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Sgt. John LYONS
Rachel C. __?__
Husband:  John LYONS
Birth:  23 Oct 1818, IRL
Death:  23 Dec 1881, presumably in Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PA
Disposition:  buried Allegheny Cemetery, 47th & Butler Sts., Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PA
Occupation:  soldier
Military Service:  Civil War:  Sgt., U.S. Army Ordinance Dept.
Parents:  born in IRL
Marriage:
Wife:  Rachel C. __?__
Birth:  1811/2 or 1814/5, IRL
Occupation:  homemaker
Parents:  born in IRL
Adopted? Child:
1.  John P. S. LYONS, b. May 1849, DEU

In two different censuses, John indicates he immigrated in 1851, yet I can't find him in the 1860 or 1870 censuses.
Of course, then there's the issue of his and his parents' birthplace, in Germany.  He has to be adopted.

Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; Ireland; FRG, Germany, Deutschland; USA, US, United States, Pennsylvania

Sources:

1.  Marriage Record:

2a.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #36 of 82):  Laurenceville [Lawrenceville] P.O., Borough of Laurenceville [Lawrenceville], Allegheny Co., PA, Roll M653_1061, p. 36, PN 36, 250/250, enumerated 20 Jul 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
John Lyons 42 M   U.S. Arsenal Enlisted Men Soldier Ireland
One of dozens of men at the Arsenal.

2b.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find Rachel or John P.S.

3a.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #127 of 130 indexed as born in "Nebraska"):  U.S. Allegheny Arsenal, Pittsburg P.O., Pittsburg (Ward 17), Allegheny Co., PA, Roll M593_1298, p. 104A, PN 127, 878/980, enumerated 14 Jul 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Lyons John 52 M W US Soldier     Ireland
      Rachel 58 F W Soldiers Wife     "
Two of many soldiers, wives, and others living in what appears to be some kind of military base.

3b.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find John P.S.

4a.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #26 of 27):  Allegheny Arsenal, Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PA, Roll 1093 (Book 1), p. 172B, PN 26, SD 9, ED 133, enumerated 9 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 10 13 24 25 26
233 261 Lyons John W M 62 / U.S. Soldier Ireland Ireland Ireland
One of two dozen or so soldiers at the installation.  Listed four households from his wife, Rachel (see next source).

4b.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #26 of 27):  Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PA, Roll 1093 (Book 1), p. 172B, PN 26, SD 9, ED 133, enumerated 9 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 13 24 25 26
237 265 Lyons Rachel C W F 65     / Keeping House Ireland Ireland Ireland
      "   John P S W M 31 Son /   Laborer Germany Germany Germany
This record doesn't make sense.  John has to be adopted.

5.  Pennsylvania Veterans Burial Cards, 1777-1999 (online at Ancestry.com):
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Deaprtment of Military Affairs
RECORD OF
BURIAL PLACE OF VETERAN
Allegheny County
NAME
Lyons, John
DATE OF BIRTH
10/23/1818
DATE OF DEATH
12/23/1881
VETERAN OF
Civil War
SERVED IN
Army
DATES OF SERVICE ORGANIZATION(S)
Ordinance Dept.
RANK
Sgt.
CEMETERY
OR
PLACE OF INTERMENT
NAME
Allegheny
LOCATION
47th & Butler Sts., Pgh., Pa.
LOCATION OF GRAVE IN CEMETERY
SECTION 33 RANGE  
LOT No. 65 GRAVE No. 217
HEADSTONE
X
INFORMATION GIVEN BY County Comm.
DATE  1/31/35
REMARKS
After being Recorded in the County Veterans' Grave Registration Record, This card is to be sent
to THE ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for final Record.

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