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This was in the Watertown Daily Times I don't have a date but my father sold the farm to Dr. Bickley in 1946. I was born here Jan.14,1944 & 20 years earlier a friend of my mothers,Mrs. Spencer,had a son Neil Spencer born in the same room where I was.I believe it was the room on the left of a door hidden by bushes on the left. I know as you drive by the house it's on the left of the door facing the road.I have more pictures I will add later. My parents bought the farm in 1943. I believe they paid $3,000.00 for it.

GEORGE LEE HOUSE IN HOUNSFIELD

Into a big square stone in the very peak of the front gable of this old native limestone house is cut, "G. Lee 1834." Thus the date of construction of the upright part of this house is definitely established along with the name of the original owner. The house is located a short distance from the Watertown-Sackets Harbor state high­way on the west side of the Bagg's Corners-Camp's Mills road. With its out-buildings and 155.18 acres of land it was purchased on June 2 by Dr. Robert S. Bickley, New York city, who now owns approximately 2,000 acres of valuable Jefferson county agricultural and summer resort lands.

In his book. "The Lee Family of Hounsfield, N. Y., and Related Families," brought out in 1941 the late Rev. Walter John Coates, Litt. D., names this George Lee founder of the Lee family of Hounsfield. Born in Albany county April 2, 1791, George Lee may have come into Jefferson county at the War of 1812 time. An advertised letter in The Sackets Harbor Gazette shows that he was in Hounsfield at least as early as July 1, 1817.

Five contiguous parcels of land were acquired by him to constitute this farm of 155.18 acres. The first of these, a parcel of 60 acres. was bought from John and Hannah Worden June 13, 1826. In 1828 he bought 57.5 acres from William Smith as receiver of the 'William Waring estate. On Feb. 14, 1835 he purchased two par­cels of 20 acres and 5.06 acres from John and Pamelia Worden and Aug. 1, 1841 he bought 12.62 acres from Dr. Samuel Guthrie, of Jewettsville, discoverer of chloroform. On Mar. 11, 1821 George Lee was married to Olive, daughter of Nathan and Abigail Westcott Baker, who came from Deerfield, Oneida county, to settle at Stoel's Corners (note: I have seen this listed as Stowell's Corners.. T.Moye)

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A natural musician, George Lee was an oldtime fid­dler and his musical ability was imparted to several of his children. His will, recorded March 14, 1877 named his sons, Lemuel George and Washington executors and divided his estate among his children. They were. be­sides the above, Mercy Ann, Addison Hoyt, Harry. Helen Maria, Freeborn and Wallace. Jesse D. Lee of this city is a grandson of George Lee.

On July 11, 1881 Sylvester Benjamin, administrator of Washington Lee's estate, conveyed the farm to Orson V. Pease, son of William C. who was 8 native of Connecti­cut, and became an early Hounsfield settIer. serving at Sackets Harbor in the War of 1812. On July 16,1881 Orson V. and Elvia B. Pease deeded the farm to Edward Sloman, who sold it back to them March 6, 1884 Two years later Orson died . Later the farm went to His daughter, Mrs. Maria F. Shead and March 1, 1893 John S. Pettit as her committee sold it to John A. Morrison. His wife, Lydia Morrison, was the next owner and in her will, recorded March 18, 1918 devised it to her brother. John H. Resseguie, and sisters, Hannahett Mller and Emma L. Ryder. Mr. Resseguie and Mrs. Ryder later conveyed their interests to Mrs. Miller. By Mrs. Miller's will recorded March 24, 193-t her son, David G. Miller, inherited her residuary estate in­cluding the farm and the following April 25 he deeded it to himself and wife Gertrude jointly. Then on April 6,1941 they sold it to Mrs. Emma B. Clark as executrix. of the estate of her husband, R. Sheridan Clark of Chau­mont. As executrix of this estate Mrs. Clark sold the property on March 29 of this year to Leon E. and Grace M. Dickinson. Mr. and Mrs. Dickinson then disposed of the property on June 2 to Dr. Bickley. The house has a long frame wing on the south side which does not show in the picture.

-Photo and Caption by David F. Lane

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Our Trip To Alaska

In July , 1947 my family, which included my mom and dad (Leon & Grace Vincent Dickinson) , My sister Nancy ( age 6 ˝ ) myself (Thelma Dickinson ( Moye) at that time age 3 ˝ ) my maternal grandparents Arthur and Marjorie Halliday Vincent, left for Alaska. We had an auction and sold our farm. The article here is the auction that was advertized in the Watertown Times and the story about our trip ahead of us. I found this in my mothers scrapbook so I am not sure but I think it could have appeared in the Times.


Historic Hounsfield Farm Property Sold.

Dr. R. S. Bickley Buys Dickinson Farm—Former Owner Leaving for Alaska

Henderson Harbor, July 10, 1947.....Dr. R.S. Bickley of New York and Rockledges, Henderson Harbor, has purchased the 159 acre farm of Leon E. Dickinson, located on the Camps Mills - Baggs Corners road. This property is directly across the Watertown - Sackets Harbor from the farm Dr. Bickley purchased last year from Albert Toleman of Adams. This farm adjoins the federal airways radio range station of the Watertown municipal airport, three miles to the north.

An extensive land owner in the Town of Henderson, this new property in the Town of Henderson will bring the Bickley holdings to approximately 1,660 acres.

The property, known as the historic Lee place, was purchased by Mr. Dickinson about four years ago. Mr. Dickinson knows little of it’s history. The large house, which easily accommodates two families, is built of stone with a wooden addition of large proportions. On the gable end of the house, facing the road, is a large flat stone set into the house which has the name of Lee and the date “1812"( This is a misprint the date reads 1834..TM), cut into it.

There are two large barns on the property.

Mr. And Mrs. Leon Dickinson, accompanied by their two daughters, Nancy, aged six, Thelma, aged three, and Mrs. Dickinson’s parents, Mr. And Mrs. Arthur Vincent, left yesterday for Anchorage, Alaska, where they will make their home.

The two couples, who have made tier homes together, recently had an auction and disposed of their household goods.

They have purchased a 27 feet LaSalle trailer which they will draw with their twelve - cylinder sedan.

The trailer is designed to accommodate four and the two little girls will sleep on an extra cot. The interior of the trailer is built of plywood and is finished in light and dark maple. It contains a living room, kitchen, with bottled gas stove, sink with hot water heater and ice or electric refrigerator and has a separate bedroom.

Leaving Watertown, the group will travel west to Montana before entering Canada. They will proceed to Edmonton, Alberta, to secure a permit to travel on the new highway to Alaska. It was formerly called the Alcan highway.

Restrictions in regard to travel on the highway are gradually being modified, but they still require the owner or driver of the vehicle to have at least $200.00 in his possession. The car and trailer must pass a rigid inspection and the outfit must contain the following equipment: A small food supply, gas and oil for 300 miles of travel, first aid kit, pick and shovel, extra tires and pump.

The highway starts at Dawson Creek, British Columbia, and extends to Fairbanks, Alaska. They will be able to take a short branch route to Anchorage, rather then travel to Fairbanks.

Mr. And Mrs. Vincent have a son, Charles Vincent and family living in Anchorage at the present time. Mrs. Charles Vincent is the former Elizabeth Gordonier, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Donald Gordonier SR. Of Dry Hill. They have purchased a home in Anchorage and the trailer will be parked there. Mr. Vincent is employed at Ft. Richardson. His father and brother - in - law expect to find work there.

Mr. And Mrs. Arthur Vincent have another son, Ross Vincent, Watertown, R. D. 4 After the Alcan highway was finished, the two Vincent brothers enlisted for work on the construction of the oil refinery at Whitehorse, in the Yukon Territory, and they spent nine months there. Charles was so impressed with the area that he persuaded his wife to come there to live.

The two families will travel a distance of 5,000 miles and they expect to take about four weeks for the trip.

Since the auction, the families have been living in their trailer, which has been parked on the Frink farm, occupied by Mr. And Mrs Clifford Connell.

Mr. Dickinson is the son of Mrs. Kittie Dickinson, 134 Michigan Avenue, Watertown.

(NOTE: It didn’t mention his dad the late Mr. Leon Arthur Dickinson...TM)



FURNITURE, Wednesday, July 2nd , 1:00 P.M. at Leon Dickinson residence located between Baggs Corners and Camps Mills; leaving for Alaska, will sell entire contents of my 10 room home, consisting of electric refrigerator, modern kitchen range, kitchen cabinet, (2) modern dining room suites, parlor suite, occasional chairs, modern electric washer, writing desk, 3 piece parlor suite, electric sweeper, kitchen suite ( with chrome and porcelain ), kneehole desk, modern bedroom furniture, wicker furniture, other misc. items, 1937 Terraplane coupe in good condition, with good rubber, auto 2 wheel trailer; undoubtedly the best furniture we have offered for sale this year. Leon Dickinson owner, L. J. And P Hamilton, auctioneers, phone Watertown 4710-W-3 or 4710-3-3


MACHINERY, Friday June 6, 1:00 p.m. D. S. T. At former Dave Miller farm located between Baggs Corners and Camps Mills, John Deere H on rubber, tractor plow, pulverizer, spring tooth, tractor trailer mower (new) , side rake like new, steel bottom hay loader, wagon and rack, mowing machine, dump rake, rubber tired tractor trailer, grain drill, grain binder, corn binder, Universal milker complete, double cultivator, buzz saw, set bobs, water powered system new, iron kettle, barbed wire, double harness, misc. small tools, 1938 Dodge 4 - door sedan, good condition and rubber. Leon Dickinson owner, L. J. And P. Hamilton, auctioneers, phone Watertown 4710 - W - 3 or 4710 - 3 - 3.

The auctioneer L.J. Hamilton was Jake Hamilton. Dave & Gertrude Miller had sold the place to Mrs. Emma & R. Sheridan Clark and they had sold the farm to my dad Leon March 29, 1942.





This is the opposite side of the George Lee house. This shows the wooden part that was added on. It was there when we moved there in 1943 and as of 1995 it was still there. Below is a picture of me at age 3 in my mothers rock garden in front of the house.




This is the stone house as it is in the fall of 2007





NOTE: In 2016 I found a new road had been bulit near here. I was afraid my stone house had been torn down but a friend
of mine Cheryle Guelfoyle Dickinson went by to check on it and found it still there The two next pictures are one's that she sent me






This link is to the Lee family genealogy & also tells about him building this house.


THE LEE FAMILY

This web site has the article & also a picture of the new road near here. It has four other houses on it that my ancestors either lived in or we did will make note of them elsewhere on here.

OLD HOUSES IN NY



This is one of the few one room school houses left. It says over the door Hounsfield #5. It is just a little farther down the road from the stone house. on the same road.









This page belongs to Thelma Moye.