George Washington Lee

1836–1896 (Age 60)
Jennings Township, Owen, Indiana, United States

The Life of George Washington

When George Washington Lee was born on 4 March 1836, in Jennings Township, Owen, Indiana, United States, his father, Charles Virgil Lee, was 34 and his mother, Elizabeth Williams, was 21. He married Elisabeth Dwyer on 25 September 1859, in Appanoose, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 11 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Lee, Iowa, United States in 1850. He died on 6 March 1896, in Jackson Township, Lee, Iowa, United States, at the age of 60, and was buried in Lee, Iowa, United States.

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George Washington Lee
Elisabeth Dwyer
Marriage: 25 September 1859
Twin Lee
Twin Lee
William Harrison Lee
Charles Albert Lee
Ida M. Lee
James Washington Lee
John Lee
Thomas Franklin Lee
Edward Richard Lee
John Lee
Frederick Ferdinand Lee
Lewis Lee

Spouse and Children

25 September 1859
Appanoose, Iowa, United States


    Twin Lee


    Twin Lee


    William Harrison Lee


    Charles Albert Lee


    Ida M. Lee


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World Events (8)

1841 · Indiana Nears Bankruptcy

Age 5

The State of Indiana was near bankruptcy in 1841 due to the inability to repay interest incurred for the Massive Internal Improvement Act. The state liquidated much of its public works. Many of the projects were handed over to the state’s creditors as a way to reduce debt. Only two of the eight proposed infrastructure projects were completed by the creditors.

Age 10

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1856 · The Town of Santa Claus

Age 20

The town of Santa Fe was denied their application for a United States Postal Service as a town of Santa Fe, Indiana, was already established. Several meetings were held and the name was changed to Santa Claus, Indiana. The United States Postal Service granted their application. Due to the name, the post office in Santa Claus continues to receive thousands of letters to Santa Claus from children around the world each December.

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)

  • George W Lee in household of Charles Lee, "United States Census, 1850"
  • George Lee, "United States Census, 1860"
  • George W Lee, "Iowa State Census, 1885"

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