George, I'm just grabbing at straws here...Is the following your Robert Edmond Lee?
US WWI Draft Card (1917-18)
Robert Edmond Lee,
b 1 Feb 1873
Black, Native Born (born in MO)
Pastor of Baptist Church in Bunceton, MO (where he lived)
Nearest relative was
Orethea Lee of Bunceton, Cooper county, MO.
Tall, Slender, black hair and eyes
Three fingers missing off left hand.
dated 12 Sept, 1918.
This is the above in 1910:
1910 United States Federal Census 1910 United States Federal Census
Name: Robert E Lee
[Robert E Tree]
Age in 1910: 34
Birth Year: abt 1856
Home in 1910: Hiawatha Ward 4, Brown, Kansas
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Oretha Lee
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Robert E Lee 34
Oretha Lee 24
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Hiawatha Ward 4, Brown, Kansas; Roll: T624_433; Page: 12B; Enumeration District: 0022; ; FHL microfilm: 1374446.
Let me know if this is your line. It says Mulatto/Black...and someone made a change to white (but the census definately has a B in the color column. Orethea is listed as Mu (Mulatto). I'm guessing these both are freed slaves and may have mixed blood. Just a part of our country's early history.