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Edmund Lee Family Graveyard and the Lonesome Grave/William R. Whitaker House

 
 
Edmund Lee Family Graveyard and the Lonesome Grave side of marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, November 25, 2017
1. Edmund Lee Family Graveyard and the Lonesome Grave side of marker
Inscription.  (side 1)
Edmund Lee Family Graveyard and the Lonesome Grave

According to local history, members of the Lee family are buried here. Rev. Edmund Lee, a Presbyterian Minister, his wife Electa, and their daughter Sarah, came to the Village of Manatee in 1844 from Vermont. Although he came to Florida expecting to die as he suffered from consumption, Lee lived until 1892 and outlived three wives: Electa, the first school teacher in Manatee County, Addie Frierson Lee and Elizabeth O'Dell Lee. Lee, his wives and daughter, and another man, James R. McCarter, are said to be buried here. To the east is the lone grave of James C. Vanderipe. Vanderipe married Lee's daughter Sarah, but at his death in 1879, Lee refused to bury him in the family cemetery due to an argument between the two men.

(side 2)
William R. Whitaker House

Built in two parts, the front portion of this house many have been constructed as early as 1876. William R. Whitaker, the son of the first white setter of Sarasota, acquired the house about 1895 for his wife, Fannie Vanderipe, and added the back portion at that time.
William R. Whitaker House side of marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, November 25, 2017
2. William R. Whitaker House side of marker
Whitaker was one of the area's first celery growers, and a partner in several businesses including the Manatee Bridge Company. In his employ were Jeff Bolding and his wife, Elle, former slaves, who also lived here with the Whitaker family. Whitaker's father found Bolding, ill and starving, and purchased him from his owner for $1,000. After the war, he was freed, but remained with the family. After Bolding's death in 1904. Ellen went to work for King Wiggins who built the general store now in the Manatee Village Historical Park.
 
Erected 2000 by The Manatee County Historical Commission with the Cooperation of the Manatee County Board of County Commission.
 
Location. 27° 29.867′ N, 82° 32.678′ W. Marker is in Bradenton, Florida, in Manatee County. Marker is at the intersection of 17th Street East and 3rd Avenue East, on the right when traveling north on 17th Street East. Touch for map. The lone grave is on private property. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 17th St E, Bradenton FL 34208, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Edmund Lee Family Pioneer Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Manatee Academy (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Manatee Courthouse / Manatee Methodist Church (approx.
William R. Whitaker House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, November 25, 2017
3. William R. Whitaker House and Marker
0.2 miles away); First Settler's Homesite (approx. ¼ mile away); The Fogarty Boat Works (approx. ¼ mile away); Florida Naval Stores (approx. ¼ mile away); Manatee Burying Ground (approx. ¼ mile away); Life on the Florida Frontier: The Stephens Family (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bradenton.
 
Also see . . .  Father of William R. Whitaker. (Submitted on January 11, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
 
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