As for the bricklaying trade, it seems to fit in with those of other family members. James W. Lee was a blacksmith and owned a mill - which he may or may not have operated himself. Gresham Lee was a blacksmith as well.I believe Liberty Lee was a carpenter. All owned farmland as well.
As for any possible connection with the famous Lee family of Virginia, I doubt there is one. Early in my research, I checked diligently for this and was stopped on two fronts. First, that Lee family is very well documented - particularily in later generations. If there is any connection, it has been obscured by time. Secondly, the courthouses in both Buckingham and Appomattox counties burned in the 1800s with the loss of virtually all records. That has put a serious damper on my quest to prove my suspected kinship to Gresham Lee or even, possible but not as likely, his uncles.
The following is known about Gresham Lee. He was a son of Richard Henry Lee and Mary Gresham (daughter of Edward). His likely father was Thomas Lee and wife Elizabeth E. (from Wales) who left records in Amelia and Prince Edward Counties. From there the trail grows cold. It has been suggested that her maiden name may have been Evans since Richard had a brother named Evan Lee.
Recent DNA research has indicated that Thomas Lee was not the father of some of Elizabeth's children.I don't know how this works but indications are that she may have been married previously to a man named Bryce and that Thomas adopted these children who subsequently took his name. There is ongoing discussion of this topic at the Leenet forum on Rootsweb.