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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...to me. It is a masterpiece of genealogical research which I shall value very much. Our esteemed friend, Mr. John Warren, has a great deal to answer for in bringing to your notice my slight genealogical sketch, for should I ever venture to publish my collection of family records, it must be upon the lines of " The Family of Leete." I hope shortly to send you a manuscript copy of the pedigree of the Leetes of Guilden Morden, which is now under revision. No change will be made in the original notes copied from the several parish registers, as I quite agree with you it will be better not to alter them. With kind regards, Yours faithfully, JOHN SMYTH. I have incorporated in the Chart attached to the present volume all the additional materials so generously supplied by Mr. John Smyth, and the record will be found most comprehensive. A grateful acknowledgment is also due to the courtesy of Mr. George Edward Smyth, of Henlow, Beds., who placed at my disposal many interesting details concerning Wills, Marriage Licences, and other family matters. The writer of the above letter, the late Mr. John Smyth, of Bygrave, Herts., married his cousin, Elizabeth, the daughter of Hugh Fossey and Mary Smyth n/e Leete), of Guilden Morden. Guilden Morden, in Cambridgeshire, lies about eight miles south-west of Eversden; near to the borders of Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. In the days of King Edward II there were two principal manors here; one of these then belonging to the family of Avenels. Writing at the commencement of last century, Lysons observes:--"The Manor of Avenells, in which the family of that name were succeeded by the Hydes, and Hatfields, is now the property of Simeon Leete, Esq." It was his grandfather of the same name, who, removing...
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