Hocking County Ohio Biographies

ELIJAH LEE was born Dec. 10, 1829, in Hocking (now Swan Station, Vinton) County. His grandfather, James Lee, was a native of Ireland and when a young man came to America and lived seven years in Pennsylvania. He then put all his earnings into flaxseed and started back to Ireland. On the way over there was a storm and the seed with all other cargo was thrown overboard, in order to save the ship and passengers. Mr. Lee soon after returned to Pennsylvania and settled in Germantown. He married Elizabeth Krickburn, a German lady. They had four children, two sons and two daughters. George Lee, the youngest of their family, was born in 1798, and in 1816 came to Ohio with his father and brother James, locating in what is now Starr Township, Hocking County. He was married in 1830 to Martha O'Neil, a native of Portage County, Ohio, born Oct. 8, 1800. They had a family of six chil- dren---Samuel, Nancy, George W. (died March 6, 1874), Ross, Eli- jah and Julia A. Mr. Lee died Sept. 14, 1831, and his wife, Aug. 12, 1866. Elijah Lee was married Nov. 8, 1860, to Eliza A. Bart- lett, a native of La Porte County, Ind., born Dec. 20, 1838. After his marriage he located on seventy-eight acres of land near his present residence, which he bought in 1865, having now 268 acres, lying in Hocking and Vinton counties. Mr. and Mrs. Lee have had six children, five now living---Vernon W., Martha J., Homer M.., Elijah E. and Emmet S. Lida died Aug. 16, 1878, aged eight years, one month and twenty-six days. Mrs. Lee's father, Cephas Bartlett, was born in Massachusetts, June 11, 1794, and when twenty-one years of age came to Ohio and settled in Hocking County. He was by trade a stone mason and made the first burrs in the Falls Mill at Logan and in the mill at McArthur. He mar- ried in March, 1821, Louisa Evarts, a native of Castleton, Vt., born Sept. 23, 1795. Her father, Ambrose Evarts, and his family were one of the seven families who first settled in Athens County, and her brother, G. A. Evarts, was the first white male child born in Athens County in 1797. In 1837 Mr. Bartlett went to LaPorte County, Ind., but in June, 1839, returned to Hocking County, and resided here till his death, Aug. 25, 1847. Mrs. Bartlett died Jan. 10, 1871.
from: History of Hocking Valley, Ohio Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Co., 1883
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