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Adrial Lee, Civil War Soldier of Albany Township

Date: 03/09/2000 1:17:25 AM Eastern Standard Time
From: (DHDale)

Hi Joyce:

It's been a while since I e-mailed you. I don't know if this will be of use to you but I will send it anyway. Use it anyway you want. The following is excerpted from:
"PRESIDENTS, SOLDIERS, STATESMEN 1776--1894" H.H. Hardisty, Publisher, New York, Toledo and Chicago 1895. Volume II. Page 1269

Adrial Lee

"Was born in Albany Twp., Bradford Co., PA, May 20, 1836; his parents, Joseph and Hannah (BRUSTER) LEE, have long since passed away. He was married in Le Raysville, Bradford Co.,PA, Jan. 1, 1867, to M.O. LENOX. The result of this union is five children: Homer A., Weston H., Daniel E., Eugene T., and Julia E. His wife was born in Ulster, PA, july 23, 1849. Her father, George H. LENOX, is living, but her mother Julia A. (NICHOLS), is deceased. Comrade LEE was a wheelwright when he enrolled Aug. 7, 1862, as a private in Co. A, 141st PA. V., 1st. Brig., 1st. Div., 3d A. C. May 3, 1863, he was wounded at Chancellorsville, Va., by fragment of shell and was also run over by a horse; he was treated for same on field May 1863, and was then transferred to Potomac Creek, about three weeks. October, 1863, a furlough of fifteen days was granted him at Baltimore, Md., to vote. Aug. 20, 1864, he was again in hospital at Alexandria, Va., with rheumatism, and in November, 1864, was furloughed from there for fifteen days. He fought at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Kelly's ford, Morris Farm and Wilderness, receiving his honorable discharge Jan. 17, 1865, near Petersburg, Va. His maternal granfather, Daniel BRUSTER, served in the War of 1812 and had a pension. Two uncles of Comrade LEE served in the late war, Jesse H. BRUSTER in Co A, 141st Pa. V. I., died in service, and David B. BRUSTER served from Ohio all through the war. He had three brothers in the late service: Solon, in Co. G, 107th Pa. V.I. was killed Aug. 30, 1862, at 2nd Bull Run, Edwin, in Co. A, 141st. Pa. V.I., was wounded at Wilderness, and Samuel in same comand was wounded at Spottsylvania C.H. Comrade LEE has been high constable and member of Borough council, he is P.C., J.V.C. and S.V.C. of Swartz Post, 72 also a charter member; he is a retired soldier and his address is New Albany, Pa."

The book was in the custody of Herbert LEE, 1703, 3rd Ave. S., Anoka, Minn., U.S.A. on July 14, 1969 when it was excerpted by Mrs. Pat FALK. Herbert LEE was a grandson of Adrial LEE and Pat FALK is a Gr.Grandaughter of Adrial LEE.

The following is a typed copy of a letter sent by Adrial LEE to his son,

Eugene T. LEE, in Minnesota.

New Albany, Pa. April 9th, 1893.

My dear Son Eugene.

Yours of the 3d came to hand yesterday. It found the old lady up and doing. She washed a little & baked bread etc. etc. Garn ALLEN died on Thursday of the same week you went away -- I was there when he died and helped to lay him out -- funeral was at the house on April first--- The G.A.R. post turned out in a body -- there was twice as many people as could get in the house at one time.

Roy (or Ray) KEELER settled his lawsute by paying $50.00 & costs. Dan HALL is sick and they have to keep watchers at night-- the Doctors think he won't get well. Purley is working for Cameron ENGLISH for the season and Bennie is staying at home this summer. Nelly McNEAL is here enquiring after your good health. Bessie was here last evening -- wanting to know how you get along out west. Hope you and Homer will have lots of fun this summer & will make lots of money. There is something you must learn & that is to hold your temper. Never let any hard words pass between you and your brothers for it will never pay.

You must learn to stick, dig, and save. It is not so much what one earns as what you can save. They had a grand time at the Concert on friday night the week you went away.

We will expect you to write as often as convenient & tell us how you get along. With best wishes for your wellfare -- will close.

Affectionately your father

(signed) Adrial Lee.

This letter was sent by Adrial to his son Eugene LEE who had shortly before left PA to go to Minnesota. Two other sons were already in Minn. at this time. My Grandfather, Eugene T. LEE, would be sixteen years old when he left home to go to Minnesota.

One more observation or question. I note where the "Old Wilcox/Stephenson Cemetary" in Albany Twp. was read on July 27th, 1999 by Kenneth Chapman Jr.  One reference: Am I reading the printing correctly? The printing reads, "Porter -- Robert -- 1748 -- 1825. Pvt. Continental Line. Rev. War/Flag"

I wonder if the name should be "Robert POTTER" and not "Robert PORTER"?  I have Robert POTTER born in Richmond R.I. on the 9th of May 1748 and dieing in Bradford County in 1825. A daughter of Robert POTTER, Margaret, married John NICHOLS and a daughter of John NICHOLS, Juia Ann NICHOLS, married George Kelsey LENOX. It makes sence that Robert POTTER would be burried in the same cemetary as members of the NICHOLS family.

Do you know who the wife of Robert POTTER was? I can find no references to her. I can find much information on the Potter family but nothing on Robert's wife.

It is getting late.

Take care. Keep up the good work.

From Doug DALE.