1600 Info 3 for the Cromptons of the Stuart Period
The Gee Family of Bishop Burton

Sir William Gee   m.(1) ............ m.(2)1601
of Bishop Burton  Thomasine Hutton   Mary Crompton (Dame Mary Gee)  
b.1553            b.1570             b.1582
d.1612            d.1599             d.1649
                  |                  |
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    four sons and two daughters      |
          all died young             |
               John + four sons and three daughters
               Frances Hotham                           
               d.~02nov1678  Will in York Registry Yorkshire Archaeological Society Vol.68 fol.180
               m.1 1664 ......... m.2 ~1685                  
               |                  |
               Rachel             Mary
               Parker             Spencer               
               b.1632             b.
               d.1684             d.1702
               William   Richard  Dau.         
               b.1648    b.~1657  b.
               d.1718    d.       d.
               m.23feb1664 ......... m.2 08oct1685                     
               |                     |                     
               Elizabeth             Elizabeth             
               Hotham                Cracroft  wid. John Ellerker
               b.                    b.
               d.1684                d.
               |                     |
               |===============||    |==============||
               5 sons 6 daughters    1 son 2 daughters
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Mary CROMPTON - Dame Mary GEE

Mary CROMPTON married and became the second wife of Sir William GEE 1 of Bishop Burton, East Yorkshire. The estate was bought by the Crompton family, who in turn sold it to William GEE (d.1612) in 1603. It subsequently descended in the Gee family until being bought by Richard WATTin 1783 (Alison, History of Yorkshire East Riding iv,pp.3-4).

Henry GEE of Rothley, in Leicestershire, was the father of William GEE (b. circa 1562) who first moved to Hull as a master mariner.

He acquired great wealth as a Merchant of the Staple [wool] and through public office. He was sheriff of Hull in 1560 and mayor in 1562, 1573 and 1582 and benefactor of Hull Grammar School. He was secretary of the Council of the North and Keeper of the Signet from 1604. (Wildridge, Old and New Hull, pp.41, 171-2; Foster, Pedigrees, iii; English, The great landowners of East Yorkshire, p. 25).

He first married Thomasine HUTTON, daughter of Mathew HUTTON, who died in 1599. They had one son and two daughters before Thomasine died aged 29 years in 1599. The son predeceased his father and on the family monument in York Minster, built by Mary CROMPTON, none of these children appear suggesting that they all died young. William GEE's second wife was Mary CROMPTON, daughter of one of the queen's auditors [Thomas of Bennyington qv]. There were six children by the second marriage.

When William died in early 1612, at the age of only 50, Mary was forced to buy the wardship of his eldest son for £750 to maintain some family control over the estates (Foster, Pedigrees, iii; English, The great landowners of East Yorkshire, p.25; Pevsner & Neave, York and the East Riding, pp.147, 330) [DDHE/6/19]

The eldest, by the second marriage, was John GEE (b.1603). John GEE married Frances, daughter of Sir John HOTHAM, and they had only one child, William (b.1625), before John GEE died prematurely in 1627. William GEE married first Rachel Parker and had one son, William GEE (b.1625) of Beverley, before she died aged only 18 in early 1650. He then married Mary Spencer and had two sons and a daughter. The elder son, Richard GEE (b.circa 1657) inherited, through his mother, lands in Orpington, Kent. William GEE died in 1678; his widow in 1702.

The younger William GEE was MP for Hull and Beverley and a supporter of William of Orange and also married twice; first, to Elizabeth Hotham by whom he had 11 children and, second, Elizabeth Cracroft by whom he had 3 more children.

Bishop Burton was inherited on his death, in 1718, by his eldest son Thomas GEE (b.1673), but when he died in 1750 he was succeeded by his grandson, Roger GEE (b. circa 1737), son of his youngest child, William GEE (d.1745).

The Gee family had slowly accumulated debts and Roger GEE was the last member of the family to own the manor and hall of Bishop Burton. It was held in trusteeship for five years before sale in 1783.

Descendants remained in the East Riding, intermarrying with other local gentry family. (Foster, Pedigrees, iii; English, The great landowners of East Yorkshire, p.25; Borland and Dunning, Bishop Burton, pp.98,102).

The Hull History Centre's estate papers of Bishop Burton (1552-1897) includes:


1600info3, sheet 3

More information 1
Return to text Sir William GEE (1561-1611), of Bishop Burton, near Beverley, Yorks.

Sir William was born in 1561, the son of William Gee, alderman and merchant of Hull, by his second wife Elizabeth. He was educated at St. John’s, Cambridge in 1577 and at Lincoln's Inn in 1580. He was called to the bar. He first married Thomasine, who died in 1599, the daughter of Matthew Hutton of York. Together they has four sons and two daughters. He then married Mary, who died in 1649, the daughter of Thomas Crompton of Hounslow, Middlesex. Together they had five sons and three daughters. He succeeded his father in January 1603 and was knighted in 1604.

William Gee was MP for
  • Kingston-upon-Hull in 1589; and
  • Beverley in 1604
He also held the posts of:
  • Recorder, Beverley 1597;
  • member, High Commission, province of York 1599; and
  • secretary and keeper of the signet to council in the north from June 1604 to his death.
Gee doubtless owed his return for Hull to his father, a well-known local benefactor. Beverley was near his estate of Bishop Burton. Doubtless Gee was also helped in his career by his first father- in-law, who, in June 1595, gave him a lukewarm testimonial for the secretaryship to the council in the north, an appointment he secured early in the next reign. Gee died soon after making his will on 02 November 1611 (York Registry Wills, Yorkshire Archaeological Society, vol.31, folio 760). He thanked God that he had come into this world ‘in the time when the glorious gospel did most brightly shine ... and not in the time of darkness, of poperies and superstition’. He enumerated various protestant victories, as he saw them, ending with the Gunpowder Plot. He left bequests to St. John’s College, Cambridge, and to the poor of Beverley. Gee was buried according to his wishes in York minster, where a monument was erected.

Source: History of Parliament (Accessed 13 March 2020)


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