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Louisa (Martin) Lyon,
the third child of Joseph and Eliza (Sleeper) Martin, was born in Bedford Township, Meigs County, Ohio, in August 1837.  She never knew her father, as he had died four months before she was born.  Louisa grew up in the household of her mother’s parents, John and Elizabeth Sleeper (also in Bedford Township)

Louisa married Samuel K. Lyon on 15 April 1866 in Meigs County.  Samuel, born in Beaver County, PA, in February 1837, was a son of Samuel and Catherine (Eaton) Lyon.  Prior to his marriage, Samuel had served 3 years in the Union Army during the Civil War.  He had enlisted in the 7th Independent Battery, Ohio Light Artillery on 5 March 5, 1862 and mustered out on 6 March 1865, at Vicksburg, Miss. (shown as Samuel K. Lyons in the official roster).  During his service, he participated in the siege of Corinth, Miss., the Battle of Hatchie River, and the siege of Vicksburg, Miss.

Samuel and Louisa lived in Meigs County for about the first 10 years of their marriage, during which time five of their six children were born.  By 1877, when their youngest son was born, they had moved to the area of Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Samuel had made his living through farming in Ohio; in the 1880 census of Allen County, Indiana, his occupation is listed as “Teamster.”

Samuel and Louisa spent the rest of their days in Allen County, IN.  Samuel passed away on 4 March 1907, and Louisa followed on 17 Apr 1917.  Both are buried at Fairview Cemetery in Huntertown, Allen County.  Together, they were the parents of six children:

  • Wilmer L. Lyon, 1867–1943 (never married).
  • Alba Otto Lyon, 1868–1883 (never married).
  • Dalton Delbert Lyon, 1870–1942 (never married).
  • Fidalia “Dale” Lyon, 1872–1963 (married (1) John G. Golden and (2) William Herbert Bittsberger).
  • Viola L. “Viva” Lyon, 1874–1950 (married James Hathaway).
  • Samuel Herschel Lyon, 1877–1938 (never married).

If you can suggest any corrections to the information above or provide any further details about the lives of Samuel, Louisa, and their descendants, please contact me at the address shown in the image below:

Pete at John Martin Family dot org

     —Pete Martin

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