Sadie Feiam Lee Hobbs

Sadie Feiam Lee and her husband, Louis Hobbs, lived the life of gypsies having lived in six states.

She was born March, 1881 in Binghamton, New York.  After she was born her father, Charles Lee, moved the family to Marine (Marine on St. Croix), Minnesota.  Since Charles was a Railroad Engineer and there was a lumber boom Washington County, he was able to find work.

In October,1900 she married Louis Hobbs.  Louis was from Tennessee and born in 1865.  His parents are John and Lucinda Hobbs.  In the 1900 Census both Sadie and Louis are living in Minneapolis.  She was a servant and he a factory worker.

Their first son Lloyd was born in Minneapolis,  September 11, 1901.

Leslie, the second son,  was born in St. Louis, Missouri, June 12, 1904.

In the 1905 MN Census they are back living in St. Paul, MN.  In the Census Louis and Sadie’s names are blacked out so their status and occupation are unreadable.

Then, they moved to North Dakota with other members of the Lee Family – Alice (Sadie’s sister) and her husband August Dahlquist bought a farm in Kidder County and Charles (her father) bought land also.

Louis Hobbs, Sadie & Louis’ third son,  was born in North Dakota in 1909.  There is no birth certificate recorded in North Dakota for Louis. His state of birth is found in the census.

An article in the Bismark Daily Tribune dated January 9, 1910 relates a L. J. Hobbs, a horse thief, who escaped from the Steele jail.  This is the same area the Lee, Dahlquist and Hobbs family settled.  It sounds as if Louis is a lovable scoundrel.

Horse Thief breaks Jail.

Horse Thief breaks Jail.

Sadie’s father, Charles died in 1909 and her mother, Libbie (Elizabeth),  passed February 23, 1910.  Sadie was listed as the informant on Elizabeth’s death certificate.

Louis and his family may have escaped to Georgia where their 4th son, Roy, was born January 27, 1912.  The only record found of Roy’s birth is in the 1920 US Census, when they finally settled in Kentucky.   Also an adopted daughter, Ella, is listed in the census.

It was also a sad time for them Lloyd, their eldest son, died in a mining accident February. 17, 1917.  He is buried in the Webb Cemetery in Letcher County, Kentucky.

L Lloyd Hobbs Head Stone, Webb Cemetery

The 1930 US Census has them living in Jenkins, Letcher County, Kentucky.  Louis, along with sons Louie and Roy, are working in the coal mines. Leslie is working on a farm.  Ella is not listed so she may have married.

Louis passed away in Letcher, Kentucky on December 11, 1937.  Roy, his son, was the informant.

Louis J Hobbs Obit,  Mountain eagle (Whitesburg, Ky.), December 23, 1937 (2)

Louis was a widower at the time of his death. No information of Sadie’s death, date or burial can be found.

Leslie and Roy moved to Michigan and information for Louis is unreliable.

The Hobbs family had lived in Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Georgia and Kentucky.  Sadie was born in New York, Louis born in Tennessee.  The parents and  their sons were well-traveled.

Ancestors not to be forgotten.

The Children of Charles Milo Lee

Charles Milo Lee is the brother of my great grandfather Morris S. Lee.  Charles was born Jan. 30, 1847 in Chenango, New York. He is the 3rd child of Edwin and Harriet French Lee.  Edwin & Harriet had four children: Alamanson, Polly, Charles and Morris.

The Lee Family Bible lists Charles marrying Elizabeth (Libbie) VanNorwick April 24, 1870, in Broome County, New York.  Elizabeth is the daughter of Isaac and Sarah Kirby VanNorwick.  She was born Oct. 31, 1851 in Pennsylvania.

The children of Charles and Libbie have been a mystery.  In the US 1900 census Libbie has listed 7 children with 4 living. She and Charles are living in New Scandia, Washington County, Minnesota.  The children listed are Louisa, age 10 (born June, 1890), Sidney Keye, age 6 (born June, 1893), their married daughter Alice Lee Dahlquist, age 24 (born Jan. 1876), and Alice’s husband August, (born Oct. 1875).  Daughter Sadie Feiam Lee, age 18 (born March 1882), is living in St. Paul MN.  In the MN 1885 Census Alice and Sadie were born in New York.

Who are the missing children?  My husband and I traveled to Stillwater MN the county seat of Washington County. The Stillwater Library’s Genealogy Section has an index of the burials in the Oakland Cemetery, Marine on St. Croix, MN.  The index listed Laverne June Lee daughter of Charles Lee died 18 Sept. 1902, aged 12 years, 2 months and 24 days.  Also listed was Edwin Lee, Charles and Morris’ father.  What a find!!  He died April 14, 1892, age 76 years, 3 mos and 4 days. As a  side note, the family knew Edwin had moved to MN with Charles, but did not know his death date.

Stillwater Library Oakland Cemetery Index

When we visited the Marine on St. Croix (formerly Marine Mills) City Hall, the City Clerk brought out a map of the Oakland Cemetery plots.  Charles’ plot had the names  Edwin Lee, Edwin Charles Lee and daughter of Charles Lee.

Louise is listed as Hady/Hedy Louise in the MN 1895 Census and in the US 1900 Census her birth date is June 1890. From the Cemetery Index Laverne June was born June 25, 1890.  So I’m going to assume they are twins.

Cemetery Plot for Chas Lee Oakland Cemetery0002

So two children have been found – Charles Edwin, who was born in 1885 and Laverne June maybe twin sister of Hady Louise. Louise could be buried in the cemetery with Laverne – just not sure.  She is not mentioned in Charles will when he died in 1909 – only Alice, Sadie, and Sidney are listed heirs.

My cousin Terry Lee and his wife Alice had taken a whole group of us to the Glen Castle Cemetery to take pictures of the headstones of the Lee Family.  There is a small headstone Jennie A daughter of Chas M & Libbie Lee. Born 1873 and died age 2 years.  The seventh child finally found.


Jennie A Lee, Alice Lee, Sadie Feiam Lee, Edwin Charles Lee,  Hady Louise & June Laverne Lee, and Sidney K Lee are the seven children of Charles and Libbie Lee.

Ancestors not to be forgotten.