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Lee, William – Obituary

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At his residence on Birch Creek, Nov. 20th [1884], William Lee. Funeral at the house today at 11 a.m.

William was born April 26, 1839 in Bartholomew Co., IN. He married Amy Lee on February 21, 1858 in Mahaska Co., Fremont, IA. Amy was only 15 and William was 19 years old when they married. In 1862 they came west to Oregon. Amy and William moved to Pendleton in 1869. Lee’s Crossing was named after William Lee. It is rather shocking that only a one line obituary was written. He and his mother and father-in-law, Mary and J. J. Lee, were well-known Pendleton residents of 15 years at the time of his death. William owned 160 acres of farming land. He also had quite a few cattle and horses according to the 1883 census.

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