~ ~ A Legacy of Clerics

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Ralphe Gee, of Manchester son of John Gee d. 1559

Ralphe (Raphe) Gee was the son of John Gee of Manchester who died in 1559.  He was appointed skevinger for bothe Marketstidds in 1587.

At Manchester is this interesting item: Mr. George Clark, a well-to-do haberdasher in Manchester married Alice, daughter of Ralph Gee (died 1598).  This marriage linked Clark to the Mosleys, Chethams, Pendletons, Worsleys, Tippings and Marlers of Manchester.  These were the leading families of Manchester and they were engaged in merchandise and commerce.

In January, 1580 at Manchester is the birth of George base born son of George Clarke.  Then in May, 1581 George Clark married Isabella Worsley.  Alice Clarke, in her will of December 21, 1637, gave a legacy of ₤20 to Edward Gee, son of George Gee, her brother who was described as my cousin Edward Gee, clerk, M. A., son of my brother, George Gee, clerk, deceased.  He also had a son Christian, who took a legacy of ₤10.  George Gee was noted in a document as of Leigh.

Manchester Parish Register Entries for Rauffe (Raphe)

1573 Dec. 17 a son, Rauffe was born.

Rauffe died May 20, 1574

1575 April 16 a son, George was born

1576, July 11 a daughter Elline died.

1598 Rauffe of Manchester, householder, died

1602 Jone widow of Raphe, slater, died

In 1598 the will of  Isabel Typpinge of Manchester, widow left 10 shillings unto my neighbor Joane Gee and my best hat, and unto my servant Alyce Gee five poundes…. It notes son-in-law Oswald Moseley, draper and daughter Cycely Mosely.

Ralph Gee of Manchester (d.1598) was the father of these children:

Elizabeth wife of Charles Worsley (1586);

Alice wife of George Clarke

Ralph b. 1573 d. 1574

Edward, d. 1618 Minister of Tedbourne, Dunsford, Devonshire

John d. 1631, Incumbent of Dunsford in Devon (Dictionary of National Biography)

George, Minister, d 1635.

Elizabeth Gee, daughter of Ralph Gee of Manchester

Elizabeth Gee married Charles Worsley son of Nicholas Worsley.  Charles Worsley, yeoman, was a linen draper and prosperous businessman.  Charles bought land in Rusholme in 1614 from Oswald Mosley of Manchester, Gentleman for ₤280, known byt the several names as the Wheatfield, the Croft, the Breadie Buttes (or landes) the Banke, the Hobearthe, the Withens, the Ouldearthe, the Barnelanton and the fourth part of the Houlgate Meadow, the Acre, the Half-acre, and the Seaven Falls.  The acreage is not given in the deed.  Charles died in 1641 leaving his son and heir, Raph Worsley, Edward Worsley his second son, of Withington, Cicely who married John Brownsword of Manchester, and Alice who married Thomas Bolton, Salford yeoman.

Ralph Worsley was born in 1592.  He married Isabel, the daughter and heiress of Edward Massy, Gentleman of Manchester who was first married in 1617 to Alexander Ford of Swyndley Woodhouses, in Wigan.  They were married in January, 1620.  Their children were: Charles Worsley, the eldest; Edward Worsley the rector of Runton and Letheringsett in Norfolk;  and George Worsley of Blakestake in Manchester Parish.  Elizabeth died and Worsley married as his second wife in 1629, Elizabeth, the widow of John Booth of Manchester and daughter of George Walker of Ashton-under-Lyne. John Booth was also a draper and severa weavers who lived in the villages of Morton, Newton and Blackley were in his debt for yarn supplied to them to weave cloth.  John and Elizabeth Booth were the parents of Mary Booth who married her step-brother Charles Worsley.  Elizabeth and Ralph Worsley were the parents of: Raph Worsley of Pembroke College, Oxfod and parson of Macclesfield, who became vicar of Egmanton in 1668; Elizabeth Worsley who married Reverend Joseph Ottiwell, parson of Aston.  Ralph’s third wife was Martha, daughter of George Siddall, Gentleman of Milkwalleslade.

Ralph Worsley took over the family business upon his father’s death and had extensive dealings with weavers who lived in the hamlets surrounding Manchester.  He provided the yarn to be woven into cloth and then sold the cloth in his shop in Manchester.  In 1625 he purchased the Platt estate, expanding the Rusholme lands purchased by his father.  Among his effects, including his will and the inventory of his estate, is a diary.  These are itemized in Remains Historical & Literary connected with the Palatine Counties by Lancaster and Chester Vol. XLVII. In reviewing the diary a few interesting items are as follows:

July 16, 1648 Ther fell soe much raine in Manchester in tow houres tyme that in the henging dich (Hanging Ditch) it was more then tow yards and an half ddepe, and in other partes of the towne the streetes weare very deepe wth water, many sellers cleane filled up sth water, to the great wonder and astonishment of the behoulders herof.

July 12, 1649 Sould to Nicholas Barton 7lb3oz of whit Irish yorne (yarn)….

July 19, 1650 Fryday.  At Chetam Hill was the first muster of L’tenn. Coll. Charles Worsleys souldiers.  The second in the same place August 2, 1650.

September 3 1650 The battell at Dunbar in Scotland was fought.

November 2, 1650 … I agreed with John Burdsel of the Milgate …to cary my armes during the serviss;

December 1, 1650 The battell of Hamleton in Scotland was fought.

October 11, 1652 I Raphe Worsley, did set forward to ride towards London, and the 5th day of November then next following I came to my owne house.

June 2, 1653 Thursday.  The great sea feight betweene the Inglish and the Hollanders began, and continued 3 or 4 days….

In 1615 George Gee of Leigh, Clerk, and Edward Worsley of Manchester, Chapman, conveyed to Thomas Boulton of Salford, yeoman, in consideration for the marriage with Alice Worsely, …all that the barn with the appurtenances, situate(d) in or near adjoining to a certain street or lane is Salford called the Gravel Hole, together with the garden, croft, or parcel of land at the back of the said barn, and all the closes and parcels of land with their appurtenances, lying in Salford aforesaid, called by the several names of the Wheat-croft, the New Intack, the Hanging Meadow, the Hall Coff, the Dole, or parcel of land lying at the back of now dwelling-house of Anne Bradswaw, widow, and the Dole or parcel of land lying at the back of the now dwelling-house of George Ouldam.

George Gee, Cleric at Newton, Lancashire d. 1635,

son of Ralph Gee of Manchester

Newton Heath, meaning New Town on the Heath, is bordered by rivers and streams on all sides.  French Huguenots settled in the area in the mid 16th century.  They brought with them French skills in weaving and bleaching cotton and linen.  It is noted in the records that at Newton, Parish of Manchester, a chapel was built on the heath as early as 1563, and as late as 1610 the curates were paid by donation.  It was not until 1650 that the chapel was made a parish church.  The curate in 1617 was George Gee.  The chapel is now All Saints Church.  In 1623 a deed from Peter Harrison of Warrington, grocer, to George Gee of Newton in Manchester, clerk is noted. In 1636 the will of George Gee of Newton was filed at Chester Ecclesiastical Court.

In 1641-1642, in the Protestation, Robert Gee is the only Gee listed in Newton Township.

Records of George Gee

Records at Banbury, Oxfordshire

1602 George married Susanna Gyll

1606 a son John

1608 a dau Susanna

Manchester Cathedral

1617 Enoch

Edward Gee, Puritan, Rector of Eccleston Near Chorley,

Eccles Parish, Lancashire (d.1660)

George was the father of Edward Gee of Eccleston, Lancashire, Puritan Cleric, confirmed by Parliament as the rector of Eccleston Parish in 1644, at St Mary the Virgin in Eccleston.  Edward Gee, was educated at Brasenose College, Oxford (M.A. 1636), and was ‘minister of Eccleston’ as early as 1640.  Lord Saye, in right of Richard Lathom, a minor, presented him to the rectory in or about 1643. Lord Saye allowed the people a choice regarding his acceptance, and Gee was agreed to.  Edward is listed in the Protestation 1641-42 as Edward Gee, minister, Eccleston Township, Eccleston Parish.  He is the only Gee listed.

He took a leading part among the Presbyterians of the county and signed the ‘Harmonious Consent’ of 1648 (Protestation), as ‘minister of the Gospel at Eccleston.’  In 1644 he was listed on the committee of ordination created by Parliament which allowed any seven together to ordain Ministers pro tempere.   In 1650 he was commended as ‘an orthodox and godly minister.’  He wrote a Treatise of Prayer and the Divine Right of Civil Magistrates. In 1656, Cromwell had him sent to the tower when jealousies over power rose between the Presbyterians and the Independents. His stay was short-lived, if at all, as he soon can be noted as the scribe for the Manchester Presbytery.   He died in 1660, and was buried at Eccleston on 29 May.  The will of Edward of Eccleston was filed at the Ecclesiastical Court at Chester in 1661.  He was replaced by Thomas Mallory.

The records for Eccles by Chorley show the family of Edward Gee, cleric, and his wife Elizabeth Raymond.  The deaths of some of these children were recorded in a separate register.  Edward was clearly serving here prior to be elected as Rector.

Eccles by Chorley (Extracted IGI)

Edward Gee m. Elizabeth Raymond 1640

1641 a dau Elizabeth

1644 a dau Mercie

1646 a dau Prisilla

1647 8/18 a son Philadelphus

1647 8/18 a son Theophilus

1649 a son Edward

1650 a dau Susanna

1652 a son Edward

1656 a dau Martha

28 Jun 1649 Edward Gee buried– a son of Edward Gee of Eccleston

29 May 1660 Edward Gee buried – Rector

9 Nov 1660 Theophilus Gee buried – a son of Edward Gee

17 Nov 1660 Presilla Gee buried – daughter of Edward Gee

19 Nov 1660 Martha Gee buried – daughter of Edward Gee

Edward Gee and John Gee of Devonshire,

sons of Ralph Gee of Manchester

Devonshire lies between the Bristol Channel and the English Channel.  In the 16th and 17th century fishing, wool and cloth production were the primary industries.  The southern spur that lies between Plymouth and Dartmouth is known as the South Hams.  It is an area where there is pasturage for sheep, but at the beginning of the 17th century, the southwest toe of England, particularly Devonshire and Dorset, was the center of the migratory fishing industry centered off Newfoundland.  Towards Exeter there is timber and pasture.  Exeter has long been an ecclesiastical center.  Mining has also long been an industry for this region.

There are two Parishes of greatest interest, Exeter and Dunsford.  It is here that two ministers from the Manchester family of Ralphe Gee were assigned, John Gee, who is first seen at Newton Ferrer, and left for Sussex by 1622, returning to Dunsford Parish where he died.  His brother Edward Gee arrived at Tedbourne, Exeter Parish by 1616, after an extensive career that included London.  The key to these two seems to lie in Sussex and Middlesex.

Edward Gee, of Tedbourne,

Chaplain to King James I, died 1618

It is noted in the records of Tedbourne, Parish of Dunsford, at St. Mary’s, Devonshire there is a memorial to Edward Gee, rector who died in 1618 and published a popular manual of devotion Steps to Ascension of God.  Edward Gee (b.1565 d. 1618), was a fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford, 1588; M. A. 1590; D.D, 1616; Chaplain to James I and fellow of Chelsea College; Preacher of Exeter, 1616.  It must be noted that James I was an ecclesiastical scholar who undertook the writing of the King James Bible with Lawrence Chadderton as the translator.  Chadderton was born in 1536 in Oldham near Manchester.  Edward Gee resided in London at the time he served King James.  Also serving King James was Sir William Gee of Bishop Burton, Yorkshire, as Secretary.

St. Mary, Tedbourne, Devonshire Records at Banbury, Oxfordshire

Edward

1605 a dau Millisent

1608 a son John

1610 a dau Jane

1612 a dau Alice

John

1612 a son Edward

John Gee, Dunsford Clerk, (d. 1631)

It is noted that William Garnett, vicar of the parish of Dunsford sued Nicholas Colridge alias Smallridge over the sequestration of the tithes of the vicarage of Dunsford, Devon during the widowhood of Sarah, plantiff’s wife, formerly the wife of John Gee, late vicar.

Dunsford in Devonshire is in the Teign Valley.  St. Marys Church was built about 1430, but the location had been used for a church since 1260 or earlier.  Fulford House is the manor founded by the family of William de Fulford of the 12th century.

John, Puritan Clerk (b. 1596 or 1606 d. 1639)

John Gee (b. 1596 d. 1639) was probably a Devonshire man by birth, and grandson of Ralph Gee of Manchester (died 1598).  His M. A., Exeter College, Oxford, 1621; benefice at Newton, 1622; afterwards at Tenderden, Kent.  John was brought up a Protestant, and practitioner of the Anglican faith.  He then reconciled to the Roman Church, but reverted back to Protestantism as an ardent Puritan.  He wrote his experiences in the anti-Catholic The Foot out of the Snare (1624), and died as Vicar of Tenderden in 1639.   In a will Orlando Gee is clearly identified as the younger brother of John Gee, Vicar of Tenderden.  Orlando lived in London, and his story is told in London Gees below.  A notation sighting as its source the Dictionary of National Biography state his father was John Gee, incumbent of Dunsford.

John was serving at Newton at the same period that his uncle, George Gee was there.  Noted in the records of the Consistatory Court, Cheshire, is a suit brought against John Gee, MA, curate of Newton chapel, charging irregularities of divine service, and requesting excommunication.

It is noted in the will of Ann Siderfin, of Lambreth: dated 1686, and proved in 1706: aunt Gee and her two sons John and Orlando Gee. Orlando was the son of Reverend John Gee, incumbent Dunsford in Devon, and younger brother of Reverend John Gee, M.A., who was first an Anglican divine, then a Catholic, and finally a Protestant of the Puritan Sect.

Sir Orland Gee, grandson of Ralph Gee of Manchester,

of Syon Park (1619 – 1705)

orlandogee

London Records are filled with notations regarding Sir Orlando Gee, grandson of Ralph Gee of Manchester (d. 1598) and younger brother of Cleric John Gee (b.1596 d. 1639) of Devonshire.  He was a Member of Parliament, Register of Court of Admiralty, 1660.  He is noted in Le Neve’s Knights as Sir Orlando Gee, Middlesex, of Saint Martins in ye fields, knighted at Windsor August 18, 1682.

Sir Orlando Gee served as the chief agent for the tenth and eleventh Earls of Northumberland, the Dowager Countess and the Duchess of Somerset.  Orlando became one of the agents to Algernon, Earl of Northumberland, and eventually became his principal factor (financier).  Through the influence of the Earl, James, Duke of York, appointed him to be Registrar of the Court of Admiralty, for the term of his life.  He won the favor of the Duke of Somerset because of his help in opposing the claims of James Percy.  In 1682 he received a knighthood.  He married first Elizabeth, daughter of William Maxey, secondly by license to Elizabeth Barker in 1662; and finally Anne, daughter of Robert Chilcot of Isleworth.  He died in his house in Isleworth and is buried in All Saints Church in Isleworth where a monument by Sir Christopher Wren describes his virtues.  Upon the death of the other registrar, Hugh Potter, Orlando’s public notary, Richard Crawley, was appointed by William III as Registrar of the Court of Admiralty.

East Grinstead; Parentage not given

1566 Thomas

1568 John

1579  John

John Gee and Anne

1607 Henry

1618 John

1625 Thomas

Petworth:

1603 William Gee m. Elizabeth Roger

Petworth:

1622 Orlando born, Parentage not given

St. Andrew, Holborn, London

John and Elizabeth

1675 a son Orlando Gee

1676 a dau Janea son John

Thomas

1674 a dau Jane

1674 a dau Mary

Orlando had two sons, John, of Middle Temple, Esq. and Zachariah of Felstead, Essex.  It is noted on a declaration of trust dated 1671 by John Gee of Middle Temple, London, esquire, and Zachariah Gee of Felstead, Essex, gentleman that Orlando Gee was from Petworth, Sussex.  In 1700, John Gee, of Middle Temple, is noted as heir to Orlando Gee.  He most certainly was also the father of Thomas Gee, Gentleman of Isleworth, who signed a bond in 1687 regarding the Manor or Isleworth, Syon.  In the will of Ann Siderfin, of Lambreth: dated 1686, and proved in 1706: the reference is made to aunt Gee and her two sons John and Orlando Gee. Orlando was the son of Reverend John Gee, incumbent Dunsford in Devon, and younger brother of Reverend John Gee, M.A., who was first an Anglican divine, then a Catholic, and finally a Protestant of the Puritan Sect.

Below his memorial is written:

To the memory of St Orlando Gee, Knight, son of Mr. John Gee, vicar of Dunsford in Devonshire. The truely noble ‘ j aged 86.’

Algernon Earle of Northumberland employed him many years in ye management of his weightyest affaires, and for his fidelity equal to the greatness of his trusts (after the Restoration in 1660) commended him to the office of Register of the Court of Admiralty, which he enjoyed five and forty years. He continued serviceable in no less trusts to his patron’s son the right honorable Joceline earle of Northumberland, and to his daughter y« most noble Elizabeth dutehess of Somerset. He was twice mar- ryed, first to Elizabeth y« daughter of S’ “William Maxey, of Essex, Kn». after to Ann ye daughter of Robert Chilcot, of this parish, Esqr. His frequent charityes dureing the whole course of his life prevented him not from bequeathing considerable sumes to charitable uses at his death. He likewise gave five hundred pounds towards the rebuilding this church. Borne 1619 Dyed 1705

Arms. 1. Gu. a sword in bend Ar., hilted Or. 2. The same, impaling, Gu. a fess between three talbot’s heads erased Ar. Maxey. 3. The same, impaling, Or, on a pile Gu. three garbs of the First, in base two lions rampant of the Second, Chilcott.

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5 thoughts on “~ ~ A Legacy of Clerics

  1. David Gee says:

    Dear Clark,

    My DNA results have identified links (one confident and the other moderate) to two Gee descendants (distant cousins?) whose common ancestor, Charles Gee, was from Stretford, Lancashire before moving to Virginia, USA.

    This presents the possibility of me being related to the Lancashire Gee line which includes Sir Orlando Gee of Isleworth who shares the same family arms to Thomas Jenkin Gee of Aldenham and Isleworth and Charles Gee from Stretford.

    Charles Gee of Stretford b1660 who married Hannah Drury appears in a number of family trees but the record of Charles’ ancestors seems to vary between the trees?

    Best wishes from London.

    David Gee

  2. geesnmore says:

    David and Clark
    I am going to be revising the Gee in England entries this summer… but I don’t want you to be misled by what is currently posted so I am posting here Sir Orlando’s will which clearly states the relationship to John and Zachary.
    Hope this helps in your research…. check by mid July for new information.
    WILL OF ORLANDO GEE 1705
    In the name of God Amen I Sir Orlando Gee of the parish of Isleworth at Thistleworth in the county of Middlesex Knight being at this time sick in body but of sound and perfect mind memory and understanding so this first and twentieth day of May in the year of our Lord Christ One thousand seven hundred and five make and ordain this my last will and Testament in mannor and form following that is to say first I consign my Soul into the eternall and incomprehensible design of all things My body to be privately and decently buryed in the Church or Chancell of Isleworth aforesaid as near as conveniently may be to my late deceased Wife according to the discretions of my three Executors hereafter named without any fffunerall pomp And I do hereby revoke all former wills by me at any time made and do make and declare this to be my last will and Testament in mannor as following and I do make and constitute my worthy friend William Longw..ill of the Inner Temple London Esq. my Nephew Mr. Zachary Gee of London, Merchant third son of my Nephew John Gee Esq. deceased and my Servant John Johnson of Isleworth aforesaid Gentlemen Executors and Trustees of this my Last Will and Testament And I do hereby give and devise unto my said Nephew Mr. Zachary Gee his Executors and Administrators my Lands and seisine on Syon-L… where I now reside commonly called Syon Park ffarm with all the Lands Rents and appurtenances thereunto belonging for the whole term I have to come therein from the Duke and Dutchess of Somersett he and they paying the ordinary Rent therefore to their Grants as I have always paid Amd I devise unto my Servant John Johnson for and in consideration of his good and faithfull Service All that ffarme over against my said dwelling house late in the occupation of John Pope and formerly called Pope’s ffarme and my Lease to Jonathan Burt of part thereof which I give unto the said John Johnson his Executors and Administrators during the whole term I have therein from the said Duke and Dutchess of Somersett and they paing therein the same Rent unto their said Graces which I have always paid And whereas I stand seized of a Copyhold Lease of Inheritance with the appurtenances to the same belonging which I bought of the late Duke of Buckingham and which stands next adjoining to the said ffarme called Popes ffarme. I give and devise the same unto the said John Johnson and Elizabeth his wife for and during their naturall lives and after this … of the Survivor of them. I give the same unto my Godson Orlando Johnson and to his heirs and Assignes forever And whereas I stand seized of a ffarme in Northumberland called Newborn hall ffarme and in Dewly ffarme and Corn Mill with their appurtenances which I hold from the said Duke and dutchess of somersett and wherein I have an Estate for one and twenty-years to come after my decease I give and devise the same unto the said Mr. Zachary Gee, his Executors and Administrators he and they paying thereout unto the said Duke and Dutchess of Somersett the Annual Rent of fforty pounds which I have hitherto paid. And whereas I have some years to come in a Lease of Purdhoe Castle in the said county of Northumberland with the honours Lands and appurtenances thereunto belonging I give and devise the same and all my Estate therein unto the said Zachary Gee his Executors and Administrators for and during al the term therein yet to come he and they paying the rent to their said Graces the usual and ordinary Rent of one hundred pounds per Annum which I always paid And whereas I am possessed of a Lease of the parsonage of Matching in the County of Essex held from the hospital of Felstead in the said County. I give and devise the remainder of the term which I have to come in my said Lease unto my said Servant John Johnson his Executors and Administrators he and they paying the ordinary Rent to the said hospital of Felstead and to the vicar of Matching which I have always paid for the same And whereas I am now fully possessed and inffeoffed of and in a Lease or Leases for several years yet to come and …of four severall messuages or Tentaments situate and being in Newport Markett near London Now I do hereby devise the same and all my Interest and term therein unto my said Servant John Johnson in trust for the paying the rent twenty pounds a year by half yearly payments to Mrs Mary Crale for and during the whole term I have therein if she shall so long live for her own separate use and wherewith her husband is not to have to do or intermeddle therewith and the acquittance under her own hand shall be time to time a discharge for the same And the surplus of the said Annuall Rents after the ground Rent are paid and discharged I give to my Godson Orlando Johnson for his better educaton And whereas I stand seized of a Copyhold house of Inheritance with the apurttenances and thereunto belonging in Isleworth at Thistleworth aforesaid where in my Brother in Law Richard Parker Esq. now lives and what arrears of Rent which are for the same from the said Richard Parker to Lady day last I do acquit and discharge the said Richard Parker of and from the same as if actually paid And I give the Inheritance of the said Lease to his daughter the said Miss Juliana Parker my said ….. to her , her heirs and assigns forever And whereas I stand seized of the Rectoryes of Conwillgairs and Llansawell in the county of Carmarthen (Wales) I devise the same unto my said servant John Johnson his heirs and assignes in trust for the good and benefit of my Nephew Mr. Zachary Hamlyn …the said John Johnson paying … to himself therout twenty p ounds a year for ninety nine years if he so long live and after the decease of the said John Johnson I give the said Rectoryes unto the said Zachary Hamlyn his heirs and assignes forever Item I give unot my said Servant John Johnson the sume of ffour thousand pounds in trust for the advantage and portion of my said late wife’s heire Mrs. Juliana Parker which I desire him to see settled upon her in marriage Item I give unto her the same Miss Juliana Parker the further sum of two hundred pounds to be paid unto her when she shall mary to buy her wedding clothes and I devise that the said John Johnson do assist her in that of her marriage and to help her with things So within his power and I devise him to advise with Mr. Longurwill (?) upon any marriage Settlement that is to be made for her and he to pay the said Mr. Longurvill (?) his fees. Item I also give unto the said Miss Juliana Parker my late wife’s Cabinett in the purple Chamber and the Cedar Boband (?) ..tory in my said late wifes Closett with what is within and also what is in my said late Wife’s Closett and also my Silver Bason and Cheste of Inas…. With the pair of Christall Candlesticks and mine and my said late deceased wife’s picture… also her own picture and two Silver plates, six Silver spoons and six of my silver hafted knives and forks and I also give unt her the said Miss Juliana Parker a Diamond Breast jewell commonly called a Crochett and a Necklace of ..intall pearle which were my said late deceased wife’s. Item I give and bequeath unto Orlando Gee Esq. son of my late Nephew John Gee Esq. deceased and to his Exeutors Administrators and Assignes the Manor of Bassits Bury in the County of Bucks with its rights, members, and appurtenances which I hold by Lease from the Dean and Prebends of Windsor And whereas the said Orland Gee is gone a voyage to the East Indies therefore it is my ppriss (?) will that if the said Orlando Gee shal not live to come back again to England Then I will and devise the said Manor of Basforth Bury with it appurtenants unto John Gee his next Brother, his executors, Adminsitrators and Assigns. Item I give and devise unto the said Orlando Gee the sume of one thousand pounds But it is my will and incaning (?) that if the said Orlando shall not live to come into England again that then the said Sume of one thousand pounds so devised to him as aforesaid shall be paid to my said nephew Zachary Gee In trust to be by him paid and disposed of to and for the use and benefit of the Children of the said Orlando Gee. Item I give and devise unto the said John Gee the sume of one thousand pounds. Item I give unto my said Nephew and Zachary Gee the sume of one thousand pounds. Item I give to her Grace the Duchess of Somersett a Gold cup of the value of 200 ₤ … I give to her Grace … Children … the Erle of Lockford (?) the Lady Elizabeth, the Lady Katherine, the Lady Anne, the Lady Frances, the Lord Peircy, the Lord Charles, one hundred pounds a piece to buy each of them a Ring and that the said one hundred pounds shall be paid to any person her said Grace shall appoint to receive the same to be laid out by her said Graces order. Item I give to Mrs Mary Sefton and to her Maiden Sister both servants to the said Duchess of Somersett the sume of twenty pounds a piece. Item I give to my Brother in Law Richard Parker Esquire and his Wife one hundred pounds a piece And I give unto Miss. Anne Parker, Mr. Geofry Parker, and Miss Elizabeth Parker their children fifty pounds a piece to be paid to their said father for their use and his the said Mr. Parker Acquittance for the sume shall be a sufficient discharge Item I give to my Brother in Law Mr. Timothy Burrell Esq. one hundred pounds And to his daughter Miss Elizabeth Burrell fifty pounds And forgive and … that the ffifty pounds given to his said Daughter shall be paid to her said father for her use and his Acquittance for the same shall be a sufficient discharge Item I give to my cousin Mr. Edward Gee of the Six Clerks Office the sume of six hundred pounds. Item I give to Dr. Edward Gee Prebend of Westminster the sume of twenty pounds. Item I give to William Humphreys of the Poultry London the sume of one hundred pounds And to his sonne my Godson Orlando Humphrey ffive hundred pounds. Item I give to my said servant John Johnson the sume of six hundred pounds And I give to Elizabeth Johnson his wife the sume of ten pounds Item I give to their son Orlando Johnson my godson two hundred pounds to be paid to his said ffather to be by him laid out for the advantage and benefit of his said Son Orlando Johnson and the receipt of the said John Johnson shall be a sufficient discharge to m Executors for the same And I give the said Orlando Johnson the further sume of five pounds and to his Brother John Johnson five pounds to be paid to their said ffather for theiruse whose receipt shall be a sufficient discharge therefore. Item I give to Miss Katherine Fferres formerly my deceased wifes servant twenty pounds. Item I give to Thomas Brath of West Ashton in the county of Wiltshire, Esquire the sume of fifty pounds And I give to his two sons Mr. Robert and Mr. Thomas Brath ten pounds a piece. Item I give to Mr. William Coles of the Middle Temple London ten pounds. Item I give to Mr. George Thornton twenty pounds Item I give to Mrs. Crale (?) the sume of fifty pounds to be paid her within two years … after my decease vizh? pounds and ten shillings every half year which said fifty pounds her husband is not to intermeddle or have anything to do therewith and her Acquittance from time to time shall be a sufficient discharge for the same. Item I give to my nephew Mr. Zachary Hamlyn the sume of five hundred pounds Item I give to the children and grandchildren of my late sister Mrs. Thomazine Cary late of Wolfordsworthy in the county of Devon the sume of Eight hundred pounds of lawfull money of England to be divided and distributd amongst them for their sole benefit share and share alike (that is to say) to Thomaszine L….., to Mary Whiteheth, to Saray Hamlyn, to Margarett Hamlyn, and Orlando Hamlyn and to Thomazine Cory wife of Andrew Cory of West ..fufford and Christopher Lengh, Thomazine Cory, Elizabeth Cory, Sarah Cory and Andrew Cory, John Follisse and Leonour Dennis and Mary Follisse of the parish of Bradworthy in the County of Devon. Item I give to my worthy friend Henry Cole of Elston in the County of Devon Esqr. Twenty guineas and my desire and requrest to him is that he will be pleased according to his promise to set the said Eight hundred pounds psid and distributed to aforesaid for the benefit of my said sister Cary’s children and grandchildren as he shall judge best and he to be allowed out of the same all his charges in returning the same into the County to them or in placing it for them and his Receipt to my Executors for so … money shall be a sufficient discharge to them. Item I give to Joseph Ayloffe of Grays Inn in the County of Middlesex, Esq the sume of twenty pounds Item I give to Dr. Cave Minister of Isleworth twenty pounds And I give to his Grandson Cave Hitchcock (hitchcoff) my godson the sum of twenty pounds of like money to be paid to his said ffather Mr. Hitchcock for his use and his said ffathers Acqquittance shall be a sufficient discharge for the same. Item I give to Mr William Lerner (?) of Isleworth ten pounds. Item I give to Dr. Pigott and his wife to each of them twenty pounds. Item I give to the most … poor of the parish of Isleworth at Thistleworth aforesaid the sume of fifty pounds of lawfull money of England to be paid and distributed to and amongst them as my said Exectuors shall direct item I give to Paul Foddrill, Senr. Esq the sume of twenty pounds and to his son Paul Foddrill Esq. the sume of ten pounds Item I give to Mr George Stanlaft the sume of twenty pounds. Item I give to my cousin Miss Mary Gee now the wife of Mr. Honsingham (Leasingham) of Bologna in Ffrance, Merchant the sume of two hundred pounds of lawfull English money and I give to her Brother my nephew Edward Gee the sume of one hundred pounds of like money Item I give to Henry Champion of the Inner Temple London Esq the sume of ten pounds of like money Item I give to my cousin Mrs. Bridgett Wallerats dye (at rye) two hundred pounds and I forgive her the debt that she owes me Item I give to Mrs. Horridon the widow of Mr Horridon deceased the sume of ten pounds of like money And I give to her daughter Mrs. ffrances Horridon the like sume of ten pounds pounds Item I give to the widow Mrs. Baker of Isleworth the sum of five pounds of like money Item I give to the widow Harris of Isleworth she having severall children the sum of twenty pounds Item I give to the poor and widow Davenport of Brentford five pounds of like money Item I give to Thomas Moze formerly my servant ten pounds of like money Item I give to Mr. William Baker of Trenkenham the sume of five pounds of like money. Item I give to Mr Timothy Biggs of London Senior the sume of ten pounds of like money Item I give to Mr. Bridgwater house … to the duke of Somersett of Northumberland house five pounds And I give to Alexander Davis porter of the Gate there five pounds Item I give to John Hamond and his wife living in St. Martin Lane each of them ten pounds a piece Item I give to Mrs. Elizabeth Latham my late wifes couson the sume of ten pounds of like money item I give to my cricin (?) William Raner (Rawr Rawc)of Noreburne hall in the County of Northumberland five pounds Item I give to Christ Church Hospitall in London five hundred pounds of lawfull money of England item I give to the poor Ministers widows pursuant to a patent granted by King Charles the Second the sume of three hundred pounds Item I give towards the building or repairing of Isleworth the sume of five hundred pounds of lawfull money of England And desire that Sr. John Talbott, Coll Lawes, Mr. Richard Parker, Paul Foddrell the Elder Esqr and Mr. John Davenport the Elder be joined with my Executor to direct and see the said moneys rightly applied to that not item I give to my said executors William Longenwill Esq the sume of two hundred pounds And I give unto him the said William Longnevill (?) the sume of twenty pounds to buy him mourning and I give to both my said other Executors the sum of ten pounds apiece to buy each of them mourning Item I give to Mr. John Norrko (?) of Pitworth in the County of Sussex the sum of ten pounds and I give to Mr. Bourchier of Thristleworth afor said ten pounds And whereas I stand seized of the Principall Registers Office of the High Court of Admiralty for and during my life And whereas Mr. Richard Crawley my Deputy does officiate for me in that Office during my please and hath given me security to … the said Office Diligently and faithfully and to account to me from time to time for the reall profits of my said Office he dedecuting his Sallory of Eighty pounds per Annum and the ffees of the prize Office allowed by me to him and for .. his undertaking he hath biven me security for the performance therof and to indemnify me from the money deposited in my office by the Directo or Directtos of the said high Court of Admiralty for which Fs.. and accountable now my will and desire is that my said Executors do not deliver up the said Mr. Crawley’s Security given to me until such time as he has paid them of such money as shall become due to me for the profits of my said office and prize office to the time of my decease And when my said Execuors are paid and satisfied all such money as shall be due unto me out of my said Office to the time of my decease And also when the said Mr. Crawley has paid and satisfied all moneys posted in my said Office unto the time of my decease pursuant to the Directo of the said high Court of Admiralty that then they shall deliver up the aforesaid Security note unto the said Mr. Crawley hies Executors Administrators or Assignes item I give to the said Mr. Crawley fifty pounds of lawfull money of England and I give to the right honorable Sir Charles Hedge a Ring of forty shillings price And I give to all the Advocates …. And Officers of the High court of Admiralty to each of them a Ring of about fifteen shillings value Item I give all the clothes Linnen and Woollen belonging to my person of what nature or kind soever and the trunk and chsts that my clothes lye in unto my said servant John Johnson And I also give unto him the said John Johnson the Cabinetts and pictures that are at my Lodgings at at Norhumberland house and what is else ther of mine (Excepting money and Bills or Talleys for money) And I do devise unto him my …. …. Chest for his own proper use which I desire shall be brought into the Red Wrought Bed Chamber … the little parlour in my said now dwelling house on Syon Hill to keep all the writings in of all my Reall and personall Estate And I give him the said John Johnson the Bed hangings and ffurniture of that roome and he to keep the Keys of the said roome and Chest therein himselfe during the term that I have to come in the said house if he shall so long live And I also give him the said John Johnson two pair of fine Stapen Sheets and two pillowbers And my will and desire is that he the said John Johnson shall have the rest of the closet two pair of staires in my said house which he now noce during the term .. before mentioned And my will is that he shall always and during my said term if he live so long have free ingress, egress and regress into and out of my said now dwelling house walks grounds nad gardens and thereunto belonging at his will and pleasure And my will is that my Nephew Mr. Zacharay Gee do advise with him in all things relating to himself Item I give and devise all the rest of my Goods, pictures, late an household linen (Except the furniture of the said Red Wrought Bed Chamber and two pair of fine Flaxen Sheets and two pillowbers before devised to the said John Johnson unto my said Nephew Mr. Zachary Gee his Executors and Administraors Item it is my will and desire that a Table shall be kept for my said late Wife’s Niece for two months next after my decease in such manor as is now used and that my Executors do eat with her if they please and that during that time she the said Juliana Parker shall have the use of my Coach or Charriott without paying anything therefore and my Executors shall be at the charge of house keeping and maintainting my Servants Coach and horses during the said two months the charge there of be paid out of my personall Estate Item it is my will and desire that my said Servant John Johnson shall … … and deduct out of my personall Estate his wages of twenty pounds a year and his Board wages of ten shillings a week which shall continue and payable to him during the time of his trust by this my Will .. and above all other his necessary expences And I give him the horse that he usually rides upon with the bridle saddle pistols and furniture belonging to im Item I give to Randell Sallary Elizabeth Baker Anne Dixon Jane Burt William ring Edward Richardson and John Smith als Baden being my servants one hundred and fifty pounds a piece of lawfull money of England provided they are in my service at the time of my decease And I give to Thomas White one other of my Servant lately come the sume of fifty pounds And to William Chandler my Gardner Lately come into my service the sume of fifty pounds And my desire is that my Servants shall have their wages paid them out of my personall Estate by my said Executors over and above their legacies unto the end of two month next after my decease if they shall continue so long there that they may have time to get into their Imployments And I will that my aforesaid servants both Men and women shall have eight pound a piece to buy them mourning And I give to my ?beeding woman the Goodwife Farkoon ? five pounds Item my will and desire is my Executors and Trusties soon after my decease do give notice to all such persons assorted endentured to me either upon mortgages or otherwise to provide to pay in their severall sumes with what remetment speed may be to the intent that my Executors and Trustees may come to the choseing of the …. in them exposed by this my will And my will is that aftger all by debts legacies and ffunerall charges are paid I give and bequeath the remainder of my Esate to the persons hereafter named that is to say to my said three Nephews Mr. Orlando Gee, Mr. John Gee and Mr. Zachary Gee my cousin Mr Edward Gee of the Six Clerks Office and my Nephew Mr. Zachary Hamlyn and to my said two other Executors William Longurvill Esqr and my Servant the said John Johnson and to his son Orlando Johnson my godon to be equally divided to and amongst them share and share alike (the share of the said Orlando Johnson to be paid to his father, the said John Johnson for his use and hs receipt to be a sufficient discharge for he same) And I do hereby nominate and appoint my serant the said John Johnson (with the advise of my said two other Execturos William Longendvill Esquire and Mr. Zacharay Gee) to manage the trust of my said Estate both real and peronall and that during the time of his the said John Johnson’s management thereof he the said John Johnson shall owe in every three months make up and deliver to my said two other Executors a true amount in writing of what he received and paid in each preciding here months And I would not have my Executors and Trustees answerable save only for what they shall respectively receie nor be answerable or chargeable with any Receipt or Receipts in writing which they or either of them shall give for any money which shall not come to the hands of any of them as shall give with Receipt or Receipts Item I give and bequeath to Elizabeth countess Dowager of Essex the sume of one hundred pounds And I give to Mrs. Blancy and her Daughter late Servant to the late Countess Dowager of Northumberland twenty pounds apiece. Item I give to Mrs Godwell the Mother to her Daughter Mrs Cross and Mrs Ann Goddrell, to Mrs Davenport the Mother and to Mrs Davenport the Daughter to each of them a gold ring of forty shillings price In witness wherof I the said Sir Orlando Gee have to this my last ill and Testament contained in six sheets of paper signed and inscribed my name to every sheet hereof and to whit I have assigned my Seal to the top of the first sheet and my hand and seal to the last shee here of and hove published the same the day and year first above written And in the fourth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lady Anne by the grace of God Queen of England Orl Gee Signed Sealed published and delivered by the said Sir Orlando Gee the Testator in the presense of us who as witnesses hereunto have subscribed our names in the presence of the said Testator Thomas Kaner, John Stiles, Thomas Palmer, John Mose, John Aslett.

  3. David Gee says:

    Dear Clark,
    I too am researching Ralph Gee’s descendants including Sir Orlando
    Gee of Isleworth, and, (who I believe must be related) Thomas Jenkin Gee of Aldenham and Isleworth. Other than this web-site I cannot find any other references to Sir Orlando Gee having had children?

    David Gee

  4. geesnmore says:

    Chetham Society Publications, Manchester Online Parish Records, Family History Library resources, British History Online, Lancashire Cheshire Historical Society Publications, various lists of clerics and college alumni, and several other sources.

  5. Clark Gee says:

    Great site! I’ve been doing research on Ralph Gee and his descendants. Where can I find the sources for the information you have provided? Thanks.

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