Tuesday, August 2, 2011

WILLIAM LYON 1620-1692

[Ancestral Link: Lura Minnie Parker (Stagge), daughter of Minnie May Elmer (Parker), daughter of Mark Alfred Elmer, son of Hannah Polina Child (Elmer), daughter of Alfred Bosworth Child, son of Mark Anthony Child, son of Increase Child, son of Mary Lyon (Child), daughter of Joseph Lyon, son of Joseph Lyon, son of William Lyon.]

WILLIAM LYON MEMORIAL


signature of William Lyon, Sr. 1692, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA




William Lyon, The Immigrant



Eliot Burial Ground, Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts

Birth: December 23, 1620, Heston, Greater London, England
Death: May 21, 1692, Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Born about 1621 (aged 14 on 11 September 1635).

Buried at Roxbury 21 May 1692.


Came to Massachusetts Bay in 1635 on the "Hopewell." (On 11 September 1635, "W[illia]m Lyon," aged 14, was enrolled at London as a passenger for New England on the Hopewell). First settled in Roxbury; moved to Rowley by 1676, and Roxbury 1678. Married: (1) Roxbury 17 June 1646 Sarah Ruggles, daughter of THOMAS RUGGLES {1637, Roxbury}.(2) Rowley 30 November 1676 Martha (Philbrick) Cass, daughter of THOMAS PHILBRICK {1636, Watertown} and widow of John Cass. She died at Roxbury "about" 4 August 1694.



The editors of the Lyon Memorial state that "There appears to be no reason to question the conclusion reached by Albert Welles that this was the William Lyon who was baptized at Heston, now part of the city of London, December 23, 1620, the youngest son of William and Anne (Carter) Lyon of Heston." On the contrary, aside from the correct name and age, there is no particular reason to believe that this baptism does apply to this immigrant, although it is not impossible.


Burial: Eliot Burying Ground, Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Find A Grave Memorial# 45344649

found on findagrave.com


Possible Orphan in 1635
It is said here her older brother William, might have been orphaned (Possibly parents died mid-ship route? as his sister born about 1635 ended up in America as well, maybe she was on the ship in 1635 as an infant with parents and parents died?)


"The name is further registered in Rolls Office, Chancery Lane, London, as having sailed for New England September 11, 1635, and settled in Roxbury, Massachusetts. William Lyon, perhaps an orphan, is said to have been placed in the care of Isaac Heath.† There appears to be no reason to question the conclusion reached by Albert Welles (American Family Antiquity) that this was the William Lyon who was baptized at Heston, now part of the city of London, December 23, 1620, the youngest son of William and Anne (Carter) Lyon of Heston.


†"Isack" Heath, "harmsmaker" (armorer) with family were fellow passengers with William Lyon, his name immediately following theirs in the passenger list. He was freeman 1636; member of John Eliot's church, ruling elder, town officer and deputy; buried Roxbury, January 23, 1661.
page 25 Wightman had a son William born about 1580. He married July 17, 1615, at Harrow on the Hill, Anne Carter, and made his home in Heston.


His children were:

1. Katherine, baptized October 25, 1616;

2. John, baptized November 30, 1617, died in infancy;

3. John, baptized June 1, 1619, and

4. William, baptized December 23, 1620; (O.S.)."
found: http://dgmweb.net/FGS/Lyon/LyonWilliam-SarahRuggles-MarthaPhilbrick.html

also reading this further makes me wonder if Katherine was born around 1616 as mentioned in her baptism date, this would make more sense as far as possible emigration dates for Katherine. Yet she was married in 1652- and last known child-Nathaniel-was born in about 1667. So there is some confusion there as for Katherine's birth date- and about 1635 seems more likely.
found on ancestry.com

Hopewell, 2nd voyage of 1635
The Hopewell left London, England July or September 1635 with her master, Thomas Babb, arriving in Massachusetts Bay.
Alphabetical:
Albon Alice 25
Baylie Robert 23, #20
Blackly/Blackwell Thomas 20, #3, listed with Tredwells
Bull Thomas 25 (From Southwark, Surrey, Ref: Hinman. 36 pg 169)
Chambers Robert 13, #9
Chipperfield Edmond 20
Clark Mary 16
Cleven Joan 18
Edge Robert 25
Edwards Robert 22
Forten Jo. 14
Freeman Anthony 22
Grave Joan 30
Grave Mary 26
Heath Elizabeth 40
Heath Elizabeth 5
Heath Isack 50, Harnis maker (From Amwell, Little, Hertfordshire, bound for Roxbury as per 36 pg 66)* Heath William, same cities, is on the Lyon as per 36 pg 66))
Heath Martha 30
Hubbard Marie 24, #11
Hull Katherin 23
Hulls Andrew 29
Hutley Richard 15
Johnson Thomas 25, #10
Kerbie Jo. 12, #12 (Kerby, John, from Rowington, Warwickshire, bound for Plymouth. Ref: Wethersfield History. 36 pg 175)
Leaves Ellin 17
Lloyd Walter 27
Lyon William 14
Marshall Jo. 14
Maudsley Henry 24, #5
Miller Joseph 15
Norton William 25 (From Stortford's Bishop's, Hertfordshire, bound for Ipswitch as per 36 pg 71)
Pennaird Robert 21, a Turner or tanner
Pennaird Thomas 10
Prier Jo. 15 (John and Thomas Prior are listed on the Hopewell, from Watford, Hertford, bound for Scituate, as per 36 pg 71)
Pryer Daniell 13
Reld Gabriell 18
Robinson Isack 15, #14
Rofe Barbary 20
Stokes Grace 20
Thomas Jo. 14, #13
Ticknall Henrie 15
Toothaker Margaret 28
Toothaker Roger 1
Toothaker Roger 23
Tredwell Mary 30, smith #1
Tredwell, Thomas 1, #4
Tredwell, Thomas 30, #2
Turner Thomas 42
Weekes Anna 1, #18
Weekes Jo. 26, Tanner #16
Weekes Marie 28, #17
West Twiford 19
Williamson Ann 18, #15
With Mary 62
Withie Marie 16
Withie Robert 20
Withie Suzan 18, #19
Wood Elizabeth 24, #7
Wood Jo. 26, #8
Wood William 27, husbandman #6
Younglove Margaret 28
Younglove Samuel 1
Younglove Samuel 30
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Sworn July 28, 1635
Certificate from the Minister of St. Giles Cripplegate.
Tredwell Mary 30, smith #1
Tredwell, Thomas 30, #2
Blackly/Blackwell Thomas 20, #3
Tredwell, Thomas 1, #4
Sworn August 21, 1635
Maudsley Henry 24, #5
Sworn September 11, 1635
Baylie Robert 23, #20
Chambers Robert 13, #9
Hubbard Marie 24, #11
Johnson Thomas 25, #10
Kerbie Jo. 12, #12 (Kerby, John, from Rowington, Warwickshire, bound for Plymouth. Ref: Wethersfield History. 36 pg 175)
Robinson Isack 15, #14
Thomas Jo. 14, #13
Weekes Jo. 26, Tanner #16
Weekes Marie 28, #17
Weekes Anna 1, #18
Williamson Ann 18, #15
Withie Suzan 18, #19
Wood Elizabeth 24, #7
Wood Jo. 26, #8
Wood William 27, husbandman #6
September 11, 1635
Albon Alice 25
Bull Thomas 25 (From Southwark, Surrey, Ref: Hinman. 36 pg 169)
Chipperfield Edmond 20
Clark Mary 16
Cleven Joan 18
Edge Robert 25
Edwards Robert 22
Forten Jo. 14
Freeman Anthony 22
Grave Joan 30
Grave Mary 26
Heath Isack 50, Harnis maker (From Amwell, Little, Hertfordshire, bound for Roxbury as per 36 pg 66)* Heath William, same cities, is on the Lyon as per 36 pg 66))
Heath Elizabeth 40
Heath Elizabeth 5
Heath Martha 30
Hull Katherin 23
Hulls Andrew 29
Hutley Richard 15
Leaves Ellin 17
Lloyd Walter 27
Lyon William 14
Marshall Jo. 14
Miller Joseph 15
Prier Jo. 15 (John and Thomas Prior are listed on the Hopewell, from Watford, Hertford, bound for Scituate, as per 36 pg 71)
Pryer Daniell 13
Reld Gabriell 18
Rofe Barbary 20
Stokes Grace 20
Ticknall Henrie 15
Toothaker Roger 23
Toothaker Margaret 28
Toothaker Roger 1
West Twiford 19
With Mary 62
Withie Marie 16
Withie Robert 20
Younglove Samuel 30
Younglove Margaret 28
Younglove Samuel 1
Sworn August 29, 1635
Norton William 25 (From Stortford's Bishop's, Hertfordshire, bound for Ipswitch as per 36 pg 71)
September 5, 1635
Turner Thomas 42
"Certificate from Doctor Denison"
Pennaird Robert 21, a Turner or tanner
Pennaird Thomas 10
Hopewell sources:
Hotten P of Q pg 110,123,130-131
http://www.winthropsociety.org/ships/hopewell2.htm
(contains massive errors, duplicates the James 2 list)
http://english-america.com/spls/635ne021.html#Hopewell
http://olivetreegenealogy.com/ships/hopewell1635_2.shtml
Pilgrim Ship Lists
Pilgrim Ship Passengers
Genealogy Main Page
found on ancestry.com

William Lyon
Born: December 23, 1620 – Heston, Middlesex, England
Immigration: September 1635 – Aboard the Ship "Hopewell"
Died: May 16, 1692 – Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Buried: May 21, 1692 – Old Cemetery, West Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Revised January 23, 2011

William Lyon was born (or possibly baptized) on December 23, 1620 in Heston, Middlesex County, England. Heston, then a separate community, is now part of the city of London. William was the son of William Lyon (1580-1634) and Anne Carter (1594-unknown), both of Heston, and the grandson of another William Lyon (1540-1624) and Isabelle Wightman (1559-1590+). William may have had brothers or sisters but their names, if they existed, are unknown.
While William had the same name as both his father and grandfather, and also named one of his sons William, there is no evidence that he was named either William Lyon Sr., William Lyon Jr., or William Lyon III. Variations of his last name, including Lion, Lyons and Ljon, also appear in certain records, but Lyon is the generally accepted spelling. It is interesting to note, however, the William Lyon himself spelled his own name "Lion" in his last will and testament.


William, at age 14, immigrated to America on board the ship "Hopewell", which left England on September 11, 1635. By some accounts, he was an orphan in the care of Isaac Heath, a weapons manufacturer, who also was on board the "Hopewell". This is plausible because William's father died in 1634. William may have been indentured to Isaac Heath for a period of time, a common practice at that time.


There is no record of William Lyon during his early years in New England. He sooner or later settled in the community of Roxbury, Massachusetts, near Boston (years later, Roxbury became incorporated into the greater city of Boston).


In Roxbury, on March 17, 1646 (by some accounts June 17, 1646), William, age 26, married Sarah Ruggles, age 17. Sarah Ruggles was born April 19, 1629 in Nazeing, Essex, England. She was the daughter of Thomas Ruggles (1584-1644) and Mary Curtis (1559-1674). The Ruggles family is listed among the "Nazeing Christians" who participated in the "Great Migration" to America that began in 1630. It is likely, therefore, that Sarah Ruggles came to America as an infant or very young girl, possibly on the same ship, the "Hopewell", that brought William Lyon.


Over a 20-year period, William and Sarah had eight children, all born in Roxbury. Children that survived to adulthood were

John (1647-1702),

Thomas (1648-1734),

Samuel (1650-1713),

William (1652-1714),

Joseph (1654-1721) and

Sarah (1657).


A Jonathan Lyon was born in 1666 but died in early 1668. Another boy, born in 1668, was also named Jonathan, but he too died that same year.


The death of Sarah Ruggles Lyon was not recorded, but it is believed she died in Rowley, Massachusetts, and certainly before September 30, 1677, for on that day William Lyon, at age 56, married the widow Martha Philbrick Casse, age 46. Martha Philbrick was born about 1631 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts (there is, however, some question as to whether Watertown is her correct birthplace), the daughter of Thomas (Philbrick) Felbrigge II and Elizabeth Knapp. Martha was the widow of John Casse (or Cass), who died in 1675.

Though William Lyon and Martha Philbrick did not have any children of their own, with his marriage to Martha, William Lyon became the stepfather of her ten children:

Martha (1649),

John (1650),

Mary (1652),

Joseph (1656),

Samuel (1659),

Jonathan (1663),

Elizabeth (1666),

Mercy (1668),

Ebenezer (1671) and

Abigail (1674).


This brought the total immediate family of William Lyon to 19 people, with 17 children ranging in age from 30 to 3. (Of interest was the sad fate of the youngest child, Abigail. She was captured by Indians on August 10, 1703 and held in captivity until her death, at age 31, on December 15, 1705.)


William Lyon was a prominent member of the Roxbury community. In 1645, he became a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Roxbury. In 1648, he received a grant of six acres of land in Roxbury, and in 1652 a grant of three acres "upon the common, by John Polly's." He was admitted to full communion in John Elliot’s church in 1655, and became a freeman in 1666. He is mentioned in numerous documents (land transactions, deeds, etc.) in Roxbury city records:


Deed dated June 25, 1651: "For valueable Consideration in hand received, Capt. Hugh Pritchard, late of Roxbury in New England, deeds unto James Morgan, Griffin Craft, Edward Bridge, Wm. Lyon, John Mayes, Robt. Seaber and John Ruggles and Isaac Johnson a certaine parcell of marsh land in Roxbury being now an island by reason of a creeke between the same and the land of John Johnson of Roxbury."


Deed dated August 3, 1657: "In Consideration of fowerscore pounds to him in hand well and truly paid, Edward Weld deeds to William Lyon and John Polly 40 acres of land in Roxbury."


Deed dated September 4, 1657: "In Consideration of certain other lands and houses specified as also in Consideration of sixe pounds in hand paid unto him, William Lyon and Sarah his wife deed to Isacke Johnson a dwelling house in Roxbury with an orchard and tenne acres of land more or lesse, of which said Orchard is part. Signed: William Lion and a seale. Sarah Lyon and a seale.


Deed dated June 15, 1661: "In Consideration of a Vallueable price to us all: and to every of our contents payed, we, Richard Witherington and Eliz: his Wife of Dorchester and John Aldiss and Sarah his Wife and Jon Smith and Lidda his Wife both of Dedham deed to Willm Gary and Willm Lyon and John Mayes Junr and John Bridge and Jon Watson Junr all of them of Roxberry, in generall all the houseing and lands that Deacon Phillip Elliott was possessed of in Roxberry when he Died, including a dwelling house, Barne and Cow houses with two Achors of land in Roxbury; ninety-six Achors of land in the Second alottment in Roxberry; fiveteen Achors of land as it lyeth in Roxbery abutting upon the highway leading to the great Pond; six Achrs of Salt Marsh at Gravelly Pointe in Roxbury; three Achors and a halfe of fresh Meadow as it lyeth in baremash in Roxbury; twelve Achors of land in Roxbury."

Deed dated September 1, 1661: In Consideration of a valueable Price to us in hand payed, we, William Lyon, John Mayes, Junr and John Bridge and John Watson Junr to William Gary fiveteen Achors of land in Roxbury.

When the new settlement of New Roxbury (now Woodstock, Connecticut) was determined upon in 1686, William Lyon was one of the "goers" and was assigned a lot there, although he did not actually occupy it. However, several of his grandsons (William, Thomas, John and Jacob) were prominent members of Woodstock, and a stepson, Ebenezer Cass, received a grant of land there.


William Lyon and second wife Martha lived out their lives in Roxbury. The Lyon homestead was located on what is now Bellevue Avenue, formerly called Lyon Street. It was on the east side of the street, southwest of Atwood Street.


William Lyon died at age 71 on May 16, 1692. He was buried five days later in the Old Cemetery in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. His second wife, Martha, survived him by two years and died at age 63 on August 4, 1694. Martha's will mentions leaving "half the drinks" each to son Ebenezer and daughter Abigail, indicating that William and Martha Lyon, at least during the latter part of their lives, were innkeepers.

The following document is interesting for it helps us understand what life was like in early New England (original spelling is unchanged):


"Wm Lyon & Rich. Sutton, both of Roxbury (for & in consideration of two oxen sould and delivered to them) did grant unto Tho: Dudley, Governr., six Acres of land in Roxbury, lyeing southwards of the great lotts, the land of Georg Brand on the east, the commons on the west & on the south. Also fyve Acres near the greate Pond, lately purchased of Samuel Ruggles with fyve acres he doth covent, sufficiently to fence before the 1 (3) next, both these parcels of land being the possession of sd. Wm. And the said Rich: doth grant fifteene Acres purchased of Wm. Parke, with the appurtenances; provided that if the sd. Wm. & Richard shall pay to the sd. Thomas, his heiress, Execs. or Assignes fourty seven shillings six pence lawfull money upon 7 (2) next & the like sum upon the 7 (8) 1651, & the like summes each 7th day of Apr. & Octob. the severall yeares 1652, 1653, 1654, in good clean dry & merchantable wheat at the now dwelling house of the sd. Tho. Dudley in Roxbury, then this grant to be void, els not. And the said Wm. & Rich. do bind themselves in the summe of fourteene pounds that they will not forfeit the mortgage. And the sd. Tho. Dudley doth agree that if the sd. Wm. & Rich: doenow carry plow harrow &e according to an agreement beareing date with these presents that then it shalbe abated out of the above sd. paymts. dated 7 (8) 1650 & acknowledged 19 (8) 1650 before Mr. Wm. Hibbins."


William Lyon’s last will and testament was a follows:

The Last Will and Testament of William Lion Senr of Roxbury in the County of Suffolk in his Majesties Territory in New England as followeth: I the sd William Lion being in my perfect understanding and memory by the blessing of my mercifull Father into whose hands I commend my Soul, I dispose of my Worldly Estate as followeth:

I will constitute my Eldest son John Lion to be my Sole and alone Executor and Administrator to act with full power as I myself can do during my natural life for to take care for to discharge and pay or cause to be paid all my just Debts and Such Charges as may be needfull for my decent buriall. And also as an attorney to recover all due Debts to the sd. William Lion’s Estate. I further will and give unto my son John Lion my now Dwelling house Together with all and every parcell of Land or Lands belonging unto me in Roxbury to the sd. John Lion and his Male heires, and should that family faile of Male heires then the same benefit to Thomas Lion and his Male heires and Samuel Lion and his Male heires and William Lion and his Male heires and Joseph Lion and his Male heires.

Furthermore my Will is That my sons Thomas and William Lion shall have my Salt Marsh at Gravelly Point equally divided between them notwithstanding the words all and every parcell in the sixteenth line.

Furthermore my Will is That my beloved wife Martha shall have Seven pounds a yeare. That is to say Three pounds Tenn Shillings in Money and Three pounds Tenn Shillings in Countrey pay as the sd. Martha shall need at current prices, and the new Leantoo in the Western end of my house for to dwell in and room in the Parlour as she shall have occasion for the same privileges above mentioned to be duly performed by the above mentioned Executor unto the sd. Martha Lion during her naturall life.

My Will is that my Four Sons, Thomas and Samuel, William and Joseph shall have Sixteen pounds apiece duely and truely paid unto them at Current pay at Current prices within Six years after my death by my above mentioned Executor.

And for the better enabling my Son John Lion to discharge these obligations, I the sd. William Lion Senr give all my moveables within and without doors excepting those things particularly given.

And Furthermore if in case that the Salt Marsh don’t come to make Thomas and William Sixteen pounds apiece, then to be made up out of the estate.

The last Will of William Lion. Witness my hand and seale.

Signature: William Lion Sr.

In the presence of Jabez Tolman, John Grigs, Francis Youngman.
Probated October 27, 1692
Inventory, May 27, 1692, amounted to £213-16-4
found on ancestry.com

The Lyon Family from Scotland to America
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~njmorris/rockawayrecords/lyon.htm Morris County, NJGenWeb
Source: J. Percy Crayon, Rockaway Records of Morris County, N. J. Families, (Rockaway, N.J., Rockaway Publishing Co., 1902)

The family of LYON is of great antiquity in Scotland. The ancestors of the family, John de LYON, came over with William I. He or one of his immediate ancestors settled in Perthshire, in the district still called Glenlyon. Sir John LYON, son of John de LYON, "a young man of very good parts and qualities, and a very graceful and comely person, and a great favorite of the king (Robert II) was Lord High Chamberlain of Scotland. The Princess Jean, the king's daughter, being in love with the fair-favored young man, he received her hand in marriage, and with it the lands of Glamis, 1372." Until that time Glamis was a royal residence of a line that dates back to Kenneth I, 850 A. D. This castle was the scene of Macbeth's crime. The murder of Malcolm II, at Glamis is narrated as an authentic event by the old chroniclers.

Colonial records place William, of Roxbury, (landed 1635, aged 14, ship Hopewell) as the earliest of the "old comers." The American Antiquity, show, thus William LYON as descended from Sir Adam LYON, knight, first son of John de LYON, the Feudal Baron, the French family of LEONNE, originated from LEONES, a patrician family of Rome.

The latter's third son, Sir John LYON, Baron of Fortevoit, was the ancestor of the Earls of Strathmore. Gen. Nathaniel LYON (Civil War) claimed direct descent Sir Thomas LYON, of Auldbar, Forfarshire, designated master of Glamis, brother of John, the Eighth Lord Glamis, one of the principals in the seizure of James VI, at the raid of Ruthern, 1582, and after his return, he with the Earls of Angus and Mar, seized Sterling Castle. Again he fled, but in 1585 was restored to royal favor.

It is further stated that Sir John LYON had two sons, the first, Earl of Strathmore, the second, Earl of Kingham. Another John LYON was colonel of the Scottish Guards in the services of Henry IV of France. William LYON, son of the above John LYON, having been denounced as a heretic at the time of the massacre of St. Bartholemew, August 24, 1572, escaped to Holland where he received protection and ultimately came with his three children to New England. This would indicate that William of Roxbury was not the first of the LYON family of Glenlyon, to seek a home in America.


William, of Roxbury, was a member of the Artillery, 1645, free man 1666, died 1692. John LYON, of Salem, 1638, lived there until 1648. John LYNE (LYON?), of New Haven, signed covenant 1639. Thomas LYON settled on Byram river 1640. Henry LYON was at Milford 1646, John LYON was at Marblehead 1648. Richard LYON was at Dorcester 1649.


These men were doubtless clansmen if not near relatives, and were among those who fled from the mother country for religious, political or civil reasons, traitors in their old home, but patriots in their wilderness refuge, and doubtless they were the founders of the LYON family in the United States, a vast aggregate of people widely separated by time and circumstances, but many of them holding in common the tradition of Glenlyon origin and ancestry.

Although descendants of Robert the Bruce, founder of the House of Stuart, the colonial LYONs were king-haters, especially Stuart-haters. Like the master of Glamis, Sir Thomas LYON, a number of the LYONs were naturally partakers of treason through fierce and fanatical convictions that demanded personal liberty and condemned kingcraft. These "Puritan" under the persecution, were in sympathy with the Roundhead movement and active adherents of CROMWELL.


Tradition says that Richard LYON, who appeared at Fairfield 1649 after the decapitation of Charles I, was on guard with his two brothers at the scaffold the day of the execution and witnessed the regicide. Daunted by the enormity of this political crime the three secretly took ship for America and landed at Boston, Massachusetts. Here they separated: Richard journeying to Connecticut to settle there.


This Richard is the ancestor of the New Jersey LYONs, of the Henry LYON, of Milford and Newark. He was of Fairfield 1649, and his house and home lot of two acres is recorded January 1653. He was made free man 1665. His will dated 1678, mentions wife Margaret, and children Moses, Richard, William, Samuel, Joseph, Hester, wife of Nathaniel PERRY, Bettie, Hannah and Abigail. Henry LYON, the oldest son of Richard, was brother-in-law to Joseph MIDDLEBROOK and of Thomas BATEMAN. The will of William BATEMAN 1656, gave five pounds to grandchild Joseph MIDDLEBROOK, one-half of his estate to son Thomas and one-half to son-in-law Henry LYON.


Children:

Moses, son of Richard, married Mary _____ died before 1696.

Richard had Samuel, Ebenezer and Sarah baptized April 5, 1696; Daniel, October 3, 1697; Nathan, February 13, 1703; Jonathan, June 1, 1708, (Fairfield Parish Records).

William had Nathaniel baptized September 9, 1694; Eunice, September 1716, and Tabitha. Samuel had wife Susanna and children: John, James and Margaret baptized March 12, 1704; Abigail May 12, 1706; Ephriam, September 27, 1708; Anne, August 6, 1710; Jeremiah, April 1, 1713.


Joseph had wife Abigail, children: Joseph, baptized July 28, 1695; David, June 27, 1697.

John, had wife Hannah, children: Thankful, Elizabeth, Hannah, John, baptized August 15, 1726; Hester, February 2, 1726; Lyon, April 16, 1729, Griswould, May 30, 1731.


The general outlook at this time, New Jersey under the charter granted to Berkeley and Carteret, promised greater freedom in civil and religious affairs than could be hoped for with the existing conditions of Connecticut, and they severed home ties for still another pioneer beginning, known only by hearsay.


Staunch they were in all things, sternly zealous in church matters, and sternly opposed to monarchial interference. The spirit of independence that animated the Puritan fathers was transmitted to their descendants, an aversion to the domination of kings that reached a climax in the Essex Riots 1745, which was the first overt act of resistance to the authority of Great Britain, making the men of New Jersey Plantations the earliest aggressors in the cause of civil liberty.
Henry LYON of the Milford colony was one of the founders of Newark, New Jersey, first called Milford, received home lot number 8, held several public offices and is cited as having been at Elizabeth, New Jersey, with son Thomas in 1673, where he purchased among other lands 100 acres of upland by the lyne (line?) of Elizabethport, which has since been called Lyons Farms.
Henry LYON, of Milford, the Passaic pilgrim, in 1652 was married at Fairfield church to Mary, daughter of William BATEMAN. His will, dated 1702 in Newark, names wife Mary, and children: Samuel, Joseph, Benjamin, Ebenezer, Thomas, deceased; John, deceased, Nathaniel, deceased; Dorcas and Mary.


Children of Henry LYON and wife Mary:

Samuel, had home lot 39, married (1) Sarah BEACH, (2) Hannah PIERSON. Will 1765 mentions children: Samuel, Henry, Joseph, John, James, Mary, Sarah, Hannah, and wife Hannah.

Joseph's will 1726, names children: Joseph, born 1676, died 1726; Abigail, wife of Joseph CRANE, son-in-law Nathan FOSTER; Samuel and Daniel SAYRES.

Benjamin, Esq., will 1726, children: Benjamin (2), Anne, wife of Israel CANFIELD; Johanna, wife of John PRUDEN and wife Bethya. Benjamin (2) born 1694, died January 7, 1747. Children Benjamin (3), Moses, Daniel and Samuel. Grandson Rufus CRANE, who was son of Hannah LYON and Jonas CRANE, a Revolutionary soldier, who was born 1718, died 1805. Their son Rufus was born 1744, married Charity CAMPBELL 1779, died 1804. Son-in-law Amos DAY, deacon, had children: Amos, Aaron and Phebe.

Capt. Ebenezer, born 1670, died March 31, 1739, buried at Elizabeth, New Jersey, had wife Elizabeth born 1668, died 1739.


Thomas died 1694, had wife Elizabeth, whose will 1731, names children: Thomas (2), Isaac, Elizabeth, Anna MILLS and Phebe THOMSON (Penelope THOMPSON, Congers Notes.) Thomas (2) will 1759, Daniel and son-in-law, Samuel BOND. Isaac died February 3, 1764, aged 72.


William, children: Mattaniah, John, Eliphlet, Abigail and Jane; granddaughter Lucy PIERSON. Mattaniah died at Morristown February 4, 1794, aged 69. (He had wife Mary, Morristown records give children: John and wife Esther; Hannah, baptized April 28, 1763, died August 18, 1763; Stephen SMITH, baptized November 24, 1764, died May 11, 1790; Harvey, baptized December 6, 1767, died September 24, 1791; Jacob, born July 30, 1771; Isaac, Moses and Aaron.
John, died 1694, had wife Hannah and four children.


Nathaniel died before 1702, his widow Mary, married POTTER. Children: Mary and Elizabeth.
Dorcas, died young: Mary, married John WARD, had a son John and a grandson Lemuel, who married Hannah CANFIELD. John WARD married (2) Abigail KITCHEL.

Benjamin LYON (2) had wife Martha, born 1694, died 1749, had son Benjamin (3) born 1719, died 1758, buried at Elizabeth churchyard.

Anna LYON, who married Israel CANFIELD (born 1684 at Milford, died 1744 at Newark) had children: Thomas, Esq., married Eliza BALDWIN; David, died 1756; Ephriam, died 1759; Israel, Abraham, Phebe, married Timothy BRUEN; Abigail, married ____ BEACH; Hannah, married Lemuel WARD; Sarah, married Joseph HEDDEN, Esq.

Joanna LYON, who married John PRUDEN (born at Milford 1675) was son of Rev. John, the school master who graduated at Harvard 1668. Children: Joanna and Abigail, who married Deacon Samuel ALLING.

Benjamin LYON (3) had children: Benjamin (4) who married Mary LUM November 18, 1747; Martha, married John GLOVER September 14, 1747; Mary, married Ezekiel YOUNGLOVE May 16, 1746, who had daughter Dorcas, who married Zenas BALDWIN August 31, 1769. The tribe of Benjamin seems to have settled at an early date at Morristown and Mendham, New Jersey.


Samuel LYON, son of Benjamin (2) born 1739, died 1780, married Phebe CHANDLER, born 1730, died 1781. Children: Samuel, born September 19, 1753, died December 31, 1776; Tappen, born February 15, 1756, died December 15, 1776. Samuel and Tappen were captured by the British and confined in the Sugar House Prison in New York and died there. Phebe, born October 14, 1758, died October 16, 1821; David, born December 19, 1760, died May 21, 1845; Ann, born June 27, 1763, died January 20, 1846; Aaron, born September 7, 1766, died October 31, 1768; Joanna, born December 1, 1769, died November 11, 1791; Caleb, born September 29, 1771, died April 27, 1854, removed to Schnectady, New York. Amos, born September 28, 1775, married Charity HARRISON, of Lyons Farms, died December 28, 1823. She was born November 22, 1776, died February 21, 1853.

Children of Amos LYON and wife Charity: Nancy, born November 21, 1801, married John WILSON, of North Shields, England, died February 1893; Julia Ann, born June 21, 1803, married Daniel BAKER, of Irvington, New York, died July 16, 1852; Caleb, born August 16, 1805, died June 14, 1807; Joseph, born October 12, 1807, settled at Mt. Gilead, Ohio, died about 1892; Phebe, born June 30, 1809, married Joshua EDWARDS, of Lickning county, Ohio, died August 15, 1868; Caleb (2) born August 21, 1811, married Julia Ann RABB, settled at Utica, Ohio, died December 9, 1897; David, born October 1, 1813, died April 4, 1836; Hannah, born January 31, 1816, died May 6, 1829; John, born March 17, 1818, married and settled in Broadway, Hale county, Ohio, died April 28, 1893; Elizabeth, born August 21, 1821, died December 23, 1821.
Matthias, son of Benjamin (2) born 1738, was Revolutionary soldier, captain in Col. DRAYTON's Regiment. He had son Joseph, and died 1797, buried at Elizabeth churchyard.

Daniel LYON, son of Benjamin (2) was Revolutionary soldier in Capt. MARSH's Troop of Lighthorse, married Eunice Fitz RANDOLPH 1761. Children: Benjamin, born September 23, 1763; Daniel, born November 2, 1765; Sarah, born November 8, 1766; Rhoda, born December 3, 1768; Matthias, born September 26, 1771; Mary, born July 22, 1774; Simon, born April 2, 1777; John, born November 5, 1786.
(Conger's notes Ham Daniel LYON and wife Eunice, Will 1796. Children: Abraham, Joseph, Jacob, David, Daniel, Aaron, Moses, John, Stephen, Crecy, Sarah, Phebe, Joanna and Anna.)

Matthias LYON, son of Daniel and Eunice, married Mary Fitz RANDOLPH 1796. Children: Charlotte, born 1799; Mary, born 1800; Sarah, born 1802; Rhoda, born 1803; Bulah, born 1804; Daniel, born 1806; Joel, born 1807; Abel, born 1808; Gilbert, born 1809.

Simon LYON, third son of Daniel, married Christinia STEWART 1805. Children: Maria, born 1806; Sarah, born 1808; John, born 1809; Rebecca, born 1811; James, born 1812; Jacob, born 1814; Daniel, born 1816; Eliza, born 1818; Joseph, born 1821; Margaret, born 1823.

Moses, son of Benjamin, (2) born 1731, died March 27, 1813, married Mary HARRIS. She was born 1739, died June 12, 1809. Both buried at Elizabeth, New Jersey. Moses was Revolutionary soldier in Captain Abraham LYON's 7th Company, 4th Battalion, 2nd Essex Regiment.
Children of Moses LYON and wife Mary: James, born at Lyons Farms August 31, 1755, emigrated to Ohio 1787, died September 20, 1841, at the homestead, Mill Creek Farm, near Cincinnati, Ohio. He was a Revolutionary soldier in Col. Jedadiah BALDWIN's Regiment of Artificers, and pensioned for three years actual service. He married (1) Elizabeth WILLIAMS, of Newark, April 21, 1782. She was born May 18, 1759, died at Cincinnati September 10, 1800. (2) Mrs. Mary HAMMEL, November 4, 1801. She died November 13, 1813. (3) Mrs. Mary WILLIAMS, widow of Thomas WILLIAMS, the brother of Elizabeth. She was born June 22, 1763, died December 22, 1834. No children by second and third marriage.


Henry, born 1757, married Joanna E. _____ who was born 1766. He was Revolutionary soldier in BALDWIN's Artificers and applied for pension for three year's service 1818, dismissed from Elizabeth First Presbyterian Church to Newark, 1831. His wife died at Newark 1840, aged 74. Children: James, Henry and Hannah; all died childless.

Moses, born 1761, died 1763, buried at First Presbyterian churchyard at Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Moses (2) born December 21, 1763 at Lyons Farms, died at Prattsburg [Plattsburg?], New York, May 2, 1823, married Elizabeth ARNETT at Elizabethtown, May 1787. She was born April 24, 1769, died at Plattsburg, New York, April 7, 1822.

Children of Moses LYON and wife Elizabeth: James, born April 27, 1788, married Lydia MORELY, died March 15, 1864; Moses, born March 18, 1789, married Sallie BENTON, died April 21, 1863; Mary Bowman, born April 15, 1791, married William WORDS, died April 13, 1873; Elizabeth Arnett, born February 10, 1793 married Ebenezer RICE; Abigail Grummon, born November 29, 1797, married Samuel RICE, died November 24, 1883; Robert Bend, born September 27, 1796, married Catharine BACON, died at Conneant, Ohio, October 5, 1859; Abner Parcell, born January 27, 1799, married Helen HUMPHREYS, died 1878; Thomas Bowman, born August 9, 1801, married Devia SMEDLEY, died 1878; Sarah Gibbs, born 1803, married Norman TOWN, died 1884; Lewis Shexill, born 1805, died 1806; Charles Procter, born 1808, died 1809; Jane Ann, born 1807, died 1864, married Norman LITTLE; Helen Reynetta, born 1811, married Dr. Ten Eyck GANESVOOST, died 1880.


Obediah LYON, born 1765, lived on a farm between Newark and Elizabeth, New Jersey, married (1) Catharine CRANE, died September 13, 1847. She was born 1768, died 1789. (2) Sarah MEEKER, who was born 1765, died 1852. Children of Obediah and wife Sarah: Stephen, born 1791, died 1864; David, born 1793; Elizabeth, born 1795; Catharine, born 1797; Harris, born 1799; Abigail, born 1803.


Richard LYON, married (1) Sallie HENDRIX, who was born 1784, died 1810. Children: Abigail, born August 5, 1792, died at Osage, Illinois, 1888, buried at Elizabeth, New Jersey. Sarah, born December 10, 1794, married Asa PRIOR, died February 1880; Richard, born September 19, 1796, married Martha WALDRON, died in Michigan; Mary, born January 10, 1799; Moses, born February 25, 1802, died in New York City August 31, 1844, married Catharine WRIGHT; John Joseph, born November 15, 1809, died at sea. Richard LYON married (2) Effie VANHOUTEN, of Bergen, 1811. Children: Mary Harris, born February 24, 1812; David Demorest, born March 26, 1814; Aaron Grummon, born February 9, 1816; Rachel Demorest, born November 29, 1817.

Harris LYON, died unmarried, was buried in the old churchyard, Spring street, near Bleeker, in New York City. He was a merchant in New Orleans.

Hannah LYON died unmarried aged 95.

Mary LYON, married (1) Capt. James WHEELER, Revolutionary soldier, born 1747, died 1777. Children were Joseph, Stephen, James and Phebe, who married William S. PENNINGTON, governor of New Jersey. He died September 17, 1826, in the 69th year of his age, buried at Newark. Mary married (2) Abner PARCELL, of Staten Island, had five sons.

Abigail LYON, married Aaron GRUMMON (GRUMMON is a corruption of GERMOND, a French Hugenot family, of Dutchers county, New York.) no children. As a widow she returned to the home of her parents, Moses and Mary Harris LYON, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, and was the companion of their old age.


Children of James LYON born at Lyons Farms 1755, and wife Elizabeth WILLIAMS: Jonathan Williams, born March 19, 1783, at Maiden Lane, New York City, removed to Hamilton, Ohio, with his parents 1787. He married Melinda Gard LEE, daughter of Peter Perrine LEE and Ruth GARD, at North Bend, Ohio, February 9, 1806. He died December 28, 1871. She died July 27, 1875. Both buried at Spring Grove Cemetery.


James, born October 30, 1784, minister, married (1) Sarah DAVIS. She was born 1782, died 1816. Children: James, Eliza and Jonathan, who died in infancy. Married (2) Maria (PARKER) OGG, had children: Joanna, born March 14, 1822, married Joseph LANDON, of Cincinnati; Eliza, born February 2, 1824, died young; Mary Ann, born April 1825, married John CROSBY; James C., born October 8, 1826, died 1862; Martha, born January 25, 1829, married Mark LANGDON.
Oliver, born January 13, 1787, married Elizabeth MARSH, died November 26, 1848. Their children were: Joanna, born November 10, 1812, died 1812; Moses, born May 18, 1814, died 1854, never married; Phebe, born March 27, 1817, died August 20, 1844; Joanna (2) born August 20, 1820, married _____ HOLLOWELL; Melinda, born July 20, 1823, died young; Hannah Jane, born June 14, 1825, died November 20, 1849, married _____ CROSBY; Martha, born February 21, 1830, married John SHIELDS; Lewis Lee, born April 7, 1833; Adaline Biddenger; Oliver Rufner, born July 13, 1835, died 1836.


Joanna, born 1789, married (1) Elijah NORTON of Cincinnati, Ohio, died 1820. Children: Joanna, married Capt. Columbus HAWK; Elizabeth, married Capt. Joseph HALL, (2) Joseph Stewart.

Moses, born April 22, 1794, married Eliza ROSS, of New York City, died July 13, 1873. Children: Ann Eliza, born November 13, 1818, died July 27, 1840; Mary Jane, born October 6, 1820, married James Evens, died May 22, 1880; James, born August 6, 1822, married Harriet HULL, died September 20, 1841; William Henry, born December 13, 1824, never married, died March 27, 1859; Susan Emily, born May 14, 1827, married John WILTSEE, of Cincinnati, Ohio; Isabella, born November 28, 1829, married James LUPTON; Georgianna, born August 28, 1838, died December 18, 1839.

Children of Jonathan Williams LYON and wife Malinda Gard LEE: Oliver Lee, born December 10, 1806, married Sarah BROWN, of Boston, Massachusetts, died 1882. Sidney Smith, born August 4, 1808, died at his home, "The Octagon" Jeffersonville, Indiana, June 34, 1872, from injuries received during the Civil War. He was major of 4th Kentucky Cavalry, detached as chief of engineers, successively on the staffs of Gens. BUEL, BURNSIDE and MORGAN, through Tennessee and Kentucky. Was at battles of Cumberland Gap; siege of Vicksbury; built the fortifications at Cumberland Gap; planned and executed the famous "Retreat of the Ten Thousand" from Cumberland Gap to the Ohio river. In his youth was an artist of celebrity. Was geological surveyor of Kentucky, and as a scientist was world known. He married Honora Vincent LYONS, at Louisville, Kentucky, November 8, 1831. She was born January 6, 1816, died February 22, 1900. Julia Ann, born September 10, 1810, married Theodore WILLIAMS, of Cincinnati, Ohio, died April 4, 1892. Harriet Ruth, born June 10, 1812, married William BRIANT, of Cincinnati, Ohio, died February 27, 1844. Elizabeth Williams, born April 14, 1814, married Mahlon TAYLOR, of Cincinnati, Ohio, still living (1900). James Harris, born March 15, 1816, never married, died at Cincinnati, Ohio, 1879. Mary Jane, born April 8, 1818, died July 25, 1819. William Parker, born March 19, 1820, died August 21, 1821. Elvira Amelia, born January 6, 1823, married Harvey DENMAN, of Cincinnati, Ohio, died July 31, 1887. Martha Jane, born May 5, 1825, married Charles BETTS, of Cincinnati. Cornelia, born March 31, 1827, died August 26, 1828. Frances Cornelia, born January 17, 1829, married William FULLERTON, of Boston, Massachusetts, died at Cincinnati, Ohio, June 13, 1871. Laura Augusta, born May. 19, 1831, married C. H. RHODES, of Lancaster, Wisconsin. Clara Huntington, born April 23, 1833, died at Cincinnati, Ohio, October 14, 1867.

LYONs not identified, but supposed, descendants of the LYON families who settled at Morristown: Samuel LYON, born 1781, died at Stockholm, New Jersey, June 26, 1860, buried at Lyons burial ground near Stockholm. His wife died March 18, 1863. His son Halsey was born 1804, married Harriet DENMAN, died June 24, 1871. She was born May 14, 1804, died February 14, 1871, buried at Lyons Cemetery. Children: Sarah A., married William D. ROCKAFELLOW July 6, 1857, removed West. Jonathan, born June 8, 1837, married Maria E. LYON, August 13, 1864, removed to Ohio. Amos, born July 1, 1839, died December 31, 1863, buried at Sockholm. Margaret, born July 30, 1843, married John Nelson KIMBLE November 10, 1864, removed to Ohio.


Joseph LYON, son of Asher, of Morristown, born June 7, 1785, married Betsey HILL, daughter of John, of Franklin, New Jersey, March 30, 1815, died May 5, 1858. She was born December 13, 1796, died August 13, 1868. Both buried at Rockaway. Children of Joseph LYON and wife Betsey: Sarah L., born December 15, 1815, married John WILSON, went to Western New York, died June 11, 1847. John Hill, born September 5, 1817, married Mary FORDYCE December 22, 1842. She was born March 18, 1847, died September 22, 1893, buried at Rockaway. Phebe Jane, born September 22, 1820, died August 30, 1851; Alice, born October. 3, 1823, married Job Allen TALMADGE as fourth wife September 3, 1845, died July 28, 1887. Jacob L., born January 23, 1827, went to Australia, married Anna CRANE and settled at St. Louis. Nancy K., born April 28, 1829, married Elisha MEEKER, of Millbrook, May 22, 1853. He was born 1837, died March 29, 1900. Philip Edward, born February 11, 1832, married Anna VOSS, went to Scranton, Pennsylvania, died June 25, 1897.

Isaac LYON, born June 19, 1791, married Margaret TODD, daughter of Jacob and wife Hannah, died December 3, 1865. She was born 1795, died April 19, 1862. Both buried at Millbrook. Children of Isaac LYON and wife Margaret: John S., born December 1, 1815, married Mary E. MEEKER, died February 11, 1890. Both buried at Millbrook. Moses, never married; Nancy, born October 21, 1823, married Elias L. PALMER, died March 19, 1860. He was born October 21, 1808, died December 9, 1853. Both buried at Rockaway. Amy, married Henry STRUBLE, died in Illinois.


Jerusha, married Nathaniel ANDERSON, died in Illinois. Julia, married Job A. TALMAGE (third wife). Both buried at Hill Cemetery. Margaret Ann, married Charles, son of William SMITH.
Children of John S. LYON and wife Mary E.: Julia Ann, born 1837, married Daniel AYRES, died at Franklin May 9, 1899. He died 1897. Both buried at Hill Cemetery; Joanna, married Charles HULBERT, buried at Mt. Freedom. Huldah B., married David C. HATHAWAY, of Dover; Elizabeth, married Albert R. TALMAGE, of Dover; John Wesley, died young, buried at Rockaway; Isaac married Mary (FORDYCE) HILL, daughter of Jacob H. and Catharine FORDYCE, and widow of Lewis HILL, December 21, 1871. Living on the old LYON homestead, Franklin.


Children of Isaac LYON and wife Mary: Ida J., born November 7, 1872, married Frank MAINS; Kate Edna, born July 4, 1876, married Charles Edward STURTEVANT September 1, 1897.
Transcribed by John Cresseveur
found on ancestry.com

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