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Sunday, December 11, 2011

This week I am headed to Salt Lake City for various reasons, but one of my main objectives is to find the property that Elizabeth Doyle Reed Lee, Ralph Lee, Oliver Reed and John Doyle Lee owned in Randolph and Fayette counties. John D. Lee married Aggatha Ann in Fayette County and owned property there.

Sometime this summer we are planning on taking a Lee family trip and looking at the sites that John D. Lee would have seen as a child and young man, up until the time we headed west to Utah. Two thousand and twelve is the 200th anniversary of John D. Lee's birth. We thought this would be a fun way to commemorate it! Plans are to go to Kaskaskia and Randolph County, Nauvoo, and sites in Missouri on the way back. At this point in time we are planning on chartering a bus leaving Salt Lake, traveling to St. Louis and then to Kaskaskia. In the Randolph County area we will see sites that John D. Lee's great-grandfather owned. Then the next day on to Nauvoo where we will spend at least another day. Three of John D. Lee's properties have been located there, and of course the Seventy's Hall is there that he was responsible for building. Then see the Missouri sites on our way back to Salt Lake. If you are interested in going, please contact me. We will have room for about 42 people.


Lewaina@cliffsideranch said...

I do have intrest in going, but when are you going? How much is the cost going to be? And how long wil the trip be? I have a sister that may be interested also.
Please let me know.
Lewaina Nelson
JDL is my G G Grandfather, Agatha Ann Woolsey is my G G Grandmother.

R Durfee said...

We are thinking about sometime in September, taking a bus from possibly SLC, having St. Louis as a home base, and spending a day in the Kaskaskia area, then a day in Nauvoo and stopping at a few spots in Missouri as we head back. I wanted to go to the Vandalia area, but buses do not go on dirt roads and John D. Lee's property that he owned when he was married to Agatha Ann there is down a dirt road by a cemetery. So we will have to miss that one. The cost will be the bus, plus two nights in St. Louis. Not sure if we will spend a night on the road or hire an extra driver. Need to figure out which will cost the least.