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William Gee, Mayor of Hull, Son of Henry Gee of Rothley
Hull sets on the confluence of the rivers Hull and Humber with access to the sea. Opposite is Lincolnshire, and on the outskirts is Beverly. In 1331 the fee farm was created when the mayor and bailiffs of Hull were granted the town from the king. Sir Robert de Hastang, (Hastings) of Bagnall, Staffordshire, Keeper of Kingston-upon-Hull, held the farm until his death in 1336, when it went to William and Richard de la Pole, with reversion in 1339 to Michael de la Pole. William Elys received a part of the farm in 1391 and Henry le Scrope received the remainder in 1392 which the Scropes held until 1446. The Poles received the entire fee farm in 1446 and held it until 1504.
The city was periodically struck by plague, as it was in 1551, 1576 and, beginning in 1635; the plague ran for three years, destroyed commerce and reduced Hull by 2,730 and the countryside by as many uncounted.
William Gee became a Merchant of the Staple, meaning a merchant of wool, and acquired great wealth through this means and through public office. The wool produced in Yorkshire was exported through Hull, which also received wool via the river Trent and its tributaries. He was a leading member of the Hull Merchants’ Company. William was born in 1524. His youth was spent building his career and wealth as a merchant and he rose to prominence in Hull. William was Sheriff in 1560 and Mayor in 1562, 1573, and 1582. In 1563 William Gee late the mayor, was elected coroner. It is noted in the muster of 1588/89 that William Gee was able and furnished for himself and his man for a footman. His name is frequently mentioned in the Bench Book for Hull in matters related to decaying houses, and orders to refurbish and repair. As mayor he appointed the Burgesses who in turn selected the sheriff of the town. William Gee moved into banking and created great wealth through financing the merchants of Hull. He was the wealthiest person in Hull in the 1590’s.
William devoted much of his wealth to good works. He was the benefactor of Hull Grammar School. The school was originally founded by Bishop John Alcock, son of Sir William Alcock, merchant of Hull and founder of Jesus College, Cambridge. The Hull school was closed under the chantries act of 1547, but Elizabeth I gave the buildings and gardens to the Mayor, Luke Thurcross, William Gee, and others. In 1583, William was elected coroner, and soon after donated £80 and 20,000 bricks the school’s rebuilding.
… beinge The eleccion day Maister William Gee Maiour is content to bestowe vpon the buylding of the newe Scoolehowse All the monie he hath alreadie bestowed: videlet: lxxxli and more xxtie thowsande brickes, All the lyme remayninge, fiftie powndes in monie, and finshe the dores of mason worke / And if the xxtie thowsande brickes will not serve to make vpp the walls then is to finde so manie as will finishe the same / and in consideracion thereof yt is agreide that the Maiour & Burgesses shall of their coste & chardges finyshe the reste of that worke without exactinge anie thinge of anie inhabytinge the towne otherwise then of benevolence they will willinglie bestowe.
In his will William left additional buildings for use by the school, as well as leaving an endowment. In 1597 it is recorded in the records of Hull that William Gee, three times Mayor of Hull gifted to the city for the future use of the mayors silver plate which was to be kept in the mayor’s house so that future mayors could set a suitable table. The entries then list his gifts with descriptions and weight. These included: a great double gilt silver Salt Celler and cover; two double gilt silver pots; a silver guilt bason and ure (?); twelve great double-guilt silver spoons. He also gave a chain of gold to be worn by future mayors on Sunday and holy days by the mayor, and at prayers ten pounds to allow for making the chain of gold bigger.
William made several purchases that were recorded in the Feet of Fines for Yorkshire. In 1582 he received a messuage, and land in Beverley. The following year he purchased another in Beverley. In 1587 he purchased from John Smythe and Elena his wife a third messuage in Beverley. Again, in 1588 he purchased another. Interestingly, in 1577, George Aske, gentleman and Elena his wife sold 2 messuages in Bellassys and Grenacke. A warrant was attached against claims of Robert Aske, esquire, his heirs, and the heirs of William Webster, gentleman, deceased, Lancelot Harteshorn, and William Gee de Kingston upon Hull, merchants and their heirs. In 1599 William Gee, gentleman and Thomas Barnbie, esquire sold to Thomas Barnbie, gentleman, and George Barnbie, gentleman, lands in Riston and Sutton and the moiety of the manor of Riston. From 1600 until his death, William and his son, William Gee, Esquire, made a series of purchases noted in the Feet of Fines.
William Gee married twice. His first wife, likely Elizabeth Cole, was the mother of his daughter Anne and Elizabeth. His first wife was buried in January, 1578/79 at St. Mary’s, Hull. His second wife was Elizabeth Jobson, who died in December, 1599. Elizabeth Johson was the mother of William, Walter, Samuel, and Ellenor.
William’s will contains a long list of gifts and concerns for the poor and sick, with large sums for the endowment of charities overseen by Trinity and St. Mary’s churches. He left buildings which were endowed for a hospital for the poor.
Inspired by the Reformation, a mob destroyed the stained glass East Window in Holy Trinity Church, in Hull. The great window was restored by Mayor William Gee, at his own expense. It was destroyed again by the Parliamentarians and was covered by a mural until restored a third time in the early 19th century.
The Grammar School endowed by William Gee.
He provided the bricks and 80 ₤ to fund its construction in 1583.
The school functioned until 1875 and is now a museum.
Will of William Gee, Merchant of Hull, 1603
Whereas in the scriptures the great God of heaven and earth as willed by the prophet to say to Hezekiah, the king, to make his will, and to put things in order, for that he must die, so I so now pray and humbly beseech it great and might God, to confound and destroy all those men, lawyers, and others whatsoever, …which doeth counsel or take upon them to alter this my will. Amen, Lord.
In the name of God, the maker of heaven and earth… I, William Gee of Kingston upon Hull, merchant, being now in good health and perfect memory at these presents… my body… to be buried in the Trinity Church in Kingston upon Hull….
Item, I give and bequeath to my son, William Gee, for his full child’s portion, the sum of 2 thousand pounds and IIIJ silver pottes, ij double gilt, and 2 weights. Also I give to him a silver salt, double gilt, 3 bowls of silver, double gilt, the best and a dozen silver spoons, double gilt. Also I give to him ij rings of gold, my signet, and another greater with a red stone in it, being a boars head.
Item, I do bequeath to my son, Walter Gee, for his full portion, two hundred pounds in money. More, I give to him ij silver balls, parcel gilt, a weight silver salt and a dozen silver spoons, bought in Flanders. More, I give to him ij rings of gold, my viij links and a ring with a white maid head.
Item, now I do give and bequeath to my son, Samuel Gee, for his full portion, on hundred pounds in money, for that before his hath received a great portion; and one dozen silver spoons, like Postills fashion, ij silver goblets, parcel gilt.
Item, I do give and bequeath to my daughter Legard children, to her son, William Legard, I do give a sum of fifty pounds in money; and also to her daughter, Jane Legard, the sum of one hundred marks in money and one dozen of silver spoons.
Item, I do give to my daughter, Elizabeth Stevins, if she be living, the sum of fifty pounds. More, I give her one silver salt, and a note of silver with cover. Also, I do give and bequeath among my daughter Elizabeth Stevens children the sum of one hundred and twenty pounds.
Item, I give and bequeath to my daughter Ellener Gee the sum of one hundred pounds in full of her portion, for that I gave much before to Mr. Hardwicke. Also I do give her one great silver salt, with cover, parcel, and a dozen silver spoons, gilt at ends, and ij silver pots, double gilt, and one goblet, double gilt.
Item I will there be given after my burial, by God’s permission, among the poor people, xiij pound, vj shillings viij pence in money.
Item, I give and bequeath for xij men and xij women gowns at ye burial, ten pounds, and every one xij pence, apiece, and bread, drink, and cheese.
Item, I bequeath and give one hundred and fifty pounds in money to be bestowed in land by my executors and supervisors, for the church there shall be given yearly to the poor people in Hull for ever vj pounds, xiij shillings, iiij pence, at that time and day of the year that I departed forth of his mortal world, 3 pounds, vj shillings viij pence, and at All Hallow Tide, or Martynmas Day, other ij pounds, vj shillings, viij pence, for the which to give thanks and praises to God, that most holy and blessed Lord, which doeth open the heart of man to give some part to the needy souls remaining in the world, which of his great goodness that he sent it me, for which I do give to his goodness most humble thanks and glory and praises with my very heart and soul.
Item, I give to the mending of the highways without the town of Hull iij pound vj shillings viij pence.
Item, I do bequeath to the poor people in the town of Rothley in Leicestershire, where my friends dwell, in money, xl shillings.
Item, I give and bequeath among the poor people in Monestrell town, in Leicestershire, xl shillings. I do give to the highways mending in Rothley town xxx shillings in money. I do give to the highways mending in Monstrell town, in Leicestershire, xxx shillings in money.
Item, I bequeath to my brother, Ewel Gee, in money x pounds, and also to his wife xl shillings, for ring of remembrance.
Item, I give to sister Anne, being living xj pounds 13 shilling iiij pence. I bequeath to my sister, Ales Smyth, being living, v pounds, and to her children, v pounds apiece in money. I bequeath to my Elliner, being living v pounds and to her children, living, 3 pound 6 shillings, 8 pence, apiece.
Item, I give and bequeath to my brother John Gee children, unmarried xiij pound, vj shillings, viij pence. Also I do give to his children, being married every one living iij pound vj shillings jiij pence apiece. Also I do give to all my godchildren, being living, v shillings apiece for remembrance.
Item, I do give among my neighbors in the street where I dwelt in money, to make merry together with all, ij pound, xiij shillings, iij pence, and so to give thanks to my good God.
Item, I bequeath to William Wynsper, Ellen Wynsper’s son, which christened, xj pounds 13 shillings, iiij pence, and to her my worsted gown, and a gold ring for a remembrance. I do give to my servants, being with me, their wages unpaid, and more in money xx shillings.
Item, I give and bequeath to the Trinity Church within Kingston upon Hull, in this order, the sum of lx pounds; I say threescore pounds in money, that the church Masters with the good advise of Mr. Mayor and his brethren, ye shall put forth ye foresaid money at v pounds, the year profit for it which I will that ye said gift be employed thus: iiij pounds yearly to the repairing and mending of the said Trinity Church, and the other xx shillings of the money yearly to be paid to the repairing of Saint Mary’s Church, in the said town of Kingston upon Hull; and thus to be don with all for ever by God’s permission, according to my good meaning. Provided always if that it will not thus do, then I will the said money remain and go among my children without delay. I do give to Mr. Walter Jobson of Brantingham, to bestow in a ring, x pounds.
Item, I do give to Mr. John Stevins, who married my daughter, to bestow in a ring for remembrance, 2 pounds, 13 shillings, 4 pence.
Item, I do give to Mr. Michael Jobson xl shillings to bestow in a ring. I do give to Mr. Cole’s wife xl shillings for a ring. I do give to Mr. Walter Jobson’s wife 2 pounds, 13 shillings 4 pence to bestow of a ring for a remembrance.
Item, I do give among the poor people in the Great Massendew xiij shillings, iiij pence. I do give to the poor in Trinity House xx shillings. I do give to the poor in the Massendew, besides Saint Mary Church, in money vj shillings, viij pence.
Item, I bequeath and give to the Town Chamber of Kingston upon Hull, for a remembrance, xx pounds in money. More, I do bequeath to the Town Chamber of Hull the sum of one hundred and threescore pounds in money with Mr. Mayor and his brethren, with good advise of other honest persons, shall yearly at the beginning of the year to employ the said money and to buy corn for the use of the poor of that town, so that they may have it for money, so that the said town lose not by it; and thus to continue for ever. Provided always that if the will not so do, then the city of Ork to have the said money, and to employ it for their poor accordingly, and to put in good sureties for the same according to my good meaning thereof.
Item, I do give to the poor maidens marriages within Kingston upon Hull xxx pounds, to be paid 13 shilling iij pence at time, till it be all paid out by my executors and supervisors. Also in the name of Jesus Christ, my savior, I bequeath and give to the Towns Chamber of Kingston upon Hull for ever the Maasendew and house which I did build in the Chapel Lane for the poor, by God’s permission the iij tenements joining before of it, being in rent yearly iij pounds, xvj shillings, viij pence. Also I do give to the house for ever more, two houses in the said Chapel Lane which I bought of Peter Ewe, the rent yearly 3 pounds xv shillings; and the great chamber above the house to be left for xiij shillings, iij pence, the year. Item, I will there be paid weekly to ten, I say ten, poor women of honest name, I say women having no children, to come with them in it, every one of the x persons to have weekly paid iij pence apiece forever.
Item, I give to my son William Gee and his heir males all my lands in Kingston upon Hull and Beverley, so that he pay forth of it in Hull town the sum of xx shillings for forty years,, a such time of the year as the queen, or king after her, have any tax in Hull, then my said son, or his assigns, to pay for every of the poorer sort, which is assessed in Saint Mary ward, iiij pence or vj pence a house, then the said xx shillings to be paid for as many of them as it reach to.
Item, I do give to my son William Gee’s wife on portigue of gold, for a remembrance.
Item, I do give towards the repairing of Rothley Church, in Leicestershire, ij pounds, xiij shillings, iiij pence.
Item, I do give to those poor folks which I do give weekly a penny apiece, them to have, every one of them, ij shillings vj pence, the piece within xiiij days paid, and so it to praise God for it.
Item, I give xiij pounds, vj shillings, viij pence to bestow of a gravestone, where on to be grave (engraved) my two wives and all my children in order, and the day and year of my departure.
Item, I will it my executors do take no forfeiture of my debtors; and if they will pay there debt owing truly within half a year after my departing.
Item, I order and make my executors, my son William Gee and his children together, praying him to be good to my other children, in using themselves well towards him, as nature will cause him so to do.
Item the rest of my goes unbequeathed, my legacies and all other things discharged, I will that my son bestow it in land, which land to go from heir to heir, male forever.
Item, I do order and make my supervisors of my will, Mr. Antony Cole, my brother, Mr. Michael Jobson, and Mr. Luke Thruscroft, (Threscroft), and I will it they have for their pains xl shillings apiece. I give to my cousin William Gee’s wife xl shillings for remembrance. And thus in God’s name I make an end. And I pray all persons and people which ever I offended in the world to forgive me, a sinner. And I now freely from my heart do forgive every one which ever offended me, so it shortly I do believe and trust to say my most holy and blessed Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in his glorious kingdom in heaven, their to praise his holiness for ever, So be it, Amen. In witness for the truth hereof I have written this by God’s permission and goodness with my own hand, and set my seal the 22 nd day October, in the year of our Lord God, 1600. Also I give and bequeath to the school of Hull, which I built through God’s goodness, two houses in the Butcherie, on which Richard Kitchen hath, paying iij pounds by year, and the other of Ptreke Wiestide, paying xl shillings by year. I give these houses for ever, for and towards the said school Master. fee, for his good teachings and bringing up youth, which house I bought of Patrick.
Memorandum that after the making of this will he, the within named William Gee, did give by word of mouth to Mr. Whincopp, preacher of the town of Kingston upon Hull, ten pound, in the presence of us, Anthony Cole, Will’m Legard.
Remainder is in Latin: being the testament of the witnesses. P’me Wm Gee
xj Augusti, 1603 Testmentum Gee. Harthill Seal: G
Dorso: This is my last will and testament, I praise God for it. W
(Note: ij = ii; iij = iii; iiij = iiii; etc. xj = xi; vj = vi; vij =vii)
The Children of William Gee, Mayor of Hull
His will identifies three sons: William, Walter and Samuel as well as daughters Jane, Anne wife of William Legard, of Hull, merchant, Elizabeth wife of Mr. John Stevins, and Ellener Gee who later married first Brian Hardwick of Potters Newton, and secondly William Webster of Flamborough, merchant. He notes his brothers Ewel (Eustace) and John Gee, sister Ales Smyth and sister Anne. Also mentioned is his cousin William Gee as well as members of his wife’s family, Michael and Walter Jobson.
Anne married Robert Legard, of Hull, merchant at St. Margaret’s Lothbury on October 10, 1575. He was the younger son of Ralph Legard, of Anlaby. His mother was Isabell, daughter of Piers Hildyard, of Winestead, whose wife was Joan, the second daughter of Sir Martin de la Sec of Barnston. Robert and Ann Legard were the parents of William Legard of Beverly who married Margaret Stillington. and grandparents of William Legard, of Beverly, clerk. William and Anne were also the parents of Jane. Anne was Robert’s second wife, and he had other children by his first wife who was a Smyth. His second wife was Frances, daughter of Marmaduke Constable of Cliff.
Elizabeth married John Stevens.
Ellenor married Brian Hardwick of Potter-Newton, Leeds and after his death she married William Webster of Flamborough, a merchant at Leeds on December 22, 1602.
Walter Gee matriculated from Trinity College, Cambridge, on Easter of 1583. He received his BA in 1586/87; his MA in 1590, and his BD in 1597. From 1599 to 1605 he was minister at Fenn Drayton, Cambridgeshire. The birth of his daughter Tabitha Gee was recorded in 1599 in March, and his daughter Elisabeth Gee in September, 1603.
Walter removed to become Rector of Maids Morton, Buckinghamshire in 1603, followed by Bainton, East Riding of Yorkshire in 1617 to 1619 and was buried there. His brother, Sir William Gee, left him the advowson to St. John’s, Oxford, Oxfordshire.
Samuel Gee was noted in London, where his family crest was recorded in 1592. The records of Winchester on November 21, 1603, note a warrant to take bond of Samuel Gee for payment of ₤300, part of Michael Jobson’s debt as customer of Kingston-upon-Hull; and for Commission to Baron Savile and John Aldridge to take bond of Gee for execution of that office. (See London and Greater Middlesex)
Sir William Gee
William Gee was born about 1562. William Gee entered St. John’s College, Cambridge in 1577. He was a noted lawyer who practiced at York before the Council of the North. In March, 1579 he was noted in the admission register of Lincoln’s Inn, London, as a barrister from Yorkshire, along with John Grene, both of Furnival’s Inn. He was sent as a Member of Parliament in 1588. It was the following year that he was noted in the records of Lincon’s Inn as called to the Bar at the next moot. His marriage enhanced his political position. In 1594 he provided ₤1,000 to Hull for the purchase of Sir Thomas Wilkes salt monopoly. In 1595 he was at Lincoln’s Inn for Lent where he and Mr. Porter, junior were the stewards of the Reader’s Dinner. In that same year the records note that upon the petition of Mr. Jobson, Principal of Furnyfall’s Inne, …that the gentellmen of that house and of Thavies Inne admitted or to be admitted of this Howse, maye remayne in those Houses of Chauncerie for twoe yeares after theire admittance in the House, payinge theire Pencions duringe those two yeares, and that they shalbe discharged of castinge into commons and of all vacacions and chardges of Christmas duringe the tyme of theire staie there for those firste two yeares.
On June 9, 1595, Mathew Hutton, Archbishop of York wrote to Lord Burgley, the dear advisor of Queen Elizabeth, requesting that his son-in-law, Mr. William Gee be appointed Secreatry to the Queen’s Council at York. William carried the letter to Lord Burghley. When the queen died, William was present to welcome the new king at York on behalf of the aldermen of Hull and delivered a speech to King James.
In the records of the city of Leicester Chamberlains’ Accounts it is noted that on the 8th day of October, 1607, through Mr. Samuel Culverwell Clarke, Sir William Gee Knight and executor of the last will and testament of Mr. William Gee, late of kigston upon Hull Merchant, deceased, delivered to the Mayor and Corporation of the towne of Leicester, the sum of xls to be used for the mending of the highway in the town.
William went to Parliament in 1604 representing Beverley, and Hull elected his cousin Anthony Cole. He obtained the secretaryship of the Council of the North and Keeper of the Signet from 1604, under James I. On May 30, 1604, at Whitehall, the King granted knighthoods to William Gee, of the Council at York, along with others of the Council: Richard Williamson, and John Jackson. Others from York also knighted on this day were Hugh Bethel, Thomas Bland, and John Feron (Ferne). In 1609, Sir William Gee was appointed sole secretary, and reversions for himself, Thomas Trevor and Sir John Trevor. In 1610 he was fined double for not presenting himself at the session of the House of Commons. A messenger was sent to inform him, and it was noted that if he was not at the next session a Serjeant at Arms would be called upon.
The Feet of Fines for Yorkshire are filled with land purchases by William Gee, esquire and his father William Gee. In 1593 William Gee and Thomasina, his wife, purchased from Brian Slater and Agnes his wife and William Slater, 3 acres of land in Bamton and the advowson of Bamton Church. Richard Remington, clerk, and William Gee, esquire purchased in 1598 from Francis Phillip and Elizabeth his wife and William Phillip the manor of Marske and 20 messuages and 10 cottages with lands in Marske, common pasturage for goats, pigs, and all animals in Feldum, and the advowson of Marske Church. Remington and William Gee were acting as trustees for the Huttons. In December, (43 Elizabeth) Richard Remington, archdeacon, demised to William Gee, Esquire of Beverley, for the term of three lives, at £22 per year the advowson of Mappleton.
Mathew Hutton was born in 1525 at Priest-Hutton, Lancashire in the parish of Warton. He attended Trinity College, Cambridge in 1546 and proceeded to accumulate honors and notice, including that of Queen Elizabeth. Matthew Hutton, Archbishop of York was father-in-law to Richard Remington of Ockington, clerk, and William Gee of Beverley, Esquire, as well as Sir John Calverly, of Littleborne, who married his daughter Anne. Mathew Hutton conveyed the town and manor of Marske to William Gee and Richard Remington, and they conveyed it to Timothy Hutton, Esquire the archbishop’s eldest son. Archbishop Hutton died in 1605. Sir Timothy Hutton was already in possession of the adjoining estate of Marrick. In 1615 he entailed Marske when Matthew Hutton, his son and heir, married a daughter of Sir Conyers Darcy, later Lord Darcy. Mathew Hutton was a staunch Cavalier. Sir Timothy Hutton died in 1629.
In 1602, Sir Jerome Bowes and Jerome Markhan sold Aldbrough manor to Sir William Gee. It lay near the village of Sildbrough north and east of Hull. It had originally been land held by Sir Richard Hastings in 1428, which eventually passed to Sir Thomas Stanhope in 1558. Sir William Gee divided the property and sold it around 1605. Richard More bought some of the land, and added it to other purchases to create an estate at Aldbrough of six houses. This eventually came into the possession of Thomas Scott in 1728.
William Gee inherited land in Hull and Beverley which he sold. He purchased from the family of his second wife, Mary Crompton, the Bishop Burton and Cherry Burton estates in 1603 and built a hall known as the Low Hall. Their marriage is recorded in London in the parish records of St. Botolph, Aldersgate.
Low Hall built for Sir William Gee at Bishop Burton
Samuels Buck’s notebook contains this sketch of the Jacobean house. It was torn down in 1874.
William Gee and Thomasine Hutton were the parents of two daughters and three sons, before Thomasine died at 29 in 1599. On the family monument in York Minster built by William Gee’s second wife none of these children was depicted, suggesting that they all died young.
On the south side of the choir, a brass plate contains an epitaph to Thomasine Gee, wife of William Gee, Esquire, who died September 23, 1599. She was 29 years of age. It notes she was a … holy, upright, and truly noble woman….
Sir William Gee’s second wife was Mary Crompton, a daughter of Thomas Crompton of Bishop Burton, one of the Queen’s auditors. There were six children by this second marriage, including eldest son John, sons William, Thomas, Timothy and daughter Anne.
Sir William Gee had been a small investor in the Virginia Company, and signed the Third Charter in 1612 after investing 25 Pounds. Sir William Gee died in early 1612 at the age of fifty. To control the estates of the family, Dame Mary had to put up £750 for the wardship of her eldest son. Sir William held strong leanings to the Calvinist teachings of election and predestination. He was strongly religious, and vehemenetly anti-Catholic. He was gifted the Archbishop’s Hebrew bible and he spoke Greek, and Latin as well.
Will of Dame Mary Gee
July 16, 1628. Dame Mary Gee, late wife of Sr Wm Gee, Kt. Of Bhp Bourton, deceased. To be buried in the Cathedral Church of St Peter in York. To the poor of Bishop Burton ₤10. To my eldest son Wm Gee, Walkington Woods which I bought, and my own wedding ring. To my son Thomas Gee my best saddle horse. To his wife my ring with the gren stone in it. To Thos Gee, their son, my grandchild, that land I purchased in Elerby and Longriston. To my son John Gee’s son Wm Gee a messuage called the Baulkland House. To my daughter Hanna Remmington my coach and horses. To her husband a piece of gold of 50 s., and to her daughter Elizabeth a ring. To my daughter Jane Gregorie a gold and a rubie ring. To my sister Alice Glenham a silver salt and the bed and table and all the furniture in that chamber over my chamber. To my sister ffinebone ring enameled with black enamel. To my kinswoman Mary Glenham one bed and all furniture in room next me and ₤20 to her portion. To each of the servants 20 s., and to each of the maids 13s. 4d. The rest of my goods between my son William and my son Thomas Gee his children. To son Wm. And cosen Micklethwat, clerke, whom I make executors 30 angells each, and I appoint Mr. Thomas Bruster and my brother Rimmington, Esq., supervisors, and to have for a remembrance 4 angells. (Probated Feb. 6, 1655, by William Gee, Esq. son.)
Latin inscription on Brass Plaque
William Gee, formerly of Bishop Burton, Yorkshire, knight, one of the privy council and secretary to James1, King of Great Britain; a man illustrius for piety, integrity and beneficence, especially to the ministers of God’s word. He was eminent for his skill in the Latin, Greek and Hebrew languages; for his knowledge of both of ecclesiastical and civil law, and especially for his asquaintance with theology both theoretical and practical. After he had married first Thomasine, daughter of the most reverend father in Christ Dr. Hutton of York, and afterwards Mary, sprung from the illustrious family of the Cromptons, by each of which he had a fair and hopeful progeny, over whom he exercised the tenderest care to form them to every excellence, he patiently continued in this vale of tears for nearly fifty years, in the exercise of an unshaken faith in Christ, and an unviolated charity towards men. At length he fell asleep in Jesus, placidly resigning his soul to God his father, and his body to its mother earth, in the expectation that he shall one day receive it back from thence gloriously improved and beautified. Mary Gee, while they lived together, was the companion of his enjoyments, and, beyond the ordinary measure of her sex, of his virtues too, now, after some years of widowhood, expecting, when the will of god is such, to take part also of his grave, has erected this ineffectual monument of her tender affection and conjugal fidelity, desirous to perpetuate, as long as possible, what she wishes might endure forever. Death alone will end my love.
Children of Sir William Gee
Recorded at St. John’s, Beverly (unless noted otherwise)
William Gee, was born 1591 no parentage (St. Michael LeBelfry)
Philip Gee, was born May 5, 1594, buried in August
William Gee, was born May 2, 1595, death not noted
Timothy Gee, was born June 12, 1597, buried in July
Jane Gee was born August, 1599
Susan Gee, was born in 1592, (Holy Trinity Goodramgate) buried February 1600/01
Thomas Gee was born September 23, 1602, buried August, 1603
John Gee was born February 19, 1603
William Gee of Bentley
Thomas Gee of Killingraves
Timothy Gee was born September, 1609 (Holy Trinity Goodramgate)
Elizabeth Gee was born February, 1610/11 (St. Michael LeBelfry), died unmarried.
Hannah Gee was born December 22, 1611
Beverly was a sanctuary town from the earliest days. The sanctuary crosses that lay along the main roads one mile from the church door are now worn and weathered stones, enclosed by modest fencing. Surrounding Beverly, and in very close proximitity was Killingwoldgrave, Walkington, and Bishop Burton, with Scorborough nearby.
Stone Base of Sancutary Cross at Killingwoldgrave
Descendents of Sir William Gee
John Gee of Harthill, Scorbrough
John Gee, son of Sir William, was baptized February, 19, 1603 and entered Christ’s College, Cambridge in 1620. He was admitted to the Inner Temple in 1622. John Gee married Frances, daughter of Sir John Hotham and his first wife Catherine, daughter of Sir John Rhodes of Barlbrough, Derbyshire. Sir John Hotham and his son were executed as traitors by Parliament.
John Gee and Frances had only one child, William who was born in 1625. John died in 1627. His October 22, 1627 will noted that he was John Gee, of Harthill, Scorbrough which lies 4 miles from Beverly.
William was raised in the household of his step-father Sir Philip Stapleton of Warter Priory, Poklington; a distinguished York Parliamentarian. Frances Hotham Gee and Sir Philip Stapleton had five children. Their son John Stapleton married Elizabeth daughter of Sir Wilford Lawson of Isell. Frances Hotham died in 1636, when her son, William Gee, was 11. Stapleton soon married Barbara Lennard, daughter of Henry twelfth Lord Dace of Hestmonceux, Sussex. William Gee, born in 1625, of Bishop Burton and his wife, Rachel Parker, are followed below.
In 1642, as a friend of the Earl of Essex, he attempted to negotiate an agreement with King Charles I. Stapleton went with the Earl of Holland to present Parliament’s petition to the King who had settled his court in the Beverley manor home of Dame Gee. It was not long before Beverly was caught in the fighting between the King and the Parliamentarian forces that controlled Hull. Stapleton’s cavalry fought at the battle of Edgehill in 1642, and marched with the Earl of Essex to relieve Gloucester. He ploted with the Presbyterians and Scottish commissioners to remove Oliver Cromwell in 1644 and was impeached by the Army, and withdrew from Parliament. He fled to France but died at Calais in 1647, evidently a victim of the plague. The Hothams attempted to deliver Hull and Beverley to the king, but were thwarted and imprisoned at Beverly. They were later executed.
William Gee of Bentley
William Gee, of Bentley, was the son of Sir William. He was born in 1605 and entered Christ’s College, Cambridge in 1621. He was admitted to the Inner Temple in 1627. He married in 1651, Frances, daughter of Gervase Hammerton of Aukborough, Lincolnshire.
In 1655 he received Walkington Wood, which had been purchased by his mother. Walkington Wood was originally part of the Beverly, Cherry Burton grant awarded to John, Duke of Northumberland, when this property was confiscated from the Archbishop of York following the Reformation. William’s residence was always states as Bentley, which lay just outside of Beverly. His will was probated in London on November 20, 1657. His wife had died before him.
William and Frances were the parents of one son, William Gee who was of age, and evidently in college, as he was given his tuition in his father’s will. Supervision of the administration of the estate was placed in the hands of Sir Thomas Remington, Knight and Thomas Waller. William’s will noted his nephew, William Gee of Beverley, Esquire, and his wife; his brother Thomas Gee of Killingrave; and Thomas’ son, Thomas Gee; and his son William Gee.
WILL OF WILLIAM GEE OF BENTLEY, ESQUIRE, 1657
Sep. 26, 1657 William Gee of Bentley, Esq. To be buried in the Parish Church of gregor, near my late wife. To Thomas Remington, Kt., one piece of gold of three pounds weight, and all my books, saving my law books which I give to his son William. To mysister Remington my pointed diamond rings. To my goddaughter Elizabeth Remington my diamond ring with 8 diamonds. To my brother Mr. Thomas Gee of Killingrave my best sadle nagg. To his eldest son Thomas my best mare and foale. To my godson William Gee, his son, one bond of ₤5, due to me from Mr. Christophe Bacon of fferigy. To my neice Sidneham of London, married, 20 old angels. To my sister Gee of Killingrave my jewell of Cleopatra with 4 rubies in it. To my neice Flebrige, married in the South, one jewel with Cupid in it and 4 pearls about it. To my neice Catherine Gee one Holland suit of linen, and a purse with 40 Edward shillings in it. To my nephew Wm. Gee of Beverley, Esq., 5 twenty two shilling pieces of gold. To my neice, his wife, one silvr candlestick, silver snuffers, and silver extinguisher. To Thomas Crompton, Esq., of Driffield, 2 twenty two shilling pieces, and to his wife all my millaine sixpences being in a purse, about three scroe, and to my goddaughter Anne Crompton, his daughter, four forraine pieces of silver being in value about crownes a piece. To my father Hammerton 2 twenty two shilling pieces of gold and my silver tobacco stopper, and my Gerard’s herball. To my sister Anne Hammerton my best suit of damaske, one good suit of linen, and all my wives childbed linen. To my brother Thomas Waller 2 old angels of gold. To my sister Lady Remington 5 enamelled broaches of gold with rubies in them. To my sister Anne Hamerton 12 milaine sixpences being cribbidg counters, and one silver boxe which was my wives, as also my wives Bible covered with blue velvet. To the poor of Bentley ₤6 13s. 4d. Tuition of my son William to Sir Thomas Remington and Mr. Thomas Waller, supervisors, they to have ₤5 each and mourning. Mrs. Hannah, wife of Mr. Thomas Waller, ₤5 for mourning. Son William residue and to be executor. Proved Nov. 20, 1657 by Sir Thomas Remington and Thomas Waller.
Thomas Gee of Killingrave
Thomas Gee was the third son of Sir William and he also entered Christ’s College, Cambridge in 1621. He married at St. Michael Belfrey in 1633 to Katherine, daughter of Philip Constable, Esquire of Wassand. Philip was killed in a duel by Mr. Edmund Percy, cousin of his wife Mary Moor, in 1618. They resided at Killingrave, Yorkshire.
Children of Thomas and Katherine Gee
Thomas Gee, the eldest, was born in 1634 likely at the home of his mother.
St. John’s, Beverly
John Gee born September 1635
William Gee born April, 1647
Philip Gee born April, 1651
Richard Gee born March, 1654
Mary Gee born February, 1636
Elizabeth Gee born February, 1637/38
Frances Gee born May, 1639
Catherine Gee born January, 1641
Susan Gee born February, 1648
Anne Gee born August, 1645
THOMAS GEE, the eldest son received a mare and foal from his uncle William Gee of Bentley in his will in 1657. Thomas was the father of William, noted as godson in the will of his uncle William. Thomas Gee of Killingrand (Killingrave), Yorshire, was assessed 70 pounds 10 shillings during the Interregnum in 1652.
FRANCES GEE was married on August 11, 1660. She was noted as being from St. Giles, Cripplegate, of about the age of 20, with the consent of her father Thomas Gee, of London, Esquire. Frances married John Humfrey, of St Martin’s Fields, Gentleman, Bachelor, about 27 years of age. They were married at St. Giles, Cripplegate. The notation “Vacat”is written in the margin, but the entry is not crossed out.
CATHERINE GEE was married in 1675 at St. Dunston’s in the East, London on June 28. The banns read William Pascher, of St. Dunston’s in the East, London and Catherine Gee, of the same, Spinster about 25, at own disp. Alleged by Richard Smith, of Gray’s Inn; at St. Giles, Cripplegate, or St. James, Clerkenwell, Middlesex. The marriage is recorded at St. Giles, Cripplegate on June 1, 1675.
ANNE GEE is likely the same whose marriage settlement to John Acklam was negotiated in 1684.
Land belonging to the former Killingwoldgraves hospital, in Bishop Burton parish, descended to the Gee family. The corn tithes passed with the former hospital to Sir William Gee in 1605. They were sold in 1653 by Thomas Gee to William Blount. William, the son and heir of Thomas is noted: …William Gee esquire and his wife Elizabeth and their son and heir John Gee, all of South Burton alias Bishop Burton to Ralph Warton of Beverley equire Property: capital messuage called the Grainge or dissolved hospital of Killingwoulgraves alias Killingraves with 1 stable, two barns an other appurtenances Closes called Cow Close, New Intacke, Pond Close, Smithie Garth; three closes in the Riding alias riddinge Fields; Sister Flatt and Orchard Flatt all in South Burton alias Bishop Burton four beastgates in the Westwood in Berverley 17 Aug 1691.
In 1656 Thomas Gee, junior, Killingraves, gentleman, son of Thomas Gee, senior, Killingraves, gentleman sold for ₤ 82 a messuage and one oxgang to Robert Hodgson, senior, routh, wife Anne, son and heir of Robert Property.
TIMOTHY GEE was the fourth son of Sir William Gee. He was born in 1609.
MARY GEE a daughter of Sir William Gee.
ELIZABETH GEE was born in 1610, died unmarried.
ANNE (HANNAH) GEE, daughter of Sir William Gee, married Sir Thomas Remington, Knight. She was born in 1610/11 and they were married in 1621. They were the parents of twenty children, five of whom died.
Hannah and Sir Thomas Remington with family, including deceased children.
Sir John Hotham, II of Scorborough, York was executed in 1644/45. He was married three times: Katherine Rhodes, Anne Rookesby, Frances Legard, Katherine Bambrough, and Sarah Anlaby.
His eldest son, John was executed with his father and was succeeded by his eldest son, John. This John Hotham married Elizabeth, daughter of Sapcote, Lord Beaumont, Viscount Beaumont of Swords, in Ireland. Lady Beaumont and Sir John Hotham were the parents of Elizabeth Hotham who married William Gee of Bishop Burton and Beverly in 1663 at Scorborough. Bridget Gee was her granddaughter.
His daughter Frances Hotham married John Gee, of Beverly, in 1629.
His son Durant Hotham, by the second, wife married a daughter of Richard Remington of Lund in 1625.
His son Charles Hotham, by the second wife, was Rector of Wigan in 1653, ejected in 1662, and then went to the West Indies, in Bermuda, where he died. His son, Sir Charles Hotham, married Bridget Gee, daughter of William Gee, Esquire of Bishop Burton, and Elizabeth Hotham. They were married in 1690. She died in 1707. Philippa, daughter of Bridget and Charles Hotham, married William Gee, Esquire of Bishop Burton. Their daughter Elizabeth married Sir Thomas Styles, Baronetcy of Wateringbury, Kent. She died in 1737 in Hanover Street, Middlesex, aged 43.
John Hotham executed 1645
John Hotham executed 1645 Frances Hotham m. John Gee Charles Hotham
John Hotham m. Lady Beaumont |
Elizabeth Hotham married William Gee
Bridget Gee …….. married ………… Charles Hotham
Phillipa Hotham married William Gee
The Civil War, John Shaw, Preacher and his man, Robert Gee
( Yorkshire Diaries and Autobiographies in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries Vol. I: Charles Jackson)
In 1645 Mr. John Shaw, minister, reached agreement with the mayor, aldermen, and burgesses of Hull to preach on Sunday and Wednesday in Trinity church for 150 lb a year, and a rent free house. He wrote about his experience in Hull and York during the war between Charles I and Parliament.
…His majesty went from Yorke to Nottingham, where he set up his standard, August 22, 1642…. And on the other side, Robert, earl of Essex, being made general of all the parliament’s forces, marcheth up with an army against the king and his forces. …I, with my wife, fled by night to Hull ( leaving my children with my dear mother at Rotheram); but when I came to Hull, and preached ther, Sir John Hotham being the governor (for the parliament) in Hull, being privy to his own intentions, and conceiving, as he said, that I would oppose him), would not suffer me to tarry in Hull: as he had kept the king out of Hull, when he demanded entrance thereinto, on April 23…. I was force toretire with my wife for a while to Beverly (six miles from Hull) where, on a Fast day I preached a sermon…. I desired much to returne to Rotherham. …I went to Selby in my way to Rotherham. …At last I got safe to Rotherham, which I found garrison’d (though very weakly). On Thrusday, May 4, 1643, came the earl of Newcastle with general King and a great army, against the town of Rotherham. …when the earl and army wer got into the towne …there was by them (besides imprisonment) a fine of a thousand marks apiece, imposed upon four persons, viz. Mr. William Spencer, Mr. Henry Westby, Mr. George Westby, and myself…. All the rest forenamed were taken prisoners except myself, …but, I with my man Robert Gee, lay hid in the steeple of the church; the soldiers sought me diligently, plundered my house, and came five or six several times into the very room where we were; we could see and have touched them; we were visible enough to them, if the Lord, in mercy to us, had not shut their eyes. I fled with my man aforesaid in the night to Manchester in Lancashire… whither my wife followed soon after….
One has to wonder if this Robert Gee was later the same who was appointed to the Parish Curch of St. Thomas a Beckett in Derbyshire in 1645. Robert Gee was married at Rotherham, Yorkshire to Mary Richmond on September 8, 1646.
Descendents of John Gee and Frances Hotham
William Gee, Esquire of Bishop Burton
William Gee, esquire of Bishop Burton, was the son and heir of John Gee and Frances Hotham. William was born at Scarborough, his mother’s family home. He was noted as my nephew, William Gee of Beverly, in the 1657 will of his uncle, William Gee of Bentley. William was born in 1625 and was only 2 years old when his father died. He was raised in the home of his step-father, Sir Philip Stapleton, likely until the death of his mother in 1636, when he was 11. I suspect he then was removed to the home of his uncle, William Gee of Bentley.
He entered Christ’s College, Cambridge at the age of 15 in 1640. In January, 1645, he married Rachel Parker, when she was 14. Rachel was the daughter of Thomas Parker of Ratton, and they had one son, William Gee, who was born at her home of Willington, in Sussex in 1648. Rachel died at only 18 in early 1650.
Tomb of the young mother, Rachel Parker Gee the wife of William Gee.
William Gee then married Mary Spencer, the daughter of Richard Spencer at All Hallows-the-Less, in London in March, 1652/3. The Honorable Richard Spencer was the second son of Robert, Lord Spencer, of Wormleighton, whose seat was in Orpington. Robert, Lord Spencer, married Mary Sandys, daughter of Sir Edwin Sandys, barrister of Northborne. Lord Spencer died in 1661, leaving two daughters: Mary wife to William Gee, esq. of Bishop’s Burton, in Yorkshire; and Margaret, wife to John Venables, esquire of Cheshire. These sisters were their father’s coheirs. William Gee, Esquire, in right of his wife, became owner of the Oprington estate in Kent. William Gee and Mary Spencer were the parents of Richard Gee, born in 1657, Robert Gee, and Mary Gee. William Gee died in August, 1678 and Mary died in 1702.
In 1655 a description of Bishop Burton states …with 40 messuages, 100 cottages, 1 mil, 60 gardens, 200 acres meadow, 2000 acres land, 400 acres pasture, 2000 acres furz and heath, 2000 acres moor, 20 x rent and common pasture for all cattle in Bishopp Burton.
The Children of William Gee, of Bishop Burton
William Gee, son of Rachel Parker, born 1648
Richard Gee, son of Mary Spencer, born 1657
Robert Gee, son of Mary Spencer, was born in 1660
Mary Gee, died young, daughter of Mary Spencer
William Gee of Beverly, MP
William Gee of Beverly was the eldest son of William Gee and his first wife Rachel Parker. He was born in 1648 at Willingdon, in Sussex which was the home of his mother. He entered Christ’s College, Cambridge at the age of 15 in 1664. In 1666 he was declared of age and received his inheritance of Bishop Burton.
He was Member of Parliament for Hull and Beverley and a supporter of William of Orange. It is stated that he returned to England with William upon his accendancy to the throne. In 1679 William Gee addressed Charles II, fourth Parliament regarding the succession, urging the Catholic James II not be placed on the throne. Serving in Parliament at the same time was Sir Orlando Gee, of Middlesex. Unlike Sir Orlando, William was not very active in Parliament, often being absent during sessions. His younger brother, Richard was implicated during an inquiry into corruption in 1694-95. William was a Whig, who served off and on until 1705.
His first wife was Elizabeth Hotham, daughter and heir of Sir John Hotham, barrister of Scorborough and Lady Elizabeth Beaumont. Sir John Hotham succeeded his grandfather after the execution of his father and grandfather by Charles I. He later went into exile in 1684, and returned with William of Orange in 1688. He was Governor of Hull in 1689 and died that year. Lady Elizabeth Beaumont was the daughter of Sapcote Beaumont, Lord of Ireland.
Elizabeth Hotham was 12 years of age when she and William Gee were wed at Scorborough on February 23, 1663. Elizabeth died in March, 1683 and was buried at Bishop Burton. Their surviving children were: eldest son and heir, Thomas, and Bridget, as well as William, Matthew, John, William (2nd), Rachel, Elizabeth, Ursula, Catherine, and Elizabeth. Only Thomas and Bridget are documented as leaving heirs.
Children of William Gee of Beverly, MP
BRIDGET GEE was born Sept. 28, 1671 and married Sir Charles Hotham, Barister of Scorborough;
THOMAS GEE, Nov. 4, 1673, inherited Bishop Burton;
MATHEW GEE Aug. 1, 1675 removed to Northamptonshire;
WILLIAM GEE (2nd) Sept. 11, 1676 evidently married but died without heirs and was buried Oct. 15, 1718;
CATHERINE GEE of Beverley, spinster, will in July, 1710, at York;
ELIZABETH GEE, will in June, 1714;
After giving birth to eleven children, Elizabeth Hotham Gee died. William Gee married, in 1685, Elizabeth Cracroft daughter of Charles Cracroft of Louth, Linconshire, the widow of John Elleker of Risby, Yorkshire. She was the mother of:
JAMES GEE, Aug, 15, 1685, inherited Mappleton Manor;
BRIDGET GEE married Sir Charles Hotham;
DOROTHY GEE was noted in the will of her father and sister Catherine.
Descendants of William Gee, of Beverly, MP
BRIDGET GEE was born in 1671. She married on September 9, 1690, Sir Charles Hotham, barrister of Scorburgh. Bridget Gee was raised by her grandmother, Lady Beaumont (Hotham). Lady Beaumont was faced with a dilemma. She had one surviving son, John Hotham, who by 1691 was embroiled in a divorce, based on his impotence. John gave his mother what estate he held in reversion and fled to Holland where he died in his sleep at the age of 37. Prior to his John’s death, Lady Beaumont negotiated with her only remaining male heir, her grandson, Charles Hotham of Scarborough to received title to all of her estates in reversion, on condition that he marry her grand-daughter, Bridget Gee. Charles Hotham was the son of Charles Hotham, Rector of Wiggan, who went to Bermuda in 1662 after his ejection from Wigan. Bridget and Sir Charles Hotham had two sons, Charles and Beaumont Hotham as well as three daughters. Their daughter Philippa Hotham, married Colonel William Gee, and Charlotte Hotham who married in 1725, Sir Warton Penyman Warton, barrister of Beverly. Elizabeth Hotham Gee died in 1687. Bridget died in when 37 in 1707 of cancer. Sir Charles was encamped with his regiment on Isle of Wight at her death. Sir Charles died in debt, and his second and eldest surviving son became a friend of George II and Groom of the Bedchanber.
MATHEW GEE, born in 1675, married Mary the daughter of William Harcourt and Margaret Shukburgh, daughter of John Shukburg of Naseby in Northamptonshire.
JAMES GEE was baptized August 15, 1685. James Gee entered Queen’s College, Cambridge in 1702. He was admitted to the Inner Temple in 1704 and married Constantia Moyser in 1727. Constantia was the daughter of John Moyser, Esquire and Catherine Heron, widow of Sir John Hotham, barrister, and daughter of John Heron, Esquire.
William Gee, MP, left the manor of Mappleton in Holderness, and its appurtenances, to his son, James Gee. It is unclear how William Gee came into possession of the manor. It was held during the reign of Elizabeth I by Lord Dacre.
James Gee died in 1751 and his will was probated in 1752. James and Constantia were the parents of: James Gee who was baptized in 1732 at All Saints, Beverly, and died young; William Gee of Beverly, baptized Apr. 26, 1735, whose will was probated in 1762 at York; Gertrude Gee; Richard Gee, who died young; Rev. Richard Gee, Vicar of North Cave and Rector of Leven, who took his holy orders in 1761, at age 18 and married Hannah Waines. Richard and Hannah had one son, William, who died unmarried when 20 years old. Gertrude Gee, daughter of James and Constantia married Colonel James Whyte, esquire of Ireland. The last Gee to hold Mappleton manor was the Reverend Roger Gee, from whom it passed, through his widow to Robert Moiser (Moyser). In her will, Sarah Moyser, aged 76 years left her estates in Yorkshire to her kinsman, Reverend Richard Gee, Rector of Hotham, York, for life with remainder to here kinsman William Whyte, second son of James Whyte.
THOMAS GEE, the eldest son of William Gee of Beverly, MP entered St John’s College, Cambridge in 1690 at 16 years of age. He was baptized Nov. 4, 1673. He was admitted to the Middle Temple in 1695. On June 22, 1695 Thomas Gee of Bishop Burton in Yorkshire, gentleman bachelor, aged 21 years, married Sarah Pipe, aged 23 years at St. Katherine By the Tower, London, Middlesex. (Dugdale incorrectly has Sarah as the second wife.) Thomas and Sarah were the parents of:
Thomas Gee, Rector of Cherry Burton;
Catherine Gee, born December 23, 1701, All Saints Bishop Burton;
Bridget Gee wife of John Taylor, Esquire of Beverly, then Ralph Pennyman;
Anne Gee wife of Richard Dawson, in 1725 in York Minster.
Thomas inherited Bishop Burton in 1718 and was buried July 28, 1750. He later married Elizabeth who was buried at Belfreys, June 29, 1730. His sons were William and Thomas Gee and they both died before him. His heir was his grandson, Roger. His daughters were Bridget, Ann, and Catherine.
Descendents of Thomas Gee
WILLIAM GEE entered St. John’s at age 16 in 1715. He was a Colonel in the 20th Foot, and was killed at Fontenoy in 1745. His first wife was Philippa, daughter of Sir Charles Hotham, barrister, and Bridget Gee. The births of their children were recorded in the register of All Saints Bishop Burton, for the birth of their two children: Thomas Gee born April 19, 1717 and Phillippa born on April 3 1726. Philippa died before 1734 as William’s second wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Roger Talbot, Esquire of Woodend, York, gave birth to his second son, Roger before the death in 1734/35 of his eldest children, Thomas and Phillippa. These children died within months of each other in October and January of 1734/35. William’s third son, William Gee, was born in May, 1735 and his fourth son, Richard Gee was born in May, 1737, but quickly died. As the eldest surviving son, Roger Gee inherited from his grandfather in 1750, the manor of Bishop Burton.
Portrait of Roger Gee, last Gee of Bishop Burton
ROGER GEE, son of Colonel William Gee, was the last Lord of the Manor of Bishop Burton. He married Caroline, the daughter of Sir Warton Penyman Warton, barrister, who was the elder brother of Bridget Gee’s husband.
Roger Gee loved his horses and is mentioned frequently as the owner or breeder of race horses. In the March 24th, 1764, Newcastle Chronicle was this entry:
Roger died deeply in debt and the House of Commons introduced a bill authorizing his Trustees to sell his Real Estates to pay the ₤40,000 he left in debts. He died in 1778 and his widow Caroline married a Quaker, Peter Acklam.
Roger and Caroline were the parents of Sarah-Elizabeth Gee, and Caroline Gee. Caroline, baptized Oct. 19, 1774, married Lt. Col. George Hotham. Sarah Gee was baptized June 14, 1770, and was the wife of Henry Boldero-Barnard, esquire of Cave Castle, South Cave.
Bishop Burton, the estate of the Gee family was purchased by Richard Watt in 1783. Watt had been a coach driver, but he went to the West Indies where he eventually obtained a plantation and using slave labor produced rum and sugar. The Watt’s held the estate through 1930. It is now the Agricultural College. The manor of Mappleton descended through the widow of Reverend Richard Gee, to Robert Moiser, a lay rector, and the nephew of Reverend Richard Gee, of Hotham.
THOMAS GEE, son of Thomas, was baptized Oct. 3, 1700 and entered St. John’s College in 1716, at age 15. He was Rector at Foxholes, Yorkshire, Rector of Cherry Burton, 1728, and Chaplain to the Earl of Albermarle for the ten years preceding his death in 1735. He married Mary, daughter of Sir Marmaduke Wyvill, of Constable Burton, at York Minster in 1732.
BRIDGET GEE, daughter of Thomas, was baptized Nov. 27, 1701. She married first John Taylor, esquire of Beverlely Oct. 14, 1721, and then Ralph Pennyman, son of Sir James Pennyman.
ANN GEE, daughter of Thomas, was baptized aug. 31, 1703 and married Richard Dawson, esquire at York Minster in 1725. She died in 1758 and was buried at St. Mary, Bishophill, in York.
CATHERINE GEE was baptized Dec. 23, 1707, All Saints, Bishop Burton.
YORKSHIRE PARISH RECORDS
PARISH OF SILKSTONE
In the Parish of Silkstone, located 39 miles from York are these early Gee family birth notations: Margaret Gee, 1564; John Gee, 1567; Henry Gee, 1570; Anna Gee, 1574.
John Jee was the father of: William Jee, 1585; Jane Jee, 1588, who died in October;
Ann Jee, 1589; and George Jee, 1594.
Thomas Gee father of: William Gee, 1585;
St. Peter 1715 (pulled down)
William Gee the father of: Thomas Gee, 1594; Mark Gee, 1597; Ann Gee, 1600.
Richard Gee the father of: Elizabeth Gee, Dec. 1596.
Parish Church of St. John the Baptist
George Gee the father of: George Gee, March, 1623; Robert Gee, Sep. 1626.
Cuthbart Gee the father of: Elizabeth Gee, Nov. 1630;
Alice Gee, Jan. 1634; Mary Gee, Dec. 1638; Jane Gee, Nov. 1642;
Cuthbart Gee, Jun. 1645.
St Michael and All Angels
Thornhill by Dewsbury
John Gee the father of: William Gee, June, 1678; John Gee, June, 1680.
These sparce records in scattered parishes around York may be explained if we consider that women naturally chose to return to the home of their mother, or another close female relative during confinement and delivery resulting in the recording of births for children that would be raised elsewhere once the dangerous period surrounding child birth had passed. Not infrequently, children were noted in both the parish in which they were born, as well as the parish in which the family actually resided.
Sheffield utilized watermills for powering grinding tools and became the center for the manufacturing of cutlery, but the trades located there also included weavers of wool, and horners who made spoons from cow horn.
Cutlers were noted for their skill at making fighting weapons. The demand for their swords was high with wars in France and the War of the Roses. At the end of the 16th century, cutlers shifted from making swords and knives for war, to making cutlery, scissors, and razors. Cutlers settled in Cheapside, and the Guild of Cutlers was established there to protect their interests. Cutlers were designers and assemblers of the finished item. Blades were made by bladesmiths, and scabbards by sheathers. Gilders and furbishers also contributed their skills. By the 16th century, the Cutlers controlled under their Company, all these crafts. In 1624 the cutlers in Sheffield petitioned Parliament for control of the industry in Sheffield and the surrounding countryside, wishing to be separated from the Livery Company in London.
1430 St. Peter, Sheffield was originally attached to the Priory of Worksop,
William Gee son of Roger Gee of Rothley
William Gee, who was the son of Roger Gee of Rothley, and his nephew, Nicholas Gee removed to Sheffield. It may be that Nicholas was apprenticed to his uncle. In 1569 William Gee was assessed by the burgery of Sheffield. Sheffield is the most southern town in Yorkshire, and its influence extends into Derbyshire. William appears to be the father of William and Francis and daughters Anna, and Margery, and Elizabeth although the relationship might be more removed. William Gee’s burial was recorded in October, 1577 in Sheffield.
Anna Gee, married in 1586 to Robert Parr, a few days before Nicholas Gee married Katherine Creswick. It is unclear, but while she was likely a daughter to William. She may have been a sister to Nicholas. Margery Gee married in 1575 to Gyles Maryon. Elizabeth Gee died in 1591.
WILLIAM GEE was noted in the registry of Sheffield for these children: Susan Gee (1591); Timothy Gee (1602); Elizabeth Gee (1611)
FRANCIS GEE was noted for the birth of a daughter Anne Gee in 1599.
Nicholas Gee son of Nicholas Gee of Rothley
In Sheffield, in 1583 Nicholas Gee was paid by the burgery for making the Towne Buttes in the Wycker. He was then paid in 1587 for getting woll stone and mending the pinfold and barker poole and for repairing the towne butt in the wycker at Easter. He continued to be paid for repairing the Towne Butt in the Wycker until 1596. In that year he also was paid for setting the same tymber with stone under the Brydge.
Nicholas Gee married Katherine Creswick on August 14, 1585 in Sheffield, Yorkshire. Nicholas and Katherine were the parents of: Elizabeth Gee and Robert Gee, who were christened and buried within days in March, 1586. Alice Gee was recorded the following February 25, 1587. Francis Gee son of Nicholas died as an infant in 1590. Thomas Gee was born in 1590; Lawrence Gee was born in 1594. Anna, a daughter of Nicholas died in 1596. The death of Nicholas Gee was noted on March 24, 1599. Katherine Gee remarried to John Ffirth in June, 1600. The will of Nicholas Gee, Sheffield, Doncaster was filed October 2, 1600.
Lawrence Gee son of Nicholas of Sheffield
Lawrence Gee removed to London where he is noted as a butcher in the parish of Saint Giles without Cripplegate for the birth of a daughter Sara in 1614. Butchers were among the skills of the Cutlers Guild in Sheffield.
Lawrence returned to Sheffield where he married in the last month of the year 1614, February, to Anna Rodes. It is likely that this was his second marriage. The parish records note the birth of several children: Mary Gee (1615); Anne Gee (1618); Richard Gee (1620); Robert Gee (1623); and Sarah Gee (1625). In 1624, Laurence Gee of Ollerton took as an apprentice Nicholas Creswick, son of Thomas Creswick of Ecclesfield, yeoman. Lawrence is listed in the Cutlers’ Guild in 1624-30 and in 1639 is noted as from Hallomshire. Lawrenc Gee was buried in November, 1655. Anne Gee, widow, was buried in 1660.
In 1640 Mary Gee married George Freeman. In 1643 Sarah Gee married Henry Marshall. In 1645 Anna Gee married John Matthewe. In 1637, Robert Gee son of Lawrence Gee, cutler of Ollerton was apprenticed to John Beete of Attercliff, scissor smith.
In 1645 Margaret Gee married Malin Stacy. Richard Gee, cutler of Ollerton, brother to Robert, apprenticed his son Thomas in 1666 to Malin Stacy. Richard died in 1714.
In 1680, Thomas Gee, a cutler of Sheffield, took as an apprentice William Mathies son of Thomas Mathies, fork maker of Attercliff. Then in 1695, Thomas took as his apprentice William Howitt a poor boy, until he was age 24.
Thomas Gee married Maria Kerritt. Their children are recorded in the registry. Maria Gee (1675); Ruth Gee (1677); Anna Gee (1681); Martha Gee (1683); Thomas Gee (1684); Elizabeth Gee (1689); Tabitha Gee (1690) and William Gee (1692). Their son Thomas died a year after he was born.
Doncaster is 20 miles from Sheffield. In 1582 Joan Gee married William Wilson.