James Ley

Male 1795 - Aft 1842  (> 48 years)


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  • Name James Ley 
    Born 1795  Main-à-Dieu, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 22 Mar 1795  St. George (Anglican), Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Main-à-Dieu, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Fisherman, Seafarer 
    _UID 30D8AC104A283D49B61DF95688E894FEE000 
    Died Aft 1842 
    Person ID I950  Victoria Boutilier's Genealogy Pages
    Last Modified 25 May 2010 

    Father John Ley,   b. Abt 1760, Louisbourg, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1800 and 1805, on or near Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 40 years) 
    Mother Jane Martell?,   b. Abt 1770,   d. Between 1805 and 1860  (Age ~ 35 years) 
    Married Abt 1787 
    Family ID F107  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Ann Hall,   b. Abt 1798, New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1861  (Age ~ 64 years) 
    Married Abt 2 Jul 1817  Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • marriage bond between James Lee and Mary Ann Hall, 29 July 1817 Registration Year: 1817 book 1800 pg 3972. Sureties: "James Lee and John Bellworth of Sydney Cape Breton, mariners, and George Innes of Halifax, Grocer."
    Children 
     1. Mary Anne Ley,   b. Abt 1818, Main-à-Dieu, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1865, NW Arm Sydney River, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years)
     2. Alexander Ley,   b. Abt 1820, Main-à-Dieu, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1892, Main-à-Dieu, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years)
     3. John Ley,   b. 5 Dec 1825, Main-à-Dieu, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1901  (Age > 77 years)
     4. Rachel Ley,   b. 15 Jul 1828, Main-à-Dieu, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 May 1911, Louisbourg, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     5. Elizabeth Ley,   b. Abt 1830,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Jane Ley,   b. Abt 1836, Main-à-Dieu, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1881 and 1891, Catalone, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 45 years)
     7. Catherine Ley,   b. Abt 1840, Main-à-Dieu, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. James Luke Ley,   b. 1842, Main-à-Dieu, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Mar 1919, Dominion #6, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    Last Modified 23 May 2017 
    Family ID F94  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Baptism sponsors were John Burk, Daniel Nuton, and Patience Phipps. (FHL Film # 814,172)

      (according to Holland's "Description of Cape Breton Island" reproduction of 1818 census rolls, Daniel Newton was 56 years old, a native of Norfolk, England, resident in "Lorhan" and had spent 29 years on the Island. He married Sarah Tutty on 5 March 1796 at St. George's (both parties were not previously married))

      Marriage date is that of the marriage bond. "James Lee & John Bellworth of Sydney Cape Breton mariners & George Innes, grocer of Halifax" bondsmen (Bk 1800 p. 3972)

      Cape Breton County deed bk G p. 359 (FHL Film # 808, 749)
      registered 15 February 1831
      dated 22 February 1828
      John Martell of Main a Dieu fisherman and wife Jane Martell to James Lee of Main a Dieu
      consideration five shillings per acre (20 shillings per pound) = 25 pounds
      100 acres of land in Mira Bay beginning at the northeast corner boundary of a lot owned by Laurence Mullins thence running by the magnet South twenty two degrees east one hundred and thirty five chains more or less to the rear line of the lot granted to the said John Martell thence north seventy eight degrees east eight chains thence north twenty two derees west one hundred and twenty eight chains more or less to the shore of Mira Bay thence along shore to the boundary first mentioned
      John Martell makes his mark, Jean Martell signs, James Lee signs, witnesses W. Gammell and Thomas Lee sign

      Cape Breton County deed bk L p. 135 (FHL Film # 808, 750)
      registered 13 October 1837, dated 3 September 1836
      James Lee (signs) is a witness to the sale of a lot on the W Side of Little Lorraine Harbour bounded on the S by land of John Burke & N by land owned by Edmund Burke. Seller is Michael Burke of Little Lorraine, buyer, John Troke of Little Lorraine, fisherman.

      James Lee, mariner, appears on the 1838 census of Cape Breton County (Mainadieu to Catalone). 8 in his family.

      Why does there appear to be a large gap in his children's births? It does not appear to be due to two marriages (as both younger and older children in 1891 Census state mother's birthplace is USA)

      "Ships and Seafarers of Atlantic Canada": James Lee, mariner of Main-a-dieu, registered the schooner "Spring Bird" in 1826, which was lost at sea in 1848. James Lee's schooner "Elizabeth" was registered in 1838 and wrecked off the NS coast in 1845.

      FHL Film #814,174 (Cape Breton County Estate Files)
      Estate File A8, James Lee (filmed under the same file # as probate papers of grandfather John Lee (1739-1800))
      Will dated and signed 25 April 1842
      "...I James Lee of Mainadieu...give devise and bequeath to by Dearly beloved wife Ann Lee all my real and personal property goods and chattels of every description...to be by her enjoyed during the term of her natural life and after her decease to become the property of my well beloved sons Alexander Lee and John Lee Provided the remain with their Mother and conduct themselves agreeable to their mothers wishes and advice and in case of their mothers death they shall take charge and provide for all my other children being my Daughters Rachel Elizabeth Jane and Catherine until they respectively arrive at the age of twenty one years. In compliance with and fulfillment of the above conditions by my said sons Alexander and John all the remaining property at their Mothers decease shall be equally divided between them the said Alexander and John excepting the House on which I now reside near to the Harbour of Mainadieu aforsaid which is exclusively to become the property of my said son Alexander and one third of a lot of land in Mira Bay which is to become the property of my said son James at the time he shall become...twenty years old But should either of my sons Alexander or John fail in performing or fulfilling the beforementioned conditions he the party failing shall be entirely excluded from any share or benefit of this my last will and testament, and shall become the property of the other fulfilling and willing to fulfill, and should both my son Alexander and John fail...they shall be both excluded from all share or benefit and whatever property may remain at such time shall be equally shared by my executors amongst my other children....I constitute appoint and ordain my said wife Ann Executrix of this my last will and testament....I likewise constitute appoint and ordain Charles Lee and Joseph Martell both of Mainadieu aforesaid Executors...Signed "James Lee"; also signed by Anthony Martell, Joseph Martell, and W. Gammell