Black son of General Robert E. Lee??
While researching my own family I would be remiss not to research the family of my husband. With much of the history coming from other relatives, I am able to show my husbands family back to William Lewis born 1824 in Richmond VA. The story that has been told in the family is that William was the bastard son of a slave and Gen. Robert E Lee.
He married a freed slave Sarah Brown in Richmond Virgian on May 5, 1866. He moved to Lousinana and became a river boat captain on the Mississippi. He passed for white. He had
12 children by Sarah. The census shows the children listed as mulatto. The story is that he only came home at night because it was unlawful for white and blacks to marry.
My husbands family is trying to confirm the father of William Lewis…is his father Gen Robert E Lee? What was his life like passing as white?