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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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LEE BIOGRAPHIES

mediately leased it back to him with a life estate
for both him and his wife. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES

IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH:

purchased and patented ca. 550 acres in Charles
County between ca. 1790 and 1806 (part of this
was the repurchase of his dwelling plantation after
his father-in-law's death in 1794). In 1806, he sold
all of his land, ca. 550 acres, and moved to Wash-
ington, D.C., where he died within a year. WEALTH
AT DEATH. DIED: between September 15 and Sep-
tember 30, 1807; buried next to his wife in the
family burial ground at "Green Hill," Charles
County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: will mentioned 29
slaves, but size of entire estate is unknown. LAND:
none.

LEE, PHILIP (ca. 1681-1744). BORN: ca. 1681,
in Virginia; third son. IMMIGRATED: ca. 1706/7 as
a free adult from Virginia. RESIDED: in Mattapany
Hundred, Prince George's County. FAMILY BACK-
GROUND. FATHER: Col. Richard Lee (1646-1714),
of Westmoreland County, Virginia, a member of
the Virginia Council, justice, burgess, and son of
Richard Lee (?-1664), also a member of the Vir-
ginia Council. MOTHER: Letitia Corbin (1657-
1706). BROTHERS: Thomas, president of the Vir-
ginia Council; Richard; Francis; and Henry, SIS-
TER: Ann. MARRIED first, Sarah (?-1724), widow
of William Dent (ca. 1660-1704) and daughter of
Thomas Brooke (ca. 1659-1730/31) and his first
wife Ann. Sarah was the stepdaughter of Barbara
(1676-1754), who was the daughter of Thomas
Dent (ca. 1630-1676). Sarah's brother was Thomas
Brooke (1683- 1744). Her half brothers were Baker;
Nathaniel; Thomas (1717- 1768); John; and Ben-
jamin. Her sisters were Elinor, who married first.
John Tasker (?-1711), son of Thomas Tasker (?-
1700), and second, Charles Sewall, son of Ni-
cholas Sewall (ca. 1655- 1737); and Priscilla, who
married by 1726, Thomas Gantt (?-1765). Her
half sisters were Lucy; Jane (?-1779), who mar-
ried Alexander Contee (ca. 1691-1740); Rebecca
(?-1763), who married John Howard; Mary (?-
1758), who married Dr. Patrick Sim (?-1740);
and Elizabeth (1699-1748), who married George
Beall (1695- 1780), son of Ninian Beale (ca. 1625-
1717/18). Her nephews were Richard Brooke ( 1716-
1783); Thomas Gantt (ca. 1710-1785); Edward
Gantt (?-by 1783); and Fielder Gantt (?-1807).
Her nieces were Eleanor Brooke, who married
Samuel Beall (ca. 1713-ca. 1778); probably Ann
Gantt, who married John Brome (1703-1748).
MARRIED second, ca. 1726, Elizabeth Lawson,
widow of Henry Sewall (?-1722), Gent., of St.

Mary's County. CHILDREN. SONS: Richard Lee (ca.
1707-1787); Thomas (?-1749), who married
Christian Sim (?-1762), sister of Joseph Sim (?-
1793); Francis Lee (?-1749); Philip (?-1739), who
married Bridget; Arthur Lee (?-1760); John, who
married Susannah; Corbin Lee (?-1774); George
Lee (1736-1807); and Hancock (?-1759), a mer-
chant in Prince George's County. STEPSONS: Ni-
cholas Lewis Sewell (ca. 1721-1800); Henry Sew-
ell. DAUGHTERS: Eleanor (1710-1759), who
married Benjamin Fendall (?-1764), son of John
Fendall (1674-1734); Ann (ca. 1711-1800), who
married James Russell (1708-1788), a merchant
in London; Sarah, who married William Potts
(1718-1761); Hannah (ca. 1736-by 1781), who
married first, Thomas Bowie (1723-1758), and
second, Joseph Sprigg (1736-1800); Letitia (Let-
tice) (?-1776), who married first, James Wardrop
(?-1760), second, Dr. Adam Thomson (?-1767),
and third, Joseph Sim (?-1793); Elizabeth; Alice,
who married first, Thomas Clark, and second,
Merriweather Smith; and Margaret (Peggy), who
married in 1759 Alexander Symmer of Upper
Marlborough, Prince George's County. PRIVATE
CAREER. EDUCATION: literate; well educated; left
a stocking stuffed with gold and silver in a trunk
in his Prince George's County home marked "col-
ledge money" for his children. RELIGIOUS AFFIL-
IATION: Anglican. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVI-
TIES: third generation of a very prominent Virginia
family; his father was noted for his library and
extensive education; staunch Tory family; Gent.,
on arrival; Esq., by 1722. OCCUPATIONAL PRO-
FILE: merchant; planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGIS-
LATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Prince George's
County, 1708B-1711, 1719-1721/22 (Laws 1-5);
Upper House, 1725-1727, 1728-1731, 1732-1734,
1734/35-1737, 1738, 1739-1741, 1742 (died prior
to the 2nd session of the 1742-1744 Assembly).

OTHER PROVINCIAL OFFICES: Council, 1725-1744

(qualified on October 5, 1725); justice, Provincial
Court, 1726-1732; associate commissary general,
1727; naval officer of North Potomac, 1727-1744.
LOCAL OFFICES, justice, Prince George's County,
1710-1720; sheriff. Prince George's County, 1722-
1725. MILITARY SERVICE: captain, 1708. WEALTH

DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: at least

500 acres. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: in April 1744
at "Blenheim," Charles County. PERSON AL PROP-
ERTY: TEV, £4.240.0.01 current money (includ-
ing 87 slaves, 2 servants, 185 oz. old silver, 1 yawl,
and books, at his plantations in Prince George's,
Charles, and Dorchester counties); FB, estate ov-
erpaid £92.09.08. ADDITIONAL COMMENT: In-

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