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John Lee, of Farmington

Also Known As: "Lee"
Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: Colchester, Essex, England
Death: August 8, 1690 (70)
Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
Place of Burial: Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of N.N. Lee and N.N. Lee
Husband of Mary Strong
Father of John Lee, Jr.; Thomas Lee, of Farmington; Mary Upson; Capt. Stephen Lee of Farmington; David Lee and 1 other

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About John Lee, of Farmington

John Lee of Farmington was born Aug. 6, 1620 in Colchester, Essex, England. (fn1) He died Aug. 8, 1690 (old style), and was buried in the old cemetery at Farmington, Connecticut. (See link 1 for details of monument.)

Parents: not known


  1. in 1658, Farmington, Hartford, CT to Mary Hart (1630/31-Died 10 October 1710). Mary was the daughter of Deacon Steven Hart (1602-1683) and Sarah, his first wife. (link 2) Mary married 2nd to Jedediah Strong (1657-1753) as his third wife.

6 children of John and Mary Hart Lee include:

  1. John Lee, b. 11 Jun 1659, Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut , d. 24 Apr 1728, Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut
  2. Mary Lee, b. 14 Aug 1664, Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut , d. 15 Feb 1715/16
  3. Stephen Lee, Capt., b. 2 Apr 1669, Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut , d. 7 Jun 1763, New Britain, Hartford Co., Connecticut
  4. Thomas Lee, b. Aug 1671, Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut , d. 26 Sep 1740
  5. David Lee, b. 1674, Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut , d. 1759
  6. Tabitha Lee, b. Abt 1677, d. 23 Jun 1750, Coventry, Tolland Co., Connecticut



Born in Essex Co. Eng. 1620. Settled in Farmington, 1641. Married Mary Hart, 1658. Died, and here buried, 1690. Erected 1876.

  • >'The memory of the just is blessed."
  • >"Being dead he yet speaketh."
  • >In grateful remembrance of the traditional virtues of our ancestors
  • >"Honor thy Father and thy Mother that it may be well with thee."


  • Arrived from England at approximately 13 years of age. (fn1) (fn2)
  • John Lee & his wife were members in full Communion in Church in Farmington on 1 Mar 1679/80.
  • Original proprietor, Farmington, CT. (fn3) (fn4)
  • Mary Hart died in fall from horse on way from Northampton to Coventry CT, over age 70. (fn5)

A lot is known about John Lee and Mary Hart of Farmington, CT

In a record kept by a great-grandson of his, Seth Lee, A. M. (21) a paper, evidently written for posterity, entitled, "Some Account of the Lees of Farmington," taken down about 1766, and continued to 1802, he says:

"Mr. John Lee was sent by his father from Colchester, England, to America, among some of the first settlers, and his father told him he designed to come with his family afterward. However, he never came, and John never heard, ('tis said,) much about him.

This John was under age. He lived at Hartford, and when they began to settle Farmington he came here with the Rest, and was one of the eighty-four Proprietors to whom the large Tract of Land called Farmington was granted, as may be seen in the Records of the town, where, in the several Division Lots were layd out to him - John Lee."




  1. John Lee, of Farmington, Hartford County, Conn., and his descendants - Lee, Sarah Marsh
  2. The memorial history of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884; (1886) Trumbull, J. Hammond
  3. Supplement to John Lee of Farmington, Hartford Co., Conn. and his descendants, 1634-1900 (1900) Lee, Leonard
  4. Stearns, Ezra S, William F. Whitcher, and Edward E. Parker. Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation. New York: Lewis Pub. Co, 1908. Print. p. 965
  5. Roberts, Gary B, and Judith McGhan. Genealogies of Connecticut Families: From the New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co, 1983. Print p. 407


  1. In the official shipping list of passengers sailing from Ipswich, April 10, 1634, he is represented as 13 years of age. When he died August 8, 1690, his age was given as 70 years; consequently his fourteenth year must have been completed previous to August 8 of 1634. (Stearns)
  2. Undisputable evidence of his arrival in this country under the guardianship of William Westwood may be found in the records. After spending a year with his guardian at Cambridge, Massachusetts, he came with him to Hartford in 1635, where he spent his boyhood. (Stearns)
  3. The original town of Farmington belonging to the eighty-four proprietors, was fifteen miles square, including the present towns of Farmington, Southington, Bristol, Burlington, New Britain, Berlin and Kensington, in all of which land was assigned to him in the general division, consisting of many hundred acres. (Stearns)
  4. As he was but just twenty one at the time, it is probable he had inherited property or funds were furnished to him by his guardian to contribute his share to the purchase of the tract. The public records of Farmington previous to 1666 are missing. One account reports them as burned In February of that year, when the home of John Hart, the brother of Mary Hart Lee, was attacked by the Indians and burned, and the whole family perished except one lad who was absent. (Stearns)
  5. Jedediah Strong married third Jan 5, 1691/92 in Windsor, Hartford, CT, Mary (Hart) Lee, widow of John Lee of Farmington, Hartford, CT. She was the daughter of Stephen Hart of Farmington, born in 1640, and died Oct. 10, 1710 from an injury she received the previous day, from the fall of the horse she was riding (on a pillion behind her husband), when they had just started their journey to Coventry, CT, to visit their children. The record read thus at Northampton: "Oct. 9, 1710, JEDEDIAH and his wife set out early in the morning to visit their children at Coventry, when they came against the falls at South Hadley, among the smooth stones, the horse's feet slipped and fell flat on the off side and by the fall killed the woman, though she was not quite dead then, but had life in her until the next morning, yet never spoke a word." (Stearns)
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John Lee, of Farmington's Timeline

August 6, 1620
Colchester, Essex, England
June 11, 1659
Age 38
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut
June 11, 1659
Age 38
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut
August 14, 1664
Age 44
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
April 2, 1669
Age 48
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut
Age 53
Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
November 11, 1677
Age 57
Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony