Anne Owen Lee (Constable) (1622 - 1706) MP

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Nicknames: "Ann (Constable) Lee"
Birthplace: London, Middlesex, England
Death: Died in Northumberland, Virginia
Occupation: Housewife
Managed by: Maria Edmonds-Zediker, Volunteer Curator
Last Updated:

About Anne Owen Lee (Constable)

Additional Curator's Note: I regret the need to lock this profile, but there are so many Lees in early Virginia history, with repeating given names, that it is very easy to merge the wrong profiles. Just initiate the merge, I will review it and put it through. Feel free to contact me regarding this profile with any questions you may have. Maria Edmonds-Zediker, curator, 11 May 2011.

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Ann Constable was born c. February 1622 in London, England. She was christened on 21 Feb 1622 in London. London, England. She died on 6 Oct 1706 in Dividing Creek, Northumberland, Virginia. She was buried in Oct 1706 in Dividing Creek, Northumberland, Virginia. Her name is sometimes shown as Anna. This is from church records which were written in Latin at that time.

In the year 1640 Richard Henry Lee married at Jamestown Anne Constable, daughter of Francis Constable and a ward of Sir John Thoroughgood, a personal attendant of Charles I, King of England (1600-1649). She had accompanied the family of Virginia Governor Sir Francis Wyatt (1575-1644), and at the time of her marriage to Richard, she was residing at the Wyatt household in Jamestown.

They had the following children:

  • John Lee, eldest son of Col. Richard Lee and wife Anne Constable, was born in 1642 in Virginia. He died in 1673 at his home, Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, Virginia. He never married and his estate reverted to his brother Richard Lee, II., He claimed 3100 acres of Headright land in Westmoreland Co., VA. for transporting 62 people, one of whom was Thomas Sparrow, 18 Oct 1668.
  • Col. Richard Henry Lee II, Esq. (1647-1715) was a Colonel, planter, member of the Upper House and the King's Council. He was the son of Col. Richard Lee I, Esq., "the Immigrant" and Anne Constable. Married Laetitia Corbin; seven children. Known as "the Scholar."
  • Francis Lee was born c.1648 at Dividing Creek, Virginia and died in 1714 in London, England. Francis and his wife Tamar, whose surname is not known, had at least seven children.
  • Hancock LEE was born about 1649 in Northumberland, Virginia. . He died on 25 May 1709 in Ditchley, Northumberland, Virginia. He was buried on 20 Oct 1709 in Ditchley, Northumberland, Virginia.
  • William LEE was born in 1646. He died on 22 Mar 1654 in Surrey County, Virginia. Surrey County, VA., Records
  • Anne LEE was born in 1652/1654 in , Northampton, Northumberland, Virginia. She died in 1701 in Westmoreland, Virginia.
  • Elizabeth LEE was born in 1654 in North Hampton, North Cumberland, Va. She died about 1692/1700 in Wicomico, Northumberland, Va. She was buried in Dividing Creek, Northumberland, Va.
  • Charles LEE was born on 5 Jun 1656 in Dividing Creek, Northumberland, Va. He died in Dec 1701 in Northumberland, Va. He was buried in Cobb's Hall, Northumberland, Va. He was buried in 1701. Will Probated, Northampton, County, Va.

After Richard's death in 1664, Ann, then aged about 44, married Edmund Lister of Northumberland County, Virginia.

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Anne's family:

Francis and Alice Constable were the parents of fifteen Children, four sons and eleven daughters:

  1. . Alice, bapt. St. Gregory by St. Paul, London 24 September 1615 [PR]
  2. . Sarah, bapt. St. Gregory by St. Paul 16 March 1616/7 [Pr] ~ Bishop of London license, 6 October 1646, to marry Anthony Savage - note misstatement of her age in the allegations. Francis Constable apparently signed the instrument himself. She probably died before going to Virginia but her husband went and bought 50 acres of land from (Col.)Richard Lee [Va. Patents 2:153]). She and her husband were among those who presented the will of her mother for probate 22nd. September 1647.
  3. . Joan, bapt. St. Gregory by St. Paul 11 September 1618 [PR].
  4. . Mary, bapt. St. Andrew, Enfield, Co. Middlesex 21st October 1619 [Enfield PR]. Still unmarried, she was among those who presented her mother's will for probate.
  5. . Elizabeth, bapt. St. Gregory by St. Paul 24 October 1620 [PR], no further record.
  6. . ANNE, bapt. St. Gregory by St.Paul 21 February 1621/2. She was not among those who presented her mother's will for probate but this may mean only that she was already out of the country. Gibbon stated that Anna Constable was the wife of (Col.) Richard Lee.
  7. . Margaret, bapt. St. Gregory by St. Paul 26 June 1623, married St. Margaret, Westminster, Robert Hunny.
  8. . Rachel, bapt. St. Gregory by St. Paul 24 September 1624 [PR], no further record.
  9. 9. Simon, bapt. Datchet, co. Bucks 14 August 1625, bur. St. Andrew Undershaft, London 29 November 1627.
  10. . Robert, bapt. St. Andrew Undershaft 24 August 1626 [PR], twin, bur.10 September 1626 [PR].
  11. . Roger, bapt. St. Andrew Undershaft 24 August 1626 [PR], twin, bur. 10 September 1626 [PR].
  12. . Alice, bapt. St. Andrew Undershaft 16 March 1627/8 [PR], no further record.
  13. . Frances, bapt. St. Andrew Undershaft 5th July 1629, she was among those who presented her mother's will for probate.
  14. . Rachel, bapt. St. Andrew Undershaft 18 July 1630, married York County, Va. after 3 April 1651 [York co. Records 1:132] John Chew, Gent.; Richard Lee was one of her trustees in the pre-nuptial agreement. She was among those who presented her mother's will for probate.
  15. . Robert, bapt. St. Andrew Undershaft 2 October 1631 [PR], bur. St. Margaret, Westminster 28 August 1647.

Francis Constable died 1st. August 1647 of the plague and was buried the following day from St. Margaret, Westminster, while his widow was buried 4 August 1647. These registers are published and it should be noted that "Mr." is misread "Mrs." in his burial entry. Their only remaining son Robert was carried off by the plague the same month (buried 28 August) and it was after his death that the will of Alice Constable was filed for probate, on September 22, 1647.

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Different view of Ann's parentage... Richard Lee's wife Anna (or Anne)[4]

An interesting claim is made in many genealogies that Richard's wife was Anne Constable, the daughter of Francis Constable the London publisher[5 ]. This claim, however, cannot be substantiated. All that is known from documents of the period is that Richard I Lee's wife's name was Anna (or Anne)[3] . In trying to substantiate that she was the daughter of Francis Constable, evidence is given that a sister and a brother-in-law also settled in Virginia after Francis Constable died in 1647, and that they were both associated with Richard I Lee. The evidence, however, does not stand up to investigation.

Rachel Constable is said to have married at the age of 20 in York County, Virginia soon after 3 April 1651 [York co. Records 1:132] to John Chew, Gent. with Richard Lee was one of her trustees in the pre-nuptial agreement. It is true that John Chew married a Rachel Constable, and that Richard Lee was a trustee in the pre-nuptial agreement, but the Rachel Constable that the elderly John Chew (c.1587-) married for his second wife was a widow.[6] [7] Sarah Constable's husband Anthony Savage is said to have bought bought 50 acres of land from Richard I Lee in Virginia [Va. Patents 2:153]. However there is no proof that this Anthony Savage was Sarah's husband, and he was not the only man with the name Anthony Savage. There is an Anthony Savage who was in Virginia at that time, and who had not married Sarah Constable, who is an ancestor of President Zachary Taylor[8] . This Anthony Savage may have been the man who bought the 50 acres from Richard I Lee, a man who had many land dealings. There is also no proof that Sarah Constable's husband moved from England to Virginia. Another interesting claim made for Anne Constable, the daughter of Francis Constable, and the supposed wife of Richard I Lee, is that she was firstly a ward of Sir John Thorogood, a personal attendant of King Charles I of England, became a ward of Sir Francis Wyatt, and then accompanied Sir Francis Wyatt (the 1st Governor of Virginia) and Richard I Lee (Sir Francis Wyatt's Secretary) on their voyage to Jamestown in 1639. There is no evidence to back up this claim, and no evidence of an affiliation or Richard I Lee's wife Anne with Wyatt or Thoroughgood. The name of the unknown girl who did travel with the family of Sir Francis Wyatt and did live in his house in Jamestown is then said to have been revealed 200 years after the fact. There is no reason for Anne Constable to have been made a ward of Sir John Thorogood or Sir Francis Wyatt, especially as her parents were both still alive. There is also no reason for Francis and his wife Alice to have singled out one of their daughters to want to send to Virginia. Evidence is given to support the claim that Anne Constable was the ward of Sir Francis Wyatt, which once again does not stand up to investigation.

Richard I Lee is said to have needed the influence of his wife, the supposed ward of Sir Francis Wyatt, to further his career in Virginia. This was however unnecessary as he already had the goodwill of Sir Francis Wyatt from his occupation as his personal secretary, and on this basis Sir Francis Wyatt did further his career by recommending him to the new Governor, Sir William Berkeley (1606–1677) who then appointed Richard Attorney General of the Colony. A fictitious genealogy[9 ] is said to prove that the family of Francis Constable was important to the Royal family of England by a blood relationship, which in turn then is then said to explain why Anne Constable was made a ward of Sir Francis Wyatt. This fictitious genealogy purports firstly to go back from Francis Constable through to Thomas Constable M.P. of Great Grimsby, Lincolnshire, a descendant of the Constables of Flamborough, Yorkshire. However, no connection has been found between the family of Francis Constable and that of Thomas Constable M.P. of Great Grimsby, Lincolnshire (see the section on Francis Constable's father below). This fictitious genealogy then purports to go back to Elizabeth Plantagenet, the eighth daughter of King Edward I of England, who married Humphrey de Bohun, 4th Earl of Hereford, and Constable of England. However, the Constable family of Flamborough, Yorkshire do not descend from Elizabeth Plantagenet and the de Bohun's who were hereditary Constables of England. They instead descended from the hereditary Constables of Chester, remained Lords of Flamborough, Yorkshire and took the surname Constable in the late 12th century. Francis Constable's family was from Norfolkshire, and no connection has been found between his family and that of the Constables of Yorkshire. There is definitely no connection between the family of Francis Constable and Elizabeth Plantagenet. (The correct genealogy for Francis Constable can be found in the ancestry section of the article on Francis Constable, while the correct genealogy for Robert Constable of Flamborough, the father of Thomas Constable M.P. of Great Grimsby, can be found in the ancestry section of the article on Robert Constable.) [edit]Ch ildren Richard I Lee and his wife Ann had 10 children, including 3 sets of twins:

John Lee (1643–1673) of "Mount Pleasant", who never married Henry Lee (1643–1654), who died young Col. Richard Lee II "the scholar" (1647–1715), who married Laetitia Corbin (c.1657-1706), daughter of Hon. Henry Corbin, Sr(1629–1676) and Alice (Eltonhead) Burnham (c.1627-1684). Greatx2-grandfather of General Robert E. Lee Francis Lee (1648–1714) a merchant in England, who married Tamar Capt. William Lee (1651–1696), who married Alice Felton in 1675 and fathered four children Capt. Hancock Lee I, Hon. (1653–1709) of "Ditchley", who married 1) Mary Kendall (1661–1694); 2) Sarah Elizabeth Allerton(1671–1731), daughter of Col. Isaac Allerton Jr (1630–1702) (son of Isaac Allerton of the Mayflower) and his second wife,Elizabeth (Willoughby) Overzee Colclough, widow of Simon Overzee and George Colclough. Grandfather of PresidentZachary Taylor Elizabeth (Betsey) Lee (1654–1714), who married 1) Leonard Howson Sr (1648–1704); 2) John Turberville (1650–1728), son of George Turberville IV (1638-c.1659) and Bridget Anne Lee (1654–1701), who married Maj. Thomas Youell Jr (1644–1695), son of Thomas Youell (1615–1655) and Anne Sturman (d. 1672) Capt. Charles Lee Sr (1655–1701) of "Cobbs Hall", who married Elizabeth Medstand, daughter of Thomas Medstand (-1675). Ancestor of the Manning family of Eli Manning and

Jane Sherman added this on 9 Jan 2011

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Anne Owen Lee's Timeline

1622
February 21, 1622
London, Middlesex, England
February 21, 1622
London, London, England
February 21, 1622
St. Gregory by St. Paul, London
February 21, 1622
St. Gregory by St. Paul, London
1640
1640
Age 17
England
1645
1645
Age 22
possibly Jamestown, Virginia
1647
1647
Age 24
Gloucester, Virginia
1648
1648
Age 25
Gloucester, Virginia
1649
1649
Age 26
Northampton, Northcumberland, Virginia
1651
1651
Age 28
Charles City, Virginia