Person:Elizabeth Lyle (2)

Elizabeth Lyle
b.ABT 1734 Ireland
m. 18 SEP 1731
  1. Rev. James Lyle1732 - bef 1791
  2. Elizabeth LyleABT 1734 -
  3. Capt. John LyleABT 1736 - 1793
  4. William Lyle
  5. Martha LyleAbt 1740 -
  6. Robert LyleAbt 1740 -
m. ABT 1750
  1. Esther ThompsonABT 1752 -
  2. Jane ThompsonABT 1755 -
  3. Mary 'Polly' Thompson1758 - 1797
m. 1765
  1. Rev. Matthew Lyle Donald1766 - 1829
  2. Margaret Donald1775 - 1849
  3. Mark Donald1776-1790 -
  4. Samuel Donald1776-1790 -
  5. William Blair Donald1779 - 1851
  6. John Donaldest 1779 -
  7. James Donaldest 1781 -
Facts and Events
Name Elizabeth Lyle
Gender Female
Birth? ABT 1734 Ireland
Marriage ABT 1750 to William Thompson
Marriage 1765 to Matthew Donald
Death? Virginia


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From:Source:Armstrong and French, 1918, some reformating, and reordering of information flow to improve readability See: Google Books:

Early Years

Elizabeth Lyle, eldest daughter of Matthew Lyle and Esther Blair Lyle, was born in Ireland about 1734, and died in Virginia. She married twice and is ancestress of a large and influential posterity. Numbers of Tennesseans and Georgians claim descent from Elizabeth Lyle. She remained in Ireland, when her parents emigrated to America, with her grandparents and her maternal uncle, Daniel Blair.[2]

First Marriage

She married in Ireland, about the year 1750, William Thompson, (died 1759), son of Thomas Thompson (b. 1697, d. 1779), and his wife, Mary Black, (b. 1714, d. 1778), who was the daughter of Samuel Black, (b. 1656, d. 1740), and his wife, Alice Murdock, (b. 1675, d. 1743). Elizabeth Lyle Thompson and her husband, William Thompson, had three daughters,

Jane and

Of Elizabeth Lyle's daughters by William Thompson:

Esther Thompson (born about 1752) married about 1778, John McSpadden; they went from Virginia to Tennessee and settled near Dandridge, and had a large family, namely,


A large connection of East Tennessee people comes from this family.

Jane Thompson, second daughter of Elizabeth Lyle Thompson, (b. about 1755. d. near Dandridge, Tennessee), married James Walker, and had children: Jane and Elizabeth, (both of whom married and had children), and married a second time Andrew Cowan (who had, by a previous marriage, six children). She had three Cowan children,

Joel W.,
Thompson and

all of whom married and had children.

She married a third husband, Joel Ellis, but had by him no children.

Jane Walker, (eldest child of Person:Jane Thompson (38), by her first husband, Person: James Walker (94)), is the ancestress of the Inman family, through her marriage to John Ritchie Inman, son of Abednego Inman; their children were:

Mary A.
Shadrack Walker,
James M.
John W.,
William M.,
Joel C,
Walker P., [3]
Sallie and

which was rather a nursery full, even for those prolific times.

Mary Thompson, daughter of Elizabeth Lyle and William Thompson, was born in Ireland about 1757; she died in 1797. She is frequently called Polly Thompson in the family record. She came with her mother and stepfather to America in 1775. She married Samuel Wear, in Augusta County, Virginia, in 1 778. Samuel Wear was a son of Robert Wear. Mary and Samuel Wear moved to what is now Tennesse and settled on Little Pigeon River, Sevier County, Tennessee, which was then a part of North Carolina. For history of Colonel Samuel Wear see Armstrong Family).

Samuel Wear married twice. After the death of Mary Thompson Wear he married Mary "Gilhan," or Gilliland, and had by her several children, though this record deals with the children by his first wife only, namely, Elizabeth, Robert, Rebecca, Samuel, Junior, John and Mary.
Elizabeth Wear, daughter of Samuel Wear, and his first wife, Polly Thompson, was born in Augusta County, Virginia, 1780, and died in Tennessee, 1820. She married Robert Armstrong, the third, son of Robert Armstrong, second, and his wife, Margaret Cunningham. They built a....[missing follow on, probably can be recovered]

Second Marriage

Six years after the death of William Thompson (in 1759), the young widow married (1765) for her second husband, William Thompson's first cousin, Mathew Donald, (son of John Donald, and Margaret Black, Mary Black having been William Thompson's mother). Eliabeth Lyle Thompson Donald and her husband, Mathew Donald, emigrated to America in 1 775, bringing with them her three Thompson daughters, Esther, Jane and Mary, and her children by Mathew Donald. Another child, Margaret, was born at sea in 1775 and this establishes the date of their crossing.

The children of Elizabeth and Mathew Donald were

Mathew Lyle,
William Blair


Descendancy of Mathew Lyle and Esther Blair, focused on the Walker-Cowan-Inman connections
Descendancy of Mathew Lyle and Esther Blair, focused on the Walker-Cowan-Inman connections


  1.   Lyle, Oscar K. Lyle family : the ancestry and posterity of Matthew John, Daniel and Samuel Lyle, pioneer settlers in Virginia. (New York: Lecouver Press, 1912).
  2. This unusual circumstance recorded is apparently based on family traditions. A confirmation of this tradition is to be found in the Will of Mathew Lyle in Augusta County:
    Page 234.--15th June, 1773. Mathew Lyle's will--To son, James, executor; to daughter, Elizabeth, now in Ireland--if she do not come in within 3 years, then the land to go to James; to daughter, Martha; to son, John Teste: Danl. Lyle, Archibald Alexander, John Lyle, Jr. Proved, 17th May, 1774, by Daniel and John Lyle, Jr. James Lyle qualifies with Samuel and Daniel Lyle.
  3. White 1902:181 gives his full name as "Walker Patterson Inman", apparently named after his grandfather Samuel Walker, and Grandmother Jane Patterson.