Recently I found some evidence regarding the ancestry of Faith Lyte Townshend. It is not conclusive, but may be of interest to the Townshend Society. Not conclusive but much more than a guess. If you do your own research you'll appreciate my efforts.
I had concluded that since John Lyte and Elizabeth Green had a son William in 1681 in Somerset Maryland, that it was likely that later they also would name another son John after the father. I learned that a major migration pattern were quakers and puritans moving from Virginia to Maryland about 1650 to escape persecution by the Church of England and BACK to Virginia about 1710!
Since the Dorseys had done this and came from Norfolk VA (Vachel Dorsey etc a uniqe Dillingham/Light name) I looked to Norfolk for a clue. Several Lights were in Norfolk:Sarah Light married John Hollowell, a relative of William Russell, in 1740 in norfolk; also others Jesse Light in 1785 from Lancaster VA; and much earlier, John Sidney and George Huntley, in-laws of Sir Thomas Lyte of Lytescary.
So I looked for Norfolk records. Surprise, the British burned them, the history books say. So I called Sam Sparacio, the expert, and he directed me to the Norfolk Orders, faded and smoke stained. "Unreadable" said the Library. "You might read 10%" said Sam.
I scrolled through the reel till the dates were near where 1740 should have been in the soot. There on a list of 12 or so were a couple of words I could read. "John Hollowell" and adjacent "William Light".
My theory is that William Light and John Light were brotheres of Faith Lyte, and they went back to Norfolk where the Lytes were well known, and the shipbuilding industry was big. Nearby in the Carolinas the Townshends owned an island where they built their ships, according to Carolina land records around 1700.
Where did John Lyte and Elizabeth Green come from? Probably Barbados where the Lytes and the Greens were influential.
The Lancaster clue led to a Lancaster record in which John Lyte trans in 1666 sold beer to a grand jury. Finally in English records, Thomas Baskerville described John Lyte of Bristol (born 1637) as a failed woolen draper who made a success of beer brewing and innkeeping in Bristol. He had several sons including John Lyte who were gone from their home in Bristolby the 1696 census (to New England) according to Thomas Baskerville his cousin. Thomas says John was the brother of Major paul Lyte of Barbdos, the notorious pirate accompice and general of the great fort on Carlisle Bay in Barbabos. There are too many accomplices to mention here.
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