[S263] New Castle County, Delaware Wills, 1682-1800
Will dated 1767, probated 1775: Gentleman; Wife, Ann Armstrong; sons, William and John; mentions title and interest in land in Ireland; son-in-law, Col. John Armstrong and dau. Rebecca Armstrong his wife; son-in-law, Rev. George Duffield and Margaret my dau. his wife; grandson Archibold Armstrong, son of my son John; his brother, my grandson, James Armstrong. Exc. son William, son John.This record suggests that Rebecca was not the sister of John Lyon, daughter of William Lyon, as tradition (and her gravestone) has it. Speculation has it that she may have been a young widow of (a) William Lyon, but it is unclear if this would have been John's father William, since she would have been younger than John and married to his father. Another possibility is that John and James had a brother William, who died, and that they came to America with their sister-in-law (not sister), who subsequently married her cousin John Armstrong.