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James Lee (1748-1810) m. Mary Lewis Chisholm (1755-1818)
Catherine Lee (1791-1839) m. William Baxter (1759-1852)
Esther McDowell Baxter (1817-1868) m. Micajah Durham (1804-1864)
Plato Durham (1840-1875) m. Catharine Leonora Tracy (1845-1933)
Plato Tracy Durham (1873-1930) m. Lucy Cole (1882-1958)
Lucy Cole Durham (1925-2008) m. Roscoe Lee Strickland, Jr. (1917-1997)
Roscoe Lee Strickland III
|Kate Durham wrote a letter to
her nephew, Robert Lee Durham, about 1936, in which she gave said that James Lee
was the son of Philip Ludwell Lee (1726-1775) of the famous Lee family of
Virginia. She quoted as her source a book entitled Abridged Compendium of
American Genealogy, Vol. I, page 327, by Frederick Vickers.
Neither Robert Lee Durham nor Lucy Durham Strickland, in their research, found any evidence to substantiate the above Lee family relationship. Robert Lee Durham wrote, "I have never been able to see this. The Lee genealogies give the names of Philip Ludwell Lee's children as mentioned in his will on record in Leesburg, Virginia, of which he was one of the founders. There is no son named James. Philip Ludwell Lee's only son died as a child. It may be that Captain Black Jim Lee's father was another Philip Ludwell Lee who was named for the Virginia Colonial Governor Philip Ludwell, father of the Hannah Ludwell who married Thomas Lee."
James Lee married Mary Lewis Chisholm in 1773, and they moved from Virginia to North Carolina about 1774. They settled about three miles west of High Shoals in Rutherford County, and James was a farmer there of modest means. He served as a captain in the colonial army during the Revolutionary War. He fought at Kings Mountain, South Carolina, and at Cowpens, South Carolina, where he was wounded. He was carried to his home, which was only fifteen miles away, and while recuperating he received a letter from General Pickens commending him for his bravery. His daughter, Catherine, married William Baxter, and a number of his descendants reside in Rutherford County.
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