When John William Lyon was born on 10 November 1878, in Patrick Parish, Henry, Virginia, United States, his father, Silas Tazwell 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 6 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, Union, Oregon, United States.
Scottish, English, and French: from the personal name Middle English Lyon, Old French Leon (from Latin leo ‘lion’, or the cognate Greek leōn; see Leon ). Compare Lyall .
Scottish and English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Lyons-la-Forêt in Eure, Normandy. It is unlikely to be from the better-known southern French city of Lyon (see 5 below).
English and French: nickname from Middle English lioun ‘lion’ (Old English, Latin leo), Old French leon, perhaps applied to a brave, fierce, or proud person, or one with a shaggy mane of hair. Compare Lion .
John had chronic interstitial nephritis.