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Re: Who was William Lee of Bucks?
Posted by: Lil (ID *****6838) Date: September 15, 2002 at 17:33:46
In Reply to: Who was William Lee of Bucks? by Pat Junkin of 2287

Found this at the online archives:
[The Lees were early settlers in Upper Makefield, William Lee, the
immigrant arriving prior to 1725. He bought a tract near Buckmanville,
late the farm of Joshua Corson, a great-great-grandson of the pioneer, and
now owned by Thomas W. White, Doylestown. William Lee, Jr., son of the
immigrant, first appears at Wrightstown meeting, August 19, 1725, as a
witness to the first marriage recorded there, and in March 1737, he signed
the petition to the court of Quarter Sessions that resulted in the
organization of the township. There is some doubt when he was married, but
none as to the name of the young woman he took to wife, to enjoy his joys
and sorrows. Her name was Hannah Smith, daughter of William and Mary
Croasdale Smith, Wrightstown. They are known to have been the parents of
four sons, and family tradition credits them with one daughter. William,
the eldest son, married Hannah Saunders shortly after February 5, 1746,
and was the father of nine children, seven sons and two daughters. They
spent their life on the ancestral farm, where he died March 23, 1811, and
was buried at Wrightstown. Among his sons was Ralph Lee, born April 28,
1763, who died October 23, 1834, on his Northampton township farm, and was
also buried at Wrightstown. His wife was Amy Martin. He subscribed the
oath of allegiance October 11, 1785, before John Chapman, and the
certificate and family Bible are both in possession of the family. The
third son of William Lee, the elder, was Ralph Lee, who married first a
daughter of John Atkinson, and second Sibella ----, lived in Buckingham,
died prior to March 6, 1748-9, and was likewise buried at Wrightstown.
They had two sons, David and William. The former, born 1740, removed to
Maryland, about 1770, built the Jerusalem mill on the Little Gunpowder
river, 1772, died 1815 and was buried at Little Gunpowder meeting, leaving
a number of descendants in that vicinity. William Lee, second son of Ralph
and Sibella, removed to Maryland about the time of his brother David, and
lived near him, and, at his death, left several children. Samuel Lee,
fourth son of William Lee, the elder, removed from Wrightstown to
Gunpowder meeting, 1773, but returned 1783. His will, dated January 17,
1790, is said to have been recorded at Belair, Maryland.*]
Ralph Lee, the son of Ralph, who was the son of William, who was the son
of William the immigrant, became Dr. Ralph Lee of Newtown, the most
prominent representative of the family. He was born November 27, 1792,
married Rebecca Richardson Story, daughter of David Story, Newtown, May
20, 1824, the ceremony being performed by Mayor Joseph Watson,
Philadelphia, first cousin of his wife. He died at Newtown, April 25,
1855, and was buried at Wrightstown. He read medicine and graduated from
the Pennsylvania University, 1816. He subsequently made a voyage to China
as physician and surgeon to the ship, and upon his return, settled in
practice at Newtown, where he spent his professional life. He was widely
known in his profession, and a useful citizen in every walk. He was active
in organizing the Bucks County Medical Society, 1848, and was its first
president, elected November 20, 1850. He was a delegate to the State
Medical Society of Pennsylvania, 1853, and to the American Medical
Association, 1855. He possessed popular manners. Dr. Lee had two children,
a son and daughter: Dr. Richard Henry Lee, the elder, born May 15, 1827,
graduated in medicine and settled in Philadelphia, where he was a
well-known practitioner, married Sarah Eliza Lathrop, of Providence, Rhode
Island, and died March 21, 1881. He left a son, Edward Clinton Lee,
Philadelphia. The daughter of Dr. Ralph Lee, Rachel Caroline, born May
1825, grew up to be a beautiful and attractive woman and was the toast of
the young men of her generation. She married William E. Bartlett, Jr.,
Baltimore, and died January 27, 1847. The family line of the Bucks county
Lees may be traced down in six generation in direct descent without a
break: William, William, Ralph, Dr. Ralph, Dr. Richard, Henry and Edward
Clinton.*]


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