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Below is a family biography included in The History of Franklin County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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James F. Lee was born in Jefferson County, Mo., about 1836, and is a son of Israel and Nellie (Allen) Lee. Israel Lee, a blacksmith and wagon-maker by trade, was a son of Josiah Lee, who died in Illinois about 1846, at the age of eighty years. Israel Lee died in 1857, at the age of fifty-four years. James T. Lee was reared on the farm, learned the blacksmith’s trade, and began life for himself when twenty years of age with $1,000 worth of property, which he has more than trebled by his industry and good management. He owns a well-improved farm, where he resides, of 227 1/2 acres. He was married, in 1857, to Miss Jane Wilson, who bore him two children: Silas and Emma. Mr. Lee subsequently married Mrs. Iman, nee Martha Withington, who died April 26, 1874, leaving two children, John and William. In 1879 Mr. Lee married Fannie Williams, a native of Jefferson County, Mo. One child blessed this marriage. Mr. Lee is a Democrat in politics. In 1862 he enlisted in Company I, Tenth Missouri Cavalry, two months later was transferred to the infantry, and about a year later was given charge of a Confederate States army blacksmith shop, where he worked until June, 1865.

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