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Tryphosa Lee

Female 1596 - Bef 1655  (< 58 years)


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  • Name Tryphosa Lee 
    Born 1596  Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Alternate birth 1597  [2
    Alternate birth Abt 1597  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    Died Bef 1655  Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Alternate death Bef 20 Mar 1655  Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5
    Person ID I599  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TSW, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 21 Nov 2015 

    Family Stephen Tracy,   b. Bef 28 Dec 1596, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 20 Mar 1655, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 59 years) 
    Married 2 Jan 1621  Leiden, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 6, 7, 8
    Children 
    +1. Sarah Tracy,   b. Bef 1623, Leiden, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 28 Nov 1702 and 6 Oct 1708, Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 79 years)
    +2. Rebecca Tracy,   b. Abt 1624, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 6 Mar 1689, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years)
    +3. Lt. John Tracy,   b. 1633, Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1718, Windham, Windham, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
    Last Modified 5 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F1297  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Probably arrived, with her daughter Sarah, on the Jacob in 1625.

      From the Find a Grave entry for Tryphosa Lee:

      Triphosa (q.v. Tryphosa) Lee was b. circa 1597-8, the dau. of unknown parents. On Jan. 2, 1620/1 at Leiden, Holland (Dutch calendar; Jan. 2, 1620/1 in the English calendar), Triphosa as a "jongedochter mede uyt Engelant" (unmarried young dau. out of England) m. Stephen Tracy, a "saeywercker jongman uyt Engelant" (sayworker, young man out of England). Their eldest known child, dau. Sarah, was born by Jan. 1622/3 likely at England when Sarah's parents were preparing to sail to Plymouth, Mass. on the ships Anne and Little James. Those ships arrived at Plymouth in April 1623, but Stephen Tracy sailed without his wife and child. Triphosa and dau. Sarah stayed behind as confirmed by a license issued by England's Exchequer on May 1, 1624, which permitted Triphosa, then 27 years old, and dau. Sarah, 15 months old, to purportedly return to Leiden (see more about this in Stephen Tracy's memorial).

      Some have theorized that Triphosa is related to Bridget Lee and her brother Samuel Lee, the known children of Josephine Lee. Bridget Lee, with brother Samuel and mother Josephine as witnesses, m. in 1617 at Leiden the twice-widowed Dr. Samuel Fuller. Dr. Samuel Fuller was a passenger of the 1620 voyage of the Mayflower. Bridget's brother Samuel was betrothed to the widow Sarah Talcot at Leiden on Mar. 27, 1621, and at their marriage two weeks later (two months after the marriage of Stephen & Triphosa) Samuel's sister Bridget (Lee) Fuller was a witness as the bride's future sister-in-law. Bridget (Lee) Fuller arrived at Plymouth later in 1621 aboard the ship Fortune. Dr. Samuel Fuller d. at Plymouth in 1633, and in his 1633 will he mentions that wife Bridget was sick. If she did not survive his two young children were to be taken and raised by William and Priscilla Wright of Plymouth, not by his supposed brother-in-law Stephen Tracy. There is no record in the Plymouth Colony in which Dr. Samuel Fuller and Stephen Tracy are joined in mutual land or civil affairs, and no known descendant within three generations of Dr. Fuller married a known descendant of Stephen Tracy.

      One writer on the Stephen Tracy family claimed Triphosa was a Huguenot, or French Protestant from the region of modern Belgium, based on her surname at marriage being written by the Dutch as "Le." A surname of "Le" has no meaning as a precursor to being a French Protestant. Until the 18th century the Dutch used patronymics as surnames referring to Dutch women as the daughter of their father, or if recording a person from a different country the Dutch used the actual family name. If Triphosa had been French, writing only "Le" means her father or family's surname was completely missing.

      There are some internet sources that indicate she was a daughter of Joos Lee (of unknown Dutch ancestry) and Ann Hungerford (of English ancestry, d/o Anthony Hungerford and Bridget Shelley), and they further indicate (Mormon Church research) that Tryphosa is "sealed" to these parents. But I do not see any source data confirming this.

  • Sources 
    1. [S119] Ancestors and Descendants of Andrew Lee and Clarinda Knapp Allen, by Gerald R. Fuller. Esther Fuller Dial, ed. The Andrew Lee Allen Family Organization, 1952.

    2. [S219] Findagrave.com page for Tryphosa Lee.

    3. [S376] Janet and Robert Wolfe Genealogy.

    4. [S101] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3 and The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England,1634-1635, Volumes 1-7, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2011.

    5. [S1647] The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony 1620-1633, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New York Historic Genealogical Society, 2004.

    6. [S647] Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines by Mary Walton Ferris. Volume 1, 1943; volume 2, 1931.

    7. [S101] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3 and The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England,1634-1635, Volumes 1-7, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2011., says 3 Jan 1621.

    8. [S1358] Robert S. Wakefield, "The Adventurous Tryphosa (Lee) Tracy" in The American Genealogist 51:71, April 1975, and "Further on Tryphosa Tracy" in the same volume, page 242, October 1975.