MAXWELL POTTER LEE

Farmer. Point Pleasant Township postoffiee Smithshire): is descended from two families that, for generations, have been prominent in West Virginia, where all of his ancestors who we mentioned here were born. Samuel E.. his father, was a son of John and Eunice Ferguson Lee, and he married Hannah Potter, a daughter of Maxwell and Clara Potter.

Mr, Lee was born in Sullivan County. Ind.. April 29, 1821 There his father, who had moved from West Virginia to Ohio and thence to Indiana, died; his mother died in Butler County. Ohio. In 1851 he came to Illinois and, after stopping for a time in Ful­ ton County, bought 160 acres of land in Section 4. Point Pleasant Township, which, he still owns, together with 160acres in Ellison Township, and some wood acres which tracts he purchased later. He has been successful as a farmer, and has for years been a leader in affairs in his township, having long held the office of Highway Commissioner and, for thirty-five years, that of School Director.

He married Margaret Moore, who was born ia New Jersey, a daughter of Abraham and Grace Moore, and who died in 1877. leaving three children; Phoebe Grace, deceased, Benjamin and Elizabeth (deceased). At Champaign.Ill.. March 25, 1880. he married Catharine Woods, who was born in Stark County. Ohio. April 2. 1836 a daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Anderson) Kritzer, natives of Wurtemburg. Germany, who came to the United States in 1821 and located ia Ohio, where Mr. Kritzer died when Mrs. Lee was six years old. Mrs. Kriteer came with her family to Point Pleasant Township in 1854, and bought a farm on which she lived until her death in 1873. Mr. Lee is an ardent Republican in politics, and in religion he affiliates with the Baptist denomination, as did his father and his grandfather, the latter having been an old school minister of that church.

 

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