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Francis Lightfoot Lee (1734 - 1797)

Francis Lightfoot "Frank" Lee
Born in Stratford, Westmoreland Co, Virginia Colonymap
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Husband of — married 25 May 1769 in Menokin Plantation, Richmond, Virginia Colonymap
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Died in Menokin, Richmond Co, Virginia, USAmap
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Francis Lee was a Founding Father in the American Revolution

Francis Lightfoot Lee
Virginia Senator
Signer of Declaration of Independence
Virginia Senate 1778 – 1782
Delegate to Continental Congress 1774 – 1779
Born October 14, 1734(1734-10-14) Stratford Hall Plantation, Westmoreland County, Virginia
Died January 11, 1797 (aged 62) Richmond County, Virginia
Spouse(s) Rebecca Plater Tayloe
Francis Lightfoot Lee (October 14, 1734 – January 11, 1797) was a member of the House of Burgesses in the Colony of Virginia. He was active in protesting issues such as the Stamp Act which moved the Colony in the direction of seeking Independence from British control.
He was among those who proposed and attended the Virginia Conventions and the First Continental Congress held in Philadelphia. He was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of Virginia.
Born into one of the First Families of Virginia, he was the son of Hon. Thomas Lee (1690-1750) and Hannah Harrison Ludwell (1701-1750). His brothers, William Lee (1739-1795), Richard Henry Lee (1732-1794), and Dr. Arthur Lee (1740-1792) were also American Patriots. His older brother Thomas Ludwell Lee Sr. (1730-1778), did not hold elected political office, but was appointed to a committee with Thomas Jefferson to re-write Virginia laws.
He was born and died in the Northern Neck region of Virginia, an area between the Rappahannock River and the Chesapeake Bay.

Ancestry

Francis was the son of Col. Thomas Lee, Hon. (1690-1750) of Stratford Hall Plantation, Westmoreland County, Virginia. Thomas married Hannah Harrison Ludwell (1701-1750). Hannah was the daughter of Col. Philip Ludwell II (1672-1726) of Greenspring Plantation, and Hannah Harrison (1679-1731).
Thomas was the son of Col. Richard Lee II, Esq., “the scholar” (1647-1715) and Laetitia Corbin (ca. 1657-1706). Laetitia was the daughter of Richard’s neighbor and, Councilor, Hon. Henry Corbin, Sr. (1629-1676) and Alice (Eltonhead) Burnham (ca. 1627-1684). Richard II, was the son of Col. Richard Lee I, Esq., "the immigrant" (1618-1664) and Anne Constable (ca. 1621-1666). Anne was the daughter of Thomas Constable and a ward of Sir John Thoroughgood.

Childhood, education

Of English descent and among the First Families of Virginia, Francis Lightfoot Lee was born October 14, 1734 at Stratford Hall Plantation, located in Westmoreland County in the Northern Neck region of the British Colony of Virginia. [1]. He was educated at home, where he pursued classical studies under private teachers.

Born 14 October 1734. Stratford Hall, Westmoreland County, Virginia, USA. [1][2][3][4][5][6]

Early career

In 1765 he was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses, where he served until 1775. He was a radical patriot, siding with Patrick Henry in opposing the Stamp Act.

Marriage

In 1772, Francis married his first cousin, Rebecca Plater Tayloe (1751-1797). Rebecca was the child of Col. John Tayloe II (1721-1779) and Rebecca Plater (1731-1787).

Marriage 25 May 1769. VA[7]

American Revolution

In 1774, Lee called for a general congress and the first of the Virginia Conventions, which he attended. He served in the Virginia State Senate from 1778-1782 and was a delegate to the first Continental Congress, serving until 1779.

Residence 1783 Upper District, Richmond County, VA.

Death

Francis died at his home, “Menokin,” in Richmond County, Virginia, January 11, 1797. He was interred in his wife’s family (Tayloe) burial ground, at Mount Airy Plantation, near Warsaw, Virginia.

Died 11 January 1797. Warsaw, Richmond County, Virginia, USA. [8][9][10][11]

Buried Warsaw, Richmond County, Virginia, USA.

Legacy

The Menokin Bluegrass Festival is an annual event run by Deaf Dog productions and The Menokin Foundation to raise awareness and money for The Menokin Foundation which seeks to preserve and interpret the ruins of Menokin--once home to Francis Lightfoot Lee, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and his bride, Rebecca Taylor Lee.
The festival is held on the grounds of Menokin every spring, attracting thousands of festival-goers. Past performers have been Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, Seldom Scene, Old School Freight Train, and Jackass Flats.[12]

Francis Lightfoot Lee. [13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20]

Military Service: 14 May 1861. Elizabeth City County, Virginia.

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Sources

  1. Birth year: 1734; Birth city: Machodoc Plant; Birth state: VA
  2. Volume: 305
  3. Birth year: 1734; Birth city: Stratford; Birth state: VA
  4. Birth year: 1734; Birth city: Westmoreland Co; Birth state: VA
  5. Source number: 134.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: LDF
  6. Birth year: 1734; Birth city: Stratford; Birth state: VA
  7. Birth year: 1734; Birth city: Stratford; Birth state: VA
  8. Volume: 305
  9. Birth year: 1734; Birth city: Stratford; Birth state: VA
  10. Birth year: 1734; Birth city: Westmoreland Co; Birth state: VA
  11. Birth year: 1734; Birth city: Stratford; Birth state: VA
  12. Francis Lightfoot Lee, The Incomparable Signer. Entered by Lynda Hull.
  13. Birth year: 1734; Birth city: Machodoc Plant; Birth state: VA
  14. Volume: 305
  15. Birth year: 1734; Birth city: Stratford; Birth state: VA
  16. Birth year: 1734; Birth city: Westmoreland Co; Birth state: VA
  17. Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots; Volume: 3
  18. Source number: 134.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: LDF
  19. Birth year: 1734; Birth city: Stratford; Birth state: VA
  20. Book Title: Genealogy of the Descendants of Dr. Wm. Shippen
  • Dill, Alonzo Thomas. Francis Lightfoot Lee, The Incomparable Signer. Edited by Edward M. Riley. Williamsburg: Virginia Independence Bicentennial Commission, 1977.
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  • Microsoft Encarta 98, "Lee, Richard Henry"
  • Microsoft Encarta 98, "Lee, Francis Lightfoot"

Acknowledgments

  • Thanks to Lynda Hull for starting this profile.
  • This person was created through the import of Tribal Pages 0004.ged on 25 March 2011. The following data was included in the gedcom. You may wish to edit it for readability.


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8th Cousin 9xs removed. What an Amazing man he was.
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