|Birthplace:||Langley, Shropshire, England|
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About Richard Lee
- 'Transactions of the Shropshire Archaeological and Natural History ..., Volume 5 By Shropshire Archaeological and Natural History Society
- Transactions of the Shropshire Archaeological and Natural History ..., Volume 5 By Shropshire Archaeological and Natural History Society
- Pg. 359
- . . . . this John Wynnesbury was Lord, not only of Donington, but also of Humphreston, . . . . He had issue a sole daughter and heir, Margery, who became the wife of Sir Fulke Springsaux, Sprenchose, Sprengehos, Sprencheaux, or Springhose, for so is the name variously written. This Sir Fulke was born in 1420, was Sheriff of Shropshire in 1447, and the name appears in 1453. . . . He left four daughters his co-heirs, married to William Acton of Aldenham, William Sandford of the Lee, near Whitchurch, . . . , ____ Tyndale, and Sir William Leighton, a younger son of John Leighton . . . Here however, we are met by another difficulty, since Sir Fulke Sprencheaux is called son of Sir Nicholas Sprencheaux, Lord of Plash and Donington, and this is confirmed by Harln. MSS., 1,982 and 1,396, which, however, mention a sister of Fulke, who became wife of John Midleton. If then Sir Nicholas Sprencheaux were Lord of Donington, it is not very evident how that Manor could come into the family through his daughter-in-law, Margery, nee Wynnesbury. By a deed dated at Glazeley 23rd April, 19 Edward IV. (1479), Dame Margery Springseaux, daughter and heir of John Weynnesbury, in her widowhood grants to her daughters and heirs, Margery Lee, Mary Springseaux, Margaret Tyndale, and Sibilla Sandford, all her Lordships of Glazeley, Madle, Wynnesbury, Plash, Didston, Heyghley, Wyntree, Espes, Dunkshull, . . . . .
- Pg. 365
- We must now pass on to the issue of Sir Fulke Sprencheaux and his wife, which consisted of four daughters and co-heirs; 1. Margery, 2. Margaret, 3. Sybilla, born 1452, and 4. Mary, born 1558, all of whom are mentioned in their mother's Deed of 1479, though apparently all were then married save Mary. Margery was the wife of Richard Lee of Langley, son of Ralph, by Isabella, daughter of James Ridley, son of Robert of Langley and Petronilla, his wife, son of Robert, by Joan, or Johanna, daughter and heir of Edward, son
- Pg. 366
- of Sir Nicholas Burnell of Acton Burnell. Robert Lee was eldest son of another Robert Lee, by Margaret, heiress of Thomas Astley of Nordley, Co. Salop, son of Sir John Lee, son of another Sir John Lee, by Matilda, daughter of Henry de Erdington, Co. Warwick, son of Reginald Lee, son of Thomas Lee, by Petronilla, daughter of Sir Thomas Corbet, Knight, son of Sir John, 26 Edward I., son of Reginald, son of Hugo de Le or Lega. Such is the pedigree as given in the Visitation of 1623, . . .
- Margaret (nee Sprencheaux) and her first husband, Richard Lee, had issue five sons and two daughters, Margery, wife of Francis Lingeyn, and Johanna, wife of Thomas Vernon. The sons were Fulke Lee, who continued the line, Thomas, Richard, 'Richard who married ___ Macocks', and John of Stanton and Langley, who left a sole daughter and heiress, Margaret, wife of Richard Brooke . . .
- 'Genealogical history of the Lee family of Virginia and Maryland from A.D. 1300 to A.D. 1866 (1868)
- "Radolphus Lee, living twenty-fifth year of Henry VI., and eighteenth of Edward IV., died nineteenth of Edward IV. Married Isabella, who was a widow, and daughter of Jacob Ridley, twentieth year of Edward IV."
- This record appears more explicit than any heretofore given. Supposing Radolphus was born twenty-fifth Henry VI. (1447), he was about forty-three years of age at his decease.
- From the old deeds, we find that his wife inherited property situated in the villages of Haxalls, Acton, Burnell, and Buryton, in Shropshire
- "Richard Lee of Langley, in the county of Shropshire, A.D. 1491, twentieth year of Edward IV. Married Margaret, daughter and co-heir of Fulco Sprenchose, knight."
- Here we observe the first omission of DE, or LE. Richard Lee, the only child of Radolphus, succeeds to the whole estate, and married, as it is further stated in the deeds, the widow of Johis
- Wimsbly, through whom Richard acquired a large estate in Dotinton.
- This Richard Lee is doubtless the "Richard" referred to in our introductory article as enlisting against the Scots.
- From Richard Lee we have seven children, — five sons and two daughters.
- The issue of three of the sons, Thomas, Rodolphus, and Johannes, is not given. 'The second son, Richard, married a daughter of Macocks, and lived during the reign of Henry VII.: he left one child, a daughter, who succeeded to his property, and married Thomas Kinaston, of Cotton, in the county of Shropshire.'
- This Richard Lee, as appears from ancient record, was the king's surveyor, since we find a letter written to "Richard Lee, Esq., surveyor of the king's workes at Guisnes, declaring the kings Highness' pleasure touching the conveyance of water through the town of St. Peter's, and the opening of a drain," &c. ; also "at Windsor, 1540, an order was sent to Richard Lee, surveyor of Calais, to answer charges against him, and to use himself towards the king's ofiicers as his duty doth appertain." *
- Fulco Lee, the eldest son and heir of Langley, married twice ; first, Alicia, daughter of Henry Cornwall of Birington, in the county of Hereford, of which family, Burke, in his "Landed Gentry of England," says, "The Cornwalls are descended from Richard de Cornwall, who had the manor of Thunneck, in Lin-
- colnshire, from Edward, Earl of Cornwall, eighth of Edward I., 1280. He was ancestor of the Cornwalls, barons of Burford, the senior line of which family is now represented by the heir, Gen. George Cornwall Leigh, Esq., of HighLeigh, Cheshire." By his second wife, Richard Lee had one daughter, who married. He is mentioned among the records of the privy council of Henry VIII. as one of the witnesses in a suit of Chandler against Wrotesley for possession of the Lee Manor. Chandler, it seems, made a false accusation, and was made to apologize to Sir Thomas Wrotesley.
- Margeria, the eldest daughter of Richard Lee, married Thomas Vernon, second son of Sir Henry Vernon of Hodnet, Shropshire, second Earl of Shrewsbury, and who was a descendant of Richard Vernon, a follower of William the Conqueror. By this marriage, there was but one child, a daughter ; and the line became extinct in 1600. Lord George Venable Vernon was made a peer in 1762, and married his second wife, Mary, daughter of Sir Thomas Lee of Hartwell, Buckingham, who died Sept. 22, 1742.