Uncle Willy …


Lewellyn Lee (16 Jun 1862-29 Jul 1917)

It was 101 years ago (1917) today, that Uncle Willy, Lewellyn Lee, passed away at the age of 55 in Southfield, Oakland County Michigan.  He was born 16 June 1862, also in Southfield and lived his entire life in that township.  He was the only son of Charles Norton and Esther Jenks Lee.  Uncle Willy always lived on his parents’ farm.  First on that of the Lee family and then after his mother and father took on the farm of his grandfather, Morris Jenks, that became his home.   After the passing of his father, Charles, in 1905 he ran the farm with his mother Esther who lived until 1918.


1905 – Home Built by Morris Jenks.

This is 1905, before the death of GG Grandfather Charles Lee.  Behind the fence is GG Grandfather Charles and GG Grandmother Esther Jenks Lee and Bob, the dog.  Standing in the open gate is Uncle Willy holding the family horse, Traveler.    Apparently, the Lee family liked to name their horses the same.   The house is still standing and occupied.

About Pat Shaul

Genealogist / Family Historian; Blog started as a record of my Grandfather's post card collection which ran for 15 months. Then, in June, 2017, I changed over to reporting and commenting on notifications from the ANCESTRY app "We're Related" I then started to provide snippets into ancestor biographies on the dates that were significant anniversaries.
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