Dear Joan, I am not a Lyte.My family has spelled its surname Light since the earliest record that has been generally accepted or proven, that record being a list of titheables in Amelia county in 1736. In answer to your question about Townsend intermarriages with Lytes or Lights, the answer is yes or maybe.It is generally accepted that the Faith Lyte, daughter of John Lyte and Elizabeth Green Lyte of Somerset Md and Accomack Va, that Faith Lyte married John Townshend, because of records of a Light Townshend who appears in Marlboro county in the Carolinas.Note that the Carolina Light is not spelled Lyte, but the earlier Maryland record in Somerset co Maryland was a 1780 marriage between Eliz Green and John Lyte. Also, note that intermarriages between the Paul Lyte and Green family on Barbados can be inferred by careful research of the Wills of Barbados (one of a 5 volume series by Sanders) and followed by a search for the Green reference in the index. Another Barbados reference is a Townshend with an unusual spelling on Barbados that marries a Light descendent of Richard Lyte of St. Phillips Parish. There are several later marriages reported by Betty Behr between Townshend and Light in the Northern colonies.Several intermarriages with the same surnames are usually an indicator but not proof of relation.unfortunately, Townshend is a common name in America from an early date.