William Lee

Male 1774 - 1833  (59 years)


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  • Name William Lee  [1, 2, 3
    Born 1774  Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Gender Male 
    Birth 1784  [5
    Died 1833  Howard Co., Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 6
    Person ID I7667  Bishir Family
    Last Modified 27 Jul 2011 

    Father William Lee, Sr.,   b. 16 May 1742, Middlesex Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1820  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Sarah,   b. 1747,   d. Bef 1830, Virginia/Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 82 years) 
    Family ID F5446  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Polly Cassady,   b. Abt 1780 (estimate), Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1835, Saline Co., Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 24 Mar 1801  Halifax Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 7, 8
    Children 
     1. David Lee,   b. 1802
     2. John Lee,   b. 1803
     3. Frances Lee,   b. 1804
    +4. George Washington Lee,   b. 11 Nov 1810, Patrick Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jan 1888, Colusa, California? Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    +5. Thomas Lee,   b. Abt 1812, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    +6. Lucinda Lee,   b. Abt 1815, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1861, Yolo Co., California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years)
    +7. Melinda Lee,   b. 23 Sep 1825, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 May 1907, San Francisco Co., California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    +8. William G. Lee,   b. Abt 1827, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1892, Yokohl, Tulare Co., California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years)
    Last Modified 19 Oct 2010 
    Family ID F5448  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • A William Lee is listed in 1830 in Howard Co., Missouri (aged 40-50) with 3 boys (1 under 5, 2 that are 15-20) and 4 girls (2 5-10, 2 10-15) and a wife (30-40). (8 slaves) So it’s clear there are more children than we knew about. John Jones lives next door and William Watts is nearby.

      William is probably brother to John and Joel, son of William Lee Sr. It seems likely that the son WIlliam is William G. Lee who married Elizabeth Fuggit and traveled to California.

      William Lee (1774-1833) died in the 1833 cholera outbreak along with 3 other of the Lee men in his brother, John Lee’s family. There is a probate administration assignment in 1833 in which John’s probate administration is restated without William. We have found evidence that William’s widow, Mary Polly (nee Cassady), died around 1835. Both husband and wife died intestate (no will). Following her death, on 6 Jan 1836 John Jones, David Lee, Thomas Lee, John Spurgeon, James Daily and John Harvey were appointed joint administrators of William’s estate. David and Thomas are William and Mary Polly’s eldest sons. John Jones is his son-in-law. In January 1837 Jones auctioned off 9 negro slaves from the estate on the courthouse steps. The estate, amounting to $3978.23, is divided among nine heirs, each receiving $442.02. Shortly thereafter (Nov 1836), the two youngest (under 14) children of William and Mary Polly, William and Malinda, were assigned to Reuben and William Watts respectively as their guardians. We believe this is evidence that William G. Lee of Tulare Co., California, whose bio indicated he was raised by a “Mr. Waite” in Missouri, is, in fact, the son of William and Mary Polly Lee. George Washington and William lived next door to one another in Tulare, California in 1870. If Washington had been W.G.’s brother, he would have been of-age when his parents died. So there is no guardian assignment for him. (Of course, the two could have been 1st cousins if Washington was Joel’s son instead). [1, 9, 10]

  • Sources 
    1. [S852] 1830 United States Census, Ancestry.com.

    2. [S1443] Guardian assignment Nov 1836, assigns William and Melinda Lee to Reuben and Samuel Watts. Howard Co. Probate records.

    3. [S1444] Probate file for William Lee and Mary Polly Lee, Howard County, Missouri, 1833-1840.

    4. [S1349] Descendency chart for Tho. Lee, d. 1709 Middlesex, VA, Robert E. Lee “Bob” Eggenberger.

    5. [S1364] Jason’s Family Tree (JDHAYDON), J. D. Haydon.

    6. [S1345] Lees Arrived Here in 1883.

    7. [S1346] Virginia Marriages, 1740-1850.

    8. [S1348] GenForum Post and email correspondence, Patricia Seaver pseaver@charter.net.

    9. [S1344] Ulmer Ancestry, Ron Ulmer.

    10. [S1371] Jan 1837: John Jones, administrator of Wm Lee’s estate, sells 9 negro slaves.