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I was told many years ago that my family (the Lee's) were from Ireland and they founded the town of Friendsville Tennessee. I was under the Impression that my great grand father started the town. Last week I was in Friendsville and found that the family farm had been sold in 1985. The owner was Kind enough to show me around and show me the restoration work he was doing to the old farmhouse. I lived there when I was 6 to 7 years old. Then my parents moved to Hammond IN. I went to the Friends Church and walked through the cemetery and found headstones of the Lee family dating back to 1790's. The new owner of the farm was a bit of a history buff and told me the local folklore indicated that the Lee's helped with the underground railroad. The land that Friends Church is on is part of the Lee property. This property was donated to the church and the church was constructed around 1807. My father has no interest in the Lee's. His parents divorced when he was 2 and his mother took him to Arizona. When I was a little boy my dad was in some sort of trouble and we lived on the property until he got back on his feet. We never again communicated with my grandfather (John Robert Lee). In 1980 I visited my grandfather and great uncle Ned (T. Ned Lee), Uncle Ned asked that I send Christmas cards to my grandfather, and I did. We also sent a couple of letters. They were sent back?? I found out a couple of years ago that grandpa died in 1982 and the Lee's decided that I did not need to know.
When I was 12 my father ran away from home and 25 years later I found him. That is when I found out about my grandfather's death
submitted by Larry Lee
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