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Capt. William LEIGH

Male Abt 1588 - Bef 1653  (~ 65 years)

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  • Name William LEIGH 
    Title Capt. 
    Born Abt 1588  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Name William LEA 
    Died Bef 8 Oct 1653  VA Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • (1) Lee, Edmund Jennings, Lee of Virginia, 1642-1892 [Reprint], Baltimore, MD: Clearfield Company, Inc., 2003, p. 15:


      THE earliest records of England contain references to many families of this name, though spelt in many different forms. The various counties of England have been from early times dotted with Lee villages, towns, and rivers; there was scarcely a county that did not contain several Lee seats, mansions, or manors. In view of the prevalence of this name, it will be readily acknowledged that the accurate tracing of the descendants of any special progenitor is no easy task. . . .

      The following sketches of ten of the principal Lee families in England are from the pen of Mr. J. Henry Lea, of Fairhaven, Mass., who has devoted considerable time to the study of the genealogies of the families of this name. His sketches may, therefore, be considered thoroughly accurate and reliable. They are necessarily very brief. These ten families are:

      1. Leigh of West Hall, High Leigh, Cheshire.
      2. Leigh of East Hall, High Leigh, Cheshire.
      3. Lee of Lea Hall and Dernhall, Cheshire.
      4. Lygh of Lanford and Corsley, Wiltshire.
      5. Leigh of Flamberdstone, Wiltshire, and Isle of Wight.
      6. Lee of De Lee Magna, Kent.
      7. Lea of Halesowen, Salop, and of Kingsnorton, Worcester.
      8. Ley of Bereferrers, Devon, and of Tefront Evias, Wiltshire.
      9. Leigh of East Leigh, Kent, and of Addington, Surrey.
      10. Lee of Hughley, Shropshire.

      [Note by compiler: The compiler is not certain which, if any, of these families is the family from which William LEIGH, the husband of Mary DAWKES, descended.]

      (2) William LEIGH, the husband of Mary DAWKES, is considered a "qualifying ancestor" for purposes of membership in the Jamestowne Society. The Jamestowne Society has rejected at least one membership application of a descendant of William LEA, the husband of Catherine IRONMONGER. Therefore, the compiler believes that there is no proof that William LEIGH was an ancestor of William LEA.

      The following criteria are used to determine whether an early settler may be included as a qualifying ancestor for purposes of membership in the Jamestowne Society: the individual (a) was a stockholder in the London Company or the Virginia Company; (b) owned land on Jamestown Island or lived on the Island prior to 1700 (owning land in a neighboring area or neighboring county does NOT of itself qualify an individual; (c) was a resident in Virginia at the time of the 1624/25 Muster; or (d) served as Governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Attorney General, Clerk of the General Court, Member of the Council or House of Burgesses prior to 1700; these persons shall be conclusively presumed to have had their domiciles on Jamestown Island during their terms of office.

      (3) Some sources claim that the William LEIGH who came from England to VA was a son of John LEE and Joyce ROMNEY of Coton, Shropshire, England. However, the William LEE who was a son of John LEE and Joyce ROMNEY died young, without issue. See Notes (4) and (5) below.

      (4) Some sources also claim that William LEIGH came from London to VA on the ship "Assurance de Lo" in 1635. The ship "Assurance de Lo" did sail from London to Virginia in 1635 and did have a passenger aboard named William LEE, aged 36 (See Note (6) below), but there is no proof that this passenger was a son of John LEE and Joyce ROMNEY.

      (5) Lee, Edmund Jennings, Lee of Virginia, 1642-1892 [Reprint], Baltimore, MD: Clearfield Company, Inc., 2003, p. 30:

      . . . John Lee [was] born in 1528, as appears from the Inq. P. M. in March, 1588-9, on the death of his father, Humfrey. He married Joyce Romney and died in 1605, leaving directions in his will that he should be buried at Chesham, in Buckinghamshire, if he should happen to die there. He did die there, and there he was buried, having had eight sons, of whom . . . William, the second son, died young.

      (6) According to Tredwell, Robert, The Visitation of Shropshire, Taken in the Year 1623, Vol. II, London, England, 1889, p. 318, William LEE, son of John LEE and Joyce ROMNEY, died s.p. [sans prole, i.e., without issue].

      (7) Hotten, John Camden, The Original Lists of Persons of Quality: Emigrants; Religious Exiles; Political Rebels; Serving Men Sold for a Term of Years; Apprentices; Children Stolen; Maidens Pressed; and Others Who Went from Great Britain to the American Plantations, 1600-1700, with Their Ages, the Localities Where They Formerly Lived in the Mother Country, the Names of the Ships in Which They Embarked, and Other Interesting Particulars, London, England, 1874, pp. 110-111:

      24 July 1935 [There is no date to this list; but a list of troops to be transported to Flanders, which precedes it in the original MS., is thus dated.]

      Theis vnder-written names are to be transported to Virginea imbarqued in the Assurance de Lo: Isack Bromwell & Geo. Pewsie Mr examined by the Minister of the Towne of Gravesend of their conformitie in or Religion. the men have taken the oaths of Allegeance & Supremacie. . . .

      Wm Lee - 36 yeres

      [Note by compiler: This source provides no information about this passenger indicating that he was a son of John LEE and Joyce ROMNEY.]

      (8) McCartney, Martha W., Virginia Immigrants and Adventurers, 1607-1635: A Biographical Dictionary, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2007, p. 460:


      On June 20, 1632, William Lee (Leigh), William Dawkes's uncle, was identified as an adventurer (or investor) in Virginia (PB 1 Pt. 1:107).

      [Note by compiler:

      PB = Virginia Land Office Patent Books 1619-1660. Microfilm on file at Library of Virginia, Richmond, and Rockefeller Library, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. Database and digital images. Library of Virginia.]

      (9) Nugent, Nell Marion, Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, 1623-1666, Vol. I [Reprint], Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1991:

      [Note by compiler: The compiler is not certain that all of the following references are to William LEIGH, the husband of Mary DAWKES.]

      pp. xxiv-xxv:


      The term headrights in connection with a patent for land has been subject to no little misunderstanding. Elucidation is therefore in order.

      For the purpose of stimulating immigration and the settlement of the Colony the London Company ordained that any person who paid his own way to Virginia should be assigned 50 acres of land "for his one personal adventure," and if he transported "at his owne cost" one or more persons he should, for each person whose passage he paid, be awarded fifty acres of land. . . .

      Among the headrights are found persons of all social classes, nobility and gentry, yeomanry, indentured servants (some of good family and connection in England), and negroes. Among the headrights of Bertram Hobert, October 10, 1642, (p. 135) appears the name of John Tredescant, the younger, one of the first to advertise the great natural richness of America and to bring back to the mother country concrete evidence of the beauty and wealth of flora in the new lands beyond the sea. And again, in February 6, 1654, (page 303) Tredescant (Tredeskin) was a headright of William Lea, who, by paying the naturalist's passage, was entitled to 50 acres of land in Virginia.

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      p. 15:

      WILLIAM DAWKES, Planter, 250 acs. in the upper part neare the neck of land commonly called Verinas, butting E. upon 2 Mi. Cr., W. towards land of Thomas Packer, (or Parker), S. upon a Swamp adj. to the maine river. 20 June 1632, p. 107. Due in right of his father Henry Dawkes & his uncle William Leigh for their per. adv. & by bill of adv. dated 14 July 1608 & granted to him by order of Ct. the 7 Oct. last past. His first devdt., to be doubled, etc.

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      p. 131:

      CAPT. RALPH WORMELEY, 3,200 acs., 16 June 1649, p. 170. On the S. side of Rappahanock Riv. about 10 mi. up the river, including the Indian Townes of old & new Nimcock, bounded N. W. upon Rosegill Cr., E. towards land of Thomas Trotter, N. E. & N. upon the river; Trans. of 3 score & 4 pers: John Price, Pet. Sterkey, Lewis Comquest, Xpian Frederick, John Styam, Mary Bennet, John Pinford, William Leigh, Saliman DeCarvalco (or Carvalox), (name altered), Margt. Savage, John Jackson, Fra. Ferewether, Eight Negroes - (Transported in Capt. Jno. Williams Shipp) - , John Hampton, William English, Samll. Jones, Edwd. Murferry, Wm. Ginsey, Tho. Sackes, Richd. Marmaduke, Jere Linch, Richd. Lewis, Wm. Robinson, Erasmas Cole (or Cobe), Wm. Ginkin, John Cornish, Edward Gaprell, George Wilson, Thomas Jackson, Cristian Best, Edward Tyball, Wm. Baycock, Andrew Hancock, Tho. Allen, Wm. Midleton, Morris Walker, John Bennet, Arthur Lahay, Richard Smith, Glode Gallant, Andrew Carelesse, John Coleman, John Coleman, John Tap Lady, William Hodgkinson, Thomas Walker, Richard Watson, Hugh Higinson, 9 Negroes.

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      p. 132:

      CAPT. WILLIAM LEIGH, 1000 acs. North side of Charles River in Porepotanke Cr., Aug. __, 1642, Page 802. Adj. Capt. Wormeleye. Trans. of himself, his wife Mary, daughter Mary & 17 pers.

      [Note by compiler: As of August 1642, there were 2 Captain WORMELEYs in VA - Capt. Christopher WORMELEY and Capt. Ralphe WORMELEY. These 2 Captain WORMELEYs were brothers of each other.]

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      p. 135:

      BERTRAM HOBERT, 650 acs. upon the N. side of Charles River, in Peanpetanke Creek, near land of Mr. Vaus, etc. and E. into the great creek from the Oystershell banck. Due for trans. of 13 pers: Bertram Hobert, himselfe twice, Sarah his wife, Francis Pepper, Francis, Negro, Tho. Austin, his wife & 2 children, John Tredescant, Jon. Eyres, Edward Goldborne, Tho. Bawcocke. 10 Oct. 1642, p. 827.

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      p. 236:

      CORBET PIDDEL, 1,000 acs. Northumberland Co., 14 May 1653, p. 17. S. Ely. upon Potomack Riv., S. W. upon a creek above Capt. Brents about 15 mile called Aquoconde & N. E. upon another creek. Trans. of 20 pers: Wm. Leigh, Jon. Jones, Tho. Davis, Mary Watson, Abr. Huffe, Richd. Hall, Su. Abbot, Joan Evans, Peter Johnson, Sa. Perry, Everard Rey, Jon. Lanson (or Lawson), Ann Pellet, Ja. Hart, Mary Dakins, Eliz. Singlehirst, An. Ballard, John Price, Jon. Davis, Tho. Longe. Note: This patent was assigned to Jarvis Dodson & by sd. Dodson surrendered to make good another.

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      p. 256:

      MARY PELLOE (BELLOE), 1,000 acs. On N. side of Charles Riv. in Poropotank Cr., running up sd. Cr. N. E. thence E. S. E. joyneing part on the way to Capt. Wormeleys. 8 Oct. 1653, p. 84. Formerly granted to Capt. William Leigh, 1 Aug. 1642 & ordered to be renewed & patented in the name of sd. Mary Belloe, being the daughter & heir of sd. Leigh.

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      p. 303:

      WILLIAM LEA, 500 acs. Chas. City Co., 6 Feb. 1654, p. 322. On S. side of James Riv. & W. side of an Indian Swamp called Ohoreek; beg opposite plantation of Thomas Felton. Trans. of 10 pers: John Trediskin, John Aires, Bertrum Obert, Thomas Austen, his wife, John Austin, Richard Austin, Edward Golbourn, Jane Glinn, William Lea.

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      p. 329:

      JOHN RUTHERFORD & MYCUM CURRY, 500 acs. Chas. City Co., 17 Mar. 1655, p. 26, (40). On S. side of James Riv. & W. side of an Indian Swamp called by the name of Ohoreek Swamp, opposite Tho. Weltons plantation. Granted unto William Lea 6 Feb 1654 & assigned unto the above named patentees.
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    Family Mary DAWKES,   b. Abt 1588, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Mary LEIGH,   d. VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Last Modified 23 Oct 2020 
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