WILLIAM J. LEE, a representative farmer and stock raiser of Island Creek Township and one of its best known citizens, was born on a farm in this township, April 1, 1860, and is a son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Taylor) Lee.
Benjamin Lee, who died in 1891, was one of Island Creek's most respected citizens and a lifelong resident. His father, James Lee, was born in Ireland and was one of the pioneers in this section, the old family home being situated on what is known as Lee's Ridge. Benjamin Lee married Elizabeth Taylor and they had two children, William J. being the only survivor, and they had one adopted daughter, Emma, the wife of Joseph Jacobs. Benjamin Lee and wife were valued members of Bray's Methodist Episcopal Church in which he was a steward, and she continues her relationship with this body. Mrs. Lee is now in her seventy-seventh year and is a beloved member of her son's household.
William J. Lee was carefully reared by excellent parents and during his father's lifetime he was his main assistant on the home farm and later assumed all its responsibilities. Having been accustomed to the details of farm life from boyhood, he has had the advantage that comes from knowledge in the management of his farm and stock industries and has met with more than usual success.
Mr. Lee married Miss ALice Powell, a daughter of Aaron Powell, a prominent resident of Island Creek Township for many years, and they have five children: Julia E., who is the wife of John Rogers, of Island Creek Township; Gladys M., who is a student in the High School at Steubenville; and Carl T. Laura M., who are at home. An infant daughter is deceased. Mr. Lee and family belong to Bray's Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he is one of the stewards. He is a public-spirited citizen and much interested in the schools and has served on the Island Creek Independent School District No. 2 board.