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The Lilley branch of the family can be traced back to the marriage of Joshua Healy and Mary Leyley in 1680.
Their daughter, Abigail Healey married Michael Sheard in Bristall Parish in 1712.
Marriage: Michael Sheard married Abigail Healy on November 13, 1712 in Birstall Parish.
Marriage: Jonas Sheard married Dinah Kirkon November 19, 1739 in Birstall Parish
Marriage: Michael Sheard married Sarah Barber on in May 1763 in Birstall Parish.
Marriage: Lydia Sheard married Benjamin Law on April 20, 1801 in Leeds.
Marriage: William Law married Mary Worth in Cheshire circa 1834
Marriage: Lydia Law married John Land on November 7, 1857 in Gomersal, Birstall Parish.
The Name, Lilley
George Redmonds, Yorkshire Surnames Series Part One, Bradford and District :
A complicated surname and Reaney has demonstrated that it has several possible origins. In the West Riding it appears to be from the French "del isle" (i.e. island) a derivation which escaped both Reaney and Smith, and the Liley family was prominent in Mirfield and Kirkheaton from the 12th century. They gave their name to Liley Hall, on the boundry between the two parishes, and this was the family home into the 1490s. Even after this date the surname was found in Kirkheaton, but its seems likely that either then or earlier migration into Birstall and Bradford had taken place. There is no proof yet of such a move but certain circumstancial evidence supports the theory. c.f. Denby, Ledgard, Northrop.Note: The italics are mine
Note: There were Lyley records in Birstall parish before 1586-92. See below.
George Redmonds, Yorkshire Surnames Series Part Two, Huddersfield and District :
The family name "de Insula" or de Lisle" (i.e. of the island) occurred frequently in West Riding records from the 12th century, notabley in townships such as Beeston, Harewood and Morley. There are sporadic references also in Mirfield and Kirkheaton and it was on the boundry between these two parishes that one family with the name lived in the 15th century. Their residence was first known as Liley Place (now Liley Hall) and, although their connection with the hamlet ended in the 1490s, the surname survived locally in Kirkheaton, and probably also in parishes not too far away such as Birstall and Bradford. See YSSI.Redmonds lists:
First four references are the same as above.
1545 William Lile (Kirkheaton) SR
1664 Robert Lily/Robert Lilly (Kirkheaton) HT
George Redmonds, Surnames and Genealogy, A New Approach says:
"This family was originally "de Insula" or "de L'isle" and they held the land on th watershed which devides the parishes of Kirkheaton and Mirfield."Local History Publications Old West Riding, a collection of Original Articles edited by George Redmonds, Winter 1984 in the article Surnames and Settlement by George Redmonds he includeds the following listings for Liley
Mary Lilley born circa 1660 married Joshua Healey Birstall Parish 1680
There is no record in Birstall parish for the baptism of Mary Lilley. In fact, there is no indication of her place of birth and she may have been born in another parish.
While there were Lilleys in Liversedge, Birstall Parish in the late 1500s through the late 1600s the birth records for the name were very sparse in the 1660s around the time of Mary's birth.
There were other Lilleys who show up in Liversedge in the 1680 for whom there are no baptismal records in the parish. Consequently, it is quite possible that she was born in the parish and for some reason her baptism was unrecorded or lost.
Note: Two LDS submissions to the IGI indicate a Mary Lilley born about 1659 of Liversedge Yorkshire who married Joshua Hayley on 10 Apr 1680 Birstall. No father is listed. The reference is to her husband Joshua Healey. Both were submitted in the early 1970s at Logan Temple. There is no real indication that this information is any more than speculation. However, there is a possibility that the family was Quaker. The Quaker records for the parish have not yet been checked and there was a Quaker population in the parish at the time.
Marriage of Mary Lilley and Joshua Healy
Mary Lilley married Joshua Healy in Birstall parish May 10, 1680
Note: Mary Lyley married Robert Mann Dec 26 1677. Meaning that there are two births for "Mary Leyly" unaccounted for.
Sparcity of Lilly Records in Birstall Parish Around the Birth of mary Lilly
The population of Leyles (all variations of spelling) was very small and there were only 15 records for the name in Birstall parish between 1626 and 1687.
There were only 6 baptisms between 1666 and 1686.
There were 5 marriages between 1638 and 1686. Prudence Leyly married in 1638. There were no further marriages until 1677.
There were only 4 deaths between 1651 and 1683. One of the deaths was for a child baptized in 1683. One of the deaths was for the wife of William Leyly married in 1682.
With the exception of the marriage of Prudence in 1638 there were no records for the name until 1651 with the death of William.
The only activity around the birth of Mary Leyly was the christenings of the children of Robert, which occurred between 1666 and 1670.
This scarcity of records could indicate that the family:
Note: However, there are records in the parish as far back as 1560. See below.
See Joshua and Abigail Healey for the children of Mary Lilly Healy.
Lilley in the Birstall Parish Records 1560 to 1635
Mid to late 1500s, No Place Listed
Note: All of these listings for John Lilley might be for one person
Late 1500s to Early 1600s
Thomas Lilley (?-1622) and his son, William, (1582-1651), Liversedge
Robert Lyley of Blacobb is the only Lyley listed in the Parish Records as having children around the time of the birth of Mary Lilley who was born circa 1660 (based on an age of 20 at the time of her marriage in 1680).
Robert Lyley, Blacobb
Mid to Late 1600s
The Lilleys in this section were contemporaries of Mary Lilley (c 1660) and like Mary their baptism were not recorded in the Birstall Parish Records.
Robert Lyley, Liversedge
Birth: Born no later than 1650.
Note: Robert is a fairly unusual name in the parish. See Robert Lyley of Blacobb above.
John Lyley (c 1666), Long Liversedge
Birth: Born no later than 1666
Death of Elizabeth Lyley: Elizabeth Lyley Hightown widow buried 19 April 1738
Note: John Lyley named a son Robert.
James Lyley (c 1676), Liversedge/Long Liversedge
Birth: Born no later than 1676
Note: James named a son Robert.
Death: James Lyley senior of Hightown buried 9 October 1737
William Lilley (c. 1662) Long Liversedge (Hightown), Beatrice Hast & Mary Huitt (Hewitt)
Birth: Born no lated than 1662
Marriage: William Lylie and Beatrice Hast May 10, 1682
Birth of Beatrice Hast: According to the LDS IGI, Beatrice Haist, the daughter of John Haist was baptized 14 Nov 1657 Calverley, Yorkshire. There were no other Hast in the Birstall Parish records.
Marriage: William Lylie and Mary Huitt Aug 21, 1686
Birth of Mary Huitt (Hewitt): None in Birstall Parish
Death of Mary Lyley: Mary the wife of William Lyley of Long L buried November 3, 1700
Bastard Children of William Lilly of Long Liversedge
Birth of Isabell Hewett: None listed in Birstall Parish
Question: Was Isabell Hewett related to William's second wife, Mary Huitt (Hewitt)?
Odd Baptism: Thomas of William Lyley of L baptized March 29, 1717
Death of William Lilly: William Lyley senior of Hightown buried 8 April 1735
Other Lily deaths in Hightown:
[blank] of Lyley of LT July 1, 1674
Robert Lyley of C and Mary Walker married Apr 14, 1723
Children of Robert Lyley:
Marriage: Joshua Lyley 15 May 1726 to ????
Alice Lily wd of L, June 2, 1633 (PRB)
Jane Lyly of Long L June 20, 1700
Jane Woodall who has a page on Rootsweb.com says that Long Liversedge and Hightown are one and the same.
She also noted that there was a Quaker settlement in Hightown.
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