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Ancestors of James LYLE Ancestors of James LYLE



Ancestors of James Lyle

Generation One

1. James1 Lyle (John, #2) was born between 1763 and 1768 probably in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; in the portion that became Montgomery County in 1784.1,2,3,4,5 He married (--?--) Crawford reportedly circa 1799 in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.6

He lived in 1786 in Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania; when listed among the male white inhabitants in the upper part of Upper Merion Township between the ages of 18 and 53 years who were capable of bearing arms in the year 1786.7 He may have appeared on the census of 1790 in the household of John Lyle in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, as one of the five males 16 and older.8,9 He was named in the codicil of the will of John Lyle on 6 Feb 1815 in Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, to receive one Dollar as he had already received all that his father intended as his share of the estate.10,11 See the web site Descendants of James Lyle and Hannah Crawford for information on the family of what must be this same couple.

Generation Two

2. John2 Lyle was born circa 1728 in Ireland.12,13,14 He married Elizabeth Wayne (see #3), daughter of Francis Wayne and Elizabeth Jackson, before 1760 in Pennsylvania.12,15,16,17,18 He died on 1 Nov 1815 presumably in Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania; in his 87th year.12,19,14 He was buried in St. David's Episcopal Church graveyard, Radnor, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.20 His estate was probated on 27 Nov 1815 in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.11,21

The Woods genealogy claims John Lyle was born in Ireland, but does not comment on when he immigrated to America. A large wave of Scotch-Irish exodus followed the famine of 1740-41 and might have seen his arrival, but many immigrants came to Pennsylvania throughout the period between his birth and marriage.22 He lived in 1769 in Upper Merion Township, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; where he paid a proprietary tax of £2 13s. 4p. [pounds, shilling, pence] on two horses and four cattle, but no land or servants.23 He lived in 1774 in Upper Merion Township, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; paying a Provincial tax of £13 12s 0d on holdings of 150 acres, 3 horses, 6 cattle but no servants.24 The Lyle farm cannot have been far from Valley Forge in the northwest corner of Upper Merion Township. Gen. Washington's troops left Whitemarsh on 11 Dec 1778, crossed the Schuylkill at Swede's Ford on the 13th, passed through King of Prussia and settled in at Valley Forge from the 18th. The army remained there a full six months causing the area to suffer from marauding expeditions of the British army.25

John Lyle lived in 1779 in Upper Merion Township, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; paying a double tax assessment of £14.26 The tax was on real and personal property plus single men, intended for defense costs and assessed on 26 May 1779.27 He lived in 1780 in Upper Merion Township, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; where he paid tax on 160 acres, 3 horses and 4 cattle.28 He was a farmer who was assessed another effective supply tax of £15 8s. 6d. on a valuation of 889 (pounds?) in 1781 in Upper Merion Township, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.29 In 1782 John Lyle was assessed £7 7s. 10d. on a valuation of 866 (pounds?) for an effective supply tax in Upper Merion Township, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.30 He lived in 1783 in Upper Merion Township, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; in what became Montgomery County in 1784, where he paid a federal tax on 186 acres, three horses, four cattle but no sheep or negroes.31 His home farm was located about three miles from the county seat of Norristown.17 In 1785 Upper Merion Township was home to three inns, four grist mills, three saw mills one forge and a fulling mill. There were three churches: Episcopal, Presbyterian and a Christian Baptist plus a Union Chapel. Twelve public schools were open during ten months of the year and had 418 pupils.32

John Lyle was mentioned in a subscription list for repairing and covering a wall of the St. David's Episcopal Church in 1785 in Radnor, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.33 He appeared on the census of 1790 in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania; probably as the John Lyle with a household of five males 16 or older, two males under 16 and two females.8,9 He witnessed the will of George George along with John Elliott and Jacob Wolmer on 13 Sep 1790 in Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.34 He was widowed by the death of Elizabeth Wayne on 18 Jan 1791 in Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.12,18 He left a will on 8 Nov 1814 in Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, witnessed by Jonathan Cleaver, Mathew Roberts and Nathan Potts and naming as executors his son Francis Lyle and son-in-law Robert Wood.35,11 He wrote a codicil to his will on 6 Feb 1815 in Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, witnessed by Jonathan Cleaver, John Elliott and Mathew Roberts.10,11

Inventory of John Lyle's estate begins with household items bequeathed to specific family members. His son Francis was to receive wearing apparel ($5) and a clock which at $40 was the most valued item from the home. Daughter Abi McLellan was to inherit a ten plate stove ($15), chest of drawers ($7), andirons, tongs and shovel ($4), looking glass ($2), bed ($5) and three chairs ($3). To daughter Mary Kirkpatrick went a bed ($5) and to her daughter Elizabeth a dining table ($8). Granddaughter Eliza Bones was left a high chest of drawers valued at $12. The remainder of the household goods were valued at a total of $22 which included a small looking glass, Bible, pewter, cloth, warming pan, tea table, chairs, etc. Farm items were a grubbing hoe and iron bar ($1.25), cart ($10), winnowing mill ($30), milch cow ($22) and an iron pot ($.75). There were also 40 bushels of wheat at $1.50 each ($60) and 23 bushels of oats at 50 cents a bushel ($36.50). There were quite a few outstanding notes to Richard Roberts, John W. Lyle, John Lyle, Jr., Henry L...., William Bones, Benjamin Lyle, William Carter, Christian Kurts and John Eve. The total value of the inventory was $1,468.00.36

Children of John2 Lyle and Elizabeth Wayne (see #3) were as follows:

3. Elizabeth2 Wayne (Francis, #6) was born on 18 Jun 1738 in Pennsylvania.77,78,18 She married John Lyle (see #2) before 1760 in Pennsylvania.12,15,16,17,18 She died on 18 Jan 1791 in Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, at age 52.12,18 She was buried in St. David's Episcopal Church graveyard, Radnor, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.44,18

Elizabeth Lyle was heir to £10 and her children Martha and Francis to £4, when of age, in the will of her father Francis Wayne on 30 Dec 1762 in Easttown, Chester County, Pennsylvania.79 There is indication some of her children followed the Presbyterian faith, such as her daughter Elizabeth Woods, but sons Francis and John were active in St. David's Episcopal Church in Radnor where the Wayne family worshipped. She was a first cousin of Maj. Gen. Anthony Wayne also known as "Mad Anthony" Wayne for his military derring-do.

Generation Three

6. Francis3 Wayne (Anthony, #12) was born circa 1690.80,81 He married Elizabeth Jackson (see #7); possibly in Ireland.82 He died on 31 Jan 1763 in Chester County, Pennsylvania.80 He was buried in St. David's Episcopal Church graveyard, Radnor, Delaware County, Pennsylvania; epitaph reading: "Here lieth the body of Francis Wayne, who departed this Life the 31st Day of January 1763, Aged 73 years. Also of Elizabeth Wayne, his wife, who died the 27th Day of August, 1771, Aged 79 years. The sweet remembrance of the Just shall flourish when they sleep in dust."81,83 His estate was probated on 19 Mar 1763 in Chester County, Pennsylvania.79

He emigrated with his father Anthony Wayne in 1722 in County Wicklow, Ireland; or possibly in the following two years.84 He lived by 1724 in Easttown, Chester County, Pennsylvania; moved in 1724 to Willistown and in 1729 returned to Easttown where he remained to appear in the Chester County tax list of 1753.84 He was mentioned in the records of St. David's Episcopal Church of Radnor from 1725 to 1761. He owned pews there and at St. Peter's which were "to be retained after his death for the use of his wife, children, and grandchildren."84 Anthony Wayne and his wife conveyed to Francis Wayne 40 acres in Easttown, Chester County, Pennsylvania, on 31 May 1729.85 Anthony Wayne and his wife conveyed to Francis Wayne another 20 acres in Easttown, Chester County, Pennsylvania, in 1739.85 He had a bequest of one shilling Sterling in the will of his father Anthony Wayne on 13 Jun 1739 in Easttown, Chester County, Pennsylvania.86 He was a surveyor and in his will left his surveying instruments to his son Abraham.84,87 He left a will on 30 Dec 1762 in Easttown, Chester County, Pennsylvania; executors [sons] Michael and Abraham, Trustees Brother Isaac Wayne and Thomas Tarbett.79

Children of Francis3 Wayne and Elizabeth Jackson (see #7) were as follows:

7. Elizabeth3 Jackson was born in 1692.80 She married Francis Wayne (see #6), son of Anthony Wayne and Hannah Faulkner; possibly in Ireland.82 She died on 27 Aug 1771 in Chester County, Pennsylvania.80 She was buried in St. David's Episcopal Church graveyard, Radnor, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.92,83

Generation Four

12. Anthony4 Wayne was born in 1666 in England; around the border of Yorkshire and Derbyshire.85 He married Hannah Faulkner (see #13) circa 1690.93 He died on 2 Dec 1739 in Chester County, Pennsylvania.85 He was buried in St. David's Episcopal Church graveyard, Radnor, (in what is today Delaware County), Pennsylvania; epitaph reading: In memory of, Anthony Wayne, who dyed Dec. 2nd, 1739, Aged 73 years. And of his son, William Wayne, who dyed Aprl. 22, 1726, Aged 18 years.85,94,95 His estate was probated on 13 Dec 1739 in Chester County, Pennsylvania.86

Edwin Sellers made a rather convincing argument that Anthony Wayne was the son of a Capt. Gabriel Wayne by his first marriage.96 Anthony was a Captain in the British army, apparently on the Continent and then in Ireland where he settled near Rathdrum in County Wicklow, south of Dublin, not an area occupied by the Scotch-Irish.97 He emigrated in 1722 from County Wicklow, Ireland; or possibly in the following two years.84 He purchased 386 acres from Thomas Edwards on 11 May 1724 in Easttown, Chester County, Pennsylvania.85 He built the home known as Waynesborough in Easttown Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. The spacious Georgian central section of the house is built on a center passage plan with an earlier dwelling and a later service wing attached. In its heyday, this plantation covered more than 1,000 acres of land and included a large tannery located about one-half mile behind the house which today is an historic museum administered by the Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks and the park land which surrounds it by the Commissioners of Easttown Township, Chester County. He was a vestryman at St. David's Episcopal Church in Radnor during 1725-27 and 1737-39 and in other ways supported the church including the purchase of pews which continued in use by his sons.98,99 He and his wife conveyed to his son Francis Wayne 40 acres in Easttown, Chester County, Pennsylvania, on 31 May 1729.85 He and his wife conveyed to his son Francis Wayne another 20 acres in Easttown, Chester County, Pennsylvania, in 1739.85 He and Hannah Faulkner conveyed to their son Isaac Wayne their plantation consisting of about 360 acres of land, houses, stock, sheep, cattle, etc. in return for a yearly sum payable to them and provisions for other relations on 8 May 1739 in Easttown, Chester County, Pennsylvania.100 He left a will on 13 Jun 1739 in Easttown, Chester County, Pennsylvania; witnessed by James Samson, Robert Gay, Humphrey Wayne and Isaac Wayne, as sole executor named his son John Wayne.86 The small bequests in the will may signal that he had already provided for his children. Though they were married, he referred to his daughters by the surname Wayne.101

Children of Anthony4 Wayne and Hannah Faulkner (see #13) were as follows:

13. Hannah4 Faulkner married Anthony Wayne (see #12) circa 1690.93 She died in Pennsylvania.93

She and Anthony Wayne conveyed to their son Isaac Wayne their plantation consisting of about 360 acres of land, houses, stock, sheep, cattle, etc. in return for a yearly sum payable to them and provisions for other relations on 8 May 1739 in Easttown, Chester County, Pennsylvania.100




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