Henry Harry Lane & Alinda Suit
Henry Harry Lane was born in Virginia [based on James Madison saying that his father was from VA on census] on May 13, 1786 . The book “The Lane / Osley Families” by Pauline Pharris states that he was born in England . But another source states that that Henry’s parents were William Lane (1740-1828) and Nancy Allen (1746-1804) of Virginia. They were married about 1762  and had eight children . He married Alinda Suit  (1785) and possibly a Frances (b.1793 SC) [unproven]. Henry was a prominent Methodist minister who founded Lanes Chapel Church in Roanoke, AL in 1850. He and several of the children are buried there. John H. Lane (b. 1844), a farmer of Franklin, Heard Co., GA, son of Collingsworth Lane and Elizabeth Dunlap stated in “Memoirs of Georgia” that his paternal grandfather was “Henry Lane, a prominent Methodist preacher who came to Georgia in the latter part of the last century [1700’s] and settled in what is now Coweta Co. and from there to what is now Heard Co and finally went to Alabama.”
***** If it is true that he came to Georgia in the 1790s, then he must have come with his parents who are unknown at this time. Coweta County was formed in 1825 from Creek Indian Lands, however Henry Lane is not mentioned in any of their records. In 1820, there are two Henry Lane’s (presumedly father and son) living in Morgan Co., GA. The Henry Lane of Newton Co. was one of the first well known citizens of the area. He served on the Grand Jury in April 1822 and was a Justice of the Inferior Court. On September 21, 1825 he founded Lane’s Meeting House, to be later known as Starrsville Methodist Church. In 1826 he founded Jefferson Academy along with John Hodnett (see Phillips file for info on the Hodnett’s). In 1830, there are two Henry Lane’s living in Newton Co., presumedly father and son. In 1840, Harry Lane is first listed as living in Heard Co., GA. He would have been 54 at the time. There are as well, two Henry Lanes, one in Morgan Co. and one in Newton Co. The latter married Eliza Jennings July 27, 1846 and had a son named William H. Lane. Since other researchers state that our Henry’s son of the same name married Martha Ann Kittrell who died in 1910 and no one (including his grandson ever heard of him living in Newton Co., I find it doubtful that these are the same person—however he did found a Methodist Church, and ours was not enumerated in Heard Co., GA until 1840, so maybe its possible. Additionally, Jeannette Holland Austin in her book “The Georgians, Genealogies of Pioneer Settlers”, seems to think that Henry Lane, the methodist preacher of Heard Co., is identical with the ones of Newton Co. She states that Henry was born in 1784 in North Carolina and was the son of Richard Lane, born in 1757 who was the son of Jesse Lane who was born in 1733 in Halifax Co., NC. She says that Henry married Martha Herring in Clarke Co., GA. Martha died in Newton Co. in 1837. She also states that this Henry was known as “Major Lane”. She lists all his children as I have them except for James Madison Lane, though she states that he had another child whose name was unknown. I got the impression that she had taken the account of John H. Lane in “Memoirs of Georgia” and mixed it with her own research which may or may not be correct—especially since Henry and James both state in the census that he was born in Virginia, not North Carolina. If it is correct, then James Madison is probably not the son of Henry Lane. But if it is not correct, where was Henry lane between 1810 and 1840?
I can find no definite trace of Henry in Georgia before 1840. In 1840, Harry Lane is first enumerated in Heard Co., GA. By 1850 our Henry was in Randolph Co., Alabama and the only Henry Lane in Georgia is in Newton Co. In 1852, Henry Lane married George Burdette and Mary Beard . Henry Harry died on September 17, 1857 and is buried at Lane’s Chapel in Randolph Co., Alabama .
Their children were:
1. Louisa Lane (b. June 3, 1809 Heard Co., GA / d. April 5, 1892) m. William Pierce Bailey .
2. Nancy A. Lane (b. Aug. 10, 1811 / d. Sept. 25, 1902) m. William L. Burdette 
3. Rebecca Lane (b.Sept. 2, 1813 / d. Sept. 1, 1901) m. Simeon Burdette 
4. James Madison Lane m Mary Ann Burgess (see below)
5. Martha J. Lane m. Paul F. Stearne in Chambers Co. in 1835 (unproven)
6. Mary Elizabeth Lane (b.Sept. 3, 1819 Heard Co., GA / d. July 22, 1897 unmarked grave Lane’s Chapel)  m. Gibbeon Collinsworth Brown, Sr. She died of cancer .
7. John Collinsworth Lane (b.1819 Coweta Co., GA [Memoirs of Georgia]) He fought as a volunteer in the Seminole War. (one researcher disputes that he is a son of Henry Harry, but see above). He married Elizabeth C. Dunlap (1822-1873). Both John and Elizabeth died in 1873 .
8. Henry Suit Lane (b. May 18th, 1823 in Georgia / d. April 7, 1880 in Lanes Chapel, Randolph Co, AL ; m. Martha Ann Kittrell  (b. Nov 11, 1834 / d. July 19, 1910). Their children were William, James Thomas, Jennie, Bob, Frances, and Walter Thomas. Walter was born Oct. 22, 1861 and died Aug. 15, 1928 in Randolph Co. He presided over the disposal of Lucy Lane’s (wife of Tom Phillips) property after her death in 1902.
James Madison Lane & Mary Ann Burgess
James was born in Heard Co., GA July 8, 1816 . He married Mary Ann Burgess who was born in Georgia, August 12, 1827 . James was a farmer. The 1860 census shows he was living next door to his brother Henry Suit Lane in Randolph Co., AL. Mary died Sept. 25, 1879 [unproven]. In the 1880 Randolph Co., census, Mary is not enumerated and an 52 year old Elizabeth is indicated to be James’ wife. Also in the 1880 census, Thomas Phillips is listed with the family as “working on farm”. He married their daughter Lucy the following year. Mary Ann died Sept. 25, 1879 . James died Nov. 12, 1890, at Lane’s Chapel in Randolph Co., AL .
[Note: There is a James Madison Lane (1840 – 1910) from North Carolina who married Elizabeth Roberts and had a daughter Lucy Lane (b.1857) in Miller Co.,GA, which should not be confused with our family.]
The children of James and Mary:
1.) John A. (b.1846)
2.) Frances E. (b.1848)
3.) Susan (b.1850)
4.) Mary E. (b. 1852)
5.) George W. (b. 1854) *** twins ***
6.) Georgia Ann (b. 1854) *** twins ***
7.) James T. (b.1856)
8.) Augustus (b.1858) *** twins***
9.) Augusta Ann (b.1858) *** twins ***
10.) Lucy M. (b.1860)
11.) William (b. 1864)
12.) Joel or Joseph T. (b.1866)
1.) Gerald F. Brown, gg-grandson of Mary E. Lane, dau of Henry Lane
2.) familysearch.org IGI Record / Batch 8517101 / Source 1396036 / Sheet 37
3.) familysearch.org IGI Record / Batch 8517101 / Source 1396036 / Sheet 36
4.) Marjorie Baldwin
5.) familysearch.org IGI Record / Film No. 1985283
6.) John W. Lane on GenForum
7.) History of Heard County