Larry, If you are still looking for information on this family, I think I can help as Ralph's brother, George, was my 3xg-grandfather. Yes, their father was James, and their mother was Mary Dixon. James' father was indeed John Pye of Stannington who spread his family between East Mearsfen (Ponteland parish) and Shotton Edge (Stannington) and died at Seghill (Earsdon). He was buried at Stannington. Unfortunately any further progress is speculative because church records seem to be lacking. But it is likely that John's father was Ralph Pye of Brenkley (Ponteland). If you are interested I can supply more detail on these families.