New England Families: Genealogical and Memorial (Volumes I-IV)

"New England Families: Genealogical and Memorial (Volumes I-IV)" (NEF), Cutter, William Richard, 1913, 1915 (GPC, Baltimore Maryland, 1994, 1995)

Page: 2073

This old English name has been conspicuously identified with the early settlement of New England and of New York, and still has many prominent representatives in this state. By intermarriage with other early families was transmitted to later generations the blood of numerous worthy pioneers. From Westchester county in this state the family has spread to various districts, not only of New York, but many other states.

(I) Richard Lyon, in company with two brothers, Henry and Thomas, came from Glen Lyon in Perthshire to the Colonies in 1648. The story is that these three, who were Scotch soldiers in Cromwell’s army, were on guard before the banqueting house at Whitehall, January 31, 1648, and witnessed the execution of King Charles I. Immediately after the regicide they fled to America. [This family legend has been recently proven false by DNA Analysis; see ]

Henry Lyon went to Milford, Connecticut;

Richard Lyon settled in Fairfield as early as May, 1649. He had a house and lot recorded in the land records of Fairfield (Fayrefield) in January, 1653, and was made a freemen there in 1664. In 1673 he had recorded five acres of land at Barlow’s Plains and eighteen and one-half acres "on the Rocks." He was chosen commissioner for Fairfield, May 1669. The will of Richard Lyon, made April 12, 1678, probated October 17, 1678, is almost the only source of information about his family. He gave to his son Moses, one-third of his land on Pequaneck (Bridgeport), as well as other property. He also gave to his sons, Richard and William, each one-third part of the Pequaneck lands, with other lots in addition. To his sons, Samuel and Joseph, he gave his lot, house and barn, with other property, to be divided equally among them. His wife Margaret was made executrix, and he left her sixty pounds, and the use of his house while she remained a widow or until the sons, Samuel and Joseph, were of age. He left money and moveable property to his daughters. Children, not ecorded in order of age; probably all by his wife Margaret: 1.

Moses, died 1696 or 1697. 2. Richard, born about 1653; died January, 1740. 3. William, a minor in 1678; died November 4, 1699. 4. Samuel, younger than William; died 1732. 5. Joseph, probably youngest son; died March 16, 1698. 6. Hester, oldest daughter; born as early as 1658, died 1709. 7. Betty (Elizabeth), born about 1660. 8. Hannah, born after 1659. 9. Abigail, born after 1659, probably youngest child; died March 6, 1698.

Note: [tjf] pg1155 lists Samuel Lyon date of death as 1731, but was corrected in the later work. Hester’s date of death was also listed as 1699, otherwise the citations are identical.

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