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Robert Earl Lee

Robert Earl Lee
b. 2 February 1891, Alamo, Indiana, to James Wilson and Martha (Compton) Lee
d. 3 March 1971, Gateswood, Baldwin County, Alabama

m. 5 December 1911, Perdido, Alabama
Mildred Cecil Perry
b. 9 October 1890, Americus, Georgia, to John Edward and Lizzie Craig (Collins) Perry
d. 5 March 1957, Meridian, Mississippi

Children with Mildred Cecil Perry:

  • Sylvia Lucille (1912-2005) married Rufus Theodore William
  • Roy Edward (1913-1976) married Valla Mae Bonifay
  • James Durwood (1918-1920)
  • Bertha Vermell (b. 1919) married (1) Willis Vardaman Newman, (2) Roy Preslar, (3) Denny Roy Ard
  • Cecil Earl (1921-1991) married Alice Ree Lambert
  • Viola Vellina (b. 1924) married Lonnie Lorenza Paul
  • Elver Orlando (b. 1927) married Doris Carnley
  • Imogene (b. 1929) married David Eugene Tolbert
  • Trez Vann (b. 1932) married (1) Phillip Arlen Meetze, (2) John Wayne Rudder

Earl Lee’s great-great grandfather settled in Vigo County, Indiana, in 1817. He came from North Carolina via Kentucky and Ohio. His name was James Lee and he is buried in Prairie Creek Cemetery in Vigo County. The DAR has place a marker on his grave for service in the Revolutionary War.

Robert Earl moved south to Alabama in 1904 as a young boy with his parents. They were looking for a milder climate and cheap land. They found both in Alabama! Earl was a farmer and a carpenter. He is buried in the Clear Springs Cemetery in Baldwin County, Alabama.

Submitted by:
Sandra Rackard
Mobile AL
E-mail: srackard@bellsouth.net

William Hayes Hedden

William Hayes Hedden
b. 21 May 1877, Taylor Township, Harrison County, Indiana, to Benjamin Franklin and Anna Mae (Fertig) Hedden
d. 9 August 1964, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

m. 9 June 1909, Ellensburg, Kittatas County, Washington
Myrtle Alice Pittock
b. 26 March 1882, Falls City, Richardson County, Nebraska, to Henry and Alice Cary (Elwell) Pittock
d. 13 January 1980, Sunland, California

William emigrated from Taylor, Harrison County, Indiana, to Red River, Kittson County, Minnesota, about 1900.

Children with Myrtle Alice Pittock:

  • Wilbur Hayes (1911–1911)
  • William Harold (b. 1913) married (1) Ellen Eva DeBook, (2) Irene Archuletta Naranjo, (3) Mary Fernandez Powell, (4) Anna Elizabeth Smith
  • Harvey Pittock (1914–1950)
  • Wilma Hazel (b. 1916) married Kenneth G. William
  • Benjamin Franklin (1926–1928)

William H. Hedden’s grandparents, George Washington and Elizabeth Malone Hedden of Kentucky, were the first inhabitants of their Harrison County, Indiana, wilderness farm after the Potawatomi Indians left. Their son Benjamin Franklin, who was born in Kentucky, was the first of their twelve children. Their second son, George Washington Heddon, Jr., born on Heddon Hill in southern Indiana, was fatally wounded on the first day of the Battle of Nashville during the Civil War.

William Hayes Heddon, sixth child of Benjamin Franklin Heddon and the first of his second wife Anna Mae Fertig, told of how his family raised fruit, pork, and other farm produce. They would have relatives and neighbors come to stay during harvest and butchering times to help. Then the family produce would be taken by team and wagon to Rosewood, a shipping point on the Ohio River. William would go on the steam paddle wheeler with the produce, which was packed in locally manufactured wooden barrels, to the market nineteen miles up river at Louisville.

During one of these harvest seasons, the Heddon home, a large timber building, caught fire in the middle of the night. The family threw everything out of windows on the second story and dragged as much out of the first floor as they could. The disaster nearly ruined Benjamin Franklin Heddon, who built a much smaller house on the spot.

Submitted by:
William Harold Hedden
Arvada CO

Benjamin Fields

Benjamin Fields
b. 27 January 1816, Lawrence County, Indiana, to Absolem and Elizabeth (William) Field(s)
d. 1894, Eddyville, Wapello County, Iowa

m. 1836
Delilah Long
b. 10 January 1814, Fentress County, Tennessee
d. 10 June 1885, Pleasant Township, Monroe County, Iowa

Children with Delilah Long:

  • Teresa (b. 1836)
  • George W. (b. 1840)
  • Martha (b. 1842)
  • Anna “Bonnie” (b. 1849)
  • Amelia (b. 1854)
  • Augustus C. (b. 1855)
  • infant (b. 1856)
  • Cyrus W. (b. 1859)

Benjamin emigrated from Indiana before 1836 to Berwick, Warren County, Illinois.

Submitted by:
Linda Kaley Erkelens
San Francisco CA