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Lyle Jane (McKay) Smith (1635 - 1713)

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Lyle Jane Smith formerly McKay aka Prather
Born in Lower Norfolk County, Virginia,map
Daughter of and
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married (to ) in Calvert Co., Marylandmap
Wife of — married (to ) in Prince George Co, Marylandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Brookfield Plantation, Prince George's, Marylandmap
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Categories: Prince George's County, Maryland | Norfolk, Virginia Colony | US Southern Colonist.

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Contents

Biography

The origins and events of the life of Lyle Jane MacKay, who married first Jonathan Prather and then, after his death, William Smith, are far from well documented and remain controversial. It now seems certain that she was NOT the natural-born daughter of George Gouldsmith (aka Goldsmith) and it's uncertain as to whether or not she was the sister or perhaps daughter of Robert MacKay, with whom Jonathan Prather migrated from Virginia to Maryland in 1658. Indeed, Lyle Jane's birth year and birth place remain unproven although most genealogies place them between 1635-1638 and near Norfolk, Virginia (lower Norfolk County, now the city of Chesapeake). Of course birth records from that frontier area at the time are either nonexistent or destroyed since then, thus not-available.

The MacKay clan was an important Scottish clan in the 17th Century and Maryland's archives cite Robert MacKay in 1658 as saying he had been a groom "for several great persons" in Scotland and England before he emigrated to America. To me this indicates that if he was Lyle Jane's brother (or father) it's unlikely he was a son of one of the clan's leaders but quite possibly a relative, and more-likely to have come from Scotland originally than from England. The only contemporary records I can find of him are several documents from Maryland in St. Mary's between 1658 and 1664 when he was assessed in Talbot County.

No contemporary marriage certificate has ever been found for the union of Lyle Jane MacKay (aka McKay) and Jonathan Prather and we do not know for certain exactly when or where they married. Genealogists have listed dates from ranging from 1654 to 1666. Gary Benton Prather, who studied the Prather/Prater family in both England and America for over 25 years and whose web site is the best available about this family, says the marriage took place on September 12, 1660, in Calvert County, Maryland.[1] This seems reasonable, making Jonathan 30 years old and Lyle Jane 25 at their wedding. It is the date I have adopted. Gary B Prather goes on to list a first marriage for Jonathan in 1654, also in Calvert Co., Maryland, to a Mary Jane Gouldsmith.[2] This would account for the 2 daughters: Mary Jane (b. 1656) and Elizabeth (b. 1660) listed in some genealogies; they must have died as children for no marriages or descendants have ever been cited.

Jonathan and Lyle Jane (MacKay) Prather are usually credited with having had 7 children as follows:[3]

1. Jane PRATHER b: 1662 in Calvert, MD
2. Jonathan PRATHER b: 1666
3. George PRATHER b: 1668
4. William Nathhan I PRATHER b: 1670
5. Thomas M. PRATHER b: 1673
6. John PRATHER b: 1676
7. Elizabeth PRATHER b: 1678

Four years after Jonathan Prather died in 1680 at age 50, Lyle Jane, then about 45 years old, married a neighboring Maryland planter named John Smith. A widower with no children, he was a generous step-father to Jane's Prather children, most of whom were still minors. When he died in 1707, he made generous provisions for them in his Will, including a large estate he called the "Orphans' Gift" plantation in Prince George's County.[4]

Lyle Jane (MacKay) Prather Smith died at John Smith's and her Brookfield Plantation in Prince Georges County, Maryland, in early December 1713.

Sources

  1. http://prathergenealogy.com/defaultmain.htm - see MacKay, Lyle Jane {I3}
  2. Same source, see Gouldsmith, Mary Jane {I59758}
  3. http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:3146524&id=I617317376
  4. Prince George Co., Maryland, proven: Sept 23, 1707 - Maryland Calendar of Wills, by Cotton, Vol. 3, pg. 91.

Family Tree Data

Note by Chet Snow, Feb 3, 2014: In RootsWeb's World Connect, I found 99+ Family Trees that list Lyle Jane McKay (aka MacKay), wife of Jonathan Prater with the birth/death dates used here. This Tree seemed to have the most information/sources:

Cannon, Pattie, Bowen, McIlhaney, Clark, Oliver, McMillin, Hayes Tree:[5]

ID: I1219
Name: Lyle Jane MCKAY
Surname: MCKAY
Given Name: Lyle Jane
_AKA: Mary Lyle Jane Goldsmith MACCAY, MACKAY
Sex: F
"Birth: 1635 in , Norfolk, VA
Death: 7 Dec 1713 in Brookfield Plantation, Prince George, MD
Burial: 1713 , Prince George, MD
_UID: 3F9D31DAC9DC064280BD5902711D9A3DD128
Note: Considerable confusion surrounds Jane and Mary Jane PRATHER. The same husband and children sometimes are shown for both, their birth and death dates are interchanged (mixed up), and one might be tempted to conclude that they are the same person.
Will probated 07 Dec 1713 in Prince George's County.

From GenCircles, Hewes Connections, http://www.gencircles.com/users/jahrn/1/data/4510:

"The maiden name of Jane is not certain. Some records show it as Goldsmith and have her as the daughter of George Goldsmith of Baltimore, MD. Other records show her name as McCay. She was probably born in England as her will leaves the remainder of her estate in England to her fourteen grandchildren. Her will was written in 1713 and is on file at the Hall of Records in Annapolis. The variation in spelling of the name is shown in the will. Some of her children's names are written as Prater and some are written as Prather in the will."

From GenCircles, Hewes Connections, http://www.gencircles.com/users/jahrn/1/data/5132:

"...When Jonathan died his wife remarried to John Smith, a very wealthy Planter. He was very good to Jonathan's children and when he died he willed them a Plantation he called "Orphans Gift" which was located near the city of St. Mary's in Maryland...."
"...a wealthy Englishman named John Smith. They lived on a plantation called Brookfield located on the Patuxent River about 7 miles from Upper Marlboro, Maryland...." [6]

Children:

1. Mary Jane PRATHER b: 1658 in Calvert, MD
2. Jane PRATHER b: 1664 in Calvert, MD
3. Jonathan PRATHER II b: 12 Sep 1666 in Calvert, MD
4. George PRATHER b: 1668 in Calvert, MD
5. William Nathan PRATHER I b: 1670 in Calvert, MD
6. Thomas M PRATHER II b: ABT 1673 in Calvert, MD
7. John PRATHER b: 1676 in Calvert, MD
8. Elizabeth PRATHER b: 1680 in , Calvert, MD

Marriage No. 2 - John SMITH
Married: AFT Aug 1680 in , Prince George, MD


The Houk - Paridon Family Tree says her father is Robert McKay of Baltimore:

ID: P376
Death: 1666 in Baltimore, Maryland Colony
Birth: 1604 in Prince George's County Colony [sic- impossible; no Europeans in Maryland before 1630s]
Name: Robert MacKay
Sex: M
Marriage: Spouse Unknown
Children :
Lyle Jane McKay b: 1635 in Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia Colony.

Sources: Repository: Name: Ancestry.com - Title: Ancestry Family Trees - Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. - http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=31036641&pid=376 [7]


Ellie's and Drake's Family Tree says this about Robert McKay: [NOTE: Most of this data is either impossible: i.e., born in 1604 in Maryland - no Europeans lived in Maryland before the 1630s; or that his parents were the leaders of Clan MacKay in Scotland - highly unlikely; but he may have been a relative. He was a "groom" in Scotland.]

ID: P466
Birth: 1604 in Prince George, Maryland, United States
Death: 1666 in Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Name: Robert MACKAY
_APID: 1,7486::1368996
Sex: M
Event: Arrival 1658 Maryland
_APID: 1,7486::1368996

Father: Donald Hugh MACKAY - SCOT b: 1585 in Durness, Sutherland, Scotland
Mother: Susannah MCDOUGLE - SCOT b: 1589 in Durness, Sutherland, Scotland

Marriage - Geraldine Alice MALLOT b: 1604 in Prince George, Maryland

Married: in Prince George, Maryland
Married: 1626 in Prince George, , Maryland
Married: in Prince George, Maryland

Children: 1. Lyle Jane MCKAY b: 1635 in Norfolk, Virginia.

Sources: 1.Repository: Name: Ancestry.com Note: Title: Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s, Author: Gale Research Publication: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc; Note: Page: Place: Maryland; Year: 1658; Page Number: 298

2.Repository: Name: Ancestry.com; Note: Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Note: Page: Ancestry Family Tree; http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=54424204&pid=375

3.Repository: Name: Ancestry.com - Note: Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Page: Ancestry Family Tree Text: http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=56855516&pid=466 [8]


Gary Benton Prather states that she was Lyle Jane McKay. The evidence has not been seen by me. Was a remembrance by descendants of this lady's maiden name the source of calling her mother-in-law a McKay?

Kuehn Family File.ged Data

This biography was auto-generated by a GEDCOM import. The following data was in the Gedcom.

Name: Jane /McKay/ - Given Name: Jane - Surname: McKay
Name Suffix: Or Mccay[9]

The suffix "Or Mccay" is non-traditional and may be too long for the WikiTree suffix.

Burial Date: Dec 1713 - Place: Prince George, , Calvert, Maryland[10]
User ID: 6769F33AA7FC4A3897E8218A65A43ACB5A9E
Prior to import, this record was last changed 21:59 18 Jan 2010.
Note: #NI395

Gedcom Sources

  • Source: S11 Media: Index Abbreviation: International Genealogical Index(R) Title: International Genealogical Index(R) Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Publication: Copyright (c) 1980, 2002 Date: 2 Dec 2005 Italicized: Y Paranthetical: Y
  • Source: S-2142475756 Repository: #R-2147357987 Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Note: This information comes from 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files. This source citation points you to a current version of those files. Note: The owners of these tree files may have removed or changed information since this source citation was created. Page: Ancestry Family Trees Note: Data: Text: http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=1545140&pid=451
  • Repository: R-2147357987 Name: Ancestry.com Address: http://www.Ancestry.com Note:
  1. http://prathergenealogy.com/defaultmain.htm - see MacKay, Lyle Jane {I3}
  2. Same source, see Gouldsmith, Mary Jane {I59758}
  3. http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:3146524&id=I617317376
  4. Prince George Co., Maryland, proven: Sept 23, 1707 - Maryland Calendar of Wills, by Cotton, Vol. 3, pg. 91.
  5. http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=generalpoole&id=I1219
  6. From GenCircles, Hewes Connections, http://www.gencircles.com/users/jahrn/1/data/5132
  7. http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=houk-paridon&id=P376
  8. http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=edp16&id=P466
  9. Source: #S11 Page: downloaded 27 Nov 2008 Quality or Certainty of Data: 3 Date: 27 Nov 2008
  10. Source: #S11 Page: downloaded 27 Nov 2008 Quality or Certainty of Data: 3 Date: 27 Nov 2008

JWP says her name was not Goldsmith. Gary B Prather gives her name as Lyle Jane McKay. No parents. She was raised by George Gouldsmith.

When Jonathon was transported from VA, there was a Robert MacKay & wife with him. She could have been the wife of Robert or his sister and wife of Jonathon. Reference: 513. She was born in 1635 at Va. She married Jonathan Prather (Prater I, son of Thomas Prater II (Gnt.) and Mary (MacKay or Powell ??)., on 12 September 1660 at Calvert, Md. Lyle Jane MacKay was buried in 1713 at Prince George, Md. She died on 7 December 1713 at Brookfield Plantation, Prin.George Co., Md.

Julia Ann Empson.ged Data

Name: Lyle Jane /Gouldsmith/

: Name: Lyle Jane /Prather/ : Name: Lyle Jane /Smith/ Found multiple versions of NAME. Using Lyle Jane /Gouldsmith/.

Birth Date: 1635 - Place: Norfolk, Virginia[11]
Death Date: 7 Dec 1713 - Place: Brookfield Plantation, Prince George's, Maryland[12]
Will: Date Signed: 27 Jul 1710 - Place: Prince George's Co., MD - Proven 7 Dec 1713[13]
Event: Inventory Date: 8 Jan 1714 - Place: Prince George's Co., MD Inventory Of Jane Smith's Estate Taken. Liber 35A, Ff. 382-5, Hall Of Records.[14]
Event: Estate Date: 6 Sep 1715 - Place: Prince George's, Maryland, USA[15]
Event: Inventory Date: 2 Feb 1716 - Place: Prince George's Co., MD Add'l Inventory[16]
Event: Ward of George Gouldsmith/Goldsmith, But Not His Daughter.
User ID: F71A06CF709043ACA223FED81D4546263E0D
FSFTID L4QG-GDS
FSLINK https://familysearch.org/tree/#view=ancestor&person=L4QG-GDS
Prior to import, this record was last changed 13:59 31 May 2014.
Second Marriage:
Husband: John Smith
Wife: Lyle Jane Gouldsmith
Marriage Date: Bef 17 May 1684 - Place: Calvert, Prince George's, Maryland, USA[17]
First Marriage:
Husband: @I2086@
PREF Y
Wife: Lyle Jane Gouldsmith
PREF Y
Marriage Date: 12 Sep 1666 - Place: Prather's Hall, MD[18]
Child: Jonathan Prather
Child: Jane Prather
Child: Elizabeth Prather
Child: Mary Jane Prather

Gedcom Sources

  1. http://prathergenealogy.com/defaultmain.htm - see MacKay, Lyle Jane {I3}
  2. Same source, see Gouldsmith, Mary Jane {I59758}
  3. http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:3146524&id=I617317376
  4. Prince George Co., Maryland, proven: Sept 23, 1707 - Maryland Calendar of Wills, by Cotton, Vol. 3, pg. 91.
  5. http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=generalpoole&id=I1219
  6. From GenCircles, Hewes Connections, http://www.gencircles.com/users/jahrn/1/data/5132
  7. http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=houk-paridon&id=P376
  8. http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=edp16&id=P466
  9. Source: #S11 Page: downloaded 27 Nov 2008 Quality or Certainty of Data: 3 Date: 27 Nov 2008
  10. Source: #S11 Page: downloaded 27 Nov 2008 Quality or Certainty of Data: 3 Date: 27 Nov 2008
  11. Source: #S291
  12. Source: #S219 Page: 651 Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  13. Source: #S219 Page: 652 Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  14. Source: #S219 Page: 652 Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  15. Source: #S219 Page: 652 Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  16. Source: #S219 Page: 652 Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  17. Source: #S219 Page: 651 Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  18. Source: #S291
  • Source: S175 Abbreviation: Ancestry Family Trees Title: Ancestry Family Trees (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.) Repository: #R8 Paranthetical: Y Page: Ancestry Family Trees Quality or Certainty of Data: 3 Data: Text: http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=5777404&pid=-178131462
  • Repository: R8 Name: Ancestry.com (see the story associated with Jean Nicholas Borsenberger associated with birth of his son Michel Auguste Borsenberger) Address: Ancestry.com (see the story associated with Jean Nicholas Borsenberger associated with birth of his son Michel Auguste Borsenberger) CONT http://www.Ancestry.com Name: Ancestry.com (see the story associated with Jean Nicholas Borsenberger associated with birth of his son Michel Auguste Borsenberger) Address 1: http://www.Ancestry.com
  • Source: S219 Abbreviation: Maryland & Virginia Colonials, Genealogies of Some Colonial Families, by Sharon Doliante, 1991. Title: Maryland & Virginia Colonials, Genealogies of Some Colonial Families, by Sharon Doliante, 1991. Paranthetical: Y
  • Source: S291 Abbreviation: Prater Prather Prator Praytor In America 1620-1800 1-5 Generations, Vol. II, John W. Prather, Jr. , 1994. Title: Prater Prather Prator Praytor In America 1620-1800 1-5 Generations, Vol. II, John W. Prather, Jr. , 1994. Paranthetical: Y

Notes

Note NI2087Also Known As:<_AKA> /Jane/
Some sources say her last name is MacKay stemming from the fact that Robert McKay went with them from VA to MD. No indication that there's any relationship. All we know for sure is that she was called Jane.

Miscellaneous Biography Data

Name: Lyle Jane /Mackay/[19]
Birth Date: 1635 - Place: Norfolk, Virginia[20]
Birth Date: 1640 - Place: Maryland[21]
Death Date: 07 DEC 1713 - Place: Prince George's, Maryland, USA[22]
Wife: Lyle Jane Mackay
Child: Jane Prather
Marriage Date: 1665 - Place: Maryland[23]

Misc. Sources

  1. http://prathergenealogy.com/defaultmain.htm - see MacKay, Lyle Jane {I3}
  2. Same source, see Gouldsmith, Mary Jane {I59758}
  3. http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:3146524&id=I617317376
  4. Prince George Co., Maryland, proven: Sept 23, 1707 - Maryland Calendar of Wills, by Cotton, Vol. 3, pg. 91.
  5. http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=generalpoole&id=I1219
  6. From GenCircles, Hewes Connections, http://www.gencircles.com/users/jahrn/1/data/5132
  7. http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=houk-paridon&id=P376
  8. http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=edp16&id=P466
  9. Source: #S11 Page: downloaded 27 Nov 2008 Quality or Certainty of Data: 3 Date: 27 Nov 2008
  10. Source: #S11 Page: downloaded 27 Nov 2008 Quality or Certainty of Data: 3 Date: 27 Nov 2008
  11. Source: #S291
  12. Source: #S219 Page: 651 Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  13. Source: #S219 Page: 652 Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  14. Source: #S219 Page: 652 Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  15. Source: #S219 Page: 652 Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  16. Source: #S219 Page: 652 Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  17. Source: #S219 Page: 651 Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  18. Source: #S291
  19. Source: #S138 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Jane (Mary) Prather
  20. Source: #S138 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Jane (Mary) Prather
  21. Source: #S139 Page: Database online. Source number: 3997.051; Source type: Family group sheet, FGSE, listed as parents; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: . Data: Text: Record for Jonathan Prather
  22. Source: #S138 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Jane (Mary) Prather
  23. Source: #S139 Page: Database online. Source number: 3997.051; Source type: Family group sheet, FGSE, listed as parents; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: . Data: Text: Record for Jonathan Prather
  • Source: S138 Author: Ancestry.com Title: Public Member Trees Publication: Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006; Repository: #R1
  • Source: S139 Author: Yates Publishing Title: U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 Publication: Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2004; Repository: #R1

Acknowledgments

  • Thanks to Stephanie Sanchez for starting this profile. Click the Changes tab for the details of contributions by Stephanie and others.
  • WikiTree profile McKay-366 created through the import of Kuehn Family File.ged on Oct 26, 2011 by Timothy Kuehn. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Timothy and others.
  • WikiTree profile MacKay-243 created through the import of Mulkerin Family History Site.ged on Dec 15, 2011 by Samantha Mulkerin. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Samantha and others.
  • Thank you to Daniel Justice for creating McKay-965 on 1 Oct 13. Click the Changes tab for the details on contributions by Daniel and others.
  • WikiTree profile Gouldsmith-3 was created by Linda DeFrees through the import of Julia Ann Empson.ged on Jul 23, 2014.
  • Thank you to Chet Snow for merging profiles, researching and editing the biography sketch, on Feb. 18-19, 2015.


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On 14 Jun 2015 at 15:27 GMT Kenneth Shelton wrote:

McKay-479 and McKay-1890 appear to represent the same person because: Looks like the two are the same.

On 9 Feb 2015 at 18:07 GMT Greg Hays wrote:

Mackay-1141 and McKay-479 appear to represent the same person because: same dates and places of birth and death;spouse and child in common;



Lyle is 28 degrees from Aaron Copland, 14 degrees from AJ Jacobs, 16 degrees from Barbara Shoff and 15 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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