The name Lyle, Lisle, Lyll, and Lyell and similar derivations,
seems to have come from "de 1' Isle," meaning "of the island." This would
indicate that the common ancestor was one of the Lords of the western islands.
The name is still found among the higher gentry in Scotland. The name is also,
found in Southern England and France, many centuries back, which suggests that
it came from Normandy with William the Conqueror. At any rate, the name is a
prominent one in Scotland and Northern Ireland, from whence many immigrants
found their way to America.
William Lyle of this genealogy, who married Mary Maholm in Ohio, was a
descendant of the Lyles of Toreagh, County of Antrim, Ireland. The Toreagh
family came from Ayrshire in Scotland. It was one of those Scotch families that
settled on the lands of Sir Randall MacDonnell in the vicinity of Larne about
John Lyll was a son of the Scotch progenitor of the Toreagh family. He was born
about 1615 and in 1640 was married to Florence Montgomery. Four of their
children were Thomas, James, Jane and David. James, born about 1645 and died
1723, married Martha Campbell in 1670. A daughter of this union was Mary Lyll
who married John Lyle from Ayrshire, Scotland. Two sons were born to John and
Mary Lyle as follows:
(1) Robert Lyle, b. 1698; d. 1765; m. 1747, Mary Gilleland,
who d. in 1792.
(2) John Lyle, b. 1708; d. 1792; m. Rosanna (probably) MacDowell in Ireland.
These two brothers emigrated from their home in County Antrim,
Ireland, to New Jersey, in 1741, where John remained until his death. Robert
moved in 1747 to Northampton County, Pennsylvania, where he died in 1765,
leaving a widow, Mary, and children, as follows :
After the Revolutionary War, John, Robert, Jr., and Aaron, who
had distinguished themselves in the service of their country, moved to
Washington County, Pennsylvania, where they lived long and useful lives. Sons of
Robert, Jr., named John, born 1787, and William, born 1789, moved to Belmont,
later Harrison County, Ohio.
John Lyle and Rosanna Lyle his wife had sons, John, born 1739 in Ireland, and
Robert. The son John married Jane born 1744; died 1786, and had issue as
The family lived near New Brunswick, New Jersey. After the death
of their mother in 1786 the care of the younger children was vested in other
Lyle families. William lived with his father's cousins in Washington County,
Pennsylvania, and later, about 1805, moved with them to Harrison County, Ohio.
Here he met and, in 1806, married Mary (called Polly) Maholm. The record of the
William Lyle family is as follows
William Lyle, b. Jan. 18, 1777, in New Brunswick, N. J.;
d. Feb. 6, 1849, in Vinton Co., Ohio. M. in Cadiz, Ohio, Mary Maholm, b. Mar.
21, 1783; d. in Vinton Co., Ohio, July 26, 1853. (See
Maholm Genealogy) About 1820 the family
moved to Carroll Co., Ohio, and in 1844 to what is now Vinton Co., Ohio. They
were a highly respected family and frugal managers and amassed a considerable
estate. Both are buried in the old cemetery about a mile north of Allenville,
Vinton Co., Ohio. Their children were as follows, all but Samuel mentioned in
(1) John Lyle.
(2) Sarah Lyle, b. Oct. 3, 1807, in Harrison Co., Ohio; d.
Aug. 4, 1882, in Wapello Co., Iowa; m. Apr. 1826,
James Grant Hook, b. Sept. 8,
1805 in Greene Co., Pa.; d. Sept. 4, 1884, in Wapello Co., Iowa. (See
(3) James Lyle.
(4) Samuel Lyle.
(5) Mary Ann Lyle, b. 1810 ; d. 1885; m. Eli Garret, b. 1812; d. 1859.
(6) William Lyle, b. 1812; d. 1861; m. Jane Lewis, b. 1817.
(7) Robert Lyle, b. 1814; d. 1891; m. Catherine Fogel, b. 1822; d. 1901. Lived
in Allenville, Ohio.
(8) George Lyle.
(9) Foster Lyle, m. Emily Redfern.
(10) Butler Lyle, m. Elizabeth Ann Sears.
(11) Harrison Lyle, b. 1820 ; d. 1876; m. Nancy Rose, b. 1822; d. 1867.
(12) Jane (Jennie) Lyle, m. Lawsen Williams.
(13) Andrew Jackson Lyle, b. 1825; d. 1857; unm.