SOURCE: Paddock, B. B., Capt., ed. A History of Central and Western Texas B Compiled from Historical Data Supplied by Commercial Clubs, Individuals and Other Authentic Sources. Chicago, IL: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1911, p. 670-671.
CAPTAIN L. L. Lee, one of the oldest citizens of Thorndale and vicinity, has been a resident of Texas since January 1875, when he came here from Alabama and settled in Grimes county.
Captain Lee is of English origin and traces his ancestry back to Virginia to the noted Lee family of that state. He was born in Barber county, Alabama, son of Needham and Emaline (Lewis) Lee, natives of Georgia and North Carolina respectively. Needham Lee was a planter. He went to Barber county, Alabama, in early life, made that place his home for sixty years, and died there in February 1887. In the pioneer days he was frequently engaged in defending the settlers from attacks of the Indians. His family of thirteen children, in order of birth, were as follows: Mary E. Lee, deceased wife of B. F. Petty; Jefferson L. Lee, of Milam county, Texas; Nancy Lee, deceased; L. L. Lee, the subject of this review; Sarah E. Lee, deceased wife of Cary Lilley; R. M. Lee, of Alabama; G. W. Lee, deceased; Virginia Lee, widow of W. O. Drewry, of Alabama; Needham Lee, of Alabama; Benjamin F. Lee, a practicing physician of Temple, Texas; Joseph G. Lee, who died aged fifteen years; M. L. Lee, who died aged two years; and Alpheus Jackson Lee, of Alabama.
Of Southern birth, Southern interests and Southern sympathies, L. L. Lee at the opening of the Civil war offered his services to the Confederacy, went to the front and made a record for loyalty and bravery. In 1861 he joined Company E, Seventh Alabama Volunteers, of which he was a noncommissioned officer. This company disbanded at Corinth in April of the following year and he returned home. Immediately thereafter he reenlisted as a member of Company A, Forty-fifth Alabama Infantry, of which he was elected first lieutenant and subsequently made captain. This command he led through numerous prominent engagements and from Missionary Ridge to Atlanta. On November 29, 1864, he was shot in the right instep, and at Atlanta, July 22d of the same year, he received a gunshot wound in the breast. Among the actions in which he participated were those of Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge and Perryville. At the time of the surrender he was in the breastworks at Macon, Georgia, where he was captured, his parole following.
Returning home in the spring of 1865, Captain Lee settled down to farming, and was thus occupied there for ten years, until January 1875, when he came to Texas. Here he married Mrs. Mary S. Grubbs (nee Gunter), by whom he has a son, L. L. Lee, Jr., who is engaged in the practice of medicine at Thorndale, Milam county, and of whom personal mention is made on another page of this work.
We must say a special thank you to Karin Galindo of Omaha, NE, for typing the above biographical sketch for use on the Milam County TXGenWeb site.
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