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Francis Lee

Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: Dividing Creek, Gloucester, Virginia
Death: November 1714 (66)
London, England
Place of Burial: London, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Colonel Richard "the Immigrant" Lee and Ann Lee
Husband of Tamar Lee
Father of Anne Watson
Brother of Henry Lee; Capt. John Constable Lee; Col. Richard Henry “the Scholar” Lee, II; Ann Youell; Capt. William Constable Lee, Esq. and 3 others

Occupation: Merchant in England
Managed by: Scott David Hibbard
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About Francis Lee

Francis Lee was the son of Richard Lee and wife Ann Constable. He was born c.1648 at Dividing Creek, Gloucester County, Virginia, and died in 1714 in London, England. He became the family business agent in London. Francis and his wife Tamar, whose surname is not known, had at least seven children, at least one of whom, daughter Anne, survived to adulthood and married Henry Watson. Francis became a successful merchant in England and later the family sent a nephew, Richard III (son of the Scholar) to apprentice with him.

He did not have, or ever use, a middle name. "Lightfoot" came into the family later.

Per his will, made 9 July 1709 and probated 23 November 1714, he had three surviving sons: Richard and Thomas, who were adults, and Arthur, who was still a minor in 1709 but came of age by 1714. Plus daughter Anne Lee Watson, as noted above. A son John and a daughter Tamar had predeceased him in 16094 and Jan 1700 respectively.



Jacqueli C. Finley Notes: Francis Lee went back to England lived, raised his family and died there in 1714. Col Lee left the ownership of the 3 ships to (Elizabeth-Mary-& Susan 1/8th eh.) to Francis and if he dies first it goes to Charles and the two sisters, Elizabeth and Ann.

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  • 'The Magna Charta sureties, 1215: the barons named in the Magna Charta, 1215 ... By Frederick Lewis Weis, Walter Lee Sheppard, William
  • The Magna Charta sureties, 1215: the barons named in the Magna Charta, 1215 ... By Frederick Lewis Weis, Walter Lee Sheppard, William
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  • 16A. JOHN LEE (or LYES), clothier, bur. Worcester, co. Worcester, 23 Feb. 1629/30, administration of estate names widow Jane with security of Thomas Hancock, clothier; m. bef. 1616 Jane Hancock, bur. Worcester, 24 Feb. 1638/39, dau. of Edward Hancock of Twining, co. Gloucester, and his wife Alice Jeffrys. The will of Edward Hancock of 1621 bequeathed twenty shillings to "John Lyes his three sonns" then under twenty-one. Jane m. (2) Worcester Saint Martin 29 July 1632 John Maning. Her will, dtd. 31 May 1635, prob. 26 Mar. 1639, named sons John, Richard and Thomas, with brother Thomas Hancocks as executor. The will, dtd. 18 June 1666, of John Best of Twining (evidently nephew of Jane Hancock) left teen pounds each to Richard and 'Francis Lea', son of "Colonell Richard Lea", and named Thomas Hancock "of the Cittie of Worcester Clothyer". (William Thorndale, NGSQ 76 (1988): 253-267; supersedes earlier refs.).
    • 17. COLONEL RICHARD LEE, bp. Worcester Saint Martin 22 Mar. 1617/18; came to Virginia, 1640; Secretary of State, Virginia, 1649-1652, and of the Council, 1651-1664; according to a guest at Dividing Creek in 1682, John Gibbon, later Bluemantle Pursivant at the College of Arms, Colonel Lee "descended from the Lees of Shropshire"; will (mentioning his English estate at Stratford Langton, Essex) dtd. 6 Feb. 1663/4; d. at Dividing Creek in Northampton Co., Va., March 1664; will proved, 10 Jan. 1664/5; m. Jamestown, Virginia, 1641, Anne Constable (with ten children including a son, Hancock). (Generation 14 to 17: VMHB, Vol. 62, No. 1, pp. 6-14; Henricks, Lees of Virginia 24-26; Mag. of the Soc. of Lees of Va., VIII (May 1931), No. 1. See The Virginia Genealogist, issues 1970 to date, articles on Lee.)

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Francis Lee's Timeline

Gloucester, Virginia
November 19, 1714
Age 66
London, England
November 1714
Age 66
London, England