John William Lyon

12 August 1817–30 January 1905 (Age 87)
Milton Center, Saratoga, New York, United States

The Life of John William

When John William Lyon was born on 12 August 1817, in Milton Center, Saratoga, New York, United States, his father, John H Lyon, was 35 and his mother, Esther Milly, was 34. He married Sarah Mary Canfield on 19 February 1839, in Milton, Saratoga, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Washington Township, Van Buren, Iowa, United States in 1850 and Harrisburg Township, Van Buren, Iowa, United States in 1860. He died on 30 January 1905, in Dexter, Dallas, Iowa, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Dibble Cemetery, Utica, Van Buren, Iowa, United States.

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John William Lyon
Sarah Mary Canfield
Marriage: 19 February 1839
Charles Henry Lyon
Francis Milly Lyon
Mary Jane Lyon
John Caleb Lyon
Edwin Lyon
Horace Greeley Lyon

Spouse and Children

19 February 1839
Milton, Saratoga, New York, United States


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World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 2

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 10

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.

Age 29

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

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 Lyon, "United States Census, 1860"
  • John Lyon, "United States Census, 1850"
  • John Lyon in household of Orin Jewett, "United States Census, 1900"

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