AFTER AUGUSTUS WILSON AND SARA  POUND WERE MARRIED THEY MOVED TO LOUIS COUNTY, kENTUCKY, WHERE MOST OF THEIR FOUR-TEEN CHILDREN WERE BORN.   iN 1838 THEY MOVED AGAIN, THIS TIME TO SHELBY COUNTY, NEAR SHELBYVILLE.  AFTER AUGUSTUS'S DEATH (1830) SARA LIVED WITH THEIR DAUGHTER, SARA MCFALL.  SHE DIED ON 11/27/1876 AND WAS BURIED IN CANAAN GRAVEYARD, SHELBY COUNTY, AS WERE MOST OF HER CHILDREN.  AUNT OLIVE WILSON (ONE OF THE CHILDREN) LIVED TO BE 102.  SHE CLAIMED THAT SARAH ELEANOR LEE WAS THE GRANDDAUGHTER OF RICHARD HENRY LEE AND RECORDED THIS IN THEIR FAMILY BIBLE.  RICHARD HENRY LEE WAS A MEMBER OF THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS FROM VIRGINIA AND FIRST MOVED THE UNITED STATES SHOULD DECLARE INDEPENDENCE FROM BRITAIN.  

I (GEORGE BREMNEN, IN HIS HISTORY OF THE BREMNEN FAMILY) REFEREED TO SEVERAL COMPREHENSIVE GENEALOGIES OF THE LEE FAMILY AND WAS UNABLE HOWEVER TO FIND A REFERENCE TO SARAH ELEANOR LEE.  THESE GENEALOGIES GAVE A COMPLETE DESCRIPTION OF ALL THE GRANDCHILDREN OF RICHARD HENRY LEE.  VALIDATING THE PARENTAGE OF SARA HAS BEEN ONE OF MY GREATEST WISHES, SINCE IF THIS CONNECTION WERE TRUE IT WOULD BE LEAD INTO THE EXTENSIVELY DOCUMENTED GENEALOGY OF THE LEE FAMILY, AS WELL AS (DUE TO THEIR OWN ILLUSTRIOUS FAMILY TREE) SHOWING RELATIONSHIPS WITH REVOLUTIONARY FIGURE ARTHUR LEE, THE ONE TIME PRESIDENT ZACHARY TAYLOR, CONFEDERATE PRESIDENT JEFFERSON DAVIS, AN CONFEDERATE GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE.  IN SPITE OF MY HOPES THAT THIS WOULD BE TRUE, I'M SORRY TO SAY THAT BY SCIENTIFIC ORIENTATION FORCES ME TO CONCLUDE THAT THERE SIMPLY ISN'T ENDOUGH DATA AT THIS TIME TO SUPPORT (OR REFUTE) THE CONCLUSION THAT SARAH WAS THE GRANDDAUGHTER OF RICHARD HENRY LEE.  NEVERTHELESS, THE HISTORY OF THIS IMPORTANT FAMILY SHOULD BE LEARNED BY EVERYONE IN THIS COUNTRY.  AND SO, I PROVIDE A THUMBNAIL SKETCH OF THIS HISTORIC FAMILY.   

 

THE EARLIEST MEMBER OF THE LEE FAMILY IN AMERICA WAS COLONEL RICHARD LEE (1600/1644) WHO CAME TO AMERICA IN 1640.  HE TRACED HIS ANCESTRY TO 1201, WHEN REYNER(REGINALD) LEGA, THE SHERIFF OF SHROPSHIRE UNDER THE NORMANS, WAS THE FIRST OF THE FAMILY TO USE THE FESS AND BILLETTS OF THE LEE ARMS.  COLONEL RICHARD LEE MARRIED ANNE CONSTABLE AND HAD EIGHT CHILDREN, ONE OF WHOM, HANCOCK LEE, WAS THE DIRECT ANCESTOR OF ZACHARY TAYLOR, U.S. PRESIDENT.  COLONEL LEE WAS ALSO THE ANCESTOR OF THOMAS JEFFERSON.  RICHARD LEE II (1646/1714) SON OF COLONEL LEE MARRIED LAETITIA CORBIN AN HAD SIX CHILDREN.  HENRY, ANCESTOR OF GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE OF THE CONFEDERATE ARMY AND GENERAL LIGHTHORSE HARR LEE OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR; ANN, ANCESTRESS OF MRS. ROBERT E. LEE AND PHILLIP, ANCESTOR OF REVOLUTIONARY GOVERNOR OF MARYLAND THOMAS SIMS, AMONGST THEM, THOMAS LEE (1690/1750), SON OF RICHARD LEE II, MARRIED HANAH LUDWELL AND HAD EIGHT CHILDREN, ONE OF WHOM WAS THOMAS LUDWELL LEE, ANCESTOR OF EDWARD WHITE, CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE US SUPREME COURT.  THREE OF THEIR SONS WERE FAMOUS IN THEIR OWN RIGHT.  FRANCIS LIGHTFOOT LEE (1732/1794) THEIR BROTHER, SON OF THOMAS LEE AND POSSIBLE GRANDFATHER OF SARAH ELEANOR LEE, WAS A PATRIOT OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR.  HE WAS BORN 5 MILES FROM GEORGE WASHINGTONS'S BIRTHPLACE IN VIRGINA AND MARRIED ON TWO OCCASIONS, TO ANN AYLETT AND ANN PINCKARD.  RICHARD HENRY LEE WAS SOMETHING OF A RENEGADE IN TH COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA.  HIS ONLY EXTANT SPEECH IS AN ATTACK ON SLAVERY, WHICH MUST HAVE BEEN QUITE UNUSUAL IN THE SOUTH, OR ANYWHERE AT THAT TIME:'FOREVER DEPRIVED OF ALL COMFORTS OF LIFE, AND TO BE MADE THE MOST WRETCHED OF MANKIND.  I HAVE SEEN IT OBSERVED BY A WRITER THAT CHRISTIANITY, BY INTRODUCING INTO EUROPE THE TRUEST PRINCIPLES OF HUMANITY, UNIVERSAL BENEVOLENCE AND BROTHERLY LOVE, HAD HAPPILY ABOLISHED CIVIL SLAVERY.'

EXAMPLES OF RICHARD LEE'S CONTRARINESS CAME FROM OTHER QUARTERS, AS JOHN ADAMS RELATED IN HIS MEMOIRS: MR. WHYTE TOLD ME THAT THOMAS LUDWELL LEE, THE ELDER

BROTHER OF RICHARD HENRY WAS THE DELIGHT OF THE EYES OF VIRGINIA AND BY FAR THE MOST POPULAR MAN THEY HAD, BUT THAT RICHARD HENRY WAS NOT.  I ASKED THE REASON, FOR MR. LEE APPEARD A SCHOLAR, A GENTLEMAN, A MAN OF UNCOMMON ELOQUENCE, AND AN AGREEABLE MAN.  MR WHYTE SAID ALL THIS WAS TRUE, BUT MR. LEE HAD WHEN HE WAS VERY YOUNG, AND WHEN HE FIRST CAME INTO THE HOUSE OF BURGESSES, MOVED AND URGED ON AN INQUIRY INTO THE STATE OF THE TREASURY, WHICH WAS FOUND DEFICIENT IN LARGE SUMS WHICH HAD BEEN LENT BY THE TREASURER TO MANY OF THE INFLUENTIAL FAMILIES OF THE COUNTRY, WHO FOUND THEMSELVES EXPOSED, AND NEVER HAD FORGIVEN MR. LEE.'

RICHARD HENRY LEE WROTE THE FIRST TWO DOCUMENTS THAT WERE DRAWN UP BY TH HOUSE OF BURGESSES IN OPPOSITION TO THE STAMP ACT ON NOV. 14, 1764.  THEY WERE ADDRESSED TO 'THE KING'S MOST EXCELLENT MAJESSTY' AND 'TO THE RIGHT HONORABLE, THE LORD'S SPIRITUAL AND TEMPORAL, IN  PARLIAMENT ASSEMBLED.' ON 6/7/1776.   HE AROSE IN CONGRESS AND MOVED 'THAT THESE COLONIES ARE, AND OF A RIGHT OUGHT TO BE FREE, AND INDEPENDENT STATES, THAT THEY ARE ABSOLVED FROM ALL ALLEGIENCE TO THE BRITISH CROWN, AND THAT ALL POLITICAL CONNENCTION BETWEEN THEM AND THE STATE OF GREAT BRITAIN IS, AND OUGHT TO BE, TOTALLY DISSOLVED.'  

AT THE FIRST CONTINENTAL CONGRESS JOHN ADAMS QUOTED YOUNG LAWYER NAMED JOHNATHAN SARGENT:'THE VIRGINIANS SPEAK IN RAPTURE AND RICHARD HENRY LED AND PATRICK HENRY, OHT THE CICERO, THE OTHER THE DEMOSTHENES OF THE AGE (THE LEE CHRONICLES)'.   IT SEEMS THAT RICHARD HENRY HAD REGAINED HIE POPULARITY IN HIS NATIVE VIRGINIA.  SARA ELEANOR LEE, POSSIBLE GRANDDAUGHTER OF RICHARD HENRY LEE AND WIFE OF AUGUSTUS WILSON, WAS BORN IN VIRGINIA IN 1785.  AUNT OLIVE WILSON WROTE ON A PAGE OF FAMILY HISTORY BEFORE HER DEATH IN 1972 THAT ELEANOR LEE WAS AN ARISTROCRAT WITH SNOW WHITE HAIR, A DAINTY LACE CAP, AND A CAPE OF WHITE LACE WHICH SHE WORE OVER HER SHOULDERS.  DIGNIFIED YET PLEASING, SHE RAISED A LARGE FAMILY OF 14 CHILDREN ( 7 BOYS AND 7 GIRLS).  SHE WAS A GOOD EXECUTIVE TEACHING THE OLDER ONES TO TRAIN THE YOUNGER AND AT TIMES DONNING THEIR GLOVES, ETC., AND TAKING A WALK FOR RECREATION.  ALL 14 CHILDREN  WERE STEADFAST CHRISTIANS HOLDING THEIR OWN SERVICE AT HOME AS CHURCHES WERE SCARCE IN KENTUCKY AT THAT TIME.  SOME OF THE BOYS WERE FINE SINGERS (CALEB BEING ONE) AND WERE ALL TAUGHT THE BIBLE.'  SHE WAS BURIED WITH HER BIBLE WHICH SUPPOSEDLY CONTAINED THE FAMILY RECORD, AS SHE REQUESTED, IN CANAAN CEMETERY, SHELBY COUNTY, INDIANA.  (COPIED FROM THE "HISTORY OF THE BREMNER FAMILY, CHAPTER 4), 

AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF GEORGE A. BREMNER I.