|John Lee of Hamilton County, Florida, was the progenitor of a large
and prosperous family. His descendants today are in the thousands. There
is much documentation of his mid years, but his early years are unclear.
It is possible that Sherman's march to the sea, courthouse or home fires
may have destroyed important papers, or they may be buried in some archive,
or old trunk, waiting to be discovered.
John Lee's 17 children and many grandchildren married into many families of Hamilton County, and spread to all parts of the state. Some of the related families are: Cason, Cheshire, Cone, Hightower, Hogans, Hunter, Johns, Jones, McDonald, McLeod, Pennington, Roberts, Smith, and Walls.
I have written this website to help Lee and other family researcher's with this particular branch of the Lee family. There is a lot of misinformation out there. There were MANY John Lees, and it is very easy to get them all mixed up and really pass on bad information. One of the biggest helps and problems is the internet itself. As we all know from various hoaxes that appear from time to time, it is very easy to pass along and perpetuate bad information. I fear that much of this misinformation has been passed along through the large sites that allow you to post your own family tree. They do say that there is no verification, but sometimes.....we think "if it's the printed word...it must be true", but it isn't, and we won't or can't take the time to confirm the information or haven't the resources.
Information on John Lee was collected by William Edgar Griffis, a grandson of John Lee, and his daughter, Katherine Griffis Van Hoose, of Tallahasse, and by Charles S. Lee, a great grandson of John Lee, and his daughter, Thelma Lee Clonts of Oviedo. (Thank you, Thelma !) There are also interviews with two great great grandsons, John Levi Lee, Sr. and Claude C. Jones. Among others, I have used these resources, standard genealogy reference books plus official documents:
Camden County, GA, Deed Book A, Wills and Appraisements
Cusick, James G. "The Other War of 1812: The Patriot's War and the American Invasion of Spanish East Florida" 2003
If you can fill in any holes, particularly with documented information, please email me. I hope to provide accurate information, as far as what can be discovered. I am sure there are other Lee family Bibles out there, and pictures of many of these ancestors. (working on this)
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button, as this site will be changing as I add new information and correct
any errors that are discovered.
I have tried to identify information that is documented, and to provide
notes (in parenthesis) or comments for information that is questionable
or not proven. That being said, here is my history
of John Lee, my gggg-grandfather.
Jo Norris Carlson
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