Here’s Your Sign #22 ~ The Burnt House Field

For many years I have been collecting photos of and information about the various signs that have been placed in honor of some of my ancestors. These signs are a glimpse into some event and/or place where they lived. Some of the signs are small like a placard with a few poignant words, some are large, and go into great detail, and then there are those that are somewhere in between. Each one gives added life to those ancestors.

The Lee family is one of the great Virginia dynasties, producing, among others, two signers of the Declaration of Independence and the most prominent general of the Confederacy. Before moving the family home to Stratford Hall farther up the Potomac, the Lees lived on Lower Machodoc Creek. The move to Stratford followed the destruction of the original home on the Machodoc by fire. Hence, the area is called Burnt House Field. In the midst of the field is a small brick enclosure which contains the grave of the founder of the Lee family as well as the grave of Richard Henry Lee. It was the latter who introduced the motion in the Continental Congress for American independence in June of 1776. This prompted the Congress to appoint a committee to draft the document that we now know as the Declaration of Independence. Once Richard Henry Lee’s motion was adopted, it was followed by adoption of the Declaration explaining the rationale for independence. The grave site is modest but the slab chronicles the important role Richard Henry Lee played in the founding of the country.

Richard Henry Lee (1617-1664) is my 10th Great Grandfather. He was the immigrant ancestor of the Lee family in Virginia. He arrived in Virginia in 1635. I descend through his son Charles Lee (1656-1701). The Richard Henry Lee that is mentioned above is my 2nd cousin 9 times removed.

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Amazon.com: Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

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2 responses to “Here’s Your Sign #22 ~ The Burnt House Field

  1. What an interesting connection to history you have there!

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