My 2G grandfather, Henry W. Lee, was born Dec.25, 1822 in Buckingham Co. This is from his family Bible. He first appears in official records in Campbell Co. personal property tax records during the early 1840's. His marriage, October 30, 1845 to Mary Elizabeth North, took place in Appomattox Co. and even made the Lynchburg newspaper. He lived his entire adult life on Cub and Long Creeks in the Chap area. He was both a farmer and brick mason by trade. Reportedly, he would stay on jobs during the week, sleeping in or under his wagon, making and laying his own bricks, and return home between jobs. A house he built in 1879 still stands (barely) on the headwaters of Long Creek. Mary died in 1880 and he never remarried. He died in 1903. Their children were Mary Catherine, Martin P., Annie E., Joella, Richard Henry, James Franklin, Edward Johnson, Robert Eli, and Margaret E. I have much more on the descendants but won't post here unless someone is interested.
His wife's lines can be followed back a few generations as they (North and Davenport) were seated in Charlotte Co. where the courthouse records are intact. My quest is to identify Henry's parents. I suspect that he was a son or grandson of Gresham Lee of Buckingham Co. who lived in the area that was ceded to help form Appomattox Co. in 1845. Henry's appearance in Campbell Co. records is probably due to the fact that James W. Lee (b.1803), Liberty Lee (b.1814), and possibly other brothers purchased land in the Chap area begininning in the 1830s. These men were probably sons of Gresham Lee. From the 1840 census,Henry most likely lived with James but was too old to be the son of either him of Liberty with age differences of 19 and 8 years respectively. I imagine he was a nephew or half-brother and was living with James following the death of his own parents.
If anybody has interest in this group or has information that could help identify previous generations, please contact me.