Francis Marion Lyon

9 April 1852–5 February 1919 (Age 66)
Iowa, United States

The Life of Francis Marion

When Francis Marion Lyon was born on 9 April 1852, in Iowa, United States, his father, Thomas Dunbar Lyon, was 22 and his mother, Elizabeth Cravings Harrow, was 22. He married Mary Etta Rogers on 3 January 1877, in Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons. He lived in Center Township, Wapello, Iowa, United States in 1900 and San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States in 1910. He died on 5 February 1919, in Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United States, at the age of 66, and was buried in Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United States.

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Francis Marion Lyon
Mary Etta Rogers
Marriage: 3 January 1877
Frank Merrill Lyon
Nevin Elmore Lyon
Audra Granville Lyon
Pvt. Orvale D Lyon

Spouse and Children

3 January 1877
Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United States


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World Events (8)

1857 · 7.9 Earthquake In Fort Tejon

Age 5

The Fort Tejon earthquake, on January 9, 1857, registered at 7.9, making it one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded in the United States. Only two people were killed, largely due to the sparse population in the area where the earthquake occurred. As a result of the large scale shaking, the Kern River was turned upstream and fish were stranded miles from Tulare Lake as the waters were rocked so far from its banks.

Age 11

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Age 18

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.

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)

  • Frank Lyon, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Francis M Lyon in household of Andra G Lyon, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Frank M Lyon, "United States Census, 1900"

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