Melchia Jane Lee

1838–1886 (Age 47)
Mad River Township, Champaign, Ohio, United States

The Life of Melchia Jane

When Melchia Jane Lee was born on 28 August 1838, in Mad River Township, Champaign, Ohio, United States, her father, James A Lee, was 32 and her mother, Matilda Powell, was 31. She married Benjamin Carter on 1 September 1863, in Vancouver, Clark, Washington, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Tazewell, Tazewell, Illinois, United States in 1850 and Clackamas, Oregon, United States in 1880. She died on 21 July 1886, in Butteville, Marion, Oregon, United States, at the age of 47, and was buried in Butteville, Marion, Oregon, United States.

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Melchia Jane Lee
Benjamin Carter
Marriage: 1 September 1863
Ida Jane Carter
Irvin Lee Carter

Spouse & Children

  • Female1838–1886Female

  • Benjamin Carter


1 September 1863
Vancouver, Clark, Washington, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 8

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

Age 12

Historical Boundaries - 1850: Marion, Oregon Territory, United States; 1859: Marion, Oregon, United States
1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 18

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

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).

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Jane Carter in household of Benjamin Carter, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Jane Lee in household of James Lee, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Jane Lee in entry for Irvin L Carter and Grace Ryan, "Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008"

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