Betsy (Benson) Lee

Betsy Ann (Benson) Lee (1814 - 1889)

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Betsy Ann "Betty" Lee formerly Benson
Born in Fabius, Onondaga, New York, United Statesmap
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Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died in Pulaski, Missouri, United Statesmap
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Betsy Ann Benson Lee was born on March 31, 1814, in Fabius, New York.[1]


Betsy's father was Benjamin Benson. Betsy's mother was Keziah Messenger. Benjamin married Keziah about 1795, probably in Saratoga County, New York.[2]


Betsy had eleven siblings. Their names were:[3]
  1. Joseph, the first born, was born March 31st, 1797, in the state of New York.
  2. John Price. was born on Tuesday, February 27th, 1798, in the same state.
  3. Alva was born on Friday, December 13th, 1799, in the same state.
  4. Rhoda was born on Tuesday, February 8th, 1803, in the same state.
  5. Lewis Barber. was born on Tuesday, December 6th, 1804, in the same state.
  6. Elizabeth was born on Wednesday, August 17th, 1808, in the same state.
  7. Jerome Messenger. was born on Monday, November 5th, 1810, in the same state.
  8. Electa was born on Tuesday, September 8th, 1812, in the same state.
  9. Betsy was born on Tuesday, March 31st, 1814, in the same state.
  10. Polly was born on Monday, February 18th, 1816, in the same state.
  11. Alford Benjamin was born on Monday, April 7th, in 1817, in the same state.
  12. Lovina Keziah was born on Tuesday, November 27th, in 1818, in the same state.


Betsy grew up in the early Mormon faith. She is listed as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1848, as a child.[4]


At the age of 24, Betsy had already married James Henry Lee, in Quincy, Illinois.[5]


  • William T. b. 1834
  • Enoch B. b. 1836
  • Charles Henry b. 1837
  • Elizabeth b. c1952


In 1860, Betsy was living in Keene, Adams County, Illinois, with her husband, James and daughter Elizabeth, who was 8 years old.[6]
By 1870, Betsy and James had relocated to Auglaze, Miller County, Missouri, where James was following the saddle and harness trade. James was 65 and Betsy was 55.[7]
Living in Liberty, Pulaski, Missouri, James was following the trade of harness making.[8]
Betsy is listed as suffering from paralysis in 1880.[9]
In a letter, penned by James Lee, to his brother-in-law, who was married to Betsy's brother, Alford, James, now living in Richland, Missouri, states that they were in common health, but that he had quit farming because Betsy had been "ailing". The letter was dated May 15, 1888.[10]

Death and Burial

Betsy died a year later, on December 21, 1889, at the age of 76. She is buried in the Manes Cemetery, Pulaski County, Missouri. A photo of her gravestone can be seen here.[11]


  1. Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1848
  2. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
  3. Membership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1848
  4. Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1848
  6. 1860 U.S. Federal Census; Keene, Adams County, Illinois
  7. U.S. Federal Census Auglaze, Miller County, Missouri
  8. James Lee Letter 1888
  9. 1880 U.S. Federal Census; Liberty, Pulaski County, Missouri
  10. James Lee Letter 1888
  11. Find-A-Grave

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Angel Moroni Headstone emblem

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Benjamin Benson Family Born and Died List
Benjamin Benson Family Born and Died List

James Lee Letter
James Lee Letter


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