Randolph County, Indiana
John H. Lee
illustration of skill as a farmer as well as of the ability to concentrate
efforts along some special line until success is achieved in that under taking
is found in the case of John H. Lee, one of the progressive citizens of
Randolph county, who is not only a successful tiller of the soil as the term is
usually understood but has proven himself to be a standard authority on livestock,
giving special attention to that department of his work from which no small
part of his annual income is derived. He has spent most of his life in this
locality, well knowing that no better place could he found in this or any other
state for general agricultural purposes, not only on account of good soil, but
proper climatic conditions, easy access to large market centers and other minor
Mr. Lee was born in West River township, Randolph county, April 3,
1859, on a farm. He is a son of Ephraim and Elizabeth Jane
(Ledbetter) Lee, both natives of Wayne county, Indiana, where they grew to
maturity, were educated and married and from which locality they eventually
moved to Randolph county, locating on a farm in West River township in the
latter fifties, and here the father prospered, becoming one of the extensive
land owners of this township.
John Lee, the
great grandfather of our subject was a native of England where he spent his
early life, finally emigrating to the United States, being shipwrecked when
crossing the Atlantic, he and only two others escaping with their lives. He
established a home in the east, and his son, Samuel Lee, grandfather of
our subject, finally settled in Wayne county, Indiana, and there his death
occurred when his son Ephraim Lee, father of the gentleman whose name
initiates this review, was only four years of age. Politically, Ephraim Lee
was a Republican and was for many years active in public matters, but was never
an office seeker. He and his family were members of the Friends church. His
death occurred in 1906, his wife having preceded him to the grave in August,
1899. They were the parents of nine children, namely: Riley is a retired
farmer of Modoc; Phoebe is deceased; Edward is a farmer of West
River township; Minus lives in Muncie; Arminta is deceased; John
H., of this review; Ruth is the wife of John Jones, of Modoc;
Samuel is a carpenter and lives at Modoc; Liverna is the wife of Jacob
Ross, a farmer and they live in Iowa.
John H. Lee was reared on the home farm and he attended the rural
schools in his district, and he remained with his parents until his marriage on
November 28, 1880, to Ellen Keever. She is a daughter of Solomon
and Mary (Barner) Keever, of Randolph county, the father now deceased,
but the mother is living in Modoc. Mrs. Lee grew to womanhood in her
native community and received a common school education. To our subject and
wife one son has been born, Boyden, whose marriage took place March 22,
1902, when he espoused Emma Miller, a daughter of Isaac and Margaret
(Roadcapp) Miller, of White River township, and they have two children, Lura
and Willard Woodrow.
When John H. Lee was first married he began farming for himself on
a farm near Modoc. In the fall of 1891 he moved to Wells county, Indiana, where
he lived five years engaged successfully in general farming, but in the fall of
1896 he returned to Randolph county and settled in White River township. In the
fall of 1903 he moved to his present farm four miles southwest of Winchester,
which place consists of eighty acres, well improved and under a high state of
cultivation, and on which stands one of the most attractive and modern rural
homes in the county. He also has substantial and convenient outbuildings, and
he devotes much of his attention to stock raising and feeding for the markets. Mrs.
Lee is a lady of decided artistic temperament, a lover of nature,
especially flowers, and the spacious, shady and well-kept lawn bears evidence
of her taste and work as a floriculturist.
Politically, Mr. Lee
is a Democrat, having been loyal to the principles of this party since 1892, and
has been an active party man. He has been precinct committeeman several years,
but he has never been an office seeker.
He and his family are members of the German Baptist church and are active
church workers, and influential in the various affairs of the community whether
religious, educational, civic or material.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
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