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2051 William Watt, Jr. was known as “William Watt, the distiller.” He operated a mill and still on Third Creek. His wife was Elizabeth and could have been a Stroud by her first marriage. William Watt's will of 1809 names sons, James, John and William M. and refers to daughters, but not by name. The children by records moved to Rutherford County, Tennessee. Watt, William Jr. (I9460)
 
2052 William, Duke of Normandy, invaded France in 1066 and defeated the
English at the Battle of Hastings, 14 Oct 1066, a battle that changed
the course of history. He became King of England by conquest and was
crowned in Westminster Abbey 25 Dec 1066 as William I.
 
Of England, The Conqueror William I (I8733)
 
2053 Willliam Leach appeared on the census of 1790 in Iredell County, North
Carolina,: 1 m +16, 1m -16,
2 f.

On 19 May 1793 Iredell County, North Carolina,: is listed as a
neighbor to Robert Bogle, Samuel Bogle, & William Reynolds on the W.
side of the Little fork of S. Yadkin River.

On 28 December 1795 Sumner County, Tennessee: "Articles of agreement:
John Deloach & Thomas Leach, Alexander Witherspoon, Samuel Cross &
William Leach, for clearing title to 50 a. on W side of Station on sd
Deloach's land, leasing sd land for 5 yrs. Wit. John Sadler, Wm.
Sadler, Jurat" (Murray, Sumner County, Tennessee Deed, page 27).

In 1803 Wilson County, Tennessee tax list, Capt. Wood's District.

In 1804 Wilson County, Tennessee tax list, Capt. Cannon's District 2,
320 acres on Sander's Fork.

Between 1805 and 1807 Wilson County, Tennessee tax lists: Capt.
Leech's District. His land was on Sander's Fork.

On 16 April 1805 in Wilson County, Tennessee, Samuel Cross sold to
William Leech, 120 a on Smith's Fork. (DB B:436).

On 15 February 1809 Iredell County, North Carolina, William Leatch,
Thomas Leach, Alexander Witherspoon, Samuel Cross, John Boyd Sr.,
Josiah Bogle, and John Boyd Jr., legatees of John Leich, to William
Hines of Iredell Co., part of a tract originally granted to Samuel
Woods, both sides of Muddy Fork of the Lower Little River, 640 acres,
bearing the date 29 Oct 1782. Wits. William Reed, Thomas Mordak,
William Smith (Black, Iredell County, North Carolina, citing Deed Book
G:226).
(Pg. 15. Book G, page 226. William Leatch, Thomas Leatch, Alexander
Witherspoon, Samuel Cross, John Boyd Sr., Josiah Bogle and John Boyd
Junr. Legatees of John Leech, dec. to Wm Hines 320 a on both sides
Muddy Fork of Lower Little River. 15 Feb. 1809)
(Pg. 100. November Session 1809. 706. William Leach, Thomas Leach,
Alexander Weatherspoon, Samuel Cross, John Boyd, Sr., John Boyd, Jr.,
Joseph Bogle to William Hains, 320 acres, dated 15 February 1809.
Proved by Thomas Murdah)

On 20 November 1812 Iredell County, North Carolina, William Leach,
Thomas Leach, Alexander & Martha Witherspoon, Samuel & Margaret Cross,
John & Elizabeth Boyd, and John Boyd Jr. all of the State of
Tennessee, Wilson County, of one part, to Edward Barnes of Iredell Co.
of the other part, the remaining 320 acres of the land of John Leach.
Wit. George Bogle, James Bogle, Jurat, Robt. Erwin (Surry County Deeds
Records: DB H:352-353, County Court House, unknown repository address,
Black, Iredell County, North Carolina, citing Deed Book H:352).
(Pg. 63. Deed Book H: Page 352. Dated 20 Nov. 1812. William Leach,
Thomas Leach, Alexander and Martha Witherspoon, Samuel and Margaret
Cross, John and Elizabeth Boyd and John Boyd Jr. of Wilson Co.,
Tennessee to Edward Barns. For the sum of $400, 320 acres, lying on
the muddy fork of lower Little River. Part of tract of 640 acres
originally granted to Samuel Woods and by him to John Leach 28 Oct.
1782. Signed: Above named grantors. Witness: George Bogle, Robert
Erwin and James Bogle jurat. Proved Aug. 1814. Registered 20 Jan.
1815)

On 19 September 1813 in Wilson County, Tennessee, Wm. Moore of
Rutherford Co., sold to William Leech, 145 a. (DB E:385).

On 14 November 1814 in Wilson County, Tennessee, Samuel Cross sold to
William Leech, 100 a on a branch of Smith's Fork on the Caney Fork
bounded by Cross and William Bogle. (DB F:200).

On 8 November 1817 in Wilson County, Tennessee, William Leech of
Edwards Co., Territory of Illinois, sold to Abner Alexander, 145 a on
a branch of Smiths Fork. (DB F:483).

On 10 November 1817 in Wilson County, Tennessee, William Leech of
Edwards Co., Territory of Illinois, sold to Samuel Bryson of Wilson
Co., 100 a on branch of Smith's fork, adjacent William Bogle. (DB
G:284).

William appeared on the census of 1820 in Edwards Co., Illinois: (1820
U.S. Census, Illinois; Edwards County; National Archives:
Micropublication M-33, Roll 11, Page 2.); Page 2: William Leech 010202
- 11101 (1 m 10-16, 2 m 16-26, 2m +45: 1f -10, 1f 10-15, 1f 16-26, 1f
+45).

He appeared on the census of 1830 in Carroll County, Tennessee, Page
174, William Leach 0000100011-000100001.

He appeared on the census of 1850 in Carroll County, Tennessee, in HH
#263-42 William Leech 89 NC, William P. 24 Tn, Mary M. 24, Amanda E.
3, Martha J. 1, John D. 21, Jesse H.T. 14.

On 17 October 1832 Carroll County, Tennessee, William Leach: made a
declaration in order to obtain a pension for his Revolutionary War
service. " Personally appeared in open court this the 17th of Oct.
1832, William Leach age seventy one who made oath in due form of law
and files the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of
the act of Congress passed June 7th 1832. States that he was a
resident of the county of Rowan at the commencement of the war of the
revolution and previous to the year 1780 he was called out in several
excursions against the tories, and on the 17th of July he volunteered
for a tour of three months in the company commanded by Capt. William
Stewart in the corps commanded by Col. Davie. Maj. James Rutherford
was his major and who was afterwards killed at the battle of Eutaw
Springs and that he served out his tour of three months as will appear
by his discharge herewith filed. During the first part of this
service, the corps to which he belonged were ranging on the south fork
of the Cataba river in North Carolina for the purpose of keeping down
the tories until after the Brittish Army under Cornwallis moved from
South Carolina to Mecklenburg County North Carolina. They were then
marched in the neighborhood of the brittish for the purpose of keeping
down pillaging and plundering parties of the brittish army in which
service he was engaged until he was discharged. In this service he
was in no regular engagements. Further states that again in the year
1781 he was drafted for a term of three months under Capt. Thomas
Morrison & Col. Loftins' regiment, the whole under the command of Gen.
Rutherford, during which tour he served three months as will appear by
the affidavit of one of his fellow soldiers which is hereto amended &
who is too infirm to ride this far to court. In this service he went
on what was called the Wilmington campaign, then in the possession of
the Brittish army. After the surrender of Cornwallis the town ( or
tour) was evacuated & shortly afterwards they were marched home &
discharged. In this tour he was in no regular engagement nor out of
State. This service closed the war or nearly. So further he states
that he has no documen-tary evidence except his discharge as above
stated to prove his services and has no living testimony that he knows
of except Henry Thomas who has certified as above stated that in the
excursions before his regular service were verry ------ & for short
periods of time but he verily believes he was engaged as long in those
excursions as the whole of his regular tours. He hereby relinquishes
any claim to a pension except the present and that his name is not on
the pension roll of any state. Sworn & subscribed in open Court this
17th Oct. 1832. Signed William Leech. James H. Gee, Clerk. B. M
Burrow & John Stewart, residing in said County hereby certify that we
are well acquainted with William Leach who has sworn to & subscribed
the foregoing declaration, that we believe him to be 71 years of age
and that he has reported and he lived in the neighborhood to have been
a soldier of the Revolution and we concur in that opinion. Signed:
Banks M. Burrow, John
Stewart.Answers to Questions:
What year were you born?
1. Rowan County, can't recollect the year but will be seventy one the
6th of December next.
Record of birth?
2. I believe not.
Where have you resided since your service?
3. As before stated, in Rowan County, North Carolina--after the war
the county was divided and he fell in Iredell where he continued until
about thirty seven years ago, he came to Tennessee, Sumner County,
afterwards moved to Wilson and from there to Illinois where he resided
for seven years and from thence to this county where he now resides.
Names of some regular officers?
4. As well as recollects, he never was with any regular officers, A
Major Hogg joined them in the Wilmington campaign and on the rout to
Wilmington they were joined by Gen. (Butlers?) Brigade of Militia."
 
Leach, William (I1484)
 
2054 With the consent of the great nobles, Charlemagne, Charles the Great,
became King of France and Holy Roman Emperor of the West from 771 to
814, following the death of his brother. He was born April 2, 742,
probably at Aix-La-Chapelle. When only twelve years old we find him
commissioned to receive and welcome the pontiff who came to implore
his father's aid against the barbarians that threatened Rome. He
probably accompanied his father in his campaigns at an early age, but
the first time that we really see him in the field, is on the renewal
of the war with the rebellious Duke of Aquitaine.

Upon the death of Pepin, in 768, Charlemagne and his younger brother
Carloman succeeded to equal portions of one of the most powerful of
European kingdoms, bounded by the Pyrenees, the Alps, Mediterranean,
and the ocean. But this would hardly enabled the monarchs, even had
they been united, to resist successfully the incursions of the
barbarous tribes on the German frontiers of France, which had
commenced with the first establishment of the Frankish dominion in
Gaul; and which were kept alive by the constant pouring forth of fresh
hordes from the overpopulated north. The situation of Charlemagne was
rendered yet more perilous by the massive enmity of his brother, and
the rebellion of Hunald, the turbulent Duke of Aquitaine. But
fortunately Charlemagne had a genius equal to the difficulties of his
situation; though his brother refused to aid him, he defeated Huald;
and no less illustrious by his clemency than by his valor and military
skill, he forgave the vanquished rebel.

Desiderius, the King of Lombardy, had made large encroachments upon
the states of the Roman Pontiff, whose cause was taken up by
Charlemagne. This led to feuds, which Bertha, his mother, endeavored
to appease by arranging a marriage between her son and the daughter of
the Lombard. But Charlemagne soon took a disgust to the wife thus
imposed upon him, and repudiated her, that he might marry Hildegarde,
the daughter of a noble family in Swabia. Thus he married Hildegarde
of Swabia (Linzgau), Countess, born in 757/758, died April 30, 782/3.

In 771 Carloman died, and Charlemagne was elected to the vacant
throne, to the exclusion of his nephews, whose extreme youth made then
incapable of wearing the crown in such troubled times. Gilberge, the
widow of Carloman, immediately fled, and sought refuse with
Desiderius, the common retreat for all who were hostile to the
Frankish monarch.

From that time, sole ruler during a reign of forty-three years, he
waged incessant wars on all his borders, subduing rebellions,
extending his domains and at the same time advancing Christianity. In
772 he began a thirty-year war with the determined Saxons, after the
successful opening of Charlemagne was called to the assistance of Pope
Hadrian I. against Desiderius, King of the Lombards. Charlemagne
marched two armies over the Alps and conquered Lombardy in 774;
returned and beat the Saxons again and hastened into Spain, in 778, to
help the Arabian rulers of that country against the Osman Caliph of
Cordova. It was in this war that Roland, the hero of romance, fell in
the pass of Roncesvalles.

In 799 the Romans revolted against Pope Leo III., and were again
brought into subjection by Charlemagne. In return, while he was
praying on the steps of St. Peter's Church, he was crowned by Leo with
the iron crown of the Western Empire, successor of the Roman Caesars,
unexpectedly to him, as he pretended, on Christmas Day, 800, amidst
the popular acclamations, "Long life and victory to Charles Augustus,
crowned by God, great and pacific Emperor of the Romans!"

The extensive domain of Charlemagne was rendered secure only by
ceaseless vigilance and warfare. The short intervals of peace which
ere allowed him, he employed in endeavoring to educate and civilize
his people. He made a tour through his dominions, causing local and
general improvement, reforming laws, advancing knowledge, and building
churches and monasteries. Christianity being one of the chief means to
which he trusted for the attainment of his grand objects. In this he
was no less successful than he had before been in war. With exception
of the Eastern empire, France was now the most cultivated nation in
Europe, even Rome herself sending thither for skillful workmen, while
commerce, roads, and mechanics must have been much advanced, as we may
infer from the facility with which marble columns and immense stone
crosses were often carried through the whole extent of France upon
carriages of native construction. Luxury, too, with its attendant arts
had made considerable strides. Vases of gold and silver richly carved,
silver tables highly wrought, bracelets, rings, and table cloths of
fine linen, might be seen in the houses of the nobles. The people must
have been dexterous in working iron, for their superiority in this
respect is shown by the severe laws forbidding the exportation of
arms.

Charlemagne drove back the Arabs, reduced the Huns, and effectually
protected his long line of coast from the attempted invasion of the
Northmen. It is said, that upon one occasion he arrived at a certain
port just as the pirates were preparing to land; but the moment they
learned of the presence of the monarch, they immediately fled in great
terror at the mere mention of his name.

It was always an object of first importance with Charlemagne to
support the papal authority, as holding out the only means of
spreading Christianity, which he justly considered the most effectual
instrument he could employ to enlighten and civilize the world.

Charlemagne securely laid the foundations of his empire. He was
vigilant, judicious, and energetic, both as a ruler and commander. He
fostered agriculture, trade, arts, and letters with untiring zeal,
clearing forests, draining swamps, founding monasteries and schools,
building cities, constructing splendid palaces, as at Aix, Worms, and
Ingelheim, and drawing to his court scholars and poets from all
nations, being himself proficient in science, as well as all hardy
accomplishments.

Charlemagne was tall and a commanding presence, and could speak and
write Latin as well as his native German. He fostered all learning and
the fine arts, studying rhetoric and astronomy. He reigned over
France, half of Germany, and four-fifths of Italy. The Caliph
Haroun-al-Rashid sent an embassy to the court of Charlemagne with
gifts in token of good will.

Attacked with pleurisy, he died after a short illness, in the
seventy-second year of age, and the forty-seventh of his reign, on
January 28, 814. Some years later Charlemagne was canonized by the
church.


 
Of France, Charlemagne (I55)
 
2055 Wm. & Mary Quarterly Vol 17, July 1908, page 63. Lancaster Recorder,
- On December 6, 1694 it was stated that Ann daughter of John Chinn
would be 13 years old on May 5 next. (dob would have been May 5,
1682). Rawleigh son of same, 11 years old on May 23 next. (dob would
have been May 23,1684) and Catherine, (m. George Heale) dau of same
would be 9 on June 7 next. (dob would have been June 7, 1686)

Old Rappahannock County, Virginia was established in 1656 from
Lancaster County, Virginia. In 1691, the counties of Richmond and
Essex were organized from Old Rappahannock (which was then abolished),
with the land of the Smoots of Old Rappahannock becoming part of
Richmond County. Old Rappahannock County should not confused with the
later Rappahannock County which was erected in 1833 from parts of
Culpeper County.

John Chynn, also known as: John Chinn, b. 1640/1642, ENG, (son of
Thomas Chynn) ref: LDS AF, occupation: Colonist, m. (1) 1680, in
Lancaster County, VA, Alice Smoot , b. 1642/1668, Lancaster County,
VA, ref: LDS AF, d. BEF 28 Aug 1701, Lancaster County, VA, and
Elizabeth Travers. John died 12-Nov-1692, Morattico Creek,
LancasterCo, VA, buried: LancasterCo, VA.

1691 - John Chinn writes his Will In Lancaster County, VA. He records
that his wife is Alice; he has sons John and Rawleigh; he lists his
son-in-law as "son", John Trussell and my daughter Elizabeth, his
wife"; he does the same for "son Thomas Chilton and my daughter Sarah
Chilton his wife". he lists his daughters as Ann and Katherine Chinn.
Extrix is his wife Alice. Witnesses are Wm. Smith, Alex. Dun, Edw.
Geffrey. W.B. 8, p. 34.
[Lancaster Co., VA Will 15 Dec. 1691. Rec. 13 May 1692]

 
Chinn, John (I1696)
 
2056 World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
about Geo William Shuff
Name: Geo William Shuff
City: Not Stated
County: Stewart
State: Tennessee
Birthplace: Tennessee;United States of America
Birth Date: 5 Apr 1889
Race: White
Roll: 1877694
DraftBoard: 0


1910 United States Federal Census
Name: George Shuff Jr
[George Jr Shuff Jr]
Age in 1910: 21
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1889
Birthplace: Tennessee
Relation to Head of House: Boarder
Father's Birth Place: Tennessee
Mother's Birth Place: Tennessee
Home in 1910: Civil District 6, Stewart, Tennessee
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Male
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Thomas, Henry J 39 Head
Lizzie 36 Wife
Shuff, George Jr 21 Boarder
Myers, Clifton 19 Boarder
Margaret11 Servant

Name: George William Shuff
Age: 82
Born: April 5, 1889 a native of Stewart County, TN.
Died: September 20, 1971 at General Care Convalescent Center in Clarksville, Montgomery County, TN.
Funeral: September 22, 1971 with Nave Funeral Home in Erin, Houston County, TN.
Burial: Erin Cemetery in Houston County, TN.
Parents: George Shuff and Isabella Powers
Surviving Spouse: Rosa (Parker) Shuff
Surviving Children: None Listed
Surviving Siblings: L.L. Shuff, Mrs. Charlie Jarman, Mrs. Joe Mundy 
Shuff, George William III (I8751)
 
2057 World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
about George Clark Medlock
Name: George Clark Medlock
County: Clayton
State: Georgia
Birthplace: Georgia; United States of America
Birth Date: 18 Apr 1892
Race: Caucasian (White)
FHL Roll Number: 1557015
DraftBoard: 0

1920 United States Federal Census
about George D Medlock
Name: George D Medlock
Home in 1920: Jonesboro, Clayton, Georgia
Age: 56
Estimated birth year: abt 1864
Birthplace: Georgia
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
[Head]
Spouse's name: Caroline Medlock
Father's Birth Place: South Carolina
Mother's Birth Place: South Carolina
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Male
Home owned: Own
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Household Members:
Name Age
George D Medlock 56
Caroline Medlock 49
George C Medlock 27
Claud H Medlock 25
Emmett P Medlock 23
Clara M Medlock 21
Jannie I Medlock 19
Bertha Medlock 17
Allie Medlock 14
Winnie Medlock 12

1930 United States Federal Census
Name: George D Medlock
Home in 1930: Militia District 1088, Clayton, Georgia
View Map
Age: 67
Estimated birth year: abt 1863
Birthplace: Georgia
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's name: C Ophelia Medlock
Race: White
Household Members:
Name Age
George D Medlock 67
C Ophelia Medlock 59
Claude H Medlock 36
Bertha Medlock 27

Georgia Deaths, 1919-98
Name: George C. Medlock
Death Date: 23 Dec 1973
County of Death: Fulton
Gender: M (Male)
Race: White
Age: 81 years
County of Residence: Fulton
Certificate: 042496 
Medlock, George Clark (I9603)
 
2058 Wylie J. (Jerome) was a private in World War I.
Wylie Powers

April 23, 1982


Wylie J. Powers. 89, Route 1 Pal-myra, died Wednesday at Memorial
Hospital after an extended illness.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Satur­day at Sykes Chapel with the Rev
Howard Herndon officiating. Burial with Maonic rites will follow in
the Powers Family Cemetery.
Born Dec. 17, 1894 in Montgomery County, he was the son of the late
Wilson Powers and Mary Webb Powers.
Mr. Powers was a retired farmer a World War I Veteran of the U.S
Army, treasurer of the Tarsus United Methodist Church for 30 years. a
member of Palmyra Masonic Lodge for 50 years and had served on
Montgomery County Quarterly Court.
Survivors include his wife, Be­atrice Reagan Powers; one daughter
Mrs. Jewell Gannaway, Clarksville: one brother Homer Powers,
Michi­gan; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Lemoine Vick­ers, Wendell Jones, Julius Powers,
Jewell Yarbrough, Marshall Ragan, Edgar Atkins, Warren Neblett, and
Louis Powers.
Visitation will begin after 5 p.m. today at Sykes Funeral Home.
Arrangements are being handled by Sykes Funeral Home. 
Powers, Wiley Jerome (I2272)
 
2059 York Co Taxables 1779: Mount Pleasant Twp. Thomas Neely, Thomas Neely Sr., James Neely. Reading Twp. John Neely, Jonathan Neely, Thomas Neely. Huntington Twp. John Neely, Thomas Neely.

Notes: Thomas Neely IV:
I have a copy of Thomas Neely's will of Reading Twp., Adams Co.( written 1818, admin. 1827 and probated 1837) and it names his wife as Margaret, the dau. of John White Sr., his dau. Marthew wife of Joab Dicks, and his niece SUSANA dau. of his brother, JOHN NEELY. He also names his grandson Thomas Neely Dicks, son of Marthew,
and his sister Margaret Dicks, and his brother William Weakly Dicks, and to his sister Eata Maria Dicks, and his brother James Dicks and his brother John Dicks, and his brother Robert Dicks. Appoints as executors, John Graft of Strabane Twp. and William Hodg of Riding Twp. Signed by Job Dicks, John Graft,William Gilliland and James Neely. 
Neely, III Thomas (I9294)
 
2060 “President” Thomas Lee b. 1690, Mt. Pleasant, Westmoreland Co., VA, d.
14 Nov 1750, Stratford Hall, Westmoreland Co., VA, m. May 1722, Green
Spring, Williamsburg, VA, Hannah Harrison Ludwell b. 5 Dec 1701, Rich
Neck, Bruton Parish, James City Co., VA, d. 25 Jan 1749, Stratford
Hall, Westmoreland Co., VA, (daughter of Col. Philip and Hannah
(Harrison) Ludwell, II). Of Thomas’s early days, his son has written,
“Thomas, the fourth son, though with none but a common Virginia
Education, yet having strong natural parts, long after he was a man,
he learned the Languages without any assistance but his own genius,
and became a tolerable adept in Greek and Latin….This Thomas, by his
Industry and Parts, acquired a considerable Fortune; for, being a
younger Brother, with many children, his Paternal Estate was very
small. He was also appointed of the Council, and though he had very
few acquaintances in England, he was so well known by reputation that
upon his receiving a loss by fire, the late Queen Caroline sent him
over a bountiful present out of her own Privy Purse. Upon the late Sir
William Gooch’s being recalled, who had been the Governor of Virginia,
he became President and Commander in Chief over the Colony, in which
Station he continued for some time, ‘til the King thought proper to
appoint him Governor of the Colony, but he dyed in 1750 before his
commission got over to him.” Besides being for many years a member of
the House of Burgesses, a member of the Council and later its
president, he became after the death of John Robinson, on the 5th of
Sep 1749, the Acting Governor of the Colony, and held that position
until his death. He served also upon various commissions for arranging
boundaries, for making treaties with the Indians, and held other
similar positions of trust and responsibility. Where Thomas lived
during the first years of his married life is a matter of some doubt.
It seems most probable that his first home was at Mt. Pleasant and
that the loss by fire, of which his son William wrote, was the
destruction of that mansion. It is certain that the house at Mt.
Pleasant was burned early in the last century, but there is no
evidence of a fire ever having occurred at Stratford. If Queen
Caroline gave Thomas Lee a “bountiful present out of her own Privy
Purse,” while she was Queen, she must have given it between 1727 and
1737, as she became Queen in the former year and died in the latter.
It seems, therefore, highly probable that the Stratford House was
erected about 1725-30, hardly later, as it is said that all of
Thomas’s sons were born in that mansion. Stratford House, with its
solid walls and massive, rough-hewn timbers, seems rather to represent
strength and solidity than elegance or comfort. Its large rooms, with
numerous doors and windows, heated only by the large open fireplaces,
would today scarcely be considered habitable. The modern housewife
would not appreciate the outside kitchen, some fifty or sixty feet
from the dining room! The house was built in the shape of the letter
H, the cross line being a large hall room of some twenty-five by
thirty feet, serving as the connecting link between the two wings;
these wings are about thirty feet wide by sixty deep. The house
contains some eighteen large rooms, exclusive of the hall. The view
given here represents the rear, the small stairway leads up to the
rear door of the hall room. The room to the right, as one faces the
picture, is the bed room in which tradition states that Richard Henry
Lee and his brothers were born; also, Gen. Robert E. Lee. The hall
room was, in those days, used as the library and general sitting room,
especially in summer, being large, airy, well lighted and ventilated.
The ceiling is very high, dome shaped, the walls are paneled in oak,
with book cases set in them; back and front are doors, leading into
the garden, flanked by windows on either side. On the other two sides
of this hall, between the book cases, are two doors, opening into the
wings. Outside, at the four corners of the house, are four out-houses,
used as storehouses, office, kitchen, and such like purposes. At the
corner of the house was the kitchen, with its immense fireplace, which
by actual measurement was found to be twelve feet wide, six high, and
five deep, evidently capable of roasting a fair sized ox. Lying on the
grass, there is seen a large, old fashioned shell or cannon ball,
which tradition says was once fired at the house by an English
warship. In recent years is has served as a hitching block for horses.
The portions of the stable are very large; the kitchen garden was
surrounded by the usual brick wall. At the foot of the kitchen garden
are the remains of the large brick burial vault, of which Bishop Meade
wrote: “I have been assured by Mrs. Eliza Turner, who was there at the
time, that it was built by General Henry Lee. The cemetery [vault] is
much larger than any other in the Northern Neck, consisting of several
apartments or alcoves for different branches of the family. Instead of
an arch over them there is a brick house, perhaps twenty feet square,
covered in. A floor covers the cemetery. In the centre is a trap door,
through which you descend by a ladder to the apartments below.” This
brick house having fallen into ruin, a late proprietor of Stratford
had it torn down and the bricks heaped up into a mound, which, covered
with earth and surmounted by the tombstone of Thomas Lee, would serve
as a fitting mark for the unknown dead reposing underneath. There has
been some uncertainty as to the burial place of both Thomas Lee and
his son, Richard Henry Lee; the former has always been thought to have
been buried at Old Pope’s Creek Church, and the latter at Chantilly.
But an examination of their wills and other data proves most
conclusively that both of them were buried in the Old Burnt House
Fields at Mt. Pleasant. It requires no proof to show that Richard Lee
and Laetitia Corbin, his wife, were buried at this place, as their
tombstone is still to be seen there. Thomas Lee’s wife died about a
year before her husband, and of course had been duly buried; in his
will he desired to be “buried between my Late Dearest wife and my
Honoured Mother, and that the bricks on the side next my wife be moved
and my coffin Placed as near hers as is possible, without moving or
disturbing the remains of my Mother.” This request proves his wife had
been buried very near the grave of his mother. There can be no doubt
that Thomas Lee was buried, as he desired, beside his wife, for one
slab covered the two graves, and had the following inscription : “Here
lies Buried the Hon’ble Col. Thomas Lee, Who dyed 14 November, 1750;
Aged 60 years; and his beloved wife, Mrs. Hannah Lee. She departed
this life 25 January, 1749-50. Their monument is erected in the lower
church of Washington Parish, in this County; five miles above their
County Seat, Stratford Hall.” The monument is no longer, but a
manuscript remains of the inscription, only the family burying place
name is torn: “This Monument is erected to the Memory of the
Honourable Col. Thomas Lee, Commander-in-chief and President of His
Majesties Council for this Colony, descended from the very ancient and
Honourable Family of Lees in Shropshire in England, who dyed November
14, 1750, aged 60 years; and of the Hon. Mrs. Hannah Lee, his Wife, by
Philip Ludwell Lee, their eldest son, as a just and dutyfull Tribute
to so excellant a Father and Mother, Patterns of Conjugal Virtue. They
are buryed eighteen miles from this in the family burying place,
called Old _______ in Cople Parish, in this County.” No one can well
doubt that the “family burying place” was in the old Burnt House
Fields at Mt. Pleasant. This was the “one acre where my Hon’d Father
is Buryed” that Thomas, in his will, desired should not “be disposed
of upon any pretense whatsoever.” It was the “family burying place at
the burnt House, as it is called,” where Richard Henry Lee desired to
be buried. Thomas Lee’s will was dated 22 Feb 1749, probated in
Westmoreland Co., VA 30 Jul 1751.
(Source: Lee Family,
http://members.tripod.com/~Bonestwo/index-30.html)
 
Lee, Thomas (I8091)
 
2061  William Anderson Glasscock marriage to Martha Ann Porter 1881
Description: Marriage between William Anderson Glasscock and 2nd wife Martha Ann Porter. The marriage license...
Attached To: William Anderson Glasscock (1823-1889) 
Glascock, William Anderson (I4319)
 

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