Anne Gaskins Lee

Anne Gaskins Pinckard Lee
1738-1796




On December 5, 1757, Richard Henry Lee married his first wife, Anne Aylette, and they had four children: Thomas, Ludwell, Mary, and Hannah. The family lived at Stratford Hall until 1763, when they moved to Chantilly-on-the-Potomac, a three-and-a-half story, ten-room home Lee built on a bluff overlooking the Potomac River. The house was situated on 500 acres three miles away from Stratford Hall, which was had a finer view of the Potomac River. Anne Aylett Lee died of pleurisy on December 12, 1768, at the age of thirty, leaving four young children.

In July 1769, Richard Henry Lee married widow Anne Gaskins Pinckard, a descendant of three Mayflower Pilgrims, the daughter of Thomas Gaskins of Westmoreland County, and a sister of Colonel Thomas Gaskins, Jr., a distinguished officer of the Revolution. Mrs. Lee had two children from her first marriage. with whom he had another seven children: Anne (1770–1804), Henrietta (Harriotte; 1773–1803), Sarah Caldwell (Sally; 1775–1837), Cassius (1779–1850), Francis Lightfoot (1782–1850), and two who died in infancy, born in 1784 and 1786.

At Chantilly, Anne Gaskins Lee became  the  wife of   gentleman farmer, growing tobacco, corn, and wheat and raising livestock whose political duties required long and frequent absence from Virginia.. Chantilly's outbuildings included a kitchen, a barn, a dairy, a blacksmith shop, and various stables. A boat dock constructed at nearby creeks was christened Chantilly Landing.

Lee's last political office was as the first Virginia U.S. Senator gaining more votes than any other contender including federalist James Madison. In the Senate, Lee guarded the anti-federalist positions, but was open to compromise. He served as a Senator from Virginia from 1789 to 1792.

However, his health declined due to the gun barrel explosion that maimed  his right hand to the point that he now required a personal secretary. In the fall of 1791, his carriage overturned  and he was severely injured. Senator Lee did not resume his seat until December 1791, and ended his work there when Congress adjourned May 7, 1792. He then retired to his estate, Chantilly. During the last two years of his life, he was greatly enfeebled.  During the last six months of his life, he was cared for by Mrs. Lee and was confined to his home.

Richard Henry Lee died at Chantilly on June 19, 1794, at the age of 61. It is known that his Anne Lee out lived him and died in 1796. Anne was buried at the family cemetery along with Richard Henry Lee's  parents, grandparents, and Aylette, at Burnt House Field, the Lee Family estate.

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09/05/74 – 10/22/74
29
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10/22–26/74
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28
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Age
07/02/76 – 10/29/77
29
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11/01/77 – 12/09/78
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Sarah Livingston Jay (1756-1802)
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21
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09/29/79 – 02/28/81
41
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Age
Martha Huntington (1738/39–1794)
03/01/81 – 07/06/81
42
07/10/81 – 11/04/81
25
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11/05/81 - 11/03/82
55
11/03/82 - 11/02/83
46
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36
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First Ladies
President
Term
Age
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57
March 4, 1797 – March 4, 1801
52
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September 6, 1782  (Aged 33)
n/a
March 4, 1809 – March 4, 1817
40
March 4, 1817 – March 4, 1825
48
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50
December 22, 1828 (aged 61)
n/a
February 5, 1819 (aged 35)
n/a
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65
April 4, 1841 – September 10, 1842
50
June 26, 1844 – March 4, 1845
23
March 4, 1845 – March 4, 1849
41
March 4, 1849 – July 9, 1850
60
July 9, 1850 – March 4, 1853
52
March 4, 1853 – March 4, 1857
46
n/a
n/a
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42
February 22, 1862 – May 10, 1865
April 15, 1865 – March 4, 1869
54
March 4, 1869 – March 4, 1877
43
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45
March 4, 1881 – September 19, 1881
48
January 12, 1880 (Aged 43)
n/a
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21
March 4, 1889 – October 25, 1892
56
June 2, 1886 – March 4, 1889
28
March 4, 1897 – September 14, 1901
49
September 14, 1901 – March 4, 1909
40
March 4, 1909 – March 4, 1913
47
March 4, 1913 – August 6, 1914
52
December 18, 1915 – March 4, 1921
43
March 4, 1921 – August 2, 1923
60
August 2, 1923 – March 4, 1929
44
March 4, 1929 – March 4, 1933
54
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48
April 12, 1945 – January 20, 1953
60
January 20, 1953 – January 20, 1961
56
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31
November 22, 1963 – January 20, 1969
50
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56
August 9, 1974 – January 20, 1977
56
January 20, 1977 – January 20, 1981
49
January 20, 1981 – January 20, 1989
59
January 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993
63
January 20, 1993 – January 20, 2001
45
January 20, 2001 – January 20, 2009
54
January 20, 2009 to date
45

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