Chester Eli Lee

17 July 1892–8 February 1964 (Age 71)
Hattiesburg, Forrest, Mississippi, United States

The Life of Chester Eli

When Chester Eli Lee was born on 17 July 1892, in Hattiesburg, Forrest, Mississippi, United States, his father, Henry Solomon Lee, was 43 and his mother, Ellender Jane Yates, was 36. He had at least 4 sons and 3 daughters with Sarah Jane McMellon. He lived in Beat 5, Jones, Mississippi, United States in 1910 and Beat 5, Lamar, Mississippi, United States for about 10 years. He died on 8 February 1964, in Lamar, Mississippi, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in Hickory Grove Church, Lamar, Mississippi, United States.

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Chester Eli Lee
Sarah Jane McMellon
Everett H. Lee
Edith Lee
Rev. Louis V. Lee
Hilton O. Lee
Roxie M. Lee
Gordon R. Lee
Helen L. Lee

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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 4

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1907 · Boll Weevil Destroys Most the Cotton Crop

Age 15

When the boll weevil threatened most the Mississippi Delta, it put the state’s cotton crop in peril. By the time the boll weevil reached Mississippi it had already destroyed four million bales of cotton. This added up to $238 million at the time or about 6 billion in present day. The boll weevil depends on cotton for every stage of its life.
1912 · The Girl Scouts

Age 20

Like the Boy Scouts of America, The Girl Scouts is a youth organization for girls in the United States. Its purpose is to prepare girls to empower themselves and by acquiring practical skills.

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)

  • Eli Chester Lee in household of Ellondee J Lee, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Elias Lee in household of H S Lee, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Chester E Lee, "United States Census, 1940"

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