|Birth: ||Oct. 7, 1820|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Oct. 13, 1895, USA|
According to a family tree on Ancestry.com, James was the son of James Lyon (1796-1856) and Asenath Smith (1804-1856). The tree attributed eleven children to the couple--Alexander (b.1819), Hiram A. (b.1820), James (b.1821), Olive, (b.1824), George Ozro (b.1828), Jeana (b.1830), Catherine Ann (b.1832), Melinda (b.1834), Roxanna Drake (b.1837), Maria (b.1839), and Mary (b. 1848).
James married first wife Sophia Stephens (nee Pulis) circa 1846. It was a second marriage for Sophia. She had previously married John Stephens on 26 May 1835 in Greenwich, New York and had two children with him--sons Walter (b.1835 NY) and George (b.1840 IN).
James and Sophia appeared together on the 1850 Census, living in Berrien Co., Michigan, where James was earning a living as a wheelright. With the couple were the two daughters they had had together--Ellen (b. 1847) and Harriet (b.1848), along with Sophia's two sons Walter, aged 15, and George, aged 10.
The year 1856 would have been a sad one for James, as both his father and mother died that year.
By the 1860 Census, James and Sophia had moved the family to Union Township, Marshall Co., Indiana. James was working as a mechanic. Daughters Ellen, aged 13, and Harriet, aged 11, were with their parents, but Sophia's sons Walter and George were out on their own.
The years 1865 and 1866 were a mix of joy and sadness for James. His daughter Harriet married Charles Jerome Swezey on 4 Jul 1865, and daughter Ellen married Daniel N. Dressler on 22 Feb 1866, both marriages taking place in Marshall County. Sophia got to see both her daughters marry, but she died on 24 Sep 1866 at age 55.
James mourned her death for two years before deciding to remarry. He tied the knot for the second time on 23 Mar 1868 in Marshall Co. His second wife was Elizabeth Taplin (nee Plant), born in 1815 in Yelvertoft, England, making her six years older than James.
It was also a second marriage for Elizabeth. She had previously married Minard Taplin on 9 May 1837 in Berkshire, Delaware Co., Ohio. Minard was a carpenter. He and Elizabeth had at least eight children together--Henry Lee (b.1838), Hannah Drucella (b.1840), Emily Ann (b.1843), Mary Jane (b.1845), James Ezra (b.1848), Sarah Sophonia (b.1852), John Medbourn (b.1855), and William M. (b.1857).
It was a blended family that appeared together on the 1870 Census. James, aged 49, and Elizabeth, aged 55, were living with James' daughter Harriet and Harriet's husband Charles Swezey. James was working as a wagon maker and Charles as a gardener. Also with the family were Elizabeth's two youngest sons from her first marriage--John Taplin (incorrectly transcribed as "Topplin"), aged 16, and William Taplin, aged 14. John indicated that he was a teamster.
I couldn't find James and Elizabeth in 1880. James' elder daughter Ellen (Dressler), Ellen's husband Daniel, and their three children William J., aged 12, Edgar J., aged 7, and Archie N., aged 4, were living in Dexter, Cowley Co., Kansas, where Daniel was farming for a living. With them were Elizabeth's two sons John and William Taplin, aged 25 and 21, noted as boarders and doing farm labor. There was also a 35-year-old carpenter living in the home by the name of Noris H. Abbott.
Elsewhere in 1880, were James' younger daughter Harriet (Swezey), aged 32, and Harriet's husband Charles, aged 41, living in Lakeville, St. Joseph Co., Indiana, where Charles was working in the dry goods business. There were no children with them.
James and Elizabeth did appear on an 1885 Kansas census. They were living in Vernon, Cowley County, Kansas. With them were Elizabeth's two sons John and William Taplin, and James' daughter Hattie Swezey had moved from Lakeville, Indiana to join them. Hattie's husband Charles was not with her. Living nearby was Elizabeth's eldest son Henry Lee and his family. Henry had become a carpenter like his father Minard and had named one of his sons Minard.
Both James and Elizabeth died before the next available census taken in 1900. James died first on 13 Oct 1895 at age 74, and was laid to rest next to first wife Sophia. Elizabeth followed in 1899.
Elizabeth Taplin (1815 - 1899)
Sophia Pulis Stephens Lyon (1810 - 1866)*
Ellen M. Lyon Dressler (1847 - 1899)*
Harriet Lyon Swezy (1848 - 1940)*
Oak Hill Cemetery
Plot: New Plot, Row 2
Created by: Kim White
Record added: Nov 24, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 120749995