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Rebecca Plater Lee (Tayloe)

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Birthplace: Mt Airy Plantation, Near Richmond Courthouse, Richmond County, Province of Virginia
Death: Died in Northern Neck, Richmond County, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Mount Airy Plantation, Near Warsaw, Richmond County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Hon. John Tayloe, II and Rebecca Addison Tayloe
Wife of Francis Lightfoot Lee, Signer of the "Declaration of Independence"
Mother of Lucy Lee
Sister of Elizabeth Lloyd; Ann Corbin Tayloe; Eleanor Tayloe; Mary Page Tayloe; Catherine Carter and 5 others

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About Rebecca Plater Lee (Tayloe)

Rebecca Tayloe Lee

                   Rebecca Tayloe was only nineteen years old when she married Francis Lightfoot Lee, signer of the Declaration of Independence, in May 1769.  She was the second of eleven children born to Colonel John and Rebecca Plater Tayloe of "Mt. Airy" in Richmond County. 

Francis was the fourth son of Thomas Lee as well as the younger brother of Richard Henry Lee. Francis was a young boy when his father died and left him a fortune. "Like all the Lees, he was public-spirited and patriotic and thoroughly loyal to his brilliant brother, Richard Henry, whom he supported in every measure which that able and far-seeing statesman held for the good of either his native Province or the Colonies at large."

Rebecca "was a highly accomplished and popular young woman and was an estimable wife to Mr. Lee." Her family dated back to Hon. William Taylor of London, "who came to Virginia in the seventeenth century and accumulated a fortune." He bought large land holdings in Lancaster and Richmond Counties in 1650. No one seems to know "when or by whom the change was made in the spelling of the name, from Taylor to Tayloe."

William Taylor married Ann Corbin, daughter of Hon. Henry and Alice Eltonhead Corbin of "Buckingham House," Middlesex County with whom he had four children with one dying in childhood. Two of the children were twins, John and Elizabeth. Elizabeth married Colonel Richard Corbin of King and Queen County. John, the founder of "Mt. Airy" married Rebecca Plater of St. Mary's County, Maryland. "Mt. Airy was one of the "noted houses of Virginia." It was built of red sandstone and white marble in 1758 and consisted of "a vast central building of fine proportions, with right and left wings joined by semicircular corridors. The portraits of Mt. Airy are considered one of the finest collections in America."

"John Taylor (or Tayloe) was an influential member of the King's Council under Lord Dunmore." John and Rebecca became parents of eleven children, most of whom grew up and married into "other old families of Virginia."

Francis Lightfoot Lee and Rebecca Tayloe Lee lived on his estate "Manokin," in Richmond County from the time of their marriage in 1769 until their deaths in 1797. She passed away in January, and he died in February. They had no children.

Facts and quotes are from Wives of the Signers: The women behind the Declaration of Independence, pp. 254-256. http://causeofliberty.blogspot.com/2011/10/rebecca-tayloe-lee.html ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Birth: 1752 Death: 1797

Wife of Francis Lightfoot Lee, signer of The Declaration of Independence.


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Spouse:
 Francis Lightfoot Lee (1734 - 1797)*
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Burial: Mount Airy, Tayloe Family Estate Warsaw Richmond County Virginia, USA


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Maintained by: Find A Grave Record added: Jan 27, 2000 Find A Grave Memorial# 8319 http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=8319

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Birth: 1751 Death: 1797

Daughter of John Tayloe II and Rebecca Plater of "Mount Airy," Richmond Co., Virginia. Wife of Francis Lightfoot Lee, signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.


Family links:

Spouse:
 Francis Lightfoot Lee (1734 - 1797)

Note: Also listed in "Mount Airy, Tayloe Family Estate" Cemetery on Find A Grave; probably the same cemeteries. Follow Relationship Link to her husband there; they were buried together.


Burial: Tayloe Family Burying Ground Richmond County Virginia, USA


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Created by: Trink J. Record added: Apr 17, 2009 Find A Grave Memorial# 35969531 http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=35969531

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Rebecca Plater Lee's Timeline

1752
January 17, 1752
Near Richmond Courthouse, Richmond County, Province of Virginia
1769
May 25, 1769
Age 17
Menoken, Westmoreland, Virginia, USA
1770
1770
Age 17
Virginia, USA
1776
July 4, 1776
- 1776
Age 24
Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1797
January 7, 1797
Age 44
Northern Neck, Richmond County, Virginia, United States
1797
Age 44
Near Warsaw, Richmond County, Virginia, United States