LEE, Robert - I27844

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Robert LEE

Lee Family Coat of Arms
I. Robert LEE was living in Plymouth in 1636, and admitted freeman, 3 January 1637. Mr. Savage surmises he was from London, thinks he may have lived a while at Lynn, Massachusetts, and wonders what relation he or his wife Mary was to Mr. or Mrs. John Atwood who bequeathed them a part of their estate.[1]

The wills referred to are recorded with the earliest wills of the Colony in the probate office at Plymouth. Mr. John Atwood was the honored “Assistant,” generally styled “Gentleman” in the records, and left no descendants. An abstract of his will and of that of his wife may be found in New England Historical and Genealogical Register 4:173; 5:260. In the former, written 20 October 1643, Mr. Atwood refers to his “little kinsman William Crowe” and to his “Brother and sister Lee & their two children Ann and Mary,” whom he leaves “to the will of my wife to deal with them as shall seem good to her.”

Mrs. Ann Atwood, “Widow sometime wife of Mr. John Atwood, Gent.” in her will dated 27 April 1650, says: “Imprimis, whereas I have a brother and sister now living in New Plym: aforesaid namely Robert and Mary Lee, unto whome both myselfe and my deceased husband have formerly shewed what healp and kindness wee could,” etc. She also mentions her “loving nephew William Crowe . . . and his brothers and sisters that bee by his own father and mother . . . .”[2]

In a list of “Males Able to Bear Arms” in Plymouth, 1643, is to be found the name of “Rob Lee,” as well as those of John Howland, sr., John Howland, jr., and Mr. John Atwood[3] Mary, the daughter of Robert Lee, was married to John Howland 26 October 1651, and a list of their children is given by Davis in Ancient Landmarks of Plymouth, Genealogical Section, 151, who calls Mr. Lee “of Barnstable” in the record of the marriage. Savage says he was living in 1654. His widow spent her declining years in the home of her daughter Mary, at Barnstable, where her estate was administered in 1861, as record filed in Plymouth Colony Wills and Inventories, at Plymouth, vol. 4, fol. 2, page 121. will show. A copy of the court order is here given, to show the values then obtaining.

CHILDREN:

  1. Ann born approximately 1628.
  2. Mary; married John HOWLAND born approximately 1630.

II. Mary LEE married 26 October 1651, John HOWLAND, of Plymouth and Barnstable.

For continuation of this line see the HOWLAND biographical sketch by clicking here.

  SOURCE:  The Ancestry & Posterity of Joseph Smith and Emma Hale by Audentia Smith Anderson (1926)

Footnotes

  1. (Genealogical Dictionary of New England, Savage, 3:27.)
  2. (Mayflower Descendant 11:200.)
  3. (Ibid 4:225.)