IIJAMES LEECH DEE 1842-1897
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James Leech Dee
|James Leech Dee was born on February 25, 1842 at Hanley, Stoke Upon Trent, Staffordshire, England to Thomas Hill Dee and Elizabeth Reese Dee.
James Dee arrived in Utah in 1860 with his parents, having sailed from Liverpool on March 30, 1860 in the ship Underwriter, with 594 British and Swiss Saints, under the direction of James D. Ross. They arrived at New York City on May 1, 1860, then traveled to Florence, Nebraska, now named Omaha. The Dee family left Florence on June 17 in Captain James D. Ross's company, consisting of 249 persons, 36 wagons, 142 oxen and 54 cows. They arrived at Salt Lake City, Utah on September 3, 1860, and soon after settled at Ogden, Utah.
James Dee married Ann Eliza Webb on April 4, 1863 at Salt Lake City, Utah, ceremony was performed by President Brigham Young. She is the daugher of Chauncey Griswold Webb and Eliza Jane Churchill Webb.
James Dee and Ann Eliza Webb Dee had two children:
Both boys were afflicted with tuberculosis and died from that disease.
It is said that Ann Eliza Webb Dee had aspirations to move up the social ladder. Her book, Wife No. 19, however, states that James was an abusive husband from which she had no choice but to divorce him. She assured Brigham Young that she was legally separated from her husband James Leech Dee, therefore became Brigham Young's twenty-seventh and final wife. In Ann Eliza's book titled, Wife No. 19, the title implied she was the nineteenth living spouse but she was actually the 27th and final wife of Brigham Young.
She then married Brigham Young on April 7 , 1868. After five years of polygamous marriage Ann Eliza sued for divorce from Brigham Young on July 28, 1873 in Judge McKean's court. The filing of that suit struck like a bombshell on the news front.
This divorce created many problems for the Church. Orson Pratt Brown tells of one particular incident whereby he defended the Church against individuals that had heard Ann Eliza speak against the Church in Chicago. [Ann Eliza married Moses R. Denning of Manistee, Michigan]. (See Reminiscences, Page 64)
Esther Ellen Brown and James Leech Dee had seven children:
1). Elizabeth Ellen Dee b. July 29, 1867; md. Nathaniel James Thomas on January 12, 1887 at the Logan Temple. Nathaniel is the son of James Moroni Thomas and May Hebden Holroyde; they had four children:
2). James Stanley Dee b. Oct 16, 1869 in Ogden; md. Rosale Stevens of Cheyenne, Wyoming on January 7, 1891 in the Logan Temple. They had three children:
3). Charles Oscar Dee b.Nov 20, 1871; md. Mary Olsen
4). Alice Pearl Dee b. July 22, 1874; d. Sept 15, 1896 [or Aug 23, 1937]
5). Elsie Grace Dee b. Aug 12, 1876; md. Sidney W. Badoon on Jan 8, 1896; had two children:
6). Thomas LeRoy Dee b. Feb 11 or Sept 6, 1879; d. June 8, 1951
7). Ernest Leon Dee b. Dec 13, 1886 in Ogden; md. Genet Bingham on Sept 11, 1913 in the SLC Temple. Genet was born on Dec 18, 1884 to parents Jeddediah Grant Bingham and Margaret McCornick Patterson Bingham. Ernest and Genet had one son:
James Dee was twenty-four when he married seventeen year old Esther Ellen. James was a building contractor specializing in plastering types of homes, which were the style in those days. Esther and James went to Ogden to live among the Brown's and the Dee's and other fine pioneer families. James became financially independent and had a fine white stucco plaster home at 2450 Grant Avenue, Ogden, Utah.
James bought Esther one of the first pianos received at Ogden. He owned a fine stable of horses and had his private two-seated "gig" two-wheeled vehicle, which he loved to ride in, driving his lovely horses in tandem style on Sunday afternoons through the streets of Ogden, many years before they modernized.
The Thomas D. Dee Memorial Hospital, Ogden, Utah is named after James Dee's younger brother. There were two brothers, James Leech Dee and Thomas Duncomb Dee, James being the eldest.
Esther Ellen Brown Dee died on October 26, 1893 in Ogden, Weber, Utah
James Leech Dee died on June 6, 1897 in Ogden, Weber, Utah.
PAF - Archer files
Our Ancestry - As Told by Generations (from Father to Son) From Adam Down to Date. by Merline J. Stone, Ogden, Utah, November 26, 1930. 929.2 S72o. From the Ogden Utah Branch Genealogical Library at 539 Twenty Fourth Stree, Ogden, Utah 84401. Additional information from Erold Clarke Wiscombe.
http://historytogo.utah.gov/gardo.html - The Gardo House: A History of the Mansion and its Occupants.
Note: "May 21, 1883 News edition at Lodi, Ohio, disclosed that: "Mrs. Ann Eliza Dee Young, of Mormon fame, 19th wife of [the late] Brigham Young, was married at 1 o'clock this p.m. in this city, to Moses R. Denning, prominent banker of Manistee, Michigan. The ceremony was performed at the residence of Dr. A. E. Elliott, and Rev. E.A. Stone, of Gallion, Ohio, officiated. Mrs. Young's son witnessed the ceremony. There were a large number of guests present, among whom were some of the most prominent citizens of this vicinity. Mr. and Mrs. Denning will make their home in Manistee. They left on the 3:30 train for Toledo." http://historytogo.utah.gov/trolley.html
http://www.ihc.com/xp/ihc/mckaydee/aboutus/history/chapter1.xml - Thomas D. Dee Memorial Hospital, 1920
History of Utah, Vol. 1, 1870-1896, by Wayne Stout. SLC, 1967. Pages60-61
Wife No. 19 or The Story of A Life in Bondage, Being a Complete Expose of Mormonism, and Revealing the Sorrows, Sacrifices and Sufferings of Women in Polygamy , by Ann Eliza Webb Dee Young Denning, Brigham Young's Apostate Wife, with Introductory Notes by John B. Gough and Mary A. Livermore. Ayer Company Publishers, Inc., Salem, New Hampshire 03079. 1875, Page 410. ISBN: 0-405-04488-7
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