The following biography describes the family of Jefferson county pioneer Alanson Lyon, c. 1780-1858
BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY OF PAGE COUNTY, IOWA
Chicago: Lewis & Dunbar, 1890; pps. 718-719
HIRAM A. LYON is descended from an old family of English extraction who were early settlers in Rhode Island. His grandfather, Jabez Lyon, was a mere lad when the Revolutionary war began; he was at one time in the service of General Marion, caring for his horse, which was a very spirited steed and exceedingly intelligent; at one time he leaped a high wall with the boy on his back; and again when he was being ridden for exercise he suddenly stopped and refused to go further, when it was discovered that two British officers had appeared in the distance; the horse immediately became unmanageable, and wheeling went galloping back to camp, leaping fences in his way; there has been no further information in regard to the war record of Jabez Lyon, but it is probable that he became a soldier and fought through the war. It is known that he settled in Jefferson county, New York, on a farm where he lived until death; he was a genial, old-time gentleman. Three children were born to him and his estimable wife: Alanson, Laws and Horace.
Alanson Lyon, the father of Hiram A., was born in Connecticut,* and was reared to the occupation of a farmer. He married Olive Sloan, and seven children were born of this union: Varnum, Russel, Henry, Richard, Hiram A., Rebecca, and Sophia. The father also settled in Jefferson county, New York, where he passed the remainder of his days. He was a practical farmer and a man of excellent habits, industrious, frugal, and of good business qualifications.
Hiram A. Lyon, son of Alanson Lyon, and the subject of this notice, was born in the State of New York in the year 1819. Like his father he was trained in all the details of agriculture; he received an academic education and was engaged in teaching in New York. In 1843 he went to Brockville, Canada, and for four years he followed the profession of a teacher; he taught thirteen terms in Marshall County, Indiana, and made a record in his career as a teacher of which he may well be proud. No vocation commands a wider influence than that of a teacher and the large number of youth educated by Mr. Lyon forms a roll of honor unequalled by any other effort of his useful and busy life.
On September 16, 1845, he was united in marriage at Morristown, New Jersey, to Rebecca L. Seeley, of Brockville, Canada. Five children were born of this union: Cassius M., Charles E., Hiram W., Oren S., and Adlina A. The mother died March 9, 1856, in Marshall County, Indiana, and Mr. Lyon afterward married Susanna Ingle, a daughter of Mathias and Catherine (Burns) Ingle. They had two children born to them: Mary E., and Dora B., who died at the age of five years.
Mr. Lyon purchased a farm in Marshall County, Indiana, where he lived many years, and then removed to Page County, Iowa, and located on his present farm, which is nicely situated and well improved. In Indiana he held the office of township trustee and assessor. He has always taken an active interest in educational matters and has served as school director several terms. He has also filled the office of Justice of the Peace, discharging his duties with marked ability and to the satisfaction of the public. He is a man of dedicated character, of deep integrity, and has always lived a temperate and moral life; he has brought up his children to respect the same principles and to live according to them, thus winning the highest esteem of all who know him.
*Most other sources suggest this family came from Massachusetts
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Varnum Lyon and Marie Taylor
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Hiram A. Lyon and Rebecca L. Seeley
Richard Lyon and Caroline Fuller