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Rev. John Lyford was born by abt 1590 based on estimated date of marriage.
He married by 1617 Sarah ____, born about 1586 (deposed 1 Aug 1639 aged "about fifty-three years" [WP 4:137].
- She reported to Plymouth Deacons that she'd married him despite rumors that he'd had a bastard child before their marriage. Afterwards, the rumor was proved true and the child came to live with them.[Bradford 167]
He emigrated in 1624, perhaps on the Charity," settling initially in Plymouth, then Nantasket, Salem and the Virginia by 1627.
- Bradford's historical account for late 1624/early 1625 was dominated by the challenges related to Rev. John Lyford's preaching in Plymouth. Lyford, initially welcomed, set bout with John Oldham to establish a separate church; he was put under house arrest for letters he'd tried to send back to England; he and Oldham were expelled.
He died in Virginia about 1628 (having gone from Salem "to Virginia, where he shortly after died" [Bradford 169])
The will of "John Liford" of "Sherby [Shirley] Hundred in Virginia, clerk" was probate in Ireland in 1632.
His widow-- possibly maiden named Oakley (or she married second an Oakley)-- married Edmund Hobart 10 October 1634 in Charlestown, and he became guardian of her Lyford children. She died in Hingham, A 23 Jun 1649. [NEHGR 121:22] Her Lyford children-- Ruth and Mordecai-- acquitted "Edmund Hubbert senior" their "stepfather" for a legacy of 200 pounds of tobacco given them by their "father John Leyford by his last will and testament" (22 Oct 1641 and 3 Jun 1642) [SLR 1:27].
- Obadiah Lyford, b abt 1617 (in 1635 he was a scholar at Trinity College, Dublin; evidently died without surviving issue by 1639 when his brother Mordecai was called his "brother and next heir." [WP 4:137]
- Ruth, b abt 1619 (adult in 1641); m 19 Apr 1643 James Bates [NEHGR 121:15; Hingham History 38-39]
- Mordecai, b abt 1621; adult in 1642; no further record
- (probably) Martha, b abt 1628; m by 1650 Samuel Lincoln [NYGBR 60:115-17 (for this hypothesis to work, Martha would have to be born at about the time her father died, since her last child was born in 1674).
- ↑ Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins..., Boston, MA: NEHGS (1995), pp 1214-
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No known carriers of John's Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA have taken yDNA or mtDNA tests.
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