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History and a few events of the Four Lyon Brothers by M. E. Lyon
Many years ago, so the story goes, two brothers came from England and settled in Rhode Island. From a descendant of one of these brothers, Underhill Lyon of Byron Shore, CT, came the Lyons of this vicinity. Not much is known of them however till the time of Israel and Moses Lyon of Bedford, NY.
Moses Lyon was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. He was taken prisoner, it is said, and confined in a sugar house in New York City all of one winter where he suffered so intensely that he declared that while he might be killed in battle, taken prisoner NEVER. He lived for a time in Kortright, NY where he was burned out. He often visited his relatives in Bainbridge but it is believed that he spent his last days in Kortight. Eli Lyon of Bainbridge is the only living descendant of Moses Lyon now known.
Israel, a brother of Moses Lyon, was the father of william, Samuel, Daniel, Charles, Clara, Betsey, Caleb, Abijah, Jared and Alvah. The youngest son Alvah remained with his father on the old homestead in Bedford. He left three daughters. Jared settled in Illinois. Abijah lived for a time in New York City but after the death of his wife he with a large family of children moved to Illinois. Betsey married a man by the name of Miller and settled in western part of New York. Clara married Harry Seeley and lived for a number of years on what is now known as the Dr. Evans place one and one-half miles west of Bainbridge on the old State road. Later they moved to a farm one and one-half miles above Bainbridge on the west side of the river Susquehanna. After the death of her husband, she with several of her children, went west where her brothers, Abijah and Jared lived. Caleb was blind and spent the greater part of his life in New York City. He left two sons.
In 1803 Israel Lyon came to Bainbridge, then Jericho, to find homes for three of his sons; William, Samuel and Daniel. A farm situated on the hill east of Kelsey Creek and about three miles from Jericho village was purchased. Here William made his home. There were two houses on this place. Samuel located on fifty acres south of that on which William lived. Both of these brothers were married before comin to Jericho. Daniel settled on fifty-seven acres near the creek, and when Charles came in 1905 he also settled near the creek. The four farms now contained about two hundred and sixty acres of land. Charles lived for some time with Samuel working one day each week to pay for his board.
Samuel and Daniel were carpenters by trade and the Briggs Lyon barn as well as the other buildings now standing, speak of their good work. More land was secured. Samuel buying eighty acres near the creek and Daniel getting land of the government on half mile south of his first home. While William and Charles added on to what they already had.
When Israel Lyon died three men were chosen to settle the estate, the heirs binding themselves to abide by the decision of the three. The old home in Bedford was sold. William was given a good title to the one hundred and twenty-five acres on which he lived, which had been denied him up to this time. Charles received one hundred acres of land west of Kelsey Creek that had been obtained in exchange for a horse. Daniel and Samuel received money for their portion. The four brothers now held in their possession something over six hundred acres of land.
The old home in Bedford was not forgotten, there was the peach orchard, the lot before the door, of the tilled land, the ox pasture through which a stream ran, and this lot was bounded on two sides by woodland, then there was the hill pasture. Much to was said of old Tough, a horse that was a general favorite, he was great in a race though he was never entered as a race horse. One morning he was fed four times by different members of the family, each feeling that he deserved something a little extra.
Of the mother, it is related that, once when a team with a heavy load was driven off the creek bridge and the driver lay under a wheel of the overturned vehicle, instead of waiting to get men to help as was suggested by other women, she demanded that they take hold and help her lift the wheel and take the injured man out. We do not know that she ever came to Bainbridge but it seems almost certain that the same brave spirit and great physical strength, that she showed were exhibited by her descendants in this their new locality.