Jacob Lyon (1696 - 1771)

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About Jacob Lyon

In 1736 he signed a petition for preaching in West Woodstock. In 1749 he took the freeman's oath.

THE FREEMAN'S OATH

"Genealogies of Charlestown, Mass" by WYMAN (supra) explains:

"In the early days of New England a 'freeman' was a man who held the right of franchise. (In 1776 only one-sixth of the population of Boston were voters; therefore, five-sixths of the people had no participation in local government.) Admittance as an inhabitant in the early century was a privilege not lightly acquired, only those being admitted who could contribute something of value to the community. To become a 'Freeman' a man had to be not only a proprietor but must also be a member of the church in good stand."

Ms Palmer states the following:

The foregoing is taken from the BRIDGE GENEALOGY (supra), pp.xvi and xvii. Inasmuch as the subject of this Freeman's Oath is referred to throughout the early history of all our male ancestors, it is being set forth below for the benefit of their descendants; contrary to what some readers may have previously thought, becoming a freeman had nothing to do with "being freed from serving as an indentured servant."

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Jacob Lyon's Timeline

1696
June 1, 1696
1729
April 6, 1729
Age 32
1731
June 9, 1731
Age 35
Woodstock, CT, USA
1733
June 20, 1733
Age 37
1736
January 23, 1736
Age 39
1738
April 8, 1738
Age 41
Woodstock, CT, USA
1740
February 29, 1740
Age 43
1742
1742
Age 45
Woodstock, CT, USA
1744
December 4, 1744
Age 48
1746
1746
Age 49
Woodstock, CT, USA