May Belle Lyon

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

The Life 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 20. She married William Gibson Clark on 11 March 1894, in Bala, Riley, Kansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Blackfoot, Bingham, Idaho, United States in 1920 and Montebello Judicial 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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William Gibson Clark
May Belle Lyon
Marriage: 11 March 1894
Harry Cavis Clark
Ella Minerva Clark
Helen Clark
Earl Gilbert Clark
Emma Lucile Clark
Richard Raleigh Clark
Lois Ruby Clark
Lewis Clark
Freda May Clark
William "Willie" Lyon Clark

Spouse and Children

11 March 1894
Bala, 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

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)

  • May Clark in household of Richard Clark, "United States Census, 1940"
  • May Lyon in household of Thomas Lyon, "United States Census, 1870"
  • May Clark, "United States Census, 1920"

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