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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
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
1605 a dau Millisent
1608 a son John
1610 a dau Jane
1612 a dau Alice
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)
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
John Gee and Anne
1603 William Gee m. Elizabeth Roger
1622 Orlando born, Parentage not given
St. Andrew, Holborn, London
John and Elizabeth
1675 a son Orlando Gee
1676 a dau Janea son John
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.