Richard (Wirt) Buffon Lee

Male 1852 - 1944  (92 years)


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  • Name Richard (Wirt) Buffon Lee  [1
    Born 1852  Urbanna, Middlesex Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 1944  White Plains, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I8645  Bishir Family
    Last Modified 4 Oct 2010 

    Father Richard Currie Lee,   b. 1819, Jamaica, Middlesex Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1864, Jamaica, Middlesex Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years) 
    Mother Margaret Malvina Garrett,   d. 1856, Jamaica, Middlesex Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 26 Feb 1852  Christ Episcopal Church, Middlesex Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F6187  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Jo Porter Day,   b. 8 Mar 1859, Macon, Bibb Co., Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 1925, White Plains, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Ronald Currie Lee,   b. 26 Jul 1877, Staunton, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 May 1955, Mt. Kisco, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     2. Mary Day Lee,   b. 21 Apr 1879, Richmond, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1970  (Age 90 years)
    +3. Joseph Day Lee,   b. 28 Feb 1881, Richmond, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jul 1941, New York City, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     4. Florence Margaret Lee,   b. 9 Sep 1882, Richmond, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Sep 1945, White Plains, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    +5. Arthur Hampton Lee,   b. 19 May 1885, Richmond, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1977  (Age 91 years)
     6. Agnes Garrett Lee,   b. 12 May 1887, Richmond, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1890, Richmond, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
    Last Modified 4 Oct 2010 
    Family ID F6189  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • (Notes from Pamela Cranston)

      Richard Buffon Lee was born with the given first name of Wirt but it was legally changed to Richard by his foster family after he moved to their boarding house in Richmond, VA. He was born near Urbanna, VA probably in the village of what is now Jamaica, Va., north of Saluda. Their home lay between Perrott's Creek and the Dragon Swamp, which is the head waters of the Pyankatank River. It is a somewhat flat, rolling, well wooded and watered country, just south of the Essex Co. border. The Lee plantation was owned by Richard Buffon Lee's father, Col. Richard Currie Lee, until the house burned down in the winter of 1856. During this time Richard C. Lee's wife, Margaret Malvina Garrett Lee died from the effects of exposure. By 1864, the two Lee boys were orphaned, after their father died from battle wounds from serving in the Confederate army.

      Family tradition has it that the two boys were placed in foster care in a boarding house in Richmond, VA operated by the "meanest woman in Richmond". Richard was 12 and Jethro was 10 when they were orphaned. Jethro died at the age of 16. Richard grew up in Richmond, VA and tried his hand at various trades, from saleman to owner of a haberdasheryand piano business. A horrible businessman, he failed at nearly everything he tried. He spent most of his wife's money and was known to be a heavy drinker. He was a short, slight man, who in his later years sported a white moustache and wore white cotton suits, like a "Kentucky Colonel." He and his wife and family were brought north around 1900, first to Staten Island, then near his home on Hook Road in Bedford, NY by his oldest son, Ronald Currie Lee, where he died at a hospital in White Plains in 1944.

      The inside inscriptions of the Lee Family Bible were as follows:

      "Born on the 26th day of July in the county of Augusta and the state of Virginia near Staunton at the residence of William Peyton, Esq., Ronald Currie Lee, the first born son of Richard B. Lee and Mary J. Day in the year 1877.
      "Born at our residence 838 West Grace St. in the city of Richmond, Virginia, Mary Day Lee, daughter of Richard B. Lee and Mary J. Day on 21, April 1879.
      "Joseph Day Lee born 28, February, 1881 at 838 W. Grace St., Florence born Oct. 9, 1882 at 838 W. Grace St.; Arthur Hampton Lee born 19, May 1885 at 838 West Grace St.; Agnes Garrett Lee born 12, May 1887."

      At the bottom of this page in much smaller pen is inscribed:
      "Joseph Day Lee married Abby Stout Howell, born March 12, 1884, daughter of Wilson Stout Howell and Emma Barnsdall Atkinson on Oct. 12, 1907."

      "Joseph Day Lee II b. Sept. 26, 1908 in New York City, son of Jospeh Day Lee and Abby Howell. Abigail Stout Lee b. May 21, 1910 in New York City; Wilson Howell Lee b. March 16, 1912 in New York City; Richard Henry Lee b. Aug. 21, 1913 in New York City; M. Lee b. Jan. 7, 1918 in New York City; Philip Atkinson Lee b. Oct. 13, 1919 in New York City."

      (Not listed is J. B. Lee b. May 30, 1915 in New York City.)

      On the second page, it continues:

      "Mary Josephine Day and Richard Buffon Lee married in Macon, Georgia on the 2nd day of November, 1876 in the 1st Baptist Church by the Rev. Dr. T.E. Skinner: Mary Josephine Day, eldest daughter of Joseph Day of Tranquilla, Georgia and Mary A. Hampton, daughter of Dr. J. J. Hampton of Richmond District, SC to Richard Buffon Lee, eldest son of Richard Currie Lee and Margaret Malvina Garrett, both of Middlesex Co., VA."

      "Agnes Garret Lee, born 1887, died in 1890 at the Exchange Hotel, Richmond, Virginia while our home (838 West Grace St.,) was being remodeled - our first sorrow."

      The Richmond Directory of 1889-1890 has Richard B. Lee working at Ryland & Lee Co., and living at: 838 W.Grace St., Richmond, VA. [1]

  • Sources 
    1. [S1389] THOMAS LEE of Middlesex Co., VA d. 1709 (Pamela Cranston), Pamela Cranston .