I am descended from Richard Tyree (ca. 1697-1770), originally of James City County, Virginia, and would like to suggest a possible connection with other early James City/New Kent/Hanover Tyrees. It is based on a combination of my own research efforts and information found in an internet document called TYREE LISTS BY COUNTY. I do not know how my analysis fits in with what has already been done and do not consider it to be gospel. I would hope it might further the progress of discussion which is presently taking place and would hope someone would keep me abreast of this discussion, as residence in Japan does not permit me to do as much research on my Virginia ancestors as I would like.
But first, a few words about the chronology of Richard Tyree. It is highly improbable that he was born before 1680 or after 1700. The key to being able to make this statement is that he died after the death of his daughter Elizabeth (the wife of William Williams Jr.) who witnessed a deed in 1767 in North Carolina and who, already a grandmother at that time, must have been in her mid to late forties. Elizabeth Williams had three children (Mildred, the wife of Drury King Sr., and two sons, Thomas and William III) remembered in a will of her father, Richard Tyree, to which mention is made in a North Carolina power-of-attorney given in 1807 by her son, Thomas, to his son, Robert (who would have already been about 40 at that time). Drury King Jr, the eldest child of Mildred Williams King was born in either 1767 or 1768. Evidence based on the settlement of Drury King Sr's estate would indicate that Mildred Williams King was likely to have been born in 1742, give or take two years one way or the other. Assuming that Elizabeth Tyree Williams, the mother of Mildred Williams King, was about 20 at the birth of her daughter and Richard Tyree was about 30 at her own birth, Richard Tyree would have been born about 1690.
As we know Richard Tyree survived his daughter and that she was alive in 1767. If we accept 1770 as a probable death year, this would give him a life span of about 80+/-10 years. Although, a birth year of either 1680 or 1700 could fit just as well and a death year as late as 1800 would not be an absolute impossibility; asexplained below, I now feel a birth year in the late 1690s to be more probable than earlier dates.
Before that, I would like to make mention of Richard Tyree's career, of which there is, as is the case of other 17th and 18th century Tyrees, precious little to work with. In 1734, Richard Tyree of St. Peter's Parish, James City Co., bought 200 acres for 60 pounds from Rather of St. Pauls Parish, Hanover, for which David Tyree signed as witness. In 1755, Richard Tyree received a land grant, in which he is given title to land that originally belonged to Thomas Rolf, the husband of Pocahantas to neither of whom he had any known blood relationship). There is, furthermore, the afore-mentioned power of attorney of his grandson, Thomas Williams, in 1807, apparently executed many years after his death.
Fortunately, it appears possible to make further inferences about Richard Tyree's career and chronology based on surviving information concerning the David Tyree who witnessed Richard Tyree's 1734 deed. Likewise, information about Richard Tyree can also help clarify David Tyree's chronology.
David Tyree first appears in 1709 and 1720 tithetables, thus indicating that his latest possible date of birth would have been 1693. That Richard Tyree did not appear in the 1709 tithetable would indicate that he was not yet 16 (thus suggesting 1697+/-2 as his probable birth year). David was also a witness to Richard Tyree's 1734 deed which, chronologically speaking, would make it unlikely for David Tyree to have been Richard's father. He was most certainly dead by 1763 when one of his sons, Benjamin, first appears in a census and a daughter-in-law, Elizabeth (wife of William) appears in court records with regard to support for her son. This, too, would infer that he died before Richard and would also confirm the likelihood of him being the older of the two. These facts and suppositions, taken together, would indicate to me that Richard and David Tyree were of the same generation and were likely to have been brothers with David being the older.