Lees Of Virginia


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I am curently working on a new novel on the life of Richard Lee and Anne Constable. I hope you all will be as excited as I am!

"Richard and Anne"
by Jacqueli Finley


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And wish to be involved in a DNA study Project Contact:

or visit the start up page:

Lee DNA Project Page

We have an opportunity to start our own Lee DNA project for all lines from the

Lees of Virginia including
lines with male line descent or female line descent to living descendants.
This will assist ALL Lee cousins and future generations!

Many Lee descendants are getting confusing information
and non acceptance of DNA matches of descending lines from the Lees of Virginia. 
This may be happening even when DNA has been confirmed to match to documented ancestry
to Col. Richard Lee and his wife Anne Constable. 
 Over 85% of Lee descendants are being denounced, and compared to DNA Haplogroups that may be questionable,
or corrupted from a NPE within the DNA being used
 to compare the other descending lines.
As of today, there is only one Lee DNA project website that IS NOT ran by individuals associated with the Lee Society.
The Lee DNA Surname Projects associated with these individual(s) also developed the software
that compares the DNA from testers that is reflected on these sites.
This is a direct conflict of interest.

You DO NOT need to be a descendant from the Lee lines to aid us in confirmation of our lines

We welcome all who wish to help make this a fair and honest Lee DNA Genealogy Project:
Please contact: info@leesofvirginia.org

Please be careful believing what you may be told, or what is being stated, about certain
Y-DNA groups not matching Col. Richard Lee as not being lines from Lees of Virginia.


IT IS NOT AN ABSOLUTE  that Col. Richard Lee, The Immigrant, progenitor of the Lees of Virginia lines 

Y-DNA Haplogroup is M-253, or M-269. 

All we know is that one descending line tested male descendants of Col. Richard Lee,

that line has two DNA samples that are being stated to have the Y-DNA Haplogroup M-253,

and the descendants from that group seem to have a match of M-253,

while the other 80% of documented descendants from the other lines of Col. Richard Lee are of a different Y-DNA Halpogroup M-269. 

SO all we know is that one line of the six known descending lines of Col. Richard Lee is a Y-DNA Haplogroup
that is different from the other five lines with Y-DNA tested descendants.

And all the FACTS are NOT known about these two tested YDNA samples of the Haplogroup M-253 for they are 'unverified'.

What is a FACT is that stating from these UNKNOWN factors that a descendant with a well-documented connection

cannot be confirmed or denied a relationship to the ancestor, Col. Richard Lee.

REALITY IS the Y-DNA testing and comparisons present and past ARE NOT done against Col. Richard Lee’s DNA - which CAN be obtained - but from descendants of. 

ALL else is assumption and opinion when it comes to stating that it proves a relationship or not to the Lees of Virginia lines.

This is not for any genealogy website, historical society, DNA project, or Society entity to decide,

to do it would be a violation of individual rights. 

And spreading this wrongful information is wrong for it involves hundreds, if not thousands of individuals who descend from Col. Richard Lee,

as laws need to be adapted to today’s DNA and genealogy applications,


specially here in the United States 

where personal rights are even more protected by our Constitutional Rights, or should be,

as one’s individual genealogy, ancestry, and DNA is a personal right and ownership,

and it is probably best for an entity higher than individuals on websites to decide, the courts being a possibility,

how to proceed in the case of descendants of an historic figure as Col. Richard Lee

with the denial or acceptance of documented lines since there seems to be a discrepancy

 – which may or may not be in the current descendant DNA sample of the Ditchley Line,

 which all other descending lines are being compared, and again that is all ASSUMPTIVE. 

IT IS NOT confirmed that any descendants from any lines of Col. Richard Lee are not related to the Lees of Virginia Lines based on

Y-DNA Haplogroup Lee Surname Projects, or otherwise.

We all get our DNA tested to bring genealogy and our family research together. It should compliment, not divide.


This Website is about:
The Genealogy, History, Descent and Ancestry of The Lee Family of Virginia, Finley Family History, and more.

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 -
Shropshire England -  

and other genealogy research history that you may find interesting.

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, referring to the descendants of William Lee and his wife Alice Felton as the "lost Lineage". Because of past speculation that was considered as truths, and opinions that were published as facts by out-dated references that have no proven documentation, as law that governs over who descends from Richard Lee and Anne Constable. The denial of the William Lee line 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 ...

And the denial of descendants goes beyond William Lee, it goes on to all lines, except for those associated with Ditchley or Stratford,
which seem to be the only lines being recognized at this time because of tainted DNA projects ran by associations of the Lee Society.

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 in history that has held so true ...yet the fabric has been cut, torn, sown over to hide the holes and discrepancies.

Divisiveness, instead of Unity and Accord, is what is being promoted.  Denial of the Truth, Denial of Heritage.

This website is my labor of love to my ancestors, and to all of their descendants.  It began as a quest for the true descending lines of Col. Richard Lee I, the acknowledgement of these lines ...
 to right the wrongs that have been done in the past, and present, of efforts to erase family members of this lineage.

This website is about the commitment to honor the members of the Lee Family, of those denied that right, yet know who they descend from.

This website is dedicated to the patriotism, courage of all our Lee family members and descendants

This website is dedicated to revealing all the forgotten generations, giving freedom to those who know of who they are from, but not believed.

I have tried to gather as much information as I can to share with others who may be researching their own family lines and ties to these ancestors,

and I welcome all contributions that may assist those who are seeking their own roots.

 Lee Descendants are just one small part of the denial and non-acceptance of Lee lineages.

The goal is to re-connect and acknowledge all Lees of Virginia lines and descendants.


And even though corrections and recognition of William Lee's marriage to Alice Felton has now been publicly acknowledged  by many...

 the lines from their children are still being denied .....

William Lee Research


William Lee, son of Richard Lee and Anne Constable, did survive and marry; having children that created direct descendants to the Lee Family of Virginia line.  
The printing of Edmund Jennings Lee's 1895 "Lees of Virginia" ... later printed a corrected version, establishing proof of the William Lee lineage existence, and 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.

To understand the reasoning behind the controversy of the William Lee line 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


This is website is dedicated to the preservation of the entire genealogical historical lineage of the Lee Family tree and to share information to other researchers.


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 b
y 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 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