'Bee1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Bee of Basingstoke, Bye of Thatcham

'The Pedigree Register' spells the family name as Bye but, from the generation shown, Berry's CountyGen (which follows Visitation (Hampshire, 1575 & 1622, 'Bee') shows Bee. CountyGen identifies the arms of the family (quartered with Bowyer) as "Az. a chev. betw. three bees, volant, or". It seems that Bee was adopted by the family in England rather than Bye, which appears to have been favoured by the American branch.
Thomas Bay or By (a 1403, MP for Reading)
1. Richard Bye of Thatcham
  m. Alice ("benefactress of Thatcham Church")
2. John Bye of Thatcham (a 1424)
A. John Bye of Thatcham (d 1498)
  m. Margaret
  i. John Bye or Bee of Basingstoke, Hampshire (a 1475) the first mentioned by Berry
  a. John Bee of Basingstoke
  m. Anne Bullock (dau of Gilbert Bullocke of Arborfield (by Margaret, dau of Sir William Norreys of Bray by Joane, dau of John, Earl of Oxford), m2. ?? Oglaunder)
  (1) Gilbert Bee of Basingstoke
  m. Elizabeth Bowyer (dau/heir of John Bowyer by Margaret, dau of John Dingley)
  (A) John Bee of Basingstoke (a 1573)
  m. Margaret Hanington (dau of Reginald Hanington of Tidley (Hanningten of Tadley))
  (i) John Bee of Basingstoke & Heckfeld
  m. (1610) Prudence Phillips (dau of Henry Phillips, widow of William Humfrey)
  (a) John Bee of Basingstoke & Reading
  ((1)) Thomas Bye of London & Buckingham in Pennsylvania, America (b c1650, d 26.06.1726, emigrated 1699)
  The following is supported by Burke's 'Distinguished Families of America' ('Bye sometimes of Old Congress formerly of Horsleydown').
  m. (07.03.1670) Margaret Davis of Bermondsey
  ((A)) John Bye of Old Congress, Solesbury (b c1672, d 1732) had issue in Pennsylvania
  'The Pedigree Register' identifies John's wife as Sara, dau of Thomas Pearson of Marsden (Lancashire) by Grace Vipont. Burke identifies her as ...
m. (04.03.1704) Sarah Pearson (dau of Thomas Pearson of The Falls, Pennsylvania)
  ((B))+ other issue - Nathaniel (had issue), daughters
  (ii) Amye Bee
  m. William Warham of Kent
  (iii) Mary Bee
  m. John Whetenhall (sergeant-at-arms)
  (iv)+ other issue (dsp) - Robert, Reginald, Christopher, Francis
  (B) Robert Bee of London (a 1568)
  m. Susan Martin (dau of Sir Roger Martin, Mayor of London)
  (i)+ issue - Robert (had issue), Roger of London
  ii.+ 9 oter sons + 5 daughters
3.+ other issue

Main source(s): 'The Pedigree Register' (edited by George Sherwood, vol 3, No. 33 (September 1915), 'Bye of Philadelphia', p294+), CountyGen (Berry, Hampshire, p9)
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