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Thomas Rye Lyon

Birthdate: (68)
Birthplace: Glen Lyon, Perth, Scotland
Death: November 8, 1690 (68)
Byram Neck, Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colony
Place of Burial: Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Lyon and Margaret Lyon
Husband of Martha Johanna Winthrop and Mary Eliza Lyon
Father of Mary Lyon; Son Lyon; Johanna Mallett; Abigail Banks; John Lyon and 6 others
Brother of Moses Lyon; Richard Lyon; Elizabeth Rowlandson; Hester Grumman (Lyon); William Lyon and 4 others

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About Thomas Rye Lyon

Thomas Lyon 1621-1690


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


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 Rye Lyon's Timeline

December 21, 1621
August 1649
Age 27
Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, United States
Age 32
Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
Age 36
Fairfield, Connecticut Colony
Age 39
Greenwich, New Haven Colony
Age 41
New Rochelle, Westchester County, New York, United States
Age 51
Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colony
Age 55
November 8, 1690
Age 68
Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colony