen. to signify he was the oldest Lea. Devisees of his will were son George; daughters Eunice Rose, Elizabeth Lea, Frances Hendrix deceased, and Anness Cochran with her 6 children of John McNeill. On July 5,
    1803 he wrote a codicil omitting daughter Eilzabeth. She had apparently died in the interim. Probate of his will was at March Court, 1804." This article was written by Katherin Kerr Kendall.

    Also posted by patty Smoot:
    From "Report of Research on THE LEA FAMILY In Virginia & North Carolina Before 1800" by Ben L. Rose:

    p. 65:
    "8. William Lea of Spotsylvania. In September 1731 this William Lea was described by the court of Spotsylvania County, as "orphan of John Lea of King & Queen County, deceased." ...In the settlement of his father's estate he received 100 acres of land in Spotsylvania County, ...His wife's first name was Frances, but we do not know her last name. In 1752, William Lea sold to Thomas White the 100 acres on
    which he was living..."
    On Page 81: "Footnote 24: Frances, wife of William Lea. That her first name was wife "Frances" in 1752 Spts DB E 1751-1761, p. 69) but nowhere have I found clear evidence of her last name...Because the names of White and Lea are often found together in the records of Spotsylvania Co, and because when WIlliam Lea and his wife, Frances sold their land in Spotsylvania Co in 1752, they sold it to Thomas White, some have guessed that Frances was the sister, or the daughter
    of John or Thomas White. That is a possibility."

    William of South Hico.

    From Patty Smoot, posted on the internet Genforum 3/20/1999. "I have a source from an Email message showing the Will of William Lea dated 15 Mar 1804 that
    lists 1/5 of his estate going to the children of his deceased dau. Frances Hendrix."

    Article #443 of "Heritage of Caswell County":
    "Before 1755 William Lea and his wife, Frances, had removed from St. George's Parish, Spotsylvania County, Virginia, to Orange County, North Carolina, the part later Caswell and then Person...On October 30, 1802 Capt. William Lea of South Hyco wrote his will calling himself Sen. to signify he was the oldest Lea. Devisees of his will were son George; daughters Eunice Rose, Elizabeth Lea, Frances Hendrix deceased, and Anness Cochran with her 6 children of John McNeill. On July 5,
    1803 he wrote a codicil omitting daughter Eilzabeth. She had apparently died in the interim. Probate of his will was at March Court, 1804." This article was written by Katherin Kerr Kendall.

    Also posted by patty Smoot:
    From "Report of Research on THE LEA FAMILY In Virginia & North Carolina Before 1800" by Ben L. Rose:

    p. 65:
    "8. William Lea of Spotsylvania. In September 1731 this William Lea was described by the court of Spotsylvania County, as "orphan of John Lea of King & Queen County, deceased." ...In the settlement of his father's estate he received 100 acres of land in Spotsylvania County, ...His wife's first name was Frances, but we do not know her last name. In 1752, William Lea sold to Thomas White the 100 acres on
    which he was living..."
    On Page 81: "Footnote 24: Frances, wife of William Lea. That her first name was wife "Frances" in 1752 Spts DB E 1751-1761, p. 69) but nowhere have I found clear evidence of her last name...Because the names of White and Lea are often found together in the records of Spotsylvania Co, and because when WIlliam Lea and his wife, Frances sold their land in Spotsylvania Co in 1752, they sold it to Thomas White, some have guessed that Frances was the sister, or the daughter
    of John or Thomas White. That is a possibility."

    More About WILLIAM LEA and FRANCIS WHITE:
    Marriage: Abt. 1755

    Children of WILLIAM LEA and FRANCIS WHITE are:
    i. EUNICE9 LEA, m. (1) WILLIAM DONAHO; m. (2) JOHN LONG; m. (3) ALEXANDER "SANDY" ROSE, 05 May 1774, Caswell County, North Carolina.

    More About ALEXANDER ROSE and EUNICE LEA:
    Marriage: 05 May 1774, Caswell County, North Carolina

    ii. ELIZABETH (WILLIAM) LEA, d. Bef. 1803; m. JAMES LEA; b. Abt. 1730.
    iii. FRANCIS WIAM LEA, m. JAMESD HENDRIX.
    13. iv. GEORGE WIAM LEA, b. Abt. 1760.
    14. v. ANNIS WIAM LEA, b. 17 Jan 1761.


    9. GEORGE8 LEA (WILLIAM7, CAPT. JOHN6, COL. WILLIAM5 LEIGH/LEA, CAPT. WILLIAM4 LEA, WILLIAM3, ?2, NICHOLAS1) was born 16 Jan 1738/39, and died 1825. He married LUCY TOLBERT. She was born 26 Jul 1739, and died 1813.

    Notes for GEORGE LEA:
    George migrated from Spartanburg, North Carolina to Hancock County, Georgia in 1790. This information apparently comes from Lucille Stewart Krisch before 1955. Information obtained from the Lea Genforum.

    George migrated from Spartanburg, North Carolina to Hancock County, Georgia in 1790. This information apparently comes from Lucille Stewart Krisch before 1955. Information obtained from the Lea Genforum.

    Children of GEORGE LEA and LUCY TOLBERT are:
    i. JUDITH9 LEA.
    ii. LETTICE LEA.
    15. iii. GREEN LEA.
    iv. FRANKEY LEA, b. 1761.
    vi. SARAH LEA, b. 10 Mar 1764; m. HENRY BLACK.
    vii. RANSOM LEA, b. 1768; m. CATHEY MILES ?.
    viii. RHODA LEA, b. 1771; m. WILLIAM MILES.
    ix. EUNICE GEO LEA, b. 1771; m. NATHAIEL DEANE.
    16. x. TEMPLE LEA, b. 09 Nov 1773; d. Bef. 22 Aug 1834.


    10. WILLIAM8 LEA (JAMES7, CAPT. JOHN6, COL. WILLIAM5 LEIGH/LEA, CAPT. WILLIAM4 LEA, WILLIAM3, ?2, NICHOLAS1) was born Abt. 1747, and died 1806. He married CATHEY VAN HOOK.

    Notes for WILLIAM LEA:
    Was of Leasburg, North Carolina.

    Children of WILLIAM LEA and CATHEY VAN HOOK are:
    i. LAWRENCE9 LEA, m. PHOEBE SARGENT.
    ii. MADISON LEA.
    iii. PHOEBE LEA.
    iv. JAMES LEA, b. Abt. 1770; m. NANCY WLM DOBBINS.
    v. WILLIAM LEA, b. Abt. 1770.
    vi. ARTIMISSIA LEA.


    11. GABRIEL8 LEA (JAMES7, CAPT. JOHN6, COL. WILLIAM5 LEIGH/LEA, CAPT. WILLIAM4 LEA, WILLIAM3, ?2, NICHOLAS1) was born 23 Mar 1758 in Leasburg, North Carolina, and died Abt. 1834. He married ELIZABETH AUSBORNE/ASHBURN/OSBURN. She was born 1757, and died Abt. 1840.

    Notes for GABRIEL LEA:
    Gabriel Lee/Lea gave a deposition on property regarding the sons of Lawrence Bankston b. 1704 PA along with his father, James Lee/Lea; James described Lawrence as his "bossom friend" and having married into the family of Lawrence Bankston.


    Gabriel Lea's Will
    Transcribed by Latham Mark Phelps

    Caswell County Court - October Term 1834 - Book M Page 433

    In the name of God Amen. I Gabriel Lea of Caswell County and State of North Carolina being of sound in perfect mind and memory blessed be God, do this 17th day November in the year of our Lord, Eighteen hundred and twenty-six, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in the manner following:

    That is to say I first will and bequeath to my beloved wife Elizabeth during her lifetime such property as she and mine son's William and James may think proper to appropriate to her for her maintenance and support.

    2nd after the first appropriation is made as pointed out in the 1st clause. It is further my Will and desire that the whole of property and estate of every description whatsoever be divided and appropriated in the manner herein, after pointed out, To Wit: I first will and bequeath to my son James that partial or part of my land of which he has made his improvements on so much there of as in here in specified here in to say, beginning at the corner near a large white oak at the east in of my peach orchard and running from there due north until it intersects William A. Lea's land. All my land east of said line be it more or less I will give and bequeath to him as in the article herein specified.

    It is furthermore my Will and desire in the settlement of my estate that my daughter Mary Morton shall be charged with five hundred dollars as a part of my estate which she has already received that being the estimated value of the tract of land on which she now lives and for which I have made her husband Elijah Morton a deed to the same without having received any equivalent value for the same.

    It is furthermore my Will and desire that the remainder of my estate of every description whatsoever be divided in the following manner To Wit: I will and bequeath to my beloved children as follows:

    To my son William two equal shares of my estate

    To my son Vincent nothing saving my love and affection

    To my son Gabriel B. one equal part

    To my daughter Elizabeth one equal part

    To my daughter Mary one equal part

    To my son James one equal part

    To my daughter Phoebe one equal part

    To my daughter Barbara one equal part

    Making in the whole eight parts, and I hereby make and ordain my son's William and James my executors this my last Will and Testament in witness where of I the said Gabriel Lea have to this my last Will and Testament have set my hand and seal this day and year above written.

    Gabriel Lea (Signed)

    In the presence of : James Darby
    James M. Lea
    Willis M. Lea

    by: Norma Muller (ID *****8097) Date: February 03, 2003 at 19:15:31
    In Reply to: Gabriel Lea by Sue Morton of 1380


    There was a Gabriel Lea who was the son of James Lea and Ann Tolbert. He was born March 23,1758, one mile west of Leasburg, NC and died in 1834. He was a Captain during the Revolutionary War and was a member of the NC. Legislature during the 1790's. He married Elizabeth Ashburne who was born in 1757 and died in 1840. He had at least nine children, All of whom married. one of whom was Gabriel B. Lea born in Leasburg, NC. in 1783 and who died in Alamance County, NC. in 1871. Gabriel B. Lea married Mary A. McCauley about 1813 in Pleasant Grove, NC. Gabriel B. and Mary had at least six children. All of whom married.



    Children of GABRIEL LEA and ELIZABETH AUSBORNE/ASHBURN/OSBURN are:
    i. VINCENT9 LEA, m. MARY VOINARD.
    ii. WILLIAM LEA, m. SARAH MCNEILL.
    iii. GABRIEL B. LEA, b. Abt. 1783, Leasburg, North Carolina; d. Abt. 1871, Alamance County, North Carolina; m. MARY A. MCCAULEY, Abt. 1813, Pleasant Grove, North Carolina.

    More About GABRIEL LEA and MARY MCCAULEY:
    Marriage: Abt. 1813, Pleasant Grove, North Carolina

    iv. PHOEBE LEA, m. JOHN VANHOOK.
    v. BARBARA LEA, m. (1) RICHARD HAYES; b. Abt. 1765; m. (2) STEPHEN WINSTEAD.
    vi. ELIZABETH LEA, m. DANIEL MALONE.
    vii. MARY LEA, m. ELIJAH MORTON.
    viii. SALLIE LEA, m. JOHN RICHMOND.
    ix. JAMES LEA, m. REBECCA MEAD.


    Generation No. 4

    12. WILLIAM9 LEIGH I (FERDINAND8, JOHN7 LEA, CAPT. JOHN6, COL. WILLIAM5 LEIGH/LEA, CAPT. WILLIAM4 LEA, WILLIAM3, ?2, NICHOLAS1) He married ELIZABETH WATKINS.

    Children of WILLIAM LEIGH and ELIZABETH WATKINS are:
    i. WILLIAM10 LEIGH II.

    Notes for WILLIAM LEIGH II:
    Judge.

    ii. BENJAMIN WATKINS LEIGH.


    13. GEORGE WIAM9 LEA (WILLIAM8, WILLIAM7, CAPT. JOHN6, COL. WILLIAM5 LEIGH/LEA, CAPT. WILLIAM4 LEA, WILLIAM3, ?2, NICHOLAS1) was born Abt. 1760. He married JEANNETTE LOGAN "JANE" DOUGLASS.

    Child of GEORGE LEA and JEANNETTE DOUGLASS is:
    17. i. WILLIAM ARCHER10 LEA, b. Abt. 1786; d. Abt. 1843.


    14. ANNIS WIAM9 LEA (WILLIAM8, WILLIAM7, CAPT. JOHN6, COL. WILLIAM5 LEIGH/LEA, CAPT. WILLIAM4 LEA, WILLIAM3, ?2, NICHOLAS1) was born 17 Jan 1761. She married (1) JOHN MCNEILL. She married (2) JAMES COCHRAN.

    Child of ANNIS LEA and JOHN MCNEILL is:
    i. SARAH10 MCNEILL, m. WILLIAM LEA.


    Child of ANNIS LEA and JAMES COCHRAN is:
    18. ii. SUSANNA ANN10 COCHRAN, b. Abt. 1793; d. Abt. 1850.


    15. GREEN9 LEA (GEORGE8, WILLIAM7, CAPT. JOHN6, COL. WILLIAM5 LEIGH/LEA, CAPT. WILLIAM4 LEA, WILLIAM3, ?2, NICHOLAS1) He married PEGGY MOFFETT.

    Child of GREEN LEA and PEGGY MOFFETT is:
    i. COLUMBUS W.10 LEA.


    16. TEMPLE9 LEA (GEORGE8, WILLIAM7, CAPT. JOHN6, COL. WILLIAM5 LEIGH/LEA, CAPT. WILLIAM4 LEA, WILLIAM3, ?2, NICHOLAS1) was born 09 Nov 1773, and died Bef. 22 Aug 1834. He married NANCY MOFFETT. She died 17 Feb 1864 in Independence, Texas..

    Notes for TEMPLE LEA:
    this information comes from Patty Smoot via the Lea Genforum.

    "Source: Alabama Records - Perry County Vol. 182 p. 65 - These records were compiled by
    Kathleen Paul Jones and Pauline Jones Gandrud:

    BEGIN QUOTE:
    Will Book A p. 57:
    Temple Lea. Will dated 15 July 1833 probated 22 August 1834. Son Vernal B. Lea; daughter Margaret M. Lea; Daughter Antoinette Emily Lea; wife Nancy; son-in-law R. R. Royston and wife Varilla, executrix. Witnesses: Thomas Lockhart, C. W. Lee, Minerva Lockhart.
    END QUOTE

    Note - The witness "C. W. Lee" was probably the nephew of Temple. Temple's brother, Green, had married Nancy Moffett's sister. They had son Columbus W. Lea. Who was a noted politician...and I think a lawyer, in Alabama.

    After Temple's death, his widow, Nancy and some of the children eventually moved to Southeast Texas. Nancy stayed with her daughter, Margaret Lea Houston, in Huntsville. Vernal B. LEA lived very nearby. Nancy Lea then moved to Independence, Texas. where she is buried. She died on February. 17, 1864.

    I just thought I'd give a little more information on Temple Lea and family. I live about 15 miles from the City of Huntsville. There is an excellent museum housing General Sam Houston's belongings. They also have a type of living history presentation, that shows the various houses of Sam Houston, his wife
    Margaret and their children. One of these houses includes the bedroom and furnishings of Margaret's mother, Nancy...while she was living with them. "

    this information comes from Patty Smoot via the Lea Genforum.

    "Source: Alabama Records - Perry County Vol. 182 p. 65 - These records were compiled by
    Kathleen Paul Jones and Pauline Jones Gandrud:

    BEGIN QUOTE:
    Will Book A p. 57:
    Temple Lea. Will dated 15 July 1833 probated 22 August 1834. Son Vernal B. Lea; daughter Margaret M. Lea; Daughter Antoinette Emily Lea; wife Nancy; son-in-law R. R. Royston and wife Varilla, executrix. Witnesses: Thomas Lockhart, C. W. Lee, Minerva Lockhart.
    END QUOTE

    Note - The witness "C. W. Lee" was probably the nephew of Temple. Temple's brother, Green, had married Nancy Moffett's sister. They had son Columbus W. Lea. Who was a noted politician...and I think a lawyer, in Alabama.

    After Temple's death, his widow, Nancy and some of the children eventually moved to Southeast Texas. Nancy stayed with her daughter, Margaret Lea Houston, in Huntsville. Vernal B. LEA lived very nearby. Nancy Lea then moved to Independence, Texas. where she is buried. She died on February. 17, 1864.

    I just thought I'd give a little more information on Temple Lea and family. I live about 15 miles from the City of Huntsville. There is an excellent museum housing General Sam Houston's belongings. They also have a type of living history presentation, that shows the various houses of Sam Houston, his wife
    Margaret and their children. One of these houses includes the bedroom and furnishings of Margaret's mother, Nancy...while she was living with them. "

    Children of TEMPLE LEA and NANCY MOFFETT are:
    i. ANTOINETTE EMILY10 LEA.
    ii. VERNAL B. LEA.
    iii. MARGARET MOFFETT LEA, m. SAM HOUSTON.

    Notes for SAM HOUSTON:
    Sam Houston married Elizabeth Allen before he married Margaret Lea in Texas. He deserted Elizabeth shortly after their marriage, causing his lack of popularity in Tenn. This forced him to leave tenn. and move to Texas.

    Sam Houston married Elizabeth Allen before he married Margaret Lea in Texas. He deserted Elizabeth shortly after their marriage, causing his lack of popularity in Tenn. This forced him to leave tenn. and move to Texas.


    Generation No. 5

    17. WILLIAM ARCHER10 LEA (GEORGE WIAM9, WILLIAM8, WILLIAM7, CAPT. JOHN6, COL. WILLIAM5 LEIGH/LEA, CAPT. WILLIAM4 LEA, WILLIAM3, ?2, NICHOLAS1) was born Abt. 1786, and died Abt. 1843. He married SUSANNA ANN COCHRAN Abt. 1809, daughter of JAMES COCHRAN and ANNIS LEA. She was born Abt. 1793, and died Abt. 1850.

    More About WILLIAM LEA and SUSANNA COCHRAN:
    Marriage: Abt. 1809

    Child of WILLIAM LEA and SUSANNA COCHRAN is:
    19. i. SARAH FRANCIS11 LEA, b. Abt. 1829; d. Abt. 1871.


    18. SUSANNA ANN10 COCHRAN (ANNIS WIAM9 LEA, WILLIAM8, WILLIAM7, CAPT. JOHN6, COL. WILLIAM5 LEIGH/LEA, CAPT. WILLIAM4 LEA, WILLIAM3, ?2, NICHOLAS1) was born Abt. 1793, and died Abt. 1850. She married WILLIAM ARCHER LEA Abt. 1809, son of GEORGE LEA and JEANNETTE DOUGLASS. He was born Abt. 1786, and died Abt. 1843.

    More About WILLIAM LEA and SUSANNA COCHRAN:
    Marriage: Abt. 1809

    Child is listed above under (17) William Archer Lea.

    Generation No. 6

    19. SARAH FRANCIS11 LEA (WILLIAM ARCHER10, GEORGE WIAM9, WILLIAM8, WILLIAM7, CAPT. JOHN6, COL. WILLIAM5 LEIGH/LEA, CAPT. WILLIAM4 LEA, WILLIAM3, ?2, NICHOLAS1) was born Abt. 1829, and died Abt. 1871. She married FREEMAN WALTER COMPTON Abt. 1850. He was born Abt. 1824, and died Abt. 1893.

    More About FREEMAN COMPTON and SARAH LEA:
    Marriage: Abt. 1850

    Child of SARAH LEA and FREEMAN COMPTON is:
    i. LILIAN LEA12 COMPTON, b. Abt. 1856; d. Abt. 1921; m. ROBERT CLACK FULLER, Abt. 1882; b. Abt. 1854; d. Abt. 1947.

    More About ROBERT FULLER and LILIAN COMPTON:
    Marriage: Abt. 1882
  • Change Date: 13 MAR 2006 at 20:41:14



    Father: William LEA b: ABT 1654 in New Kent, later, King & Queen Co., VA
    Mother: Mary GREEN b: ABT 1655/1658

    Marriage 1 Anne TAYLOR b: 12 JAN 1681/1684 in New Kent, later, King & Queen Co., VA
    • Married: ABT 1698/9 in , King & Queen Co., VA
    Children
    1. Has Children John LEA b: 1699/1700 in St. Stephen Par, King & Queen Co., VA
    2. Has No Children Catherine LEA b: ABT 1702 in , King & Queen Co., VA
    3. Has No Children Daughter LEA b: ABT 1705 in , King & Queen Co., VA
    4. Has No Children Daughter LEA b: ABT 1707 in , King & Queen Co., VA
    5. Has No Children Elizabeth "Betty" LEA b: ABT 1710 in , King & Queen Co., VA
    6. Has Children William "of Cobbs Creek" LEA b: ABT 1714
    7. Has Children James of Kilgore's Branch LEA b: 1715/6 in St. Stephen Par, King & Queen Co., VA

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