Who was Robert Lide, Lloyd, Loyde, Lidie, Lyde of Charles and James City Counties, Virginia in the second half of 1600s and early 1700s? The spelling of the name provides one clue. The spelling Lide was rarely used but shows up for this individual several times. His son John Lide who moved to North Carolina used the Lide spelling on his will. His 4 children, all of whom moved to South Carolina almost exclusively used the Lide spelling thereafter. There is a Bristol family that used mainly the Lyde spelling. This included Lyonel, Stephen, John, and Elizabeth who were all partners along with John Tayloe in the Bristol Iron Works from 1721 -1729. Lyonel, at one time the mayor of Bristol, was also at times recorded as Lide. There was also an earlier Richard that was sometimes recorded as Lide. It is likely that Robert Lide is in some way related to the Bristol Lyde family. There appears to be connections between Robert Lide and these Lydes through Robert Brookes noted below. There is also a probable connection to Capt. George Loyd through a Robert Brookes. It is not known if or how George Loyd is related to these Lydes. Also note that a Robert Brookes was on the same ship as Thomas Lloyd in 1635. I believe this Thomas to be the father of Edward and Cornelious Lloyd which provides a possible connection to another prominent Lloyd family in Virginia. This family also apparently sometimes used Lyde and according to Beverly Fleet was pronounced Lyde.
§ 1635 Brooke (33) embarked in the Plain Joan (2), note a Thomas Lloyd was also on this ship, is this the Thomas Lloyd father of Cornelius and Edward, connection between Brookes, Lloyd?
§ 1685 (Brookes) convicted for waging war against the king - Dorset, Summerset, and Devon, sentenced for colony transport (2?)
§ 1689 husband to Catherine Booth, Essex Co. (2?)
§ 1702 Robert Brookes has land beside George Loyd in Essex Co. (8), a probable Lloyd-Brookes connection
§ 1705, 2 Nov 908 in Winoak Parish, Charles City Co., imported 19 persons including Stephen Loyd and Lyonell Loyd, John Taylor (is this John Taloe that later married widow Elizabeth of Stephen Loyd?), a definite Brookes, Loyd connection
§ 1705, 2 Nov 131 acres in Charles City Co. for import of 3, Robert Lide later took up land beside Brookes in 1714, another probable Loyd - Brookes connection, it is not clear if Robert Lide already had some land on this site beginning in 1687
§ 1714 Lydie Brookes headright, King and Queen Co (2) another connection?
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