1. A.B. Lyon, G.W.A. Lyon, & Eugene F. McPike. 1905.
Memorial. Vol. I. Press of Wm. Graham Printing Co., Detroit,
MI (page images online at Ancestry.com):
[The family history compiled by A.B. Lyons, M.D., of Detroit, Mich.]
In the list of passengers that embarked for America in the Hopewell
September 11, 1635, we find the name of William Lyon, age "fourteen
yeres." "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 Religion
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,
and John (compare names of the three brothers who came to Fairfield
Co., Conn.). 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
†"Isack" Heath, "harmsmaker" (armorer) with family were fellow
passengers with William Lyon, his name immediately following theirs in
the passenger list. He was freeman 1636; member of John Eliot's church,
ruling elder, town officer and deputy; buried Roxbury, Jan. 23, 1661.
||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,
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 Ljon].
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 Honorable
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 Cass,† received a grant of land
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.
§The Nazing colony in Roxbury Included the 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, Nov. 16,
1644, was eldest son of Thomas (4) Ruggles [Thomas (3), Nicholas (2), Thomas
(1) of Sudbury, co. Suffolk]. He was descended from William de Ruggele
of Staffordshire, time of King Edward I. John Ruggles' will, dated
Nov. 9, 1644, makes bequest to daughter Sarah.
†Ebenezer Cass, one of the ten children of John and Martha Cass,
in 1686 went to "New Rocksbury, Mass." (really in Connecticut) and, being
a minor, was made joint grantee with "a person of age, one Lyon" (N.
Eng. Gen. and Hist. Reg., 1902). Ebenezer Cass married, March
13, 1689, Patience Draper, born Aug. 17, 1668, daughter of James and Miriam
(Stansfield) Draper of Roxbury.
||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 liberty's."
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 valueable 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 pajd, 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 Willjam ljon & a seale.
Sarah Lyon & a seale.
Deed dated Sept. 1, 1661: In Consideration of a valueable Price
to us in hand payed, we, William Lyon, John Mayes, Junr & John Bridge
& John Watson Junr deed to william Gary fiveteen Achors of land in
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
Phillip 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 Roxberry; 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 land being the possession of the sd. Wm. And the said
Rich: doth grant fifteene 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. Hibbins.
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 followeth: 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 heires and William
Lion and his 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 Tenn 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 Western 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 naturall 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 moveables 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
The last Will of William Lion. Witness my hand and Seale
||and a Seale.
In presence us Jabez Tolman, John Grigs, Francis Youngman.
Probated Oct. 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 Griggs,
Radman and Green and grandson John Cass. (Suffolk Co. Probate Records,
Vol. 13, pp. 470-471.)
Children of William and Sarah (Ruggles) Lyon, born in Roxbury, Mass.:
*2. I. John, bapt. April 10, 1647; d. Roxbury, Jan. 15, 1702-3 ae.
55 y. (G.R.).
*3. II. Thomas, bapt. Aug. 8, 1648; d. Roxbury, 1734.
*4. III. Samuel, bapt. June 10, 1650; d. April 7, 1713 (Roxbury
||*5. IV. William, bapt. July 12, 1652; d. Roxbury,
Aug. 10, 1714, ae. about 62 y. (G.R.).
*6. V. Joseph, bapt. Nov. 30, 1654; d. Woodstock, Conn., June 7,
7. VI. Sarah, b. Jan. 8, 1657 (?); bapt. March 8, 1657.
8. VII. Jonathan, b. Sept. 5, 1666 (T.R.); bapt. Sept. 9,
1666; d. Jan. 5, 1668 (T.R.).
9. VIII (?). Jonathan, b. 1668; d. May 30, 1668 (Pope); buried
June 5, 1668 (T.R.).
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