John David Lee (1851 - 1922)

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Birthplace: Parawan,Iron,UT
Death: Died in Thatcher,Graham,AZ
Managed by: Val Jennings
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About John David Lee

John David Lee was born 19Mar 1851 in Parowan, Iron, Utah, and died 22May 1922 in Thatcher, Graham, Arizona, and was buried 24 May 1922 in Thatcher, Graham, Arizona. When John David was born, his mother was living in a covered wagon box for they had not yet established a home. They remained in Parowan for about a year and then moved to Washington where his father had been called. There they made their permanent home. By the time he was eight years old, he was working with his mother in the cotton fields. He labored there in the early morning and late evening. During the hot part of the day he attended school where he was very studious and loved his books. Realizing the effort he was putting forth to learn, his teacher favored him all she could. He loved her dearly all the days of his life because of her assistance to him when he was a boy.

One of the chief pleasures of the schools was the "spelling bee." David was a good speller and was frequently the captain of his team. In one of the matches he found himself pitted against his teacher's son Neil. They were tied for a time, then she gave the word "seize." She pronounced it for Neil and he missed it. David began to spell, then hesitated for a moment. His teacher rubbed her eye ever so slightly. David took the hint and spelled the word correctly and captured the prize, a big red apple. He longed to take the apple home to his mother, but his conscience would not permit him to do it, because he realized he had been helped. Just before he reached his own door he buried the apple. Whenever he told this story to his children he always ended by saying that he could not give a gift that was not honestly earned. He also made it clear that he himself could not have eaten the apple either.

One of his neighbors, Thomas Clark, seeing David's industry, gave him the opportunity to work with him in his cotton field. He was so pleased with the boy's efforts that he shared the crop equally with him at the end of the season. That same neighbor allowed David to work for him with his cattle and paid him with heifer calves, thus pointing the way for David to build a herd of cattle of his own.

In his youth David's life was saddened by the knowledge that his father was carrying a heavy burden. In his desire to help his father whom he knew was innocent of any intentional wrong, he over-taxed himself and became dangerously ill. For many weeks his mother nursed him with the most tender care. His recovery was slow and when he was able to go about again his friends were shocked when they saw him for his hair was almost white.

There was a close companionship between father and son. As often as possible David visited his father and offered him all the comfort he could. The two found strength in the companionship. The son knew that his father had never designedly harmed anyone. He knew that he along with most all the other men in that vicinity felt they were at war and that they must protect their homes and their settlements or they would be destroyed as they had been in Missouri. He was proud of his father and the noble sacrifice he was willing to make. All the days of his life David tried to comply with his father's last request that he do everything within his power to keep all his brothers and sisters and all members of the Lee family within the Church.

Following his marriage and several moves, David eventually settled with his family in Luna, New Mexico. There he had large herds of cattle as well as horses. Many in the community benefited from his animals as he provided work and food for them. Along with others, David bought a saw mill and moved it into town so the townspeople could have work and be at home. Throughout his life he was a valiant community leader wherever he lived.

Realizing that his children were getting older and did not have schooling, he moved his family to Thatcher, Arizona at a great financial loss to himself. He felt their education in the Latter-day Saint Academy was much more important than what he had lost financially. They all excelled there. Every child he had was precious to him and he made each one feel secure in his love, even as his father had done with him.

He married (1) Evaline Dorinda Clark 1May 1879 in St. George, Washington, Utah. She was born 15Feb 1858 in Washington, Washington, Utah. She was the daughter of John Wesley CLARK and Evelyn BROWN. Evaline died 2Jan 1887 in Luna, Catron, New Mexico, and was buried 4Jan 1887 in Luna, Catron, New Mexico.

They had 4 children:

David Clark Lee, born 18Apr 1880 in Washington, Washington, Utah, died in childhood 29Mar 1886.

Marion Lee, born 7Mar 1882, died 20Aug 1957.

Lavina Evaline Lee, born 8Oct 1883, died 13Dec 1956.

Ettie Lee, born 2 Nov. 1885, in Luna, Catron, New Mexico, died 25 Mar 1974, in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona. Ettie completed the elementary grades at Thatcher, graduating as valedictorian. She went on to gain higher education in the area as well as in California. Throughout her life she was a valiant teacher at many different levels of education, spending much of her time helping underprivileged youth. She established the Ettie Lee Homes for troubled boys for which she is renowned. Of the many philanthropies that Ettie has contributed to throughout her life, the greatest satisfaction came in the Memorial Library at Eastern Arizona Junior College in Thatcher, Arizona where the reading room was dedicated to her grandfather.

John married (2) Inez Louise Hamblin 8 Oct 1888 in St. George, Washington, Utah. She was born 4 Apr 1871 in Kanab, Kane, Utah. She was the daughter of Jacob Vernon Hamblin and Louisa Bonelli.

They had 10 children:

David Lee, born 10Dec 1889, died 20Jan 1960.

Inez Edna Lee, born 1May 1891, died 28Apr 1985.

Louisa Lee, born 30 Mar 1893, died 11 Feb 1974.

Lela Lee, born 19 Jan 1895, died 10 Jul 1976.

Anthon Hamblin Lee, born 12 Jul 1897, died 16 Jan 1975.

Otto Hamblin Lee, born 25 Apr 1899, died 28 Nov 1980.

Ernest Young Lee, born 26 Jun 1902 in Thatcher, Graham, Arizona, died in infancy 16 Jun 1903.

Rex E. Lee, born 20 Nov 1904, died 11 Nov 1934.

Bernice Lee, born 26 Jan 1908.

Jessie Lee, born 24May 1913.

SOURCE: Some Descendants of John Doyle Lee Compiled by Lorraine (Richardson) Manderscheid, Published in 2000

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John Lee's Timeline

1851
March 19, 1851
Parawan,Iron,UT
1857
March 20, 1857
Age 6
1859
June, 1859
Age 8
1878
January 30, 1878
Age 26
1879
May 1, 1879
Age 28
St. George,Washington,UT
May 1, 1879
Age 28
1880
April 18, 1880
Age 29
Washington,Wash.,UT
1882
March 7, 1882
Age 30
Nutrioso,Apache,AZ
1883
October 8, 1883
Age 32
Nutrioso,Apache,AZ
1885
November 2, 1885
Age 34
Luna,Socorro,NM