This week’s prompt for 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks is: So Many Descendants.
Two ancestors in my mom’s family each had 16 children: Uriah/Huriah Henry LEE, Sr. and Renatus THOMAS. But Uriah, my 2nd great-grandfather, has more descendants. I didn’t do a full count, but the estimate put Uriah ahead. I did count grandchildren, though – 88 of them!
Uriah Henry LEE, Sr. (about 1813-after 1880) was born in South Carolina and lived there his entire life. His parents were William Huriah LEE (1782-?) and Mary Elizabeth SLAPPEY LEE (1784-after 1860).
He appears in the 1840, 1850, 1860, and 1880 U.S. Federal Census, always in Richland County, South Carolina. Uriah was a planter or farmer on each census, whichever term the census taker used.
Uriah married three times.
His first wife was Nancy DENT LEE (1815-1848). Between 1835 and 1848, they had seven children together: 6 sons (James N, Uriah Henry, Jr., John Wesley, Edmund Hezekiah, William, and John J.), and a daughter, Sarah. Nancy died at 33, but there is no information as to how she died.
The second wife was a widowed mother named Ellen WAGES BURKETT LEE (1812-after 1860). Ellen’s daughter from her first marriage was Julia E. BURKETT. I didn’t count her in Uriah’s 16 children, although he did raise her as his own when he married Ellen and after Ellen passed. Ellen and Uriah had one child together, a son named Benjamin David. He was born in 1854. Ellen was still alive in 1860 since she appears with Uriah in the 1860 census.
I don’t know for sure when Ellen died, but in 1862 Uriah had his first child with wife #3, Mary Jane CAMPBELL LEE (1841-?). Uriah and Jane, as she was called, had 8 children together between 1862 and 1878: Daniel Reuben, Mary, Jesse Robert, Elizabeth Patience, Rosa, Addlyn, Thomas Robert, and Green Hue.
Uriah died sometime after 1880 but before 1900. Uriah was a common man of the time. But he uncommonly had 16 children. Not many men did that.
Uriah Henry Lee, Sr. is buried at Old Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery in Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina. There are no dates on the stone, but the stone says: Great Grandfather of William Lee. This information was found on Uriah’s Find a Grave memorial page. Here’s a link to it: Uriah Lee FindAGrave
In the past, I’ve written blog posts about some descendants of Uriah including my great-grandmother, Elizabeth Patience “Lizzie” LEE MARTIN (1868-1937). Here’s few to check out:
Lizzie Martin: family tree rock star (his daughter)
Green Lee: death by tree (his son)
Tommie Lee: there and back again (his son)
Virgie Martin: a sweet, sweet person (his granddaughter)
How premature was Daniel Martin? (his grandson)
Acie Dority: sweet man with a bad heart (his great-grandson)
Who in your family tree has the most descendants?
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