1. Grisham (Gresham) “Dude” Lee was born on 29 Aug 1819 in Franklin, Greene Co, Tennessee. He died on 22 Jan 1883 in Brown Co, Texas. He was buried in Connell Cemetery, Brown Co, Texas.
Sheriff of Brown Co
Gresham LEE was elected on August 4, 1862, and served until August 1, 1864. Contributed by Patsy Johnson in Brownwood at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gresham LEE was elected a second time on June 25, 1866, and served until March 12, 1868, when he resigned. Contributed by Patsy Johnson in Brownwood at email@example.com
Gresham LEE was appointed on December 3, 1869, by Governor E. J. Davis and served until January 25, 1871, when he was removed from office. There were no reasons given for his removal. This was the third time he had served. Contributed by Patsy Johnson in Brownwood at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gresham LEE was appointed on March 21, 1871, and served until August 18, 1871, when he was “removed by the District Judge”. This is the fourth time he had served as sheriff, but this entry is not in the State Election Register. Contributed by Patsy Johnson in Brownwood at email@example.com
Gresham LEE was appointed in 1872 by Governor E. J. Davis, as he was commissioned January 3, 1873. He served until December 2, 1873. This was the fifth time he had served as sheriff although this entry is not in the State Election Register. This was one of the “overlaps” as he was appointed before the previous sheriff had resigned. During the post Civil War era and “Reconstruction” anything was possible but not necessarily approved by the local voters. Contributed by Patsy Johnson in Brownwood at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cattle thieves were very active after 1866. (Something about Brown, A History of Brown Co, TX by T R Havins, Banner Printing Co, Brownwood, TX pg 26)
Birth: 20 AUG 1819 in Franklin, Greene, Tennessee, USA
Death: 22 JAN 1883 in Brownwood, Brown, Texas, USA
Burial: Connell Cemetery, Brown Co., Texas, His daughter Naomi married David Connell.
1850 US census Texas - Lee G. 40 MW Stock Raiser Tenn, Lee Eliza 21 F W Mo, Lee George 15 MW Stock Keeper Texas, Lee Abergill 12 F W Texas, Lee Naoma 10 F W Texas, Lee Brooks 9 M W Texas, Lee Prisilla 7 F W Texas, Lee Runnels 2 M W Texas,
FROM DESCENDANT LARRY RODERICK
Grisham Lee was born in Jackson County, Tennessee on 20 August 1819. The Lee family moved to Newton County, Missouri in 1835. He married Annie Estes there in 1842. Epliraim’s brother, George, moved to Washington County, Illinois between the years of 1827 and 1832. Ephraim’s mother, Catherine Wilson Lee, died in Illinois in 1834.
Grisham Lee, Ephraim Lee, L.K. Lee and Hiram Estes moved to Navarro County, Texas by 1847 and settled on the Techuacana Creek in 1852. Grisham’s brother, Brooks Williams Lee, came to Texas in 1846 on horseback. Ephraim died in Navarro County, Texas about 1852. In February 1857, the Lee family moved to McLennan County after many deaths in the 1850s. In 1859, the Lee family moved to Brown County.
Connell Cemetery in Brown County, Texas where Grisham Lee was buried is on private land owned by a Mr. Scott. The cemetery is close to the intersection of FM 2525 and FM 2126, about 3 miles from Brownwood. It is at the end of a country road. The graves are about 100 yards to the left of the end of the road of the fenced property. The site is grown over with vegetation and most of the graves have been vandalized
Became a Mason the same year as his brother, Brooks W. Lee did.
Gresham had a fist fight in the Masonic HaIl Aug 5, 1872, with George Adams, Keziah’s brother, and was disciplined by being expelled from the Masons Brownwood Lodge had its first case of disciplinary action in 1872. At the regular meeting on the second Saturday in September, Jsaac Mullins, Worshipful Master pro tem, charged Grisham Lee with unmasonic conduct, that on or about August 5, 1872, he struck “Bro. G.H. Adams to the effusion of blood.”
He also charged George H. Adams, the Junior Warden, with striking “Bro. G. Lee to the effusion of blood.” The nature of the difference between these two Brethren is not known. George Adams was at this time in command of a company of rangers of the Frontier Battalion. Grisham Lee had been removed as sheriff of Brown County the previous year. Perhaps the conflict resulted from personal or political differences. The ensuing trial on December 16, 1872, resulted in the suspension of Grisham Lee for unmasonic conduct.
1860 US census - Brown Co Texas - G Lee
1870 US census Brown Co, Texas - Lee, Grisham 50 MW Sheriff TN, Eliza 29 F W Keeping
House MO, George L. 25 M W. Raising Cattle MO, Brott W. 20 M W Driving Cattle TX,
Priscilla H. 17 F W at home, Richard R. 14 M W at school, Yancy E. 9 MW. at school,
Robert E. 5 MW at school, Mary C. 3 F W at home, Ester E. H. 20 M W. Driving Cattle
Father: Ephraim Wilson LEE b: 9 SEP 1787 in Franklin, Greene, Tenn
Mother: Nancy Brooks WILLIAMS b: 11 OCT 1802 in Ga
Marriage (1)Awry (Annie) J. “Ora” ESTES b: 1823 in Franklin, Missouri Married: 1842 in
Newton, Missouri, USA
Leonora “Eliza” LEE b: 1843 in Newton Co. Missouri
George D. Lilburn LEE b: 1845 in Newton Co, Missouri
Abigail LEE b: 1848 in Texas
Naomi T. LEE b: 1849 in Texas
Brooks William LEE b: 20 MAR 1851 in Navarro Co. Texas
Priscilla Hardwick LEE b: 1853 in McLennan Co, Texas
Marriage (2) A. C. “Eliza” NALLY b: 1839 in Missouri; Married: ABT 1858 in Tx
Richard Runnells LEE b: 1858 in Texas
Young “Yancey” Ephraim LEE b: 21 NOV 1860 in Brown Co, Texas
Robert Edward LEE b: 1865 in Brownwood, Brown Co, Texas
Mary Custis LEE b: 1867 in Brownwood, Brown Co. Texas
Grisham LEE b: 1872 in Brownwood, Brown Co, Texas
Marriage (3) Mrs. Grisham LEE Married: 1875 in Brown Co, Texas
Harry LEE b: 1876
Grisham married (1) Awry (Annie) Jane Estes. Awry was born in 1823 in Franklin Go, Missouri.
She died in 1855 in Navarro Go, Texas.
They had the following children:
2F i. Lenora A Lee was born in 1843 in Newton Co, Missouri.
3M ii. George Lilburn Lee was born in 1845/1 848 in Newton Co, Missouri. He died in
4F iii. Abigail Lee was born about 1849.
5F iv. Naoma Lee was born about 1850.
6M v. Brooks Williams Lee, Jr was born in 1851 in Navarro Go, Texas.
Grisham married (2) A C Eliza Nally about 1858 in Texas. AG Eliza Nally was born about 1839 in Missouri.
They had the following children:
7F vi. Priscilla Hardwick Lee was born about 1852 in Mclennan Go, Texas. She died on
4 Mar 1898.
8M vii. Richard Lee was born about 1853 in Texas.
9M viii. Runnels Lee was born about 1858.
10M ix. Yancy E Lee was born about 1861 in Texas.
11M x. Robert E Lee was born about 1865 in Texas.
12F xi. Mary C Lee was born about 1867 in Texas.
Grisham married (3) Mrs Grisham about 1875 in Brown Co, Texas.
They had the following children:
13M vi. Harry Lee was born about 1876 in Brown Go, Texas