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Y., in American Revolution; 6. Jonathan, b. Aug. 29, 1759; d. April 15,
1811; m. Ann Murphy, who d. March 3, 1843, ae. 81 y.; 7. Sarah, b.
March 10, 1761; m. Joshua Briggs; 8. Diadamia, b. Dec. 17, 1762; m.
Moses Lyon (No. 276); 9. Martha, b. July 2, 1764; d. July 21, 1849;
m. May 31, 1785, James Lyon (No. 430); 10, Marion b. July 16, 1766;
11. Rachel, b. March 30, 1768; m. Jonathan Miller; 12. Benjamin, b.
Feb. 15, 1770; d. July 31, 1843; 13. Alanson, b. ; m. Mary Avery.



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Note 8.— DOCUMENTS RELATING TO JOHN LYON (No. 5).

From Town Records of Rye.

Know all men by thease presents that I John Lyon of The Town of
Greenwich in the County of Fairfield and Colony of Connecticut, yeo-
man, has this day Received of my brother Joseph Lyon of the Town
of Rye in the County of Westchester in the province of New York,
yeoman, full satfaction of and for all bills bonds Reckonings accounts
debts dues or any manner of demands whatsoever due in time past.
This present day to me from my said brother Joseph Lyon.

As witness my hand and seal this 14th day of July Anni Domini
1710.

Witness JOHN LYON

Richard Ogden.
John Stoakham.

To all Christian people to whom these presents shall come Greet-
ing. Know ye that I John Lyon Senior living at Byrum in the Town
of Greenwich, in the County of Fairfield in the Colony of Connecticut
Yeoman, for Divers good causes and considerations me thereunto es-
pecially moving have given and granted and do by these presents
Give and Grant unto my well beloved son Daniel Lyon of the same
place all that my now Dwelling House and Home lot with all and
singular my 'lands and meadows lying on Byrum Neck commonly so
called both divided and undivided which I have not already disposed
of to my son John Lyon Jr., for my son Daniel Lyon his heirs or
assigns to have and to hold for ever to his and their only proper use
benefit and behoof forever with all the privileges and appurtenances
to the same belonging or in any wise appertaining but that I do
reserve the use of the same until such times as my said son Daniel
Lyon shall come to the age of one and twenty years and that he shall
not sell or in any ways convey or dispose of the same until he shall
attain the age of thirty years and that my said son Daniel Lyon his
heirs or assigns shall and may at all times forever hereafter lawfully
peaceably and quietly have hold use occupy possess and enjoy the
above said demised and granted premises without any let hindrance
molestation or trouble by me my heirs executors or administrators or
any other person or persons whatsoever by or from or under me or
them or by mine or their assent consent means procurement. As Wit-
ness my hand and Seal this Fifteenth day of February in the year of



288 THOMAS LYON OF RYE

our Lord one thousand seven hundred and thirteen fourteen. Signed
Sealed and Delivered in the presence of

John Corbit. JOHN LYON, Senior.

Will of John Lyon (No. 5) [Stamford Probate Records, Lib. L p.
115].

This 24th day of January in ye yeare of our Lord God 1735-C. I
John Lyon of ye Town of Greenwich in the County of Fairfield and
Colony of Connecticut in New England, being weak and Loss in Body
But in Perfect mind and memory, Thanks be given to God therefore,
calling to mind ye mortality of my Body and Knowing yt it is appointed
for all men once to Die, Do make and ordain this my Last Will and
Testament that is to say princepally and first of all T give and Recom-
mend my soul unto ye Hands of God yt gave it and for my Body I
command it to the Earth to be buryed in a Christian like and Decent
manner at the Discretion of my Execrt nothing doubting but at the
General Ressurection I shall Receive ye same again By the mighty
Power of God and as Touching such Worldly Estate where with it hath
Pleased God to Bless me In this Life I give Devise and Dispose of ye
Same in ye following manner and form. I Give and Bequeath unto
Caleb Lyon son of my son, Thomas Late of Greenwich, Deceased ye
one half part of ye Mill in sd Greenwich which I bought of Joseph
Morgan with ye one half part of ye lands also Belonging with sd Mill
by him ye sd Caleb Lyon freely to be Possessed and Injoyed ye sd
Caleb Lyon paying his sister Hannah ye sum of Thirty Pounds Cur't
money of Connecticut when he arrives at ye age of Twenty one years,
sd mill untill yt time to be in care and possession of my son John
Lyon he keeping sd mill in good Repair and then Deliver ye sd mill
to ye above sd Caleb Lyon in yt like good order, ye sd John Lyon hav-
ing ye Benefit of sd Mill until yt time. Ye sd Caleb Lyon is also to
allow his Brother Thomas Lyon to Take ye Half of sd Land Belonging
to sd mill where ye House now Standeth I haveing formerly Disposed
of ye one half of ye sd mill unto my son Thomas Lyon Deceased. Item.
Whereas I have formerly conveyed unto my son John Lyon ye one
half part of ye Byrum Neck with all and Singular ye Improvements as
I should Divide ye some I do now Ratifiy and Confirme ye Bounds as I
have divided ye same to be as ye fence now Stands, my son John
Lyon haveing ye west part of sd neck. Item. I Give and bequeath unto
my son Daniel Lyon he paying my just Debts, ye other Half part of
Byrum Neck, not allready Disposed of Being ye East side of sd neck



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with all and Singular ye Buildings and improvements tliereou, also my
Lands above sd road Leading from sd Byrum to Byrum Bridge Com-
monly called or Known lay ye name of Mary's hill, by him freely to be
possessed and Enjoyed. But if ye sd Daniel Lyon shall Decease without
having male heirs of his own Body then all ye sd Lands so disposed
and given to my son Daniel Lyon shall be James Lyon's ye son of my
son John Lyon by him peaceably to be possessed and Enjoyed. Item.
I Give and Bequeath unto my four Daughters Ruth, Mary, Hannah and
Jude all my moveable estate to be equally Divided Between them all
and I do hereby put Constitute and appoint my Trusty and Lo'/eiug
friends John Merritt and Samuel Brown Both of ye Town of Rye in
ye County of Westchester and province of New York to be my sole
executrs to this my Last Will and Testament, and I do hereby utterly
Disallow and Disannull all and Every other former Testaments, Wills
Legacies Bequests and Exect by me in any way Before this time named.
Willed, Bequeathed hereby Ratifying and Confirming This and no other
to be my Last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have here-
unto set my Hand and Seal.

JOHN LYON.

Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by ye sd John
Lyon as his Last Will and Testament In ye presence of us Subscribers.

Johannes Dow,
David Lyon,

George Gorham.

"Probated July 6, 1736."



Note 9.— THE WILL OF THOMAS^ LYON OF GREENV>^ICH,
Dated April 2, 1739 and Probated at Stamford, Conn.,

May ye 1st, 1739.

In ye name of God Amen. I Thomas Lyon of ye Towne of Green-
wich, in ye County of Fairfield and Colony of Connecticut yeomanf.



tOur ancient inhabitants were wont to caU themselves for the most part by
the humble but honest name of "yeoman." They were farmers living frugally
upon the produce of the soil. Most of their wants were supplied by domestic
industry, and what they purchased was commonly procured in the way of barter.
They trafficked chiefly, we are told, in wood and cattle. By the middle of the
eighteenth century, however, we find quite a variety of trades carried on in
Rye, such as those of wheelwright, cordwainer, carpenter, saddler, tailor, hatter,
weaver, and the like. We are not to suppose that the persons so designated
were employed exclusively in these several occupations. They were generally
farmers who joined some kind of handicraft to their ordinary business, partic-
ularly in winter. The weavers' or wheelwrights' shops were no unusual ap-
pendage to a farm house a century or more ago.
(19)



290 THOMAS LYON OF RYE

Being now very sick and weak of Body, but of perfect mind & memory,
Calling to mind the Mortality of my Body & Remembring yt it is
appointed once for all men to Die Do make and ordain this my Last
Will and Testament, That is to say first & Principally of all I Recom-
mend my Soul unto ye Hands of God yt Gave it & my Body to ye
Earth to be Buried in a Christian Like & Decent manner according to
ye Discretion of my Execrt nothing doubting but at ye General Res-
surection I shall Resume the same again by ye mighty Power of God,
and as Touching what Worldly Estate as it Pleased God to Bless me
with in this world, — First I order all Just Debts to be paid and I
Give Bequeath and Dispose of j^e Rest in manner following (viz.)

I Give to my ever Loving and Affectnt, wife Abigail Lyon all my
Household goods for ye use of my house forever, & ye use of all my
Home farm yt is to say Dwelling house Barne and Home lott with all
my out Lands and hereafter Given or Bequeathed in this my Last
will & Testament During ye time of her Widowhood, or until! my son
Gilbert Lyon shall come to age & Likewise all my moveable Estate to
her proper use to Dispose of as she shall see Cause to her iive
Daughters, viz: Abigail, Elizabeth, Jemimy, Mary & Deborah Except
one yoke of Oxen, Two Horse Cart and plough with all Tackling to
them belonging.

Item, I give unto my well Beloved and Dutiful son Thomas Lyon his
heirs and assigns forever certain parcels of land in ye Township of Rye
in Province of New York &, part in Greenwich Known & Called by ye
Name of Byrum Ridge Being four certain allottmtta of Land Two
whereof I had of my Father & Two which I bought myself & one half
of my Right of undivided Lands in ye Township of sd Rye & Like-
wise my will is yt my sd son Thos Lyon should pay his Mother Abigail
Lyon fourty shills. New York money yearly & every year dureing
her natural Life if Demanded.

Item. I give unto my Loveing son Sami Lyon of sd Rye besides
what he now enjoys by bills of sale my Boat as he has been in possess-
ion Together with ye other half of my Right in ye undivided Lands in
ye Township of Rye, he paying to his Mother Abigail Lyon fourty
shills. New York money yearly and every year Dureing her natural life
if Demanded.

Item, I give to my Loving son Jonth Lyon Besides what he now
Enjoys by certaine Bills of Sale ye one quarter part of my Rights in



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ye undivided Lands in ye Bounds of Greenwich Together with one
quarter part of ye Salt Meadow and ye Land Lying on ye point near
Joseph Shearwood's in ye Township of Rye he paying to his Mother
Abigail Lyon fourty shillings New York Money yearly & every year
dureing her natural life.

Item. I give unto my Loving Son David Lyon, his heirs and
assigns forever Besides what he had of me by Bills of Sales certain
parcels of Land in ye Bounds of Greenwich Commonly called ye
Lower, & Spring Hills, yt Lying and Being to ye Southward of his
house and one quarter part of my Right in ye undivided Lands in ye
Bounds of Greenwich Together with one quarter part of ye Salt Meadow
& upland Lying on ye Point near Joseph Shearwood's in ye Township
of Rye, he ye sd David Lyon paying to his Mother Abigail Lyon fourty
shilling New York Money yearly and every year Dureing her Natural
Life if Demanded.

Item. I give to my Loving son Joseph Lyon, his heirs and assigns
forever Besides what he had of me by Bills of Sale a Lott of Land
in Cox's purchase Near Cornell's Mills containing about 23 acres, one
quarter part of my Right in ye undivided Lands in ye Bounds of
Greenwich & one quarter part of ye Salt Meadows & uplands Lyeing
on ye point near Joseph Srerewood's in ye township of Rye, he ye
said Joseph Lyon paying to his Mother Abigail Lyon fourty shillings
New York money yearly and every year Dureing her Natural life,
when Demanded.

Item. I give unto my Loveing son Gilbert Lyon, his heirs and
assigns forever ye one half part of my fore mentioned Homestead &
Lands mentioned in my Loving Wife's Dowry to be Distributed to
him when he shall be of age & at ye decease of my sd Loving wife to
have ye other half and three Lotts of Land in ye Bounds of Green-
wich (viz.) One of ten acres called Hixes by ye Roadside Going to
Horse Neck another Lott called Bower's Lott and a Third known by
ye Jeremiah Pike's right and a certain Lott of Land in ye Township
of Greenwich on ye East side of Byram River between Joseph Shear-
wood's Mill & which Lands I will yt my sd son Gilbert shall not sell
or Dispose of untill he comes of age of Twenty eight years without
ye consent of my execrt. & likewise ye one quarter part of all my
Right of undivided Lands in ye bounds of Greenwich as also one
quarter part of ye Salt Medows & upland lying on ye point near
Joseph Shearwood's in ye Township of Rye and also a yoke of oxen,



292 THOMAS LYON OF RYE

2 Horse Cart plough & Tackling which was reserved out of ye Dowry
of my dr wife he ye sd Gilbert Lyon paying to his Mother Abigail Lyon
forty shillings New York Money yearly and every year Dureing her
natural life when demanded.

I give unto my Grandson Thos Lyon Twenty Shills. New York
Money & yt to be put to Interest intill he comes of age. And I do
hereby appoint Constitute and ordain my true & Loveing wife Abigail
Lyon my sons Thomas Lyon & Saml Lyon to be my sole Exr of this
my Last Will and Testament, & I do hereby Renounce all manner &
former Wills Legacies & Testaments allowing, Ratifieing & Confirming
this & none other to be my Last Will and Testament In Witness where-
of I have hereunto sett my Hand & fixed my Seal this second Day of
April In year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred & Thirty nine.

his
THOMAS X LYON (Seal)

mark
Signed, Sealed, acknowledged & pronounced by ye sd Thomas Lyon in
ye presence of us Subscribers

Vallentine Rowell

Elijah Weeks

Alex Burns



Note 10.— WILL OF JOSEPH^ LYON OF RYE, DATED
Oct. 10, 1752, Probated March 12, 1761.

In the name of God Amen this tenth day of October in the year
of our Lord One thousand Seven hundred & fifty two I Joseph Lyon
of Rye in the County of Westchester & Province of New York being
under the Decays of old age but of Sound mind & memory God be
thanked, do make ordain and appoint this my last Will and Testament
in Manner and form following that is to say first of all I give my soul
to God, the father of Spirits and my body I bequeath to the ground
from whence it was taken to be buried in a decent manner at the
Discretion of my executors And as to such Portions of Worldly
Estate with which it hath Pleased God to bless me, I will and Dispose
of the same in the following manner.

Imprimis, I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Sarah Lyon
all my moveable Estate of what kind soever after the Payment of



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my Just debts Funeral Expences and charges and Proving this my
last Will and Executing the same all of which I order to be paid by
my executors out of my moveable estate, and all the remainder to
be wholly for the; use of my said loving wife and for her disposal
among our ofspring according to her Direction when she needs it no
longer. Item I give and bequeath unto my said loving wife Sarah
Lyon the whole use and enjoyment of all my lands, Mills and Tene-
ments, except such as I shall otherwise devise hereafter in this Will
to be possessed, used and enjoyed by her during her natural Life and
I order my said wife as soon as convenient may be after my decease
to pay unto each of her three daughters Phebe the wife of Samuel
Miller, Amy the wife of Godfrey Haines and Anne the wife of Elisha
Budd the sum of five pounds to each to be Laid out by them in good
and Pious Books for them and their children.

Item. I give devise and bequeath unto my Grandson Joseph
Miller son of my loving Daughter Phebe, all that Tract of land which
I purchased of his father Samuel Miller lying above Westchester Old
Road in Rye to him his heirs and assigns for ever reserving however
out of the above bequest the use of one third part of the whole tract
to be for his mother and my Daughter Phebe if it shah please God
she shall become a widow and I Will and Devise that the said third
part to be for her use whenever and so long as she shall be a widow
and I also reserve out of the above bequest the liberty and Privilege
for my wife to cut and fetch away for her use what Timber and
Trees she shall have occassion of for her own use — the use of the
Mill & Farm where I live & this Priviledge I give her during her life
after which reserves, the remainder & Reversions to be fore the use
& benefit of the said Joseph Miller his heirs and assigns forever But
in consideration thereof I will and appoint that my said Grandson
Joseph Miller shall pay unto his brother Lyon Miller when he comes
to the age of twenty one years the sum of Ten Pounds current money
of New York.

I give Devise and bequeath unto my loving Daughter Anne and her
husband Elisha Budd all my lands & Tenements, Right in lands,
Mills, houses and all appurtenances thereto belonging after expiration
of above Bequest to my loving wife and with exception of above grant
to Joseph Miller all the Residue after the Death of my wife I bequeath
unto my daughter Anne & 'Son in Law Elisha Budd and the survivor



294 THOMAS LYON OF RYE

of them for their use and disposal during the term of their natural
lives or of the survivor of them Howsoever upon the following con-
dition only Viz that in consideration of their enjoying this bequest they
well and truly pay the sum of four hundred Pounds current money of
New York according to the following order i. e. unto my Daughter
Phebe or her surviving children to be equally divided among them
the sum of forty pounds current money of New York as soon as con-
veniently may be after the decease of my wife of which the eldest
son Joseph to have no share, also unto my daughter Amy or her sur-
viving children to be equally divided among them the sum of one
hundred pounds like money to be paid at the same time also unto
my Grandson Joseph Merritt son of my deceased Daughter Mary, the
sum of ninety pounds like money to be paid when he comes to the
age of twenty five years, if the decease of my wife shall be before that
time also unto my Grandson Elisha Merritt the sum of seventy
Pounds like money and unto my grandson Silvanus Merritt the sum
of One hundred pounds to be paid to each their part when they arrive
at the age of twenty five years if the Decease of my wife happens
before that time. I will and bequeath unto my grandson Jonathan
Budd, son of my Daughter Ann Budd the Reversion and Reversions
of all my Real Estate after the Decease of his Father & Mother &
the survivors of them Viz All my Lands, Mills, Houses and Rights of
Land where soever and of what kind soever for his use and his heirs
and assigns forever. Provided the above mentioned four hundred
Pounds be paid as above directed, otherwise tis my will & I hereby
order that my surviving Executor or Executors in five years after the
death of my wife shall sell such part of my Estate as they think best
and pay the above four hundred pounds as directed and a Deed from
such Executor or Executors shall be a good Title to the purchasers
Lastly I nominate and appoint my loving wife and my son in Law
Elisha Budd and my beloved Kinsman Andrew Merritt to be the Exe-
cutors of this my last Will and Testament hereby Revoking and dis-
annulling all former Wills by me made and executors by me appointed
confirming this only to be my last Will.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & Seal the day
and year first above written

JOSEPH LYON

Signed Sealed Published & Pronounced by said Joseph Lyon to be his



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last T/ill and Testament in presence of us Rapl Jacobs, Abraham
Theall, J. Wetmore.

Proven 12th day March 1761 before John Barstow Surrogate West-
chester County N. Y.



WILL OF SARAH LYON, WIDOW OF JOSEPH LYON (No. 8).

New York Probate Records XXI. p. 647. Proved Jan. 30, 1769
before Caleb Fowler, Surrogate of Westchester Co., N. Y.

In the name of God amen this Eighth day of April Ano Dom.
One thousand seven hundred and sixty seven I Sarah Lyon widdow of
Joseph Lyon late of Rye, Westchester County and Province of New
York, deed, being at present in good health and sound mind and mem-
ory but calling to mind the uncertainty of this Life and that it is
appointed for all Persons once to Die, do make this my last Will and
Testament in manner and form following:

'Imprimis — I order that my just Debts funeral charges and charges
of settling my Estate be paid by my Executors hereafter named out
of what Estate belongs to me.

Item — I give and bequeath unto my two daughters Phebe Miller
and Amy Haines all my wearing apparell and household goods and
furniture therein of every kind and sort to be equally divided between
my said two daughters and when divided to each of them to hold the
one equal half to their several uses and disposal absolutely.

Item — I give to each of the children of my daughter Anne Budd
deceased which shall appear to demand the same at the Expiration of
twelve months after my decease the sum^ of Ten pounds Bach to be
paid them by my Executors.

Item — I order and it is my will the remainder of my whole Estate
after the above Legacy s. Debts and Charges are paid (Excepting
seventy pounds given by my husband Joseph Lyon to one grandson
Elisha Merritt which I otherwise order if in my Power so to do) to say
the whole remainder as above to be divided by my Executors v/ithin
the Expiration of twelve months after my decease into three Equal
parts to say: one third part to my daughter Amy Haines and the other
one third part to be equally divided between my grandsons Joseph
Merritt and Sylvanus Merritt and delivered by my said Executors
within the term of one year as abovesaid to the several uses of my said.
children and grand children to them their heirs and assigns absolutely.



296 THOMAS LYON OF RYE

Item — Whereas my grandson Elisha Merritt died before his grand
father and under age and had no lawful! issue therefore supposing the
seventy pounds given him by his grandfather in his will Reverts back
to my Husband's Estate and is part of his movable Estate therefore
in my power — I order the said seventy pounds to be paid and disposed
of by my Executors in this manner — to Joseph Merritt my grandson
twenty pounds, to Sylvanus Merritt my grandson twenty pounds and
the remaining thirty pounds to my grandson William Miller to hold
the same for their several uses as above.

Item — I order that my negroes shall have a fortnight to look their
masters in and not to be forceably sold under a month after my
decease.

Lastly I nominate and appoint my two grandsons Joseph Miller
and William Miller to be the Executors of this my last Will and Testa-
ment hereby revoking all former Wills by me made and allowing this
and no other to be ray last Will and Testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the day
and year first above written

her
SARAH X LYON
mark
Signed sealed published and pronounced by the said Sarah Lyon to
be her last will and Testament in the presence of us:
Andrew Merritt, farmer
Ezekiel Halsted
John Carhart



NOTE 11.— WILL OF THOMAS' LYON OF RYE, DATED
Nov, 5, 1770, Probated New York Dec. 20, 1770.

In the nam.e of God Amen. I Thomas Lyon of Rye in Westchester
County and Province of New York, yeoman, being sick in body but of
sound mind and memory, thanks be to God for the same but calling
to mind the uncertainty of this mortal life and that it is appointed
unto all men once to dye, do make my last Will and Testament in
manner and form following

Imprimis I Will and order that my just debts, funeral charges
and the charge of settling my Estate be paid by my Executors, out
of my moveable Estate in some convenient time after my decease.



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Item I give unto my loving wife Martha Lyon all my household goods
of every sort. I also give my said wife one Jade mare or horse of mine
at her choice and a side sadle and bridle, Two cows at her choice.
I also give my said wife Martha my negro woman called Phillis, all
the above moveables to her use and disposal absolutely. Item. I
further order and it is my will that my said wife Martha shall have
the liberty to dwell in and have the use of the whole of my now
dwelling-house deuring the time she shall remain my widow and
liberty of pasturing her Jade and two cows hereby given her on part
of the land I have hereby given to my son Andrew Lyon and he is
to provide for the wintering said Jade and cows. She is also to have



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