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Gee of Lyme

History beginning with Solomon Gee's birth in Devonshire in 1698, his ancestry and the location of his grave at the Old Stone Church Cemetery in East Lyme, CT.

This line is well-documented. A descendant married a cousin of Joseph Smith, several family members became leaders in the Mormon Church.

This branch pronounces Gee with a hard "g", as do the Gee of Devon. The most recent common ancestor with Gee of Billinge line was perhaps around 1600, and with Gee of Devon perhaps much earlier.

The information below comes from Martell Gee, a descendant:

Solomon Gee, came from Devonshire, England in about 1718, and settled in Lyme, New London, Connecticut. With regard to Solomon's heritage, we have a statement in Lyme Genealogies (Reference #_____) that he was born in Devonshire in 1698, and came to America after having been "prest into service" and put aboard a British "Man o' War."

The only Solomon Gee recorded in Devonshire within 7 years of 1698 was a baby that was christened December 28, 1703 in the Buckland Monachorum Parish. His parents were Richard Gee and Mary. (see FHL Batch # C050061, Source Call # 0916766, (Film) Printout Call # 0933170)

It was not entirely uncommon that children were not christened until 5 years after their birth, although this was not the usual practice.

This is the only record that we have regarding this individual. There is no reference in Devonshire to a Solomon Gee until much later than one would expect our Solomon to be married, or even die. We have no death record, no will, no probate record, no marriage record - no sign of our Solomon Gee in Devon after 1703. We also have found no record of Solomon Gee on any British warship during this time period.

For these reasons, we make the following claims:

* Solomon's Parents were Richard Gee and Mary.
* Richard's parents (as determined by the Parish Records) were Ezechiell Gee and Elizabeth Crossman.
* Ezechiell Gee's birth was recorded as Ezechiell Guye, born to Phillippi Guye and Agnes Bowden.

The Parish Records were written in Latin at the time of Ezechiell's birth, and had changed to English by the time his son Richard was born. The family appears not to have had much prominence, because this writer could find no reference to these individuals other than the Parish Records. But at least one other individual involved in public affairs at that time with the same last name was variously referred to as John Guy, John Gee, John Guye, and John Gye (See FHL book #_______). Please note that the Latin pronunciation of Guy is Gee (with the hard G). It is from this that the family has insisted on the hard G sound.

Solomon and his wife are buried in the Old Stone Church Cemetery in East Lyme, CT. The grave is well-marked, with both a head stone and a footstone. There is also a white marble stone that is easier to read. This was put up because of his service in the French and Indian War. Laurence Gee took pictures of the grave and the cemetery in October, 1995.

To visit the cemetery, go east on Route 1 until it crosses Route 161 (Chesterfield). Follow this to Society. This curves and goes past a school on the right. You will come to a stop sign, the cemetery is to the left on a slight hill. Solomon's grave is on the right as you look at the cemetery from the gate. In 1995 there was a green, yucca-like plant close to the gravestone.

Owner/Source  Martell Gee 
Latitude  50.492917 
Longitude  -4.132211 
ID  25 
Linked to  Solomon Gee 

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