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Lady Elizabeth Maria Shee nee Crisp 1764?-1838

(known as Maria)

Born: 9th April 1766?, and christened 2 May 1764? at All Hallows, Staining, London, and died 13th September 1838 at her residence, Lockleys, aged 73.
Daughter of: James Crisp and Elizabeth Crisp (nee Marsh, 1735-1785).
Sister of: Burrish Crisp (1762-1811) born in London, 27th April 1764?, christened at Allhallows, Bread St, London 27 May 1762?.  died at Calcutta.
Maria married: 2 August 1783 at Hugli near Calcutta, Sir George Shee Esq (1754-1825), of Castlebar, County Mayo.
Maria and George had issue:
1. Sir George Shee (1784-1870) of Dunmore, Galway, and of Mudeford House.
2. Lieut Gen Charles Shee (1789-1856).
3. Henry Shee (1796-????).
4. Elizabeth Dering (Letitia, nee Shee, 17??-1861) who married in 1833 Col Robert Dering of Locksley, Herts.  Robert was a grandson of Sir Edward Derring of Surrendew Derring.

We know of Maria from the following sources:
1. "History of the Ancient Family of Marsh" by Joseph J. Green, Archivist and Genealogist, 1903, revised to date by Wm. Ernest Marsh, of Marston, Bromley, Kent, 1912.
2. An excellent book about her mother 'The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh' by Prof Linda Colley, 2007.
3. Family letters from the Betty Harrison archive.


Elizabeth was born in London and spent her very early years there.  Unfotunately her father became brankrupt and as a result the family went to India in about 1771 when Elizabeth would have been about 7 years old.  From her mother's letters we can  see that Elizabeth grew up to be a beautiful and accomplished young woman.  Although her parents did not have much money her mother certainly made sure that her daughter met the right people.  Elizabeth married George Shee.  George had made a lot of money and on their return to England he was able to purchase estates in Ireland and England (Castlebar).  He was created a Baronet of Ireland, 22 January 1794.  He was Surveyor-General of the Ordnance, Secretary of the Treasury, Receiver-General in Ireland, and Under Secretary of State for the Home Department, in England.  He was also Secretary to the Earl of Chichester, when Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.  Elizabeth was known as Betsy by her mother when she was young.  Later she appears to have been called Maria.


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