John Lee

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John Lee
Person John Lee
First name John
Middle name(s)
Last name Lee
Spouse of
Widow of
Occupation Mariner
Secondary shorebased occupation
Mariner occupation Boatswain
Associated with ship(s) Providence (Master: George Swanley)
Training Not apprentice
Is apprentice of
Was apprentice of
Had apprentice(s)
Citizen Unknown
Literacy Signature
Has opening text John Lee
Has signoff text John Lee
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Language skills English language
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Birth country
Res street Ratcliff
Res parish Stepney
Res town
Res county Middlesex
Res province
Res country England
Birth year 1629
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Probate date
First deposition age 26
Primary sources
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/70 f.339v Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Jul 16 1655
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Ship classification
Type of ship Merchant ship
Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
Role in Silver Ship litigation None

Biographical synthesis

John Lee (b. ca. 1629; d. ?). Mariner.

"Went Boateswaine of the shipp the Providence allate the voiage in question to Virginia, the allate George Swanley being captaine or commannder thereof".[1]

Resident in 1655 in Ratcliff in the parish of Stepney.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Twenty-six year old John Lee deposed on July 16th 1655 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined on an allegation made by the proctor Suckley in the case of "George Swanley and Companie against certaine hogsheads of tobaccoe brought from Virginia and against George Johnson for his interest in 34. hogsheads marked and numbred as in the schedule annexed".[2]

John Lee stated that the Providence had been at Virginia, where it had load tobaccoes. Virginia merchant David Schellick was the employer of the ship and loaded twenty two hogsheada of tobacco on behalf of George Hohnson, then deceased, to be transported to England. To avoid confusion between Sellick's own tobaccoes and those of Johnson, Johnson had written a letter which was on board the ship. By the time of the Admiralty court case both Johnson and Sellick were dead.[3] John Lee examined the schedule attached to the allegation ans stated that it is the "is the memoriall schedule which this deponent saw taken out of the letter aforesaid, and compared the same with this deponents booke by order of the said Captaine Swanley.[4]

Comment on sources

  1. HCA 13/70 f.339v
  2. HCA 13/70 f.339v
  3. HCA 13/70 f.339v
  4. HCA 13/70 f.340r