Lyons Ancestors

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Generation No. 1

CHARLES LYONS was born in England. He married MARY GALBRAITH. She was born in England.

Notes on CHARLES LYONS
I'm reasonably sure that Charles Lyons and Mary Galbraith had more than one child but I've only got information on one, Benjamin Lyons, my great-great-grandfather.

Child of CHARLES LYONS and MARY GALBRAITH is:

  1. BENJAMIN LYONS, b. August 15, 1834, Sussex, England; d. November 12, 1919, Belvidere, Boone County, Illinois

Generation No. 2

BENJAMIN LYONS (CHARLES LYONS1) was born August 15, 1834 in Sussex, England, and died November 12, 1919 in Belvidere, Boone County, Illinois. He married SARAH MARIA WOODRUFF, July 4, 1867 in Winnebago, Winnebago County, Illinois, daughter of JESSE WOODRUFF and EMILY BUCK. She was born March 1, 1846 in Schuyler County, New York and died December 14, 1935 in Belvidere, Boone County, Illinois.

Notes for BENJAMIN LYONS
Came to this country from England in 1852. BENJAMIN was living in Sycamore, DeKalb County, Illinois when he joined for service in Co. F, 65 Regiment, Illinois Infantry. He was mustered in May 1, 1862 in DeKalb County, Illinois but I don't think he saw much action as he was sick a great deal and spent a lot of time in field hospitals. He was mustered out May 17, 1865. (I think, perhaps, that it was a good thing Benjamin was sick and didn't see a lot of action in the Civil War or else I may not be here to write about him!) Benjamin died of diabetes on November 12, 1919.

A photo of Benjamin Lyons and family

Children of BENJAMIN LYONS and SARAH MARIA WOODRUFF are:

  1. CHARLES BENJAMIN LYONS, b. April, 1870, Riley, McHenry County, Illinois; m. PHIDELIA L. KOONS
  2. LAURA LYONS, b. 1872, McHenry County, Illinois
  3. STEPHEN W. LYONS, b. August, 1873, Richland, Richland County, Wisconsin; d. between 1900-1910
  4. MYRTLE EMILY LYONS, b. July 7, 1875 Richland, Richland County, Wisconsin; d. December 20, 1963; m. ANDREW BARNEY LANNING
  5. RENA LYONS, b. 1877, Richland, Richland County, Wisconsin
  6. FRANK WESLEY LYONS, b. August 23, 1880, Richland, Richland County, Wisconsin; d. May, 1963, Belvidere, Boone County, Illinois
  7. EARL THERON LYONS, b. April 3, 1883, Richland, Richland County, Wisconsin; d. April 15, 1964, Indiana
  8. UNKNOWN
  9. UNKNOWN

Generation 3

EARL THERON LYONS (BENJAMIN LYONS2) was born April 3, 1883 in Wisconsin, died April 15, 1964 in South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana and is buried in Southlawn Cemetery in South Bend. He married (1) CARRIE MAE LERCH in 1904, daughter of JOHN LERCH and ELIZABETH. She was born March 23, 1883 and died August 22, 1943 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. He married (2) MILDRED BELLE McMAHON, July 27, 1912 in LaPorte County, Indiana, daughter of GEORGE McMAHON and IDA. She was born May, 1894 in LaPorte County, Indiana.

Children of EARL T. LYONS and CARRIE MAE LERCH are:

  1. IRENE LYONS, b. June 27, 1905; d. April 1979; m. IRVING LANNING
  2. FRANCES LUCILLE LYONS, b. November 6, 1906, Belvidere, Boone County, Illinois; d. November 26, 1994, Warren, Macomb County, Michigan

Children of EARL T. LYONS and MILDRED BELLE McMAHON are:

  1. MARVEL M. LYONS, b. 1914, Wisconsin
  2. IDA E. LYONS, b. 1915, Wisconsin; d. before 2006
  3. EARL T. LYONS, b. February 21, 1919, Boone County, Illinois; d. November 20, 1988, Indiana
  4. NELLIE B. LYONS, b. 1920, Belvidere, Boone County, Illinois; d. before 1930
  5. MILDRED B. LYONS, b. 1922, Illinois, Boone County, Illinois; d. before 1930
  6. JOSEPH I. LYONS, b. August 24, 1926, Indiana; d. June 1983, St. Joseph County, Indiana
  7. BETTY L. LYONS, b. April 22, 1929, Clay, St. Joseph County, Indiana; d. January 10, 2006, South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana; m. JOHN J. CONARD
  8. RICHARD LYONS, b. 1930 or later

MYRTLE EMILY LYONS (BENJAMIN LYONS2) was born July 7, 1875 and died December 20, 1963 in Boone County, Illinois. She married ANDREW BARNEY LANNING in 1890 in Belvidere, Boone County, Illinois. He was born September 27, 1875 in Spring, Boone County, Illinois and died September 22, 1939 in Beloit, Rock County, Wisconsin.

Notes for MYRTLE EMILY LYONS
On the 1910 census, it's recorded that MYRTLE is the mother of 9 children, of which 7 are still living. Apparently, cemetery records for MYRTLE state that one of her sons was named GEORGE but I can't find a son named GEORGE on any census record (I haven't located the family on the 1900 census). I believe GEORGE died before 1910. I don't know the name of the other child who died before that year.

Children of ANDREW BARNEY LANNING and MYRTLE EMILY LYONS are:

  1. GEORGE LANNING, b. bet. 1890 - 1910; d. bet. 1890 - 1910
  2. UNKNOWN LANNING, b. bet. 1890 - 1910; d. bet. 1890 - 1910
  3. JESSE L. LANNING, b. 1893, Rock County, Wisconsin
  4. IVAN B. LANNING, b. July 16, 1897, Rock County, Wisconsin; d. November 1968, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio; m. EFFIE HETTRICK
  5. CLIFFORD A. LANNING, b. July 13, 1899, Boone County, Illinois; d. January 1967, Beloit, Rock County, Wisconsin; m. PHYLLIS BONNELL
  6. MILDRED R. LANNING, b. 1902; d. between 1910-1920
  7. ZINA MYRTLE LANNING, b. 1905, Boone County, Illinois
  8. JULIA E. LANNING, b. 1907, Boone County, Illinois
  9. CHARLES W. LANNING, b. June, 1909, Boone County, Illinois
  10. IRVING LANNING, b. July 5, 1910, Boone County, Illinois; April 1980, Beloit, Rock County, Wisconsin
  11. LAURA LANNING, b. 1916, Boone County, Illinois
  12. JOHN L. LANNING, b. September 19, 1917, Belvidere, Boone County, Illinois; d. December 21, 1944, POW Camp, Philippines
  13. GLADYS LOUISE LANNING, b. November 24, 1920, Belvidere, Boone County, Illinois; d. October 8, 1993, Harvard, McHenry County, Illinois; m. ROBERT LAVERNE BRICK, SR., March 16, 1946, Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois

CHARLES BENJAMIN LYONS (BENJAMIN LYONS2) was born April, 1870 in Riley, McHenry County, Illinois and died after 1930. He married PHILDELIA L. KOONS, March 22, 1893, in McHenry County, Illinois. She was born January, 1875 in Illinois and died after 1930.

Children of CHARLES B. LYONS and PHILDELIA L. KOONS are:

  1. WILLIAM B. LYONS, b. October, 1892, Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois
  2. IDA J. LYONS, b. September, 1895, Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois

FRANK WESLEY LYONS (BENJAMIN LYONS2) was born August 23, 1880 in Richland, Richland County, Wisconsin and died May, 1963, in Belvidere, Boone County, Illinois. He married LIZZIE HARRIS about 1906, daughter of SALLIE E. HARRIS. She was born about 1879 in Missouri and died unknown.

Notes for FRANK WESLEY LYONS
FRANK and LIZZIE were divorced between 1912 - 1920. LIZZIE and her two daughters were living with her mother in 1920 in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri. FRANK had moved back home and was living with his mother, SARAH LYONS, in Belvidere, Boone County, Illinois in 1920.

Children of FRANK WESLEY LYONS and LIZZIE HARRIS are:

  1. SALLIE LOUISA LYONS, b. 1907, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri
  2. IMOGENE LYONS, b. 1912, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri

Generation 4

FRANCES LUCILLE LYONS (EARL T. LYONS3) was born November 6, 1906 in Belvidere, Boone County, Illinois and died November 26, 1994 in Warren, Macomb County, Michigan. She married HUGH ELMO RHEAD, March 5, 1927 in Belvidere, Boone County, Illinois, son of JOHN RHEAD and ALICE WILLIAMS. He was born November 4, 1901 in Garden Valley, Jackson County, Wisconsin and died March 26, 1980 in Black River Falls, Jackson County, Wisconsin.

A photo of Hugh & Frances Rhead's 50 anniversary

Children of FRANCES LUCILLE LYONS and HUGH ELMO RHEAD are:

  1. DAVID HUGH RHEAD m. ANNA BELLE BURTON
  2. BEVERLY JEAN RHEAD m. DALE MICHAEL
  3. JAMES ALLEN RHEAD m. RITA ANN NOVAK

IRENE LYONS (EARL T. LYONS3) was born June 27, 1905 and died April, 1979 in Beloit, Rock County, Wisconsin. She married IRVING V. LANNING in 1923 in Boone County, Illinois. He was born February 3, 1900 in Spring, Boone County, Illinois and died December, 1975 in Beloit, Rock County, Wisconsin.

Child of IRENE LYONS and IRVING V. LANNING is:

  1. EUGENE ALBERT LANNING, b. October 11, 1923, Belvidere, Boone County, Illinois; d. March 3, 2000, Beloit, Rock County, Wisconsin; m. GERNELDA MAE
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