Charles Norton Lee was born 13 March 1833 in Oakland County, Michigan, and died 23 October 1905, in his home on Berg Road in Southfield, Oakland County, Michigan. Grandfather Lee was the son of Horatio and Hannah Munn Lee – both early settlers of Oakland County. Charlie married Esther Jenks, the daughter of Morris and Almira Botsford Jenks on 25 December 1855 in the home of her parents [now referred to as Deer Lick Farm]. It is this same home that Charlie and Esther would eventually take ownership. From the Reunion Papers of the Jenks Family by Eva Seymour Jenks, “Uncle Charlie was always busy, cheerful, and quite well while I was there, but I had been home but one week when I received a card from Effie [Effie Clarissa Lee Weaver] saying “Dear Aunt, This brings you sad news. Pa died this evening about 7:15. Funeral at one on Thursday from the house. Yours in haste and sorrow. October 23, 1905″” The children of Charles and Esther included Emmer Estelle (1856), Effie Clarissa (1859) [my great grandmother], Lewellyn, Hannah Almira, Marietta, and Ora. Grandfather Lee is buried in the Southfield Cemetery.
[The above photograph is on display in the Southfield Library as part of the Southfield History Collection]