William M. Lee


WILLIAM M. LEE, a prominent farmer of Hancock county, was born in Washington county, Penn., December 3, 1827. He is the son of James Lee, who was born in Washington county, Penn., in January, 1794, and was brought by his father, William Lee to Brooke county when one year of age. William Lee was a native of Ireland and came with his father, Hugh Lee to America about 1787-8. The father of the subject of this mention spent his early life in Brooke county and then went to Washington county, Penn., where he married Margaret, daughter of Samuel McMillan, in 1818. James Lee spent his life in that county, working on a farm until his death in June 1867. William M. spent his early years in Washington county and acquired a good common school education and a thorough acquaintance with agriculture. When twenty-two years of age he rented his father's farm, which he managed for fourteen years. He then removed to another farm in the same county, where he remained four years. In August, 1868 he removed to the farm in Hancock county where he still resides. Here he owns about 202 acres of good land, the greater portion of which is in cultivation. In December 1850 he was married to Caroline Patterson who was born in Washington county, Penn. in August 1829. She is the daughter of Hon. William Patterson, who had represented that county in the legislature for a number of years. His father, Gen. Thomas Patterson, represented Washington county in congress for eight years. Mrs. Lee's mother was a daughter of Aaron Lyle, who also resided in Washington county and represented that district in congress for a number of years. Mr. and Mrs. Lee have had seven children: Margaret F., Albert G., James M.; William P., died August 14, 1885, aged twenty-five years; Venie J., Mary A. and Caroline V. James M., graduated at the University of West Virginia and is now superintendent of schools at Huntington, W. Va.; Albert formerly a teacher is now a merchant at Burgettstown, Penn. Mr. Lee is an elder of the Presbyterian church as were his father and grandfather and his family are also members. He has held the office of justice of the peace for eighteen years in succession.

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