Timothy Fisk Lee, 1854

stan@wiclarkcountyhistory.org on Sat, 17 Feb 2001

Surname: LEE, SAMPSON, ELLIOTT, WRIGHT, DAVIS, GRADE

Source: 1918 History of Clark Co., WI, by Franklyn, Curtiss-Wedge

TIMOTHY FISK LEE, popularly known as "Fisk," proprietor of a 200-acre farm in Fremont Township, was born in St. Lawrence County, N. Y., June 23, 1854, son of Aaron C. and Prudence L. (Sampson) Lee. The father, Aaron, was born in Lincoln, Vt., April 18, 1809, and his wife, Prudence, at Crown Point, N. Y., June 9, 1816. They were married April 8, 1835, and had a family of nine children, who were born as follows: Andrew J., May 16, 1837; Josephus, July 17, 1838; Ruth, Sept. 28, 1843; Chloe, Feb. 26, 1846; Wright L., Nov. 28, 1847; Eli, May 7, 1850; Augusta, Jan. 4, 1852; T. Fisk, June 23, 1854, and Orrin, Sept. 20, 1856. The son, Andrew, served as a soldier in the Civil War. Aaron C. Lee, the father, though a native of Vermont, passed nearly all his life in New York State, being a farmer and carpenter by occupation. Timothy Fisk Lee was educated in St. Lawrence County, N. Y., and grew to manhood on the farm, where he remained until reaching the age of 21 years. He then rented the parental homestead and farmed for himself until 1878, when he came to Clark County, Wis., this being several years after his marriage. Here he located on a tract of wild land in Section 31, Fremont Township. There were no buildings on the land, nor were there any roads to it. He and his family made the journey by way of Humbird, from which place they went by stage to Neillsville, at the latter place being met by Ford W. Davis, who drove them to their place, having to cut a road through the woods for the last mile.

For the first two years Mr. Lee rented the place, starting with one cow, and building a log barn and frame house. He began clearing the land with a team of horses, but later traded them for oxen, which most of the early settlers used; but not being expert in handling an ox team, he went back to horses again, and in time finished clearing his land. Beginning with seventy acres, he has since increased the size of his farm to 200 acres, and has built a barn, 36 by 50 feet, and two silos, one 14 by 30 and the other 12 by 30 feet in size. He keeps pure-bred Durham cattle, Percheron horses, of which he has some fine specimens, and Poland-China hogs, and formerly he raised Shropshire sheep. Besides carrying on general farming, Mr. Lee is a stockholder in the creamery at Granton, the elevator at Chili and the packing plant at Wausau. For a number of years he has served as treasurer of the school board, and is a citizen who, by his own exertions, with the help of a good wife, has gained an honorable place in the community and achieved prosperity.

Mr. Lee was married in Lawrence County, N. Y., Jan. 29, 1874, to Mary Wright, who was born in Essex County, Vt., June 5, 1854, daughter of Henry and Julia (Elliott) Wright, her parents being farming people. Her father had been first married to Mariah Elliott, by whom he had five children-Henry, Julia, Charles, Thomas and infant.

By his second marriage to Julia Elliott, there were three children-Joseph, John and Mary. Mr. and Mrs. Lee have had six children, the two eldest of whom were born in New York State, and accompanied them to Clark County. The record is as follows: Ara, who married Floyd King, and has five children-Myrle, Lloyd, Lillian, Forrest and Clare; Ernest, residing in Fremont Township, who married Catherine Winsel, and has two children-Wensel and Marian; Earl, who died at the age of four months; Vinton, a resident of Neillsville, who married Anna Grade; Dale, who married Asenath Davis, and has two children-Edna and Guila, and Ruth, wife of Howard Erwin, who has one child-Beulah Lee.

 

 


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