GEORGE LEE, a well known citizen who is now retired from active participation in agricultural pursuits of Carlinville, Macoupin County, has performed his part well in life's battle. He is one of that splendid body of men that defended the Union in the struggle between the States 40 years ago. He was born November 3, 1843, at Killam's Mound, Morgan County, Illinois, and is a son of George and Mary (Audas) Lee.
George and Mary (Audas) Lee, both natives of Yorkshire, England, came to America in 1830 and located in Morgan County, Illinois, where they were married February 24, 1835. The mother died in 1855, when the family moved to Macoupin County, and our subject's father purchased a 100-acre farm in 1861, which is now owned by his son John A., the brother of our subject. He proved to be very successful at farming and accumulated a comfortable competency while engaged at his vocation. There were five children in the family, namely: Sarah A., deceased April 10, 1891; Thomas; Elizabeth, deceased November 1, 1893; George, our subject; and John A. In religious belief both parents were members of the Methodist Church and up to the time of their death were much interested in the work of that religious body. George Lee, our subject's father, died April 20, 1882. Our subject was reared and educated in the district schools of Morgan County, and after taking full advantage of the opportunities for instruction that were offered, engaged in farming and so continued until the Civil War broke out. On August 19, 1862, he enlisted in Company A, 122d Reg., Illinois Vol. Inf., and served until July 14, 1865, when he was mustered out at Mobile, Alabama. He received his discharge at Springfield, Illinois, in August, 1865. He was wounded at Tupelo, Mississippi, July 14, 1864, and endured many hardships while in the service. In 1865 he returned to Illinois and engaged in farming, which occupation he continued until 1877, when he retired and has since resided with his brother, John A., who married Lena Kline, and has three children, namely: George D., Clarence A. and Clara L. Our subject has never married and has always lived a quiet and peaceful life. He has friends who have been attracted to him by his manly, fearless and resolute character. Politically our subject is a member of the Republican party but has never taken any active interest in political affairs. He is a member of the G.A.R.