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 Louisa D. <I>Lyon</I> Beets

Louisa D. Lyon Beets

Patrick County, Virginia, USA
Death 25 Jul 1888 (aged 66)
Miami County, Kansas, USA
Burial Hillsdale, Miami County, Kansas, USA
Memorial ID 32380006 · View Source
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Daughter of William Lyon and Milly McAlexander
Wife of Joseph Beets Jr.

Her first husband's name was Andrew J. Patten. Their children were named James Jameson Patten and William A. Patten

She was the ninth of ten children born to William Lyon and Milly McAlexander.

Her father, William Isiah Hopkins Lyon, was born about 1775 in Amherst Co., Virginia and died before I October 1841 in Van Buren Co. (now Cass Co), Missouri. He and his family moved from Patric Co., Virginia around 1832. He was appointef rist Clerk of the Court of Van Buren County on 14 September 1835 and first Clerk of the Circuit Court on 7 December 1835. His father was William Lyon who was born about 1742 and died on 20 March 1811 in Nelson Co., Virginia. He served three tours of three months eas in the Virginia Continenatl Line during the REvolutionary War. His father was John Lyon, born 1697 in Dorchester County, Maryland. He died in 1784 in Caswell County, North Carolina. His father was John Lyon, born abt 1675 in Dorchester County, Maryland and died in 1702 in the same county. His father was John Lyon born about 1649 in Scotland. He died about 1681 in Dorchester County, Maryland. He owned considrable land on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and Maryland.

Her mother mother was born Milly McAlexander on 1786 in Amherst County, Virginia. Her father, John McAlexander, was born about 1751 in Virginia. HIs father was James McAlexander, born about 1717, probably in Scotland. Along iwth his brother Thomas, they were the first McAlexanders in the colonies and both received land grands in Virginia in 1756.

Louisa was about 11 years old when her family moved from Virginia to Van Buren County, Missouri. She was 21 year sold when she married Andrew G. Patton (also spelled Patten) and was widowed at 24, with two children, James Jameson and William A. Patton. Two and a half years later, she married Joseph Beets on 30 March 1848 in Cass County, Missouri. Louisa's sister, Florence, Married Samuel Sharp and they owned the land next to where Luoisa and Joseph Beets settled. The log cabin that Florence and Samuel Sharp built in 1832 is still in existence today, and form the focal point of the Log Cabin Days festival celebrated by the Cass County Historical Society each year in October. Louisa and Joseph must have spent some time in that cabin, since they were next door neighbors.

Many of Louisa's family, along with the Pattens and Sneeds, left for California in 1846 in a wagon train. They made it to Sonoma Valley, California.

Louisa's younger brother, Henry Lee Lyon, was with the Beets brother, James and John, when they first came to Lykins (now Miami) County, Kansas in 1855. He served as Justice of the Peace in Cass Co., Missouri, Marying John Beets and Polly White in 1853. He also served as Justice of the Peace in Miami Co., Kansas and held the rank of First Lietenant in the Civil War.

Louisa's son from her first marriage, William A. Patton, fought in the Civil War for the Union in Co. I, 14th Kansas Calvary. He was honorably dischared on 25 June 1865. Her other son, James, died in manhood, leaving a wife and two children.

Louisa and Joseph moved to Miami County in 1856 and homesteaded the land that is still in the Beets family today, almost 160 years later. Their first children together, Eliza Jane, Peter Lee, Mary Ann and Henry Palmer were all born in Cass County, Missouri, the rest were born on the homestead in Miami County. She has 12 children, all together, with 3 (Mary Ann, John C. and John L) all dying in early childhood.

Louisa could read and write, probably helping her husband Joseph, who could not. She died 26 July 1888 of "blood poisoning" according to her brief obituary in the Paola Times. She was 67 years old. She is buried next to her husband in the Old Hillsdale Cemetery.

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  • Created by: Johanna Thompson
  • Added: 24 Dec 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 32380006
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Louisa D. Lyon Beets (8 Oct 1821–25 Jul 1888), Find A Grave Memorial no. 32380006, citing Hillsdale Cemetery Old, Hillsdale, Miami County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Johanna Thompson (contributor 46993244) .