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 Theodocia “Docia” <I>Lee</I> Maiden Hall

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Theodocia “Docia” Lee Maiden Hall

Birth
Death
1847 (aged 93–94)
Rockingham County, Virginia, USA
Burial
Burial Details Unknown
Memorial ID
66005623 View Source

Much of what is known about Theodocia Lee is from her court filings and application for a Revolutionary War widow's pension.

Docia's lineage has been the subject of much debate over the decades. Although speculation exists that she is related to Henry Lighthorse Lee, no proof or documentation supports this claim. Personal property tax records, census information, deeds, family namings and DNA, indicate that she was likely that the daughter of William Lee Sr. of Prince Georges County, Maryland who - along with at least one brother - relocated to Rockingham County, Virginia in the 1700s and lived in proximity to where James and Docia lived.

Docia was born in 1753 and in August 1775 she married James Maiden, Sr. She and James had one child, a daughter Sarah, when James was drafted to serve in the Revolution. On at least one occasion Docia packed up and joined James on the front. Today these women are called "camp followers," and it was they who helped with the chores of cooking, washing, mending, drawing water and tending to the wounded.

Docia petitioned the Rockingham County Court for financial assistance. On November 23, 1779, "£30 was appropriated for Theodisia Maiden, wife of James Maiden, a soldier" in the service of the States. Court Records, Rockingham County, Tuesday the 23rd Day of Novemr 1779 "The Court considering the circumstances of Theodisias Maiden Wife of James Maiden a Soldier in the Service of the State &c are of Opinion that she be allowed Thirty pounds for her Support which is ord to be certified."

On December 4, 1802 Docia married a neighbor widower, Basil Hall. Following Basil death in Botetourt County, Docia returned to Rockingham and died there sometime in 1847.


Known children of James Maiden and Docia Lee:

1. Sarah Maiden was born about 1776 and married Edward Taylor on Jun 9, 1796 in Madison County, Virginia.

2. James Maiden Jr. was born about 1780 and married Mary Davis in 1805 in Rockingham County, Virginia.

3. Elizabeth Maiden was born in 1785 and died on September 30, 1864. She married James Hensley (son of Mary Hensley) on March 23, 1802 in Rockingham County, Virginia. James was born about 1780 and died in August 1864.

4. Jane Maiden was born about 1780/1786, married Jacob McAllister on June 8, 1809 in Albemarle County, Virginia.

5. Jacob Maiden was born in March 1794 and married Julia Davis on September 1, 1812 in Rockingham County, Virginia.

6. William Maiden was born in Rockingham County, Virginia on October 1, 1795 and died in Rockingham on December 29, 1875. He married Sarah "Sallie" Harris Gardner on March 12, 1816 in Albemarle County, Virginia. Sallie was born in Albemarle County on May 24, 1798 and died in Rockingham County on October 16, 1880.

7. John Milton Maiden Sr. was born on January 16, 1796 and died on May 20, 1862 near Shortsville, Washington County, Virginia. He married Susanna Landis on March 11, 1817 in Augusta County, Virginia.

- by Jan Hensley

Much of what is known about Theodocia Lee is from her court filings and application for a Revolutionary War widow's pension.

Docia's lineage has been the subject of much debate over the decades. Although speculation exists that she is related to Henry Lighthorse Lee, no proof or documentation supports this claim. Personal property tax records, census information, deeds, family namings and DNA, indicate that she was likely that the daughter of William Lee Sr. of Prince Georges County, Maryland who - along with at least one brother - relocated to Rockingham County, Virginia in the 1700s and lived in proximity to where James and Docia lived.

Docia was born in 1753 and in August 1775 she married James Maiden, Sr. She and James had one child, a daughter Sarah, when James was drafted to serve in the Revolution. On at least one occasion Docia packed up and joined James on the front. Today these women are called "camp followers," and it was they who helped with the chores of cooking, washing, mending, drawing water and tending to the wounded.

Docia petitioned the Rockingham County Court for financial assistance. On November 23, 1779, "£30 was appropriated for Theodisia Maiden, wife of James Maiden, a soldier" in the service of the States. Court Records, Rockingham County, Tuesday the 23rd Day of Novemr 1779 "The Court considering the circumstances of Theodisias Maiden Wife of James Maiden a Soldier in the Service of the State &c are of Opinion that she be allowed Thirty pounds for her Support which is ord to be certified."

On December 4, 1802 Docia married a neighbor widower, Basil Hall. Following Basil death in Botetourt County, Docia returned to Rockingham and died there sometime in 1847.


Known children of James Maiden and Docia Lee:

1. Sarah Maiden was born about 1776 and married Edward Taylor on Jun 9, 1796 in Madison County, Virginia.

2. James Maiden Jr. was born about 1780 and married Mary Davis in 1805 in Rockingham County, Virginia.

3. Elizabeth Maiden was born in 1785 and died on September 30, 1864. She married James Hensley (son of Mary Hensley) on March 23, 1802 in Rockingham County, Virginia. James was born about 1780 and died in August 1864.

4. Jane Maiden was born about 1780/1786, married Jacob McAllister on June 8, 1809 in Albemarle County, Virginia.

5. Jacob Maiden was born in March 1794 and married Julia Davis on September 1, 1812 in Rockingham County, Virginia.

6. William Maiden was born in Rockingham County, Virginia on October 1, 1795 and died in Rockingham on December 29, 1875. He married Sarah "Sallie" Harris Gardner on March 12, 1816 in Albemarle County, Virginia. Sallie was born in Albemarle County on May 24, 1798 and died in Rockingham County on October 16, 1880.

7. John Milton Maiden Sr. was born on January 16, 1796 and died on May 20, 1862 near Shortsville, Washington County, Virginia. He married Susanna Landis on March 11, 1817 in Augusta County, Virginia.

- by Jan Hensley


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