Sir John Lister Kaye was the fourth Baronet of Woodesham.
He was born on 4 September 1697, the son of George Kaye and his wife Dorothy (née Savile), and was baptised John Kaye.
He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, and resided at Denby Grange Hall.
He married twice. His first wife was Ellen Wilkinson, daughter of John Wilkinson, with whom he had one son:
He became the fourth Baronet of Woodesham in 1726 after the death of his uncle, Sir Arthur Kaye.
Following the death of Ellen in 1729, he married Dorothy Richardson, daughter of Richard Richardson, on 29 July 1730. The couple had one son:
He was the Member of Parliament for York between 1734 and 1740. He became an Alderman of York in 1735 and was the Lord-Mayor of York in 1737.
Sir John Lister Kaye died on 5 April 1752 and was succeeded by his eldest son.
A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England, Ireland, and Scotland (1844) by John Burke & Sir Bernard Burke:
Sir John Lister Kaye, of Grange, M.P. for the city in 1734, elected alderman thereof in 1735, and served the office of lord mayor in 1737. He married first, Ellen, daughter of John Wilkinson, esq. of Green-head, near Huddersfield, and had a son, John, his successor. Sir John married secondly, in 1730, Dorothy, daughter of Richard Richardson, M.D, of North Bierley, in the West Riding, by Dorothy, his wife, daughter of Henry Currer, esq. of Kildwick, and had four sons; of whom one only, Richard, in holy orders, who eventually succeeded his half-brother, survived; and two daughters, Dorothy, the wife of Robert Chaloner, esq. of Bishop Auckland; and Lister, of Christopher Miles, esq. He died 27th December, 1789, and was succeeded by his son.