Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Mary MNU Lee

Female - Abt 1764


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  • Name Mary MNU Lee 
    Gender Female 
    Died Abt Mar 1764  Frederick County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I029765  Tree1
    Last Modified 19 Mar 2019 

    Family James Lee,   b. Abt 1680,   d. 28 Feb 1764, Chestnut Ridge, Frederick County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years) 
    Children 
     1. James Lee,   b. 1712, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1804, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     2. Martha Lee,   b. Abt 1728, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 22 Oct 1806, Frederick County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years)
     3. Rachel Lee,   b. 1730, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1783, Montgomery County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 52 years)
     4. John Lee,   b. 1732, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1783, Montgomery County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 52 years)
    Last Modified 19 Mar 2019 
    Family ID F16423  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      Kayla J. Lee Williams 2005-12-19 22:38:39
      From John Watts Lee, Sr.; Family of Spartanburg County, South Carolina by Margaret Beheler Jay, 1999, page 12.

      James Lee Sr. Will A:1-194 Frederick County, Maryland

      In the name of God Amen, I James Lee of Frederick County, in the Province of Maryland, being now weak in body, but of sound memory (Blessed by God) do this seventeenth day of March one thousand seven hundred and fifty six make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following:

      I give to my loving wife Mary Lee, the track of land I now live on called Chestnut Ridge containing by estimation one hundred acres to hold to her said Mary Lee during her natural life, she making no willfull work or destruction thereupon and from and after her decease,

      I give and will to my Daughter Rachel Lee her heirs and assigns forever the one half part of the said track of land called Chestnut Ridge including my dwelling house, out houses, orchard and plantation. The same mounting to, or one half part to be laid out in the south part of the track of land.

      Also, I give and devise the other half part of the said track of land called Chestnut Ridge after the decease of my said wife Mary Lee, unto my loving son John Lee, his heirs and assigns forever, his half part to include his dwelling house and plantation with the land ajoining.

      Also I give to my loving wife Mary Lee, during her life, the use of my household stuff and all my furniture of what kind or nature so ever. Also I give to my wife Mary Lee, the use of my stock of horses, cattle, hoggs, sheep, plantation tools and utensils to use during her natural life and after her death the said household stuff, furniture, horses, cattle, hoggs, sheep, plantation tools and utensils to remain to my said daughter Rachel Lee and assignees.

      Also I give unto my loving children:
      James Lee, Robert Lee, Mary Waford, Anne Hughs, Sarah Grant, Margaret Ludger, Elizabeth Willis, Martha Tresher, Eleanor Betterton, John Lee, and Rebecca Littlefield,
      Eleven Shilling current money of this Province and no more-

      to what I have given before, and I wish my son John Lee to be equally amongest them the said children share and share alike.

      Also all the rest and residue of my personal Estate whatsoever I give to my wife Mary Lee, and I make and ordain my said wife Mary Lee, my sole executrix of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I the said James Lee have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal the day of Year above written.

      James (J) Lee his mark

      The word Rachel interlined before
      Signed sealed and delivered by the said
      James Lee, as and for his last will
      and Testament in the present of us
      who were present at the sealing thereof-

      Thomas Butler
      Joseph Madden
      Dennis Madden

      Rachel Lee was supposed to inheirit 50 acres of Chestnut Ridge after the death of both of her parents, James(d1764) and Mary MNU Lee. Mary MNU Lee evidently died prior to her husband, because Rachel Lee suddenly purchased 50 acres of land in her own name in 1762, apparently not counting on receiving her original inheiritence.
      When James Lee died in 1764, Rachel Lee administrated the estate, proving that Mary MNU Lee had indeed predeceased her husband. KJLW
      ===
      Name: Kayla J. Lee Williams
      Email: rwilliams89@ec.rr.com
      Note:
      Land Records of Prince George's County Maryland 1717-1726
      Abstracted by Elise Greenup Jourdan

      folio 405 Lease, 27 Oct 1722; enrolled 27 Apr 1723
      From: Notley Rozer, Esqr. of Prince George's County
      To: DAVID CONDON, planter of Prince George's County
      50 acres of land part of a tract called Cernabby Manor; bounded by the river; for the life of David Condon and ELLENOR Condon his wife; rent to be 700lbs. of tobacco annually
      /s/ Notley Rozer(seal), David Condon (mark & seal)
      Wit: John Nelson, MARY LEE
      deed rec'd 26 Mar 1722

      Twenty + years in the future, in 1744, David Condon's daughter Anne would marry James Jr. the son of Mary Unknown Lee.

      Cernabby Manor aka Cern Abby Manor was once part of Duddington Pasture, and ran along the East side of the Anacostia River, part of the Eastern Branch.
      ===
      Name: Kayla J. Lee Williams
      Frederick County, Maryland;
      1754 Debt Books:

      pg. 25 Lee, James Junr. pt. Discovery & Labyrinth, 100 ac. L0.4.0
      pg. 75 Lee, Rachel pt. Labyrinth, 50 ac. L0.2.0
      pg. 92 Lee, John pt. Labyrinth, 50 ac. L0.2.0

      Frederick County, Maryland;
      Index 58, Folio 55 Labyrinth

      From 1753/4 through the end of the series in 1773, the children of James(d1764) and Mary(d1762) MNU Lee were recorded as paying annually.

      Chestnut Ridge had been part of Labyrinth, originally part of the Beall Family holdings.

      James Lee Jr., Rachel Lee, and John Lee were three of the twelve of James' and Mary's children.
      ===
      Name: Kayla J. Lee Williams
      Frederick County Land Deeds Record E
      Dower Release of Mary MNU Lee

      This was written on the back of Rachel Lee's paper, and it took some effort, but here it is, after 254 years:

      "On the Part of which and was This Indentured. To which May the 8th 1753.
      Then came before us the Subscribers as of his Lordships Justices of the Peace for Frederick County
      James Lee and acknowledged the within Mentioned Parcel of Land and Premises to be the Right and Estate of the within Rachel Lee
      her Heirs and Asigns for Ever wording to the Law Intent and Meaning thereof and Mary Lee the wife of the said James Lee being Privately Examined and out of that hearing of her said Husband Relieved her Right of Dower in This JusticeReleased She did This to me Voluntarily and Trulywithout being Compelled The such by any Threat of her said Husband of Fear of his Differences Abiding in Such lease and x and of me AB.
      Alex Beall
      John Clagett"

      That was one long paragraph with no punctuation, so I dropped the sentences for easier reading. Also, the small "s" was written as an "f".
      I think that "x" was written by Alex Beall to represent John Clagett's presense, because I'm pretty sure Mr. Clagett could write.

      KJLW.
      ===
      Name: Kayla J. Lee Williams
      Land Records of Frederick County, Maryland

      1762-04-20 Rachel Lee patented 20 acres of Maiden's Folly.
      1762-06-09 Rachel Lee patented 30 acres more, and added it to Maiden's Folly, for a total of 50 acres.
      1762-09-10 Maiden's Folly was recorded as being 50 acres, next to her parent's land of Chestnut Ridge.

      Maryland State Archives
      Patents and Certificates BC&GS #27:381

      "Rachel Lee, her certificate 50 acres, Maiden's Folly, patented September 1762. By virtue of a warrent granted to Rachel Lee of the county afsd for 30 acres, dated 9 June 1762 and the other for 20 acres, dated 20 April 1762...
      Surveyed and laid out in the name of her the said Rachel Lee, tract called Maiden's Folly, beginning at the end of the 5th line of a tract called Chestnut Ridge, thence S 9 deg., E 154 perches, N 81 deg., W 61 perches, N 14 deg., W 108 perches, then by a straight line to the beginning, containing 50 acres of land, to be held of Conecochiege Manor, surveyed 10 September 1762."

      According to the Lee Family oral history, John and Anne Lee Hughes, Rachel Lee's brother-in-law and sister, pressured the elderly widower James Lee(d1764) to sell Chestnut Ridge. That is why Rachel Lee suddenly purchased 50 acres of her own property.
      We believe that Rachel's mother Mary MNU Lee had died by 04-20-1762. KJLW.