Thomas LYON

Male 1621 - 1690  (~ 68 years)

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  • Name Thomas LYON  [3, 4, 5, 6
    • THOMAS LYON "of Rye" was born in England, about 1621, and died at Byram Neck, Greenwich, Fairfield Co., Conn in 1690. He was buried in the old Lyon family burying ground at Byram Neck. he is supposed to have come first to the Massachusetts Colony, and thence to have gone to seek his fortune in the far west of Fairfield County, Conn., where at about the same time Richard and Henry Lyon, presumably his brothers or cousins, appeared. His first wife was Martha Joanna Winthrop, a grand-daughter of Gov. John Wintrop, of Salem, Mass., and it is to Hon. Robert C. Winthrop, a lineal descendant of the Governor that we are indebted for nearly all the circumstantial knowledge we have of the life of Thomas Lyon. He made public in a communication to the Massachusetts Historical Society, of which he was for thirty years president, a number of letters found among the papers of Governor Winthrop, written by Thomas Lyon, his wife Martha (Winthrop) Lyon, and other members of the family.

      Martha's mother, Elizabeth (Fones) Winthrop remained in England when her husband, Henry Winthrop came to America. He was drowned in Salem harbor, July 2, 1630, the day after his arrival. She, with her infant daughter, Martha, came to America the following year. She did not remain long a widow. Her second husband was Robert Feake(Feeke, Feke, Fekes, Feeck, the name was variously written), one of the earliest and largest proprietors in Watertown, which he repeatedly represented in the Massachusetts General Court. After some years Mr. Feake removed with his family to Greenwich, Conn. where in 1640, he, with Capt. Daniel Patrick, purchased of the Indians a large tract of land. It appears that about this time he developed symptoms of a derangement of mind which ended in complete insanity. there may or may not have been estrangement between man and wife; at all events Mr. Feake returned to Watertown, leaving his family in charge of his business partner, Capt. Patrick. the gossips had it that the relations between Capt. Patrick and Mrs. Feake were more intimate than business required. However, these relations, whatever may have their nature, were brought to an abrupt close in 1643 by the death by assassination of Capt. Patrick. Mrs. Feake and her daughter continued to live in Connecticut (in the town Stamford), her business affairs being entrusted now to one William Hallett. At this juncture Thomas Lyon comes on the stage and assays the difficult role of son-in-law.

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      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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    Born Dec 1621  Perth, Perth and Kinross,Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died 08 Nov 1690  Rye, Westchester Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried Lyon-Rawson Cemetery, Greenwich, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I37356  Main Tree
    Last Modified 19 Mar 2015 

    Father ? LYON 
    Mother ? UNKNOWN 
    Family ID F31186  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Martha Johanna WINTHROP,   b. 9 May 1630, Groton Manor, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1652, Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 21 years) 
    Last Modified 22 Nov 2014 
    Family ID F30696  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary HOYT,   b. 20 Sep 1635, Charlestown, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1692, Byram Neck-Greenwich, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Married 1654  Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
     1. Thomas LYON,   b. 1673, Greenwich, Fairfield Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. April or May 1739  (Age 66 years)
    Last Modified 22 Nov 2014 
    Family ID F09232  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S6750] "Lyon Memorial" New York Families Descended from the Immigrant Thomas Lyon, Of Rye , Robert B. Miller, of Brooklyn, NY and A.B. Lyons, M.D. of Detroit, Michigan.

    2. [S02329] Find A Grave Website.

    3. [S03262] RootsWeb: World Connect - Stamford, CT Familes (1641-1935) by Barbara Kaye.

    4. [S00051] "Descendants of Simon Hoyt" at Rootsweb - Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut.

    5. [S01785] History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Donald Lines Jacobus, (Name: Name: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.;;).

    6. [S00001] "A Genealogical History of the Hoyt, Haight, and Hight Families", David W. Hoyt, (Name: Name: Providence: Printed for the Author by the Providence Press Co. Boston: Henry Hoyt - 1871;;).