I am curently working on a new novel that I hope you all will be as excited as I am!
"Richard and Anne"
by Jacqueli Finley
This will be a story of Richard Lee and Anne Constable, a historical novel of their lives, how they met, their children.
Based on the historical facts and research on the Lee Family of Virginia, bringing the story to life... as it has never been told!
If anyone is interested in making a donation to help towards publishing this novel I am writing about Richard Lee and Anne Constable, please see the donation tabs on this page and on the guestbook page to submit a contribution - Thank you!
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I am writing a novel on the life stories of Richard Lee and Anne Constable,
the Lees of Virginia. This is my life dream and endeavor – to bring their story to life as a reminder of what they stood for, endured, overcame to build the Lee empire and they helped to form the American Nation as we know it today.
Unfortunately - I am not in a financial position to self-publish. I live very modestly, but would like to be able to leave this legacy for all to know and remember Richard and Anne Lee for future generations to come. I require financial backing and have been astounded on the costs involved. If you can assist my efforts by a monetary contribution or passing this message along to someone who may be interested in backing my novel for publishing, I will be so very grateful!
This is a novel based on non-fiction – I do not wish this to be “just a another historical novel” but an epic story coming to life which will describe the history of both the Lee and Constable lines of England descending to Richard and Anne, to the lives of both young Richard Lee and Anne Constable with their families in England prior to their voyage to the American Colony of Jamestown in which they met. The circumstance surrounding the fated voyage where young Richard and Anne met, the background behind the Constable family (Francis Constable and Alice Owen) and the decision to send their oldest daughter to America to avoid the plague, is heart breaking. The romance and courtship of Richard and Anne in Jamestown a love story, the building of Richard’s political career and social climb in young America. The marriage of Richard and Anne - their family life - and how they built the Lee Empire in young America – the hardships they faced, the Indian massacres that they survived, the births of their children that became the lines of the Lee’s of Virginia and impacted the Americn history that the world knows today.
I truly believe that this novel is worthy of publishing as the story I wish to tell through this novel will be comparable to that of great literary efforts recanting the lives of men and women who fought and overcame obsticles to become the individuals who shaped our world today. I would like to continue writing about each of the lives of the children of Richard and Anne Lee after this novel is published, for each story has played an important part of laying the foundation of American history, including the impact on the Civil War and the lee of Virginia that gave birth to the legendary General, Robert E. Lee.
Thank you !
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The Genealogy, History, Descent and Ancestry of The Lee Family of Virginia
This website is dedicated to the descendants and ancestral lineage of the Lee Family of Virginia.
Richard Lee I - the "Founding father" of the Lee Family of the Virginia Colony -
The Lost Lineage - The William Lee and Alice Felton descendants - the Ancestry Descending from Royalty - the Davidic Lineage from Adam, which the ancestral lineage of the Lee family descends.
For hundreds of years, the descendants of Col. Richard Lee's son, William Lee, have been denied their heritage- denied their birthright by historians and scholars that refuse to allow the truth to be known. Because of speculation that was considered as truths and opinions that were published as facts by out-dated references that have no proven documentation, as law. The denial goes on-even in these times as the internet opens new frontiers of knowledge, as Federal Census records and documentation that was previously blocked from our view are now accessible - as birth, marriage and death publications are now available-making it possible to prove the existence of this lineage and that it does live on-through the thousand of GEDCOM files available on genealogy sites worldwide-- and even though the facts are there, the denial of these proud descendants goes on ...
American History is the foundation upon which our great Nation stands-the importance of integrity and substance is from which we thrive and our patriotic pride derives. It is what we are taught and what fills our heart and minds as we say our Pledge of Allegiance. And at the beginning and woven throughout the pattern of time the Lee Family of Virginia has been the common thread that has held so true....yet the fabric has been cut, torn, sown over to hide the holes.
This website is a quest for the true descending lines of Richard Lee I to be acknowledged...to right the wrongs. This website is about the commitment to honor the Lee Family name by those denied that right. This website is dedicated to the patriotism, courage of our Lee family members.
This website is dedicated to revealing all the forgotten generations, giving freedom to those who know of who they are, but not believed.
Corrections and recognition of William Lee's marriage to Alice Felton has now been publicly acknowledged ... the lines from them from their children .... and the many of us who can be proud of our heritage can triumph at last.
William son of Richard Lee I and Anne Constable
(click onto the link above to view site: wikipedia biography on Col. Richard Lee I)
New! William Lee Research Page
This is a victory for those of us who knew William Lee did survive and marry, having children that created direct descendants to the Lee Family of Virginia line. A victory for those of us who fought the historians, the Society of Lees of Virginia, "expert" genealogist, for those of us who felt the blunt of the criticism, the sarcasm, the vicious attacks that would come to us that tried. And for those of us who felt failure at the attempts to be heard and have the corrections be made by those who sit in the positions of self imposed authority to decide whom is a Lee and whom is not. And for those of us who felt the embarrassments and punishments dealt to us who attempted to face up to these individuals.
Unfortunately, in spite of the recognitions and corrections, these same individuals have not publicly announce the truth of William Lee's descendants. They have not publicly apologized for their outrageous behavior and denials, nor have they retracted their stance on the issue. In fact, to this date, to become a member of the Society of Lees of Virginia the imposed rules of being considered a direct descendant of Richard Lee and the Virginia Lee Family one must prove oneself by the lineage and standards of the printing of Edmund Jennings Lee's 1895 "Lees of Virginia" ... not the latter corrected version, and not the newly founded proof of the William Lee lineage existence, and not to forget all the other historical publications that acknowledge the marriage of William Lee, his marriage to Alice Felton, and their four children. These historical publications can easily be found at the Library of Congress under the category of Lee Family Genealogy.
Why is that? Perhaps they scramble. Perhaps there are all of those so called DNA test which disproved the line and other descendants by using less than adequate DNA and procedures. Perhaps because of this new found information and what is stated in Richard Lee's will his wishes of all of his holdings and fortunes be passed down to his sons, his sons children, and their children, for all of time.
But - if the William Lee line is now undisputed as TRUE -
The question is.... HOW WILL THEY MAKE THIS RIGHT?
To understand the reasoning behind the insult, the controversy stems from Mary Lee (Heath) daughter of William Lee and Alice Felton.
To further examine the issues of Mary Lee Heath, it is important to understand Mary Lee’s father (Capt. William Lee) died young leaving her as heiress. She inherited land from her father. However, after her remarriage to Bartholomew Schreever and the circumstances associated with it, the Lee family filed suit against Mary for the land. Two court dates later, Mary had lost her inheritance and been disowned by the Lee family. To this day the Society of Lees of Virginia will not accept her descendants as members.
See the new discussion "William Lee" on the Lees of Virginia Genealogy Forum
(click above link to take you to the discussion)
This is website is dedicated to the preservation of the entire genealogical historical lineage of the Lee Family tree.
Our Lee Ancestors ...
They gave us our heritage, and it is time we show them our gratitude and recognition for who they were. They were not saints - sometimes proving their point rather strongly - but they did live with an ethic that we would do well to remember today. They worked hard - and were rewarded for that, usually. They helped one another, and as families were orphaned - took in the children, extended their families - took care of their own. They did not think for an instant if this was something the "government" should do. To them, that was unthinkable. Family and neighbors shouldered responsibility and moved on. They moved westward, ever westward - as pioneers - living and moving deeper and deeper into often hostile territory - to carve out civilization from nothing....
Our Lee Ancestors ...
They built a Nation that is the envy of everyone else who did not follow their example. They despised all who lacked self-respect. They built churches and schools as they needed them, held barn raisings and worked harvest days that ended in "courting" parties, establishing new generations.
What we do today that we should not be doing, they would have strongly discouraged. What they did do, we should still be doing.
They are an example of success in the face of disease and hardship, we have now overcome. We should and can learn from their example - perhaps we too need to be tested and purified by the fires, the tribulations, as they were - for they turned out the better from these trials... perhaps we have become too soft, too lazy and self-indulgent. We should examine what made them great, examine what made them successful - and we should follow their examples, preferably without needing the experience of the tribulation, but through thought, morality and mental effort.
The American Patriot
We view with pride our ancestors’ names.
The blood they shed runs through our veins.
They fought to give us freedom and liberty,
These Patriots we proudly display on our trees.
The Founding Fathers of our Nation’s Pride,
They fought tyranny united, side by side.
Yet - how would they view us if they were alive today?
Would they accept these circumstances or would they dismay?
Or might they tell us that it is our responsibility?
To uphold and protect the Constitution they fought for
that set us free?
Or would they pick up the ax to help chip away
The foundation this Nation was built?
Leaving it to corruption and be reduced to silt?
Would they choose fortune over the future of us all?
Would they care not at this Nations fall?
I THINK NOT!!!!
I say to you, as they might say to me
“YOU, The People, are the namesakes of OUR legacy.
It is up to YOU”, they might interject!
“Wake Up Americans!
Time is growing short, but it is not over yet …
We did change the past to better this land!
And together YOU can make change again - only if, You the People, take a stand!
Be the Lion, not the sheep!
Live your lives with eyes open, not half asleep!
For only United this Nation can remain standing, and Divided you will surely Fall!
The future of the Republic depends upon YOU ALL.
For ‘Ever mindful of the Future’ must be your creed,
Remembering always ‘Don’t Thread on Me ’”!
~ Jacqueli C. Finley