Posted By:bob eddings
Subject:Re: James Lees, Phebe Luckey
Post Date:February 03, 2012 at 05:27:10
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Forum:Shelby County, IL Genealogy Forum
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Robert, before discussing your James Lees, Phebe Lucky (Luckey), and daughter Ophelia, I'll give you some background onthose families that I have found.

First of all, the Lees Family.Per the 1860 census of Shelby Co., Ill., James' parents were Edward and Hannah Lees. Edward was born 1814 in England and Hannah was born 1817 in England too. Their children were:William (b. 1838); James (1842); and Sarah (1845). William and James were also born in England, but Sarah was born in America, possibly in Penn. This family arrived in America during the period 1842-45. Son William (b.1838) married Rhody Porter 22/2/1861 in Shelby Co.: daughter Sarah (1845) married David Kaufman 12/1/1868 in Shelby Co. Your ancestor, son James married Phebe Lucky 3/1/1868 in Shelby Co.(NOTE: On most census' the family was listed as Lucky. On James and Phebe's marriage license, she was listed as Jane Lucky). James died 10/19/1925 in Shelby Co. Apparently, James and Phebe (Jane) only had 1 child, daughter Ophelia, who was born 1858 in Shelby Co. It appears that Phebe (Jane) died 1868-69, possibly in the birth of Ophelia.

Regarding the Lucky Family, your Phebe's parents were John Lucky (b. 1811 in Va.) and Hannah (b. 1817 in Va.). They married circa 1842 in Va. and their first children were Isaac (b. 1844) and Phebe ( Jane - 1846). These children were born in Highland Co., Va. In total, John and Hannah had 7 children. Apparently, mother Phebe (1817) died circa 1851-3 and John married "Margaret". (NOTE: John and Hannah said they were born in Pendleton. I have no idea where that was. Possibly it was in England. On later census' John said he was born inVa.). John and Margaret had 1 more child.

Keep in mind that your Phebe (Jane) died circa 1868-69. On the 1870 census Ophelia Lees was living with Phebe (Jane)'s brother Isaac (b. 1844) and his family in Jasper Co., Ind. Possibly that is where Ophelia "grew up" and later married. I know nothing more about her.

Regarding James Lees, following Phebe (Jane)' death, I couldnot find him. However, in 1882 he married "Mary" (she was born 1859) and they had at least 5 children: William (1883); Roy (1886); Grace (1889); Ocie (1894); and Harry (1896). While James died in 1925, wife "Mary" died 4/25/1947.

I guess this is about all I know of these families. I hope I have not confused you too much.Bob Eddings - no relation.