Thomas Lyon (c.1621 - 1690) MP

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Birthplace: England
Death: Died in Connecticut
Managed by: Mary Edith Niffen
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About Thomas Lyon

Thomas Lyon 1621-1690

Wives

  1. Martha Johanna Winthrop May 9, 1630-c.1653
  2. Mary Hoyt

Children:

Child with Martha Winthrop-

  1. Mary August 1649-c.1712

Children with Mary Hoyt (birth order unknown)-

  1. Thomas 1673-May 1739
  2. Abigail c.1654-c.1713
  3. Deborah c.1666-
  4. John
  5. Samuel
  6. Joseph 1677-
  7. Elizabeth
  8. Sarah

The first Thomas Lyon was born in England. He is reported to have come first to the Massachusetts Colony, and then to have gone to seek his fortune in the 'far west' of Fairfield County, CT.

His first wife was Martha Johanna Winthrop, the only child of Elizabeth Fones Winthrop and her husband Henry Winthrop, second son of Governor John Winthrop of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Martha had been born May 9, 1630 at Groton Manor, the Winthrop home in England, and as an infant sailed to the Massachusetts Bay Colony with her mother, arriving November 2, 1631. In the early 1640's, the young Martha moved with her parents to their newly-acquired property encompassing the area known now as Old Greenwich in Fairfield County, CT. Martha married Thomas Lyon circa 1647, and they had one child, Mary Lyon, born August 1649.Having battled frail health for some years, Martha (Winthrop) Lyon died in her early twenties, likely in 1653. Thomas Lyon remarried in 1654 to Mary Hoyt, daughter of Simon Hoyt of Stamford, CT. Thomas Lyon died in Greenwich in 1690, and was buried in the old Lyon family burying ground at Byram Neck. His will left extensive land holdings in the area to his children, including his son Thomas Lyon.

The Thomas Lyon House, at 1 Byram Road, was built ca. 1690-95 and is considered to be the oldest unaltered structure in Greenwich, Connecticut. The restoration of the house, a Colonial saltbox, is the primary project of the Greenwich Preservation Trust, a not-for-profit organization that grew out of the Thomas Lyon House Committee formed by the Byram Neighborhood Association. Its heritage dates back to the family of Thomas Lyon (1621-1690), one of the earliest settlers of Fairfield County, and particularly his son, Thomas Lyon (1673-1739) who, with his wife Abigail and their children, were the initial occupants. The house stayed in the family line of Abigail and Thomas Lyon in to the 20th Century.

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Thomas Lyon's Timeline

1621
1621
England
1649
August, 1649
Age 28
Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, United States
1654
May 11, 1654
Age 33
Fairfield, Connecticut
1654
Age 33
1658
1658
Age 37
1661
1661
Age 40
Greenwich, New Haven Colony
1673
1673
Age 52
Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colony
1677
1677
Age 56
1690
November 8, 1690
Age 69
Connecticut
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