The Lees of Virginia: Seven Generations of an American Family

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In The Lees of Virginia, Nagel chronicles seven generations of Lees, from the family founders to General Robert E. Lee, and the impact they had on American history. From 1640 to 1870, a family spirit united the Lees, making them a force in Virginian and American affairs.

In The Lees of Virginia, Paul Nagel chronicles seven generations of Lees, from the family founder Richard to General Robert E. Lee, covering over 200 years of American history. In a glowing family ...

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In The Lees of Virginia, Nagel chronicles seven generations of Lees, from the family founders to General Robert E. Lee, and the impact they had on American history. From 1640 to 1870, a family spirit united the Lees, making them a force in Virginian and American affairs.

In The Lees of Virginia, Paul Nagel chronicles seven generations of Lees, from the family founder Richard to General Robert E. Lee, covering over 200 years of American history. In a glowing family portrait, Nagel discloses how, from 1640 to 1870, a family spirit united the Lees, making them a force in Virginian and American affairs.

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"A well-researched, readable treatise.... Recommended for history buffs and anyone interested in methods of genealogical research."--Booklist

"Nagel examines this powerful, often troubled clan with the same searching, generous spirit he brought to the Adams family...A multigenenerational saga as ambitious, (and) accomplished...as the American dynasty it chronicles."--Kirkus Reviews

"Contains a wealth of information....Tells us much about the education of Robert E. Lee."--Wilson Library Bulletin

"[A] splendidly written, poignant, well-researched portrait of a notable clan through approximately 230 years."--Publishers Weekly

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  • ISBN-13: 9780786115853
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/1999
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: 19311 Blackstone
  • Product dimensions: 6.72 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 2.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul C. Nagel was Director of the Virginia Historical Society until 1985, when he turned entirely to writing biography. His most recent books include Descent From Glory and The Adams Women. He is a contributing editor of American Heritage, a trustee of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, a fellow of the Society of American Historians, and past president of the Southern Historical Association.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2007

    Much More than Robert E. Lee

    This book brings to life many colorful characters in the Lee family, all ancestors or collateral relatives of Robert E. Lee. The book tracks how the Lees became one of Virginia's and America's great families beginning with Richard Lee around 1640, follows the family through their participation in the Independence movement and contributions to the Continental Congress, and political life of the family after the revolution. One learns from the book that the Lees were already among the Great American families before Robert E. Lee came on the scene, and that after a long decline it was Robert who reversed the family fortunes and restored the family name. Not just a chronological listing of family facts, the author does a great job of showing the personalities (and often scandals) of family members who were once in the first tier of early American history but now are largely forgotten. For such a large family, the author also does a good job of weaving the various members into a cohesive, readable story. The author also puts a human and sympathetic face on Robert, which is missing from most biographies as they deal mostly with military matters. Highly recommended for anyone interested in colonial history, plantation life, Virginiana or the American revolution.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2000

    Richard Lee's parents?

    Nagel suggests that John and Jane Hancock Lee are the parents of Richard Lee. Did his source find any siblings for Richard. A source in the Library of Congress records that Richard was the 3rd son of Sir John and Joyce Romney Lee. The 1st son is not reported, but; William the 2nd son came to Viginia aboard the 'Assurance de Lo' in 1635. William procured headrights for land in Surry County. He is reported in 'Cavaliers and Pioneers' by Niel Mairan Nugent. William and his wife Marie and infant daughter Marie, came to Viginia with him. He died March 22,1653. He had a son William b: 1638 and d: January 1694. William III, and William IV continued the name and the latter moved to Union County, SC in the early 1700's. His son Thomas Lee b: 1749 left SC and moved with his son Green Thomas Lee in 1838 to the Lee estate in Brick Church, Bedford County, TN. This is a sincere effort to trace the family of Richard the 'Emigrant.'

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