Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Lymath Mysteries

Elizabeth Boorer and her daughters

My great-grandmother, Alice "Lily" LYMATH, was born in Banstead, Surrey on 28 Oct 1862. Alice was a twin, and one of five (or possibly six) daughters of George LYMATH and Elizabeth BOORER.

Alice's mother, Elizabeth BOORER (1830-1914) was the daughter of Frederick BOORER (1803-1865), a butcher living in Sutton, Surrey. Alice's father, George LYMATH (1817-1864), was a coachman who unfortunately died at the age of 47 at Westminister Hospital in London. Therein lies the mystery. Despite the unusual name I have not been able to discover George's origins.

Searches of the 1841, 1851 and 1861 Census have found no trace of George. I've also used Ancestry to do a first name search of the 1861 Census for Alice's older sisters, Jessie and Susannah, born in Banstead in 1858 and 1860 respectively. I think I've looked at every family in Surrey and Middlesex with children named Jessie or Susannah without success.

The 1857 marriage certificate for George LYMATH and Elizabeth BOORER records that George's father was a Thomas LYMATH, Schoolmaster.

After engaging in some lateral thinking, I started researching other families with the name LYMATH. After all, there are only 34 persons with that name in the 1881 Census. These 34 persons belong to three ancestral lines:

1. Descendants of Thomas LYMATH (1792-1866) of Deddington, Oxford but born in Chipping Warden, Northampton.

2. Descendants of George LYMATH of Overthrope, Northampton. His son John LYMATH (1833-1895) emigrated to the United States and settled in Platte County, Nebraska.

3. Descendants of Thomas LYMATH (d 1810) of Great Tew, Oxford. Thomas LYMATH may possibly be the son of Richard LYMATH baptised at Brailes, Warwick in 1750.

Given the preponderance of the name Thomas and George, it is almost certain that my gg-grandfather is connected to one of these lines.

The second mystery is whether George LYMATH had five or six daughters. On Elizabeth LYMATH's marriage certificate, George LYMATH, coachman, is listed as the father. Yet there is no birth registration for a Elizabeth LYMATH.

Elizabeth Steel BOORER, however, was born in Sutton, Surrey, England on 27 Oct 1854, Elizabeth was the daughter of Elizabeth BOORER, and was baptised at St Nicholas, Sutton on 19 Nov 1864. Apparently there is no mention of George LYMATH in either the birth registration or the baptism entry. So was Elizabeth the daughter of George LYMATH, or was she "adopted" by George when he married Elizabeth BOORER?


  1. Hi, my name is Liz Francis, and I am on the Lymath line!!! There are some confusing similarities with names, but on my family line descended from RICHARD LYMATH (LYMETH) born 1750 in Brailes, Warwickshire. He married Martha Hbley, and they had Thomas Lymath,(Lymeth)born 22 July, 1750, in Brailes, and yes died 1810 in Little Tew, Oxon. Thomas married Martha Dodge etc, but I don't know of an Elizabeth Boorer, or any of the other Lymaths in this family tree. Probably all connected though.
    They had a son Thomas Lymath born in 1791 (not 1792) in Great Tew, and died in 1857 in Little Tew, so don't know if that is the Thomas you have also mentioned, because a lot of them did live in Deddington.
    I don't know if this helps - would be interested to know if they all link up.

  2. I've been able to connect two of the three lines mentioned above, but have still not located the baptism of George LYMATH (1817-1864). Thomas LYMATH (1792-1866) was the son of Richard LYMATH (1757-?) of Chipping Warden, Northhamptonshire, brother of Thomas LYMATH (1750-1810) of Little Tew, Oxfordshire. Richard and Thomas were the children of Richard LYMATH (? -1796) and Martha HOBLEY (1722-1801) of Brailes, Warwickshire.