Pvt. Thomas E. Lyons, CSA

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Pvt. Thomas E. Lyons, CSA

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Sandersville, Washington County, Georgia, United States
Death: 1895 (67-68)
Florida, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Jonathan Lyons
Ex-husband of Tobitha Lyons
Father of Allen Lee Lyons
Brother of Frances A. McKendree and Pvt. (CSA), Charles Robert Lyons

Occupation: Hendry's Company, Georgia Mounted Infantry (Pierce Mounted Volunteers)
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About Pvt. Thomas E. Lyons, CSA

THOMAS E. LYONS was the son of Jonathan Lyon, Esq. (b. 1790) and Mary Moye (b. 1791) of Sandersville, Washington County, Georgia, formerly of Richmond County, Georgia. His grandparents were James Lyon (d. 1797) and Rebecca Crook of Richmond County, Georgia. Thomas was born at Sandersville c1827. He was a self-employed businessman. In 1859, Thomas and his widowed mother moved to Pierce County, Georgia. He owned a business in Blackshear and served as Clerk of Probate Court and Justice of the Peace for Pierce County in 1861-1866. In 1865, he married Mrs. Tobitha Waldron Guy, the widow of Banner Guy. Tobitha was the daughter of Oliver Asbury Waldron and Chloery Howard (see Banner Guy #137516980). Researched by Pat Lyons

CIVIL WAR.Thomas mustered into the Pierce Mtd. Volunteers in 1863 during the Civil War, but was exempted from serving so he could care for his widowed mother. The War was one of the worst catastrophes in Georgia's history. General Sherman's March To The Sea left a 60 mile wide strip of destruction from Atlanta to Savannah leaving smoldering ruins, slaughtered farm animals, burned crops, mangled railroads, and destitute people. (Atlanta Newspaper) The people went through very trying times rebuilding their lives after the war. Researched by Pat Lyons

FLORIDA PIONEERS. Lured by the offer of 160 acre tracts of "free" public land under the Homestead Act of 1862, many pioneers streamed into Florida. Charles Lyon (brother) left for Florida in 1865. In 1868, Thomas and Tobitha, along with his mother, Mary, moved to Fort Dade area of Florida. In 1872 they were living in Hillsborough County, then returned to the community of Prospect located west of Dade City. A Florida Pioneer stone inscribed recognizing Thomas and Tobitha Lyons as Florida Pioneers has been placed along the sidewalk entrance to the Pasco County Court House by their great grandson Robert S Lyons. Researched by Pat Lyons

LYON HOMESTEAD. Thomas homesteaded 162 acres along the east and west side of Handcart Road at Kiefer Road. The family commenced settling on the land in 1879 by clearing and fencing 20 acres, leaving 140 acres of prime timber. Thomas built a 15' x 40' double pen house made of log and rough board and a separate 12' x 16' kitchen; a corn crib; a smoke house; and of course, the two-seater outhouse. The yearly crops were corn, peas and potatoes. He planted 40 orange trees. Having met the improvement and time requirements, a Homestead Land Patent was issued to Thomas Lyon on 30 July 1891, signed by President Benjamin Harrison. Researched by Pat Lyons

HOMESTEAD LAND DISTRIBUTED. Tobitha and Thomas were divorced on 17 April 1890 in Pasco County, Florida. Thomas continued to live in his house at Prospect being supported by income from his orange groves. According to the 1893 deed, He was able to "live in his house, until his death". Between 1893-1894, the homestead was "sold" to son, Edward (42 acres) and his daughter, Allie (120 acres). Edward sold his tract to Banner Guy, Banner sold to William Guy, William deeded some of the property for building Prospect School. Allie, sold the remaining homestead property including the grove property in 1895. 1895 was the year of the winter freeze and snowstorm that devastated the citrus industry and made ghost towns in central Florida. Thomas died c1895. Researched by Pat Lyons

TOBITHA IN TAMPA. Tobitha was living with her daughter, Courtney Chapman in Tampa, when she died in 1913. TOBITHA'S VITALS: Born 6 Jun 1842-Died 19 Feb 1913. Researched by Pat Lyons (PML #48315564)

CHILDREN: [1] Frances Lyon 1866-died before 1880 [2] Alvin L. Lyon 1868-died before 1880 [3] Edward Rowland Lyons 1871-1941 [4] Allice Mede Lyon 1876-unknown [5] Allen Lee Lyons 1878-1917

Lyons, T.E. BATTLE UNIT NAME: Hendry's Company, Georgia Mounted Infantry (Pierce Mounted Volunteers) SIDE: Confederacy COMPANY: SOLDIER'S RANK IN: Private SOLDIER'S RANK OUT: Private ALTERNATE NAME: FILM NUMBER: M266 ROLL 37 PLAQUE NUMBER: NOTES: none

ANCESTOR LINK: Y-DNA UPDATE : Robert Stewart Lyons is a patrilineal descendant of Thomas E. Lyons, being Y-DNA tested and confirmed to be his great, great grandson, and a possible lineal descendant of John Lyon (born c1649) who emigrated to British America in the latter 1660's and who settled in Somerset Co, then Dorchester Co, Maryland. Info by Pat Lyons (PML #48315564)

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Pvt. Thomas E. Lyons, CSA's Timeline

1827
1827
Sandersville, Washington County, Georgia, United States
1878
January 11, 1878
Pasco County, Florida, United States
1895
1895
Age 68
Florida, United States