~ Greater London and Middlesex

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The earliest records indicate Gees resided in several parishes throughout the decades.  There is a clear movement from the ancient walled city to the suburbs of Westminster.  In addition, there do not seem to have been a great number of households during any one decade.  Members from the Lancashire/Cheshire families were among the London residents.

February 17, 1483/84 Richard III: In the records of London: The Salters Company Archives; A Grant By Thomas Egliston Citizen and stationer and Henry Assheborne Citizen to Robert Laugton stationer and William Gee draper Citizens of the Swan on the hoop, Robert Billesdon then mayor, Thomas Northland and William Martyn then sheriffs, John Broun, Alderman of that ward
Witnesses: Thomas Pernell, Thomas Aldynton, Richard Triplond, John Wademantion, John Cossalt, John Edward, William Edgewoodyne, W Clyfford

Feoffment: February 20, 1483/84 Richard III: in the Salters’ Company Archive; Robert Langton stationer and William Gee draper to Thomas Egliston, Citizen and stationer and Agnes his wife, Henry assheborn Citizen, Thomas Butfelde gent. and John Wolston Citizen and butcher of the Swan on the Hoop Robert Billesdon then mayor, Thomas Northlond and William Martyn then sheriffs, John Broun then alderman of that ward. Witnesses Thomas Pernell, Thomas Aldyrton, Richard Triplond, John Wademanton, John Cossall, John Edward William Edgewardyne.

‘Wills relating to Grey Friars, London: 1483-1512

1485. William Gee. To be buried in the Conventual Church of the Friars Minors, “coram ymagine beate Marie Virginis in nave eiusdem ecclesie.”  Will dated 27 September, 1485 and proved 3 November, 1485. (17 Logge.)  This is at the same time as the letter from Henry Tudor (VII) regarding the trial of William Gee and Alexander Preest in Warwickshire.

At Grey Friars in the 3rd bay of the north aisle a little east of the southwest corner lay William Gee, (Willelmus Gee), who was buried in 1485.  Gee was buried “coram imagine beate Marie” the position of this Image of the Virgin Mary may possibly have been on the east side of the 3rd column

In May, 1556, Thomas Gee was on of the ninety-four members who signed the charter of the Company of Stationers.  It is likely that he also was the Thomas Gee who appraised the inventory of Robert Booth, son of Thomas Booth, of Cheshire who was also a stationer.  His family appears to be documented in the registry of St. Botolph, Bishopsgate which begins in 1558.

Noted in the London Subsidy Roll of 1582 were:

Richard 3 pounds Parish: Saint Anne and Agness

Thomas 20 pounds Parish: St Martin within Ludgate

1638 Inhabitants of London: Rent Roll

Daniel Gee 4 £ St. John Zacharie’s

Noted in 1648 is Thomas Gee, haberdasher of London.

Thomas Gee and John Gee, Merchants in London

In the Records at London: Court of Exchequer:

1628 Thomas Gee imported 800 pounds and 140 pounds of tobacco aboard the Hopewell.

1634 Thomas Gee, merchant of London, paid ₤10 for a license to sell tobacco.

April 29, 1634

John Mapperley c. Thomas Gee.

Claim the ownership of tobacco seized by John Mapperley because it was landed at night.  But it was agreed by the Attorney General that the Bill of Information should be tried in court.  Mapperley ordered to exhibit it.

May 12, 1634

Mapperley seized tobacco consigned to Mr. Gee, a merchant in London, which came from the Ann, Mitchell, master.  The interrogatories indicate that the tobacco was seized before it was landed.  Thomas Partridge state he carried a barrel of tobacco from Faversham Creek to London.  Alexander Colwell stated that Mapperley seized the tobacco from his boat.  James Markes stated he delivered tobacco to Coweel from a vessel of Thomas Mitchell.  Alexander Rye state Mapperley seized the tobacco consigned to Mr. Gee, a merchant in London, which came from the Ann Mitchell, master.  Thomas Mitchell stated the tobacco was brought into Faversham from beyond the sea in the Ann.  None of the tobacco was actually landed before it was seized.

June12, 1634

Trial was postponed for a term because the witnesses were at sea.  In the meantime the Attorney General agreed that the goods should be delivered to Gee on some security.  But now Mapperley declares he cannot get his witnesses to testify and asks for another postponement.  Court declares that if the trial is postponed again the goods should be delivered on good security.

1643 and 1645: records of the East India Company,  William Gee

Built in 1643, 650 tons, 120 crew. Voyages: (1) 1643/4 Bantam. Master Thomas Gee. Downs Jun 1644-. (2) 1645/6 Bantam. Master Thomas Gee. Downs Apr 1646 – 27 Aug Bantam Jan 1747. (3) 1649/50 Bantam. Capt William Minors.

The population of London tripled between 1660 and 1665.  In 1665 the Great Plague struck, reducing the population by nearly 100,000 from Westminster to the Tower.  The following year was the Great Fire of London, destroying much of the walled city of London, and many church records.  St. Botolph without Aldgate was destroyed in the 1666 fire.  It was not rebuilt until 1741 St. Martin Vintry was also destroyed by the fire,  and in 1670 it united with All Hallows the Less, which was also destroyed, to become in 1670,  All Hallows the Great.  St. Martin Orgar was destroyed in the fire as was St. Clement Eastcheap.  They were united in 1670.

Christmas 1666 to Christmas 1667: Exchequer King’s Remembrancer. Port Books, entries made from ships anchored in the Downs before going through to London.

Inwards, from Virginia with tobacco:

December 17, 1666 Thomas, Captain Gee, inward from Virginia with tobacco.  (Note: The Thomas sailed to Virginia in 1635 Henry Taverner, Master.)

Port Books; Port of London; English merchant’s imports to London; record made by the Controller of Tunnage and Poundage.

Noted in 1671 in the Diligence, John Barton, for Virginia: Thomas Gee, indenture, 30 pound woolen cloth, cum aliis; dated 13 Sept.

Noted in 1672, 13 September in Benjamin Eaton from Virginia, 56 lbs. Tobacco, Thomas Gee

Noted in 1672 in the Diligence, John Barton, for Virginia:

Thomas Gee, 1 chest qt. 20 yrds cotton, 1 small saddle, 1 ½ cwt iron, 10 lbs. Shoes, 14 lbs. Wrought pewter, 2 dozen men’s woollen hose,

Noted in 1677: John Gee, merchant, Ship’s Master is Jn. Warner for importing 8,000 lbs tobacco

Noted in 1678: Thomas Gee merchant, Ship’s Master is Robert Ranson for 600 lbs tobacco.

1695 London Gee, Gea Inhabitants within the Walls,

(meaning these households lived within the old walled City of London.)

Ann Gee, St Alban, Wood Street

Edward Gee, St Anne, Blackfriars

Edward Gee, bachelor, St Michael, Cornhill

Edward Gee, bachelor, Doctor of Divinity, St Mary, Aldermanbury  ( son of George Gee, shoemaker of Manchester)

Elizabeth Gee, servant, St Dunstan in the East

Ephraim Gee; Elizabeth, wife, St Michael, Crooked Lane

James Gee, St Martin, Vintry

Joshua Gee, personal estate of £600 or more; Sarah, wife, St Matthew, Friday Street

Moses Gee; Joice, wife; Moses, son; Eliz, daughter; Joice, daughter, St Martin, Vintry

Samuel Gee, Gentleman; Elizabeth, wife; John, son; Sarah, daughter, St Mary, Aldermanbury

Mr. Steven Gee, Coleman Street

William Gee; Ann, wife; Hellen, daughter; John, son, St Anne, Blackfriars

William Gee, servant, St Christopher le Stocks, St Katharine Cree

The Gee families of St. Martin’s in the Field, Middlesex, are noted in 1718 as the previous owners of estates in Somerset known as Wick and Stoford, in the manor of Wick Fitzpaine.


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