Lee Surname DNA Research Project (and Leigh, Lea, etc)- Background



This project began with an attempt to prove relations between descendants of brothers James and Robert Lee, sons of James (b. c. 1690-dec'd. 1764) & Mary Lee (b. c. 1695-dec'd. 1756-'64) of Frederick Co., Md., who both ended up living their later years in Spartanburg Co., S.C. James jr.'s likely son, Amos Lee, lived on 150 acres of land sold him by James and Elenoer Lee (Jim's 2nd wife) in 1803, and just over the border in what was then known as Union District, S.C.

The founder of our project, Robert e. Lee jr., descended from this line. Doug Lee, another participant in this project descended from Robert Lee. Our DNA testing revealed a very near match alluding to a relation between the two family lines. This part of the project is now complete; next effort was to track down progeny of a third brother, John Lee-of Montgomery Co., Md.-and test at least one of them. We have yet to find anyone from this line.

The Lee project has now expanded greatly to all Lees, with now over 176 participants actively researching their Lee lines and using DNA as a tool to do so.   You can see our Lee family breakdown on this chart:  Family Lines for Test Results.

We regularly share information and compare results with other Lee / Leigh testing projects around the world in an effort to ensure our participants have the broadest chance to match their Lee line, or eliminate other lines from research.

Please contact us with questions, or join us in this effort.

NOTE - We often get requests from females wishing to participate in the study. The nature of DNA testing for Genealogy using YDNA is that male lines are required for lineage test results - so for this test to be meaningful for you, we ask that any test participant be a male from a well-documented male line of Lees. Put another way, if your mother, grandmother was a Lee, and you do not have a living male from the Lee side of that line, testing here will not give you results we both need. Maternal DNA (ie: from a female Lee to next generations) is not the primary focus of our testing. You can learn more here on the Family Tree DNA site, or contact us with questions.

ALSO, we are accepting donations to help bring others into the LEE project by paying for their test kits.   If you would like to contribute, please see the link below.   

Gary Lee - Admin, Lee project

General Fund

Current balance: $100.00

Type Amount Date Donor Note KitNum Donation Type
Credit $100.00 5/8/2012 William Allen Lee     Individual