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James Lee was for many years prominent in the building trades of San Francisco, and he represented a pioneer family, the Lees having established their home on the Pacific Coast soon after the discovery of gold.

James Lee was born in Australia about 1843 and was seven years of age when his parents came to California. He was reared and educated in San Francisco, learned his trade, and devoted practically all his active years to building construction.

He married June O’Connell, also a native of Australia. She outlived all her children and died at a good old age in August, 1920. She was a member of the Association of Pioneer Women. Her four children, now all deceased, were: Caroline; Maria Lorena; Harry J., who married Alice Ford and left two children, Frank and Harold B.; and Francis Jane.

Marie Lorena Lee married Sylvester Sullivan. Mr. Sullivan is still living. He was born August 20, 1858, and came to California when a young man. He was for many years connected with the fire department. Mr. Sullivan has two children, Sylina and Charles.


Transcribed by Elaine Sturdevant



Source: "The San Francisco Bay Region" Vol. 3 page 312 by Bailey Millard. Published by The American Historical Society, Inc. 1924.

© 2004 Elaine Sturdevant.


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