Tilghman  H.  Lee

          Tilghman H. Lee, Ex-Sheriff of Shelby County, and at present a prominent farmer of Sugar Creek Township, was born in Addison Township, this county, May 31, 1839.  He was the third of five children, three sons and two daughters, born to Louis M. and Spicy (Campbell) Lee.  He spent his boyhood and youth working upon a farm by the month, and thus continued among strangers for a fourteen years.  February 23, 1865, he was married to Annie Hoop, a native of Moral Township, this county, born July 30, 1848.  She was the daughter of  Furguson and Nellie (Doble) Hoop, the former a native of Ohio, of German descent, and the latter a native of Kentucky.  Immediately after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Lee located upon a farm in Sugar Creek Township.  Mr. Lee continued the vocation of a farmer in that township, until the fall of 1872, at which time he was elected upon the Democratic ticket to the office of Sheriff of Shelby County.  He was re-elected in the fall of 1874, and at the expiration of his second term, he returned to Sugar Creek Township, and resumed the business of a farmer.  His attention in this connection, however, has chiefly been confined to the management and overseeing of his farm, owing to the fact that for a period of about seventeen years he has served the public in the capacity of an auctioneer.  He is peculiarly adapted for this vocation, and he is universally recognized as one of the most successful auctioneers.  Mr. and Mrs. Lee are the parents of four children as follows:  Gillmore and Elmore (twins), born November 14, 1866, the former died December 23, 1866; Cora A., born September 17, 1869, and Fannie, born February 25, 1878.  Mr. and Mrs. Lee are members of the Presbyterian Church.  The former is a member of the F. & A.M. Lodge, and a staunch Democrat in politics.  He owns a handsome farm where he lives, of 174 acres, about 135 of which are in a state of cultivation.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, Chicago:  Brant & Fuller, 1887, pp 752-3, "Sugar Creek Sketches".
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming
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