Mary Jo Porter Day

Female 1859 - 1925  (66 years)


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  • Name Mary Jo Porter Day  [1
    Born 8 Mar 1859  Macon, Bibb Co., Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died Nov 1925  White Plains, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I8647  Bishir Family
    Last Modified 4 Oct 2010 

    Father Joseph Day 
    Mother Mary Ann Hampton 
    Family ID F6191  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Richard (Wirt) Buffon Lee,   b. 1852, Urbanna, Middlesex Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1944, White Plains, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 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 14 Apr 2017 
    Family ID F6189  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • (Notes from Pamela Cranston)

      Before the civil War, the Day girls were known as the 'richest young ladies in Georgia'. Their father, Judge Joseph Day of Macon, GA was the speaker of the House of Representatives of Georgia. He married his wife, Mary Ann Hampton, rather late in life; he died soon after the war. The ravages of the Civil War left his wife and daughters much poorer and sometime late, they moved to Staunton, VA near Staunton Military Academy and now what is Mary Baldwin College.

      They established a boarding house to make ends meet and it was during this period that she met and married Richard Buffon Lee.

      Great grandmother Mary Ann Hampton Day entrusted all of the family's money, or what was left of it, to Grandfather Richard B. Lee, true to the custom of the time, because they thought men knew best about these things. Eventually, it was all gone, through ostentaious living and poor business acumen. By the time their children, Ronald and Mary, were old enough to work, they were the main support of the family. Joseph Day Lee, who had done exceptionally well in school, attended Richmond College at 14, continued through Law School at Columbia Univeristy, and graduated at 21, thanks to his silblings Ronald and Mary. Mary herself was able to go to Columbia Teacher's College, where Abigail Stout Howell was a student, and Mary introduced her to Joseph Day Lee. [1]

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