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Birth: Jan. 1, 1787 Death: Jul. 22, 1859
From the Tioga County Agitator – August 11, 1859 The Hon. John Ryon The subject of this notice was born in the valley of Wyoming near Wilkes Barre, Pa., on the 1st day of January, 1787, and died at his residence in Lawrenceville, Tioga County, Pa., on the 22nd day of July 1859. The father of the deceased was a resident of Wyoming prior to the American Revolution, and during the war was a soldier in the army of Washington. He also served in the campaign of Gen. Sullivan against the Indians on the Chemung and Genesee. He was born in Connecticut, where his paternal ancestor who was an Irishman had settled in colonial times. Soon after the close of the revolutionary war he removed from Wyoming to Southport on the Chemung. Judge Ryon was one of the early settlers of Tioga County. In the year 1810, soon after his marriage, he located on the Cownesque River. This location embraced what is now called Elkland village, but was formerly known as Ryonsville. At that time the territory now included within the County of Tioga was a wild unsettled region of country. The early settlers were subjected to all the inconveniences, hardships and privations incident to the settlement of a country heavily timbered and possessing a rigorous and inhospitable climate. Judge Ryon had his share of these hardships and privations; but his strong physical frame and great energy o'character, combined with habits of temperance, industry and economy enabled him to overcome them and to succeed in clearing up and paying for the tract of land on which he located and making it one of the finest farms in the valley of the Cowanesque. On this farm he resided thirty-nine years, and brought under cultivation nearly two hundred acres of land before he left it to reside at Lawrenceville. It is high praise to say of Judge Ryon, that this and all his subsequent acquisitions were the results of his own exertions and energies, -- that he had not the aid of fortune or rich friends to commence with, and that in his first contact in life he was compelled to assume the condition of a pioneer, and contend with the difficulties and privations of a residence in the wilderness. The deceased was well known as a public man and a politician, having held at various times by appointment and election positions which brought him prominently before the people, and gave him as extended acquaintance not only within the County of Tioga but throughout the State of Pennsylvania.
At the October election of 1819 he was elected a member of the House of Representatives of the State and was continued a member during six successive terms. He was afterwards elected a member of the State Senate and served one term. In the spring of 1829 he was appointed Superintendent of the West Branch Division of the Pennsylvania Canal, and served in this capacity three years. On the 29th of Jan'y 1833, he was appointed by Gov. Wolf an associate Judge for Tioga County. – He held this appointment until the 27th of February, 1842, when it was annulled by the limitation contained in the schedule to the amended Constitution of the State, adopted in 1838. He was afterwards re-commissioned by Gov. Porter for the term of 5 years – commencing on the 4th of March 1842 and expiring the 4th of March 1847. He also held the commission of a Justice of the Peace under Gov. Snyder, bearing date the 15th of Feb'y, 1816, and several military commissions, the highest in rank of which was one for the office of Lieut. Colonel. The duties of these several stations were discharged by the deceased ably and with strict fidelity to the public interests. Judge Ryon in his political career was always a member of the Democratic party – holding his commissions under Democratic Governors and his elective offices at the hands of a Democratic constituency. For this party and its leading men and principles he always cherished a warm affection. His political sentiments however were eminently conservative, and he was always a devoted friend and supporter of the interests and policy of this native State, both in her legislative halls and in his retirement as a private citizen. In his social intercourse Judge Ryon was frank, courteous and manly. He was kind to the needy and afflicted, a sincere in his friendships, open hearted in his antipathies, and reliable in his business transactions. In his religious attachments he was Presbyterian, having been a prominent member of the Presbyterian Church during many years and contributed largely to its support. He left a large family circle and many warmly attached friends to mourn his loss and cherish his memory. Wellsboro, Aug. 3, 1859.
Burial: Highland Cemetery Elkland Tioga County Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: Jean Doherty Record added: Mar 25, 2012 Find A Grave Memorial# 87352525