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Ainger, Sophia

Female 1810 - 1866  (55 years)


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  • Name Ainger, Sophia  [1
    Birth 22 Nov 1810  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Reference Number 3880 
    Death 2 Nov 1866  Leasburg, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Burial Leasburg Community Cemetery, Leasburg, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3834  Caswell County
    Last Modified 24 Feb 2024 

    Family Lea, Reverend Solomon,   b. 21 Nov 1807, Leasburg, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 30 Apr 1897, Leasburg, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 89 years) 
    Marriage 1837  Warrenton, Warren County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reference Number 29251 
    Children 
    +1. Lea, Anness Sophia,   b. 10 Sep 1838   d. 6 Nov 1892 (Age 54 years)  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
    +2. Lea, Henrietta,   b. 24 May 1840, Boydton, Mecklenburg County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 12 Dec 1929, Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 89 years)  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
    +3. Lea, Adeline,   b. 1842, Farmville, Prince Edward County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 1871 (Age 29 years)  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
     4. Lea, Wilhelmina,   b. 9 Nov 1843, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 23 Jun 1936 (Age 92 years)  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
     5. Lea, Edward Wadsworth,   b. 1 Nov 1844, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 27 May 1921, Leasburg, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 76 years)  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
     6. Lea, Lillian,   b. 8 Jan 1845, Leasburg, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 21 Apr 1938, Reidsville, Rockingham County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 93 years)  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
    +7. Lea, Eugenia,   b. 28 Aug 1846, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 16 Aug 1930, Ansonville, Anson County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 83 years)  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
     8. Lea, Robert A.,   b. May 1849   d. 7 Jul 1849 (Age ~ 0 years)  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
    Family ID F2036  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 24 Feb 2024 

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 22 Nov 1810 - London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 1837 - Warrenton, Warren County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 2 Nov 1866 - Leasburg, Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - - Leasburg Community Cemetery, Leasburg, Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Sophia Ainger Lea (1810-1866)

      Sophia Ainger Lea (1810-1866)

      (for larger image, click on photograph)
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      See: The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 354-355 (Article #442, "Reverend Solomon Lea" by Mary Satterfield).
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      Word-Pictures of Mrs. Solomon Lea (Mrs. Sophia Ainger Lea), Contributed by Two of Her Granddaughters

      I was five years old when my grandmother died, so I have a vague recollection of her. I recall a few things I heard about her from my mother and an aunt. The aunt stressed grandmother’s fine knowledge of the Bible, and said her favorite chapter was Isaiah 40. Visiting preachers delighted in talking over the Scriptures with her. She was born and educated in London and had every social and educational advantage. She was named Sophia for an aunt who wanted her to be a gay, society girl, and who intended to make her heir to her estate. Such a life was so distasteful to her that she came with friends to America when about twenty years old, and taught in Philadelphia, intending to return to England. Instead of that, she met my grandfather, Solomon Lea, and after a courtship of five years, she married him. She devoted her life to her family and teaching music, in which she excelled.

      BY Mrs. Eugenia Thomas Moore (Mrs. Matt H. Moore)
      Weaverville, N.C., August 7, 1944
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      My grandmother died before I was born. Judging from what I have heard, she was of medium size and height, the brunette type, with brown eyes and hair; of a conscientious, somewhat serious disposition-a good neighbor; was cultured and well-versed in the Scriptures and in music. She came from London, England, to this country at the age of eighteen. I suppose she was about fifty years of age when the photograph was taken.

      By Mrs. Emma Thomas Dixon (Mrs. W. S. Dixon)
      Mebane, N.C. July 3, 1944

      Source: President Solomon Lea's Administration (1846-1847): Greensboro College.
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      “My father attended a country school near home for a number of years, preparing himself for college, meanwhile, by hard study. He was sent, as were his two oldest brothers, to the University of North Carolina. His health failing, his studies were interrupted for a time; but an active outdoor life restored him, and he went back to complete the course, graduating in 1833 with fair honors. He then began his life work as a teacher at Warrenton, N.C., where he taught for two years. It was while teaching there that he met the lady whom he married a few years later. She was a teacher like himself.

      “My father was married in 1837 to Miss Sophia Ainger, an English lady of marked piety and intelligence. She was a most congenial spirit and a great help to him in his work as a teacher. She died in 1866. The world little knew how sadly he missed her companionship and what a void was in his heart. Eight children were born to them, six daughters and two sons. One of the latter died in infancy. Two married daughters have passed away.

      Source: Miss Wilhemina Lea (1843-1936), daughter of Solomon Lea and Sophia Ainger Lea: Interview by N. C. Newbold: "Rev. Solomon Lea," The Trinity Archive, February, 1898, by N. C. Newbold.
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      Of Mrs. Lea a more extended notice than that given by her daughter is necessary. She was born in London, and was well educated there. Some time in the second decade of this century she came to America and lived for a while in the North. Finding the climate there too severe for her she came to Warrenton, where she remained for five years. It was here in 1832, that Mr. Lea met her. The wooing was not an easy one, but the wooer was in earnest and after five years of faithful and persistent devotion the marriage was celebrated in Warrenton, in 1837. It was a happy union. Mr. Lea’s love for his wife was deep and although he was but fifty-nine when she died, he never afterwards addressed another woman with the intention of marriage. The death of Mr. Lea was the serene end of a Christian.

      Source: "Rev. Solomon Lea," The Trinity Archive, February, 1898, by N. C. Newbold.
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      First Ladies of Caswell County, Past and Present (1985)

      Mrs. Archibald D. Murphey, Mary Lee Varner Carter (Register of Deeds); Mrs. Bartlett Yancey; Janet Harris Cobb (Clerk of Superior Court); Mrs. Bedford Brown; Mary Skipwith Brown (Preservationist); Mrs. Romulus Saunders; Maud Florance Gatewood (Artist, Teacher, and Former chairman of County Commissioners); Mrs. Solomon Lea; Ann Gunn Everitt (Member, Board of Education); Mrs. John Kerr; Bea Gatling Gwynn (Resident M.D.); Mrs Tom Day; Dorothy Yarborough Zimmerman (School Supervisor); Mrs. Henrietta Jeffries (Midwife); Helen Payne (First African-American Home Demonstration Agent); Miss Lizzie Lownes (School Teacher); Helen Little (Member, District Highway Commission); Miss Ida Poteat (Professor); Geneva Williams Warren (Member Governor's Staff and Businesswoman); Mrs. B. S. Graves (Clubwoman).

      AND

      The Lady Pioneers of this Generation Who Have Taken Their Places in Business and Organizations at County, State, and National Level While Maintaining Their Homes and Rearing the Next Generation.

      Source: Whitlow, Jeannine D., Editor. The Heritage of Caswell County North Carolina 1985. Winston-Salem (North Carolina): Hunter Publishing Company, 1985. Page 680.
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      1850 United States Federal Census [Somerville Institute]
      Name: Sophia Lea
      Age: 40
      Estimated birth year: abt 1810
      Birth Place: London
      Gender: Female
      Home in 1850 (City,County,State): Caswell, North Carolina
      Family Number: 697
      Household Members: Name Age
      Soloman Lea 42
      Sophia Lea 40
      Sophia A Lea 12
      Henrietta Lea 10
      Adaline Lea 8
      Wilhelmin Lea 6
      Lillia A Lea 5
      Eugenia Lea 4
      Edward Lea 2

      1860 United States Federal Census
      Name: Sophia Lea
      Age in 1860: 50
      Birth Year: abt 1810
      Birthplace: England
      Home in 1860: Leasburg, Caswell, North Carolina
      Gender: Female
      Post Office: Leasburg
      Household Members: Name Age
      Solomon Lea 53
      Sophia Lea 50
      Adeline Lea 18
      Wilhelmina Lea 17
      Lilinnia Lea 16
      Eugenia Lea 14
      Edward Lea 13

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Thomas McNeill of Caswell County, North Carolina, His Forebears & Descendants, Ben L. Rose (1984) at 35.