May Belle Lyon

31 January 1870–17 April 1950 (Age 80)
Manhattan, Riley, Kansas, United States

The Life Summary of May Belle

When May Belle Lyon was born on 31 January 1870, in Manhattan, Riley, Kansas, United States, her father, Thomas Valentine Lyon, was 29 and her mother, Minerva Virginia Housekeeper, was 21. She married William Gibson Clark on 11 March 1894, in Bala, Riley, Kansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Blackfoot, Bingham, Idaho, United States in 1920 and Montebello Township, Los Angeles, California, United States in 1940. She died on 17 April 1950, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Gibson Clark
May Belle Lyon
Marriage: 11 March 1894
Harry Cavis Clark
Ella Minerva Clark
Earl Gilbert Clark
Emma Lucile Clark
Richard Raleigh Clark
Lois Ruby Clark
Freda May Clark
William "Willie" Lyon Clark

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    11 March 1894Bala, Riley, Kansas, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1872 · The First National Park
    Age 2
    Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.
    1882 · Electricity Comes to Los Angeles
    Age 12
    Electricity was first introduced to Los Angeles. The first electric street light had “three carbon-arc lamps of three thousand candle-power” and stood 150 feet tall. 
    1891 · Angel Island Serves as Quarantine Station
    Age 21
    Angel Island served as a quarantine station for those diagnosed with bubonic plague beginning in 1891. A quarantine station was built on the island which was funded by the federal government at the cost of $98,000. The disease spread to port cities around the world, including the San Francisco Bay Area, during the third bubonic plague pandemic, which lasted through 1909.

    Name Meaning

    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 .

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

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    Sources (19)

    • May Belle Clark, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • May Clark in household of Richard Clark, "United States Census, 1940"
    • May Bille Lyon in entry for William L Clark and Mildred Louise Davis, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"

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