ROBERT ANDERSON FULTON LYON. The Lyon family, of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, was founded in this county by John Lyon, son of William Lyon, who with his family emigrated from Enniskellen county, province of Ulster, Ireland, to the province of Pennsylvania in the year 1763, settling in Cumberland county, now Milford township, Juniata county, about two miles west of Mifflintown. The warrant for the land of two hundred and seventy-three acres which was granted, is dated September 18, 1766. The province granted in 1773. John Lyon and others twenty acres of land for use of the Presbyterian church of Tuscarora, where the remains of Mr. Lyon were interred. He died in 1780. He married, in Ireland, Margaret Armstrong, sister of Colonel John Armstrong, a prominent and patriotic Pennsylvanian, of provincial and revolutionary times. She died about 1793, and her remains were also interred at Tuscarora. Their children, all of whom were born in Ireland, were : William, James, John, Mary, Frances, Margaret and Agnes.
John Lyon, third son of John and Margaret (Armstrong) Lyon, came into possession of one-half of the old homestead, the other half reverting to Samuel Lyon. He resided on the old farm until June 1, 1797, when he conveyed the same to Stephen Douglass and removed to Butler county, Pennsylvania, where he died about 1820. The will of John Lyon was dated December 3, 1779. He married Mary Harris, daughter of Captain Thomas Harris, and their children were : Thomas Harris, John, James, Margaret, Mary, Catherine, and Nancy.
John Lyon, second son of John and Mary (Harris) Lyon, married Ann Harper, daughter of Daniel and Catherine (Gordon) Harper. Their children were : Gordon M., Harris, Mary, Daniel Harper, John, Joseph, George, Thomas Wilson, and Catherine.
Gordon M. Lyon, eldest son of John and Mary (Harper) Lyon, married (first) Mary Marshall, of whom one daughter, Elizabeth, was born ; she married R. P. Douglass. Mr. Lyon married (second) Mary Anna, daughter of Jacob and Mary (Byerly) Kifer. Their children were : Thomas Franklin, Mary Emma, Margaret Cecelia, Robert Anderson Fulton, and Elmer Ellsworth, who married Clara E. Whitaker.
Source: Pages 12 & 13 History of Westmoreland County, Volume II, Pennsylvania by John N. Boucher. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1906.
Transcribed April 23, 1999 by Marilynn Wienke for the Westmoreland County History Project
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