The James Wiley Leslie Family from Scotland to Tennessee
Scotland -> Ireland -> Tennessee
A short resume of the Leslie line from Ireland to S.C. to
Thomas Leslie was born in Carrickfergus, Country Antrim, Ireland in 1725.
We don't yet know his parents. He came to the royal colony of S. Carolina
at the age of 40, with his family and brother, John Leslie, age 38 on the Prince
Henry. They won land grants in the Ninety Six District (later Abbeville,
These Scottish Irish pioneers were exposed to both the French and Indian
attacks. In 1775, S.C. joined in the War for Independence. Thomas Leslie died in
1778 and was buried in the Long Cane Cemetery, for which the Leslie brothers had
given the land. This cemetery has grown into a beautiful resting place for the
people of Abbeville S.C.
Thomas Leslie II, son of Thomas the immigrant to South Carolina, was born in
Ireland in 1760. He fought in the American
Revolution and received a pension as provided by a law passed by the
Congress in June of 1832. He died Feb. 22, 1839 and was buried in McMinn
Thomas Leslie III, son of Thomas II, had four (4) sons who fought in the Civil
War. William and James Wiley Leslie fought on the Confederate side. Thomas
IV and John (Jack) Leslie joined the Union Army. The tension on both sides
was hard to erase when the war was over and the soldiers came home. James Wiley
Leslie was the only brother who was wounded.
James Wiley Leslie, son of Thomas III,
married Nancy Elizabeth Lee and to this union eight (8) children were born.
James Wiley bought a hundred acre farm from Dr. Joe Lowery and brother, Hugh in
the Sweetwater Valley, Monroe Co., Tennessee. This was the year of 1906,
when Dr. Joe Lowery was one of the pioneer Presidents of Hiwassee
College. James Wiley and Nancy Elizabeth are buried in the family plot
in the New Hope Cemetery in Monroe
George W. Leslie, son of James Wiley Leslie brought his young bride to the
family farm in 1915. They raised their family here. George passed away in Dec.
1971. Annie Lenora kept the home fires burning for 20 years, for the children,
grandchildren and great-grandchildren could come home and enjoy the 5th
generation Leslie family homeplace.
Raymond Lee Leslie, son of George, was born and raised there. The house was
built around 1850. Cypress logs were used for the frame work. Wide poplar and
pine planks were used for the ceiling, sides and floors. A porch goes almost all
the way around the house. The porch was a favorite place for the family to
gather. This home has never been remodeled and is still very livable today.
At Raymond's death the direct sons line of this George Leslie family
The children of James Wiley and Nancy (Nannie) Elizabeth Lee were: