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James Lee




James and Mary (Rowe) Lee

        For many years James Lee was a well known resident of Delaware county and witnessed much of its growth and development, taking an active part in the work of improvement especially along agricultural lines. He was born in Ireland on the 10th of April, 1834, and the following year was brought by his parents to the United States, the family home being established in Illinois, where he was reared and educated. The Black Hawk war had occurred only three years before their arrival in that state and there was every evidence of pioneer life with its attendant hardships, privations and difficulties. Amid such surroundings James Lee was reared and in meeting such conditions he developed strength of character and purpose as well as the traits of industry, economy and diligence.

       While a resident of Illinois James Lee was united in marriage to Miss Mary Rowe, who was born in Apple River, that state, January 22, 1842. Not long after their marriage they removed to Iowa, settling in Delaware county, and in November, 1874, took up their abode upon a farm near Masonville, where they resided until 1909, or for a period of thirty-five years. Mr. Lee bent his energies to the development of the place and succeeded in bringing his fields under a high state of cultivation. Year after year he carefully tilled the soil, and the abundant harvests which rewarded his labors brought to him a substantial competence, enabling him at length to live retired. Accordingly, in the year 1909, he left the farm and removed to a comfortable home in Manchester, where his remaining days were passed.
     Mr. and Mrs. Lee became the parents of thirteen children, as follows: Henry, who lives in Minnesota; Edward, who passed away in Portland, Oregon, June 28, 1914; Thomas, who is engaged in farming in Delaware county; Elmer J., residing at Harris, this state: Eliza, the wife of Robert J. Robinson, of Nebraska; Emma, the wife of Charles Morris, residing near Dundee, this state; Etta, who was a twin to Emma and died in infancy; Alfred, who was drowned June 4, 1887; Lorena, the wife of Alfred Tripp, residing near Dundee; George E., a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this work; Mattie, who married Jesse Rigney, of Wyoming; Clara, the wife of Verne Livesay, of Oregon; and Nevada Pearl, who lives in Portland Oregon.
     Mr. Lee made every effort to provide a comfortable living for his family and equip them for life's practical and responsible duties. He deserves much credit for what he accomplished in a business way, for he started out in life without any special advantages and worked his way upward through persistency of purpose intelligently directed. His many sterling traits of character gained for him the high regard of a large circle of friends. He died at his home in Manchester, June 30, 1910, and was survived by his wife until June 28, 1911.



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 398-401.  Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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