William LYON (1621-1692)

William Lyon
Born Middlesex England
Son of William Lyon and Anne Carter
Baptized 23rd December 1621 Heston Parish Middlesex
Presumed orphaned before 11th September 1635 in London England
Sailed for New England 11th September 1635 on the HOPEWELL
Arrived Massachusetts Bay November 1635 and settled Roxbury
Married 17th June 1646 Sarah Ruggles Roxbury Mass
Married 30th November 1676 Mrs Martha Cass Rowley Mass
Died 21st May 1692 in Roxbury Mass
Buried in Roxbury Cemetery (no headstone)

Sarah Ruggles
Daughter of Thomas Ruggles and Mary Curtis
Born 19th April 1629 in Nazing England
Died 9th February 1688 in Roxbury

Martha (Philbrick) Cass
Daughter of Thomas Philbrick and Elizabeth Knopp
Widow of John Cass
Born 4th September 1631 Bures St Mary Suffolk England
Married 1st 1648 John Cass in Hampton New Hampshire
Died 4th August 1694 in Roxbury Massachusetts

Children of William Lyon and Sarah Ruggles:
(All children born in Roxbury) (All children died in Roxbury except Joseph and Sarah)

  1. John Lyon baptized 10th April 1647
    married Abigail Polley daughter of John and Susanna Polley
    died 15th January 1703 age 56-7
  2. Thomas Lyon baptized 8th August 1648
    married Abigail Gould daughter of Edward and Margaret Gold
    died 1734
  3. Samuel Lyon baptized 10th June 1650
    married 1st Deliverance ?
    married 2nd Sarah Grant
    died 7th April 1713
  4. William Lyon baptized 12th July 1652
    married 1st Sarah Dunkin
    married 2nd Deborah Fairbanks
    died 10th August 1714 age 62
  5. Joseph Lyon baptized 30th November 1654
    married Mary Bridge daughter of Edward Bridge and Prudence Robinson
    died Woodstock Connecticut 7th June 1721
  6. Sarah Lyon born 8th January 1657
    baptized 8th March 1667
    Died 1723
  7. Jonathan Lyon born 5th September 1666
    baptized 9th September 1666
    died 5th January 1668
  8. Jonathan Lyon born 1668;
    died 10th May 1668
    burled 6th June 1668

Children of William Lyon and Martha Cass:
(Although no children of their own William had 8 and Martha had 11 children)

[A family history compiled by A. B. Lyon, M. D. of Detroit, Michigan]

In Roxbury land records the name of William Lyon appears as Lion, Lyon and Lyons, and we find all three forms also in the records of the Eliot church. He seems to have written it himself sometimes Lion (see autograph signature of his will, p. 28), sometimes Lyon [or Lion]. William Lyon married, June 17, 1646 (Roxbury Ch. R.), Sarah Ruggles, daughter of John and Mary (Curtis) Ruggles of Nazing, England. She was born April 19, 1629, and came to America with her parents while yet an infant

The death of Sarah Is not found in Roxbury town or church records, and probably occurred in Rowley, for on Sept. (or Nov.) 30, 1677, William Lyon “of Rowley” was married to Mrs. Martha (Philbrick) Casse [Cass], widow of John Casse.

William Lyon in 1645 became a member of the Ancient and Honor¬able Artillery Company of Roxbury. He received in 1648 a grant of six acres of land in Roxbury, and in 1652 of three acres “upon the common, by John Polly’s.” His name also appears as grantee in deeds of land in Roxbury in 1651, 1658 and 1661, and as grantor in 1658 and 1672 (see below). When the new settlement at New Roxbury, now Woodstock, Conn., was determined upon in 1686, he was one of the “goers,” and he was assigned a lot there, although he did not actually occupy it Several of his grandsons (William, Thomas, John and Jacob) were prominent members, however, of the new colony, and a stepson, Ebenezer Casse received a grant of land there.

The Lyon homestead in Roxbury was on what is now Bellevue Ave¬nue, formerly called Lyon Street. It was on the east side of the street, southwest of Atwood Street.

William Lyon was admitted to full communion In John Eliot’s church in 1655, and became a freeman in 1666. He, with John Bowles and others, signed the Roxbury petition, Oct. 25, 1664, to the General Court, praying it to “stand fast in our present liberties.” He lived to the age of seventy-two. He was buried May 21, 1692, probably in the West Roxbury cemetery, although there is no stone there to mark the spot. His widow died “about” Aug. 4, 1694 (Roxbury T. R.).

Deed dated June 25, 1651: “For valuable Consideration in hand received,” Capt. Hugh Pritchard, late of Roxbury in New England, deeds “vnto James Morgan, Griffin Craft, Edward Bridge, Wm. Lyon, John Mayes, Robt. Seaber & John Ruggles & Isaac Johnson a certaine parcell of marsh land in Roxbury being now an island by reason of a creeke between the same and the land of John Johnson of Roxbury.”

Deed dated Aug. 3, 1657: “In Consideration of fowerscore pounds to him in hand well and truly paid, Edward Weld deeds to William Lyon and John Polly 40 acres of land in Roxbury.”

Deed dated Sept “fowerth,” 1657: In Consideration of certain other lands and houses specified as also in Consideration of sixe pounds in hand pajd vnto him, William Lyon and Sarah his wife deed to Isacke Johnson a dwelling house in Roxbury with an orchard and tenne acres of land more or lesse, of which said Orchard Is part Signed William Lion & a seale. Sarah Lyon & a seale.

Deed dated Sept 1, 1661: In Consideration of a valuable Price to us in hand paid, we, William Lyon, John Mayes, Junr & John Bridge & John Watson Junr deed to William Gary fiveteen Achors of land in Roxbury.

Deed dated June 15, 1661: In Consideration of a Vallueable price to us all: & to every of our contents payed, we, Richard Witherington and Eliz: his Wife of Dorchester and John Aldiss & Sarah his Wife & Jno Smith & Lidda his Wife both of Dedham deed to Willm Gary and Willm Lyon & John Mayes Junr & John Bridge & Jno Watson Junr all of them of Roxberry, in generall all the housing & lands that Deacon Pbillip Elliott was possessed of in Roxberry when he Died, including a dwelling house, Barne & Cow houses with two Achors of land in Roxbury; ninety-six Achors of land In the Second alottment in Rox¬berry; fiveteen Achors of land as it lyeth in Roxberry abutting upon the highway leading to the great Pond; six Achrs of Salt Marsh at Gravelly Pointe in Roxbury; three Achors & a halfe of fresh Meadow, as it lyeth in baremash in Roxbury; twelve Achors of land in Roxbury upon the Pond Plaine, and nine Achors of land in Roxbury being commonly called the Ox Pasture.

The following document is Interesting for the light it throws on conditions of life in New England in the early days: Wm. Lyon & Rich. Sutton, both of Roxbury (for & in consideration of two oxen sould & delivered to them) did grant unto Tho: Dudley, Governr., six Acres of land in Roxbury, lyeing southwards of the great lotts, the land of Georg Brand on the east, the commons on the west & on the south. Also fyve Acres neare the greate Pond, lately purchased of Samuel Ruggles with fyve Acres he doth covent. sufficiently to fence before the 1 (3) next, both those parcels of laud being the possession of the sd. Wm. And the said Rich: doth grant nfteene Acres purchased of Wm. Parke, with the appurtenances; Provided that if the sd. Wm. & Richard shall pay to the sd. Thomas, his heires, Execs. or Assignes fourty seven shillings six pence lawfull money vppon 7 (2) next & the like some vppon the 7 (8) 1651, & the like summes each 7th day of Apr. & Octob. the severall yeares 1652, 1653, 1654, in good clean dry & merchantable wheat at the now dwelling house of the sd. Tho. Dudley in Roxbury, then this grant to be void, els not. And the sd. Wm. & Rich, do bind themselves in the summe of fourteene pounds that they will not forfeit the mortgage. And the sd. Tho. Dudley doth agree that if the sd. Wm. & Rich: doenow carry plow harrow &c according to an agreement beareing date with these presents that then It shalbe abated out of the above sd paymts. dated 7 (8) 1650 & acknowledged 19 (8) 1650 before Mr. Wm. Hlbbins.

Will of William Lyon, Sr., of Roxbury, “dated in the yeare 1692”: The Last Will and Testament of William Lion Senr of Roxbury In the County of Suffolk in his Majesties Territory in New England as follow-eth: I the sd William Lion being in my perfect understanding and memory by the blessing of my mercifull Father into whose hands I commend my Soul, I dispose of my Worldly Estate as followeth.

I will constitute my Eldest son John Lion to be my Sole and alone Executor and Administrator to act with full power as I myself can do during my natural life for to take care for to discharge and pay or cause to be paid all.my just Debts and Such Charges as may be needfull for my decent burialL And also as an attorney to recover all due Debts to the sd William Lion’s Estate. I further will and give unto my son John Lion my now Dwelling house Together with all and every parcell of Land or Lands belonging unto me in Roxbury to the sd John Lion and his Male heires, and If that family should faile of Male heires then the same benefit to Thomas Lion and his Male heires and Samuel Lion and his Male heirea and William Lion and bis Male heires and Joseph Lion and his Male heires.

Furthermore my Will is That my sons Thomas and William Lion shall have my Salt Marsh at Gravelly Point equally divided between them notwithstanding the words all and every parcell in the sixteenth line.

Furthermore my Will is That my beloved Wife Martha shall have Seven pounds a yeare. That is to say Three pounds Term Shillings in Money and Three pounds Ten Shillings in Countrey pay as the sd Martha shall need at current prices, and the new Leantoo at the West¬ern end of my house for to dwell in and room in the Parlour as she shall have occasion for the same privileges above mentioned to be duly performed by the above mentioned Executor unto the sd Martha Lion during her natural life.

My Will is that my Four Sons, Thomas and Samuel, William and Joseph shall have Sixteen pounds apiece duely and truely paid unto them in Current pay at Current prices within Six years after my death by my above mentioned Executor.

And for the better enabling my Son John Lion to discharge these obligations, I the sd William Lion Senr give all my movables within and without doors excepting those things particularly given.

And Furthermore if in case that the Salt Marsh don’t come to make Thomas and William Sixteen pounds apiece, then to be made up out of the Estate.

The last Will of William Lion. Witness my hand and Seale and a Seale.
In presence us Jabez Tolman, John Grigs, Francis Youngman.
Probated October 27, 1692.
Inventory, May 27, 1692, amounted to £213 — 16 — 4

The will of Martha “Lion” of Roxbury, widow, is dated March 2. 1694; proved Aug. 10, 1694. Names as executor and principal heir, Ebenezer Cass, sons Joseph and Samuel Cass, daughter Abigail (Cass), daughters Grtggs, Radman and Green and grandson John Cass. (Suf¬folk Co. Probate Records, Vol. 13, pp. 470-471.)/

In the list of passengers that embarked for America In the Hopewell September 11, 1635, we find the name of William Lyon, age “fourteen years.” “Theis vnderwritten names,” it is stated, “are to be transported to New England imbarqued in the Hopewell, Tho: Babb mr p. Cert, from the Ministers and Justices of their conformitie in Re¬ligion to or Church of England: & yt they are no Subsedy Men. they have taken ye Oaths of Alleg: & Suprem.”

The name is further registered in Rolls Office, Chancery Lane, London, as having sailed for New England Sept. 11, 1635, and settled in Roxbury, Mass. William Lyon, perhaps an orphan, is said to have been placed in the care of Isaac Heath. There appears to be no reason to question the conclusion reached by Albert Welles (American Family Antiquity) that this was the William Lyon who was baptized at Heston, now part of the city of London, Dec. 23, 1620, the youngest son of William and Anne (Carter) Lyon of Heston.

According to Welles, Henry Lyon, fourth in descent from Baron John de Lyon, left Norfolk, which had been for more than two hundred years the ancestral home, and settled at Ryslippe [Ruislip], Co. Middlesex. The family remained in Ryslippe through four generations, bringing us to what we may regard as unquestionable historical ground. John Lyon, born in Ryslippe about 1470, married Emma Hedde of Ryslippe, and had four sons bearing the suggestive names; Henry, Thomas, Richard and John. John settled in Little Stanmer, Co. Middlesex; his wife’s name was Joan, and their oldest son, born about 1540, was William, who married Isabel Wightman, daughter and heiress of William and Audry (Deering) Wightman of Harrow on the Hill. William lived for a time (1596) in London, but was buried Sept. 7, 1624, at Little Stanmer. He had a brother Thomas, whose son William was called the Marquis of Southwold, and was owner of the ship Lyon which brought to America so many emigrants. William and Isabel Wightman had a son William born about 1580. He married July 17, 1615, at Harrow on the Hill, Anne Carter, and made his home in Heston. His children were:

1. Katherine, bapt. Oct. 25, 1616;
2. John, bapt. Nov. 30, 1617, d. in Infancy;
3. John, bapt. June 1, 1619, and
4. William, bapt. Dec. 23, 1621; (O. S.).

Lyon Family History Slideshow (1620 William of Roxbury)
Information Sources:

Lyon Family of Massachuetts (1905)

From “Compendium of American Genelaogies, Volume III –
William Lyon, 1620-1692, came from England in the Hopewell in 1635. He married Sarah Ruggles who was born in 1620………

William of Heston, England and Roxbury, Mass., founder of Lyon Family in America; fourth child of William Lyon, was baptized 12/23/1620.

“Pioneers of Massachusetts” states that William and wife, Sarah, were in 1647 members of Roxbury Church, MA.

From “Lyon Memorial” – Massachusetts Families, 1905 – William Lyon of Roxbury: In list of passengers that embarked for America in the Hopewell 9/11/1635 we find name of William Lyon, age 14. “These underwritten names are to be transported to New England embarked on the Hopewell, Tho. Babb mmp. Cert. from the ministers and justices of their confirmitie in Religion to or Church of England; and yt they are no subsedy Men. they have taken ye oaths of Alleg: & suprem.” (sic) The name is further registered in Rolls Office, Chancery Lane, London, as having sailed for New England 9/11/1635 and settled at Roxbury, Mass.

William Lyon, perhaps an orphan, is said to have been placed in care of Isaac Heath.

There appears to be no reason to question the conclusion reached by Albert Welles in “American Family Antiquity” that this was the William Lyon who was baptized at Heston, now part of the city of London, 12/23/1629, the youngest son of William and Anne (Carter) Lyon of Heston.

In Roxbury, Mass. land records the name William Lyon appears as LION, LYON and LYONS, and we find all three forms also in the records of the Eliot Church. He seems to have written it himself sometimes LION.

William Lyon married 6/17/1646 (Roxbury Church records) to Sarah Ruggles, d/o of Thomas and Mary (Curtis) Ruggles of Nazing, England. She was born 4/19/1629 and came to American with her parents. The death of Sarah is not found in Roxbury town or church records and probably occurred in Rowley for 11/20/1677.

William Lyon of Rowley married a Mrs. Martha Philbrick Casse (Cass), widow of John Casse.

William Lyon in 1645 became a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Co. of Roxbury.

He received in 1648 a grant of six acres of land in Roxbury, and in 1652 of another three acres “upon the common, by John Polly’s.” His name also apppears as a grantee i deeds of land in Roxbury in 1651, 1658 and 1661, and as grantor in 1658 and 1672.

When the new settlement at New Roxbury, now Woodstock, VERMONT, was determined upom in 1651 he was one of the “goers,” and he was assigned a lot there, although he did not actually occupy it.

Several of his GRANDSONS (WILLIAM, THOMAS, JOHN AND JACOB), were prominent members however, of the new colony and a stepson, Ebenezer Cass, received a grant of land there.

NAZING COLONY IN ROXBURY: included brothers, John and Philip Eliot, William Curtis, uncle of Sarah Ruggles, and many familiar names.

The “Nazing Christians” were distinguished for their devoted piety.

John (5) Ruggles of Nazing, who died in Roxbury 11/16/1655 was eldest son of Thomas (4) Ruggles; (Thomas, Nicholas, Thomas) of Sudbury Co., Suffolk. He was descended from William de Ruggle of Staffordshire, time of King Edward I. John Ruggles’ will, dated 11/9/1644 makes bequest to his daughter, Sarah.

Ebenezer Cass, one of the 10 children of John and Martha Cass, in 1686, went to New Rockshury, MA (really in Vermont) and, being a minor, was made joint grantee with a “person of age, one Lyon” Ebenezer Cass m 3/13/1689 Patience Draper, born 8/17/1668, d/o James and Miriam (Standsfield) Draper of Roxbury.

The Lyon homestead in Roxbury was on what is now Bellevue Avenue, formerly called Lyon Street. It was on the east side of the street, southwest of Atwood Street.

William Lyon was admitted to full communion in John Eliot’s Church in 1655 and became a freeman in 1666.

He, with John Bowles, et al, signed Roxbury petition 10/25/1664 to the General Court, praying it to “stand fast in our present libertys.” He lived to age of 72 years.

He was buried 5/21/1692 probably in West Roxbury cemetery, although there is no stone there to mark the spot.

His widow died about 8/4/1694. (Roxbury town records.)

Deed dated 6/25/1651: “For valuable consideration in hand received” Capt. Hugh Pritchard, late of Roxbury in New England, deeds unto James Morgan, Griffin Craft, Edward Bridge, WILLIAM LYON, John Mayes, Robert Seaber and JOHN RUGGLES and Isaac Johnson of Roxbury.

Deed dated 8/3/1657: In consideration of fourscore pounds to him in hand well and truly paid, Edward Weld deeds to WILLIAM LYON and John POLLY 40 acres of land in Roxbury.

Deed dated 9/fowerth, 1657: In consideration of certain other lands and houses specified as also in consideration of six pounds in hand paid unto him: WILLIAM LYON and Sarah, his wife, deed to Issac Johnson a dwelling house in Roxbury with an orchard and 10 acares of land more or less of which said orchard is part.

Deed dated 9/1/1661: In consideration of a valuable piece to us in hand payed (sic) we, WILLIAM LYON, John Mayes, Jr and John Bridge and John Waton, Jr.

deed to William Gary 15 acres of land in Roxbury.

Deed dated 6/15/1661…….we, Richard Witherington and Eliz., wife, his wife of Dorchester and John Aldiss and wife, Sarah and Jno Smith and Lidde his wife both of Dedham deed to Willm Gary and WILLIAM LYON and John Mayes Jr and John Bridge and Jno Watson Jr all of them from Roxbury, in general all the housing and lands that Deacon Phillip Elliott was possessed of in Roxbury when he died, including a dwelling house, barn and cow houses with two acres of land in Roxbury; 96 acres of land in the second alottment in Roxbury; 15 acres of land as it lies in Roxbury abutting upon the highway leading to the great pond; 6 acres of salt marsh at gravelly point in Roxbury; 3 acres & 1/2 of fresh meadow as it lies in baremash in Roxbury; 12 acres of land in Roxbury upon the Pond Plain and 9 acres in Roxburing being commonly called the Ox Pasture.

The following document is interesting for the light it throws on conditions of life in New England in the early days — WILLIAM LYON and Richard Sutton, both of Roxbury (for & in consideration of 2 oxen sold & delivered to them) did grant unto Thomas Dudley, governor, 6 acres of land in Roxbury, lying southwards of the great lots, the land of George Grand on the east, the commons on the west and on the south. Also five acres near the great pond, lately purchased of Samuel Ruggles with 5 acres he doth covent. sufficiently to fence before the `1(3) next, both those parcels of land being the possession of said WILLIAM and Richard; doth grant 15 acres purchased with Wm. Parke, with the appurtenances; provided that if the said William and Richard do bind themselves in the sum of 14 pounds that they will not forfeit the mortgage. And the said Thomas Dudley doth agree that if the sd. WILLIAM and Richard doe now carry plow harrow and according to an agreement bearing date with these presents that then it shall be abated out of the above sd paymts. dated 7 (8) 1650 and acknowledged 19 (8) 1650 before Mr. Wm. Hibbins.

Will of WILLIAM LYON, SR. of Roxbury “dated in year 1692”: The last will and testament of Willikam LION, SR. of Roxbury in Co. of Suffolk in his majesties territory in New England as followeth: I the sd. WILLIAM LION, being in my perfect understanding and memory by the blessing of my merciful father into whose hands I commend my SOUL, I dispose of my Worldly Estate as follows: I will constitute my eldest son, JOHN LYON, to be my sole and alone executor and administrator to act with full power as I myself can do during my natural life for to take care for to discharge and pay or cuse to be paid all my just debts and such charges as may be needful for my decent burial. And also as an attorney to recover all due debts to the sd. William Lion’s estate.

I further will and give unto my son John Lion my dwelling house together with all and every parcel of land or lands belonging unto me in Roxbury to the sd. John LION and his male heirs, and if that family should fail of male heirs then the same benefit to Thomas LION and his male heirs and Samuel LION and his male heirs and William, LION and his male heirs and Joseph and his mail heirs.

Furthermore my will is that my sons Thomas and William LION shall have my salt marsh at Gravelly Point equally divided between them notwithstanding the words all and every parcel in the 16th line.

Furthermore my will is that my beloved wife, MARTHA shall have 7 pounds a year. That is to say 3 pounds 10 shillings in money and 3 pounds 10 shillings in country pay as the sd Martha shall need at current prices, and the new Leanto at the Western end of my house for to dwell in and room in the parlour as she has hve occasion for the same privileges above mentioned to be duly performed by the above mentioned edecutor unto the said Martha LION during her natural life.

My will is that my four sons, THOMAS AND SAMUEL, WILLIAM AND JOSEPH shall have 16 pounds a piece duly and truly paid unto them in current pay at current prices within 6 years after my death by my above mentioned executor. And for the better enabling my son JOHN LION to discharge these obligations, I the sd. William LION, SR give all my movables within and without doors excepting those things particularly given.

And furthermore if in case that the salt marsh don’t come to make Thomas and William 16 pounds a piece, then to be made up out of the estate.

The last will of William LION, witness my hand and seale — Signed by William LION, Sr and seal affixed. In presence of Jabez Tolman, John Grigs, Francis Youngman; probated 10/27/1692.

From Savage’s book – William Lyon, Roxbury, came 1635, aged 14 in Hopewell, capt. Babb. prob under charge of Issac Heath, a passeng. with his fam. in the same sh. m 17 June 1646, RACHEL (sici), d/o Thomas Ruggles, had JOHN b 10 Apr 1647; Thomas 8 Aug 1648; Samuel 10 June 1650, all bef. ment.; William, 12 bapt 18 July 1652; Joseph 30 Nov bapt 3 Dec. 1654, when the ch. rec. calls him John; Sarah bapt 8 Mar 1657, who b. I find not in the town rec.; Jonathan 5 Sept 1666 wh. bef. ano. Jonathan b. late in 1668, or early in 1669; was of ar. co. 1645, freem. 1666, and d 21 May 1692; nd his wid. d 4 Aug 1694. William, s of the preced. mm. Sept 1675, Sarah Dunkin, perhaps d. of Samuel, had William b 9 Dec. 1677; Samuel, 20 Sept. 1679; Hannah 11 Aug 1681; Benjamin 29 Mar 1683 d in few days; Mehitable 24 Mar 1684; his w.d 9 Feb 1689 and by w. Deborah d 10 Aug 1714. His wid. Deborah d 12 Mar 1717. Thirteen of this name says Farmer in MS. had in 1829, been gr. at the coll. of N.E. and Union, and N.J.

From Nancy Purchase (see Mary Curtis for full address) – Thomas Ruggles came to NE in year 1637; he was elder brother of John Ruggles; children of a Godly father; he joined to the church soon after his coming being as well known as his brother his first born son died in England his second son John was brought over a servant by Phillip Eliot; & he brought two other children with him, Sarah and Samuel; he had a great sickness the year after his coming but the Lord recovered him in mercy. Joanna (Brooks) married John Ruggles who succeeded to the farm of Thomas Brooks.

The will of Martha LION of Roxbury, MA, widow, is dated 3/2/1694; proved 10/10/1694. Names as executor and princpal heir, Ebenezer Cass, sons of Joseph and Samuel Cas, daghter Abigail (Cass); daughters Griggs, Radman and Green & grandson John Cass. (Suffolk Co. Records, Vol 13, pp 470-71.

The Lyon name is from French extraction descended from the ancient house of Leonne in France, of “Leones” of Rome. In the 10th century, a person of first rank went to England with William the Conqueror. His son, Roger De Leonne, born in France in 1040, came to England in 1066. He went into Scotland with King Edgar about 1091, obtained lands in Perthshire and named these land “Glen Lyon.”

Traditonally it is thought that a Henry Lyon, fourth in descent from Baron John de Lyon, left Norfolk England, which had been for more than 200 years the ancestral and settled in Ryslippe (Ruislip) in Middlesex County, England. The Lyon family remained in Ryslipped through four generations bringing us to an unquestionable historical ground.

JOHN LYON who was born in Ryslipped about 1470 married Emma Hedde of Ryslippe and had four sons. JOHn settled in Little Stanmer, Middlesex Co., ENGLAND; his wife’s name was Joan and their oldest son, born in 1540, was WILLIAM, who married Isabel Wightman, d/o and heiress of William and Audry (Deering) Wightman of Harrow on the Hill. WILLIAM of Heston, England and Roxbury, Mass is thought to be the founder of the Lyon Family in America. He was fourth child of William Lyon and was born 12/23/1620. William lived for a time (1596) in London but was buried 9/7/1624 at Little Stanmer. He had a brother, Thomas, whose son William called the Marquis of Southwold was owner of the ship “LYON” which bought to America so many emigrants. William and Isabel had son, WILLIAM, born about 1580. He married 7/17/1615 at Harrow on the Hill to Anne Carter and made his home in Heston. Their children included Katharine, John, John and WILLIAM born 12/23/1620. This WILLIAM born in 1620 came to America and is our progenitor in this country………..

Hope this helps you some….All came from LYON Memorial….
Ruth Jordan Thoden


In Roxbury land records the name of William Lyon appears as Lion, Lyon and Lyons, and we find all three forms also in the records of the Eliot church. He seems to have written it himself sometimes Lion (see autograph signature of his will, p. 28), sometimes Lyon [or Lion]. William Lyon married, June 17, 1646 (Roxbury Ch. R.), SarahRuggles, daughter of John and Mary (Curtis)Ruggles ofNazing, England. She was born April 19, 1629, and came to America with her parents while yet an infantThe death of Sarah Is not found in Roxbury town or church records, and probably occurred in Rowley, for on Sept. (or Nov.) 30, 1677, William Lyon “of Rowley” was married to Mrs. Martha (Philbrick) Casse [Cass], widow of John Casse.William Lyon in 1645 became a member of the Ancient and Honor¬able Artillery Company of Roxbury. He received in 1648 a grant of six acres of land in Roxbury, and in 1652 of three acres “upon the common, by John Polly’s.” His name also appears as grantee in deeds of land in Roxbury in 1651, 1658 and 1661, and as grantor in 1658 and 1672 (see below). When the new settlement at New Roxbury, now Woodstock, Conn., was determined upon in 1686, he was one of the “goers,” and he was assigned a lot there, although he did not actually occupy it Several of his grandsons (William, Thomas, John and Jacob) were prominent members, however, of the new colony, and a stepson, Ebenezer Casse received a grant of land there.The Lyon homestead in Roxbury was on what is now Bellevue Ave¬nue, formerly called Lyon Street. It was on the east side of the street, southwest of Atwood Street.William Lyon was admitted to full communion In John Eliot’s church in 1655, and became a freeman in 1666. He, with John Bowles and others, signed the Roxbury petition, Oct. 25, 1664, to the General Court, praying it to “stand fast in our present liberties.” He lived to the age of seventy-two. He was buried May 21, 1692, probably in the West Roxbury cemetery, although there is no stone there to mark the spot. His widow died “about” Aug. 4, 1694 (Roxbury T. R.).Deed dated June 25, 1651: “For valuable Consideration in hand received,” Capt. Hugh Pritchard, late of Roxbury in New England, deeds “vnto James Morgan, Griffin Craft, Edward Bridge, Wm. Lyon, John Mayes, Robt. Seaber & John Ruggles & Isaac Johnson a certaine parcell of marsh land in Roxbury being now an island by reason of a creeke between the same and the land of John Johnson of Roxbury.”Deed dated Aug. 3, 1657: “In Consideration of fowerscore pounds to him in hand well and truly paid, Edward Weld deeds to William Lyon and John Polly 40 acres of land in Roxbury.”Deed dated Sept “fowerth,” 1657: In Consideration of certain other lands and houses specified as also in Consideration of sixe pounds in hand pajd vnto him, William Lyon and Sarah his wife deed to Isacke Johnson a dwelling house in Roxbury with an orchard and tenne acres of land more or lesse, of which said Orchard Is part Signed William Lion & a seale. Sarah Lyon & a seale.Deed dated Sept 1, 1661: In Consideration of a valuable Price to us in hand paid, we, William Lyon, John Mayes, Junr & John Bridge & John Watson Junr deed to William Gary fiveteen Achors of land in Roxbury.Deed dated June 15, 1661: In Consideration of a Vallueable price to us all: & to every of our contents payed, we, Richard Witherington and Eliz: his Wife of Dorchester and John Aldiss & Sarah his Wife & Jno Smith & Lidda his Wife both of Dedham deed to Willm Gary and Willm Lyon & John Mayes Junr & John Bridge & Jno Watson Junr all of them of Roxberry, in generall all the housing & lands that Deacon Pbillip Elliott was possessed of in Roxberry when he Died, including a dwelling house, Barne & Cow houses with two Achors of land in Roxbury; ninety-six Achors of land In the Second alottment in Rox¬berry; fiveteen Achors of land as it lyeth in Roxberry abutting upon the highway leading to the great Pond; six Achrs of Salt Marsh at Gravelly Pointe in Roxbury; three Achors & a halfe of fresh Meadow, as it lyeth in baremash in Roxbury; twelve Achors of land in Roxbury upon the Pond Plaine, and nine Achors of land in Roxbury being commonly called the Ox Pasture.The following document is Interesting for the light it throws on conditions of life in New England in the early days: Wm. Lyon & Rich. Sutton, both of Roxbury (for & in consideration of two oxen sould & delivered to them) did grant unto Tho: Dudley, Governr., six Acres of land in Roxbury, lyeing southwards of the great lotts, the land of Georg Brand on the east, the commons on the west & on the south. Also fyve Acres neare the greate Pond, lately purchased of Samuel Ruggles with fyve Acres he doth covent. sufficiently to fence before the 1 (3) next, both those parcels of laud being the possession of the sd. Wm. And the said Rich: doth grant nfteene Acres purchased of Wm. Parke, with the appurtenances; Provided that if the sd. Wm. & Richard shall pay to the sd. Thomas, his heires, Execs. or Assignes fourty seven shillings six pence lawfull money vppon 7 (2) next & the like some vppon the 7 (8) 1651, & the like summes each 7th day of Apr. & Octob. the severall yeares 1652, 1653, 1654, in good clean dry & merchantable wheat at the now dwelling house of the sd. Tho. Dudley in Roxbury, then this grant to be void, els not. And the sd. Wm. & Rich, do bind themselves in the summe of fourteene pounds that they will not forfeit the mortgage. And the sd. Tho. Dudley doth agree that if the sd. Wm. & Rich: doenow carry plow harrow &c according to an agreement beareing date with these presents that then It shalbe abated out of the above sd paymts. dated 7 (8) 1650 & acknowledged 19 (8) 1650 before Mr. Wm. Hlbbins.The will of Martha “Lion” of Roxbury, widow, is dated March 2. 1694; proved Aug. 10, 1694. Names as executor and principal heir, Ebenezer Cass, sons Joseph and Samuel Cass, daughter Abigail (Cass), daughters Grtggs, Radman and Green and grandson John Cass. (Suf¬folk Co. Probate Records, Vol. 13, pp. 470-471.)
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