TUSLE: Lydston

It’s time for TUSLE #2 (a.k.a. tying up some loose ends).

The lineage for Weymouth Lydston, a fisherman in Kittery, Maine, is muddied by the report in the Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire that there was a “John Lydstone of Dartmouth” in Devon, England, who married Elizabeth Worthley September 30, 1610, in St. Petherick.

Unfortunately, the GDMNH does not put any explanation to this entry other, perhaps, than to subtly suggest that this John Lydston is related or connected to the two other Lydston entries that follow it.

In fact, this John Lidstone, baptized September 21, 1584, in Malborough, Devon, married Elizabeth Worteleye on that date at St Petrox, Devon. This is where the information about them ends in online parish records. No information about their children has been found.

The next Lydston entry in the GDMNH is for Capt. John Lydston, born about 1673 (aged 59 in 1732). He was a shipwright who worked for Gabriel Tetherly about 1687. He was wounded by Indians in 1693. John had a son named Weymouth, also a shipwright, making the family connection clear.

The GDMNH entry for Weymouth Lydston shows the itinerant nature of those who depended on shipbuilding and the coastal trade. Weymouth was fined at the Isles of Shoals in 1680; had a land grant of 20 acres in Kittery that he laid out in 1681 and 1682; and was taxed at Falmouth, Cumberland, Maine, in 1683-84.

Weymouth named one of his sons Weymouth. His daughter Sarah married John Ham. She is the reason for this TUSLE, to sort out her Lydston line. (Note that the GDMNH hints that a Sarah Lydston had a child out of wedlock by Joshua Remick of Kittery “shortly after his 1st marriage” in July 1694. By 1690, Sarah, daughter of John Lydston, was married to John Ham.)

In Everett Stackpole’s Old Kittery and Her Friends he writes that a George Lydden, a seaman, bought land at Crooked Lane in 1670. George was living in 1691 but his wife Sarah was a widow by 1693, and she died before 1698. Edward Liddon or Litton, obviously of the same family Lydden, he says, resided on the lot next to George.

Stackpole then suggests that George and Edward may have been either the sons or brothers of Weymouth.

Neither name is found as either a son or a brother to Weymouth. The three known children are Weymouth, (Capt.) John, and Sarah. There were possibly more but their names have not been found.

Weymouth Lydston was not the son of the John and Elizabeth (Worteleye) Lidstone who married in 1610 at Dartmouth, Devonshire. Although the date of his baptism, March 19, 1636, in South Huish, Devonshire, is not beyond the reach of a woman of those days, these are not his parents.

The only record found regarding anyone of his name, Waymouth Lydston, is for parents Richard and Grace Lidston of South Huish. His mother’s surname is not reported. The only sibling immediately located in parish records is a sister Grace, born ten years prior, in 1626, and baptized in Stoke Fleming, Devonshire, a family stronghold.

Weymouth’s grandfather, Robert Lidston, was baptized (1575), married (1599), and buried (1623) in Stoke Fleming. His great grandfather, Henry Lidston, was married (1561) and buried (1626) there. Unfortunately, the names of his grandmothers are lost due to very poorly preserved handwritten parish records. However, we are talking about the late 1500s and early 1600s and this is not unexpected.

This should settle the matter of any relationships suggested by the GDMNH between John and Elizabeth (Worteleye) Lyston married in Dartmouth, Devonshire and Weymouth Lydston of Kittery (Eliot), Maine.

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