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John Lee Senior
Charlotte Co., VA
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There were various alterations of the land. In 1778, John Lee of
Charlotte sold 250 acres on the head of Robertson Fork of Middle
Meherrin River to John Hanes of Lunenburg.6
In Oct 1790, John Lee purchased from John Haynes, 50 acres on Middle
Fork of Meherrin River, bounded by lines of John Lee, Ambrose Haley,
George Walton & Levy Blankenship.7
In 1793 (recorded 1 Feb 1796) John Lee purchased 72 acres
from Levy Blankenship on branches of Grassy Fork on both sides of King's
Road adjoining Hendrick, Dupree, and Haley.8
[Note: "King's Road" reportedly was present-day US Hwy
360.] In 1794 John Lee is shown as a landline in deed of Elijah Hendrick to Joseph Deupree, both of Lunenburg County,
230 acres in Charlotte Co on waters of middle Meherrin River, adjoining John
Lee, John Blankenship and Lucy Blankenship, Henry Haley and said Joseph
Deupree. (Charlotte Co. DB 7:63)
Deed of same date referred to in the above, 6 Jan 1813, from
Edward Almond of Lunenburg to Edward Lee of Charlotte, was for 362
acres, "land situate lying and being in the county of Charlotte
& Lunenburg...land the said Almond purchased of Levi Blankenship
& joining Wm Thompson, John Pettus, Clement R. Jameson and others."10
Thomas Lee buys back his father's land. In 1837, after Almond's death in 1825, Thomas Lee (son of John Lee
Senr) purchased the 596 Haleysburg tract from Almond's executors.
Thomas Lee added on to the tract with a purchase of 202 acres from
Dr. Giles Harris. In 1848, Thomas Lee and wife Elizabeth divided
the tract, reserving 14 acres for themselves, deeding 400 acres on Charlotte-Lunenburg
line to son David Lee, and deeding 383 3/4 acres at the head of the Middle Meherrin
River to son John H. Lee. The next year David Lee sold part of his
property to Doctor Giles Harris and purchased the John H. Lee property
which joined the tract he retained. The tract then contained 645
acres. The year is uncertain when David Lee built the now-standing Woodland. By architectural evidence, close to 1858-60. In 1876 Michael Anderson purchased the larger north end of the Woodland, the part containing "Woodland," the house that David Lee built, giving it
the name The Oaks. It remained a home for the Anderson
family for ninety-four years. In 1975 Ralph and Shay Gibbs purchased
the house and 48 acres, with a right-of-way to US 360/15 (Old King's Road).11
In 1880, the northern end of the tract, 200 1/4 acres, was sold to E. R. Bagby, by Stephen Snyder and wife, the tract having gone through several hands.
13 The tract remained with the Bagby family and Weatherford descendants for a century. The old house and tract came to be known as Weatherford.
The last transaction before E. R. Bagby became owner was when David Link and wife Matilda sold the 200 1/4 acres in 1873 to Stephen Snyder, then of Ontario Co & state of NY. Again, the deed excluded the burying ground from the deed.15 It is said the village and depot of Ontario was named after the home county of
In 1871 David Lee purchased from John E. Bouldin 8 3/4 acres near Drakes Branch. It is probably on this land that he lived out his life after relinquishing Woodland.16
Weatherford Place article by Stephen S. Israel. This article contains documentation and a fine account of the John Lee, Senior family.
For one researching land on the forks of the Meherrin in Lunenburg County and Charlotte County, the various names given to the forks, especially Middle Fork of Meherrin, can make things confusing. See (drawing) for clarification.
as a place or a post office is a bit vague. In February 1807,
Thomas Lee, son of John Lee Senr, wrote a letter to his brother-in-law
Hezekiah Almond in Williamson Co., TN re the John Lee Senr estate.
The postmaster hand postmarked the wax-sealed letter, "Haleysbg
Va Feby 16th" The inside of the letter is headed "Charlotte
County Virginia." (See copy
of the letter submitted by John Patrick Curley.) It is possible
the post office was on the Lunenburg side of the county line.
Lunenburg County, Virginia Post Office records show Haleysburg/Haleysburgh
registered June 1801 with Henry Haley the first postmaster.17
The W. H. Eubank place in Lunenburg near the Charlotte line is said to have been named "Haileysburg." There was a blacksmith and wheel wright shop and a store there.18 This elegant home may have been built in the 1850's. Possibly it was the "W. Eubank" place shown near the Charlotte line on the 1864 Lunenburg map, section 11.
|Notes for Land Description and Comments
on Will of John Lee Senior: