Biography of William Lee
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Lee, William, was born in Ireland in 1844 and came to this country with his mother and two brothers and three sisters and settled in Washington county. His mother died in 1881. He received a common school education and in 1854 came to Troy and was employed as a driver for one summer. He then went to school for three winters, after which he entered the auction store of Ackley & Marston, where he remained for one year. He started his trucking business when sixteen years of age, and lost everything, horses, trucks, trunk, large sum of money and all his clothes in the big fire of 1862, but started in business again, increasing from time to time. He is the only teamster in business in Troy at the present time, that was in business when he started. He is a stockholder in the Wilber Shirt Company, and also in the Adams Laundry Machine Company. He is a member of Apollo Lodge F. & A. M., Apollo Chapter and Bloss Council, and the Masonic Veterans' Association. In September, 1863, he married Pamelia M. Van Schaick, daughter of the late Capt. Cornelius Van Schaick. They have one daughter, Amelia Lee Richardson, of New York city; her husband is agent for the Hoosac Tunnel Line.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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