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Robert H. LYONS
??Virginia Genevieve DUBROCA??
Please Note:  secondary sources show our subject with a wife, Virginia Genevieve DUBROCA.  However, I find no evidence that they were married or even that they necessarily had an affair, though they were neighbors.  The evidence for there being some connection between them is in the 54 pages of estate papers of Virginia DUBROCA online at FamilySearch.org.  Virginia died surnamed DUBROCA and intestate.  Robert LYONS was appointed Administrator of her estate and guardian of her only heir, the minor child Genevieve Frances DUBROCA.  Clearly, Robert and Virginia were not husband and wife.  This guardianship was transferred to Charles HALL at the close of proceedings in 1908, which seems an odd thing for Robert to have done if he was the child's father.  It is mentioned as an aside in one of the attorney's letters regarding Robert posting his bond as administrator that Robert was "quite a wealthy man."  For her day, and being an umarried woman, Virginia was quite well off, as well.  We do find out that she owned four acres of land with two houses "adjoining Lyons & Swift store lot..."  If you have more information that would clear all this up, input is welcomed because I'm not entirely convinced the son of Robert & Armaminta is the one who shows up in Alabama, which means three Robert's are being mixed up here.

My interest here is LYONs, specifically that this Robert LYONS is for some strange reason being mixed up with a Richard LYONS who was born 14 Jan 1846 in Kent Co., MI.  These are two different men.  As our subject apparently left no living sons, his line will not be represented at the LFA LYON(S) DNA Project, which as project admin is my central concern here, so I'll leave it to others to sort this out.

Husband:  Robert H. LYON / LYONS some say his middle name was Francis
Birth:  22 Jan 1846, MI probably Shiawassee Co., MI
Death:  5 Oct 1918, Mobile, Mobile Co., AL
Occupation:  lumberman
Military Service:  Civil War:  Pvt., Co. H, 10th Rgmt. Michigan Cavalry
Father:  Robert LYONS
Mother:  Araminta Dormer VON WORMER
Friend(?):  Virginia Genevieve DUBROCA
Birth:  1850, Mobile, Mobile Co., AL
Death:  28 Apr 1906, Mobile, Mobile Co., AL
Child:  Genevieve Frances LYONS, b. 1897; d. 1917
Father:  Sylvestre / Sylvester DUBROCA (1814-1859)
Mother:  Marie Eveline ALEXANDRE (1809-1889)

Hard as I tried, I could not find the child in either the 1900 or 1910 censuses.

Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Alabama, Michigan

Sources:

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1850 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Robert H. LYONS (æ 4, b. MI) is living in Caledonia, Shiawassee Co., MI, with his parents (q.v.).  Sylveste DUBRICA (æ 32, b. AL, Mulatto), his wife, Mary (æ 32, b. AL, Mulatto), and their children are living in Mobile, Mobile Co., AL (p. 478B). 

3.  1860 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Robert LZONS (æ 14, b. MI) is living in Caledonia, Shiawassee Co., MI, with his parents (q.v.).  Genevive DUBROCEA (æ 10, b. AL, Mulatto) is living in Mobile, Mobile Co., AL (p. 725B), with her widowed mother, Eveleen DUBROCEA (æ 45, b. AL, Mulatto), plus siblings.

4.  1870 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #8 of 31):  Manistee P.O., City of Manistee (Ward 3), Manistee Co., MI, Roll M593_689, p. 216B, PN 8, Line 30, enumerated 18 Jun 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1870:  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 7 10 11 19
59 59 Lyon Robert 24 M W Works in Saw Mill Michigan / /
One of many workers boarding with the owner of a saw mill.

4b.  1870 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  V. DUBROCA (æ 17, b. AL, Mulatto) is living in Mobile, Mobile Co., AL (p. 56A), with her widowed mother, Mary DUBROCA (æ 56, b. AL), plus siblings, et al.

5.  1880 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find Robert, and I really searched.  Virginia DUBROCA (æ 23, b. AL/AL/AL; Mulatto) is living in Mobile (Ward 2), Mobile Co., AL (p. 291C), with her widowed sister(in-law?).

6.  1890 U.S. Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

7a.  1900 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #6 of 10):  Heltons 10, Baldwin Co., AL, Roll 1, p. 306B, SN 3B, SD 1, ED 8, enumerated 28 Jun 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1900:  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 7 8 9 13 14 15 19 20 22 23 24 27
48 48 Lyons Robert Head W M Jan 1846 54 S Michigan Ireland New York Lumberman 0 Y Y Y H

7b.  1900 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #5 of 10):  Heltons 10, Baldwin Co., AL, Roll 1, p. 306A, SN 3A, SD 1, ED 8, enumerated 27 Jun 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):-
1900:  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 7 8 9 13 14 15 19 20 22 23 24 25 26 27
42 42 Dubroca Virginia Head B F Sep 1858 41 M AL AL AL Boarding House Keeper 0 Y Y Y O F H
    Cook Gertrude Cousin B F     1877 23 S AL AL AL none   Y Y Y      
Can't find Genevieve.

8.  1910 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #1 of 22):  257 St. Francis [St./Ave.], Mobile City (Ward 2), Mobile Co., AL, Roll T624_27 (Book 1), p. 46A, SN 1A, SD 1, ED 81, enumerated 22 Apr 1910, official enumeration date 15 Apr 1910 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1910:  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 7 8 12 13 14 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 30
* 257 10 11 Lyons Robert Roomer M W 64 D MI MI MI Eng Merchant Lumber OA N 0 Y Y ua
*St. Francis
One of several working men boarding with a family.  Still can't find Genevieve.

9 .  Find-a-Grave: Entries (online at findagrave.com):
Name Robert Lyons, Jr
Birth 1846
Death 1918
Note Private, 10 Michigan Cavalry,
Company H - Civil War
Burial Pine Tree Cemetery
Corunna, Shiawassee County, MI
Inscription LYON
ROBERT JR
1846 1918
Memorial # 36435540
Was Robert really transported back to Michigan from Alabama?

10.  U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865.  Historical Data Systems, Kingston, MA (online at Ancestry.com):
Name Robert Lyons
Residence Caledonia, Michigan
Age at Enlistment 18
Enlistment Date 10 Feb 1864
Rank at enlistment Private
Enlistment Place Caledonia, Michigan
State Served Michigan
Survived the War? Yes
Service Record Enlisted in Company H, Michigan 10th Cavalry Regiment on 10 Feb 1864.  Mustered out on 11 Nov 1865 at Memphis, TN.
Sources Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers 1861-65

11.  A family tree online at MyTrees.com can't access beyond a "hint" because this site charges visitors.  This is the site asserting Robert and Virginia were married and Genvieve was their daughter.  They also assert he is Robert Francis LYONS.

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