Notes for John De La Lee:|
FROM 'LEE OF VIRGINIA'
Sir Thomas (living circa 1221-1258) married Petronilla, daughter of Sir Thomas Corbet, Sheriff of Salop 38 Hen. III. (1253-4) and had two sons besides Sir John, viz.: Reyner (called again Reginald in the pedigree) and Sir Thomas, who is also given in the pedigree. The latter married Petronilla de Stanton, heiress of the Stantons of Stanton Hineheath, Acton Reynald, etc., through whom an unbroken descent is given by Eyton from Richard, Lord of Stanton Hineheath, in 1086. The identity of Reyner and Reginald is here again shown by comparing the description in the pedigree "Reginaldus cui pater ejus dedit villam de Lee subtus Pevenhull" with the wording of the charter "Thomas de la Lee miles dedit Reynero filio suo totam villam de Lee subtus Pevenhull." In the pedigree this Reyner or Reginald is called filius primogenitus, but this is clearly an addition made in error. He is not so described in the deed, while Eyton and Hardy give evidence that Sir Thomas's eldest son was John. The next step in the pedigree shows a second Sir John as son to Reginald or Reyner and married to Matilda de Erdington. Here again there seems undoubtedly to be confusion, and it is little to be wondered at, for on examining the pedigree by the light of Eyton and Hardy's researches we find the first Sir Thomas married to Petronilla Corbet; two of his sons, John and Thomas, married to Petronilla de Drayton and Petronilla de Stanton; and each of his three sons, Sir John, Sir Thomas, and Reyner, having a son John, two of these last three Johns being knighted. The one who married Matilda de Erdington seems to have been son of Thomas and of course nephew to Reyner, not son, as given in the pedigree. He again had an eldest son John, who was knighted, and a daughter Matilda, besides a second son, Sir Thomas de Lee of Okehirst, married (according to Hardy) to Sibilla. This last Sir John is shown in the pedigree as having a son Robert who married Margaret Astley, the heiress of another very ancient family (showing an unbroken descent from 1100-1135) and was the first Lee of Coton. It is quite certain from documentary evidence, including the Inquisition Post Mortem of Margaret herself, that her husband's name was Roger, not Robert, and Sir W. Hardy thought it most probable that he was younger son of Sir John Lee's brother, Sir Thomas of Okehirst, whose eldest son was, according to