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Lott Lee, grandson of William Lee was born abt 1799 to Sinah Lee who was freed in 1814, but her son Lott apparently was never released from slavery. Our review of the  1810 Virginia Census  does not reflect that he was free, and the the 1870 census indicates he was sold to the families of Mary Hubbard or Samuel Harris during the several years of Bushrod Washington Mount Vernon property management and dispersal of slaves before or after death of Martha Washington.

Historians and other writers consistently avoid writing real stories about real people like Lott Lee and his mother Sinah.

What occurred at Mount Vernon after George Washington died was exactly what he feared: the slaves he owned were freed by his will but those owned by Martha, regardless of their relationships to those owned by him:  were split away and sold. Indeed, not just sold but very quickly sent away to distant locations like Patrick County (regarded in 1800 as Virginia's western frontier). 

The 1870 census shows that he and his wife Lucy were living with  his grandson Jackson and wife Kansas Lee in Patrick, Virginia.

Name: Lott Lee
Event Type: Census
Event Year: 1870
Event Place: Virginia, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 71
Race: Mulatto
Race (Original): M
Birth Year (Estimated): 1798-1799
Birthplace: Virginia
Page Number: 49
Household ID: 391
Line Number: 25
Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Affiliate Publication Number: M593
GS Film number: 000553169
Digital Folder Number: 004268801
Image Number: 00445

Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
Lott Lee M 71 Virginia
Lucy Lee F 65 Virginia
Thomas Lee M 27 Virginia
William L Penn M 13 Virginia

Citing this Record:
"United States Census, 1870," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MFG1-BXX : accessed 21 March 2015), Lott Lee, Virginia, United States; citing p. 49, family 391, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 553,169.

 

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