Lee Family History
The Lee Family In Ireland can be found by clicking on this link.
This is the history of the Lee family whose origins go back to Galway in Ireland. The Lee family seem to have had their own island in the middle of Loch Corib: O'Lee Island
Further facts about the general Lee family in Ireland can be found in the History Of The Lee Family on the Galway site. I haven't found any direct family lines as records for this part of Ireland were burnt in a fire.
The Lee Family Crest
The Lee family came first to Wigan and then to Bolton, Lancashire before the potato famine in 1846 and stayed until the present living generation moved to Milford-On-Sea, Hampshire, UK. Walter Lee and his wife Lucy Lee nee Hamer were both born in Bolton, Lancashire and are buried in All Saints, Milford-On-Sea Parish church, Hampshire.
A picture from the London Illustrated News of an attack on the potato store is a fascinating insight into this historical event.
The family history is as follows:
My first record is in the 1961 census for Bolton, Lancashire, England. It records Bridget Lee (1815 - 1872) with her children living in Back Audrew St, Bolton. She is recorded as originating in Ireland. I have never found Irish records as these were destroyed. Hence, unfortunately, I have never found my great, great, great grandfathers' name. As his eldest son was called Thomas I suspect he may have the same name. His other sons were called John, Andrew and Richard which could also be possiblities.
The eldest son Thomas (b.1836) was born in Galway, Ireland and married Bridget (b.1842) who was also born in Galway, Ireland. They had eight children: Mary (b.1861), Michael (b.1863), Martin (b.1865), Margaret (b.1870), Daniel (b.1872), Hannah (b.1879), James (b.1879) and John (b.1880).
The second son, John (b.1838) was born in Wigan, Lancashire. This would seem to suggest that the Lee family moved from Ireland between 1836 and 1838. He married Margaret (b.1842) and had a son called James (1864 - 1872) born in Bolton, Lancashire.
The third child was Margaret (b.1846) also born in Bolton, Lancashire. I have no record of her marriage.
The fourth child was Jane (1849 - 1872) again born in Bolton, Lancashire. I have no record of her marriage.
There appears to have been some sort of serious illness attacked the family in 1872 as Bridget, her daughter Jane and her grandson James appear to have died in the same year and are on the same sheet of the death records for Bolton.
The fifth child was my great, great grandfather Andrew (1843 - 1881) born in Bolton, Lancashire. I believe he married into the Foxen family as my great grandfather's middle name was Foxen. It was a trend at this period to sometimes give the eldest child the maiden name of the mother for their middle name. Another reason for believing that Andrew's wife was from the Foxen family is that census records show that Elizabeth Foxen was Aunt to Andrew's children. However, I can find no record of Andrew's wife's name, my great, great grandmother. She lived at least until 1871 when she give birth to her youngest son. They had five children: Frederick Foxen (1865 - 1926), Emily (b.1867), Genett (b.1879 sometimes spelt Jenette) and Walter (b.1871). Andrew was a brewer and made many recipes which were passed on down the family including a herbal brew for Dandilion and Burdock. He also developed a herbal recipe for soap which he later sold for ï¿½100 to William Hesketh Lever, the first Lord Leverhulme. I still have 3 bars of the original Sunlight soap which have been passed on through the family!
For many years I was told that we were related to Lord Leverhulme. I found a picture in his biography and showed a neighbour. She asked what my brother was doing dressed up like that! Seems some genes were passed on. On further delving into Elizabeth Foxen's history I discovered she was called Lever before marriage. I believe her to be Lord Leverhulme's cousin. This makes Lord Leverhulme's grandfather my great, great, great, great, great uncle.
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