Capt. Philip Lee, Sr., Esq.

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Philip Corbin Lee, Sr., Capt.

Birthplace: Westmoreland, , Virginia, Westmoreland, Middlesex County, Virginia
Death: Died in Blenheim, Charles County, Maryland
Place of Burial: Will Probate, Charles, CO, Maryland
Immediate Family:

Son of Col. Richard Henry "the Scholar" Lee II, Esq. and Laetitia "Lettice" Lee (Corbin)
Husband of Sarah E. Lee and Elizabeth Lee
Father of Arthur Lee; Philip Lee; Francis Lee; Eleanor Fendall; Richard Lee and 12 others
Brother of John Francis Lee; Hon. Richard Lee III; Francis Lee; Ann Mary Fitzhugh; Hon. Thomas Lee of Stratford Hall and 6 others

Occupation: Captain
Managed by: Patti Roberts-Hurckes
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Immediate Family

About Capt. Philip Lee, Sr., Esq.

Capt. Philip Lee, Sr., Hon., Esq. (1681-1744), Captain, Justice, Sheriff, member of Upper House, King's Council. Philip was the son of Col. Richard Lee II, Esq., “the scholar” (1647-1715) and Laetitia Corbin (ca. 1657-1706).


  1. Sarah E. Brooke 1683-1724, daughter of Hon. Thomas Brooks; probably 8 children
  2. after 1724 to Elizabeth Lawson Sewell (widow of Henry Sewell); 9 children

Children with Sarah:

  • Richard d. 1787
  • Eleanor 1710-1759
  • Anne
  • Philip
  • Sarah
  • Thomas d. 1749
  • Francis
  • Arthur d. 1760

Children with Elizabeth:

  • George 1736-1807
  • Corbin d. 1774
  • Hannah 1736-1781
  • Letitia (Lettice) 1776-
  • Alice
  • Margaret (Peggy)
  • John d. 1777
  • Hancock d. 1759

Lee was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, probably at “Paradise” in 1681. He moved to the Province of Maryland in about 1700, and married his first wife, Sarah in about 1707. Lee was commissioned a Captain in 1708, and that same year was elected as a member member of the Lower House of the General Assembly from in which he served until 1722. Lee was a Justice of Prince George's County, Maryland from 1710-1720 and the Sheriff from 1722-1725. From 1725-1744 he was a member of the Upper House, and also on the King’s Council during the same time. Lee was a Justice of the Provincial Court from 1726-1732, and Associate Commissary General in 1727, and a Naval Officer of the North Potomac from 1727-1744. Philip owned over 2,467 acres (9.98 km2) and his estate was valued at 4,240 pounds current money, including 87 slaves, 2 servants, 185 oz. old silver, 1 yawl, and books, at his plantations in Prince George’s, Charles, and Dorchester Countiesin Maryland.

Lee had been living in Maryland approximately 14 years when he inherited from his father, a tract of land at Cedar Point in Maryland called the “Lee’s Purchase” plantation, of Stump Dale, situated on the Potomac in Charles County. However, this property was occupied by a tenant with a sole and exclusive contract between 1705 and 1718. It was not until the later date that Philip would gain legal title to the land when the dispute between his father and another claimant to the land was settled by the Provincial Court. The property was only just being developed when Lee died in April of 1744, and his will was recorded in Charles County on May 1, 1744. At this date there was a one-room-and-loft dwelling which doubled as Lee’s naval office. In addition he had built a bakehouse and mill which he listed in his will. Philip’s home plantation was his Prince George’s County seat, where all of his children were undoubtedly born.

The Lee family of Virginia and Maryland held arms that were described as, “Gules, a fesse componee or and azure between eight billets argent”. Crest: “On a staff raguly a squirrel cracking a nut from dexter end of the staff an oak branch fructed, all proper”.[ citation needed] These were the same arms used by the Lees of Coton and Langley, Salop, and confirmed by the College of Arms for the Maryland and Virginia branches


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Capt. Philip Lee, Sr., Esq.'s Timeline

Westmoreland, Middlesex County, Virginia
Age 19
Father's, Lands, Dorchester, Maryland
Age 20
Charles, MD, USA
Age 23
Age 28
August 10, 1710
Age 29
Prince George's, Maryland
Age 31
Pr Geo's Co., Md
Age 32
Age 35
Prince George's County, Maryland, Colonial America