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William Lyon, Jr.

Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: Heston, Cambridgeshire, England
Death: May 21, 1692 (71)
Roxbury, Suffolk County, Province of Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Lyon, Sr. and Anne Lyon
Husband of Sarah Lyon and Martha Cass
Father of George Lyon; John Lyon, Sr.; Thomas Lyon, Sr.,; Samuel Lyon; William Lyon and 3 others
Brother of John Lyon and Katherine Lyon

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About William Lyon, Jr.

One of the thirteen "goers" who first went from Roxbury to settle Woodstock.

(Note: This is not a "Jr" but a "(III)" )

In the list of passengers that embarked for America in the "Hopewell" September 11, 1635 ,We find the name of William Lyon, age "Fourteen yeres". Theis underwritten names." it is stated, "are to be transported to New England imbarqued in the Hopewell. Tho: Babb mr p. Cert. from the Ministers and Justices of their comformitie in, Religion to or Church of England; & yt they are no Subsedy Men. they, have taken ye Oaths of Alleg: & Suprem." The name is further registered in Rolls Office, Chancery Lane London, as having sailed for New England Sep 11, 1635, and settled in Roxbury, MA. William Lyon, perhaps an orphan, is said to have been placed in the care of Isaac Heath. There appears to be no reason to question the conclusion reached by Albert Welles (American Family Antiquity) that this was William Lyon who was baptized at Heston, now part of the city of London, Dec 23, 1620, the youngest son of William and Anne (Carter) Lyon of Heston. In Roxbury land records appears as Lion, Lyon and Lyons, and we find all three forms also in the records of the Eliot church. He seems to have written it himself sometimes Lion, sometimes Lyon (or Lion). William Lyon married, June 17, 1646 (Roxbury Chr R) Sarah Ruggles daughter of John and Mary (Curtis) Ruggles of Nazing, England. She was born April 19, 1969, and came to America with her parents while yet an infant. The death of Sarah is not foiund In Roxbury town or church records, and probably occured in Rowley, for on Sept (or Nov) 30, 1677. William Lyon "of Rowley" was married to Mrs Martha (Philbrick) Casse (Cass), widow of Jim Casse. William Lyon in 1646 became a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Roxbury. He received in 1648 a grant of six acres of land in Roxbury, and in 1652 of three acres "upon the common. by John Pollys." His name also appears as grantee in deeds of land in Roxbury in 1651, 1658 and 1661, and as grantor in 1658 and 1672 (see below). When the new settlement at New Roxbury, now Woodstock Conn., was determined upon in 1686, he was one of the "goers" and he was assigned a lot there, although he did not actually occupy it. Several of his Grandsons (William, Thomas, John, and Jacob) were prominent members, however, of the new colony, and stepson, Ebenezer Case, received a grant of land there. The Lyon homestead in Roxbury was on what is now Bellevue Ave. formerly called Lyon street. It was on the east side of the street, southwest of Atwood street. William was admitted to full communion in John Eliot's church in 1655, and became a freeman in 1666. He, with John Bowles and others, signed the Roxbury petition, Oct 25, 1664, to the General Court, praying it to "stand fast in our present liberty's" He lived to the age of 72. He was buried May 21, 1692 probably in West Roxbury cemetery, although there is no stone there to mark the spot. His widow died "about" Aug 4, 1694 (Roxbury T. R.). Deed dated June 25, 1651: "For valueable Consideration in hand received," Capt. Hugh Pritchard late of Roxbury in New England, deeds unto James Morgan, Griffin Craft, Edward Bridge, Wm Lyon, John Mayes, Robt Seaber & John Ruggles & Isaac Johnson a certaine parcell of marsh land in Roxbury being now and island by reason of a creeke between the same and the land of Johnn Johnson of Roxbury" Deed dated Aug 3, 1657: "In conseration of fowerscore pounds to him in hand well and truly paid, Edward Weld deeds to William Lyon and John Polly 40 acres of land in Roxbury.... (and on and on)

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William Lyon, Jr.'s Timeline

December 13, 1620
Heston, Cambridgeshire, England
December 23, 1620
Heston, Cambridgeshire, England
December 23, 1620
Heston, , London, England
December 23, 1620
Heston, , London, England
December 23, 1620
Heston, London, London, England
December 23, 1620
Age 14
Age 22
Unquity, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
April 10, 1647
Age 26
Roxbury, Massachusetts Bay, British America