John William Lyon

10 November 1878–2 February 1950 (Age 71)
Patrick Parish, Henry, Virginia, United States

The Life of John William

When John William Lyon was born on 10 November 1878, in Patrick Parish, Henry, Virginia, United States, his father, Silas Taz Tilbert Lyon, was 41 and his mother, Caroline Griffith, was 31. He married Sarah Sallie Sannar on 1 September 1897, in Beckley, Raleigh, West Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Rural, Waupaca, Wisconsin, United States in 1935 and Wallowa Election Precinct 3, Wallowa, Oregon, United States in 1940. He died on 2 February 1950, in La Grande, Union, Oregon, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in Wallowa, Wallowa, Oregon, United States.

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John William Lyon
Sarah Sallie Sannar
Marriage: 1 September 1897
Lula Mae Lyon
Charles L. Lyon
Charles Lee Lyon
Robert Monroe Lyon
Etta Bell Lyon
Myrtle Melinda Lyon
Wilfred John Lyon
Ralph Franklin Lyon
Gilbert Irving Russell Lyon
Clarence Richard Lyon

Spouse and Children

1 September 1897
Beckley, Raleigh, West Virginia, United States


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World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 3

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

Age 18

Historical Boundaries - 1896: Wallowa, Oregon, United States
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 20

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

Name Meaning

1 Scottish, English and French: from Old French, Middle English lion (Latin leo, genitive leonis), hence a nickname for a fierce or brave warrior, or a habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a lion.2 Scottish, English, French, and Dutch: habitational name from the city of Lyon in south central France (English name: Lyons), or from the smaller Lyons-la-Forêt in Eure, Normandy. The name of the former is recorded in the 1st century bc as Lugdunum and is from the name of a Celtic god Lug (or this as a personal name, from a word meaning ‘brightness’) + dunon ‘hill fort’.3 Scottish and English: from the name Leo(n) (from Latin leo ‘lion’, or the cognate Greek leōn), borne by numerous early martyrs and thirteen popes.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • John W Lyon, "United States Census, 1940"
  • John W Lyon, "United States Census, 1930"
  • John W Lyon, "United States Census, 1920"

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