Lye families from Somerset

William Lye was my 3x great grandfather.  I am in contact with several others who are descended from people shown here and we are each researching our respective lines. We have found several Lye families in the same area, the tantalising prospect is to find a connection between them.

We also have an interesting puzzle as to why the name Lye has got transcribed to Leigh or Ley on many records.

These are most of the people we know about who are now deceased. The data we have includes some more information about them, and about some of their descendants who are still living.
If you have knowledge of any of these people, their descendants, or their predecessors, we would love to hear from you.

Members of the Lye families seem to have moved about in Somerset but within a small area until they started to move well away.  Places include: Ashwick, Ston Easton, Emborough, Harrington, Chilcompton, Everscreeck, Clutton, Midsomer Norton

Joan, living in Australia, identifies these Lye famly members from Somerset. (27/5/08).
Robert has made transcriptions of Butleigh Parish Records and other records available online. (9/12/08)

About some of the marriage partners

Thomas Bartlett and Agnes Lye had both moved to Glamorgan, South Wales by the time of their marriage and lived in Penrhiwceiber and Penygreig. Agnes died in childbirth and Emily moved into her brother-in-law's household to bring up the family. Thomas Bartlett and Emily later moved to Weybridge, Surrey with two of their children.

Lye, Leigh or Ley?

On a surprising number of records (census, registrations, etc) the surname has been spelt Leigh. This has not only occurred in Somerset but on Lily Lye's marriage registration in London.  It has been suggested that the explanation is that many members of the family did not like the name Lye for its connotation in its spoken form with untruth and so chose to use a varient.  Other examples such as Ley and Lee may be mis-spelling by clerks.

Similarly the name Emery has been found to have been spelled Emory, Emary and Emarry on some old parish records - particularly for Isaac and Mary.

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