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Biography: William David Lee born August 18, 1833

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(1833-aft. 1920)

Perry County, Alabama 

William D. Lee was a lawyer in Perry County, Alabama. He was born August 18, 1833, in Perry County, the son of David and Haran (Holmes) Lee, natives of North Carolina. Haran was born the 30th of December 1802 and died the 28th of Jan. 1859. A very large monument marks her grave in Hopewell Cemetery in Perry County, Alabama.

David Lee who came to Perry County in 1818 and remained one year then returned to North Carolina to be married. He brought his wife back with him to Alabama and became one of the largest planters in the state. David was a brother of Richard Henry Lee.

Richard was a graduate of the University of Alabama, A. B. and A. M. and became a merchant at Mobile and a planter in Perry County, Alabama. He married Tabitha Jordan Curry in 1855. She was a graduate of Judson Institute in 1847. She died November 10, 1878. David was an Alabama delegate to the Baptist Convention in Augusta, Georgia in 1845 that led to the formation of the Southern Baptist Convention.

William David Lee graduated from Howard college, 1852, and attended the law school of the University of Virginia for two years. He was admitted to the bar in Perry County, 1855 and was practicing law at Marion at the time of the outbreak of the War of Secession. He enlisted in the C. S. Army as a private in the Eighth Alabama cavalry, 1862, and served until the end of the war.

He returned to Perry County and engaged in planting on the old homestead until 1869 when he moved to a farm in Greensboro. He was appointed a member of the state board of inspectors of convicts by Governor O’Neal March 1, 1883, and was re-appointed at the end of two years for the succeeding four years. He married in July 1860, to Imogen Hobson, a daughter of Matthew Hobson, a planter of Hale County. Their children were Augusta Lee who married William T. Poe of Birmingham, Alabama and Alice Lee.


  1. History of Alabama and dictionary of Alabama biography, Volume 4, Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen, The S. J. Clarke publishing company, 1921
  2.  Flynt, Alabama Baptists, p. 107
  3.  History of Judson College
  4.  SW Baptist, February 10, 1859

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