Lee Arthur Jan. 13, 1839 - Sept. 29,
1918 Sarah Jane Bryan Arthur (Sallie) Mar. 24, 1845 – Mar. 4, 1935
William (Willie) Thomas Arthur - Robert (Robbie) Arthur - Annie Arthur -
Hubbard (Hubby) Arthur – Samuel (Sam) Arthur
LEE ARTHUR (son of JOHN B. ARTHUR, son of BARNABAS ARTHUR, son of
WILLIAM ARTHUR JR, son of WILLIAM ARTHUR, son of THOMAS ARTHUR, son of HENRY
ARTHUR, son of ANDREW ARTHUR)
Lee Arthur was born in Campbell County, Virginia, on January 13, 1839, the son
of John B. and Lucinda Arthur. John B. Arthur was the son of Barnabus Arthur who married Elizabeth Mason. Lucinda was
the daughter of James Pribble who married Jane Reid. Lucinda Pribble Lucinda was the granddaughter of John Pribble, Revolutionary War Veteran. John Pribble Line of descent documentation Pribble
Lee Arthur and his brother John W. Arthur were both enlisted in the Confederate
Army during the Civil War. Lee Arthur enlisted in Campbell County, Virginia on
April 4, 1862. Enlistment records describe him as having a fair complexion,
light hair, gray eyes, and being five feet and eight inches tall. He enlisted
at the rank of Private in Captain Patterson’s Co. Virginia Heavy Artillery,
Campbell Battery. This unit disbanded in 1862 and Lee Arthur was assigned to
the 18th Battery, Virginia Heavy Artillery. Lee Arthur participated in the
Confederate retreat from Petersburg to Appomattox in April of 1865. As a member
of Robert E. Lee’s rear guard he fought on April 6, 1865 in the Battle of
Saylor’s Creek, Amelia County, the last major battle
of the War. Most of the Confederate rear guard was killed or captured that day.
Lee Arthur was among the captured, surrendering at Burke’s Farm. Robert E. Lee
surrendered at Appomattox on April 9, 1865. Lee Arthur was released from being
a prisoner of war after signing an oath of allegiance to the United States
Government on July 1, 1865 at Newport News, Virginia. In addition to his
brother John, his Uncle, William Martin Arthur, was enlisted in the same unit
and paroled at Appomattox when Lee Surrendered, and his Uncle, Peter Prebble, was enlisted in the same unit and died during the
On December the 12, 1866 as a resident of Halifax County, Virginia, Lee Arthur
obtained a License in Campbell County to marry Sarah Jane Bryan a resident of Campbell County, Virginia. On
December 13, 1866 they were married at the home of Andrew Bryan, father of the
bride, with the ceremony performed by William Craft. Sarah Jane Bryan was born
in 1843 the daughter of Andrew Bryan and Mary J. Coffee. Andrew Bryan and Mary
J. Coffee were married in Bedford County, Virginia on June 8, 1842. Mary J.
Coffee was the daughter of Joshua A. Coffee. Sarah Jane Bryan was the second of
eleven children: William P Bryan, Sarah J Bryan, Ann F Bryan, Mary E Bryan,
James D Bryan, Johnny Bryan, Hubbard H Bryan, Alfred W Bryan, Baby Bryan,
Samuel W Bryan, Frances Melville Bryan. Sarah Jane
Bryan was the Great Great Granddaughter of William
Coffee, Revolutionary War Veteran. William Coffee
Lee and Sarah J. Bryan Arthur had five children: Annie, Hubby, Robbie, Sam, and
Willie. Annie Arthur was Born in September of 1867:
Willie Thomas Arthur and Robert (Robbie) were born on February 27, 1869.
According to a recorded deed in Halifax County on March 1, 1884, Lee Arthur
purchased 80 acres of land from Davis and Malvina Pigg
for the sum of $600. This property is on the North side of the Banister River.
This property is accessed from VA State Route 774 aka Peaks Trail.
2007 Aerial Photo Map
In March of 1949, the Arthur Estate sold this property to Burruss Timber Products, reserving The Arthur Family
Cemetery on this property with the following text recorded in the deed of sale:
However, there is hereby, expressly excepted and reserved from this conveyance
the Arthur family cemetery, approximately one half (1/2) acre, along with the
right of ingress and egress thereto and therefrom.
Lee Arthur lived the rest of his life on this property. His wife Sarah Jane
Bryan Arthur, lived the rest of her life on this property. The property
remained in the family estate until the death of Hubby Arthur who also lived
all of his adult life on this property. These three are buried at the Cemetery
on the property along with Robert Arthur, Annie Arthur Mullins and her husband
W.T. Mullins, and unknown others.
Willie Thomas Arthur married Anselona (pron. An’ – se
– lon’ – a) Deborah (pron. De’ – bor-
ah) Wade on December the 15, 1896. The marriage was performed in Halifax County
by J.H. Bass. Marriage records show that Anselona D.
Wade was the daughter of William Wade and Ziporah A.
Hunt Wade. Ziporah Hunt was the Great Granddaughter
of Thomas Hunt, Revolutionary War Veteran Thomas Hunt
William Wade was the Great Great Great
Grandson of Robert Wade, French and Indian War Veteran. Robert Wade
William Wade was also the Great Great Great Grandson of John Ellis who was in the survey party
with William Byrd in surveying the dividing line between NC and VA. John Ellis
Willie Thomas Arthur and Anselona (Annie) D. Wade
Arthur lived in Halifax County on the Guthrie Farm for some years before buying
a farm in Lunenburg County in late 1914 or early 1915. They had nine children:
John Flourny Arthur, Ruben Henry Arthur, Elsie Lorrene Arthur Tomlinson, Edgar Wilson Arthur, Durell Arthur, Stephen Lee Arthur, Ethel Mae Arthur
Williams, Irene Della Arthur Moore Byrd, and Annie Maude Arthur Hankins.
Recorded from conversations with Durell Arthur 1983:
"The only time I remember seeing my grandpa Arthur, he came walking to our
house at Victoria. Me and Edgar and Stephen were getting up leaves to put in
the stable when he came walking down the road to the house. We didn’t know who
he was and he told us he was our grandpa. He had been to the reunion of
Confederate War Veterans in Richmond and on his way home had gotten off the
train in Victoria and stopped by to see Pa". (Durell
was only 6 years old when Lee Arthur died)
"I knew my grandma Arthur well. After I could drive we had a T Model and
went to see her. They’s all buried at the home place
on the Banister River. That picture taken of her with the dog in her lap, I was
there when it was taken by one of the Mullins. The first telephone I ever saw
was at her house. Before they even had electricity. That was just a small
place. Hubby stayed there until he won’t able to stay by hisself
and they put him in a home in South Boston. Them folks said they couldn’t handle him and he was
sent to Williamsburg and in less than three months he was dead. They had to get
a bulldozer to fix the road so as they could get his body to the
"I was pallbearer at my Grandma Arthur’s funeral. We had two sets of
bearers then and took turns toting the casket from the house to the cemetery.
We didn’t have no hearse. Pa after he was married lived on the Guthrie place
until we moved to Lunenburg."
"I remember my other Grandma Zip too. She used to come and stay with us
for weeks at a time."
"Papa borrowed money from the Federal Land Bank during that Hoover
Depression and would have lost his farm if it hadn’t been for his Mama giving
him money to pay on it. She had a pension for widows of confederate veterans.
It was just a little, less than twenty-five dollars a year."
"Robbie Arthur had a son he named Lee. Annie married a Mullins and had a
daughter named Mammie."
Recorded from conversations with Elsie Arthur Tomlinson 1983: "When we
moved to Lunenburg I was 12 years old. (1914-1915) The
first house we lived in was on this side of the creek. (South side of Hounds
Creek) I own that land now. It was just a square house and another kitchen off
from it with a flat rock for a step. That kitchen had a big old fireplace in it
and that’s where I used to do the washing after Pa built a shed kitchen on the
other house. After we moved across the creek Pa tore that shedroom
down and used the lumber to build a strip room. (a
place for preparing tobacco for sale) There was a ford across that creek and
cars used to go through there. One day while I was milking, Dr. Kindig came right through the field on his car, not even in
any road, I reckon he was taking a shortcut to that ford. After me and Haney
was married, we still got our mail over there on the Poorhouse Road. That first
house we lived in had Walnut Trees around it and a cemetery where Hardys was buried. I remember them burying one there after
Pa bought that place."
Anselona Deborah Wade Arthur born August 4, 1878,
died January 2, 1935, buried Clover Bottom Baptist Church on VA Route 40
Willie Thomas Arthur born February 27, 1869, died October 26, 1966, buried
Clover Bottom Baptist Church on VA Route 40 Halifax County.
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