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Thomas Lyon

Also Known As: "Lyons"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Glen Lyon, Perthshire, Scotland
Death: November 08, 1690 (68)
Byram Neck, Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colony
Place of Burial: Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Unknown Father Lyon and Unknown Mother Lyon
Husband of Martha Johanna Lyon and Mary Eliza Lyon
Father of Mary Marie [Stedwell] Wilson; Infant Lyon, Died Young; Abigail Banks; John Lyon; Samuel Lyon and 6 others
Brother of Richard Lyon and Henry Lyon

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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
  2. Infant died young

Children with Mary Hoyt (birth order unknown)-

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

Note that some online trees mistakenly link him to a daughter Hannah/Joanna Lyon, who was from France and came over to Connecticut with John Mallet as his servant and married him when his wife died.

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.

Sources:

Wife: Mary Hoyt (1630, Windsor, Hartford Co., CT - 1696, Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT)

"The tradition in this family runs that Thomas Lyon and John Banks came together from Yorkshire, England, about the year 1640, to the spot where they settled on the east bank of Byram River, which they reached by boat from Stamford. Saving the date, which is many years too early, the legend may be correct. Thomas Lyon was a land-holder in Stamford in 1650 and 1652."

Source: "History of Rye, New York: Chronicle of a Border Town, Westchester County, New York, Including Harrison and White Plains till 1788"; by Charles W. Baird, 1871, p. 422.

Burial location referenced in "Byram, Connecticut: An Historic Resources Inventory"; by Renee Kahn Associates, 1978, p. 3.


BIRTH 21 Dec 1621 Perth, Perth and Kinross, Scotland DEATH 8 Nov 1690 (aged 68) Rye, Westchester County, New York, USA BURIAL Lyon-Rawson Cemetery Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA Show Map MEMORIAL ID 63704633

Wife: Mary Hoyt (1630, Windsor, Hartford Co., CT - 1696, Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT)

"The tradition in this family runs that Thomas Lyon and John Banks came together from Yorkshire, England, about the year 1640, to the spot where they settled on the east bank of Byram River, which they reached by boat from Stamford. Saving the date, which is many years too early, the legend may be correct. Thomas Lyon was a land-holder in Stamford in 1650 and 1652."

Source: "History of Rye, New York: Chronicle of a Border Town, Westchester County, New York, Including Harrison and White Plains till 1788"; by Charles W. Baird, 1871, p. 422.

Burial location referenced in "Byram, Connecticut: An Historic Resources Inventory"; by Renee Kahn Associates, 1978, p. 3.


Wife: Mary Hoyt (1630, Windsor, Hartford Co., CT - 1696, Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT)

"The tradition in this family runs that Thomas Lyon and John Banks came together from Yorkshire, England, about the year 1640, to the spot where they settled on the east bank of Byram River, which they reached by boat from Stamford. Saving the date, which is many years too early, the legend may be correct. Thomas Lyon was a land-holder in Stamford in 1650 and 1652."

Source: "History of Rye, New York: Chronicle of a Border Town, Westchester County, New York, Including Harrison and White Plains till 1788"; by Charles W. Baird, 1871, p. 422.

Burial location referenced in "Byram, Connecticut: An Historic Resources Inventory"; by Renee Kahn Associates, 1978, p. 3.

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Thomas Lyon's Timeline

1621
December 21, 1621
Glen Lyon, Perthshire, Scotland
1649
August 1649
Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut
1654
1654
Fairfield, Fairfield County, CT, United States
1658
1658
Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
1659
1659
1660
1660
Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
1661
1661
Greenwich, New Haven Colony
1663
1663
France