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Mary (Atwood) Lee (1606 - 1681)

Mary Lee formerly Atwood
Born in London, Englandmap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married 1624 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 75 in Barnstable, Plymouth, Massachusettsmap
Profile last modified | Created 31 May 2009 | Last significant change: 16 Mar 2023
14:21: Karen St. Jean edited the Biography for Mary (Atwood) Lee (1606-1681). (Add inventory info and source) [Thank Karen for this | 1 thank-you received]
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Mary (Atwood) Lee migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Determining family relationships for Mary Atwood Lee of Plymouth & Barnstable, Massachusetts:


(1) Proved Brother John Atwood: [1]

John Howland Jr., married in Plymouth, 26 Oct 1651 Mary Lee who was born in Plymouth about 1632 at Barnstable, (Massachusetts), to parents Robert and Mary Lee. [2] [3] Mary Lee, probably Mary Atwood before her marriage, died in Barnstable after 6 May 1693 the date she and her husband signed a deed, and probably before 6 May 1697 the date her husband acknowledged the deed alone. [4]

(2) Based upon the record in Torrey's U.S. New England Marriages Prior to 1700, [5] the author also makes a cross-reference between Mary Atwood and Robert Lee.


Robert Lee married Mary Atwood at Plymouth, Massachusetts. [6] [7] Robert and Mary Lee had the following known children:

  • Mary Lee, b. 1626, Plymouth; m. Lieut. John Howland (Jr.) (b. 24 Feb 1626/7) Howland removed from Plymouth to Barnstable, Massachusetts and they had ten children.
  • Ann, b. aft 1626, named in her uncle's will in 1644.

Mary Atwood Lee passed away in October 1681, at Barnstable, Massachusetts.

Her inventory was taken on October 1681 in Barnstable. His son Ensign John Howland of Barnstable received her small estate for taking care of her for the last eight years of her life.[8]

"The last Will and Testament of m' John Atwood Deceased exhibited to the Court the vth June 1644 in the xxth yeare of the now raigne of o' Sov'aigne Lord Charles King of England & proved according to order."
"...I, John Atwood of New Plymouth, gent. this 20 Oct 1643 being weake through many Infirmyties and Diseases in body but in perfect memorye Do make and ordaine this to be my last will and testament to continue for ever firme and invyolable ffor my brethren God hath blessed them that they may be as well to give to me as I to them, and for their children they may be many, I do here give and bequeath them greate and smale young and old male and female which were borne before the date of these psents twelve pence apiece if demanded, and for my little kinsman WM. CROWE and my brother and sister LEE and their two children ANN and MARY (LEE) I leave them to the will of my wyfe to deale with them as shall seem good to her and I do therefore ordain my loving wife ANNE ATWOOD to be my sole Executrix to whome I will and bequeath all the rest of my estate my debts being first payd and shee paying my debts and legacies before mentioned I do then by these pnts soe do deliver and bequeath to her all my lands houses either for cattell Corne or for any other use or imployment with all goods houshold stuffe plate and ready moneys whatsoevr I have or shall have in new england at my decease and all those debts which be due to me in old England and Verginia i give them all to my loveing wyfe and do confirme her my sole and lawfull Executrix the day and yeare above written Witnesse my hand and Seall the xxth of October 1643."
"Read sealed and published in the p'sence of William Bradford and Robert Hicks."
"A true Inventory of all the goods chattells & cattells of m' John Atwood lately Deceased taken & apprised by m' Robte Hicks, m' Willm Paddy, Thomas Southwood and Nathaniell Sowther the xxviith Day of ffebruary Anno Dni 1643." [9]


  1. White, Elizabeth Pearson, "John Howland of the Mayflower"; Vol. 2; pg. 17-21; Publisher Picton Press, Camden, ME; Published 1990. E-book available for borrowing:
  2. White, pg.21, cites source: MD 16:237
  3. White cites source: MD 11:32; Plymouth Colony Wills & Inventories 4:2:121 (Mary Lee).
  4. White, pg.21, cites sources: Pilgrim Notes and Queries (Oct. 1917) 5:81-82; Plymouth Deeds 6:7.
  5. Torrey, Clarence A. "New England Marriages Prior to 1700"; pg.25. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004. Publisher Operations Inc Publisher Date 2012 Publisher Location Provo, UT, USA Online image and electronic transcription record viewed 24 Sep 2019.
  6. Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1621-1850; Published by NEHGS, 2001-2016; (Online db:,; Barnstable Vital Records V1, p. 32. (John Howland (Jr.) (Plymouth) married Mary Lee, daughter of Robert Lee of Barnstable.)link for subscribers
  7. NEHGS: "New England Marriages to 1700"; 2008, Boston, Massachusetts. online db link for subscribers
  8. "Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Records, 1633-1967," images, FamilySearch ( : 16 March 2023), Wills 1633-1686 vol 1-4 > image 598 of 616; State Archives, Boston.
  9. "The Mayflower Descendant, A Quarterly Magazine of Pilgrim Genealogy and History" Vol. V; Published 1903, Boston; Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants; Editor George Ernest Bowman; pg.ix; Index of Subjects: Atwood, John, Will & Inventory of, pg.153-159 [folio.46]. E-book available in the public domain at:


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I detached John Sturtevant as her husband. He was her daughter's father in law
posted by Jillaine Smith
This came in via private message to th let PGM project account but should have been posted here; this needs attention. Thanks. (Still on road.)

You show Mary (Atwood) Lee as being Mother to Samuel Sturtevant, Sr. (b.1625 - Sturtevant-3) with her Husband John Sturtevant (Sturtevant-165), and Mother to Ann (Lee) Bass (Lee-42). You also show Sturtevant-3 as Husband to Lee-42, his half Sister, and them being born of the same Mother in the same year.

posted by Jillaine Smith

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