Many thanks for your response to my posting.I suspect that my family are more associated with Sharon's family than your own but I have not received any reply from her up to the present.I have no evidence that the Wylam's were named after the village of Wylam but I have not really tried to prove the link as my family were definitely from the Chester-le-Street/ Washington area of County Durham.
I have traced the Wylam strand of my family from a Dorothy Wylam who was baptised 5/5/1799 in Washington ,Co. Durham (the ancestral home of George Washington) and who married a Thomas Hutton.Dorothy's parents were Thomas Wylam and Ann Ogle who married in Washington 28/5/1797.I have then traced the family back through successive generations to a Martin Wylam born c.1675 but unfortunately approximately 30 years of Chester-le-Street Parish records are missing from 1660 to 1690's and the trail comes to a stop.
If I was able to find the missing records then they may link back to Wylam ultimately but there is no proof at present.It may be more likely that your ancestor migrated from Chester-le-Street area as it is interesting that he also carries the name Martin and Thomas and presumably Mulvahill came from the maternal side of the family.
Sorry I cannot be more help at this time.
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