Ophelia Eva Lee

19 May 1919–19 December 2010 (Age 91)
Quay, New Mexico, United States

The Life of Ophelia Eva

When Ophelia Eva Lee was born on 19 May 1919, in Quay, New Mexico, United States, her father, Joseph Vandever Lee, was 42 and her mother, Ida May Cole, was 29. She had at least 1 son and 2 daughters with Fred Manuel Watts. She lived in Rogers, Oklahoma, United States in 1935 and Dawson Township, Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States in 1940. She died on 19 December 2010, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States, at the age of 91, and was buried in Sperry, Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States.

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Family Time Line

Fred Manuel Watts
Ophelia Eva Lee
Francis Ida Watts
Luther Martin Watts
Phyllis Emma Hastings

Spouse and Children



    Francis Ida Watts


    Luther Martin Watts


    Phyllis Emma Hastings


Parents and Siblings



    Theodore Lee


    Nora Bell Jester




    Daniel Lukey Lee


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World Events (8)


Age 1

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.
1921 · Tulsa Race Massacre

Age 2

 By 1921, Tulsa was a booming city with a population of over one hundred thousand, with ten thousand African Americans in the Greenwood District. Crime rates in Tulsa soared and vigilantism was present. An incident occurred with Dick Rowland, an African American shoe shiner, and Sara Page, a white elevator operator. Reports claim Rowland stepped on Page’s foot and she let out a scream. The newspaper reported Rowland attempted to rape Page. Rowland was arrested and white vigilantes demanded the sheriff to hand over Rowland for lynching. An armed group of African American men went to the courthouse to aid in protecting Rowland from the mob. The group was turned away and a shot was fired between the white and African American groups, which ignited a riot. While buildings in Tulsa were burned, a major effort by whites focused mainly on the Greenwood District which was burned to the ground and many were shot. Over 30 people were killed and many were injured in the riots. 
1943 · Oklahoma is Home to Thousands of POW's

Age 24

Oklahoma was home to 22,000 German and Italian prisoners of war. The prisoners were sent to work on farms and ranches to continue the production work as many American men were off at war. 

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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My Grandma Watts

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Sources (3)

  • Ophelia E Watts in household of Fred M Watts, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Ophley Lee in household of Joseph V Lee, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Oph*Y Lee in household of Van Lee, "United States Census, 1920"

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