William Donham Lee

about 1798–1860 (Age 62)
Greene, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of William Donham

When William Donham Lee was born about 1798, in Greene, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Henry Lee, was 30 and his mother, Mary Donham, was 24. He married Sarah Jane Hook on 1 March 1821, in Clermont, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Perry Township, Clay, Indiana, United States in 1860. In 1860, at the age of 62, his occupation is listed as day laborer in Perry Township, Clay, Indiana, United States. He died in 1860, in Riley, Vigo, Indiana, United States, at the age of 62.

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William Donham Lee
Sarah Jane Hook
Marriage: 1 March 1821
David Lee
Harriet Lee
Mary Lee
Samuel Lee
Sarah Jane Lee
Hester Ann Lee
Keziah Moberly Lee
Mary Lee

Spouse and Children

1 March 1821
Clermont, Ohio, United States


+3 More Children

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    Mary Donham




+7 More Children

World Events (8)

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 2

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.
1812 · Harrisburg Becomes the State Capital

Age 14

Harrisburg had important parts with migration, the Civil War, and the Industrial Revolution. 

Age 18

Indiana is the 19th state.

Name Meaning

1 English: topographic name for someone who lived near a meadow or a patch of arable land, Middle English lee, lea, from Old English lēa, dative case (used after a preposition) of lēah, which originally meant ‘wood’ or ‘glade’.2 English: habitational name from any of the many places named with Old English lēah ‘wood’, ‘glade’, as for example Lee in Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, and Shropshire, and Lea in Cheshire, Derbyshire, Herefordshire, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, and Wiltshire.3 Irish: reduced Americanized form of Ó Laoidhigh ‘descendant of Laoidheach’, a personal name derived from laoidh ‘poem’, ‘song’ (originally a byname for a poet).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • William D Lee in household of John R Lee, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Wm D Lee in entry for W B Morgan and Sarah Jane Lee, "North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 "
  • William D. Lee, "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013"

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