Who are Elijah Lee, Sr.'s parents?

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Hello all! I've hit a brick wall since it appears that the information from Ancestry was incorrect about the Lee side of my family. I know that I am somehow related to the "Lees of Virginia" because of DNA, but I cannot figure out HOW I'm related. I am suspicious of the parentage listed for my 3rd GGF from FindAGrave as I cannot find any records to substantiate his parents' names. I reached out to the gentleman who entered that information and he cannot remember what source he used. That information could very well be correct, but I have no way to confirm it. And that would bring me to my next brick wall after that, because I can't find information on Moses Lee either. 

I cannot find any obituaries, death records, or marriage records for my 3rd great-grandfather Elijah. I have found census records and even land patents from the 1840s (he owned Lee's Mill in Arkansas). He died and is buried in Northwest Arkansas and he *may* have been born in Indiana. His wife was Gracy Ann Owen. Can anyone provide any help or guidance on where I should look next?

WikiTree profile: Elijah Lee
in Genealogy Help by Katie Taylor G2G2 (3.0k points)
Familysearch.org has a couple of records.

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I think it is a good bet that he was born in Indiana - not only is this indicated in his 1850 and 1860 census records, but his daughter Melvina in the 1900 census, his son James Jackson in the 1880 census, and his son Elijah Lee in the 1880 census also all said he had been born in Indiana.

There is indeed a Moses Lee in Lawrence County, IN, in the 1820 census, and another one in Vermillion County, IN, in the 1830 census. The ages and numbers of children suggest these two may be the same, although the two counties are in different parts of the state. Both censuses also include a boy in the family of the right age to be Elijah.

The next step would probably be to check the probate records in Vermillion County, IN, to see whether there is a probate record for Moses that would indicate he had a son named Elijah (a bonus would be if it were to list a son Elijah of Arkansas). Unfortunately, while the LDS has filmed the probate records, they can be viewed only in a Family History Center or Affiliate Library.
by Anonymous Geschwind G2G6 Mach 8 (81.9k points)

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