William Matthias Lee

25 September 1837–23 July 1918 (Age 80)
Bloomington, Bloomington Township, Monroe, Indiana, United States

The Life of William Matthias

When William Matthias Lee was born on 25 September 1837, in Bloomington, Bloomington Township, Monroe, Indiana, United States, his father, John Wesley Lee, was 40 and his mother, Effie Winlock Hester, was 33. He married America A. Puett on 15 October 1861, in Vigo, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Harrison Township, Vigo, Indiana, United States in 1900 and Harrison, Fayette Township, Vigo, Indiana, United States in 1910. He died on 23 July 1918, in Terre Haute, Harrison Township, Vigo, Indiana, United States, at the age of 80.

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Family Time Line

William Matthias Lee
America A. Puett
Marriage: 15 October 1861
Elmer E. Lee
Effie Lee
Eli L. Lee
Addison M. Lee
Cora Lee
Alva Curtis Lee
Alva Lee
Grace Lee

Spouse and Children

15 October 1861
Vigo, Indiana, United States


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World Events (8)

1841 · Indiana Nears Bankruptcy

Age 4

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 9

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Age 26

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

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)

  • Wm N Lee, "United States Census, 1880"
  • William Lee, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Wm M Lee, "United States Census, 1910"

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