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Thomas Lee

Birthdate: (32)
Birthplace: Rusper, Sussex, England
Death: 1646 (28-36)
At Sea On Voyage to New Eng. (Smallpox, during the crossing of the Atlantic)
Place of Burial: At Sea
Immediate Family:

Son of (unknown father of Thomas) Lee and (unknown mother of Thomas) Lee
Husband of Phoebe Cornish
Father of Jane Hyde (Lee); Ensign Thomas Lee, II; Sarah Lee; Phoebe Lee and John Lee

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About Thomas Lee, of Sussex

Died in passage from England.

According to Genealogical and personal memorial of Mercer County, New Jersey By Francis Bazley Lee,

Thomas Lee left England in 1641, with his wife and three children, but he died at sea.

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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
  • Pg. 165
  • 16. RICHARD LEE, GENT., 6th son, b. Coton, 1563, bp. Alveley, 6 Oct. 1563; mentioned in his father's will, 1605, and in the will of his brother, Gilbert Lee, 1621, held annuity on farm at Nordley Regis; m. (perhaps as (2) wife) Alveley, 21 Oct. 1599, Elizabeth Bendy, dau. of John Bendy. Richard Lee was perhaps father of No. 16A by a first wife.
    • Line breaks here. The parentage of John Lee has not been determined.
    • 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
      • Pg. 166
      • 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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In the year 1641, THOMAS LEE, the ancestor of all the LEES in this coun- try,(sic) sailed from some port in England, for the United States. He had with him, his wife and three children, PHEBE, JANE, and THOMAS, and his Father-in-law, a Mr. BROWN. On the passage, THOMAS LEE, the father, died of the small pox, and his remains were committed to the sea. The Mother, with her Father and children arrived safely, and they lived together for many years in Saybrook, Connecticut

.LEE also LEA, LEIGH: Of the original LEE settlers to America, there were five families between whom no relationship has been traced: JOHN to Hartford in 1635 and to Farmington in 1641; John to Ipswich, Mass in 1632; Richard to Virginia in 1641; Thomas to Boston about 1700; and Thomas who died on passage to America and left his widow Phebe and children to Saybrook and thence to Providence and became the ancestor of a distinguished family in that city [from Refugees of 1776 from Long Island to Connecticut].

Thomas Lee was born in England and married Phoebe Brown. He sailed for America in 1645 with his wife, his wife's father (William Brown) and his three young children, Jane, Sarah and Thomas. Unfortunately, Thomas died of smallpox on the passage.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Given the marriages in his family, Browne, Hyde, Marvin etc., it would seem likely Thomas was a Southwell Lee (Lee Hall) rather than Shropshire (Coton Hall) as these families intermarried with the Southwell Lee's. Another possibility would be the Buckinghamshire (Venables) Lee's as they were close to the Southwell family.

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Thomas Lee, of Sussex's Timeline

April 5, 1613
Ruspen, England
April 5, 1613
Ruspen, England
April 5, 1613
Ruspen, England
April 5, 1613
Ruspen, England
Rusper, Sussex, England
Age 25
Rusper, Sussex, England
September 12, 1640
Age 26
Rusper, West Sussex, England
Age 26
Rusper, Sussex, England
Age 27
From England with wife and 3 children