William Jeffrey and Mary Lyall
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LYALL, Mary Edna

LYALL, Mary Edna[1]

Female 1774 - 1857  (83 years)

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  • Name LYALL, Mary Edna 
    Born 4 May 1774  Sunnyside, Chirnside, Berwickshire, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Christened 8 May 1774  Chirnside, Berwick, Scotland, Great Britain Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    _FSFTID 9MTX-6N4 
    _UID 3C91382CC3A27C4EA059FDB064AFD07760BC 
    _UID 95383C213DDF40809CD77154CA092075A601 
    Died 26 May 1857  Peterborough, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Cause: Old Age 
    Buried 27 May 1857  LIttle Lake Cemetery, Peterborough, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I53  William & Mary Jeffrey
    Last Modified 16 Sep 2019 

    Father LYAL, Joseph,   b. 1740, Sunnyside, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 1799, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Mother SIMPSON, Jean,   b. 1741, Bunkle And Preston, Berwickshire, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jul 1810, Crowbut, Chirnside, Berwickshire, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 23 Jun 1763  Bunkle and Preston, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    _UID 4731C8D1DAFDF74BB2E1EF72BBF4F44405BB 
    Family ID F257  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family JEFFREY, William (I),   b. Abt 1775, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1797 
    _UID 584527CD2F95A847AB0F6C979CE543BC815D 
    Children 
     1. JEFFREY, Honourable Andrew,   b. 17 Feb 1800, Foulden, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jul 1863, Cobourg, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     2. JEFFREY, Isabella,   b. 29 Oct 1801, Foulden, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Aug 1885, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     3. JEFFREY, Jean,   b. 23 Nov 1803, Berwick on Tweed, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1887, Fenlon, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     4. JEFFREY, Catherine,   b. 8 Apr 1806, Berwick On Tweed, Scotland, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1882, Peterborough, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     5. JEFFREY, Mary,   b. 8 Jan 1809, Berwick, Scotland, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1883, Woodstock, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    Family ID F16  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • Mary Lyall was born 4 May 1774 on the Sunnyside Farm in the Borders region of Scotland. Sunnyside was between Chirnside and Reston, in Berwickshire, now located about two miles from the A1 highway. She was baptized 4 days later, on 8 May, by the Chirnside Parish Church. Her parents were Joseph Lyall (1740-1799) and Jean Simpson (1741-1810). Mary had at least 7 siblings: Isabel (1769-1793), Jean (b. 1772-1776), John (1776-1851), Joseph (b. 1780), Margaret, called Peggy (1784-1798), Elizabeth (1788-1820), and Beatrix (b. 1790).

      Mary’s father, Joseph, was mostly a farmer, but also had been a servant, of William Hall, who lived at the Whitehall estate, and Mrs. Ker of the Nisbet estate near Duns. In 1785, Joseph was said to be a resident of the village of Chirnside, and very soon afterwards, he moved to a local farm, Crowbut. Mary would have been ~ 11 years old at this time. The family lived here until Joseph’s death in 1799, and his wife, Jean, was also said to have passed away at Crowbut in 1810.

      Sometime around 1798, Mary married William Jeffrey. The details of this marriage are cloudy, because there is no official record of it in the Old Scottish Parish registers. But it was a legal marriage, because at the christening of her first son, Andrew, in 1800 in Foulden, he is said to be “the lawfull son of” William and Mary”. Mary and William’s second child, Isabella, was born 29 October 1801, and baptized on 13 December, also in Foulden.

      Around May, 1804, William Jeffrey, smith Foulden, signed a rental agreement (tack) to live and work the property of Swinewood Mill, which was a corn farm and mill on the Eye Water, near Reston. The agreement was to possess the property for a period of 19 years. It is unknown how long William and Mary actually lived and worked on this property.

      Mary was said to have at least 3 more children: Jean (1803-1887), Catharine (1806-1882), and Mary (1809-1883), but there are no birth or baptism records in the Old Scottish Parish registers for these births. The death records of these last three children all list ‘Scotland’ as their birthplace. On Mary Jeffrey Short’s tombstone, her birthplace is listed as Berwick, Scotland.

      In 1820, Mary and her family followed her husband, William, to Canada. Mary’s name appears on the passenger list of the ship, Malsham, traveling from Quebec City to Montreal in August 1820, along with her son, Andrew, and two other children.

      Her name next appears in the records of St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Cobourg. On 4 May 1823, George Gillespie and Isabella Jeffrey baptized their first child, Mary Gillespie. The godmother of this child is listed as “Grandmother, Mrs. Jeffrey.” Mary Gillespie was Mary Lyall Jeffrey’s first grandchild. Mary Lyall Jeffrey ended up with 37 grandchildren from her 5 children.

      Mary died on 26 May 1857, in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 83. The cause of death was listed as “old age.” She was buried the following day, 27 May 1857 in Little Lake Cemetery in Peterborough (Sect G, north of Chapel, Range 5s, lot 40, 915 Haggart St - see Library\Misc Stuff\Item 4 page 11), in a plot owned by Adam Hall, her son-in-law who was married to Catharine Jeffrey. Her tombstone reads, “Sacred to the memory of Mary Lyall, wife of William Jeffrey. Age 83 years.”

      BURIAL: From the register at Little Lake Cemetery:
      "Mary Lyall, wife of William Jeffrey, age 83. Born in Scotland, died in Peterborough. Cause of death: old age. Date of death: 26 May 1857", by Rev. Mr. Reger.
      John M. Reger was the Presbyterian minister in Peterborough at the time.

  • Sources 
    1. [S11] Lyall, Jim Jeffrey, Page 1 (Reliability: 3).
      From Family Search by Jim Jeffrey.
      See Library/Andrew Jeffreys Anscestors/Mary Lyall/Item 5

    2. [S31] William Campbell 1990, William Campbell, Page 11 (Reliability: 2), 30 Nov 2017.

    3. [S25] Library\William Jeffrey, Item 2 - William Jeffrey Search.
      Jim Jeffrey's analysis of why he believes William Jeffrey's parents were Andrew Jeffrey and Katherine Steele