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David Lee (abt. 1690 - 1748)

David Lee
Born about in Munster, Irelandmap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1721 in Beaufort, Bath, North Carolinamap
Descendants descendants
Died in New Hanover, North Carolinamap
Profile last modified | Created 28 Jul 2011
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Ireland Native
David Lee was born in Ireland.
David was born c.1680-1690. David Lee ... He passed away in 1743-1748[1]


He may have been born in Virginia or he may have been an immigrant from England to Virginia at 12 years old.[2]
He might have been from Ireland, as his Y chromosome DNA closely matches Lees (and Leahys) originating in Munster, Ireland (within haplogroup R1b1a2 a.k.a. R-M269).[3][4]
His wife was Mary Sullivan, daughter of Darby Sullivan. There are also many Sullivans from Munster, Ireland.[3]

In the New World

In 1716 David Lee lived in Chowan County, North Carolina, where he owned a plantation called Wallowing Root.
David Lee moved from Chowan County to Bath County, North Carolina, where he purchased land in 1720. In 1724, he sold his land in Bath County and moved down the coast to New Hanover County, where he patented land on Black River and where he died in 1743.
The oldest son of David Lee was Bryan (Bryant) Lee, who died in New Hanover County in 1768.
Could David's mother's maiden name be Bryan? Maybe David Bryan was his mother's father? David Bryan? The Bryan Family was also from Munster, Ireland, ancestry haplogroup R1b-M269.[5]
"Bryan Lee inherited the 400 acres of his father, David Lee upon his death in 1743. North Carolina was still an English colony and the English law dictated that the oldest son inherited the land of his father. Bryan's name appears on New Hanover County records in Sept. of 1751 when Bryan acquired 100 acres. In 1763 Bryan acquired another 116 acres adjoining his other properties. This was the land that he left to his son, James, along with the land from David Lee."
"Along with land and tax records, Bryan's name was in court minutes, showing that he served as a juror on June 6, 1768."
Two other sons of David Lee and Mary Sullivan seem to be
  1. Joshua Lee
  2. James Lee.

DNA Confirmation

A genetic match between Michelle Brooks, Ricky Lee (her 2nd cousin), Roger Lee (their 7th cousin twice removed, common ancestor, David Lee, b 1690, Munster, Ireland), and a 4th cousin, Ricky Sykes (not on Wikitree), descendant of Rebecca Lee Sykes) confirms ancestry to Michael Lee and through Michael, his ancestor, David Lee. amb 23:34, 2 October 2018 (UTC)


  1. The Family Register of Peyton Lee Compiled and written by Dosson Lavell Lee
  2. Name: David Leigh
    Arrival Year: 1704
    Arrival Place: Virginia
    Source Publication Code: 6223
    Primary Immigrant: Leigh, David
    Annotation: Abstracts of Virginia Land Office patent books 9 through 14, covering the early decades of the eighteenth century. NUGENT, NELL MARION, abstractor. Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants. Vol. 3: 1695-1732. Richmond [VA]: Virginia State Library, 1979. 578p. Indexed.
  3. 3.0 3.1 R1b-CTS4466 Plus - Y-DNA Colorized Chart page 2
  4. Haplogroup R1b (Y-DNA)
  5. Bryan DNA Project - Y-DNA Colorized Chart

Created by Christopher Lee, Jul 27, 2011

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My 8x great grandfather David Lee, may not be from England but from Ireland.
posted by Ricky Lee
David Lee Family DNA Project

David Lee has sons: Bryan, James, Joshua.

posted by Karen Brubaker
My 6th great grandfather was named John Lee Esq and married to a Mary Bryan..I show his birth year to be 1695 and death in 1766. He was the son of Richard Henry Lee (1677-1726) and Mary Young.

He was the grandson of Capt William Lee (1651-1696) and Alice Felton. He was the great grandson of Richard Henry Lee (The Immigrant)

The Immigrant was the great grandfather of President Zachery Taylor and the 3rd great grandfather of Gen Robert E Lee

Is this the same John Lee Esq? I know John Lee is a very common name and the birth date I have is a few years different, so I'm trying to verify the accuracy of my tree - there is a comment on WikiTree by a stitcherlee that says this John Lee Esq is NOT related to Gen Robert E Lee ???

posted by Marsha Taylor