Loretta (Lynn) Layman
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Loretta (Lynn) Layman

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Loretta A. Layman formerly Lynn
Born 1940s.
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I am blessed to be one of eleven children of remarkable parents named Milton Omer Lynn and Mary Elizabeth Keever Freeman, who had loving, generous hearts and great devotion to their family. I am as American as I am Irish as I am Scottish as I am English as I am Flemish with a bit of Welsh and Dutch and a hefty dose of German. To a certain degree, my family's history has made me what I am.

Our parents encouraged in us a love of learning and passion for truth. I graduated high school at age 16, spent nearly 30 years as a legal administrative assistant, and have completed 40 years of genealogical and historical research.

My historical interests are rooted primarily in our sojourn in Scotland and, thus, in Scottish history generally. I spent little time in college but have studied a few hundred Scottish historical writings of the 18th-19th centuries and nearly as many 12th-19th century document extracts at the National Archives of Scotland [now, National Records of Scotland]. My career in the legal field has engendered in me an appreciation for the importance of citing credible sources and constructing a good argument (not the cat-and-dog kind of row but an analytical presentation of one's views). Since my Lynn ancestors also lived for a time in Ulster, that Irish province also places high on my list of interests.

Finally, I also actively pursue the genetic evidence (see "DNA Notes", below) for my family's ancestry : (1) our patrilineal origins via my brother Milton's Y-DNA and (2) our Lynn/Widney/Carlisle/Donaldson line via autosomal DNA [auDNA] matches at FamilyTreeDNA [FTDNA] for six of my full siblings and myself. I serve as administrator of the Lynn/Lyne/Linn/Lind Y-DNA/surname project at FTDNA, and the auDNA is proving very valuable.

DNA Notes


  • My brother Milton Lynn's Y-DNA is the uncommon haplogroup R-U198, but he is further identified as having the downstream SNP JFS3028. He has 14 Y-DNA matches with other R-U198 Lynns/Linns, and 2 of them - including a 5th cousin - also are further identified as JFS3028.
  • The other 12 Y-DNA matches are more distantly related, and the number and kinds of mutations that have occurred in their respective branches point together to the most recent shared Lynn ancestor of all 15 men having lived in the 13th century.


  • Our 4th-great-grandparents are Hugh and Sarah (Widney) Linn. A 1724 marriage contract reveals that Sarah's grandmother is Anne Carlisle of Counties Tyrone and Monaghan, Ireland and suggest that Anne's mother is a Donaldson (Anne's uncle Thomas Donaldson being a party to the contract), also of Tyrone and Monaghan. Therefore, comparisons were made between autosomal DNA matches with descendants of the families Widney, Carlisle, and Donaldson. Then, since at least one Carlisle match suspects Salter ancestry, Salter matches were also compared. The results are revealing ...
  • There are numerous small DNA segments shared in common with descendants of two or more of those families or, in some cases, all four families. Some of the shared segments are exact, some have the same start point but different end points or vice versa, and some include small segments for one surname entirely encompassed by a larger segment for another surname. For example ...
  • On chromosome 9, there is a match of 9.51 cMs with one Salter descendant, a match of 2.40 cMs with one Carlisle descendant that falls entirely within the Salter segment, and a match of 1.71 cMS with one Donaldson and one Widney descendant that match each other exactly and also fall within the Salter segment.
  • Thus, the DNA seems to confirm the line found in the historical record ...
    • (a) an unknown female Donaldson who married a Carlisle,
    • (b) their daughter Anne Carlisle marrying James Widney (the first of several successive James Widneys),
    • (c) James and Anne's granddaughter Sarah Widney marrying Hugh Linn; (Sarah's father being the second James Widney),
  • ... and also suggests that some member of the Salter family was an ancestor of the Donaldson. There was a Salter family that owned an estate in a neighboring county of Northern Ireland during the relevant time period.


  • MD State Dept of Health: Birth Certificate of Loretta Ann Lynn.
  • First-hand information: Entered by Loretta Lynn at registration.

What I've Written

Books (privately published in limited editions):

  • "Henry and Hannah (Bryan) McDaniel and the McDonalds, Bryans, and Lincolns", The House of Lynn, Carroll Valley, PA (2005)
  • "Lynneage - The Lynns, Linns, and Linds of Scotland and Ulster", The House of Lynn, Carroll Valley, PA (2010)


  • "Barony of Lynn", The Scottish Genealogist, Vol. LVII No. 1, Edinburgh (March 2010) (pp. 16-22)


  • Lincoln Myths and Rumors at [1]. I have admired Lincoln from early childhood, 40 years before discovering that he is my 2nd cousin 5 times removed.
  • Lynn of that Ilk in Dalry, Ayrshire, Scotland at [2].
  • Lynns of Northwest Ulster (Counties Londonderry, Donegal, and Tyrone) at [3].
  • Lynns in the Y-DNA Haplogroup R-U198 at [4]. My eldest brother's Y-DNA test reveals this rather uncommon Y-DNA to be that of our paternal line.
  • Widney/Woodney Family of Ulster, Ireland at [5].

Some Notable Lynn and Linn Profiles

Some of these profiles are managed by me and some by others ...

  • Robert (Lyne) de Lyne : Robert de Lyne was born before 1150. He owned the free barony of Lyne in Peeblesshire, Scotland and the estate of Loquhariot near Edinburgh. His properties passed to his son and heir, David de Lyne, and then to David's son Robert de Lyne. The family was associated with the Anglo-Norman families of de Balliol, de Morville, and de Quency as well as the de Hays whose later generations became Marquisses of Tweeddale. The younger Robert's daughter and heir, Margaret, married Sir John de Hay; and Robert's properties passed with her to the Hays.
  • Roland Lynn : Roland Lynn of that Ilk in Dalry Parish, Ayrshire, Scotland; b. before 1400, d. in 1452 or 1453. On 15 June of the latter year, he was described in a charter as having died seized and possessed of the minor barony of Lynn in Dalry, meaning that he had title to and possession thereof.
  • Andrew Lynn : Andrew Lynn of that Ilk in Dalry, Ayrshire, Scotland; b. ca. 1430 or earlier, d. before 1508. Andrew succeeded Roland, who presumably was his father.
  • John Lynn : John Lynn of that Ilk in Dalry, Ayrshire, Scotland; b. before 1500 d. after 1532. On 31 May 1508, he was described as "heir of his father Andrew Lyn" in a deed for both Lynn and a property called Highlees.
  • Andrew Lynn : Andrew Lynn of that Ilk in Dalry, Ayrshire, Scotland; b. about 1600; husband of Ann (Blair) Lynn
  • Hugh Lynn : cutler in Brigend, Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland; b. before 1580 d. after 1602
  • Hugh (Lynn) Lyne : cutler in Corsehill, Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland; b. before 1645 d. before 1670
  • Margaret (Lynn) Lewis : b. 1693 in County Donegal, Ireland; d. in 1773 in Staunton, VA; wife of Col. John Lewis
  • William Lynn : Dr. William Lynn b. about 1690 in Ulster, Ireland; d. 1758 in Fredericksburg, VA
  • Hugh Linn : b. 1753 in Ulster, Ireland; d. 1815 in Concord, Pennsylvania; helped to found the village Concord in the 1780s-90s
  • Isaac C. Lynn : b. 1774 d. 1835; Capt. in Hill's Regiment of Pennsylvania Militia, War of 1812
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Hi Loretta,

It’s time for our annual Ireland Project check-in! Please respond within the next two weeks to let me know:

  • If you are happy with the team you’re on or if you’d like to make a change. It is now required that all members with an Ireland project badge work on at least one of the project’s team(s), so if you’ve not yet signed up please do so in your reply to this check-in.
  • What you think the project is doing well, and what (if any) changes you would like to see us make? Are there any teams you would like to become more active in?
  • Would you be interested in helping to work on an Ireland Project newsletter?
  • Please give us some feedback on the use of google group and discord. Do you use one or both of these? If you don’t use either of them, what is the best way for us to ensure you receive project communications? If you would like to join us on either one, just let us know in your response and we will get you signed up.

Please respond to this message by posting a reply below or sending me a private message on WikiTree. If we don’t hear from you within two weeks, we will assume you are no longer interested in participating in the Ireland Project, and your badge will be removed. If you wish to reapply for membership later, we will be happy to have you back. Many thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you!


Jen Hutton, on behalf of the Ireland Project

posted by Jen (Stevens) Hutton
As part of an annual check-in for the WikiTree US Presidents Project we are asking members if they are planning to continue their contributions to the project. We are establishing a page where everyone can identify the President or Vice President that they wish to manage. Just respond to this message to let me know 1) Are you planning to continue with the Project and 2) do you have a specific President or Vice President that you are interested in.
posted by Robin Lee
Hi Robin. I plan to continue with the U.S. Presidents Project, my interest being President Lincoln. Thank you.
posted by Loretta (Lynn) Layman
Hello Loretta,

My name is Sarah and I’m the Project Coordinator for the Scotland Project. As you may have heard, we have merged the Scottish Clans project into the Scotland Project. I am contacting you today to find out if you are interested in continuing with us under this new format. If you would like to go forward on the Scottish Clans Team, please reply and let me know which clans you have been working on or would like to work on. I look forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards,

Sarah Mason, Scotland PC

posted by Sarah Mason
Hi Sarah. Thank you for reaching out. I will not be continuing with the Scotland Project.

Regards, Loretta

posted by Loretta (Lynn) Layman
Hello, Loretta,

Thank you so much for responding to our check-in for the Miltary and War Project.

We are sorry to hear that you are not currently active, but we understand that life happens and interests shift as we grow our shared tree and that some members may have moved on to projects more pertinent to the branches they are currently building. Please know that you will always be welcome to rejoin should your interests shift back in this direction.

Thank you so much for your participation; we genuinely appreciate it.

Deb ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Deb (Lewis) Durham
Hello, Loretta,

On behalf of the Military and War Project Leaders, we are doing a six-month check-in with members.

First, we want to thank you for your past participation in the project. We appreciate your desire to honor your ancestors for their service to their countries, or even for your service, wherever in the world. We hope that your membership has enhanced your WikiTree experience.

Please let me know, by commenting on my profile or sending a private message, if you are still active in the project, and if so, in a general sense how you may have contributed to the main project or any sub-projects within the last couple months.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Deb ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Deb (Lewis) Durham

I have worked on this for over an hour and dome what I can do. I keep getting a message that I am not on he trusted list for Saylor-345 so I can't make changes. And I might have disassociated you and me. Hopefully you can fix this. I have never had so much trouble. Good luck. Carolyn

posted by [Living Stutts]
Thanks for your continued interest in the US Presidents Project. You will receive additional information on your “duties” in the coming weeks. In the meantime, if you would like to add this template to your profile. It creates the connection to a specific President. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Template:US_President_Relative A list of the Presidents can be found at https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Presidential_Project_Page
posted by Robin Lee
As part of a re-vitalization of the WikiTree US Presidents Project we are asking members if they are planning to continue their contributions to the project. We are establishing a page where everyone can identify the President or Vice President that they wish to manage. Just respond to this message to let me know 1) Are you planning to continue with the Project and 2) do you have a specific President or Vice President that you are interested in.
posted by Robin Lee
Hello Loretta!

I know mine came through Nebraska, and before that I heard tell there was a falling out in Kentucky or thereabouts. Unfortunately all my roads have ended with Elmer Lynn in Neleigh NE but I'm still looking.

I'd like to figure out if we are Scottish or Irish or German (based on Heraldry searches) eventually. But I'm happy to claim all Lynn's and worry about degree's of separation later. My known family is huge as-is to the point I just call us a clan (with merging and twisty branches but no blood inbreeding I've found yet).

posted by Russell Lynn

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