Stephen Lee (c.1710 - 1791) MP

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Birthplace: possibly Maryland
Death: Died in Mason, KY, USA
Managed by: Margaret, (C)
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About Stephen Lee

Stephen Lee was born c.1710. His parentage and place of birth is unknown. He died in Mason County, Kentucky in 1791, and was buried at "Leewood," near Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky. He married three times and had many children.

Stephen may have been born in Maryland. He was bonded as an adult in 1740 in Maryland, his first wife was born in Maryland, and at least one of his daughters was born in Maryland. He is found in Stafford County, Virginia by 1755, and then in Prince William County for at least thirty years. When land opened up after the American Revolution, he moved on to Kentucky c.1789, settling in the new county, Mason, recently carved out of Bourbon County.

Stephen's first wife was Sarah McGruder Crabb. She was the widow of an unknown Mr. Crabb. She is believed to the the mother of Stephen's first four children - Priscilla, Nancy, Ann and Lucy. Sarah was born October 20, 1717 in Queen Anne Parish, Prince George County, Maryland. No death certificate has been found, but it is believed that she died in Prince William County, Virginia, between 1748 and 1750, based on the ages of her children.

Stephen's second wife is believed to be Jane Mattison or Madison. Nothing much is known about her. She was not the mother of any of his children. This would have been a very brief marriage.

Stephen married Anne Murphy as his third wife. She was born in c.1723 in Virginia and died May 8, 1806 in Mason County, Kentucky. She is prominently mentioned in his will as his beloved wife and is left several bequests.The marriage license has not been found, but based on the ages of her children, they married between 1748 and 1750.

Children of Stephen Lee - please note that web trees show children that could not possibly have been fathered by Stephen with any of his wives. This list shows children who are proven to be his, either by mention in his will or with other documents. Dates and places of birth are still being researched, but the list below is generally reliable.

Children of Stephen Lee and first wife Sarah McGruder Crabb

  • Lucy Lee, born.1740 and 1748, who married Moses Bridwell of Stafford County, Virginia in 1758 She is mentioned in her father's will.
  • Nancy Lee, who married a Mr. Mountjoy of Stafford County, Virginia. She is discused in Lee Society documents.
  • Ann Lee, who never married, according to Lee Society documents.
  • Priscilla Lee, born before.1750 in Prince Georges County, Maryland, married William Botts in Stafford County, Virginia in 1769. She is named in the Botts family bible.

Children of Stephen Lee and third wife Anne Murphy:

  • Capt. Peter Lee, named in his father's will, was born in 1749 in Prince William County, Virginia and died January 13, 1840.
  • Stephen Lee, named in his father's will, was born c.1755 in Prince William County, Virginia.
  • Edward Lee, named in his father's will, was born c.1756 in Prince William County, Virginia
  • Lt. Col. Henry Lee, named in his father's will, was born in 1757 in Prince William County, Virginia and died October 24, 1845 in Mason County, Kentucky. He served in the Virginia Line during the American Revolution, DAR patriot #A068559. He married Mary Fox.
  • Leannah Lee, name in her father's will, was born December 20, 1760 in Prince William County, Virginia and died July 23, 1832 in Mason County, Kentucky. She married John J. Lashbrook.
  • Jenny Lee, named in her father's will, was born September 1, 1763 in Prince William County, Virginia, and died after 1791. She married Burgess Mason.

Will of Stephen Lee

Will of Stephen Lee, Mason County, Will Book A, Pages 8-10

FHC #028 1822

In the name of god amen I Stephen Lee of the County of Mason and Commonwealth of Virginia being Sick in body but of Sound and perfect memory and calling to mind the uncertainty of life do make constitute and ordain this my last will and Testament in the manner and form following (viz)

In the first place I will and desire that all my Just debts be paid by my Executors herein after mentioned and the remainder of my Estate of every kind after my Just debts being so paid I will and bequeath to my beloved wife Anne Lee during her natural life and at her decease to be divided among my four sons and two Daughters, namely Stephen Lee, Edward Lee, Henry Lee, Peter Lee, Leannah Laskbrooke and Jenny Mason each of my children so named to have an equal _____ they first paying to my Daughter Lucy Bridwell the Sum of Thirty Pounds Virginia Currency and tis my further Will and desire that when my estate is divided that my Several Sons and Daughters should possess as a part of their portion the following Negroes at their Valuation (viz) That my Son Stephen Lee have one Negroe man named Arche, my Son Edward Lee have one Negroe man named Charles, my Son Henry Lee one Negroe man named Bristoe, my son Peter Lee one Negroe woman named Anny my Daughter Leanna Lashbrooke one Negroe woman named Dinah my Daughter Jenny Mason one Negroe girl names Alice (Celia?) and tis my farther will and desire that in Case either of my Sons herein before mentioned or either of my Daughters likewise before mentioned should die without heirs, that then the portion of Such Child so dying without heirs divided equally among my Surviving Sons and Daughters before mentioned or their heirs And I further Will and desire that my beloved wife Anne Lee before my Estate is divided as above shall have the power to give at her own discretion and to my Son Peter Lee one Feather Bed and furniture to my Son Edward Lee one Feather bed and furniture in case my said beloved wife Anne shall think proper so to do and do hereby constitute and confirm this to be my last will and Testament and do revoke every other will or wills either written or verbal and do constitute and _______ my sons Stephin Lee, Edward Lee, Henry Lee and Peter Lee Executors of this my last Will and Testament

In Witness Whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal the 18th day of May 1791

  • Stephen Lee (seal)

Witness Present

  • Alex D. Orr
  • Samuel Arrowsmith
  • Henry Ritter
  • Ezikiel Arrowsmith

At a Court held for Mason County the 25th of July 1791 The last Will and Testament of Stephen Lee deceased was proved by the Oathes of Samuel Arrowsmith, Henry Ritter and Ezikiel Arrowsmith Sworn to by Henry Lee and Edward Lee Executors therein named and ordered to be Recorded.

  • Teste
  • Th P Marshall

Not the Missing Seventh Child of Richard Lee

Stephen Lee was accepted as the son of Richard and Judith Lee by the Lee Society in 1952 on what has been described as "thin" evidence. There are many records that prove Stephen Lee's life, but none that prove his birth. He has a voter record in Stafford County in 1755. He bought land in the same year in Fairfax County. He appears on the tax rolls for Prince William County for more than thirty years. He sold goods to England prior to the American Revolution and was owed money in 1774, as recorded in London. He emigrated to Kentucky c.1789, and died there, leaving a will dated 1791. He was buried at "Leewood," Maysville Kentucky. His tombstone has become difficult to read from age but it states his date of death in his 8?th year. The second digit is no longer legible. If he died in 1791 in his 80th year, he was born c.1710-11, which makes him too old to be Richard and Judith's son. A photo of his gravestone has been requested, but the cemetery is now on private property, and we may not be able to get one. [See http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&GScid=2513102&CRid=2513102&pt=Lee%20Cemetery%20at%20Leewood&]

Stephen also was not the son of Richard Lee III and Martha Silk. That Richard Lee died in London in 1718. Stephen would have been about ten years old. All of his minor children were named in court documents in the settlement of his estate. There was no son Stephen.

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Stephen Lee's Timeline

1710
1710
possibly Maryland
1740
1740
Age 30
1740
Age 30
1740
Age 30
Prince George's, Maryland, United States
1741
1741
Age 31
Fairfax, VA, USA
1750
1750
Age 40
Prince Georges, Maryland
1755
1755
Age 45
Prince William, Virginia
1756
1756
Age 46
Prince William, Virginia
1757
April 2, 1757
Age 47
Prince William, Virginia
1759
February 14, 1759
Age 49
Prince William, Virginia, United States