Loretta (Lynn) Layman

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 the age of 16, spent nearly 30 years as a legal administrative assistant, and have completed 35 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 for my family's patrilineal origins via my eldest brother's Y-DNA and serve as administrator of the Lynn/Lyne/Linn/Lind surname project at Family Tree DNA at [1].



  • "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 [2]. 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 [3].
  • Lynns of Northwest Ulster (Counties Londonderry, Donegal, and Tyrone) at [4].
  • Lynns in the Y-DNA Haplogroup R-U198 at [5]. 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 at [6].


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

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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Henry McDaniel, Jr. is my 4th-great-grandfather. He was born in Pittsylvania Co., VA; served in Lynch's Rangers a/k/a Lynch's Light Horse; and was wounded in the Battle of King's Mountain, a turning point in the southern fighing of the American Revolution.
I'm a 2nd-great-granddaughter of Jacob Keever (1812-1872) and Harriett (Sener) Keever (1817-1880) of Dauphin County, PA. I believe Jacob's father was George Keever (1775-1855).
I'm a 4th-great-granddaughter of William Kidwell and Eleanor "Nellie" Gray, who were married on 14 January 1783 in Prince George's County, MD and later lived in Jefferson County, [West] Virginia.
I'm a 4th-great-granddaughter of Hugh Linn b. 1753, emigrated from Ireland in 1788, and died 1815 in Concord, PA.
I'm a 4th-great-granddaughter of Hugh Linn b. 1753, emigrated from Ireland in 1788, and died 1815 in Concord, PA.
These are some of my husband's maternal ancestors, from Germany to Pennsylvania, Ohio, and beyond. It is written variously as Moats, Motes, and Motz, and Motz is the original German spelling.
These are some of my husband's maternal ancestors, from Germany to Pennsylvania, Ohio, and beyond. The name has been written variously as Moats, Moates, Motes, and Motz.
I am a certified pre-1500 genealogist, studying Lynns of Scotland as far back as the 12th century.
My primary interests in Scottish genealogy are the Lyne/Lynn and Widney families. Widney is a corruption of the Scottish name Udny from Aberdeenshire. Oliver Udny was Captain of a company in the Scots Brigade in the Netherlands. The family of Robert (Lyne) de Lyne were aristocrats associated with Anglo-Normans such as the Morvilles, Quencys, and Balliols as well as with the Hays, Marquises of Tweeddale.
I'm a 2nd-great-granddaughter of William Swain (b. 1811-12) and Martha Smith of Washington Co., MD.
I'm a 4th-great-granddaughter of Sarah (Widney) Linn born 1757 in Ireland, married Hugh Linn, and emigrated to America in 1788. Sarah and Hugh settled in Concord, Franklin County, Pennsylvania. The Widneys, believed by many to be Dutch, actually have their origins in Scotland.

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  • Loretta (Lynn) Layman: Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test HVR1 and HVR2, haplogroup K, FTDNA kit #115026
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On 14 Oct 2018 at 15:56 GMT Russell Lynn wrote:

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).

On 13 Jun 2018 at 13:43 GMT Janet (Langridge) Wild wrote:

Hi Loretta

Appreciate all the work you have done to build the tree. Thank you

The tags we follow and the comments we make about them at WikiTree help us connect with other members and aid in collaboration on our shared tree.

Your tags PROJECT and SCOTS are only linked to a list of profile names are will not help make connections. As you are a member of the SCOTLAND project you might like to look at Scottish Clans

For help with tags, click editing your tags to editd appreciate it if you could delete the two tags PROJECT and SCOTS from your profile to assist in clearing these pages

Hope this information helps you to improve the connection to the tree

Janet Data Doctor

On 7 May 2018 at 01:08 GMT John Widney wrote:

Hi ! At last Loretta. First, Thanks for the welcome. I checked back in some of my early downloads and the best I could find was 2012, I know I followed you long before that --maybe when I copied the Clan Linn book. Anyway, for your post, the original Widney Immigrant family sailed from Londonderry, Ireland on the U.S. Ship Congress ( Captain Knox)and landed in Philadelphia sept,17 1784. I haven't checked, passenger lists, but the entire family came except your #16 Sarah and husband Hugh Lynn. They all went to Franklin Co., where James Widney (1753) bought 600 acres of land in Path Valley and laid out the town of Concord, Pa. On the other matter, Charles & Mary Dolly's

first son was John (1794). Their tenth son was Johnston (1818). family sheets in email John W

On 3 May 2018 at 00:24 GMT Pip Sheppard wrote:

Hi, Loretta. Though I’d come here to continue our conversation. I see you have Devereauxs (is that plural correct?) in your tree. One of my lines is a Devereau (different spelling, yes) from SC whose parents I just cannot find. Elizabeth, b. 1815). Since a lot of Huguenots settled in SC, I’m thinking she’s French. But... what if she’s connected to your ancestors? What think ye?

On 10 Apr 2018 at 19:54 GMT Shirley Mancino wrote:

Hi Loretta,

New to Wiki tree and to DNA testing. I have followed a Lynn tag for the last few months. I wanted to post a GnG question about the US Lynn's when I came across your page (I have yet to explore it ). A quote from my family's oral history:

Some of our Matchett ancestors migrated from Northern France to England, some to Scotland, some from there to Ireland. My Matchet ancestors came to Leeds,Ont from Antrim, N. Ireland. (copied from a letter to Addie Whitmarsh from Bertha Shillington. That letter mentioned that some of 2xr Gr grandfathers William Robert Ly Matchets and Lynns uncles and sons went to the Carolinas and Georgia, fought in the war, some were killed and some scattered thru USA. Can we compare notes and possibly find a connection between my Ontario ancestors and yours

On 2 Jan 2018 at 14:46 GMT Guy Constantineau wrote:


Wish you a Happy New Year. May 2018 bring you all you need to be happy.

Congratulation for adding your contributions in December. Whatever the quantity of your contributions, they all count. As I always say "Quality is better than quantity" to make a great family tree.

Thank you for being a Wikitreer,

Guy Constantineau - Wikitree leader

On 30 Nov 2017 at 03:28 GMT Dorothy Barry wrote:

Loretta, I just wanted to say "Congratulations" on becoming one of the newest Blue Badged "Generous Genealogist", Your assistance to Wikitree members by offering sources has been noticed and appreciated by others. Way to Go!!

On 7 Jul 2017 at 14:34 GMT Barbara Johnston wrote:

Hi Loretta, thank you. That is interesting. My great grandfather Robert Johnston also landed in VA but settled in New England. I'm stuck on his great grandfather Archibald, who married Euphemia Davidson in 1819 Scotland. I got record copies from people of Scotland but it doesn't list ages or parents names so I'm trying to find other records that will allow me to continue the tree.

On 1 Jul 2017 at 18:42 GMT Keith Hathaway wrote:

Thank you for joining in the Weekend Chat........... It was an honor to have you

Weekend Chat 23 June - 25 June 2017

Weekend Chat 30 June - 2 July 2017

On 23 Jun 2017 at 23:26 GMT Keith Hathaway wrote:

Hello Loretta,

I'd like to invite you to join in the "Weekend Chat" on G2G Today!

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Pilots, Mentors, and Leaders of all kinds please add something... your advice is always greatly appreciated.

Hope to see you there!


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