Lydia Lassiter (b. ca. 1771-1779, d. after 1860) was the much younger second wife of James Lassiter, Jr. (b. ca. 1730-1735, d. 1811) of Northampton County, NC. They were married in Northampton County, NC probably prior to 1790. While it has been widely stated by various researchers and circulated on the internet that Lydia was a Kinchen, there does not appear to be any original documentary evidence establishing her maiden name in the records of Northampton County, NC. It is certainly not improbable that she could have been a Kinchen, in light of the fact that she named one of her sons Kinchen Lassiter. James Lassiter’s children by his first wife were sons Shadrack, Elias, Elijah, Green, and James Lassiter (III) and daughter Penelope (Lassiter) Mills. These children were born in the 1750s to 1770s period. James’ second wife Lydia was the mother of daughters Henrietta, Abigail, and Reinford Lassiter, and sons Kinchen and Jordan Lassiter. Lydia’s children were born about 1790 to 1804.
While the identity of James Lassiter, Jr.’s first wife is uncertain, it is possible that she may have been Sarah Mashborne, daughter of Matthew Mashborne. Mashborne devised his will in Northampton County, NC on July 2, 1760 (Proven February Court, 1761), mentioning daughter “Sarah Lassiter.” Matthew Mashborne also witnessed the deed of gift from James Lassiter, Sr. to his son James Lassiter, Jr. for 150 acres on Potecasi Creek in Northampton County, NC on August 3, 1755. While some researchers have asserted (without proof) that Sarah Mashborne was the wife of James’ brother Robert Lassiter, it seems just as probable that she could have been James’ wife, especially in light of the fact that James’ daughter Penelope (Lassiter) Mills named one of her sons Matthew, possibly in honor of her grandfather Matthew Mashborne.
James Lassiter devised his will in Northampton County, NC on an unspecified date in 1804. He left a legacy of five shillings to each of his older children, namely, Shadrack Lassiter, Elias Lassiter, Elijah Lassiter, Green Lassiter, and Penelope Mills. His son James Lassiter (III) was bequeathed part of his father's land, furniture, and various livestock. Sons Kinchen Lassiter and Jordan Lassiter were also given legacies of land and furniture, while Lassiter's second wife Lydia received her husband's personal estate. Lydia Lassiter's property was to be held in trust for James Lassiter's three youngest daughters who were still under age, namely, Henrietta, Abigail, and Reinford Lassiter. James Lassiter appointed his friend Elliot Futrell as his executor, and Levi Lancaster, John West, and Martha West were witnesses to the will (Proven December Court, 1813).
James Lassiter was still living in 1810, when the Federal Census of Northampton County, NC enumerated his household with 1 male over 45, 1 male 26-45, 1 female 26-45, 1 male 16-26, 2 females 10-16, 1 male 0-10, 1 female 0-10, and 1 slave. James Lassiter had died prior to June 3, 1811, at which time John Peele posted a bond for £400 to be appointed the administrator of James Lassiter's estate. During the same June Term, 1811, Lydia Lassiter made a petition stating that her husband at the time of his death possessed 200 acres adjoining Thomas Outland. She also deposed that Henrietta, Abigail, Reinford, Kinchen, and Jordan Lassiter were orphans without legal guardians. On June 8, 1811, the Northampton County Court summoned a jury to allot to Lydia Lassiter her one third part of James Lassiter's land. In response to the petition for dower, the court appointed committee returned their report on August 15, 1811 allotting to Lydia Lassiter sixty-six acres next to Shadrack Lassiter and Josiah Blanchard. The final settlement of James Lassiter’s estate was registered in Northampton County court on March 3, 1814.
On June 18, 1813 in Northampton County, NC, Lydia Lassiter, widow of James Lassiter, Jr., married her stepson James Lassiter (III). Lydia and James Lassiter (III) had a daughter together named Rebecca Lassiter (b. about 1813), who married William Simpson on May 30, 1836 in Trigg County, KY.
On September 8, 1813, James Lassiter (III) conveyed to his half-brother (and now his stepson) Kinchen Lassiter 70 acres on the North side of Urahah Swamp bounded by Green Lassiter, Thomas Outland, and Jordan Lassiter. In return, Kinchen Lassiter deeded James Lassiter (III) his 90 acres on Urahah Swamp given to him in his late father's will (Both deeds proven December Court, 1813; Registered January 17, 1814). Three years later on September 16, 1816, Kinchen Lassiter sold Morris Baum, for $275, 75 acres formerly bequeathed to his half-brother James Lassiter, Jr., witnessed by Lewis Joyner, Josiah Blanchard, and Jane Joyner (Proven March Court, 1817; Registered June 3, 1817). James Lassiter (III) and his wife Lydia Lassiter sold 24 acres on Urahah Swamp to David Lassiter, son of Green Lassiter, on October 1, 1817 (Proven March Court, 1818; Registered June 15, 1818). The following October 9, 1817, David Lassiter conveyed the same tract of land to his brother Joab Lassiter, who in turn on the same day sold the land to Kinchen Lassiter (Both deeds proven March Court, 1818; Registered June 15/30, 1818). Five years later on January 29, 1822, Jordan Lassiter deeded to Benjamin W. Ellis 61 ½ acres, it being his distributive share of the lands of his deceased father (Proven March Court, 1822; Registered June 13, 1822).
Lydia Lassiter was still living in Northampton County, North Carolina as late as August 16, 1828, when she and husband James (III) sold to William Fennel, for the sum of $210, 63 acres which adjoined Morris Baum and Josiah Blanchard (Proven March Court, 1829; Registered June 8, 1829). On October 15, 1828, Lydia's son Jordan Lassiter deeded William Fennel 61 acres from the division of his father's estate (Proven March Court, 1829; Registered June 9, 1829).
Lydia Lassiter and her husband James removed to Trigg County, Kentucky, following her sons Kinchen and Jordan Lassiter removal there. The 1850 census of Trigg County, Kentucky enumerated James Lassiter age 70, along with wife Lydia age 71, Rebecca Simpson age 37, John L. Simpson age 11, and Henry P. Simpson age 5. Lydia Lassiter was still living in 1860, when she was listed as age 89 in the household of her daughter Rebecca Simpson in Trigg County, Kentucky.