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Elizabeth Beke (Lee)

Death: May 30, 1737 (75)
Dinton, Buckinghamshire , England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir Thomas Lee, 1st Baronet and Anne Lee
Wife of Col. Richard Beke
Mother of Mary Baynes; Ann Antonie and Elizabeth Beke, (died young)
Sister of Jane Lee and Sir Thomas Lee, 2nd Baronet

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About Elizabeth Beke

From link to The Topographer and Genealogist, Volume 3 edited by John Gough Nichols

In the month of February, 1683-4, Colonel Richard Beke married, as his second [SIC: third] wife, Elizabeth, youngest daughter of Sir Thomas Lee, of Hartwell, Baronet and Knight of the Bath.

... In the year 1686 (2 Jac. II.) he sat in Parliament for the borough of Aylesbury; and from 1690 to 1700 (2 Will. & Mar. to 12 Will. III.) he represented Wendover. Shortly afterwards he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of the county of Bucks, his commission from Lord Wharton being dated February 27th 1702-3 (14 Will. III.) He died at Dinton on the 27th of November, 1707, in the seventy-eighth year of his age, and was buried there on the 2nd of December following. An inscription to the memory of him and his second wife, Elizabeth Lee, who survived her husband thirty years and died May 30th, 1737, is on a black marble slab in the south aisle of the church of that parish. This slab is 6 feet 9 inches long, and 3 feet 5 inches broad, and contains the following inscription,1 surmounted by the arras of Beke and Lee, impaled:

  • Near this Place Lie the Bodys of
  • Colonel Richard Beke late of this Parish
  • and Elizabeth his wife third Daughter
  • of Sr. Thomas Lee of Hartwell Bart.
  • Thay had Issue Ann marryed to Mark
  • Antonie Esqr. Elizabeth who Dyed young
  • and Mary marryed to John Baynes Esqr.
  • Serj. att Law. The Colonel was many years
  • in ye Commission of Peace & Commissioner
  • of Appeals, served in Parliament
  • once for Alesbury, thrice for Wendover.
  • They were just and Beneficent,
  • therefore Lived Beloved & Dyed Lamented:
  • He on the 29th of Novbr. 1707 Aged 78,
  • She on the 30th of May 1737 Aged 74.

Of Colonel Beke's two surviving daughters and coheirs, Mary, the younger, who married Mr. Serjeant Baynes, had one daughter, Lucy, who became the wife of Francis Lee, Esq. In Lipscomb's History of the County of Buckinghamm it is stated that this Mrs. Lucy Lee was living in 1748; but I have not been able to find any traces of her, or to ascertain whether she left issue. Neither have I been able to learn whether or not her husband was related to the Lees of Hartwell.

It might seem unnecessary to add that Richard Beke's eldest daughter Anne, who was the wife of Mark Antonie, of Bloomsbury, in the county of Middlesex, Esq., had two sons, John and Richard; that both of these sons died without issue; and that Richard, the younger and survivor, by his will gave all his estates to William Lee, afterwards William Lee Antonie, Esq., whose heir and representative you are. But I allude to these particulars in order that the steps may be seen by which this Pardon and other documents you possess relative to the family of Beke, may have found their way into the Muniment-room of Hartwell House.

  • BEKE, Richard (1630-1707), of Westminster and Ford, Dinton, Bucks. In the History of Parliament Online Family and Education bap. 8 Sept. 1630, 1st s. of Henry Beke of Haddenham by Frances, da. of John Billyard, Merchant Taylor, of London. m. (1) 7 Feb. 1656, Levina (d. Feb. 1658), da. of Roger Whetstone of Whittlesey, Cambs., s.p.; (2) lic. 1 July 1667, Jane, da. of Lord Charles Powlett of Abbotts Anne, Hants, s.p.; (3) 10 Feb. 1684 (with 1,200), Elizabeth (d. 30 May 1737), da. of Thomas Lee I, of Hartwell, Bucks., 3da. suc. fa. 1654, cos. Thomas Dover in Dinton estate 1682.1
  • page 96 of Aedes Hartwellianae: Or, Notices of the Manor and Mansion of Hartwell, Volume 1 By William Henry Smyth
  • page 165 of The Baronetage of England: Or The History of the English Baronets ..., Volume 2 By William Betham
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Elizabeth Beke's Timeline

May 30, 1737
Age 75
Dinton, Buckinghamshire , England