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Nicknames: "John Lyes"
Birthplace: of Nordley Regis, Salop, England
Death: Died in Worcester, Worcestershire, England
Occupation: Clothier
Managed by: Thomas Shirley
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About John Lee, Sr.

NOTES from Jaqueli Charlene Finney: John Lee or Lyes Clothier, born Abt. 1588 in of, Nordley Regis, Coton Hall, Salop, England; died in Worcester, Worcestershire. He was the son of 4. Richard Lee and 5. Elizabeth BENDEY. He married 3. Jane HANCOCK. 3. Jane HANCOCK, born Abt. 1596 in Worcester, St Martin parish, Worcestershire, England. She was the daughter of 6. Edward HANCOCK and 7. Alice JEFFRIES.

More About John Lee or Lyes Clothier: Burial: 23 Feb 1630, St Martin parish, Worcestershire, England Record Change: 09 Jan 2002

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JOHN2 LEE (JOHN1) was born 1590 in England, and died 23 Feb 1629/30 in Worchester, Worchestershire, England. He married JANE HANCOCK Bef. 1616, daughter of EDWARD HANCOCK. She was born 1590 in England, and died 24 Feb 1637/38 in Worchester, Worchestershire, England.Notes for JOHN LEE:
Source: The book, "Shaping a Nation Stories of the Lees", by Ludwell Lee Montague.In 1988 William Thorndale (National Genealogical Society Quarterly, 76-4, pp 253-267) established, apparently beyond question, the parentage of the emigrant, Col. Richard Lee, which had been sought off and on for more than two hundred years. He had been christened 22 March 1617/8 at St. Martins Parish in the city of Worcester, the son of John Lee (sometimes Lees or Leys) (1590-1629/30), a member of the Clothiers' Company (i.e., manufacturers of woolen cloth) and Jane Hancock, his wife.Subsequently, Thomas Woodcock, Somerset Herald at the College of Arms, was engaged by David Halle (Genealogist of the Society of the Lees of Virginia at the time) to try to find further confirmation of this deduction. Although failing in this, Mr. Woodcock did develop the strong probability that this John Lee (1590-1629/30) was the son of an earlier John Lees (ca.1566-1597), weaver, of Worcester. Mr. Thorndale generously supplied evidence to establish this parentage with certainty, and Dr. Neil Thompson then further confirmed it.Col. Montague's understanding of Col. Richard Lee's English origin was based in part on heraldic considerations, but also in greater part on accepting, as had the Lee Society and the College of Arms for many years, the authenticity of the so-called "Cobbs Hall Bible record," now long known to have been a 1920's fabrication. His remarks about Col. Richard Lee's English origin and connection with a John Lee of London must now be disregarded in view of these more recent discoveries.


Children of JOHN LEE and JANE HANCOCK are:


  1. i. THOMAS3 LEE.

  2. ii. JOHN LEE, b. Sep 1616.
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  3. iii. RICHARD LEE, (THE FOUNDER), b. 1608, Shorpshire, England; d. 01 Mar 1663/64, Cobb's Hall, Dividing Creek VA.

The Lee family, in the United States of America, is a historically significant Virginia political family, whose many prominent members are known for their accomplishments in politics and the military. They are descended from the Lees of Shropshire, England, and became prominent in colonial America when Colonel Richard Lee (the Immigrant) immigrated to Virginia and made his fortune in tobacco. Prominent members of the family include Thomas Lee (1690 - 1750), a founder of the Virginia of the House of Burgesses; Francis LightfootLee (1734 - 1797) and Richard Henry Lee (1732 - 1794), signers of the United States Declaration of Independence; and, most famously, General Robert E. Lee (1807 - 1870) Confederate States of America commander in the United States Civil War. President Zachary Taylor was also a descendant of Colonel Richard Lee. {As was President Abraham Lincoln}.

Most recently, family members have marked over two hundred years of political service in the United States, as Blair Lee III, a descendant of Richard Henry Lee, served as Lieutenant Governor of Maryland from 1971-1979 and Acting Governor of Maryland from 1977 - 1979.

They descend from the Lees of Shropshire. The name was originally de la Lee, probably from Norman times. The Lees of Shropshire have had a substantial estate near Bridgnorth for 500 years. In one form or another their Coton Hall goes back perhaps to the 11th century.

In the U.S. the family began when Colonel Richard Lee (the Emigrant) emigrated to Virginia and made his fortune in tobacco. They first gained wider significance with Thomas Lee (1690 - 1750). He became a member of the House of Burgesses and later went on to found the Ohio Company.

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John was a clothier. Jane’s will was prob. 26 Mar 1639, Worcester Consitory Court 1639, No. 147, transcribed from the British film collection, Film 098. 058.

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John Lee Sr 1

   * Born: 1589, St. Martin Parish, Worcestershire, England (See Notes)
   * Wife: Jane Hancock on 21 Oct 1599 in England
   * Died: 23 Feb 1630, St. Martin Parish, Worcestershire, England Age: 40 at age 41

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Ancestors of John Lee or Lyes Clothier

Generation No. 1

1. John Lee or Lyes Clothier, born Abt. 1588 in of, Nordley Regis, Coton Hall, Salop, England; died in Worcester, Worcestershire. He was the son of 2. Richard Lee and 3. Elizabeth BENDEY. He married (1) Jane HANCOCK. She was born Abt. 1596 in Worcester, St Martin parish, Worcestershire, England. She was the daughter of Edward HANCOCK and Alice JEFFRIES.

More About John Lee or Lyes Clothier: Burial: 23 Feb 1630, St Martin parish, Worcestershire, England Record Change: 09 Jan 2002

Notes for Jane HANCOCK: 2 sep 1630 Jane Lee widow fo John Lee Dec St MArtin's Parish city of Worcestger administration with bond for estate fo John Deceased, security Thomas HANCOCK HANCOCKE. 1632 widow Jame md Hohn Maninge, Worcester, St Martin's Jane Manning made will 1635, names eldest son John, Richard,, with youngest son Thomas. child Edward deceased added from Parish Baptismal records

More About Jane HANCOCK: Burial: 24 Feb 1639, Worcester, St Alban's parish, Worcestershire, England Christening: also listed as of Twining. Record Change: 05 Mar 2001

Generation No. 2

2. Richard Lee, born 1564 in of, Cocton, Shropshire, England; died 1621 in of, Nordley Regis, Shropshire, England. He was the son of 4. John Lee and 5. Joyce or Jocota ROMNEY. He married 3. Elizabeth BENDEY. 3. Elizabeth BENDEY, born Abt. 1566 in of, Cocton, , England.

Notes for Richard Lee: Richard Lee, fishmonger Richard Lee was baptised at St. Mary's church, Alveley, Shropshire, on 15th September 1622. Richard was the son of Lancelot Lee, Lord of the manor of Alveley, and his first wife Jane Clemson. The Apprentice records of Fishmongers Company which are held at the Guildhall Library in London show that in 1639 Richard Lee, son of Lancelot Lee of Alveley, gent of Salop, was apprenticed to JohnLee, fishmonger, of London for 7 years. Richard served his apprenticeship and was made a freeman of the Fishmongers Company in 1647. In that same year Thomas Nicholls, son of Thomas Nicholls of Alveley, who was a brother in law of Lancelot Lee by his wife Eleanor Lee, was also apprenticed to John Lee. And in 1649 Lancelot Lee, another son of Lancelot Lee of Alveley, Shropshire was apprenticed to Francis Collins, fishmonger This John Lee to whom Richard Lee and Thomas Nicholls were apprenticedwas the brother of Lancelot Lee of Coton and was the clerk of the company.We would call him the treasurer of the company and he ran the day to day finances of the company. All of these Lee family members were entitled to use the Lee arms which are now used by the Lee family of Virginia.

More About Richard Lee: Christening: 06 Oct 1564, of, Nordley Regis, Shropshire, England Record Change: 31 Mar 2002

More About Elizabeth BENDEY: Christening: of, Nordley Regis, , England Record Change: 31 Mar 2002 Children of Richard Lee and Elizabeth BENDEY are: 1 i. John Lee or Lyes Clothier, born Abt. 1588 in of, Nordley Regis, Coton Hall, Salop, England; died in Worcester, Worcestershire; married Jane HANCOCK. ii. Richard Lee, born Abt. 1594 in of, Nordley Regis, Coton Hall, Salop, England; married Alice TURNOR; born Abt. 1600 in of Droitwich, Worcestershire, England.

More About Richard Lee: Record Change: 05 Mar 2001

More About Alice TURNOR: Record Change: 05 Mar 2001

Generation No. 3

4. John Lee, born 1528 in of, Nordley Regis, Coton Hall, England; died 14 May 1605 in will proven, Shropshire, , England. He was the son of 8. HUMPHREY Lee and 9. Katherine Blount. He married 5. Joyce or Jocota ROMNEY. 5. Joyce or Jocota ROMNEY, born Abt. 1533 in Lulsey, Worcester, , England; died 04 Dec 1609 in Alveley Parish, Shropshire, England. She was the daughter of 10. John ROMNEY and 11. Bripton Berrington.

More About John Lee: Burial: 13 Jun 1605, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, , England Christening: Aberley, parish, Salop, England Record Change: 05 Sep 2006

More About Joyce or Jocota ROMNEY: Burial: 1609, Alveley, parish, , England Record Change: 17 Jun 2001 Children of John Lee and Joyce ROMNEY are: i. Thomas Lee, born 1556 in of, Coton Hall, Shropshire, England; died 1620 in Coton, Coton Hall, Shropshire, England; married Dorothy OTELEY; born Abt. 1558 in of, Pitchford, Shropshire, England; died Abt. 1590 in four sons seven dau.

Notes for Thomas Lee: The Lee Family of Coton

            Thomas Lee = Dorothy Ottley
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            John Lee    Lancelot Lee    Elinor Lee = Thomas Nicholls Fishmonger
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            Richard Lee    Lancelot Lee                |
                                                             Thomas Nicholls
         Fishmonger      Fishmonger
                                                                 Fishmonger

More About Thomas Lee: Burial: 1621, will probate Christening: married, Dorothy, OTELEY Record Change: 31 Mar 2002

More About Dorothy OTELEY: Burial: of, Morton Regis, Shropshire, England Christening: of, Coton Hall, Shropshire, England Record Change: 26 Jul 2001

ii. Gilbert Lee, born Abt. 1557 in of, Coton Hall, Shropshire, England; died 1621 in d.s.p., Tolleshunt, Darey, England.

More About Gilbert Lee: Burial: Tolleshunt, Darey, Essex, England Christening: no children of Queen's College Oxford Record Change: 26 Jul 2001

iii. Jasper Lee, born Abt. 1559 in of, Coton Hall, Shropshire, England; died Bef. 1605 in Shropshire, , , England.

More About Jasper Lee: Christening: no children Record Change: 31 Mar 2002

iv. Josias Lee, born 1562 in of, Coton Hall, Shropshire, England; died 14 Jan 1640 in nunc will, Shropshire, , England.

More About Josias Lee: Christening: 02 Dec 1562, Alveley, church, Shropshire, England Record Change: 31 Mar 2002

v. Edward Lee, born Abt. 1563 in of, Coton Hall, Shropshire, England; died 21 Jun 1616 in Shropshire, , , England.

More About Edward Lee: Burial: 22 Jun 1616, Alveley, church, Shropshire, England Christening: no children Record Change: 31 Mar 2002

2 vi. Richard Lee, born 1564 in of, Cocton, Shropshire, England; died 1621 in of, Nordley Regis, Shropshire, England; married (1) Elizabeth LANGSTON; married (2) second; married (3) Elizabeth BENDEY. vii. Ferdinand Lee, born 1565 in of, Coton Hall, Shropshire, England; died Aft. 1623 in married, twice.

More About Ferdinand Lee: Christening: Feb 1566, Alveley, church, Shropshire, England Record Change: 31 Mar 2002

viii. William Lee, born Abt. 1567 in of, Coton Hall, Shropshire, England; died Bef. 1605 in Coton, Coton Hall, Shropshire, England.

More About William Lee: Christening: no children Record Change: 31 Mar 2002

Generation No. 4

8. HUMPHREY Lee, born Abt. 1506 in Nordley Regis, Coton Hall, Shropshire, England; died 12 Mar 1589 in Inq. p.m., Shropshire, Coton Hall, England. He was the son of Thomas or de Lea Lee and Joanna MORTON. He married 9. Katherine Blount. 9. Katherine Blount, born Abt. 1505 in of, Yeo or Eye, Herfordshire, England; died 20 Aug 1591 in Coton Hall, Nordley Regis, Shropshire, England. She was the daughter of John Blount and Elizabeth YOE.

More About HUMPHREY Lee: Christening: Rebuilt, Coton Hall, Alveley, parish Record Change: 27 Jul 2001

More About Katherine Blount: Burial: 30 Aug 1591, Alveley, church, Shropshire, England Record Change: 27 Jul 2001 Children of HUMPHREY Lee and Katherine Blount are: 4 i. John Lee, born 1528 in of, Nordley Regis, Coton Hall, England; died 14 May 1605 in will proven, Shropshire, , England; married Joyce or Jocota ROMNEY. ii. Humphey Lee, born Abt. 1530 in Oswestry Parish, Morton Regis, Shropshire, England.

More About Humphey Lee: Record Change: 18 Nov 2005

iii. Francis Franciscus Lee, born Abt. 1532 in Oswestry Parish, Morton Regis, Shropshire, England.

More About Francis Franciscus Lee: Record Change: 18 Nov 2005

10. John ROMNEY, born Abt. 1510 in of, Lulsey, Worcester, England; died 1580 in Coton, Shropshire, England. He married 11. Bripton Berrington. 11. Bripton Berrington, born Abt. 1512 in Coton, Shropshire, England. She was the daughter of John Bripton Berrington.

More About John ROMNEY: Record Change: 17 Jun 2001

More About Bripton Berrington: Christening: Stoke, or, Stock, England Record Change: 17 Jun 2001 Child of John ROMNEY and Bripton Berrington is: 5 i. Joyce or Jocota ROMNEY, born Abt. 1533 in Lulsey, Worcester, , England; died 04 Dec 1609 in Alveley Parish, Shropshire, England; married John Lee.

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  • 15. JOHN LEE, ESQ., of Coton in Nordley Regis in the Parish of Alveley, only son, b. 1530, bur. Chesham, co. Buckingham, 13 June 1605 (will dated 17 May 1605, pr. 14 Jun 1605); m. (settlement, 24 June 1553), Joyce Romney, only dau. of John Romney, Gent., of Luisley, co. Worcester; she was bur. at Alveley, 4 Dec. 1609; her mother was the dau. of John Berrington of Stock.
    • 16. RICHARD LEE, GENT., 6th son, b. Coton, 1563, bp. Alveley, 6 Oct. 1563; mentioned in his father's will, 1605, and in the will of his brother, Gilbert Lee, 1621, held annuity on farm at Nordley Regis; m. (perhaps as (2) wife) Alveley, 21 Oct. 1599, Elizabeth Bendy, dau. of John Bendy. Richard Lee was perhaps father of No. 16A by a first wife.
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      • ' 16A. JOHN LEE (or LYES), clothier, bur. Worcester, co. Worcester, 23 Feb. 1629/30, administration of estate names widow Jane with security of Thomas Hancock, clothier; m. bef. 1616 Jane Hancock, bur. Worcester, 24 Feb. 1638/39, dau. of Edward Hancock of Twining, co. Gloucester, and his wife Alice Jeffrys. The will of Edward Hancock of 1621 bequeathed twenty shillings to "John Lyes his three sonns" then under twenty-one. Jane m. (2) Worcester Saint Martin 29 July 1632 John Maning. Her will, dtd. 31 May 1635, prob. 26 Mar. 1639, named sons John, Richard and Thomas, with brother Thomas Hancocks as executor. The will, dtd. 18 June 1666, of John Best of Twining (evidently nephew of Jane Hancock) left teen pounds each to Richard and Francis Lea, son of "Colonell Richard Lea", and named Thomas Hancock "of the Cittie of Worcester Clothyer". (William Thorndale, NGSQ 76 (1988): 253-267; supersedes earlier refs.).
        • 17. COLONEL RICHARD LEE, bp. Worcester Saint Martin 22 Mar. 1617/18; came to Virginia, 1640; Secretary of State, Virginia, 1649-1652, and of the Council, 1651-1664; according to a guest at Dividing Creek in 1682, John Gibbon, later Bluemantle Pursivant at the College of Arms, Colonel Lee "descended from the Lees of Shropshire"; will (mentioning his English estate at Stratford Langton, Essex) dtd. 6 Feb. 1663/4; d. at Dividing
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        • Creek in Northampton Co., Va., March 1664; will proved, 10 Jan. 1664/5; m. Jamestown, Virginia, 1641, Anne Constable (with ten children including a son, Hancock). (Generation 14 to 17: VMHB, Vol. 62, No. 1, pp. 6-14; Henricks, Lees of Virginia 24-26; Mag. of the Soc. of Lees of Va., VIII (May 1931), No. 1. See The Virginia Genealogist, issues 1970 to date, articles on Lee.)
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  • ' John Lee married Jane Hancock, daughter of Edward Hancock and Alice Jeffrys, before 1616. John Lee was buried on 23 February 1630 at Worcester, Worcestershire, England.
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-------------------- JOHN2 LEE, b. 1590, England; d. February 23, 1629/30, Worchester, Worchestershire, England.

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John Lee, Sr.'s Timeline

1588
1588
Salop, England
1589
February 25, 1589
Age 1
Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
1599
October 21, 1599
Age 11
Twining,Worcester,,England
1613
1613
Age 25
Nordley Regis, Coton, Shropshire, England
1616
September 19, 1616
Age 28
Worcetershire, England
1620
August 30, 1620
Age 32
St Martins Parish, Worcestershire, , England
1622
May 29, 1622
Age 34
Worcestershire , England
1630
February 23, 1630
Age 42
Worcester, Worcestershire, England
February 23, 1630
Age 42
Worcestershire, England
1980
October 8, 1980
Age 42