Lee Family

When the author was a schoolboy at Burke School, the school bus driver was Jake Lee. He and Lena lived in a large house directly northwest of the school. The house was originally owned by Arthur Arrington, the author's step-great-grandfather. He and the author's great-grandmother Emma Johnson Arrington lived in the house about 1900. Jake had two brothers that the author knew of, Andrew and Jim. Andrew at one time worked for the County and built the road adjacent home of the author's grandfather, Frank Johnson. It is the author's recollection that Frank Johnson purchased his farm located northwest of Burke from Andrew Lee.

The Lee family arrived at Burke some time after 1900 after having lived in Trinity County until at least before 1880 and Texas since about1865.

John R. Lee

The earliest ancestory identified for the Lee clan was John Lee, who lived in Trinity County in 1880 with only his children. His wife died between 1877 and 1880. John was born in Mississippi, but he moved to Texas between 1863 and 1865. However, he cannot be located on the 1870 Texas census. John had the following children:

By 1900 John R. Lee and wife Duley C. Lee were living in living in Trinity County. Duley was born in Texas in 1866. They had the following children:

By 1910 John R. Lee had arrived at Burke with his family. Duley had apparently died, and he was married to Sallie L. Lee born about 1880 in Mississippi. They had the following children in their household all born in Texas:

John R. Lee had aparently died about 1917, and in 1920 Sallie Lee was living at Burke with the following children:

Jake Lee

In 1920 Jake Lee was married to Lena Ivy, and they lived in Burke between Tom Treadwell and Harvey Belote. The had the following children listed:

Lena E. Lee, born in 1891, and she married Jake E. Lee May 1911. Her father was John J. Ivy and her mother was Josephine Smith. Her grandparents were Benjamin Franklin and Frances Ivy on her father's side, and Joseph Smith on her mother's side.

The origin of the Lees in Mississippi is not known. In the 1850 census a George W. Lee and wife Nancy and sons John and William lived in Tishomingo County. John's son John R. named his eldest son George. In 1870 a Needham J. Lee lived Trinity County, and in 1900 Needham Lee lived three houses from John Lee in Trinity County. In 1860 Needham J. Lee lived in Simpson Co., Mississippi. However, there was no John Lee in the County.


  1. 1880 Census, Trinity County, Texas, Beat 4, Page 17
  2. 1900 Census, Trinity County, Texas, Precinct 4, Page 4.
  3. 1910 Census, Angelina County, Texas, Precinct 4, Page 12.
  4. 1910 Census, Angelina County, Texas, Precinct 4, Page 10, Dwelling 88 (John J. Ivy)
  5. 1920 Census, Angelina County, Texas, Precinct 4, Pages 3 and 8
  6. Patsy Colbert
  7. Lori Lee Ray (identifed Jake's given name as Earnest)
  8. M. Lee Murrah, Personal Recollections