AfriGeneas Free Persons of Color Forum
Lees in early Bladen/Robeson Cos., NC
I have just seen the online book Imploison the secret history of the origins of the Lumbee Indians of Robeson County, North Carolina by Morris Britt on the Historical Melungeons webite. It is a listing of all surnames associated with the Lumbees from about 1750 onwards & there are about five hundred names. Each name has a sometimes short, or long account of the racial makeup of that line (Lumbee, African American, White, Mulatto, Indian) Where they came from, when they arrived in that area, where they were living, who married into what other lines, etc. The info comes from Censuses, Land records, Deeds, Wills, Cemetary Records, Newapaper files, etc. It makes clear that some lines were mixed, some not. The Lees are called either white or Mulatto depending on which line. My problem is does anyone kow which Lee lines in Bladen/Robeson are the Mulatto lines, I think I know which are White. I think ours might not be as I have a physical description of our oldest known ancestor from there - dark completed, black hair, blue eyes. He & his immediate family left Robeson Co., about 1834 when it was becoming very hard for anyone not white to stay there. The racial laws against nonwhites was passed by the North Carolina Legislature in 1835. We have a family story that he was so dark because he was part Portugee (that old code word).