OF JEFFERSON COUNTY, INDIANA
FATHER OF MARY E. LEE
By Reiley Kidd
to our family lore, "Alfred Thomas Reiley's first wife was Mary E. Lee,
the daughter of John
Lee of Tipton County, Indiana." This story is confirmed by the Tipton
County, Indiana marriage
records, which document their marriage on April 12, 1860 in Tipton
evidence supports the statement that Mary E. Lee's father was John Lee,
of southern Indiana. A
great deal of information on this John Lee's ancestry is found in The
Lee Family of Jefferson County, Indiana, 1650-1980, going back 6 more
generations, to 1650.2 According to this reference, our John Lee was
son of Nathan Lee (born Oct. 15, 1789, m. Oct. 9, 1808 in Gallatin Co.,
KY, d. abt. 1858
in Switzerland Co., IN) and his wife Nancy Fish. John was born November
18, 1816 in Jefferson
Co., Indiana.3 Nathan Lee is on the 1820 federal census in Jefferson
Co., Indiana with
John in his household, about three years of age.4
1830, Nathan Lee is again found in Jefferson Co., Indiana.5
1840, our John Lee is in Switzerland Co., Indiana, just east of
Jefferson Co., with his new wife, Clarinda. Next door is his father,
Nathan's large family.6
1850, this John Lee is found in Jefferson County, Indiana (Milton
Township), age 33, a farmer with $300 in real estate, born in Indiana.
household are his (second) wife, Permelia, age 25 and born in KY (more
later), and the following children, all born in Indiana: Mary E. - 9,
James Hascal - 7 [Permelia's
son by her first marriage], Clarinda - 2, and Warren - 8⁄12, all b. IN.7
Lee purchased land in Prairie Twp., Tipton Co., Indiana in December of
1849 and January of
1850, but evidently didn't move his family north right away. The record
of the sale names him as "John Lee of Jefferson County." 8
1860 federal census, John Lee has migrated north, where he and his
family is found in Prairie
Twp. of Tipton Co., Indiana, age 42, farmer, $2000 real estate, $600
personal property, b. IN, with wife Permelia, age 33, b. KY, and
Margaret - 15, Clarinda - 12, Nathan - 6, Jesse F. - 3, Nancy A. - 1,
James F. Haskel - 18, day laborer (and his stepson) in his household.9
this time, John's daughter Mary E. Lee has married Alfred Thomas
Reiley. They are found on the federal census in Howard County, Indiana,
north of Tipton County.10 From this census entry, we know that they
married within the past 12 months, and have no children yet.
1866, John's daughter Clarinda G. Lee married Robert Gray, in Tipton
Co., Indiana, on March 11.11 Evidently they are still living in Tipton
at this time. According to an article on Robert Gray, he and his wife
to Clay County, Illinois in March of 1867. Presumably this is also when
Clarinda's parents moved
to Clay County.12
1870, John and his family are in Clay Co., IL, in close proximity to
the family of Alfred T. Reiley, the husband of John's deceased
yet to find them in 1880, but am confident that they stayed in Clay
Co., IL, because both John and Permelia are buried in the Elmwood
Cemetery, on the south side of Flora, Clay Co., Illinois. Their
John LEE - born 18 November 1816 - died 20 February 1883
Permelia Banta LEE, wife of John - born 1823 - died 9 July 187814
is not in daughter Jessie Lee Russell's household. I've not found the
other children in 1880 yet.
E. LEE'S MOTHER:
Lee married Mrs. Permelia Haskell in Switzerland Co., IN on
4-22-1847.15 Combining this with the census information above, it is
that the James Haskel⁄Hascal in John's household in 1870 is Permelia's
living child by her first marriage. The same source reveals that she
married Harvey Haskell in
Switzerland Co., IN on December 11, 1841, and that her maiden name was
Banta.16 Another source
lists Permelia's birthdate as November 24, 1822, the daughter of Henry
C. and Nancy Demaree
the marriage date for John Lee and Mrs. Permelia Haskell, and the age
of Mary E. Lee and
her sister Margaret C. Lee, it is clear that John Lee was also married
earlier. The same Indiana
State Library site also produced the marriage record of John Lee and
Clarinda Davison in Switzerland
Co., Indiana on March 16,1840. I believe that Clarinda is indeed our
John Lee's first wife,
and Mary E. Lee's mother, because John gave his first daughter by his
second wife the name
Clarinda, judging from the 1850 and 1860 census entries.
parents are not known at this time. There are several Davison or
Davidson household heads
in Jefferson County in 1820 and 1830. The most promising suspect is
Thomas Davidson, Sr.,
found on the 1820 census in Jefferson Co., Indiana, with 5 daughters
under 18.17 Another is found in the 1830 census, a James Davidson.18
CHILDREN OF JOHN LEE
names of his children come from the 1850, 1860 and 1870 federal
censuses, from a letter written by Mary E. Lee in 1858 to her sister,
Margaret C. Lee,19 and from this photo (below), found among the family
information of Ardis Reiley Hornack:
1: photo labeled "John Lee Reiley's aunts, the Lee girls: Aunt Jesse,
Nan, Flo, Clara, and Belle."
children of John by his first wife, Clarinda Davison Lee, whom he
married March 16, 1840: 1. Mary E. Lee, born about 1841,21 in
Margaret C. Lee, born about 1845.
children of John and second wife Permelia Banta Haskell Lee, whom he
married April 22, 1847:
Clarinda Lee, b. February 25, 1848,22
Warren Lee, b. October 1849,23
Nathan Lee, b. abt. 1854,
Jessie Freemont Lee (f), b. abt 1857,
Nancy Ann Lee, b. February 20, 1858, in Tipton Co., IN,
Belle Lee, b. abt. 1862, and
Florence (Flo) Lee, b. abt. 1865.
E. LEE'S MARRIAGE
married Alfred Thomas Reiley, the son of Davis Reiley, on April 12,
1860 in Tipton County, Indiana. In 1858 (when she wrote the letter we
have) and in 1860, her family was living in Normanda, a small community
Prairie Township, Tipton County, Indiana; on the 1860 federal census,
she Mary and her new
husband are in the Harrison Township of Howard County, Indiana,
immediately north of Prairie
Township, Tipton County. Moreover, Harrison Township is on the southern
border of Howard
County, so although they were in a different county from her parents,
she was not far from home.
BROTHERS AND SISTERS
is known of them at this time, after the 1870 federal census, when the
family was in Clay County,
Illinois. But more information is emerging, summarized here.
Margaret Lee - nothing more known at present. Not in her family's house
Clarinda Lee - married Robert Gray in Tipton Co., IN on March 11, 1866
in Tipton Co., IN, and
moved with him (and presumably along with her parents and their
unmarried children) "to Clay Co., IL in March of the following year,"
settling near Iola.24 They are there on the federal censuses in 1870
and 1880, and
they evidently both died there, because they are both buried in Elmwood
Cemetery in Flora, Clay
Co., IL. Clarinda died on December 11, 1917, and Robert on May 5,
Warren Lee - nothing more known after 1870.
Nathan Lee - nothing more known after 1870.
Jessie Freemont Lee - A Jessie Lee married James M. Russell in Clay
Co., IL on 4⁄11⁄1878.26
Nancy A. Lee - A Nancy Ann Lee married George W. Currey in Clay Co., IL
Alice Belle Lee - nothing known after 1870.
Florence B. Lee - a Florence S. (may be a typo for B.) Lee married
Frank Canon in Clay Co., IL on 9⁄18⁄1883.28
DEATH AND BURIAL
to the family history written by Charles Wesley Reiley, the son Alfred
Thomas Reiley and
his second wife, Cynthia Snodgrass, Mary E. Lee died "a few days after
the birth of her only child, John Lee Reiley, on December 28, 1860."
Unfortunately the death records for Howard County do not begin until
and the County Clerk has no record of her death. However, her
headstone, in the Alto cemetery
in Alto, Harrison Township, Howard County, Indiana, confirms this date.
It reads, "Mary E.
Reiley, d. Dec. 31, 1860, wife of A.T.⁄ aged 19y 7m 15d." 29 This
cemetery is just outside the
Kokomo city limits.
research is directed toward finding an obituary for Mary, and finding
descendants of her siblings,
for more information on this family, including other photographs.
also very interested in learning about the ancestry of Clarinda
Davison, John Lee's first wife, and Mary Lee's mother, and would love
to hear from
others working on the Davison⁄Davidson family of Switzerland Co.,
Indiana in the early 1800s.
Tipton County Marriage Records, Book 2, page 271, cited in "Tipton
County Marriage Records:
Genealogical Data, 1844-1870," pg249.
November 1980 edition, compiled by Virginia Lee Weagle, Fauna Ritchey
Mihalko, Loretta Backus
Stevens and Catherine Heywood Jaruzelski, and available from The
Jefferson County Historical
Society, Madison, Indiana,
The date comes from his headstone in Clay Co., IL. He always listed his
birthplace as Indiana on the federal censuses; and his father bought
in Jefferson Co. in 1817. On Dec. 26, 1817 Nathan purchased the NE qtr.
S34, R5T11 in Shelby Twp. of Jefferson Co., IN. This land was sold
later by Nathan and Nancy
to Warner Lee.
There are two Nathan Lees in Jefferson Co. in 1820, both with young
males 0-9 - one is on page 287 and the other on p. 293. There are also
two household heads named John Lee and one Ely Lee in 1820. RK has
photocopies of these pages.
Reel 28, p. 91; also a Nathaniel Lee and two John Lees, both too old to
be our John Lee. RK has
copies of these census pages.
Reel 94, page 155. RK has copies of these pages. Nearby is Amos
Haskill, with a wife and two sons 0-4 years of age, and one page
154) is a William Haskell, also with a wife and one son and one
0-4. One of these may be the first husband of Permelia Banta Haskell,
who in 1847 will
become John's second wife; or they could be Harvey Haskell's
federal census of Jefferson County, IN, Reel 154, page 200, dwelling
number 121, enumerated
25 October 1850. There are two other John Lee household heads in
Jefferson Co. (who
do not appear related, judging from birthplaces). There are also
several other LEE household
heads in Shelby Twp., very near Milton Twp., and possibly related,
including two Nathan⁄Nathaniel
Lees (Mary E. Lee's 1858 letter mention a Nathan Lee). RK has
photocopies of these
according to a letter from Michelle McNabb, the librarian of the
Kokomo-Howard Co. Public Library, personal correspondence June 8, 2001.
land was the NW qtr. of S22, R3E.
federal census of Tipton Co., IN, Reel 301, page 170, enumerated 26
July 1860. There are two
other John Lees in Tipton Co., but their ages and birthplaces do not
match our John Lee, and the names of the children don't fit, whereas
John Lee matches perfectly.
federal census of Howard Co., IN (Harrison township), reel 57, page
773, dwelling number 430,
enumerated 22 June 1860. Towns in this township include Alto and W.
T. Rily (sic), 26M farmer, $2000 real estate, $200 personal estate, b.
IN, "married within the
year; Mary, 19F b. IN "married within the year"; Margaret C. Lee
(Mary's sister), 15F b. IN, "attended school within the year"; and the
of Henry Goff or Gobb, a missionary minister from KY. RK has a
this census record.
Tipton County, Indiana Marriages, 1844-1870, citing Tipton Co., IN MB
3, p. 83.
History of Clay County, Illinois, vol. 1, 1884, p. 225.
pp. 135-6, HH 164, Oskaloosa Township. John is 54, a farmer born in
Indiana. There's a check
mark in his row, indicating that his father was of foreign birth! He
owned no real estate at the time of this census (enumerated August 15),
had $576 in personal property. Also in the HH were wife Permelia W. -
b. KY, Clarinda 22, Nathan 16, Jesse F. 14, Nancy A 11, Alice B. 8 and
Florence B. 5, all b.
Indiana. By the time of the 1870 federal census, Alfred T. Reiley is
back in Hancock Co., IN. But
his uncle, John P. Reiley is still in Oskaloosa Twp., Clay Co., IL, on
p. 138a, just 32 households
away from John Lee.
from Death Records of Clay County, Illinois, Master Index, looked up
and sent to me by Tom McKnelly, firstname.lastname@example.org, 6⁄15⁄01.
INDIANA STATE LIBRARY, Genealogy Division, Searchable Database - an
Index of Indiana
Marriages Through 1850.
Ancestry.com file, with no sources listed. Awaiting confirmation,
5⁄2001. Permelia's headstone
says she was born in 1823.
page 279 (280a). Interestingly, this household has one individual in
agriculture and one in "commerce."
Roll 28, p. 126.
This letter, written from "Normanda (a small community in Jefferson
Township), Tipton Co., Indiana, February 25, 1858", begins "Dear
and is addressed to Miss Margaret C. Lee, but contained no address
In it, Mary tells that "Mother....has a fine girl a week old yesterday;
she calls it Nancy
Ann." The letter names Nancy Ann, Nathan, Jessie Freemont, and
Clarinda, and implies that
Margaret is with someone named Eva and her family. It also says that
Mary E. Lee wasn't with her
father and stepmother in the winter, but plans to stay the summer, and
that she was a teacher.
Reiley Kidd presently has the original of this letter.
This photo was passed down in the Reiley family to Ardis Reiley
Hornack, whose notation on the back of the photo is listed in the
(above). These women were Mary E. Lee's half-sisters, by her father's
second wife, Permilia Banta Haskell. The photo was taken by the Olive
Studio, O.B. O'Neill, 720
Olive Street, St. Louis, MO. Judging by the age of the women in the
photo, it was taken between
1890 and 1900. Reiley Kidd now has the original photograph.
She was 19 years old at the time of the 1860 federal census.
Calculating her birthdate from her headstone information (and taking
the obvious mis-transcription of her age), she was born on May 16,
History of Clay County, Illinois, vol. 1, 1884, p. 225.
listed as 8⁄12 years old on the 1850 federal census. This child
probably died before 1860, since he's not found on the 1860 census in
History of Clay County, Illinois, vol. 1, 1884, p. 225 (an article on
her husband, Peter Gray). Here is the entire text of this article,
sent to me by Nancy Hashimoto, email@example.com on 6⁄15⁄2001:
225..."Robert Gray, special insurance agent for the American Central
Company of St. Louis, is a resident of Flora, and a native of
County, Ind., where he was born May 25, 1843. He is the youngest of a
of thirteen children born to Peter and Nancy (Wright) Gray. His father,
who was born in
Virginia in 1791, served as a soldier in the war of 1812, completing a
five years in the regular army. He was reared in Kentucky, to where he
returned at the close of his service, and was there married to Nancy
They remained in Kentucky several years, during which time four
were born to them. They emigrated to Indiana and settled near Vevay, in
and there made a residence of several years, where the rest of their
large family were born.
In 1852, they removed to Tipton County, Ind., where the parents died,
the mother April 11,
1866, and the father in 1877. Robert received a very limited education
in his youth, his total
attendance in public schools not aggregating more than one year. In
11, he enlisted in Company C, of the One Hundred and First Indiana
Regiment, and was wounded
and made a prisoner on the 19th of September, 1863, at the battle of
participated in the fights at Stone River, Milton and Tullahoma. He was
retained a prisoner but
a short time, after which he was attached to the United States Reserve
Corps at Washington City.
He was discharged April 14, 1864. He then returned to Tipton County,
Ind., where for two years
he engaged in the lumber and milling business. He was there married,
March 11, 1866, and in
March of the following year came to Illinois, and located at Iola, in
Clay County. In 1872, he was elected to the office of Sheriff of Clay
a Republican, and served acceptably for the term of two years. In 1875,
removed to Flora, and formed a partnership with Mr. M. H. Presley in
local insurance business,
and in 1876, became a traveling agent for the American Central Company,
having the supervision
of the States of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. His wife,
whos maiden name was
Clara Lee, is the daughter of John and Parmelia Lee. She was born
February 25, 1848, in
Switzerland County, Inda. They were both members of the Methodist
Episcopal Church of Flora, and
he of the Masonic Fraternity. They have two children."
personal correspondence, Michele McNabb, librarian of Kokomo⁄Howard
Co., IN, who also has
ancestors in Clay Co., IL and who called me long distance to share this
info on 6⁄28⁄01.
Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900,
family unit is on the 1880 census in Flora, Clay Co. IL, p. 352B, with
Jessie's sister, Florence in their home.
Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900,
Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900,
1880 she's in her sister Jessie Lee Russell's household. John, their
father, isn't there.
Tombstone Inscriptions, Alto Cemetery, Alto, Indiana, read by Sharon
Davis, July 1997, Kokomo-Howard
Co. Public Library, Kokomo, Indiana. The published inscription actually
age as "49y 7m 15d," but this is clearly a mistaken reading, since she
was 19 on the 1860 census
of Howard County.