Emma Weeks was born on 15 April 1871 in Vinland, Douglas, Kansas. She died on 8 December 1898 and was buried in the Vinland cemetery. She was married to Franklin White.
There’s One in Every Family! A family legend that is.
Usually, it has something to do with being related to a famous person. A president. A General. Royalty. Maybe an actor.
My family is no different than any other – and actually I think that we share one of the most common family legends in the country.
Ours is that we are “somehow related to Robert E. Lee”.
I recall my grandmother telling me this when I was a child. I didn’t pay much attention. At the time, I honestly didn’t really know who he was. I wish that I would have listened a bit more – and maybe have gleaned some clues as to what that connection may have been (if she even knew – which I doubt).
Interestingly enough, the legend was also passed to some of the long-lost cousins I have found since starting my family history quest.
One of the pictures they gave me also mentioned the connection:
I’m sure that all Lee families who spawned from Virginia try to claim some shared ancestry with the General – and his famous family.
I am taking it with a grain of salt. Not saying that I wouldn’t be doing cartwheels if I could find some connection! Of course I would.
It’s just that it’s so darn easy for one of those “rumors” to start. All that has to happen is some child overhearing Grandma wondering if they were related and 50 years down the road it’s remembered as there being a definite connection. It’s like the game of telephone, spread out through the generations.
The truth is, I have no hard data to either prove or disprove the legend. I’m not going to be upset if we aren’t even remotely related. I will just be happy to have the speculating over with. I would love to one day get past this brick wall.
Here is the information on my Virginia Lee family. Maybe someone out in cyberspace is a Lee family guru and has some information that can help me!
The furthest Lee ancestor that I actually have any information on is Francis L. Lee. Another researcher gave me his name as Francis Ludwell Lee and I believe it was mentioned as that in a sketch in a county history. I haven’t seen his middle name listed as Ludwell on any documents. Francis was born abt. 1778 in Virginia. I have found him in the 1810-1860 census in Bedford, Montgomery, and Roanoke counties (which all border each other – apparently he moved around a lot). I have found him listed in a deed and as a surety for a marriage in the same area. He married Sally Moorman, daughter of Charles Clark Moorman and Nancy Hancock, on 28 Sep 1804 in Bedford county, VA. The same sketch I mentioned above listed his father as a Richard Lee of Kentucky. Kind of vague, especially in this area.
I have information on their children, one of which (Samuel Edward Lee) was my direct line. I don’t have much more than that though. I don’t have exact birth or death dates for him. I don’t know where he lived before 1810. I don’t know who his parents were. And I’ve been stuck at this brick wall for a number of years now.
So, for now at least, the legend still lives…
Written for the 100th Carnival of Genealogy with the theme of “There’s One in Every Family” hosted by Creative Gene.
Hugh M. Robertson was my 3rd great-grandfather’s brother.
He was born in 1836 in Kentucky and was a schoolteacher.
I don’t have a picture of him, but I have his physical description from his military records. He was 6 foot tall, with blue eyes, brown hair, and a fair complexion.
He enlisted on August 15, 1862 in Washington, Iowa and served in Co. A of the 25th Iowa Infantry.
He was killed by an explosion of a shell in July of 1863 in Jackson, Mississippi.
His gravestone is in Washington, Iowa, next to that of his father, John Robertson.
I have always thought it was tragic that he died so young. He never got married or had children of his own. He doesn’t have any descendants to carry on his name. And so I honor him here on this Military Monday.
When I open up my computer and decide to work on genealogy for a few minutes, this is what happens….
She found her sister’s make-up and glitter and decorated herself with it! That’s why I have to wait until after she’s sleeping….
After getting about 10 hours of straight, uninterrupted sleep in my king-sized bed (if you have little kids, you can appreciate the significance of this), I woke up ready to attend another day of classes. I was definitely more alert and well-rested than the previous day!
I took a chance and left some of my stuff in the car this time around. My shoulders thanked me for it. I really wanted to take pictures, but I was there by myself and for some reason I felt really weird about pulling my huge Nikon out and flashing away. I wish that I had done it anyway.
I met a lot of neat people between classes and during lunch, most from the Atlanta area. I didn’t run into anyone else from the Savannah area, but that didn’t surprise me since it was quite a drive.
As much as I enjoyed my classes from the first day, I liked the ones the second day even better. Here are the ones I chose. (and it was very hard to choose since there were 11 classes being offered every session!):
When the classes were over, there was a closing keynote speech and then prize drawings. Do you think I won anything? Nope. I was really hoping for the week of research in Salt Lake City – as was everyone else! That’s okay though, I bought a few books and some back magazine issues which I’m very excited about reading. I also came home with a nerdy T-shirt which says “I’ve lost my census”. Yes, I’m a geek.
So, all in all my trip was a great experience! I have no regrets about going – even though I had to spend 9 hours in the car this weekend (after driving to Kansas and back earlier this week.) I think that I’m going to stay home for a while, though.
A few of the things I want to remember for next time:
I feel like I’ve had a nice practice run for the upcoming NGS conference in Charleston next year. Now I’m no longer a conference newbie.