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Lee, John Doylelocked

(12 September 1812–23 March 1877)
  • Kent Powell

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Lee, John Doyle (12 September 1812–23 March 1877), Mormon pioneer executed for his role in the Mountain Meadows massacre, was born in Kaskaskia, Randolph County, Illinois, the son of Ralph Lee, a carpenter, and Elizabeth Doyle Reed. At age three, Lee’s mother died, and, abandoned by his father, he spent four years under the care of an African-American nurse who spoke only French. In 1819 his mother’s sister and her husband, James and Charlotte Conner, became his guardians. At age nineteen he fought in the ...

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