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

Stephen Lee

Male 1716 - 1791  (74 years)


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  • Name Stephen Lee  [1
    Born 3 Oct 1716  All Hallows Parish, Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 20 Jun 1791  Mason County, Kentucky - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I100204  Tree1
    Last Modified 26 Nov 2020 

    Father Edward Lee,   b. Bef 1680,   d. Aft 1718, All Hallows Parish, Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 40 years) 
    Mother Anne Vandeavor,   b. Abt 1684,   d. 22 Nov 1733, Anne Arundel County, Maryland - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 49 years) 
    Married 2 Oct 1701  All Hallows Parish, Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Edward Lee and Anne Vando(?) Bendor m. 2 8ber 1701.
    Family ID F33075  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah Crabb,   b. 20 Oct 1717, Queen Anne Parish, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 15 Apr 1747, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 29 years) 
    Married 1740  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Lewis Lee,   b. Aft 1741, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Stephen Lee,   b. Aft 1741, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Edward Lee,   b. Aft 1741, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Henry Lee,   b. Aft 1741, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Peter Lee,   b. Aft 1741, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Lucy Lee,   b. Bef 1742, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Anne Lee,   b. Bef 1743, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Nancy Lee,   b. Bef 1745, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Priscilla Lee,   b. Bef 1753, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Apr 1792, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 39 years)
    Last Modified 26 Nov 2020 
    Family ID F10548  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Stephen son of Edward Lee bapt. 3 Oct 1716.
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      Robert Magruder 23.198 A PG .81.6,6 Apr 15 1747
      Payments to: John Smith Prather, JaMeS Magruder, Daniel Dulany, Esq. paid to Ma. Herbertt, Daniel Dulany, Esq.
      Executrix: Sarah Magruder (widow, now dead), who married Stephen Lee,
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      Prince George's Land Records 1739-1743 - Liber Y - Page 378.
      Supersedeas. You, Stephen Lee, Marreen Duvall Jr, and Edward Knight, do confess judgment to Mary Townley, executrix of John Townley, for 7 10 shillings, which sum was recovered by sd Mary Townley against Edward Knight last Jun 27 in PG Court, the sd 7 10 shillings to be levied of your bodies, goods, or chattels, lands, or tenements, for the use of the sd Mary Townley, in case Edward Knight does not pay Mary Townley, sd 7 10 shillings recovered against him with the additional costs thereon on Nov 10 next. Aug 27, 1741, acknowledged before Richard Keene, Joseph Chapline. Recorded Aug 29, 1741 at the request of Edward Knight.
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      "Prince George's Co., MD, Land Records," BB:209-

      Bill of Sale dated 1 May 1747 from Stephen Lee of Prince George's Co., planter, to Lewis Lee of the aforesaid county, planter, for 210/10s current money conveying personal property including the following slaves: girl Frida, girl Moll and boy James. Witnessed by William Cumming and George Lunford.

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      http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~lelandva/lucylee2.html

      THE LOST CHILD OF RICHARD LEE OF DITCHLEY
      Re: Lucy Lee who married Baldwin Matthews Smith
      By Mrs. Merillat Moses*


      The proponents of Stephen Lee being the seventh child readily admit that said Stephen Lee emigrated from Prince William County, Virginia, to Kentucky, where he died. There is proof of this fact. In the Kentucky Genealogist, Volume 2, (1734-1803) pages 7 and 92, are listed "Claims filed in Public Record Office, London, England" which deal with the information about American colonists who dealt with loyalist merchants prior to the American Revolution. There is a Notation here as follows: "Stephen Lee of Prince William, debt due 1774 L.0.10.0. He removed to Kentucky ten years ago; the(n) solvent. Enquire of Colin Campbell. Page 243."18

      Stephen Lee had removed to Kentucky in 1789, taking several of his sons and daughters with him. He had resided in Prince William County, Virginia, for about thirty of forty years prior to going to Kentucky, and he and four of his sons appear in the Census Record (Tax List) for Prince William County for the period covering 1782-1787. There is no doubt as to the fact that Stephen Lee who wrote his Will in Mason County, kentucky, which was proved on June 20, 1791 was the Stephen Lee of Prince William County, Virginia.
      The first appearance of Stephen Lee in Virginia is when he voted for Thomas Ludwell Lee in Stafford County in 1755-56 Next we find him buying land in Fairfax County from Robert Carter on October 16, 1755 Also, he purchased 204 Acres of land from Thomas Harrison on March 5, 1776 I cite these transactions to point out that Stephen Lee did not live on inherited land, as he would have had he been a scion of the Ditchley family, but that he came to Virginia and bought his land.
      The tombstone of Stephen Lee, located at "Leewood", near Maysville, Kentucky, has an inscription giving his date of death as 1791 and his age as either 81 or 84, depending upon the interpretation of the second figure (the first figure "8" being very clear). This death date is also attested by the proving of his Will in 1791. This would make Stephen Lee born around 1710 - much too earley to be the son of Richard of Ditchley. Accordingly, he would have been a man of about forty-five years when his record first appears in Prince William County. Where was he prior to 1755?

      There is positive proof as to his whereabouts. His daughter Priscilla Lee married William Botts of Stafford County, Virginia. This gentleman wrote in his Prayer Book - "William Botts and Priscilla Lee were married November ye 9th 1769." His daughter, Elizabeth (Botts) Shackleford made another entry in the Prayer Book concerning her father: "married Miss Priscilla Lee of Prince Georges County, Maryland." This definitely indicates that Stephen Lee's daughter, Priscilla, was born in Prince Georges County, Maryland. Her sister, Lucy Lee, married Moses Bridwell in Stafford County in 1758. Another daughter, Nancy, married a Mountjoy of Stafford County, and a forth daughter, Ann, remained single. This would indicate that the daughters removed with Stephen Lee from Prince Georges County, maryland, to Prince William County, Virginia.
      Thus, we see Stephen Lee living in Prince Georges County, Maryland, at least at the time of the birth of his daughters. It is possible to pick up the threads of his life there as early as 1740,25 when he was first bonded as an adult, and carry them forward for another seven years, but that, and the matter of his actual parentage does not properly belong in this paper. They are, however, under current research. The point is that Stephen Lee never inherited land in Virginia and was never identified with the two counties wherein the Richard Lee of Ditchley family lived, Namely, Northumberland and Lancaster Counties, Virginia.
      This position is further strengthened by the fact that Kendall Lee requested, in November, 1766 and "Act of the Assembly to dock the entail of certain lands whereof Kendall Lee is seized, and for settling other lands and slaves to the same use."26 This land comprised 2,050 Acres in Northampton County, Virginia; 50 Acres in Northumberland County; and 904 Acres in Northumberland County, and 235 Acres in Loudoun County. It was all of the land which had been willed to Kendall Lee by his father, Richard Lee. No other land remained for another son. It is highly unlikely that Richard Lee would have neglected to provide for another younger, minor son. Also, Kendall Lee was born about 1728; a younger brother (if existing) could not possibly have been old enough to have appeared in the records of Prince Georges County, maryland, at the date upon which the said Stephen Lee was bonded in 1740. His age is definitely too old to have been a son of Richard Lee of Ditchley. And thus I rest the case of Stephen Lee.
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      Add to the above facts the most unusual fact that Stephen Lee did not give one of his sons a name traditional in the Lee of Westmoreland Family. His sons were named Lewis, Stephen, Jr., Edward, Henry, and Peter. Not a Richard, John, Fran(k), Thomas, William or Philip appear in the lot! Thus I rest the case of Stephen Lee. I believe that I have disposed of the possibility of Stephen Lee being a son of Richard Lee of Ditchley, and the seventh child of that gentleman.
      Let me pass on to my candidate, Lucy Lee, for the place of last and seventh child of Richard and Judith Lee of Ditchley
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      "Prince George's Co., MD, Guardianship Bonds, 1703-1803," 116
      253/11s (current money of MD) guardianship bond dated 28 Nov 1740 to Elinor Magruder, daughter of Robert Magruder, deceased, by Stephen Lee of Prince George's Co., planter, with Turnor Wooton and Edward Hall of Prince George's Co., gentlemen, with respect to the balance remaining due on the estate of Robert Magruder, deceased, of 126/15s/6d. Witnessed by Lingan Wilson.
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      "Prince George's Co., MD, Land Records," BB:209-
      Bill of Sale dated 1 May 1747 from Stephen Lee of Prince George's Co., planter, to Lewis Lee of the aforesaid county, planter, for 210/10s current money conveying personal property including the following slaves: girl Frida, girl Moll and boy James. Witnessed by William Cumming and George Lunford.
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      "British Mercantile Claims, 1775-1803" VA Genealogist, 21(1)(1977):44, citing U.K. Public Records Office, T79/80, Reports of Edmond J. Lee for Prince William, Loudoun and Fairfax Counties
      Debts due William Cunningham & Co. of Glasgow, Falmouth Store, undated [but other reports range in date from 1799-1803]
      - Stephen Lee of Prince William. 0.10.0 due in 1774. Removed to Kentucky ten years ago, then solvent.

  • Sources 
    1. [S044740] Adventurers of Purse and Person Virginia 1607-1624/5. Fourth Edition. Volume Two, Families G-P.