Name: Ann Hill Carter
Given Name: Ann Hill
Birth: Oct 1773 in Shirley, Plantation, James River, Virginia
Death: 26 Jul 1829 in Ravensworth Plan, Fairfax, Virginia
Change Date: 6 Feb 2008 at 00:00
Ann was not physically strong. She is said to have suffered from narcolepsy, a disease which made her, along with many persons of her time, even those not so afflicted, fearful of being buried alive. There is even a legend that she was, indeed, thought dead and nearly so buried. As early as 1806 she writes that she was becoming an invalid. During her stay at the Oronoco street home, she needed help negotiating the stairs. Ann apparently suffered from tuberculosis for an indeterminant time preceding her death.
After the death of his first wife, the "Divine" Matilda Lee, mistress of Stratford Hall, thirty-seven year old, Virginia Governor and Revolutionary War hero, Henry "Light-Horse Harry" Lee came to Shirley to woo Maria Farley one of Ann's friends living there. Upon his being rejected by Maria, twenty year old Ann set about capturing him for herself, although he was seventeen years her senior. Charles Carter was aware of Lee's reckless reputation and constant financial difficulties. He, therefore, opposed the match, citing Lee's then consideration of an offer of a generalship in France's Revolutionary armies. When Lee rejected the offered French commission, Carter lost the reason he had used for stopping the marriage. The wedding took place at Shirley on June 18, 1793. Although consenting to the marriage, Charles did ensure that Lee could not touch any of Ann's inheritance
Ann Hill Carter was a refined young woman from one of the wealthiest and oldest families in Virginia. She spent her girlhood at the famous Shirley Plantation on the James River, which the Hills' and Carters' had inhabited since the 1600s, shortly after the establishment of the Jamestown Colony. During Ann's childhood, most, if not all, of the Virginia signatories to the Declaration of Independence had been guests at Shirley Plantation.
Ann Hill Carter was only 20 years old in 1793 when she married the celebrated Henry Lee III, then Governor of Virginia and soon to become a member of Congress. Lee's skilled horsemanship had earned him the nickname "Lighthorse Harry" and he was esteemed for his combat heroics in the Revolutionary War where he served under General George Washington. Seventeen years Ann's senior, Henry was a widower with three children by his first wife who died in 1790. With her marriage, Ann became mistress of Stratford Hall and during the first decade of her marriage to Henry, she bore him four children.
Father: Charles Carter b: 1733 in Shirley Plantation, Richmond, Virginia
Mother: Anne Butler Moore b: 1756 in Westmoreland , Virginia
Henry Lee b: 19 Jan 1756 in Stratford, Virginia
18 Jun 1793
in Strafford Hall, Westmoreland, Virginia
- Change Date:
28 Dec 2012
- Algernon Sidney Lee b: 2 Apr 1795
- Charles Carter Lee b: 8 Nov 1798 in Virginia
- Anne Kinchloe Lee b: 19 Jun 1800
- Sydney Smith Lee b: 2 Sep 1802 in Virginia
- Catherine Mildred Lee
- Robert Edward Lee b: 19 Jan 1807 in Stratford Hall, Near Montross, Virginia