Durham Cathedral from the weirAncestor Index Ancestor IndexCapt. R.D. S. Drew-Smythe

The Smyth/es of Ireland

This section charts the results of research into the Smyth family of Durham and Rosedale Abbey in Yorkshire - from which family a descendant son, William Smyth, moved to Ireland with most of his children in the early 1600s. Click on the image of Richard David Somerset Drew-Smythe to ascertain the context of this research.

It is not the intent of this site to provide a definitive, proven list of all the Irish (or English) lines since such a task would be beyond the scope and skill of this site, not to mention the difficulty of so doing, given the diversity of the name - Smith, Smithe, Smyth and Smythe - that existed, and which still exists, across the genealogical spectrum.

For this reason, no reliance should be placed upon any of the information found here or elsewhere in this "Family Vault" other than as a guideline for further research. If a particular family or lineage is of importance to other researchers, they should make their own, independent, verifications in support of their goals. Any additional information on any line treated on this site or corrections to dates and/or details are - and have been - most welcome.

Official sources state that this line begins thus: William Smithdike married "unknown" and had a child (inter alia?) Thomas Smyth b. 1520 who married Jane Layton of West Layton in Yorkshire. One of their children was Thomas Smyth b. 1550 who married Margaret Lightfoot of West Clayton. Amongst other children, Thomas Smyth and Margaret Lightfoot had a son, James Smyth, (see below) who married Helen Sayer/s of Worsall, Northallerton. - To see the connection between the Sayer/Bulmer/Tempest families and thence by marriage to Sir John Smythe - of Eshe Hall, Durham and Acton Burnell (Shropshire) follow the John Smythe link. Eshe Hall may sometimes be seen written as Esh or Ash in various archived public documents.

A large part of this site research involves an attempt to find links between the various Smith/e - Smyth/e families who operated in the public arena during Medieval and Tudor times - and also during the momentous changes that came about as a result of national and international events during the 17th and 18th centuries. It also includes research into the late 17th century Shrewsbury apothecary, William Smith or Smyth, whose family forms a link in the maternal line of this site as opposed to the paternal Smythe ancestry.

The Alphabetical Smyth(e) Directory - family origins in YorkshireSpecial Feature:
Click on the shamrock for the Alphabetical Smyth(e) Directory - transcribed from the research material of the Shearman/Hall families in Canada - now held in the Trent University Archives in Ontario.

This material lists some 80 members of the various Smyth/Smythe branches from Ireland and England; people who had a connection through a series of 18th and 19th Century letters belonging to Irish migrants to Upper Canada during the early 1800s.

Particular thanks are extended to the Archivist at Trent University, Bernadine Dodge, for her support and expertise.

David Smyth's History of SmythVery Special Feature:
Updated March 2003
in Generations 5-7 and with additional notes

The Smyth(e) families of England, (Durham and Yorkshire) pages provide important site and research notes that should be read in conjunction with this family line.

Linked from them are pages prepared by family historian, David Smyth in America whose work does much to shed light on the ancestry of this family.

Click on the 'Rosedale' spot on the map above to go directly to David Smyth's Smyth family genealogical commentary.

The Smyth Lineage of Rosedale, Yorkshire continues ...

The third son of James Smyth and Helen Sayer/s was William Smyth. He married Ann Hewley (who died before 1630). She was the daughter of Sir Thomas Hewley, and also an aunt of Sir John Hewley, later MP for Yorkshire. They had four sons and a daughter.

N.B. From "A Short History of Baptists in York 1646-1987" by R. R. Darsley 1987 - "The [religious] Independents in York, under the patronage of Lady Hewley, built their first church in 1692. The Society of Friends had a meeting in York from the mid-seventeenth century and the Toleration Act of 1689 with the reign of William and Mary enabled Non-conformists to worship without fear, though they were still denied the full rights of a citizen. Catholicism remained a strong tradition with the local York gentry ... "

After the death of his wife, Ann Hewley, William Smyth left Yorkshire (circa 1633) to settle in Ireland with the majority of his children. He became known as "The First Settler" (at Lisburn, Co. Antrim) - having first lived at Dundrum, in Co. Down.

The children of William Smyth and Ann Hewley ...

James Smyth descendant and ancestor of cousin descendants of the Yorkshire (inter alia) Smyth(e) lines.
He remained in Yorkshire, married and had children.
John Smyth married and left one daughter, Judith Smyth, who married Capt. Kelly.
They had children, of whom, a son, Simon Kelly, married and had a daughter who married Ralph Lambert, Bishop of Meath.
William Smyth - of Dundrum - progenitor of cousin descendants of the Barbavilla Smyth/e line treated here.

He married Mary Dowdall of Glasspistol, Co. Louth.

Ralph Smyth - of 'Ballymacash', Co. Antrim.
Captain Ralph Smyth (the Tanner) was the progenitor of the Barbavilla Smyth/Smythe line treated here.
Isobel Smyth
married M. Dawson

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