JOHN R. LEE

FROM:  The History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin, and Williamson Counties, Illinois (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1887).  ).  P. 717-718.

          John R. Lee, a prominent farmer and pioneer, was born in Tennessee in 1830, the son of rev. Robert and Rebecca (Mitchell) Lee.  The father, English in ancestry and born in North Carolina in 1803, died in 1850.  His father, John, also a native of North Carolina, was a volunteer at New Orleans under Jackson in the war of 1812, and when Robert was a boy moved to Rutherford County, Tenn., then to Alabama, back to Tennessee and to Illinois, about 1832, locating in Shelby County, afterward in White County, where he died.  Robert was married when about twenty-five in Tennessee, and about 1835 moved to White County, and some time after to Hamilton County, where he spent the rest of his life.  He was a farmer and mechanic, and while a resident of Tennessee, was licensed to preach.  His removal to Illinois, and the division in the church, led him to join the General Baptist Church, by which he was ordained to preach the gospel.  He organized and built a church on the site of Thackery, which was admitted to the Franklin Association of the Missionary Baptist Church, which more nearly accorded with his belief.  His work was in Hamilton and White and the adjoining counties in Indiana.  The mother was born in Giles County, Tenn., about four years her husbandís junior, and died about 1869.  She was of Irish ancestry.  Our subjectís education was very limited.  May 20, 1850, he married Elizabeth Sneed.  Four of their five children are living: Rev. Robert W., of Franklin County; Elijah, deceased; Cleory J., wife of J. B. Reed; James M. and Perry S.  His wife died September 3, 1860, and in March 1861, he married Mrs. Martha A. Plaster, daughter of John and Nancy Irby. Their six children are Nancy E. (wife of A. D. Phillips), Louisa A., Ada C. wife of R. T. Dixon, of Posey County, Ind., Emberson M., Minnie E. and Lillie B.  He soon located on his present farm, which he has improved and added to until he now has a fine farm of about 200 acres.  He has always been an active and esteemed man, formerly a Democrat and first voting for Pierce, now a Greenbacker.  His is an Odd Fellow, and nearly all his family are members of the Missionary Baptist Church.


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