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William S. LYON
Magdalene CORBIN
Husband:  William S. LYON(S)
Birth:  17 Feb 1752, Culpeper Co., VA
Death:  15 Apr 1847, Lawrence Co., KY
Occupation:  farmer
Military Service:  Revolutionary War
Father:  Alexander LYON I
Mother:  Elizabeth __?__
Marriage: 
Wife:  Magdalene / Madegella / Magdella / Magdaline "Magdely" CORBIN
Birth:  8 Nov 1752, Stafford Co., VA
Death:  1830-40, Lawrence Co., KY
Occupation:  homemaker
Other Spouse said to be:  m1. Mr. BROWN
Father:  John CORBIN IV
Mother:  Frances FANT

If her birth year is correct, her alleged first marriage must have been early and brief because she was, at most, 19 years of age when she married our subject.

Children:
born in Culpeper Co., VA:
  1.  John LYON, b. 10 Feb 1774
  2.  James LYON, b. 8 Jul 1775
  3.  William Fant LYON, b. 1777
  4.  Sarah LYON, b. 1781
  5.  Frances LYON, b. 1782; blind
  6.  Mary "Polly" LYON, b. 12 Sep 1783

born in Wilkes Co., NC:
  7.  Alexander LYON, b. 1785
  8.  Jesse LYON, b. 12 Apr 1789
  9.  Lewis LYON, b. 1793
10.  William Valentine LYON, b. 21 May 1799

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Timeline
Year Location Event
1752 VA: Culpeper Co. birth of William S. LYON
1752 VA: Stafford Co. birth of Magdalene CORBIN
by 1773   marriage of William S. LYON & Magdalene CORBIN
1774   birth of son, John
1775   birth of son, James
1777   birth of son, William Fant
1781 VA: Culpeper Co. birth of daughter, Sarah
1782 VA: Culpeper Co. birth of daughter, Frances
1783 VA: Culpeper Co. birth of son, Alexander
1783 Tax List VA: Culpeper Co. William LYON
1787 State Census NC: Wilkes Co: Johnson's Dist. William LOYON, head-of-household
1789 NC: Wilkes Co. birth of son, Jesse
1790 Census NC: Wilkes Co. Wm. LYON, head-of-household
1797 NC: Wilkes Co. birth of son, Lewis
1800 Census NC: Wilkes Co. William LYON, head-of-household
1810 Census NC: Wilkes Co. William LYON, head-of-household
1815 NC: Wilkes Co. marriage of son, Jesse, to Anna Frances HOLBROOK
1819 NC: Wilkes Co. marriage of son, William Fant, to Sarah HOLBROOK 
1820 Census KY: Floyd [now Lawrence ] Co. William LYON, head-of-household
1822 KY: Lawrence 2nd marriage of son, John, to Nancy LARGE
1830 Census KY: Lawrence Wm. LYONS Sr., head-of-household
    apparent death of Magdalene (CORBIN) LYON
1840 Census KY: Lawrence Wm. LYONS, Rev. War Pensioner, living w/son, Jesse
1847   death of William S. LYON

Sources:

1.  Jordan R. Dodd, ed.  1993.  Marriage Index: KY, NC, TN, VA, WF, 1728-1850.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-229):  not found.

2.  Mrs. Garland C. Norris, compiler.  nd. Property Tax List of Culpeper County, Virginia, 1783.  Archives Division, Virginia State Library, Richmond, VA (online in archives of the Culpeper County, Virginia, USGenWeb site):  "List of William McClanahan, Gent."
Line Name
 71 Thomas Grimsley...
 88 William Harris...
112 William Lyon...
115 Alexander Lyon, son Jacob...

3.  Alvaretta K. Register.  2001.  State Census of North Carolina, 1784-1787.  Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore MD (online at Ancestry.com):
Page in Book 177 178
County  Wilkes
District A List of the number of Souls in Capt. Johnson's Dist. July 7th, 1787. Returned by Ams. Hammon.
Page / Line in Census 1 / 13 1 / 14 1 / 16 3 / 39 3 / 40
Head-of-Household William Harris Jacob Lyon William Loyon Thomas Grimsley Elexander Lyon
WM 21-60 yrs 1 1 1 1 1
WM under 21 or over 60 1 . 4 1 1
WF all ages 7 2 4 2 2
Blacks 12-50 . . . . .
Blacks under 12 or over 60 . . . . .
William's complement of children jibes exactly (i.e., four boys, three girls) with the list given by CORBIN (2009:23-24).

4.  1790 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #4 of 14; official enumeration date 2 Aug 1790; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1790 NC Wilkes Co. Roll M637_7 p. 155 Ln. 14R Wm Lyon 1-4-4-0
These data indicate:
Gender and Type Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 free white males 16 or over in or bef. 1774 = William (b. 1752)
4 free white males 15 or under 1774-1790 = James (b. 1775) or John (b. 1774)
= William (b. 1777)
= Alexander (b. 1785)
= Jesse (b. 1789)
4 free white females all ages in or bef. 1790 = Magdalene (b. 1752)
= Sarah (b. 1781)
= Frances (b. 1782)
= Mary (b. 1783)

5.  1800 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #30 of 49; official enumeration date 4 Aug 1800; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1800 NC Wilkes Co. Morgan Roll M32_33 p. 51 Ln. 21 William Lyon 31201-12001-00
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
3 males 9 or under 1790-1800 = Lewis (b. 1793)
= Son (b. ca. 1791)
= Jesse (b. 1789)
1 male 10-15 1784-1790 = Alexander (b. 1785)
2 males 16-25 1774-1784 = William (b. 1777)
= James (b. 1775) or John (b. 1774) 
1 male 45 or over in or bef. 1755 = William (b. 1752)
1 female 9 or under 1790-1800 = Daughter
2 females 10-15 1784-1790 =
1 female 45 or over in or bef. 1755 = Magdalene (b. 1752)
Listed one line below Jacob LYON.

6.  1810 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #4 of 56 indexed "Lyan"; official enumeration date 6 Aug 1810; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1810 NC Wilkes Co. Wilkesborough Roll 43 p. 851 Ln. 5 William Lyon 01301-00201-01
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 10-15 1794-1800 = Lewis (b. 1793)
3 males 16-25 1784-1794 = Son (b. ca. 1791)
= Jesse (b. 1789)
= Alexander (b. 1785)
1 male 45 or over by 1765 = William (b. 1752)
2 females 16-25 1784-1794
1 female 45 or over by 1765 = Magdelene (b. 1752)
1 slave all ages by 1810 = ?

7.  1820 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find.

8.  1830 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #31-32 of 44; official enumeration date 1 Jun 1830; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1830 KY Lawrence Co. Roll M19_38 p. 288 Ln. 5 Wm Lyons Sr 000 000 000 100 - 000 001 000 100 no slaves
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 70-79 1750-1760 = William (b. 1752)
1 female 30-39 1790-1800 = ? 
1 female 70-79 1750-1760 = Magdalene (b. 1752)
Listed between John LYONS and Jesse LYONS.

9a.  1840 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #37-38 of 50; official enumeration began 1 Jun 1840; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1840 KY Lawrence Co. Roll 117 pp. 39B-40A Ln. 16 Jesse Lyons 210 000 010 010 - 011 110 110 no slaves 0200000
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 males 4 or under 1835-1840 = Colba (b. 1837)
= Corbin (b. ca. 1835)
1 male 5-9 1830-1835 = Ransom (b. ca. 1831)
1 male 50-59 1780-1790 = Jesse LYON (b. 1789)
1 male 80-89 1750-1760 = William S. LYON (b. 1752)
1 female 5-9 1830-1835 = Daughter (b. 1833)
1 female 10-14 1825-1830 = Miranda (b. 1827) 
1 female 15-19 1820-1825 = Mary (b. 1821) or Sarah (b. 1823)
1 female 20-29 1810-1820 = Lucinda (b. 1819) or Rena (b. 1817)
1 female 40-49 1790-1800 = Anna (b. 1793)
1 female 50-59 1780-1790 = ?
2 persons employed in agriculture
It appears our subject is a widower living with his married son, Jesse.  Or is Magdalene estranged from William and living somewhere else?

9b.  1840 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #50 of 50; official enumeration began 1 Jun 1840; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤-
1840 KY Lawrence Co. Roll 117 p. 46A Ln. 7 Rev War Pensioner: Wm Lyons æ 88
Here on the last lines of the listing are the Revolutionary War Pensioners all together.

10.  Find-a-Grave: Entries (online at findagrave.com):
Name William S Lyon Magedelene Corbin Lyon
Birth Feb. 17, 1752
Culpeper Co., VA
Nov. 8, 1752
Wilkes Co., NC
Death Apr. 18, 1847
Blaine,
Lawrence Co., KY
1847
Lawrence Co., KY
Note "William Lyon was not born in North Carolina, as the headstone reads. He joined the Revolutionary Army on 29 Mar 1781 at Wilkes County, NC. He mustered out on 04 Jul 1783, also at Wilkes County. He married and had his 3 eldest children in Culpeper County, Virginia." "Previously married to Mr. Brown. Tombstone reads Magdilla Brown Lyon."
Burial Doctor Rice Cemetery
Martha, Lawrence County, Kentucky
Inscription WM. LYON
BORN IN N.C.
DIED IN KY.
A volunteer of the 
revolution.
MAGDILLA
BROWN
LYON
Spouse Magedelene Corbin Lyon 1752-1847) William S Lyon (1752-1847)
Memorial # 60434833 60434917
The two stones do look like a pair, though they're in separate photos, so you can't tell how near they are to one another in the cemetery.  There are no dates on the stones, so be aware they must have been supplied by the submitter from some other sources.  Were the stones placed at the time or added later by family genealogists?  I'm especially suspicious of "Magedelene's" entry because there's evidence that William's wife may have died between 1830 and 1846, and William's wife was very young to have had a prior husbend.  Unless the stone is adjacent to William's, I would assume this was the marker for another woman, one whose maiden name was BROWN.  It's extremely rare as in never seen it happen that a woman's prior husband's surname is included on her tombstone.  Please see this page for a discussion of the reliability of death certificates and tombstones.

11.  Kenneth Corbin.  2009.  The Leaves of the Corbin Tree.  Vol. 1 of 2.  Self-published, Louisville, KY:
The author did not routinely put surnames in all-caps, so I have converted them to make for easier scanning for names.  Also, the text was obviously computer-generated from a genealogy database, so it's needlessly verbose.  For the sake of of brevity, I've extracted the facts and re-worded the text.
p. 23 83.  Magdely CORBIN, b. 8 Nov 1752, Stafford Co., VA; m. William S. LYON, s/o Alexander LYON and Elizabeth, at Lawrence Co., KY; d. 1847, at Martha, Lawrence Co., KY; bur. Rice Farm Cemetery, Martha, Lawrence Co., KY...

William S. LYON, b. 17 Feb 1752, Culpeper Co., VA; d. 15 Apr 1847, Martha, Lawrence Co., KY, age 95; bur. aft. 15 Apr 1847, Rice Farm Cemetery, Martha, Lawrence Co., KY; served Revolutionary War 1775-81.

Known children:
  283.   i.   John LYON, b. 10 Feb 1774, Culpeper Co., VA; m. 1805, Mary HOLBROOK, b. 1755, d/o William HOLBROOK and Agnes COLLIER; d. 11 Sep 1862, Lawrence Co., KY (æ 88).
  284.   ii.   James LYON, b. 8 Jul 1775, Culpeper Co., VA; m. Melinda SARTER; m. 8 Jun 1822, Lawrence Co., KY, Nancy LARGE; d. 17 Jul 1864, Martha, Lawrence Co.,
...

Transcriber's comment.  This is a very strange migration pattern:  from Stafford/Culpeper Cos., VA, to Lawrence Co., KY, back to Culpeper Co., VA, to Wilkes Co., NC, then again to Lawrence Co., KY.  I don't believe for a minute they were married in Kentucky.
p. 24
          KY (æ 89); bur. Rice Cemetery, Martha, Lawrence Co., KY.
  285.   iii.   William Fant LYON, b. ca. 1777, Culpeper Co., VA; m1. 2 Aug 1819, Wilkes Co., NC, Sally HOLBROOK; m2. 1828, Morgan Co., KY, Sarah GRISDALE; d. 1858, Randolph Co., MO...
  286.   iv.   Sarah LYON, b. 1781, Wilkes Co., NC; m. 1805, Levi SPARKS; d. 21 Oct 1855, Lawrence Co., KY.
  287.   v.   Frances LYON, b. 1782, Wilkes Co., NC; blind.
  288.   vi.   Mary "Polly" LYON, b. 12 Sep 1873, Wilkes Co., NC; d. 21 Sep 1864, Lawrence Co., KY (æ 81); bur. Holbrook Family Cemetery, Martha, Lawrence Co., KY; m. 2 Jan 1812, NC, John HOLBROOK, b. 10 Feb 1786, Traphill, Wilkes Co., NC, s/o William HOLBROOK & Agnes COLLIER; d. 11 Sep 1862, Martha, Lawrence Co., KY (æ 76).
  289   vii.   Alexander LYON, b. 1785, Wilkes Co., NC; d. 8 May 1879, Traphill, Wilkes Co., NC; bur. Roaring River, Wilkes Co., NC; m. Sarah SPARKES, b. 1792, d/o John SPARKS & Sarah SHORES; m. Elizabeth BLACKBURN.
  290   viii.   Jesse LYON, b. 12 Apr 1789, Wilkes Co., NC; d. 2 Apr 1879 (æ 89); m. 17 Jul 1815, Wilkes Co., NC, Anna Frances HOLBROOK, b. 1793, Traphill, Wilkes Co., NC, d/o William HOLBROOK & Agnes COLLIER.
  291   ix.   Lewis LYON, b. 1793, Wilkes Co., NC; d. 19 Sep 1851, Little Fork, Elliott Co., KY; bur. Little Fork Cemetery, Little Fork, Elliott Co., KY; m. 16 Sep 1823, Lawrence Co., KY, Lena GRIZZLE.
...

12.  Lyon(s) Families Association of America: Database (on CD as of 22 Feb 2010; these are member submissions).

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