Sir John Lee, of Coton Hall, Shropshire

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John Lee, Sir

Also Known As: "John Lee Esquire"
Birthplace: Coton Hall, Nordley Regis, Shropshire, England
Death: Died in Regis, Shropshire, England
Place of Burial: Chesham, Buckinghamshire, , England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Humphrey Lee of Coton Hall and Katherine Blount
Husband of Joyce Lee and Joyce Lee
Father of JOHN LEE; Richard Lee; Richard Lee of Coton, Shropshire, England; Thomas Lee of Coton Hall; William Lee of Coton Hall and 8 others
Brother of Franciscus Lee and Thomas Leigh, of Oswestry

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About Sir John Lee, of Coton Hall, Shropshire

Sir John Lee of Coton Hall was born in 1530 at Coton, Nordley Regis, in the parish of Alveley, Shropshire, England. He died in June, 1605 and was buried on June 13, 1605 at Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England. He married Joyce (Jocosa) Romney, the only daughter of John Romney, Gentleman. They had eight sons. His pedigree was certified in the Visitation of 1584.

When working with the Lees of Coton Hall and the Lees of Virginia, be sure to check sources and dates. This is a confusing family with often repeated names. Many people want to be descended from this family and have created fanciful genealogies to "prove" a relationship that does not exist. When in doubt, ask a Curator for help.

The Children of Sir John Lee of Coton Hall

  • 1. Thomas Lee, the heir, died 1620, leaving six daughters and two sons. His son, Launcelot, succeeded him; second son John Lee of Ankerwyke became prosperous merchant.
  • 2. William Lee: was not mentioned in his father's will but recorded in the Visitations.
  • 3. Edward Lee, Clergyman: Buried at Alveley Church June 22, 1616.
  • 4. Gilbert Lee: Lived at Tolleshunt Darcy in Essex. His will was proved in 1621, naming brothers Richard and Josias and nephew John (executor). He had no children of his own.
  • 5. Jasper Lee: Probably died young as he was not mentioned in his father's will.
  • 6. Richard Lee: Baptized Oct. 6, 1563 at Alveley Church. His marriage on October 21, 1599 to Elizabeth Bendy is also recorded in the Alveley registers. Richard emigrated to Virginia, received large grants of land and established a large and prosperous family in Virginia He died in 1664.
  • 7. Ferdinand Lee: baptized at Alveley in 1565/6, married twice and died childless.
  • 8. Josias Lee: Baptized Dec. 2, 1569. Nuncupative will proved Jan. 12, 1640 (Royal Peculiar of Bridgenorth), leaving everything to his wife.

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U.S. President Zachary "Old Rough & Ready" Taylor is a descendant.


  • A genealogical and heraldic history of the landed gentry of Great Britain & Ireland (1894) Vol. 2
  • Pg.1165
  • HUMPHREY LEE, Esq. of Coton, m. Katharine, dau. of John Blount, of Eye, and was s. by his son,
  • JOHN LEE, Esq. of King's Nordley, m. Jocosa (Joyce), dau. of John Rmney, and had issue, I. THOMAS; II. William; III. Edward; IV. Gilbert; V. Jasper; VI. Richard, sometimes thought to have been ancestor of Gen. R. E. Lee, late Commander-in-Chief of the Southern Confederacy, of whose descent from a Richard Lee of this family there is evidence at Queen's Coll., Oxford, the Heralds' College, and in America; VII. Ferdinand; VIII. Joseph. Mr. John Lee d. 1605, and was buried at Chesham, Bucks. The eldest son,
  • THOMAS LEE, Esq. of Coton, in King's Nordley, m. Dorothy, dau. of Richard Oteley, of Pitchford, Shropshire, and had issue, ....


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Sir John Lee, of Coton Hall, Shropshire's Timeline

Nordley Regis, Shropshire, England
June 24, 1553
Age 23
Of Colton, Shropshire, England
Age 24
Coton Hall, Nordley, England
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Nordley Regis, Shropshire, England
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Nordley or Alveley, Shropshire, England
Age 31
Of Colton, Shropshire, England
Age 33
Colton, Shropshire, England
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Age 35
Nordley Regis, Shropshire, England
Age 36
Shropshire, UK