Who are Jordan Lee’s parents? This is the question that I have been working to answer for a while. How does one identify the parents of an ancestor? What records are most helpful in linking a parent to a child? In genealogical research census records, birth and death records, and wills. That is the ideal genealogical solution when all these records are available. However, there are no ideal genealogical solutions when researching ancestors. Jordan’s parentage is unknown now; however, I have an assumption as to who he is, but that is a story for another day.
Researching my ancestors, both maternal and paternal, has lead me to one conclusion, they were farmers. I have drawn the conclusion from the 1850 to 1940 censuses from the occupation listed and available agriculture censuses. And those ancestors left a sprinkle of a paper trail. Neither Jordan Lee nor his son Benjamin left wills. So, there isn’t that document that states, “I leave to my beloved son Benjamin…” The records for Jordan Lee in Richland District, South Carolina are the censuses. There are some documents, other than censuses, that Jordan Lee are mentioned in Richland County, South Carolina.
I believe from the records that I have for Jordan Lee, he is the father of Benjamin Lee and is a third great grandfather. This is soundly made based on the evidence that I have for him. However, if more records are found this conclusion may change. Sometimes, in genealogy research, we must take a leap of faith in our conclusions due to a lack of solid evidence. Is there a record that states Benjamin is the son of Jordan Lee? No, my assumptions are made with evidence where the record doesn’t outright state a family relationship or date, but can be inferred from the information that is there, information from other Lee family members, and the locations of the two men.