(b. 1765 d. 1834)
BIOGRAPHY of EARLY
BIBB COUNTY, ALABAMA
Hopkins Lee was born in Johnston, North Carolina around 1765 to Revolutionary War Patriot John and Elizabeth (Hocutt) Lee. His grandfather was also named John Lee, Esquire. Hopkins married his cousin Tabitha Lee March 16, 1792, in North Carolina. She was the daughter of his father’s brother Edward Lee and his wife Mary (Allen) Lee from Virginia.
Hopkins and Tabitha moved west to Cumberland, North Carolina according to the 1800 and 1810 census.
They lived in Hawkins, Tennessee and the following are assumed to be their children:
2.Mary Polly Lee
3. Sarah Lee
4.Edward, Bryant Lee
5.George Washington Lee
Tabitha died sometime after the 1810 census and Hopkins married Matilda Jackson around 1813 and at least two more children were born to Hopkins and Matilda.
8.Jackson Lee in 1814
9. Edith Lee in 1818.
Some of the children may be grandchildren. Hopkins had two wives and it is difficult to discern his children.
The family moved to Bibb County by 1818 when Hopkins name was recorded in the Bibb County Commissioners Court Minutes. He was on a jury to view and lay out several roads and was an overseer of the Poor.
Hopkins was appointed school commissioner in February 1824 for township 23. “He posted a security bond of Robert Hill, guardian of Rhoda Coleman in July 1824 and was the commissioner for the estate of Sarah Coleman in January 1826. Hopkins name appears in the 1830 and 1840 Bibb County, Census. His son, Jackson Lee married his cousin Elizabeth Lee (daughter of Edward Lee and granddaughter of Edward Lee, Sr, and great granddaughter of John Lee, Esquire)”
March 1842, Hopkins wrote his will in the form of a deed and gave land, tools, and slaves to sons Jackson and Bryant. Others mentioned in his will were his grandsons E. E. Yeager and Langen Yeager who were Ezekiel Everett Yeager and Langen Yeager, sons of his daughter Mary Polly Lee and Ezekiel Everett Elwood Yeager. Also mentioned in the will were Mary Polly’s husband Ezekiel, his son Cullen Lee, his daughter Edith’s husband Robert Stacy, his daughter Nancy’s husband Nirum Peterson, his granddaughter Nancy Yeager and David Henderson (unknown relationship at this time). Sometime previously in 1842, Hopkins deeded land to his son Jackson Lee.
Hopkin’s son, Jackson Lee, moved with his family to Butler County, Alabama after his father’s death and his mother Matilda (Jackson) Lee came to live with them. Jackson was a veteran of the Civil War. He served with the 63rd Alabama Troops at Fort Blakely and Spanish Fort.
1.The Heritage of Bibb County, AL vol IV by Mrs. John R. Lee
2.Becky Madruga, http://www.stacyfamily.50megs.com