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Thomas Hampton LYONS
Ruth Alvina BENTLEY
Husband:  Thomas Hampton LYONS
Birth:  6 Jun 1827, Lewis Co., KY
Death:  8 Jan 1887, Vernon Co., MO
Disposition:  buried Riverside Cemetery, Champaign Co., IL
Occupation:  gold miner, farmer
Father:  William D. LYONS
Mother:  Sarah E. HAMPTON
Marriage:  5 Dec 1861, Champaign Co., IL
Wife:  Ruth Alvina BENTLY / BENTLEY
Birth:  2 Jun 1836, Troy Twp., Geauga Co., OH
Death:  2 Jun 1914, Rich Hill, Bates Co., MO
Disposition:  buried 4 Jun 1914, Riverside Cemetery, Mahomet, Champaign Co., IL
Other Spouse:  m1. 20 Apr 1852, Geauga Co., OH, Leander D. BULFINCH
Other Spouse:  m3. 2 Mar 1891, Bates Co., MO, J.C. VAUGHN
Other Spouse:  m4. 25 Oct 1893 in Vernon Co., MO, John T. ROLLINS
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  Nelson BENTLEY (1808-1891)
Mother:  Abigail "Nabby" BURROUGHS (1812-1868)
1.  Nelson W. BULFINCH - LYONS, b. 2 Apr 1854, McLean Co., IL
2.  Pheby / Phoebe BULFINCH - LYONS, b. 1855/6
Children born in Middletown, Champaign Co., IL:
1.  Luther Ellis LYONS, b. 14 Nov 1863; d. 3 May 1935, Kansas City, Jackson Co., MO; m. Bertha Jane FRAKES (1867-1945) 

2.  Myra / Mary / Marie LYONS, b. 14 Sep 1866; d. 11 Dec 1927, Osage Twp., Vernon Co., MO; m1. Charles D. VANCE (-1887); m2. William A. KITHCART (1864-); m3. Noah Hampton SMITH (1862-1958)

3.  Wallace Irvine LYONS, b. 29 Sep 1868; d. 29 Nov 1949, Burlingame, Osage Co., KS; m. Lillie Pearl WELCH (1875-1964)

Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, New York, Ohio


1.  Jordan R. Dodd, ed.  1998.  Marriage Index:  Illinois, 1851-1900.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-250; online at Ancestry.com):
Lyons, Thomas H. Baldfinch, Ruth Dec 5, 1861 Champaign Co.

2a.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #2 of 4):  Grizzly Flat P.O., Grizzly Flat, El Dorado Co., CA, Roll M653_58, p. 1180, PN 418, 4453/4453, enumerated 17 Sep 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):(¤)
T H Lyons [indexed I.H. Lyons] 35 M   Miner     Ky
A S Spinback [indexed A.I. Spurback] 24 M   do     NY
W W Webb 28 M   do     Mo

2b.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find Ruth or her children.

3.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #30 of 36):  Mahomet P.O., Middletown, Champaign Co., IL, Roll M593_193, p. 176B, PN 30, 246/246, enumerated 9 Jun 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):(¤)
Lyons Thomas 41 M W farmer 6800 2000 Kentucky
  "   Ruth 36 F W Keeping House     Ohio
  "   Nelson 16 M W at Home     Illinois
  "   Pheby 14 F W       "
  "   Luther  6 M W       "
  "   Myra  3 F W       "
  "   Wallis  2 M W       "
Bolton William 20 M W farm laborer     Illinois
Nelson and Phoebe are Ruth's children from her prior marriage.  Listed two households from Thomas's brother, Sam LYONS.

4.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #18 of 29):  "Mahomet (Country)," Champaign Co., IL, Roll 179 (Book 1), p. 177C, PN 19, SD 5, ED 14, enumerated 14 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 21 24 25 26
21 21 Lyons Thomas W M 53 Husband   / Farmer   KY NJ VA
    _____ Ruth W F 43 Wife   / House keeping   OH VA OH
    _____ Luther W M 16 Son /   Farm hand / IL KY OH
    _____ Mary W F 12 Dau /   At School / IL KY OH
    _____ Walace W M  9 Son /   At School / IL KY OH
    Williams Lawrence W M 26 Boarder /   Farm hand   KY    
    Slater Rose W F 18 Servant /   Servant   IL IN IL

5.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

6.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find Ruth.  Luther is married and living in Vernon Co., MO.  Myra KITHCART is living in Rich Hill, MO.  Wallace is married and living in Archleta Co., CO.

7.  1910 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #12 of 27):  Elm Street, Rich Hill Town (Ward 1), Bates Co., MO, Roll T624_768 (Book 2), p. 185B, SN 6B, SD 6, ED 16, enumerated 21 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 9 12 13 14 17 18 23 24 26 27 28
* 150 151 Lyons Ruth A Head F W 73 M M2 OH NY OH Eng Own Income Y Y O F H
*Elm Street

8.  Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1959:  Index and Images (online at the Missouri State Archives web site):
Name: Mrs. Ruth Lyons Luther Ellis Lyons Mrs Marie Ketticutt Smith
Place of Death: Rich Hill, Bates Co., MO Vineyard Park Hospital
Kansas City, Jackson Co., MO
Osage Twp., Vernon Co., MO
(if other than the place of death)
  Fulton, Kansas  
Date of Death | Age: 2 Jun 1914 | 77y 11m 3 May 1935 | 71y 5m 19d 11 Dec 1927 | 61y 2m 27d
Cause of Death: fractured femur stomach cancer gall bladder cancer
Sex | Race | Status: Female | White | Divorced M | W | Married F | W | Married
Spouse:   Bertha Lyons Noah Smith
Date of Birth: 2 Jul 1836 14 Nov 1863 14 Sep 1866
Birthplace: Ashtabula Co., Ohio Illinois Ill
Occupation: Housewife farmer Housewife
Father's Name: Nelson Bentley Thomas H. Lyons Thomas Lyons
Father's Birthplace: Ohio Kentucky don't know
Mother's Name: Nabbie Praxeval(?) Ruth Bentley Ruth Bailey
Mother's Birthplace: Ohio Ohio don't know
Informant: N.W. Ballfinch
of Rich Hill, MO
Edith Lyons Bradley
of Butler, MO
Mrs. Essie Jones
of Rich Hill, MO
Burial | Date: Mahomet, Ill | 4 Jun 1914 Rich Hill | 5 May 1935 Greenlawn | 12 Dec 1927
File No.: 18521 16393 39238
There's no such name as, "Praxeval," so it's hard to figure what it was intended to be.  Nabby was outlived by her husband, so it's not that she remarried.  I guess Nelson was simply wrong.

9.  WorldConnect / WorldTree (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

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