Mary Lee Brady, Ph.D.
Served in World War I to help "make the world safe for democracy" per President Woodrow Wilson of Virginia who during his presidency not only emphasized with the Ku Klux Klan but also re-segregated the government that President Abraham Lincoln had sought to integrate.
"United States Census, 1940," William Henry Lee, Ward 12, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh City, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States
|Name:||William Henry Lee |
|Titles & Terms:|| |
|Event Year:||1940 |
|Event Place:||Ward 12, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh City, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States |
|Marital Status:||Married |
|Race (Original):||Negro |
|Race (Standardized):||Negro |
|Relationship to Head of Household (Original):||Head |
|Relationship to Head of Household (Standardized):||Head |
|Estimated Birth Year:||1894 |
|Residence in 1935:||Same Place |
|Enumeration District Number:||69-288 |
|Family Number:||145 |
|Sheet Number and Letter:||63A |
|Line Number:||1 |
|NARA Publication Number:||T627 |
|NARA Roll Number:||3660 |
|Digital Folder Number:||005456800 |
|Image Number:||00118 |
|Head ||William Henry Lee ||M||46||Ohio |
|Wife ||Odell Lee||F||42||Pennsylvania |
|Son ||Thomas Lee||M||17||Pennsylvania |
|Daughter ||Elizabeth Lee||F||16||Pennsylvania |
|Son ||Robert Lee||M||14||Pennsylvania |
|Son ||William Lee||M||12||Pennsylvania |
|Son ||Harry Lee||M||9||Pennsylvania |
"United States Census, 1940," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KQ6V-WPV : accessed 09 Sep 2012), William Henry Lee, Ward 12, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh City, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 69-288, sheet 63A, family 145, NARA digital publication T627, roll 3660.
|Name:||William H. Lee|
|Enlistment Division:||National Army|
|Enlistment Location:||Bloomingburg, O.|
|Enlistment Date:||27 Oct 1917|
|Birth Place:||Washington C. H., O.|
|Assigns Comment:||158 Depot Brigade to 5 July 1918; Co A 802 Pioneer Regiment, Infantry to Discharge Sergeant 16 Feb 1918. Meuse-Argonne. American Expeditionary Forces 1 Sept 1918 to 9 July 1919. Honorable discharge 17 July 1919.|
Life for William was especially tough in efforts to earn a living doing what he was good at, but his persistence did land him a career job working in the U.S. postal services.
It is difficult for most unenlightened African-Americans to comprehend that prior to the Kennedy era of power in American life, it was rare if not impossible for "the least of us" to gain secure employment in most aspects of the economy. Military services, postal workers, and railway sleeping car porters were among the best job opportunities. And, almost without exception on any given day the doctrine held dear was that of working harder, longer hours and out-performing White peers in sight and newly hired.
For William Lee and his brother-in-law among other African-American postal workers the daily challenge was not simply to keep their jobs but how to keep their families intact and secure and faithful in them.
Frederick Douglass Lee, born 1908
Harry Lee (William Lee's son), Pat Lee, (William Lee's daughter in law), Gayle Jones Wilkerson (Clara Lee's Granddaughter), Robby Lee (William Lee's son), Mary Lee Brady(Marion Lee's daughter), Melyta Lee (Fred Lee's daughter), Pat Lee Walker (Marion Lee's daughter), Darthula Lee (Fred Lee's wife), Jeannette Walker (Marion Lee's granddaughter), Allison Lee (Harry Lee's daughter. (William Lee's Granddaughter)
Harry Lee above left is the son of William Henry Lee. Nanci Lee Banks is the grand-daughter of William Henry Lee via daughter of Nora Lee whose picture is not available.