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Robert Edmond Lee, Sr
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Birth: Jan. 2, 1866
New Harmony
Washington County
Utah, USA
Death: May 23, 1928
Payson
Gila County
Arizona, USA

He was the eighth child of John Doyle Lee and his fourth wife, Sarah Caroline Williams, who later married a Young then a Thompson. Husband of Alpharetta Rebecca Cluff.

Robert Edmond Lee was born 2 January 1866 on a cold winter day in New Harmony, Washington County, Utah. He was the eighth child of John Doyle Lee and his fourth wife, Sarah Caroline Williams.

Four years before Robert was born, 6 February 1862, rain and flooding caused the ceiling and adobe wall of the family home in old Fort Harmony to fall, and a brother, George Albert, and a sister, Margaret Ann, were killed under the heavy debris. A new cabin was built for three of Lee's wives, Caroline, Emma and Terressa.

John D. Lee moved some of his families first to Skutumpah, Utah, and then to Lonely Dell at Lee's Crossing on the Colorado River.

Robert, along with his mother and family, were part of the group which left Skutumpah in November 1871, with three wagons . Because she was about to deliver her eleventh child and feeling that her children needed to be attending school, Robert's mother took her young family to the nearby town of Kanab, Utah. They later moved to Panguitch, Utah. It was at their home in Panguitch in the Fall of 1874, that Robert's father came to visit the family. While in Panguitch, John Doyle Lee was arrested for involvement in the Mountain Meadows Massacre and taken to jail at Beaver, Utah. The anguish felt by the entire family was unbearable, especially by little eight-year-old Robert.

Robert attended school in Panguitch and was living there at the time his father was executed 23 March 1877. The Lee family lived under a stigma for the rest of their lives. Only in recent years has the real story been revealed about the Mountain Meadow Massacre which exonerates John Doyle Lee as being the leader and instigator of the massacre.

When Robert was a young man, he moved to the Gila Valley where he met and married Alpharetta Rebecca Cluff 12 December 1885 in Pima by Stake President Christopher Layton.

Alpharetta Rebecca was born 25 September 1866 in Provo, Utah County, Utah, to Joseph Cluff and Phoebe Elizabeth Bunnell. When she was twelve years old her parents moved the family first to Show Low, Arizona and later, in the summer of 1879, to Smithville, Arizona. In 1883, when she was seventeen, she moved into the new Cluff family home in Central.

Robert and Alpharetta made their home in Central where their first child, Robert Edmund Lee, Jr., was born 22 November 1887. The family moved soon afterwards to Mancos, Colorado for several years before moving to Fruitland, New Mexico, near La Plata, New Mexico. By 1898 the Lee family had moved back to Central where two more of their children were born. Robert Edmond had a blacksmith shop on Central Road and also farmed and had goats. By 1910 the family had moved to their goat ranch near Globe, where Robert also worked in the copper mines. While living in Globe, Alpharetta Rebecca passed away 8 July 1913 and was buried in the Central Cemetery.

Robert Edmund passed away in Payson, Arizona 24 April 1929 (death certificate states 23 May 1928) and was buried in the Central Cemetery next to his beloved wife.

Robert Edmond and Alpharetta Rebecca were the parents of seven children: Robert Edmond Jr. (married Alvira Higgins), Joseph Danial (married Harriet F. Grover), Arthur Lee (married Amy Valine Butler and then Rhoda Richardson), Helen Laurine (married Julius Peter Christensen), Marion Franklin (died unmarried), Goldie Marie (married first Robert J. Whalley, then Clarence Kay Naff) and Carl Hall (married Lucille Huber).

(A Century In Central, 1883-1983, page 167.)
Death certificate states Hurricane, Utah as his birthplace, yet other Church records state New Harmony, Utah as the birthplace.

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 Parents:
  John Doyle Lee (1812 - 1877)
  Sarah Caroline Williams Young (1830 - 1907)
 
 Spouse:
  Alpharetta Rebecca Cluff Lee (1866 - 1913)*
 
 Children:
  Robert Edmond Lee (1887 - 1943)*
  Joseph Daniel Lee (1889 - 1940)*
  Arthur Lee (1892 - 1970)*
  Helen Laurine Lee Christensen (1894 - 1977)*
  Marion Franklin Lee (1899 - 1929)*
  Carl Hall Lee (1910 - 1993)*
 
 Siblings:
  John Alma Lee (1840 - 1881)**
  Mary Adeline Lee Darrow (1841 - 1924)**
  Cornelia Decker Lee Mortensen (1846 - 1937)**
  John Heber Lee (1846 - 1847)**
  James Horten Thompson (1849 - 1873)**
  John Willard Lee (1849 - 1923)**
  Harriet Josephine Lee Bliss (1850 - 1922)**
  Louisa Evelyn Prince (1850 - 1932)**
  Elizabeth Lee Pace (1851 - 1912)**
  John David Lee (1851 - 1922)**
  Harvey Parley Lee (1852 - 1927)*
  James Young Lee (1852 - 1939)**
  William Orson Lee (1852 - 1908)**
  Helen Rachel Lee Stocks (1852 - 1943)**
  Armelia Lee (1854 - 1854)**
  George Albert Lee (1855 - 1862)*
  Thirza Jane Lee Anderson (1855 - 1894)**
  Melvina Lee Clark (1855 - 1920)**
  Rachael Amorah Lee Smithson (1856 - 1945)**
  Mariam Leah Lee Cornelius (1856 - 1942)**
  Samuel Gulley Lee (1857 - 1891)**
  Margaret Ann Lee (1857 - 1862)*
  Henrietta Lee (1858 - 1860)**
  Rachel Olive Lee Norton (1858 - 1924)**
  John Henry Lee (1859 - 1859)**
  John Amasa Lee (1860 - 1939)**
  William Lee (1860 - 1920)**
  Charles William Lee (1862 - 1941)*
  William Isaac Lee (1863 - 1892)**
  Mary Elizabeth Lee Lamb (1864 - 1941)*
  Josephine Helen Lee Jorgensen (1865 - 1947)*
  Mary Septra Lee Bliss (1865 - 1897)**
  Robert Edmond Lee (1866 - 1928)
  Jacob Lee (1867 - 1947)**
  Merabe Emma Lee Morris (1868 - 1945)**
  Joseph Willard Lee (1868 - 1916)**
  Walter Brigham Lee (1869 - 1939)*
  Ammon Doyle Lee (1872 - 1940)*
  Victoria Elizabeth Lee (1873 - 1888)**
  Lucy Olive Lee Maloney (1885 - 1886)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Central Cemetery (Old)
Central
Graham County
Arizona, USA
Plot: ROW 2 (B), PLOT 12
 
Created by: Jeannie Wood
Record added: Aug 24, 2009
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Robert Edmond Lee, Sr
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Robert Edmond Lee, Sr
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Robert Edmond Lee, Sr
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 Added: Oct. 20, 2014
Remembered today.
- Jeannie Wood
 Added: Nov. 6, 2010
~ Rest In Peace ~
- Mike H
 Added: Jan. 5, 2010
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