Documenting a Legacy:
Governor Thomas Sim Lee
"Needwood," sketch from Maryland Historical Magazine, March, 1954.
|Thomas Sim Lee's property at Needwood, shown above, was just one of
the homes to many generations of the former governor's offspring. His daughter,
(1783-1862), settled close by with her husband, Outerbridge
Horsey (1777-1842). Thomas Sim Lee's youngest son, John
Lee (1788-1871), eventually built his own house at Needwood as well.
John's married, Harriet Carroll, a relative of Charles
Carroll of Carrollton, one of several times these two prominent Roman
Catholic political families intermarried. Later, Mary Digges Lee, granddaughter
of Thomas Sim Lee, and her husband S. L. Gouverneur established their home
in the vicinity.
Right: Bible records of the Lee and Horsey families
Click on image to view entire Bible
Lee Bible Collection, MSA SC 5782
Whiskey Bottles and Crate
James H. Bready Collection, MSA SC 5646
The inventory taken after the death of Outerbridge Horsey, below left, assessed his estate's value at $16,323.93; it included his farming utensils, horses and farm stock, furnishings, and 33 slaves.
|Click to view entire document Inventory, Outerbridge Horsey, 1843 MSA C807||
Silver coffee urn
Thomas Sim Lee
Courtesy of a private collection
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