JAMES LEE, one of Island Creek's best known citizens, the owner of a farm of 200 acres, was born in Island Creek Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, April 1, 1835, and has there spent his long and busy life. His parents were James and Margaret (Mears) Lee.
The parents of Mr. Lee were natives of North Ireland and they came to Jefferson County, Ohio, in the early part of the nineteenth century and settled in Island Creek Township near the site of Costonia, which place bears its second name, the first having been Brown's Station. The postoffice was then called Jeddo although the town was still known as Brown's Station and finally was renamed Costonia. The father of Mr. Lee settled on the hill farm which his son James owns and it is known far and wide as Riverview. The brick house which has long been the family residence, stands now in the village, and it was built in 1858. The parents died some years ago, and of the family of twelve children, there are only two survivors: James and Mrs. Rachel M. Patterson, the latter of whom lives at Eddyville, Iowa. They were members of the Episcopal Church, and in politics the father was a Democrat.
James Lee, who bears his father's name, was reared in Island Creek Township and attended the district schools. During a large portion of his life, Mr. Lee has been a farmer and stock raiser, and has also been interested in milling and was the pioneer merchant at Costonia. He has also been engaged in merchandising at Jewett, Ohio. A progressive and public spirited citizen, he has aroused public interest in many desireable improvements. It was mainly through his efforts that a postoffice was established when the village, under the name of Jeddo, was scarely entitled to it. He has also been quite active in politics and has been elected to office on the Republican ticket, serving as township trustee with a great deal of usefulness.
Mr. Lee married Miss Annie Cooper, who was born in Knox Township, a daughter of John Cooper, a well known early settler there. Mr. and Mrs. Lee are the parents of six children: Oma Ida, who is the wife of Frank P. Jewett, of Island Creek Township; Mary O., who is the wife of J. S. Crawford, of the same township; Osman S., who also resides in Island Creek Township; Lizzie C., the wife of John P. Cochran, of Island Creek Township; John M., who is a conductor on the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad, with headquarters at Massillon, Ohio; and Rena H., who lives at home. Mr. Lee and family belong to Bray's Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he is a class leader.