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I wish to acknowledge the contribution of Angela Ludwig, who provided the manuscripts of the indentures for me to transcribe, and I refer readers to her family history page  for a more detailed and beautifully presented discussion of  Derbyshire.  http://geesofderbyshire.wordpress.com

Derbyshire

King Henry I held three lead mines at Wirksworth.  Mining provided the metal needed for military implements, including horse shoes. The Ferrar family held 114 manors in Derbyshire and others in Nottinghamshire.  Many of their knights also held land in Derbyshire.

The Royal Forest of the Peak after the Norman conquest was managed as a Royal possession and the Forest Rolls provide wonderful records from very early days.  There were three wards, Campana, Longdendale and Hopedale.  Crosses marked the boundaries and justices enforced the laws.  Court was held twice a year at Tideswell.  The Foresters also met to hear charges every three weeks.  Peveril (Peak) Castle, built by William Peveril, is above the village of Castleton.  Henry II often hunted the forest and it was at Peveril Castle that the King of Scotland submitted in 1147.  Henry III also enjoyed the castle and forest.  The forest was continually encroached on and later kings took little interest in hunting there.  Human populatin grew and deer population declined until it was decided to fence in a­ park near the village of  Peak forest to protect the deer and thwart further encroachment.  After the English Civil War, the deer were gone, and under Charles II the park was de-forested.

It would seem that Glossop was the first area where the Gees settled.  Glossop is located in the north west of the shire and west of this is Manchester.  Gee Cross lies between and it is likely that this  area of Cheshire was the point of origin for the Derbyshire family.  Glossop Parish is 16 miles in length and about 5 miles across.  It is mountainous on the east and has extensive moorland.  The western side was noted for cotton manufacturing.  The Manor of Glossop was given by Henry VIII in 1537 to George, Earl of Shrewsbury. Glossop Township was a small market town.  Nine miles south was Chapel-en-le-Frith.  Manchester was 14 miles to the west and 24 miles northwest lay the Yorkshire township of Sheffield.  Hills and several hamlets surrounded Glossup.  Hadfield and Ludworth were both about 5 miles away, and Hayfield lay between Glossop and Chapel-en-le-Frith.  The Duke of Devonshire was the lord of the manor.  Hayfield was strategically located between Manchester and Sheffield.

The Legh (Leigh) family controlled most of the enclosed land in Glossop and Chapel in le Frith.   In 1480 At an inquisition post-mortem in 22 Elizabeth, on the death of Robert Leigh, the jury found that I 1480 Reginald Lee (Leigh) was seised of the Manor of Blackbrook, New Close, Slackhall, Bosden Head, Malcalf, Shireoaks, Bowden Washe, Bowden Lane, Whithough, Lydgate, Light Birch and other properties in other parishes…

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Located on the north-west boundary of the county, Shallcross Hall is only 15 miles from Manchester.  The name was derived from a stone “shakal” pole, erected on the old Roman road to Buxton.  The family residing there soon acquired the name as their own.  In the early years de Shakel Cross became ninety variant surnames. During the reign of Edward II (1307-1327) Benedict Shakelcross was bailiff of the forest.  His home became Shallcross Hall. Members of the family would continue as foresters and sheriffs.  Shallcross was first noted in a charter issued by William Peverel, natural son of William the Conquerer, to the Lenton Priory.  Two parts of the tithes of his demesne pastures in the Peak, namely in Shalcross, Fernilee, Darnall, Quatford, Buxton, Shirebrook, Stanton, Cowdale, Crochil Callow, Dunningestede, Chelmorton, and Sterndale, also the whole tithe of colts and fillies, wherever there was a stud-farm in his Peak demesnes, together with the tithes of his lead and of his venison both in skins and meat, all in Derbyshire.

Richard Shalcrosse, son of James Shalcrosse married Elizabeth Gee, daughter of Henry Gee, mayor of Chester.  He died in 1554 in Manchester.  Sarah Shallcross, sister to John Shallcross, High Sheriff of Derbyshire married Ralph Gee, of Lydgate, Derbyshire.

TAX RECORDS

The 1614 tithe lists: Ralph Gee in Bradshaw Edge; Henry Gee for Combes; and Mr. Shallcross for Bowden Edge.

The 1662 Hearth Tax notes Robert Gee of Chinley for 1 hearth; Thomas Gee of Great Hamlet for 3 hearths.

Charles Gee, 1509

The Court Rolls in the XXIV (24th) year of Henry VII, (1509) notes at Glossop and Mellor a Charles Gee, for frank pledge.  Also included in the list were Michael Botham, John Bromhall, Roger Dornylegh, and John Kynder.

The descent of Lydgate Farm appears to begin with Robert Gee, from Glossop parish, who was first noted as a tenant in 1519.  In 1608, his son Thomas Gee, also a tenant of Lydgate, purchased the farm and part of Silkhill from Thomas Bagshawe.

Robert Gee, 1519 Lydgate

Lydgate lies a few miles west of Chapel-en-le-Frith.  The lydgate was a gate which was constructed to secure access to a village, and was usually guarded in the night by members of the households in the community.   As early as 1519, Robert Gee was noted as a tenant at Lydgate.  It is likely he was there for some time before this date.  In 1519 is a power of attorney that reads: Power of attorney by Godfrey Foliambe (Foljambe) of Walton, esq., Roger Foliambe of Lynnacre Halle, esq., and George Savage, clerk to Nicholas Bagschawe of Le Chappelle-in-le-Frithe, Robert Gee of Lizdeygate, and Walter Marchington, of the same, yeomen, to receive seisin of lands which they held of Henry Bradschawe of Bradschawe in Bawden. Dated 17 Apr., 10 Henry VIII. [1519]. (Woll. xii. 69.)  The will of Henry Bradshaw, of Bradshaw was filed in 1521.  He was the son and heir of William Bradshaw and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Eyre, of North Lees, Derbyshire.  Henry’s great-great-grandson was John Bradshaw, who was among those responsible for beheading King Charles I.

Robert Gee of Lydgate (1519) appears to be the father of John, Thomas, and Robert.  In the records of the Freemen of London during the reigns of Henry VIII and his son, Edward: Thomas Gee son of Robert Gee of Chapel in le Frith County of Derby husbandman, apprenticed to Roger Redferne, haberdasher, Served also Richard Blake.  Attested before John Buck, warden. N. Oct. 12, I Edw. Vi.  (see London)(1547/)  The 1549 Will of Robert Robotham of Windlebotham notes godchild Robert Gee.  Later, in the will of Robert Robotham of 1571, Robert Gee’s son Thomas was given a gold ring.

Robotham

John Robotham was from Riber Hall in Derbyshire, which is near Matlock.  The Robothams resided in the area around Wirksworth, Derbyshire.  Robert Robotam of Windlebotham whose will was filed in 1549, noted godchildren Robert Gee, Hugh Robotham and Robert Robotham.  It is likely this Robert is the same whose will was filed in 1571.

Robert Robotham, of 1571, was a groom of the wardrobe, to Edward VI, appointed by Henry VIII.  He was married twice.  His first wife was the mother of his son John.  Robert Robotham, of Raskill Inn, County York, and Warwick Inn, London, married Grace Paget, daughter of Robert Paget, Merchant Taylor, and a sheriff of London.  She was the neice of William Paget, Lord Beaudesert.  John Robotham and his widowed stepmother lived at St. Albans, Herefordshire.   The visitation of 1572 gives the genealogy of Robert Robotham, but it does not indicate the Gee connection, as it begins with Robert of 1571.  Robert received his arms for service in December, 1560.  Robert Robotham was a friend of Sir Henry Neville and a Puritan.

Thomas Gee, son of Robert Gee, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Thomas Gee removed to London, where after his apprenticeship was served, he settled in a messuage in the parish of St. Martin within Ludgate.  His younger brother, Robert became his apprentice.  Thomas prospered, but also witnessed the death of two wives and many children and servants to the plague outbreaks.  Among those who died was his newly married brother, Robert. 

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St. Martin Ludgate, London

St. Martin without Ludgate lay at the entrance to the Lud Gate on the west wall surrounding London.  It was very near the imposing Saint Paul’s Cathedral and the attached St Gregory at Saint Paul.  Not far away was the Stationers’ Hall.  Outside the gate was the Old Bailey.  Lud Gate Hill was also known as Fleet Hill, and it ran to Fleet Street and the buildings of the Inner and Middle Temple.

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The first entry we have at St. Martin Ludgate is for the birth of Mary, daughter of William Gee.  This was in April, 1542.  It is likely William was related to Thomas Gee.  There is no further record of him in the register.

Thomas Gee, the son of Robert Gee, Chapel-en-le-Frith was apprenticed to become a haberdasher in London.  John Buck warden attested on October 12, in the first year of the reign of Edward VI, 1547, that Thomas had been apprenticed to Roger Redferne, haberdasher.  He also served Richard Blake.  It was on that date that he was admitted as a freeman of the City of London.

John Hulson was a writer of courthand to the City of London.  An Inquisition at the Guildhall before Thomas Lodge, knight, mayor and excheator, in July, 1563 by several jurors, including Nicholas Carewe, stated that John Hulson made his will in 1560, died in August, 1563, and that his son and heir was Thomas Hulson, age 23.  The will gave to his wife, Dyonise, all lands, tenements and hereditaments in the tenures of Julyan Hickes, George, Gee, Robert Charnock, John Stone, Robert Abne and Anthony Peterson, for her life.  His son Thomas received the messuage wherein his father lived, his shop on the east side of the messuage, and the tenements in tenure of Margaret Whapplett, widow, Thomas Goose, John Mason, Richard Patchett, John Wyllard, and symon Southewell, in the parishes of St. Brides and St. Sepulchres, and his tenement in the lane in the parish of St. Martyn next Ludgate.  His will goes on to leave further tenements to younger sons and daughters.  Then it is noted that John Hulson was seised of a messuage, late in the tenure of John Weyland, now in the tenure of Thomas Gee sometime belonging to the late Chantry called Mores Channtery in the Cathedral Church of St. Paul’s, London, situate in the parish of St. Martin within Ludgate, London, between the tenement of Agnes Wilson and Robert Gore.  John Wayland was a citizen and scrivenor of London who died in 1572.  Sir Thomas More endowed a chantry at St. Paul’s Cathedral by 1424.  Later, there was a suit initiated in 1558 that continued until 1603, between Thomas Cordell and Thomas Lane regarding the title to the messuage demised by John Hulson to Thomas Gee.

Thomas Gee was a parishioner of St Martin within Ludgate, and is first noted in the records in May, 1562 when his son Nathaniel Gee died.  A few months later, in July, Robert Gee, a servant of Thomas Gee, was buried.  Robert was likely Thomas’ younger brother, and he had been married only a few months.  In January, he married Johane Hunte at St. Martin.

In August, 1563 bubonic plague struck London, and by the end of October, 20,000 had died in London alone.  In August there were nearly 100 burial entries in the parish record, when the April before had only 8.  By September and October multiple burials were occurring daily.  The total recorded was over 200.  By November the number dropped to less than a dozen. The household of Thomas Gee was sorely afflicted.  In September, Margaret Shatterton a servant of Thomas Gee was buried. A few days later the record notes the death on October 1 of Caleb Gee the son of Thomas Gee.  Then on the 4th of October, Elizabeth Prestwood, a servant of Thomas Gee, was buried. Within days, Robert Peerson another servant fell as a victim to the sickness. The final loss was Margere Gee, the wife of Thomas.  The notation below is another illustration of the fluidity of spelling during this time frame.

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After such a terrible loss, the family had a few years of respite and it becomes clear, though the marriage record is lost, that Thomas remarried.  A new baby arrived in 1567 and he was given the name of a dead brother, Chaleb.

Another son was born in 1569 and named Josua Gee. Two girls were born next.   First, in 1570, was Marye Gee.  Sara Gee was born in 1572.  The family must have felt restored happiness with a house filled with children once again.  But, tragedy was to strike in 1573 with the death of Chaleb, Josua and their elder siblings Thomas and Anne within months of each other.  Plague had returned to London in isolated parishes, including that of St. Martin.  In March, 1575 Anne Gee the wife of Thomas Gee haberdasher was buried.  (March was the first month of the year.)

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Thomas Gee haberdasher married on February 19, 1575 at St. Peter’s, Cornhill to Mary Hassal who was Mary Suckling widow of John Hassall. (February was the last month of the year.)  Elizabeth Gee was born to the family in 1576, followed by a son Thomas Gee in 1578, and a son Francis in 1581.  In January, 1581(1582), a few months after his birth, Francis died.  In 1583 another son was born and named Francis Gee.  The following year, in November, Anne Gee was born, but a few months later in March, her brother Thomas died.

Thomas was noted in the 1582 London Subsidy Roll in the Parish of St Martin within Ludgate, for a tax of 20 pounds. The will of Thomas Gee, harberdasher, of St. Martin Ludgate, London, was filed in 1589. The surviving children appear to be Mary 19, Sara 18, Elizabeth 13, Anne 5 and son Francis age 6.

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The records at St Martin Ludgate become silent regarding the family after this date, until 1598/99 when Mary Gee, of St. Martin, Ludgate, London, widow of Thomas Gee, late of same, merchant, married Rev. John Sterne, Suffragan Bishop of Colchester at St. Martin, Ludgate.   The entry read: ffebruary The 20th day has maryed Gohn Stairne Suffyrand to my lord of London and Marye Gee wydow with Lycens (license).  John Sterne died in 1608.  His diocese was in Colchester, Essex.

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John Gee, 1544 Chapel en le Frith

A Lease for 20 years, from William Bradshaw of Marple to John Gee of Hole Meadow [in Bradshaw]. Dated 5 Feb., 35 Hen. VIII. [1544]. (Bowles.)  In 1565, in the Wooley Charters, it is noted that Ann Stafford, daughter and heir of Humfrey Stafford of Eyam, who was deceased, was to marry Francis Bradshaw, son of Godfrey Bradshaw, of Bradshaw.  As a condition of the marriage, Robert Eyre, of Edale, holding Ann’s wardship, would deliver an estate to Francis and Ann of lands in the tenure of William Ashton, John Bowdon, John Gee, and Richard Mort, in the parish of Chapel en le Frith, to be followed within four years from Godfrey Bradshaw of an estate in all the lands gifted by Richard Bradshaw to William Bradshaw, father of Godfrey.

John Gee was noted as deceased in 1575 and a debtor to the estate of William Robotham of Ludworth.

In 1586 there is recorded a surrender at the court of the Queen held at Buxton for High Peak Manor on 15 June 28 Elizabeth by John Gee of one cottage and one rood of land, an encroachment from the waste of the Queen at Bowden edge [Chapel en le Frith], of annual rent 2d, to the use of George Bowdon, his heirs and assigns for ever; proclamations were made, the second on 6 July and the third on 3 August, and at the aforesaid court George Bowdon was admitted by Robert Eyre esquire under steward, at rent 2d, fine 6d. 

In the 1573 will of Robert Stafford notes William Gee, but the relationship is not identified.  Then in 1589 the will of William Hadfield (Hayfield) lists James Gee de Bendfilde debtor among others.

Thomas Gee, 1601, yeoman of Lydgate

Thomas Gee witnessed the 1601 will of Richard Warrington, Shearman of Thornsett.  A shearman was one who sheered worsteds and fustians, two types of cloth.   Then in 1602 Thomas Gee of the Overlee was listed as a debter in the will of William Warrington.

In 1606 Thomas Gee of Lydgate Yeoman for ₤80 paid and ₤237 15s 101/2 d to be paid with Thomas Bradshaw of the Ridge, gentleman for messuages called Lydgate and lands belonging in tenure of Gee, messuages called the Kylkhill (Silkhill) and lands belonging in  tenure of John Bennett the younger, in Glossop and Chapel in le Frith.  In 1607 Thomas Gee became the sole owner of Lydgate.

Excerpt from deed from Thomas Bagshaw to Thomas Gee, 1607

This Indenture made the twenty daie of Julie in the yeare of the raigne of our soveraigne Lord James by the grace of God of England France and Ireland kinge defender of the ffaithe Etc:  The ffowerth and of Scotland the  Ryne and thyrteeth:  Between Thomas Bagshaw of the Ridge in the Countie of Darby gent. of the one partie and Thomas Gee of Lydgate in the same countie of Darby yoman …. in consideracon of the some twoo hundred thirtie seaven poundes fifteen shillings ten pence ob ~ of good and lawfull money of England hereafter to be paid by the said Thomas Gee unto the said Thomas Bagshawe his executors administrators and assignes or to some of them in suche manner and forme as hereafter in theis presents is expressed: Hathe Granted Bargainyned aliened (alienated) and sould and by theis  presents for him and his heirs dothe fullie clearlie and absolutelie grante alien Bargayne and sell unto the said Thomas Gee his heirs and assignes ffor ever All that  mesuageor tenement called or  knowne by the name of Lydgate  with the appertenance nowe or late in the tenure or occupacon of the said Thomas Gee or of his assignes: And all closses  meadows  Leassomes  pastures ssoodinge Landes tenements Comons and herediamnts whatso ever with theis and everie of their appertenence to the  said message or tenemente belonginge or in anie wyse apptyninge or therewith nowe ..  att any tyme heretofore psed (possessed)  occupyed or mayed as thereunto appteyninge or belonging nowe or late in the tenure or ocupacon of the said Thomas Gee his assigne or assignes and lyinge and beinge in the Parishes of Chappell in le Ffrithe and Glossop or in eyther of them in the said countie of Darby: And alsoe all that mesuage or tenemente with appertenances comonlie called or knowne by the name of the Sylkhill nowe or late in the tenure or occupacon of John Bennett the yonger or of his assignes and all  closes meadows Leassomes pastures seedinge lands tentements commons and hereditaments whatsoever with them and evrie all their appurtenances to the said Messuage or tenemente belonging or in anie wyse apperteyninge or therewith all nowe or att any tyme heretofore  used occupied or misyed as thereunto apperteyninge or belonging now or Late in the tenure or occupacon of the said John Bennett the yonger his assigne or assignes and lyinge and beinge in the parishes of chapel in le ffrithe and Glossoppe or in either of the said countie of Darbie….

….Provyded always and upon condicon that yf  the said Thomas Gee his heires executors administrators or assignes or some of them shall not or doe not well and truolie satisfie and  paid or cause to be satisfied or paid unto the said Thomas Bagshawe his executors administrators or assignes or to some or one of them the full some of Two hundred thirtie seaven powndes fifteen shillings ten pence half peny of good and lawfull money of England in manner and forme followinge:  That is to wett: The some of ffowr score and eighte powndes x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x “` of lawfull money of England att or upon The thirtythe daie of Auguste next on beinge after the date of these presents:  the some of ffyftie twoe poundes seventeen shillings seven pense ffarthinge:  of Lyke  Lawfull money of  England Att or upon the twoo and twentieth daie of ffebruary nowe next ensuinge after the date of theise presentes:  The some of ffortie ffower powndes  x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x “`  of lyke lawfull money of England att or supon the thirtythe daie of August which shalbe in the yeare of our Lord God one thousand six hundred and seven: And the some of ffyftie twoo powndes seaventeen shillinge seven pence forthinge of lyke lawfull money af any kind att or upon the twoo and twentythe daie of ffebruary wich shalbe in the yeare of Lord God one thousand six hundred and Seven. 

In the records of Chapel-en-le-Frith is a list of tithe payers for 1614.  Among these are Raphe Gee, Thomas Mosely, Thomas and Henry Kirke, Edward and John Bagshawe and Francis Bradshawe, and William Marchington.  This was for Bradshawes Edge, which lay north of Chapel-en-le-Frith.   In 1625 Thomas Gee paid four shillings five pence rental of the Kings Rents for the High Peak District in the right of his Dutchie of Lancaster, Chapel-en-le-Frith parish.

In the Commissary Court of London: wills filed 1629-34 the will of John Lowe of the Ship London notes daughter Elizabeth Lowe of Waping; Mathew Lowe of Wapping; John Smith; James Youle; Thomas Gee; wife Joan. It was witnessed by Jon Sherley and George Jacobbe.  In the same records is the will of Margery Lowe, London, widow which notes her husband’s children Anne, James and John Lowe, Thomas Russell silkman of Cheapside; brother Whitacre of Nantwich, Cheshire, and others.  Wapping is a district of East London as is Cheapside.

Ralph (Raphe) Gee, 1624, yeoman of Lydgate

In 1624 Ralph Gee of Lydgate, Yeoman, for ₤9 received from Peter Bradshaw the elder of London, and G. Francis Bradshaw, esquire of “Bradshaw” part of herbage and of lands called Mainstonefield, called Chinley in High Peak, and all cottages, buildings, etc, Mainstonefield water mill expcpcted.  Additional transfers of land followed, including, it seems, the mill.  Mainstone was known as Chinley, Chymnleis, Chindley, and Churn Lea.  The Mainstone Mill was a corn mill built at New Smithy.

It was at Chinley that the dissenters were centered, including William Bagshawe, the Apostle of the Peak, who converted may to Presyterianism,  and the Rev. James Clegg, and John Bennett.  By the 18th century farming and work in the coal pits and quarries as well as weaving was how families earned a living.

1624 Indentures (excerpts)

            This indenture made the second daie of October in the yeares of the raygne of our sovaryne lord James by the grace of god of England ffrance & Ireland kinge defender of the faith etc, the two & twentity and of Scotland the eight and fifyty Betwene Peter Bradshawe the elder of London gent. and ffrancis Bradshaw of Bradshaw in the countie of Derbie … of the one ptre and Raphe Gee of the Lidgate in the said countie of Derbie yeoman of thothe prte Witnesseth that the said Peter Bradshaw and ffrances Bradshaw for diveres good causes theme moninge, and especiallie for and in consideration of the some of nine pounde of lawfull English money to them or to the one of theme by the said Raphe Gee before hand well & timlie payd, and satisfyed before the sealing of these presente the receipt wheare of they the said Peter and ffrancis Bradshawe doe conferm and acknowledge by these presents have granted aliened, bargained and sold & by theise presents doe grant, alien, bargaine, and sell unto the said Raphe Gee his heires and assignes for e… the some feorth pt & also the eight feorth pt of all that herbage and of all those called maynssonfilde also chininlayes, otherwyse called Chinlayse in the high peake in the said countie of derbie, and the somefforth pt & allso the eightfeorth pt of all that soyle and gronnd called mainssonefilde also chinilayes also chinleyes & the forefeorth pte also the eighth ffforth pt of all & singular cotages there upon builded with all & singular there and everie of theire appurtenances … the somefeorth pt & also the eightfeorth pt of all and singualr mesuages, milnes, howses, edifyfis, buildings, barnes, stables, land houses, orcharde, gardens, lande tenemente, medowes. Leases, pastures, comons demesne lande, fures (forest?) hoathes(?) mores marshes, mosses, wayes, waters, fishinges, woode, underwood, & trees, and the somefeorth pt & also the eightfeorth pt of all the lande grounde & soyle of the same woode underwoode & trees mynes quarries, rente, remercons (revercons?), and services, ffeefarmes, amities (amenities), customes, righte, jurisdicons, franchesses, liberties, privileges, with all there appurtinance of what kynd nature, or qualitie soever, or by what name or names soever they be knowne, .etoned, named or accounted, scituated, lying, comeinge, incroassinge or enewing(?) within the countie towne field plates .ishes, hamlett, or herbage and soyle aforesaid orin or within and of there or ….   ….. soever to the … fee a fore said ……………….. pcell (parcel) there of by and meanes belonging, appertayninge, appendant, or as member pt. Or pcell of the same prmses now or at anie tyme heareafter hadd knowne attested occupyed used or beinge and water milne (mill) called maynstonfield milne, in the countie of derbie aforesaid …. .

             … and bequeste of the same Raphe Gee his heires and assinges in ffeeforme foe ever to be houlden of our said soveraigne lord the kinge majestie his highness heires & successors as of his honor at (Law?) in the countie of Lanc (aster) by by fealtie onelie in ffee & comon scage & not in capite nor knighte service And Yelding therefore yearelie to our sayde soveraigne lord the king & his successors ffoure shillings & five pence of Lawfull English money the the hande of the generall rece.. … of our said soveragne lord he kinge his highness heirs, or successors of his said ….

            … AND HAD finallie it is agreed be… the said ptes (parts) & the said Raphe Gee for him selfe his heires & assignes doth comit, & grant to & with the said Peter Bradshaw & ffrancis Bradshaw there heyre.. & assignes by these presentes that he the said Raphe Gee his heires & assignes shall & will well & trulie satisfye and pay, or cause to bee payd satisfyed, the said yearlie rent of foure shillings five pence formerlie reserned (?) in, or by these presentes in maner & forme aforesaid & accordinge to the tenor unreadable

Peter Bradshawe  Raphe Gee    ff Bradshawe

Sealed & joined in the presents of  Edward Bradshawe, Geo Saye (Save), William Marshenton, John Wilson

We (?) that full & peacable possession & seison aas taken & delivered the nine & twetnth daie of October in the yeares first within writton at & commonlie called Ly.. Lee  and by the deliverie of a clodd in the name of all the land & premisses with the apurtenance within specifyed by John Wilson and of the attorneys within mentioned to the witin named Raphe Gee accordinge to the tenor & effect the witnin speifyed promisses in the presence of Thomas Bowdon, James Carington, Raph ffernely, Jo. Mellor, H.. Ma..he, Robert Carrington, George Lowe, Thomas Buxton. 

            This Indenture made the twentithe day of October in the yeares of the raigne of our soverigne Lorde JAMES by the grace of god of England ffrance and Ireland kinge defender of the faith in the twoo & twentith and of Scotland the eight & ffiffith BETWENE Peeter Bradshawe the elder of London gentleman & ffrancis Bradshawe of Bradshawe in the Countie of Derbie Esanyre of the one partie AND Raphe Gee of the Lidyate in the said countie of Derbie yeoman of the other partie WINTESSETH that the said Peeter Bradshaw and ffrancis Bradshawe for dyvers good causes theme monoing and especially for and in concsideration of the somme of six pounde of lawfull English money to them or to the end of theme by the said Raphe Gee before hande well and trulie paid & satisfyed before then sealinge of these presente the recepte whereof they the said Peeter & ffrancis Bradshawe doe Confesse and acknowledge by these presente HAVE granted aliened bargained & sould and by theise presente doe grant alien bargaine & sell unto the said Raphe Gee his heires and assinges for ever THE ffoure scorth parte of all that herbage and of all these lande called mainstonefielde also chinnleyes other wyse called chinleyes in the high peake in the said countie of derbie and the ffourt (y?) scorth parte of all that soyle and ground called Mainstonfield also chinnileyes also chinleyes and the ffourty scorth (?) parte of all and singular cotages there uppon builded with all & singular there & everie of them appurtenances & the ffourt (y) scorth parte of all & singular  messuages howsis edifices buildings barns stables  .onehowses outlands gardains lande common medowes lesaes pstures comon demeasne lande fforre(st) heathes moores marishes mosses wayes waters fishings wode (wood) & underwoode & trees AND the ffourtscorth parte of all the lande ground & soile of the same woodes & underwoddes & trees mynes quarries rente revercions & services ffeefarmes  farmes aminities costomes righte jurisdictions ffranchises liberties priviledges fruite comodities emolument & hereditamente whatsoever with all theire appurtenances of what kynd nature or qualitie soever or by what name or names soever they bee knowne recconed named or accounted scituate lyinge beinge cominge increassinge or reminge (remaining?) within the countie comefielde places parishes hamlett or herbage & soyle aforesaid or in or within anie of theme on elswhere whearesoever to the premisses aforesaid above expressed & specifyed or to anie pte or  psell thereof by anie means belonging apportayninge apperdent or as member pte or psell of the same premisses now at anie tyme aforesaid and water milne called mainstonfield mill in the countie of  derbie aforesaid beinge excepted & altogether recerved & the revercion &  revercions whatsoever of all & singular the promises formerlie here in or hereby bargained & sould or ment mentioned or agreed to be bargained or sould in or by these presentes & of everie pte & parsell thereof dependinge or expectant of in or upon anie demyse or grant demyses or grante for teatme or tearmes of lyfe lyves or yeares or otherwyse of the premises heretofore made of record or not not of record AND alsoe the ffowurscorth pte of all & singular rente & yearly p.ite whatsoever recor.ed upon whatsoever demises or grante of in or upon the premises or anie pte thereof made of records or nnot of record & the ffowurscorth (?) pte of all & singular rente p.ite issuinge cominge or growing of in or out of all & everie the primisses as fullie freelie  & wholly & in as large & ample maner & forme as are paid soveraigne lord the kinge his most exelent majestie by his letters patente as well under the great seale of England as under the seale of his Countie Palatine of Lancaster & Seale of his duchie of Lancaster bearinge date westminster the ninthe day of January in the one & twentith yeare of  his majesties raigne of England ffrance & Ireland and in the Seaven & ffiftith yeare of  his highnes raigne of Scotland DID give grant bargine & sell all & singular the premisses amongst other things unto Edward Badbie & William Woltden there heires & assignes in ffeeforme for ever as by the same letters patente more fullie maie appeare and in as llarge & ample maner & forme as the said  Edward Badbie & William Weltdon by theire Indenture or deede Indented bearing date the three & twentith day of  Ffebruarie in the one & twetith yeare of his said magesties raigne of England, ffrance & Ireland & in the seaven & ffiffith yeare of his highnesse raigne of  Scotland did bargaine & sell give grant convaye or ass… the premisses or anie pte thereof unto the said Peeter Bradshawe & ffrancis Bradshawe & to the heires and assignes of the said Peeter Bradshawe or anie of them ALL WHICH said ffowrfrouth pt of  all and singular the before mentioned prremisses formerly in or by theise presente by the said Peter Bradshawe and ffrancis Bradshawe bargained and sould or ment or agreed to bee granted or affirmed  to the said Raphe Gee and his heires as aforesaid is or heretofore hath bine called or known by the name of halfe at neighburhipp TO HAVE hould and enioye (enjoy) the said ffourscorth parte of the said herbage ad lande called mainstonefield also chinnileyes also chinleyes and the said ffowre scorth parte of all and everie other the premisses excepte before excepted and all and everie other the premisses formerlie in or by theise presentes bargained granted or sould and ment mentioned or agreed to bee herein or hereby granted bargained or sould unto the said Raphe Gee and his heires as aforesaid unto the same Raphe Gee his heires and assignes for ever TO THE onlie sole and proper use and behoofe of the same Raphe Gee his heires and assignes in ffeeforme for ever To bee houlden of our said Soveraigne Lord the kinge majestie his highness heires and successors as of his honor of Lancaster in the countie of Lancaster by ffealtie …lie in faer and comon socage and not in capite now by knighte service AND yealding therefore yearly to our said soveraigne Lord the kinge his heires and successors three shillings of lawful English monie to the hande of the General reteiner of  our said soveraigne Lord the kinge his highnes heires or successors of his said ducchie of Lancaster or to is deputie for the  tyme beinge or to the hande of the ptienlar (?) receiver  of the same premisses or of his deputie for the tyme beinge at the ffeasts of The annunciation of Blessed Marie the virgin and Saint Michaell the arch angell by equall portions yearly to be paid for all other rente services and demande whatsoever for the same, to our said soveraigne Lord the kinge his heires or successors for the premisses grantted by these presente by anie meanes to be yealded payd or doone AND the said Peeter Bradshawe and his heires all and everie the premisses above expressed and specifyed and by theise presente bargened and sould with all and everie there appurtenances except before excepted unto the said Raphe Gee his heires and assinges to the sole and proper use and behoufe of the same Raphe Gee his heires and assignes against him the said Peeter Bradshawe his heiires and assignes shall and will warrant & for ever defend by these presente AND the said ffrancis Bradshawe & his heires all & everie the said premisses formerly in or by these presentes bargained or sould except before excepted unto the said Raphe Gee his heires & assinges to the sole and pper (proper) use & behose of the same Raphe Gee his hieres & assignes against them the said ffrancis Bradshawe & his heyres shall & will  warrant & for ever defend by these presents And either of the said peeter Bradshawwe & ffrancis Bradshawe doth severallie & respectively for hime selfe his heires epecnconc (exceptions) & administer and not other wyse covenant & grant to and with the said Raphe Gee his heires and assignes by theise presente that hee the same Raphe Gee his heires & assinges shall or may for ever hereafther peaceablie & quielty have hould possesse and eni(j)oye all and everie the premisses (formerly in or by these presente to him the same Raphe Gee and his heires bargened and sould, theare and theareby acquited and discharged or otherwyse upon the reasonable request saved and kepte harmless of and from all & all manore souever and other ffeofment gifts grante bargains sales changes & incumbrance whatsoever heretofore had made commited suffered or done by him selfe the same covenantor or his heires or his assignes or by anie other p’son or psons lawfully clayminge by from or under him the same covenantor his heirs or assinges or anie of theme or otherwyse by his or theire or anie of theire assent consent or procurment AND the said Peeter Bradshawe and ffrancis Bradshawe and either of them have and hathe ordayned constituted and made and by theise presente doe & doth constitute and make John Wilson and George Swindels there & either of there true & lawfull attuneys joyntly & Severally for them and either of them & in there & either of theire name names ffid (?) and ffids (?) (feduciary?) joyntly or personallly to enter into the said premisses formerly in or by theise presentes bargained & sould or ment or intended to bee bargained or sould to the said Raphe Gee & his heires as aforesaid or into anie parte of parcell thereof in name of the whole and possession & season thereof or of anie parte thereof in name of the whole or of anie parte or parcell thereof to take and possession and seison thereof or of anie parte thereof in name of the whole for theme or either of them and in there or either of their names named or ffids  (?) joyntly or severally to give and deliver unto the said Raphe Gee or to his certaine (?) atturney in wrytinge in that behalf TO HAVE and to hould to the same Raphe Gee his heires and assignes for ever accordinge to the true intent and meaninge of theise presente ratfyinnge and by theise presente confirminge all and whatsoever there said atturneyes or eyther of them shall shall doe or cause to bee done in or concerninge the premisses AND whereas therefore certaine houses cottages & buildings e.nceced standinge & being in & uppon the said herbage callled mainstonfield att chinleyes & dyvers closes & pfold of land therunto belonginge or otherwise used or occupyed as thereunto apportaininge .ch same howses closes & penfolls of land and parcels of the same herbage & weare heretofore built upon & inclosed out of the same & now are in the severall or other tenures or occupations of the said ffrancis Bradshawe or of his under .enante ffarmers or assinges THE said Raphe Gee is contented & agreid & for him selfe his heires & assignes doth covonant & grant to & with the saind ffrancis Bradsshawe his heires & assinges by these presente that had the same ffrancis Bradshawe his heires & assignes shall & maie for ever have after peaceable & quyettly have possesse & eni(j)oy the same buildings closes & inclosed land without anie manore of lott claime or interruption of the said Raphe Gee his heires & assignes & the same Raphe Gee all and will in how (?) and recompence of such parte of the said buildings closes and inclosed lande as doth or might belonge unto him or them by force or vertue of theise presents bee contented to accepte of as much as the sasme doth or shall amount unto in & out of the res’due of the said herbage or ground called mainstonfield att chinleyes AND Fnallie it is at grirl (?) betweene the said  parties & the said Raphe Gee for him selfe his heires & assinges doth covenant & grant to & with the said Peter Bradshawe & ffrancis Bradshawe there heires & assignes by these presente … … the said Raphe Gee his heries & assignes shall & will well & trulie satisfy & pay or cause to bee paid or satisfyed the said yearely rent of three shillings formerly reserved in or by these presente … to the tner true intent & meaninge of these presente before mentiouned IN WITNESSE whereof the pties above said to these present indenture Interchangably

signed: peter Bradshawe        ffen: Bradshawe         

In 1630 Ralph Gee of Lydgate yeoman transferred one of the fields purchased from Francis Bradshaw to Thomas Cotterll of Kinder, yeoman.  Ralph was listed as the freeholder of Lydgate in 1633.    In 1636 George Bradshawe, Esquire of Eyam gave an 80 year leasehold to Ralph Gee of Lydgate, Yeoman for five acres of pasture called Mainstonefield in Chinley.  He paid an annual rent of 50 shillings and one Capon at Easter.

In 1633 a list of freeholders of desmense land, not villenage, in Derbyshire included: Radulphus Gee at Lidiate; Johannes Shalcrosse at Shalrose; Thomas Bagshawe at Ridge;

In 1641 the parishioners holding seats in St. Thomas a Beckett Church in Chapel in le Frith were Ralph Gee, who set behind the pulpit, and Ralph Gee, likely his son, who set with the remainder of the parishioners.   The marriage of Ralph Gee, of Lydgate, to Anne Hurdsfield of Glossop was performed in 1647.

Children of Ralph (Raphe) Gee

Ralph Gee, Sr. apparently was the father of Raphe, Thomas, Robert, and George.

Robert Gee of Chapel en le Frith and Chinley

Robert of Chapel en le Frith was the father of several children: Robert in 1646; Marie in 1649; Grace in 1650; and Raphe in 1652.  Evidently this Raphe died as he named another son Raphe in 1653.  Robert’s first wife was Ellen.  He and second wife Ann were the parents of George in 1655.  In 1653 Robert Gee is noted as a tenant in Chinley.  The hearth tax in 1662 assessed Robert Gee of Chinley for 1 hearth.

Robert Gee, the younger, of Chinley

It would seem that Robert, born in 1646 was the Robert Gee noted in Chapel en le Frith in 1664 for the birth of a daughter Mari Gee.  The 1691 Will of Robert Gee of Chinley, Yeoman written Feb. 10, 1691 filed 1691: notes wife Ann, son George, son Francis, daughters Saray Goddart and Grace Olliver:  Witnesses were Francis Ashton, Thomas Mault(?) Thomas Gee, the appraiser included Ralph Gee. It was proved at Chesterfield in April, 1691.

Raphe Gee, the younger, Yeoman of Kinder

Raphe, the younger was the father of a son Thomas Gee in 1644.  Evidently his first wife died as Ralph married Anne Hurdsfield in 1646 and their daughter Anne was soon born.  In 1669 Raphe Gee of Kinder was a trustee of a charity established by James Rollinson, Yeoman of Gibhey Ollerset in his will.  Ralph and his wife Ruth were the parents of Ann in 1679.

In 1680, Nathaniel Gee, son of Ralph Gee of Hayfield, Derby, plebend, Brasenose College, matriculated April 30, 1680.

The 1687 will of Ralph Gee of Chinley, Yeoman written Sep. 13, 1686, and filed in 1687 notes a daughter Anne Gee, and wife Ruth Gee. Members of the Lingard family, John, Nicholas, and Charles, were witnesses to the will of Ralph Gee. The appraisers were Robert Gee and Nicholas Lingard.  Ruth Gee was granted probate in April, 1687 and in September she married Francis Ashton at Essex Church.  John Lingard was a noted Quaker.   Ralph was the father of Nathaniel, Francis, Daniel, and possibly others.

The children of Ralph Gee of Kinder

The will of Ann Barnes of Stones House, Kinder, in the Parish of Glossop, filed in 1697, at Chesterfield gave to her grandchildren Ralph Andrew and John Hall a legacy of money and furniture, as well as stock and bee hives.  She noted Francis Gee son and heir of Ralph Gee of Kinder to whom she gave twenty shilligs and two ewes and lambs.  Francis Gee and her son-in-law, John Andrew, were executors.

The will of Daniel Gee, brother of Francis Gee, yeoman, was filed in 1708.  His will noted that he was of Shedyard, Clothier.  William Bennett of Heafield (Hayfield) farmer was noted.

The will of John Gee of Kinder, husbandman and brother of Francis Gee of Hayfield, yeoman was filed in 1716.  It noted William Booth of Glossop, yeoman, and Samuel Marriott of Glossop, yeoman.

The will of Francis Gee of Kinder was filed in September, 1724.  He noted his eldest son, Ralph Gee, who received his messuage and lands in Kinder.  He then noted and left bequests to younger children, under age 21, Daniel, Sarah, Ann, John and stated he had five children.

 Thomas Gee, Tailor

Thomas Gee of Chapel en le Frith was noted for the birth of Raphe in 1640 and Thomas in 1643.   In 1662 Thomas was taxed for 3 hearths at Great Hamlet.  He was taxed for 4 hearths in 1670.  He was a tailor of Lydgate and resided in Hayfield.  Thomas Gee and Ann Brodhead are noted in Chapel en le Frith for a daughter Mary in 1665; then Robert in 1666.  In August, 1666 Thomas Gee of Chapel-en-le-Frith married Jane Brearly of the same parish.

In September, 1661, Anne, daughter of Thomas Gee of Hayfield married John Lowe of Cockyard at Chapel en le Frith.  The 1668 will of Thomas Moult of Chynley Naze, Glossop, yeoman, gave a legacee to Thomas Gee and Anne Lowe, son and daughter of Thomas Gee the elder, tailor of Lydgate.

In 1729 Ralph Gee of Lidgate died after the fall from a horse.

Robert Gee of Chesterfield

Robert Gee married the widow, Joan Heathcott on March 1, 1625 at Chesterfield.  Robert of Chesterfield was noted in Chesterfield for the baptisms of three children:   Ann in August, 1625; Humphrey in February, 1628; and George in April, 1630.  Robert was noted as from Tapton.  His son Robert Gee was buried in March, 1633.  Robert Gee was buried in September, 1634.

John Gee of Chesterfield

In 1640, John Gee, likely an elder son of Robert, was noted for the birth of a son John.  It is this John Gee who is noted in Chesterfield for the birth of a son John Gee, on October 3, 1660, and a son Robert, on June 16, 1665.

Raphe Gee of Chesterfield was granted administration in 1752 of the will of his brother, Daniel Gee of Kinder.  This will noted Daniel’s nephews John Gee, son of his brother John, his brother Ralph, who was granted administration, and his siters Ann Frogat, Sarah Wood.

George Gee, of Chinley

In 1624 George Gee with others, including Thomas Kirke, witnessed to a deed to Raphe Gee.  George was noted in Chapel en le Frith for a daughter Anne in 1646.

Francis Gee of Roeside

Francis Gee, of Lydgate, married Dorothy Tunstid, of Stodhart, at Chapel en le Frith in July, 1646.  He acquired a farm at Roeside in 1650.  He was taxed for two hearths in 1662 hearth tax.  Francis Gee married Elizabeth Marchenton (Marchington) as his second wife.  He was taxed for 2 hearths in 1670.  Francis Gee, by will, dated in 1670, left to Elizabeth, his wife and her heirs, his land and home at Roeside in Chapel en le Frith parish.  The condition was they pay yearly in perpetuity 20 shillings to Thomas Gee, and two others, as a trust to be used for charity that was to be given on or before December 21st each year.  He died in 1679 with no living children. His widow, Elizabeth Gee married Edward Jaxson of Ashford parish of Bakewell in 1680.

James Clegg’s Diary Sep. 1721 notes the outbreak of smallpox: It broke out first in Kinder where two young men, sons to Francis Gee were carried off by them.  Shortly after, John Booth and his wife and one child died of that disease.  A little after… about 30 others in and about Heafield, most of the families that were afflicted with them were broken, meaning that there were no heirs left to carry on the family.

Thomas Gee, the younger of Lydgate

In May, 1666 Thomas Gee of Lydgate married Joan Kirke of Martinside.  Thomas and Jone were recorded in Chapel in le Frith as the parents of a daughter Ann in 1667; a son Raphe in 1669; a daughter Jane in 1674; and a son Henry in 1676.  In 1670, Thomas was taxed for 1 hearth.  In the same year he was noted as Thomas Gee, junior of Lydgate and a churchwarden of St. Thomas a’ Beckett as was Francis Gee of Roeside.    In 1696, Mary Dixon gave by her will to trustee, Henry Kirk, his son Arnolk Kirk, Thomas Gee and Thomas Mellor the farm called Horderon, later known as Upper Hordron or Lee Field, to pay 20x yearly to the poor of the parish and the remainder to go to a school to teach the children.

Henry Gee, 1587/8 Wirksworth

Wirksworth was a market-town, surrounded by steep hills, and was the center of leadmining from the time of the Romans.

Henry Gee was included in the muster in 1587/8 in Middleton & Crumforte with cor’.b.  A cor’b is a corslet and bill, which is an axe-blade of iron, sometimes hooked or curved, at the end of a long staff.  The muster for Wirksworth Hundred was trained in anticipation of the Spanish Invasion, 1587-1600.  In 1605 Henry Gee witnessed a deed at Wirksworth along with Edward Mellor of Wirksworth, and others.  A list of tithe payers in 1614 for Combes includes Henry Gee as well as Mr. Bagshawe for Ridge, Raphe Bagshawe, and William Bradshawe.  This is the Henry Gee who was noted at Wirksworth.   His wife, Elizabeth died in 1617.  Henry’s will was filed in 1619.

In 1619 Henry Gee of Allstone Lee, husbandman and Charles Kirke of Shireoaks, Yeoman, in consideration of the marriage between Anne Kirke, his daughter to Robert Bagshawe (alias Joydrell), nephew of Johan, the wife of Henry, made an unusual agreement.   In 1619, Charles Kirke paid Robert Bagshawe £60 and Henry Gee …shall not oly within the space ofone week after the said marriage take and receive into his house as children the said Robert and Anne, and maintain them with meate drink lodging and other necessaries fit for their clling so long as they can agree and like to live together in house with said Henry they doing the work and labour of the said Henry for his best profit to their uttermost endeavor.  But also in case they can not agree and live together in house with said Henry… then after giving notice, six months later, Henry would give up the lease of half of his farm to Robert Bagshawe and Anne Kirke.  Henry retained the right to the other half of his farm, as well as his bedding, household stuff, husbandry ware, and all his goods.  He also agreed not to marry any other wife without first giving security for all sums he owed to Robert, as well as obtaining Robert’s consent.  Charles Kirke also agreed to make Anne and her sisters the co-heirs to the farm at Shireoaks if their brother Charles died without issue.  Charles also agreed to give Anne clothing and bedding suitable to her calling.  In 1626 it is noted that Henry was still in possession of his portion of the farm, which was a lease from Thomas Bagshawe of Rydeg, Esquire and his wife Elizabeth and son Edward to Roboert Joydrell alias Bagshawe of Austonlee, yeoman, in the occupation of Henry Gee.

Wirksworth Records

January, 1617 Elizabeth, wife of Henry Gee was buried

May, 1617 Henrye Gee married Ann Gratton

March, 1619 Henry Gee, of Alstone Lee was buried

May, 1619 Anne Gee married Thomas Hall

1642 Mary Gee, daughter of Samwell “Clarke” was born

1619 Henry Gee, yeoman of Middleton, will filed at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury

 In the parish church of Wirksworth, it is recorded a memorial to Henry Gee, was erected in 1619. Mr. Henry Gee, in 1619, gave 5£. per annum to the head master of the grammar school and 5£. per annum to the alms-house in Wirksworth which was a 10 £. rent charge from lands at Bolehill.  Bolehill was north of Wirksworth.

Henry Gee, the younger, Wirksworth

Henry Gee married An Gratton on May 21, 1617.  It would seem he was the son of Henry who died in 1619.  His sister is likely the Ann Gee who married Thomas Hall in May, 1619.

In 1645 Henry was listed as a late copyholder in Wirksworth Manor.  Noted in A Survey of the Soake and Manor of Wirksworth, 1649 Additional Records: Henry Gee in Wirksworth Manor Late Copyholder, rent 2s.6d.  It is likely this is a son of the Henry noted in 1619.  There is no will.

In possession of Mr. John Smith of Wirksworth is the following Acrostic, engraved in lead, about 8 or 9 inches square. [Original all in capitals] Copy’d & ex’d this 27 July 1827, with the original tablet by T.N. Ince.

IN MEMORIAM HENRICI GEE

H  HE WHOSE GOOD GUIFTS & CHARITABLE WILL

E  ENRICHT THE POORE LET HIM BE THOUGHT ON STILL

N  NEW BENEFACTORS NOW TOO FEW WEE SEE,

R  REMEMBER THEN THE OLD OLD HENRY GEE,

I  IN THAT HE ADDED TO THE SCHOOLE & POORE.

E  ECH YEARE TEN POUND FOREVER TO ENDURE.

G  GEVE DUE REMEMBRANCE FOR HIS KIND ADDICON

E  ELS TWERE INGRATITUDE AND FOULE OMISSION:

E  ENROLD HIS WILL ITH ARCHES MAY BE SEEN

PROUD ANNO SIXTEENE HUNDRETH & XIX

+  WHICH HERE AS HE DESIRD DECLARD YE SEE,

LEST IT IN FUTURE SHOULD FORGOTEN BE.

Wills for Derbyshire

1658 Will of William Gee, Ketton, Derbyshire filed in PCC 1659

1691 Will of John Botham of Cloughend, bachelor leaves a bequest to John Gee who is also a debtor to the estate.

1694 Will Icenah Hadfield of Overcliffe, Glossop, Spinster notes George and Thomas Gee and John Hadfield

1697 Will of Ann Barnes, of Stones House Kinder, Glossop notes Francis Gee son and heir of Ralph Gee of Kinder.  Francies was also an executor.

1700 Will of John Stafford of Glossop witnessed by John Gee.

1708 Will of Daniel Gee of Shedyard, Clothier notes Francis Gee of Kinder, Derby Yeoman.

1716 Will of John Gee of Kinder, Husbandman notes his brother Francis Gee of Hayfield, Derby, Yeoman, William Booth of Glossop, yeoman, and Samuel Marriott of Glossop, yeoman.

1716 Will of Maria Marriott, Glossop, was signed by Francis Gee and Will Booth

1721 Will of John Booth of Kinder, Glossop notes his uncle Francis Gee.

1724 Will of Francis Gee of Kinder, Yeoman notes eldest son Ralph, son John, Kinsman Francis Gee of Chinley, sisters Sarah and Ann Gee and brothers John and Daniel Gee.

1774 Will of Edward Botham notes nephew Thomas Gee of Stockport and nephew Joseph Gee of Hattersley, nephew Johathan Gee of Ludworth.

Derbyshire Parish Registers: Chapel en le Frith begins in 1621 and continues into the 19th century.  The year 1647-48 was kept by Robert Gee, Vicar.  Early wills were filed in Lichfield.

Early records

  All Saints, Glossop, of Glossop Parish

Grace Gee to Robert Booree 1654

Graitia Gee to Richard Oliver 1681

Sarah Gee to Nicholas Goddard 1683

Ruth Gee to Francis Aston 1687

Francis Gee to Margaret Booth 1697

Elizabeth Gee to James Ridgeway 1700

Francis Gee to Elizabeth Barnes 1700

George Gee to Dianan Swindels 1705

St. Mathews, Hayfield

Thomas Gee to Jane Brierley 1666

St. Thomas a’Beckett, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Francis Gee of Lydgate to Dorothy Tunstid 1646

Ralph Gee of Lydgate to Anne Hurdsfield of Glossop, 1646

Anne Gee, daughter of Thomas Gee, Hayfield to John Lowe 1661

Thomas Gee of Lydgate to Joan Kirke of Martinside 1666

Thomas Gee, Chapel-en-le-Frith to Jame Brearley, 1666

Francis Gee, Chapel-en-le-Frith to Elizabeth Marchington 1674

Ashbourne

In 1547, Agnes Gee married Robert Fletcher at Saint Oswald.  Saint Oswald also notes the christenings of Alice Gee and of Isabel Gee in 1561.

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4 thoughts on “~ Derbyshire

  1. Chris potter says:

    Did the gees migrate to aston on trent

  2. Brenda Finley says:

    I’m researching the Gee family for a friend of mine & they tap into your family through francis who came over & settled at Cut Knife. You have some very interesting info. Thanks for letting me see it. If you could send me your email I’m sure my friend would like to stay in touch with you.
    Sincerely,
    Brenda Finley

  3. geesnmore says:

    Visit Angela’s site on wordpress at http://geesofderbyshire.wordpress.com
    for more on this branch. It is a wonderful resource, beautifully presented.
    Kathryn

  4. Angela Ludwig says:

    Good Monring; I am a direct descendant of the aforementioned Gees and I have done a small book on them (unpublished) as I am still researching this family. i can shed some light on some of your entries, is you would like. For instance, Francis Gee of Rosedise, who married Elizabeth Marchington, died leaviing no issue. His wife, Elizabeth Gee then married Jackson and roside passed into his hands.
    Any informaiotn that you have, over and above that which is posted, would be great.

    I currently reside in Calogary, Alberta, Canada. I inherited an old set of diaries 25 years ago, and in this diary, is a story of the Gees.

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