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Hugh Lee, I

Birthplace: Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England
Death: before 1661
Northumberland County, Virginia, Colonial America
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas LeIgh, Sr and Eleanor (Ris) Lee
Husband of Hannah Lee
Father of Hugh Lee, II; Samuel Lee; Henry Lee; John Lee; Ann Lee and 3 others
Brother of William Lee; Col. Richard Henry Lee; Henry Lee, I and George Lee
Half brother of Margaret Lee and Mary Lucelia Leigh

Occupation: First Lee to come to US. From Strothershire England
Managed by: Henn Sarv
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About Hugh Lee, I

Hugh Lee (I) "The Immigrant" was married to Hannah Huett (Hewett) who was the widow of Robert Huitt (many spellings found for Hewitt). Hugh (I) was born in 1609 (Baptismal Record 10-15-1609) in Cheshire, England. He married Hannah about 1648-50. Hugh (I) had died by 1661 when Hannah had taken over Hugh's shipping business and had remarried. It was thought that Hugh (I) was the father of Hugh Lee, Sr. (II), who was married to Ann Harrison (possibly Barnett), but that still has yet to be proven so we aren't sure if Hugh (I) is related to us. Our first record of Hugh Lee (I) in America is in 1645 in Kent Island and St.Mary's Co. In 1648, Hugh Lee and John Pites witnessed the will of George Higgins. The case you mention of John Barnes having given Charles Ashton's maide the pox is found in Beverly Fleet's VIRGINIA COLONIAL ABSTRACTS, VOL. I, NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY RECORDS, 1652-1655 and that record also states that Hugh and Hannah Lee both gave their depositions in the case on 20 May 1653.

Hugh Lee, Jr. (III) (born ca 1670; died 1739 in Prince George Co., VA), was also married to an Ann (Tatum). Ann Tatum was the daughter of Samuel and Mary Tatum. Hugh (III) came to Charles City Co., VA about 1673 with his parents, Hugh Lee, Sr. (II), and Ann Harrison Lee. Counting Hugh Lee (I) there were four Hugh Lees in succession in our LEE line. Hugh (III) also had a son named Hugh.


born: abt 1609 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England

(some sources say Tilston, Cheshire)

died: 1661 in Northumberland County, Virginia

Likely to be related to John Lee of Shropshire, ancestor of

Gen. Robert E. Lee



Spouse: Hannah Hewitt


1. Hugh Lee "of Blackwater"


Lee of Virginia

Author: Edmund Jennings Lee, M.D.

Call Number: R929.2 qL48

Biographical and Genealogical sketches of the descendants of

Colonel Richard Lee who came from England to Virginia.

page 51

There was a Mr. Hugh Lee, Justice for Northumberland in 1655, who

patented 100 acres there in 1650, and 288 acres in 1654.

Hugh was apparently granted land four times in Northumberland County. First, he was granted 100 acres on December 21, 1650 for importing himself and Rose Stockwell from Maryland (granted 50 acres per person under the headright program). Then, in 1654, he patented another 288 acres for importing another six persons; but he deserted this land and lost it. He finally settled in Northumberland County prior to May 13, 1657 for importing 22 persons, including the widow Hannah Hewitt whom he married. Hugh patented 400 acres in 1660 before his death before September 8, 1662.


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Hugh Lee, I's Timeline

October 16, 1609
Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England
Age 40
Northumberland, Virginia, USA
Age 51
Northumberland County, Virginia, Colonial America