Biography of William U. Lee
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Lee, William U., was born in Barre, Orleans county, December 21, 1843. His father was a farmer and Mr. Lee has made that the principal occupation of his life. In 1881 he relinquished active work on account of failing health. In 1883 he settled in Medina and has resided there since. He was one of the organizers of the Medina Savings and Loan Association and has been its president since it was organized May 1, 1888. He is also president of the Board of Trustees of the Presbyterian Church and for six years was a member of the Medina School Board, during four of which he was secretary. He also served as a member of the first Board of Sewer Commissioners of the village of Medina, organized under the act of 1889. In 1867 Mr. Lee married Frances H. Church, and they have one daughter. Mary E. Mr. Lee's father, Charles, who was postmaster at Farmingham for more than twenty years, beside holding other positions of public trust, was a pioneer in the town of Barre, as also was his grandfather, John Lee, who was a judge in the Court of Common Pleas in what was then Genesee county. The Lee family trace their ancestry in this country back to 1634, when John Lee, a merchant of London, came over from England and settled in Agawam, now Ipswich, Mass. The family name at that time was spelled Leigh. Mr. Lee is a member of the seventh generation since the settlement of the family in this county. His father and uncle, Ora Lee, cut the first timber felled between the Oak Orchard road in Barre and the village of Millville in Shelby, on what is now known as Lee street, in the year 1826. Mr. Lee and his cousin, Ora Lee, are now the owners of a large portion of the tract of land taken at that time from the Holland Land Company by their fathers and grandfather.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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