Hancock Lee, III (1740 - 1819) MP

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Birthplace: Ditchley, Northumberland, Virginia
Death: Died in Warrenton, Fauquier, Virginia
Managed by: Francine Marino Stanley
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About Hancock Lee, III

Hancock Lee III (1740 - 1819)

The third generation Hancock Lee was born April 7, 1740 near Warrenton, Virginia and died in March, 1819 at Greenview (Name given to the family home established near Warrenton by Hancock III) in Fauquier County, Virginia.

He married Winifred Eustace Beale in December, 1776 and the couple had 10 children (See below). Winifred Beale was born in 1741 at Chestnut Hill near Richmond, Virginia and died in 1815 at Greenview in Fauquier County, Virginia. Her parents were John (1710-1776) and Elizabeth Eustace (1724-1767) Beale of Chestnut Hill near Richmond who were married on December 26, 1736.

A book titled “Fauquier County in the Revolution” contains a reference to a letter, dated March 18, 1777, from John Chilton (head of the Fauquier Continental Army forces) to Major Martin Pickett in which Chilton jokingly accuses one of his officers, John Blackwell, of spending his time in Virginia during the previous winter of 1776-1777 courting instead of recruiting new troops for which he had been sent. In the letter, Chilton advised that John Blackwell should sue Cocky (Hancock III) Lee for having snatched the lovely Winifred Eustace Beale from under his very nose.

From about 1771-1774, Hancock Lee III, along with his brother Willis and his cousin Hancock Taylor, made an expedition to Kentucky, to survey land there for the Ohio Company. The party traveled to the buffalo crossing at the bend of the Kentucky River, where they established Leestown. The village was to endure significant problems in its formative years. Growth was slow; early settlers into Kentucky used Leestown as a stop-over on their way to Boonesboro and Harrodsburg. The settlement was plagued with the threat of Indian attacks.

Early in July of 1774, Hancock Taylor was killed during an attack and Willis Lee was wounded. Hancock Taylor made his will a few days before he died, leaving his cousin Hancock Lee, part of the lands he had surveyed in Kentucky. In April 1776, a band of Indians suddenly attacked and burned several cabins at Leestown. During this attack, Willis Lee was killed. Indian attacks continued to cause havoc on the residents and in 1777 they temporarily abandoned the Leestown settlement and relocated to Boonesboro.

Hancock Lee made at least twenty trips to Kentucky and he filed eighteen personal surveys totalling 7,200 acres. Family lore claims that he used the same horse for all of those trips.

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The third generation Hancock Lee, as indicated above, was born April 7, 1740 near Warrenton, Virginia and died in March, 1819 at Greenview (Name given to the family home established near Warrenton by Hancock III) in Fauquier County, Virginia. He married Winifred Eustace Beale in December, 1776 and the couple had 10 children (See below). Winifred Beale was born in 1741 at Chestnut Hill near Richmond, Virginia and died in 1815 at Greenview in Fauquier County, Virginia. Her parents were John (1710-1776) and Elizabeth Eustace (1724-1767) Beale of Chestnut Hill near Richmond who were married on December 26, 1736. A book titled “Fauquier County in the Revolution” contains a reference to a letter, dated March 18, 1777, from John Chilton (head of the Fauquier Continental Army forces) to Major Martin Pickett in which Chilton jokingly accuses one of his officers, John Blackwell, of spending his time in Virginia during the previous winter of 1776-1777 courting instead of recruiting new troops for which he had been sent. In the letter, Chilton advised that John Blackwell should sue Cocky (Hancock III) Lee for having snatched the lovely Winifred Eustace Beale from under his very nose.

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Hancock Lee, III's Timeline

1740
April 7, 1740
Ditchley, Northumberland, Virginia
1776
December 1776
Age 36
King George, Virginia
1794
May 5, 1794
Age 54
1819
March 1819
Age 78
Warrenton, Fauquier, Virginia
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