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Alexander Gee of Rothley

A family Gee and a family Jee were well established in Leicestershire by the 19th century.  The latter being attributed by Nichols in his History of Leicestershire, Vol. 4 pg. 876, as also being descended from Alexander Gee and holding the same arms as the other Gee families.

The first documented pedigree is the visitation of 1619 which begins with Alexander Gee of Rothley, Leicester.  It becomes very apparent that when this record was made much of the family information was incomplete and affected by two hundred years and the geographic separation of Leicestershire and Yorkshire, where the pedigree was made.    Realizing this pedigree is merely a starting point; the notation that a sibling died without heirs may simply indicate that the family had no record to prove otherwise.  The early record appears to be inaccurate regarding the two John Gees, father and son.  I have determined that Elizabeth Hauberk and Ursula Neville were confused with each other.  The Hauberks virtually disappear by the mid 15th century, while the father of Ursula Neville was born in 1456.  Clearly, Elizabeth is a generation before Ursula, not the reverse.

I will quote from a noted British historian:

It is not a little singular, that whoesoever shall inspect the old Visitations in the College of Arms, will rarely find any that have a continuation of dates in the descent.  Many are without any dates at all; and very few, indeed, but what, in the respective families, have blanks left for marriages, for the issue, and for Christian names.  Whereas, if these visitations had been correctly made, or faithfully transcribed, it seems a matter to be greatly marveled at, how the master or head of the family should, in the account thereof given by him, be ignorant of the name of his own wife, or of his own children? Banks as quoted in The Abbey Roll: with some account of the Norman lineages by the Duchess of Cleveland, p. iii.

I believe that the Alexander Gee noted in Rothley is the same Alexander noted in the records of Macclesfield Hundred in Cheshire.  The record in Cheshire states that Alexander was the son of Robert Gee and the grandson of Dicon (Richard) Gee.  Dicon is a French name.   Dicon and Marion de Duckinfield were married around 1350 or earlier.

In the Recognizance of Chester it states Dicon Gee married Marion Dokynfeld who was the daughter of John Dokynfeld son of Robert and grandson of Alexander Dokynfeld.    An examination of the records seems to indicate that Alexander was likely born toward the end of the 13th century.  Robert and John Dokynfeld were adults by 1339, as were their cousins.  Alexander Gee evidently was born before the end of the century and was in Rothley by 1413, as a young man.  It is clear he continued to maintain his connections to Cheshire.  Others who are likely of this family are Richard Gee noted in the city of Nottingham in 1406.

 Descendents of Alexander Gee

Alexander Gee’s documented sons were Edmund and Richard, born at the turn of the 14th century.  Alexander Gee’s son Edmund Gee married Grace Baskervylle, of Macclesfield Hundred, in Cheshire.    This provides another link of the Gee family of Leicestershire to the family in Cheshire and to the village of Gee Cross in Macclesfield Hundred.

RICHARD GEE

Richard Gee married a daughter of John Villiers, Esquire and Joan Mering.  John Villiers resided at Brokesby a short distance from Rothley.  John Villiers, Esquire was the son of Richard Villiers and grandson of Sir John de Villiers.  John de Villiers held the manor of Brokesby.

Joan Mering was the daughter of Sir William Mering, knight, of Mering, Nottinghamshire. When John Villiers, Esquire, died in 1416 he is noted for two living sons, John, the eldest who was aged 12, and William.  John died before reaching his maturity.  William the younger inherited and married Joan Belers the daughter of John Belers of Ketilby Belers. (See Appendix ii.)

In 1405 Nicholas Joye, of Stathern, one of the coroners for Leicestershire during the period 1422 – 1485, was godfather for William Villiers.  If Joye is in fact an early spelling for Gee, then this Nicholas would be a contemporary of Alexander, and perhaps a brother or cousin.  Stathern is 10 miles north of Melton Mobray.

Richard Gee and Miss Villiers were likely married between 1420 and 1440.  She most certainly was born before 1416 and possibly as early as 1400.  The 1619 pedigree states Richard Gee did not have children, but I believe the writiers of the pedigree simply did not have their history.  Regardless the Gee and Villier family continued to have connections. In the records of London, in 1694 Henry Villiers, Richard Gee, Henry Ashurst, Walter Overbury, and Henry Killigrew, Esquires, to be Commissioners for the Hackney and Stage Coaches.  Then, in 1695 a petition was presented in the House of Commons on behalf of Hackney Coaches and Stage Coach Drivers of London complaining that Henry Killigrew, Esquire, Henry Villers, Esquire, and Richard Gee, Esquire, be removed from the Commission for putting into Execution the Act for licensing and regulating Hackney Coaches and Stage Coaches.  They claimed that these gentlemen were abusing their position, and not granting licenses to the existing drivers, but were selling licenses for exhorbitant amounts to persons unqualified in the trade.  This, they claimed, was ruining them and their families, as these drivers had entered long term leases for stables and had invested in carriages, wagons, and horses.  An investigation was ordered, and it was determined to remove them from their positions, and his Majesty agreed.

The will of Frances Villiers, a daughter of Sir Edward Villiers was written on July 17, 1704, and proved in 1707/08, in the City of Westminster.  She notes her nieces, Lady Ann Hamilton, Mrs. Barbara Villiers, Frances and Katherine Villiers, her brother Henry Villiers, and sister, Elizabeth, Countess of Orkney. The witnesses to the will were R. Gee, Ann Emes, and Will: Sutton.

EDMUND GEE

Edmund Gee married Grace, daughter of Thomas Baskervylle. In 1387 Thomas Baskervylle, Esquire of Old Withington, Prestbury Parish, Macclesfield Hundred, Cheshire married Idonea, daughter of John de Blurton of Newcaste, Staffordshire.  (See Appendix ii.)  They were the parents of William Baskervylle, Esquire of Old Withington, who was noted in 1445 in Macclesfield Hundred.  He married Catherine who most likely was Catherine Mainwaring.  Their son was Randle Baskervylle, Esquire of Old Withington.  William Baskervylle died in 1477.  Grace was likely born around 1389 and 1410 placing their marriage between 1410 and 1430; realizing that at this time girls married at a very early age, and certainly before the mid-twenties.

Edmund and Grace are documented as the parents of John Gee. They may also have been the parents of Thomas, Roger and others.

Descendents of Edmund Gee and Grace Baskervylle

THOMAS GEE

Thomas Jee was noted in the city of Leicester as early as 1458.  The guild records note that in September, 1458, Thomas Joe (likely Jee) paid five shillings for rent of a tenement in the Sheeps Market, on the corner of Gentyl Lane.  Later, in 1459, 1464, and 1471, Thomas Joye was noted in the records of the city.  Robert Jee came into possession of the tenement noted on the corner of Gentyl Lane and he is likely a son.  The subsidy roll notes the heirs of Thomas Gees in 1497. (likely Thomas Gee)  In the same roll for Landys north quarter in the borough of Leicester were Everard Digby and the wife of Thomas Villers, as well as the Lord Hastings.

In Leicester Corpus Christi Guild records Robert Jee as holding one messuage in Leicester. The same tenement held earlier by Thomas Joe was held by Robert Jee in 1494-95.  This is likely the property noted in the subsidy roll of 1492 as being in the possession of Robert Joy. He appears to have descendents who remained in Leicester, using the surname Jee.

ROGER GEE (Jee)

In 1493-1500 Blanche, late the wife of Thomas Nevile, esquire, and previously the wife of Roger Jee, esquire sued Alisaunder (Alexander), son of William Nevile, son, heir and executor of the said Thomas Nevile being an award relating to complainant’s jointure charged on lands in Rampton, Lann, Dunham, East Drayton, and Sutton upon Trent, Nottingham.  Dunham is located on the river Trent about 10 miles southeast of Retford.  East Drayton and Rampton are located nearby. A bit south of these and 8 miles north of Newark is Sutton upon Trent. (See Nottinghamshire.)  In 1508, the will of Blanche Vowell alias Jee, of St. Clement Danes, London was filed in the Perogative Court of Canterbury.  It is likely this Roger Jee is the Jee noted in the records of 1456.  The record notes him as Jee, senior, likely implying that there was also a younger Jee, though it does not necessarily mean he was a son. The records of Cambridgeshire may reveal more on this branch.  It would seem that two descendents lived at Eynesbury Huntingdonshire.  The will of Roger Gee was filed in 1529 and Thomas Gee in 1527. (See Cambridgeshire/Huntingdonshire)

JOHN GEE

John Gee was born between 1410 and 1430.  He married Elizabeth, a granddaughter of John Hauberk, Esquire, of Stapleford and Alice, his wife.  John and his sister Agnes were both noted in the will of their grandmother, Agnes, in 1392.  John was the grandson of Robert Hauberk of Scaldeford and Stapleford.  His uncle, Laurence was given Hauberk Manor in Stapleford, and his father, John, was given land in Scaldeford.  Through intrigue and legal maneuverings both estates were eventually lost to the Calveleys from Cheshire.  In 1400 John Hauberk, the senior served in Calais for a year under Sir Peter Courtenay.  It was in 1413 when John Hauberk and Alice his wife brought suit against John Oxenford of Bishop’s Lynne for not rendering his account for the time he was their receiver.  This was filed in London. It is likely the younger John Hauberk who was noted in 1417 as a man-at-arms under John Roos, Lord of Helmsley, serving under Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester in the expedition to France. (See Appendix ii.)   There is no record who John Hauberk the younger married, or when, however, it is most likely that he was a young boy in 1392 and that he married after his excursion to France.  It appears that his name was recorded as Hubert as other forms of Hauberk disappear from the records at the turn of the century.  The 1619 visitation of Leicester says that John Hawberk was from Stobleforde, but this town eludes identification.

John Gee, Esquire of Rothley, and Elizabeth Haubark were the parents of Robert, John, and Margaret, who married Thomas Woodford. They may also have been the parents of Hewe Gee a clerical knight in Stamford, Lincolnshire and Thomas Gee of Byrthorpe, Lincolnshire.  John and Elizabeth appear to have been married between 1430 and 1450.

Descendents of John Gee and Elizabeth Hauberk

MARGARET GEE

Margaret Gee was the wife of Thomas Woodford.  The Woodfords intermarried with the Villiers, Nevilles, and Folvilles.  At the time that Margaret Gee married Thomas Woodford the Woodford estates had passed out of the control of the Woodford family.  Thomas was likely the younger son of a son of Ralph Woodford.  (See Appendix ii.)

THOMAS GEE

Thomas Gee of Byrthorpe, Lincolnshire was probably from this family.    He had association with the Segrave family who were of some prominence in Leicestershire.  Thomas was noted in Byrthorpe in 1525 and died in 1530.  (See Lincolnshire)  His son appears to be Sir Robert Gee curate of Spalding.

HEWE GEE

Sir Hewe Gee is also a potential son of John and Elizabeth.  Hugh was a family name for the Hauberk family.  Sir Hewe Gee is noted several times in the records of the acts of the Guild of St. Katherine of the town of Stamford (Staunford), Lincolnshire in the year 1515. One of these entries is given as Dom. Hewe Gee, meaning Lord Hewe Gee, likely indicating he was a priest.

ROBERT GEE

Robert Gee married a Digbie (Digby). Simon Digby and Joan Beller, the daughter of Sir James Beller were the parents of Sir Everard Digby who was killed in 1461 fighting against King Edward IV at the battle of Towton along with his three brothers. Everard and his wife Anne Clarke, daughter of Sir Francis Clarke of Whiffendine were the parents of several children, including his namesake Everard who married Jaquetta Ellis and died in 1509.  Sir Everard was the sheriff of Rutland and a Member of Parliament.  Sir Everard and Jaqueta Digby were the parents of seven sons and several daughters.  Their known daughters were Margaret wife of Sir John Haydon of Norfolk, Darnegold wife of Robert Hunt of Lyndon, Rutland, Catharine a nun at Sempringham, near Birthorpe in Lincolnshire, and Alice, and Ellen.  Their seven sons fought in 1485 at Bosworthfield in Leicestershire against Richard III.  These were Sir Everard, Sir Simon, Sir John, Lebbaeius, Rowland, Thomas, and Benjamin Digby.  (See Appendix ii.)  It is likely that Robert removed to Northampton where he was taxed in 1523. (See Northamptonshire)

JOHN GEE

John Gee, of Rothley, married Ursula daughter of Thomas Nevil of Holt, Leicester.   John Gee and Ursula Nevill were the parents of sons Henry, Roger, and Thomas.  Thomas Neville of Holt was born in 1456 and was likely the same generation as John Gee.   He was the son of William Neville of Holt and Catherine Palmer, daughter of Thomas Palmer.   Ursula’s mother was Isabel Griffen, daughter of Nicholas Griffen and Catherine Curzon, of Braybrooke, Northamptonshire. (See Appendix ii.)

Descendents of John Gee and Ursula Neville

THOMAS GEE

Thomas Gee married a daughter of a Poole who is stated to be from Withcocke, Leicestershire.  Sir Henry Poole, of Kirk Langley, Derbyshire and Withcote, in Leicester was born about 1507. He was the son of Henry Poole of Chesterfield, Derbyshire and Ursula, the daughter of Thomas Twyford of Kirk Langley and his wife Dorothy Cave, the daughter of Richard Cave of Stanford, Northamptonshire.  He was first a member of the order of St. John of Jerusalem, (Hospitalers), and preceptor of Dalby, but upon the dissolution of the order, he renounced his vows and married Dorothy Cave, who held Withcote.  In 1544, Sir Henry Poole led a force from Leicestershire in the war in France.  His will in 1558 notes his wife, his stepchildren, and his two illegitimate children.  His son was Henry Poole alias Carter, who was not of age at the time of his father’s death.  Henry’s brother, William, administered his will.  His will identified a number of brothers and nephews, none of whom inherited Withcote, which went to Dorothy’s children.   In 1580 Robert Poole conveyed to John Clarke of Rothley, husbandman ½ acres in Le Cleyland.   Robert resided in Kegworth.  In 1593, John Clarke of Keyham, yeoman conveyed land which was then in the occupation of Thomas Poole.

It may be that this is the Thomas Gee noted in the records of Norfolk in 1533.  The record states: Feoffment by Edmund Walter and Katherine Walter, executors of the will of George Walter, to Robert Bonyngs and Roger Ocle of messuages and lands in Necton, which they held of Thomas Gee of Swaffham, Norfolk in 1533.  (See Norfolk.)

HENRY GEE

Henry Gee born at Rothley, near Leicester, Leicestershire, was the heir of his father.  He was likely born between 1470 and 1490.  He was the father of William Gee, who was the eldest, born in 1524, Eustace Gee (Ewell), John Gee, Anne Gee, and Alice Gee who married a Smith (Smyth).   William Gee was a merchant of Hull.  John Gee also was a merchant of Hull.  Eustace Gee remained at Rothley.

It is stated Henry married the daughter of Cornelius Gee.  Both Cornelius and Henry were the fathers of sons named Eustace, so this is likely correct.  The parentage of Cornelius is unclear, but I suspect he was the son of a William Gee.  The first name of Henry’s wife is unidentified in any pedigree; however it is most probable she was named Alice or Anne, the names given to her daughters.

ROGER GEE

Roger Gee was the second son of John and Ursula and brother to Henry.  Roger is documented as the father of Nicholas Gee, his heir.  He is also likely the father of Henry Gee noted in 1588 in Rothley, Ellinor Gee who married George Parker on May 14, 1564 at Rothley, and William Gee who married Margret Hudgeson in 1562 at Ashby de la Zouch. William removed to Sheffield, Yorkshire where his death was recorded in 1575.  (See Yorkshire.)

Roger Gee of Monton, in the 23rd year of Henry VIII, was noted for a house, a garden, arable land, pasture and meadow.  This would have been 1532.  Monton may be Manton a village in Rutland.

Descendents of Henry Gee of Rothley

WILLIAM GEE

William Gee was born in 1524.  He was a master mariner, who moved to Kingston-Upon-Hull where he was Sheriff in 1560. (Notes and Queries Ninth Series vol. IX: William White) He was alderman and mayor in 1562, 1573 and 1582. Later Sir William Gee, son of William Gee of Hull, would own lands in Mildenhall, Suffolk, where he and later his widow would occasionally reside.  William’s first wife may have been Elizabeh Cole.  She was the mother of Elizabeth Gee who married John Stephens and Anne who married Robert Legard, of Hull, mechant.  William’s second wife was Elizabeth, daughter of Walter Jobson, esquire of Hull.  (See Yorkshire.)

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 EUSTACE GEE, SR.,

In the visitation of 1619, the Herald gave the Gee family which descended from Eustace the same coat of arms as those of Sir William Gee, his nephew, with a crescent in chief, for difference.  This meant that Eustace was the second son of Henry, not the eldest.

Eustace Gee, Sr. married Frances, who was an heiress and daughter of Ellis, of Cheshire, which one pedigree names as “Nicholas Ellis”.  Nicholas Ellis of Cheshire has been elusive.  I believe, based on their marriage at Ansley, in Leicestershire, that Francys was related to the Ellys family of Leicester, which was possibly an offshoot of the Lincolnshire family. (See Appendix ii.)

Eustace was born after his younger brother William’s birth in 1524. He came into possession of Henry’s property in Rothley.  Eustace and Frances were married June 4, 1563 at Ansley in Leicester.

In 1568 Eustace Gee of Rothley, in Leicestershire, gentleman and Francys his wife, sold to Richard Layser of Rothley, a cottage, toft and croft adjoining the cottage situated in Rothley and adjoining on the east the property of Thomas Patchett and on the west the land of Thomas Thorpe, and on the north part of the manor of Rothley.  In 1578 Eustace Gee, of Rothley, yeoman with John Perkynson obtained a messuage and tenement and a croft and 13 roods of land in Rothley with land, gardens, closes, pasture, etc. for their use from William Ouse of Rothley, husbandman, and Margareta, his wife, which after their death was to go to Robert Palmer and Cassandra, his wife.  This land was described as adjacent William Tarry, John Danvers, the Swallowgate, and the Harpe Strynge, near Rothley common.  Another deed, in 1580, indicates it was also near Le Oldefyelde (the old field) and Le West Fyeld (the west field), and that the pasture land of Eustace Gee, was then in the occupation of William Barnard.  In 1580 there is a notation of a suit by Henry Lord Cromwell against Eustace Gee, Edward Andrews, and William Hebbe et al.

By 1584, Eustace was referred to as a gentleman. In 1586, Eustace Gee was noted as a tenant of John Danvers.  His holdings were further described as adjacent the land of Robet Martyn, and Humfry Babington in 1588. It was either this Eustace, or Eustace the son of Cornelius Gee who was brought into the Court of Star Chamber, during Elizabeth I (c1558-c1603) by Blount and others.

Eustace and Francys were the parents of Bridget Gee, Jone Gee, Anna Gee, and William Gee.  They may also have been the parents of a son Eustace. In 1591, Anne, daughter of Richard Marshall, was betrothed to Eustace Gee.

In 1608, Francys Gee of Rothley, widow, deeded to William Gee, son and heir apparent of Francys Gee, all her messuage with the appurtenances and 16 acres of meadow and pasture situated adjoining the messuage in Rothley and 16 acres in the field of Rothley and 70 acres of arable land in the field of Rothley; any other property lately in the occupation of Eustace Gee, her husband, deceased. 3d rent from Richard Pallmer, for property in his occupation, 3d rent from Michael Bosse for property in his occupation, 3d rent from Thomas Babington of property in the occupation of William Boylsone, 3d rent from Frances Danvers, Esquire for property in the occupation of George Simkyne, 3d rent from Henry Turlington for property in his own occupation, 3d rent from William Greene for property in the occupation of Thomas Denshire.  In July, 1609, William Gee submitted the administration account of the goods of Eustace Gee, late of Rothley, valued at ₤105.17.4d.

CORNESIO (CORNIRIO, CORNELIUS) GEE

Cornesio (Cornirio, Cornelius) Gee,of Rothley was noted in 1537 as a party in a land transaction between himself, William Hull, and John Olyf of Rothley …for land and tenement, meadow, pasture, etc. which were the gift and fee of John Parsons, vicar of Rothley.  On April 23, 1567 Eustace Gee of Rothley, Leicester, yeoman, son and heir of Cornirio Gee sold to Thomas Greyves of Rothley, labourer, all rights and titles in a tenement with the adjacent croft and appurtenances in Rothley.

The name Cornelius is found in Cheshire. This Eustace evidently removed from the area.  It may be that Cornelius resided in Ashbourne Parish, Derbyshire.  As early as July 18, 1544, the parish records note the marriage of Agnes Gee to Robert Ffletcher on July 18, 1544.    The records of St. Oswald in Ashbourne note the christening of Alice Gee in 1561, and a few entries later is the christening of Isabel Gee recorded in the same year.  A grandson of Cornelius, William Gee, would later marry a resident of Ashbourne. (See Derbyshire.)

JOHN GEE son of Henry Gee

John Gee, son of Henry Gee and a merchant of Hull, was noted in the will of his brother, William Gee, of Hull. In the 16th year of Queen Elizabeth, John Gee was serving as the town clerk in Hull.

In 1582, shortly after the election of his brother William as mayor of Hull, John was given a lease on a house, where he then dwelled, for 21 years, under the condition that he make repairs and that the mayor be allowed to enter to verify that these had been made.  In 1583 John Gee held a lease of all lands, meadows, and pastures in Rothwell, Yorkshire which is very near Leeds for 38 years.  He obtained permission to cut down thorn trees which grew on the land for fuel and fencing.  This lease was vested in 1589 in Ralph Greave.

John Gee in 1584 secured a lease on the site of the manor of Kegworth, in Leicestershire, with the fishery, for 21 years for ₤10.   Kegworth is along the main London to Manchester Road.  It is located on the border of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, and Nottinghamshire very close to Sutton Bonnington and Wymeswold.  The Lords of Segrave held the manor in the early thirteenth century.  Henry de Sutton was Lord of the Manor of Kegworth in 1315.  It was about 1370 when two manors of Kegworth were united.  In 1369, the Earls of Chester acquired manorial rights in Kegworth, and at that time Henry Greene, Knight, held the manor of Kegworth of the Earl of Chester, by Knight’s service.  It passed to the Parre family through marriage. William Parre, Marquis of Northampton, died in 1570 without heirs and the manor reverted to the crown, becoming Queen Elizabeth’s.

Interestingly, nearby were the Babingtons of Kingston-upon-Soar where they maintained a large mansion house and supported the parish church.  Anthony Babington, from Kingston, and at the time residing at Harrow, near London, conspired with John Savage and Dr. Gifford to assassinate Queen Elizabeth, and install Mary, Queen of Scots, as queen.  John Ballard, Anthony Babington, John Savage, Robert Barewell, Chidiocke Tichburne, Charles Tinley, and Edward Arlington, were executed for the conspiracy, as was Mary, Queen of Scots.

In the 1587 feet of fines, John Gee held a Messuage in Kyngston upon Hull which he purchased from John Thornton, gentleman and Christopher Thornton, gentleman.  Margaret, wife of John Gee, was buried at St. Mary’s Hull on March 4, 1583.  John Gee was buried there in September, 1590.   His will was probated at York, March 17, 1590/91 having been written the previous September.  Their children were John Gee, Elizabeth Gee who married a Bradley, Anne Gee, and Mary Gee, whose birth is noted in Holy Trinity, Hull in 1569, Judith, Susanna, Sara, and Ellinor.  (See Yorkshire)

Descendents of Eustace Gee and Francys Ellis

DAUGHTERS

BRIDGET GEE died without heirs.

JONE GEE married an Ives from London.  In 1616 William Ives was mayor of Leicester.

ANNA GEE was noted in Rothley as being born in January, 1563.  No parentage was given. She married a Pudsey de Com’ Eboru’ (citizen of York)

EUSTACE GEE

EUSTACE GEE married Anne Marshall in 1591.  No further record.

WILLIAM GEE

WILLIAM GEE was probably born around 1550 to 1560.  He married Elizabeth Hurt of Ashbourne Green, Derbyshire.

The Hurt Family

It is noted in 1475 through 1485 that Thomas Hurt son of Thomas brought suit against his younger brother William, regarding a Messuage and land in Wyaston, Derbyshire.  Raphe Hurt of Ashbourne was the father of Thomas and Roger and William Hurt.  Roger died leaving bequests to godchildren and friends.  Thomas was the father of four sons: William, Lawrence, Ralfe and Nicholas.  In the Rolls of the Peak Forest, in 1507 William Hurtt de Ashbourne is listed among those for the defendant Ralf Hall accused of assault on Nicholas Walweyn.     William and Lawrence removed to Staffordshire; however, William died unmarried and was buried in Ashbourne in 1520. Lawrence was buried in 1550 in Stanton, Staffordshire.  Ralfe died in 1539 and resided in Ashbourne, while Nicholas resided in Brailsforth, Derbyshire.  None of the daughters of Thomas are identified in any documents.  Of this family is Robert Hurt, selected as rector in 1560 of Somersall Herbert.  Ralfe Hurt married Alice Harris.  It is his line that is traced in the Visitation of Kent and the Bristol pedigree.  Among his sons was Robert Hurt, fish monger, who died in 1584 in Ashbourne.  His wife was Ellyn (Helena) Hurd of Osmonston, Derbyshire.  Robert’s son, Ralph Hurt, grocer, became the founder of the Hurts of Bristol.

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Wymeswold Parish Records

William Gee was the father of Robert Gee January 18, 1586;

1614, on August 15 William Gee married Isabella Gregorie

1615 Valentina Gee, born; 1621 Robert Gee born

William and Elizabeth were the parents of Robert Gee in 1586, at Wymeswold, Leicestershire; and Eustace Gee in 1589.   Wymeswold is located between Leicester and Nottingham.  It is unclear why they were there, and they are known as from Rothley in the records.  Very close by is Kegworth, where John Gee obtained a lease on the fishery in 1584.

Eustace became the heir of his father.  Neither the elder nor younger Robert Gee are mentioned in the Wymeswold documents.   Valentine Gee married in June, 1640 to Edward Linfield, laborer, a term meaning a tradesman.  Dancley Gee married in 1658 to Katherine Busbe.  In 1697 Mary Gee wed George Bennett.  Then, in 1701 the marriage of William Gee to Elizabeth Charles is recorded.  It should be noted that the Wymeswold register includes many notations for individuals from Nottingham, which is just a few miles away.

Descendents of William Gee and Elizabeth Hurt

EUSTACE GEE, JR.

Eustace Gee, Jr. the son of William and Elizabeth was born in 1589.  He married Anna, daughter of John Savage, Rector of Sutton Rodington, Nottinghamshire.  Anna and Eustace appear to have resided in Rothley and Sutton Bonnington where Elizabeth was born.  They were the parents of John Gee born in 1613, Elizabeth Gee born in 1614, William Gee born in 1619 and Francisca Gee. The visitation to Leicestershire in 1619 states the ages of John age 6, William, age 3 months and Francisca, age 3 yearrs, but Elizabeth is not listed,  indicating that she had died as a child.

Eustace Gee, aged 30 of Rothley, County Leicestershire, was noted in 1619 as seventh in descent from Alexander Gee, of the same place, during the reign of Henry V, to possess arms Gule. A sword in bend ar. Hilt and pommel or. Crest – A dexter gauntlet erect ppr. Grasping a sword, as in the arms. Clearly, these are the same arms declared by Sir William Gee, and are also noted as the same arms as those from Manchester, and London. (The general armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales)

In the London records of the Company of Drapers is the apprenticeship in 1629 of John Gee son of Eustace Gee of Sutton Bonington, Nottinghamshire for 8 years with a £200 bond to Martin Leader skilkman of Cheap.  John would have become a freeman in 1637.

In 1629, Eustace Gee, gentleman, of Sutton Bonnington, Nottinghamshire, and his wife, Ann, with Elizabeth Gee of Rothley, the mother of Eustace and the late wife of William Gee of Rothley, gentleman sold to Robert Cooper, of Cudlipp(?), Leicester, clerk, a messuage with appurtenances in Rothley called Chester Place, occupied by Elizabeth Gee and previously in possession of Francys Gee, widow, a daughter of Nicholas Ellin, (sic) 2 closes adjoining the messuage containing 16 acres; 80 acres of pasture in Rothley; another messuage in Rothley held by Peter Everard; 17 acres of arable land, meadow and pasture held by Elizabeth Gee; a third messuage in Rothley held by Thomas Everard;  17 acres of land held by Elizabeth Everard, in Rothley, as well as several additional messuages in Rothley and rents, including Tuckham Close.

In January, 1630, a Feoffment was issued to Eustace Gee, for £200, by Thomas Babington, of Temple Hall, Rothley, Leicestershire, esquire, and William Babington, of the Inner Temple, London, esquire to Eustace Gee, of Sutton Bonnington, Nottinghamshire, gentleman, with PA194/16/1’s lands, subject to Elizabeth Gee’s interest, with repayment… In June a Final Concord was filed wherein Eustace Gee, gentleman is querent and Thomas Babington, esquire, his wife Katherine and William Babington, esquire, are deforciants for two messuages, two gardens, two orchards, 60 acres of land, 16 acres of meadow, 20 acres of pasture and 20 acres champion in Cossington, Leicestershire for a nominal consideration of £120.

In 1634, in an indenture of the Babingtons of Rothley Temple, Eustace Gee, late of Sutton Bonnington, now of Derby, was noted as a party to the agreement.  (see Derbyshire)  The will of Eustace Gee was filed in 1647 in Derbyshire.

Descendents of Roger Gee

Roger Gee, the son of John and Ursula, was the father of Nicholas, Henry, and William Gee.

NICHOLAS GEE

Nicholas Gee, son of Roger Gee of Rothley, Leicestershire, was likely born between 1540 and 1550.  His wife is unknown.  He was the father of William Gee, Robert Gee, Thomas Gee, Nicholas Gee, and Roger Gee who were certainly born between 1560 and 1570.   It is stated that Robert and Roger did not leave any heirs.  Roger is likely the Innkeeper who resided in Nuneaton, Warwickshire.

William Gee, the eldest son of Nicholas, removed to Mildenhall in Suffolk, where his son Thomas was born before 1580.  Thomas was knighted as early as 1621.  Their pedigree was noted in the 1619 Visitation of Leicestershire.  (See Suffolk)

Thomas Gee appears to have descendents in the western villages of Nuneaton, Higham on the Hill, and Fenny Drayton, Leicestershire. (See 17th Century Leicestershire)

Nicholas Gee, the younger, removed to Sheffield, in Yorkshire.  (See Yorkshire)

HENRY GEE

Henry Gee, son of Roger Gee of Rothley, was noted in 1588 in Rothley.  In 1583 Henry Gee was noted in London.  Henry Gee and Edwin Babington served with others on a jury in the Husting of Common Pleas, London brought by the rector of Stretehall, Essex against Isabel Lyon, widow, John Lyon, Henry Lyon, John Hayward and John Gardyner for intrusion.

WILLIAM GEE

WILLIAM GEE, son of Roger Gee of Rothley, removed to Sheffield, Yorkshire. (See Yorkshire.)