Many people in Caswell County, North Carolina, and surrounding areas have Lea ancestors. And, in "The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina," Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) (hereinafter "Caswell Heritage Book") are ten articles directly relating to the Lea family, with many references to Lea in other articles.
I want to caution you about relying upon these articles without doing further research. While this obviously can be said for all articles written by laymen in publications such as a county heritage book, it is especially critical for the Lea family.
The following factors are the basis for this warning:
1. The Lea family came to North Carolina from Virginia (particularly King & Queen County). Many of the core records from that county were lost or destroyed.
2. The given names William, James, and John were used repeatedly and confusingly.
3. Much misinformation has been published about the Lea family, esepcially these books:
(a) "Amite County Missisippi 1699-1890," Albert E. Casey
(b) "Finding Your Forefathers in America," Archibald F. Bennett
(c) "How I'm Kin to Whom: The Leas," Martha Lea Grdner and Richard T. Gardner
(d) "Lea Family," Frances Powell Otken. 1952.
Note that several articles in the Caswell Heritage Book rely heavily upon Amite County Mississippi 1699-1890, Albert E. Casey, and even cite it as an "excellent authority."
An example of the mischief caused by Albert E. Casey is his unfounded assumption that all persons with the surname Leigh, Lee, and Lea are related -- that the names essentially are the same. This was a crucial error.
The proliferation of online Lea family "genealogies" has compounded the problem.