Source: Centennial History of the Village of Ballston Spa, Ballston Spa, NY. 1907
Online: archive.org - summarized pages 231-232
Joel Lee was born in Danbury, Conn., in April 12, 1776. On reaching his majority in 1797, he purchased a farm in Ballston and built a house. In 1800 he began a business as a merchant in the growing village of Ballston Spa opening a “general store” for the sale of dry goods, groceries, hardware etc.
March 25, 1805 he was appointed postmaster and held that office for 36 years. In 1806 he purchased a plot of ground on the corner of Front and Bath streets and built a store where the First National Bank is now located [ now occupied by the village offices]. The post office was kept in this store until 1841, when he was succeeded by James W. Horton.
He retired from the business community in 1845. He was a Member of Assembly in 1810 and 1836.
He married Patience Westcott, daughter of Joseph Westcott. Their children were Edward W., John J., George W., Julia, Emeline, Augusta, Lucy, Mary and Frances.
Researched, summarized and transcribed by Bill Preston #47695598
Gravesite Details Husband of Patience Westcot. In 2001 stone buried below birth date. Death date from cemetery records.