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Re: Lytes Cary today
Posted by: Steve Light Date: December 06, 1998 at 12:28:30
In Reply to: Re: Lytes Cary today by Darlene Light Smith of 2089

Dear Darlene,
My website provider ( went bankrupt. I don't why I still get mail, so if I disappear, spread the word. Who can argue with free internet service?
You asked me several times if we are related to George Washington. I found something that is infinitely better (or worse). Sir Thomas Lyte, our ancestor married Constance Huntley, the widow of Sir John Sidney. Constance and Thomas had one son from this marriage, a George Lyte of Leyerton Gloucestishire born about 1628(IGI). Now there may be more than one George Lyte, because the one that came to Virginia said his father was John Light of Bishopsgate, but the one from Leyerton had a sister Constantia Lyte daughter of Thomas and Constance Lyte,born in the same place. So I am thinking that the one who came to Virginia is a grandson of Sir Thomas. There was a son John Lyte born 1604. Anyway, I found a record which said that George Lyte of Leyerton Gloucestershire married Mary Huntly a niece of Constance and Sir Thomas. So you probably already know I think we are descended from George Light (father was John of Bishopsgate, Merchant). Anyway, I just found the 1685 will of George Lyte of Leyerton in the PCC court which handles estates overseas in the colonies. I think this will will explain a lot.
So I was looking over several pedigrees of the Huntley and Dakeyne family for clues, when I came upon numerous Sidneys, who are either George Lytes cousins, nephews, half brothers, etc.
So I was sitting in the movie theater seeing the new movie "Elizabeth" and suddenly the names of our relatives started appearing in the movie subtitles and dialogue. They include....the daughter of Walsingham, Dudley, Robert Earl of Leicester (the Queens boyfriend, the Earl of Pembroke, and the Earl of Essex. I saw the movie twice, and I think our side won (and kept our heads). I'm still not exactly sure which generation Sir John Sidney was, but there are more marriages through consance huntley's family, through Constance's sister's granddaughter, Margaret Dakeyne who married the brother of the Earl of Essex and also a Thomas Sidney, brother of Robert the Queen's brother.
So if anybody talks back at the dinner table just say "off with their head"!!!!
Constance Lyte was the great aunt of Thomas Sidney's wife and the sister in law of the infamous robert 1st earl of leicester, the Queen's sweetheart.
then I poked around the Huntley and gloucestershire histories and found that Constance Lytes dad George Hunley threw a simple hunting party at Pembroke for Queen Elizabeth I. Elizabeth was polite but unaccustomed to camping, but was a good sport. That scene is in the movie. It's all in the movie. The Dakeynes had been involved with Henry the VIII, Elizabeths father, somehow.
In a related matter, George Huntley's name appeared on one of those teasonous papers that Norfolk signed in the movie. By that time James I was King. James tore down Huntley castle, but later appologized to the Huntleys, and George's head was spared by James. Then James knighted Sir Thomas Lyte of Lytes Cary and the Lytes all lived happily ever after.


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