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Amanda Lee

Female Abt 1820 - Abt 1870  (~ 50 years)


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  • Name Amanda Lee  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born Abt 1820  Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Gender Female 
    Died Abt 1870  California Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 6
    Person ID I1035  Carley Bisher's Ancestry
    Last Modified 20 May 2018 

    Father Joel Lee,   b. 10 Aug 1778, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 1863, Finney’s Creek, Saline, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Mother Ora Newman,   b. Abt 1795, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1844, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 49 years) 
    Married 16 Nov 1811  Lower Patrick Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8, 9, 10, 11
    Family ID F5449  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family George Washington Lee,   b. 11 Nov 1810, Patrick Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jan 1888, Colusa, California? Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 17 Aug 1836  Saline, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  [12, 13
    Children 
    +1. John Harvey Lee,   b. 7 Aug 1841, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 1922, Los Angeles County Hospital, Los Angeles, California (County Hosp.) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    +2. Arna Francis Lee,   b. Abt 1843, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. William Jasper Lee,   b. 15 Sep 1846, Oregon Territory or possibly while the family was traveling west on the Oregon Trail Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 May 1927, Los Angeles, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     4. Mary Lee,   b. Abt 1846, Oregon Territory Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1860  (Age ~ 13 years)
    +5. Joseph Christopher Lee,   b. 1 Mar 1849, Oregon Territory Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1910, Los Angeles, California (Bellvue Hosp.) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     6. James Lee,   b. Abt 1853, Oregon Territory Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Charles Lee,   b. Abt 1853, Oregon Territory Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1859, Yolo County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 6 years)
    +8. Ellen Lee,   b. 13 Oct 1860, Yolo Co., California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1950, Colusa, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
    +9. Ada Lee,   b. 17 Nov 1864, Sacramento, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 1940, Stockton, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F316  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    LEE, George Washington & Amanda Marriage Record
    LEE, George Washington & Amanda Marriage Record
    Contributed by Jennie Wright

  • Notes 
    • Amanda’s parentage is not yet proven but we have a conjecture that she is a daughter of Joel and Ora Lee and a 1st cousin to her husband.

      Based upon a fairly thorough catalog of all Lees living in Howard, Cooper, Saline, and Petis counties in Missouri between 1830 and 1850 constructed from censuses, original records, and some information from other researchers, it appears that there are two main Lee families in these counties prior to 1850. The two groups are not related (Y-DNA of their descendents doesn’t match). One is a group of Lees who moved to Howard Co. around 1818/19 from Madison Co., Kentucky, the parents being Richard Lee and Elizabeth. This family was quite prolific - there are lots of them.

      The other, smaller, group is that of the three brothers who came directly from Virginia in 1819/20: John Lee, Joel (Joseph) Lee, and William Lee. Their father was William Lee Sr. (1742-1820). We have a very close Y-DNA match for a male descendent of George Washington Lee with relatives of William Lee Sr. in Virginia. By process of elimination, we at first thought that we could argue strongly that Amanda must have come from the Lees of Madison County, Kentucky.

      Since GW & Amanda’s first-born son John Harvey Lee carried the Harvey surname, we at first thought Amanda must have been a daughter of either Noah Green Lee or Richard Washington Lee, whose wives were Harveys. Richard’s will does not mention Amanda and there is no room in the birth order of his children for her. A biography of one of Noah’s sons indicates that he had nine children. Discounting those that died young, this would not allow for an extra child (Amanda). Also, the 1830 census does not include any extra females in Amanda’s age range.

      One of the co-administrators appointed for George Washington Lee’s parents’ estate in 1836 was a John Harvey. He could have been married to one of GW’s sisters, or he could be a family friend. It is possible GW’s eldest son was named after him rather than Amanda’s mother.

      We have found several atDNA matches that descend from both the Cassady’s (who are connected with both John’s wife Sally Owen and William Lee Jr.’s wife Polly Cassady) and the Newmans (connected with Joel’s wife Ora Newman) indicating that either or both of Washington or Amanda Lee descend from these families. There is no room in John’s birth order or in the 1830 census for John’s widow’s household for either Wash or Amanda. There is one unaccounted for male slot in the 1830 census for William Lee Jr. and more than one male and female slot with Joel Lee. For these reasons, we think it likely that Wash was a son of William and Polly (Cassady) Lee (95% certain) and Amanda was a daughter of Joel and Ora (Newman) Lee (75% certain - 25% she is from some as-yet-unknown Lee family not in this area of Missouri). We are now searching for a matrilineal descendant of Ora Newman’s ancestors to test for full-sequence mtDNA to compare with a test we did on a matrilineal descendant of Amanda Lee to rule that possibility in or out.

      RESEARCH: Amanda’s daughter, Ada Lee Myers, told her children that her mother died when she was six years old (1870).

  • Sources 
    1. [S542] Letter from Mike and Noreen Marshall with Family Group Sheets for Lees and death certificates, (EF#65, SN#121, 16 May 1977).

    2. [S426] 1850 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005).

    3. [S446] 1860 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004).

    4. [S482] 1870 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2003).

    5. [S473] 1860 Yolo Co, CA Federal Census.

    6. [S848] Correspondence with Jennie Wright.

    7. [S1349] Descendency chart for Tho. Lee, d. 1709 Middlesex, VA, Robert E. Lee “Bob” Eggenberger.

    8. [S1394] Ancestry public tree for Laura Mikulecky, Laura Mikulecky (Laura Mikulecky ).

    9. [S1403] Lela C. Adams, Compiler.

    10. [S1348] GenForum Post and email correspondence, Patricia Seaver pseaver@charter.net.

    11. [S1346] Virginia Marriages, 1740-1850.

    12. [S396] "Missouri Marriages Before 1840", Susan Ormesher.

    13. [S789] Marriage record for George Washington Lee and Amanda Lee, Saline, MO.