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Thomas Lee, II

Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: Rusper, Sussex, England
Death: May 30, 1704 (65)
Lyme, New London, Connecticut, United States
Place of Burial: Duck River Cemetery, New London Co., CT
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Lee, of Sussex and Phoebe Cornish
Husband of Sarah Ann Lee and Marah de Wolfe
Father of John Lee; Thomas Lee, Deacon; Sarah Buckingham; Phebe P. Lee; Mary Meriah Lee and 9 others
Brother of Sarah Lee; Jane Hyde (Lee); Phoebe Lee and John Lee
Half brother of Greenfield Larrabee, II; Grace Larabee; Elizabeth Edgecomb; Joseph Larrabee; John Larrabee and 3 others

Occupation: Ensign
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About Ensign Thomas Lee, II

The East Lyme Historical Society maintains the house of Thomas Lee as a museum.

In Essays on the Lee Family by Wilbur Beckwith, East Lyme Town Historian (downloaded 2011 from eastlymehistoricalsociety.org), Thomas Lee is styled "Ensign Thomas Lee II, the First Lee in America."

"Ensign Thomas Lee II was born in 1639 and baptized September 29, 1644 in Rusper, Sussex County, England. He was the son of Thomas Lee I and his wife Phoebe Brown Lee. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lee and their three children Jane, Sarah, and Thomas II left England in 1645 for America together with Phoebe’s father William Brown."

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Ensign Thomas Lee II was born in 1639 and baptized September 29, 1644 in Rusper, Sussex County, England. He was the son of Thomas Lee I and his wife Phoebe Brown Lee.  Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lee and their three children Jane, Sarah, and Thomas II left England in 1645 for America together with Phoebe’s father William Brown. The senior Thomas Lee died of small pox during the crossing. The widow Phoebe married two more times.  First to Greenleaf Larabee and was the mother of five children: Greenfield, John, Elizabeth, Joseph, and Sarah Larabee. Sarah, the half sister of Thomas II, was the grandmother of the diarist Joshua Hempstead. Phoebe married again to a man named Cornish and had two more children, James Cornish and a stillborn. She died in childbirth at Northampton, Massachusetts in 1664. William Brown, his daughter the widow Phoebe Lee, and her children arrived in Saybrook in 1645. According to Glimpses of Saybrook in Colonial Days, by Harriet Chapman Chesebrough “Their afflicted and distressed condition commended to the sympathies of those at the fort and Thomas II was particularly cared for by Matthew Griswold, and followed him to Lyme, where in later years he became a prominent citizen and received on arriving his majority a grant of land on the East side of the river”. A Saybrook 1650 division of land lists Thomas Lee (then about age 11) as a grantee. No documentation of the grant details has been found. A close relationship between the Lee and the Griswold families continued throughout the colonial period. About 1670 Thomas Lee II married Sarah Kirtland, daughter of Nathaniel Kirtland of Lynn, Massachusetts. It is probable that the first stage of the Lee house was built at this time.

http://www.eastlymehistoricalsociety.org/index_files/Page337.htm

Sources:

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=27822728

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Ensign Thomas Lee, II's Timeline

1639
1639
Rusper, Sussex, England
1644
September 29, 1644
Age 5
Horsham, Sussex, UK
September 29, 1644
Age 5
Rusper, Sussex, England
September 29, 1644
Age 5
Rusper, Sussex, England
September 29, 1644
Age 5
Rusper, Sussex, England
September 29, 1644
Age 5
Rusper, Sussex, England
September 29, 1644
Age 5
Rusper, Sussex, England
1670
September 21, 1670
Age 31
England, United Kingdom
1672
December 10, 1672
Age 33
Saybrook, New London, Connecticut Colony, Now USA