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Henry Lyon

Birthplace: Glen Lyon, Perthshire, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Death: March 23, 1707 (81-82)
Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, United States of America
Immediate Family:

Son of Unknown Father Lyon and Unknown Mother Lyon
Husband of Elizabeth Lyon and Mary Lyon
Father of Thomas Lyon; Mary Ward; Samuel Lyon; Joseph Lyon; Nathaniel Lyon and 6 others
Brother of Thomas Lyon and Richard Lyon

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About Henry Lyon

It hasn’t been confirmed when Henry arrived in New England, but there is a record of a Henry Lyon being allotted three acres of land in 1639. It has been confirmed that Henry’s name first shows up in Milford, CT. in 1648. From Milford, Henry went then went to Fairfield, in 1652. Later in 1666, he moved to New Milford, renamed New-Ark, now Newark, as a founder and first treasurer. Finally in 1673, with his son, Thomas, he moved to Elizabethtown where he became a merchant of extensive interests and a large landowner (including one hundred acres of upland, known as Lyons Farms).

He became a member of the general assembly in 1675, and a justice of the peace in 1681.

He married twice and had 10 children.

Henry (1623) was a brother of Thomas (1621) and Richard Lyon (1624) and also settled in Connecticut (CT). He later moved to New Jersey where he became an early resident of Newark. Henry Lyon was the most enterprising and forceful of the three brothers. He settled first in Milford, CT, removed later to Fairfield, CT, and finally joined the Colony that established in New Jersey the town of Passaic to which the name Newark was afterwards given. The descendants of Henry Lyon were prominent in the early history of New Jersey and included several officers in the Revolutionary Army.

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  • 1649 - Henry Lyon appears in Milford, CT where he is first on record Feb 24 1649 when he was admitted to Milford Church.
  • He married 4 May 1652, Elizabeth, daughter of William Bateman of Fairfield CT and was granted a home lot there.
  • May 28, 1654 he was dismissed from Milford to Fairfield Church.
  • In 1666 he came to Newark, NJ as one of its founders with the Milford Colonists.
  • At Newark he was the first Treasurer and first Keeper of the Ordinary.
  • In 1673-4 he removed to Elizabethtown, where he was a large land owner and a merchant of extensive interests.
  • Nov 5, 1675 he was a Member of the General Assembly.
  • August 11, 1681 he was appointed Justice of the Peace, [in the Colonial period equivalent to Judge of the Supreme Court.]
  • February 4, 1661 he was Judge of Small Causes:
  • February 28, 1681, a member of the Governor's Council;
  • December 1682. Commissioner;
  • November 26 1684 Representative in the Council of the Governor, etc. etc.
  • Among his lands was 100 acres of upland since known as Lyons Farms.
  • He married a second wife, Mary C _____ about 1689-90.
  • Returned to Newark 1696 and died there in 1702/03 [or1707/08].


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Henry Lyon's Timeline

Perthshire, Scotland
February 25, 1648
Age 23
Milford, Connecticut, United States
Age 23
Age 27
Fairfield, Connecticut Colony
Age 29
Fairfield, Connecticut Colony
March 1, 1655
Age 30
Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
Age 33
Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut
Age 38
Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut
Age 40
Newark, Province of East Jersey