|Isabella Lyons (1806 - 1872)|
|Isabella Lyons (1806 - 1872)|
wife of Rev. I. E. Bill
This is another brickwall line, and I was reluctant to post it as a Surname Saturday name until I realized that someone out there in cyber space may have the answer to my lineage problems. So here is the story…
My line begins with David Lyons. He appears in Nova Scotia records for the first time when he purchased land from Thomas M. Beckwith near the Pereau River on 6 April 1803. He appears in the 1790 Federal Census of Stratford, Connecticut. According to an article in Connecticut Ancestry “Connecticut Loyalists Who Went to Canada” 1974, Volume 17, No. 2, a “Daniel Lyon” was granted land in Canning, Nova Scotia. Is this the same man?
On 25 May 1779 in Cornwallis, Kings County, Nova Scotia David Lyons married Elizabeth Ratchford, the daughter of Thomas Ratchford and Desire Gore, other new Nova Scotia planters from New England. I know little else about Thomas and Elizabeth. David Lyons and his family are listed in the Cornwallis Township book, which gives the names and some dates for the twelve children’s births.
My line continues through their son, Thomas Ratchford Lyons, who married twice. His first wife, and my 4th great grandmother, was Ann Skinner. She gave him seven children. I only know a little about this generation from vital records in the Cornwallis Township Book and from a journal written by a son-in-law. Their daughter, Isabella Lyons, married the Reverend Ingraham Ebenezer Bill, who wrote extensively about his life, his family and his conversion to the Baptist faith. There is also some information about the Lyons family in the family sketches chapters of The History of King’s County, Nova Scotia by Arthur Wentworth Hamilton Eaton, 1910 (available to read online at archive.org at this link http://archive.org/details/historykingscou00eatogoog ).
Other LYONS researchers have uncovered information about a Patrick Lyons in Nova Scotia. This Patrick Lyons lived previously in Connecticut, where he witnessed a will. Patrick Lyons left a will mentioning his father’s burial in County Monaghan, Ireland, and a brother Edmund in Castleblaney. Could he be the father, brother or kinsman of David Lyons? Was the family of Irish descent? Were they Loyalists?
My LYONS lineage:
Generation 1: Patrick Lyons?
Generation 2: David Lyons, born about 1759 in Connecticut? Died May 1812 in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia; married on 25 May 1779 in Cornwallis to Elizabeth Ratchford, daughter of Thomas Ratchford and Desire Gore. She was born about 1764 and died on 18 March 1845 in Nova Scotia.
Generation 3: Thomas Ratchford Lyons, born 3 March 1780 in Cornwallis, died 1859 in Sackville, Nova Scotia; married first on 30 September 1802 in Cornwallis to Ann Skinner, daughter of Charles Skinner and Sarah Osborn. She was born 9 March 1786 in Cornwallis and died 19 October 1815 in Cornwallis. He married second to Anne Griffin.
Generation 3: Isabella Lyons, born 28 January 1806 in Cornwallis, died April 1872 in Carleton, New Brunswick; she married on 20 April 1826 in Cornwallis to Reverend Ingraham Ebenezer Bill, son of Asahel Bill and Mary Rand. He was born on 19 February 1805 in Billtown, Cornwallis and died 4 August 1891 in St. Martin’s, New Brunswick.
Generation 4: Caleb Rand Bill m. Ann Margaret Bollman
Generation 5: Isabella Lyons Bill m. Albert Munroe Wilkinson
Generation 6: Donald Munroe Wilkinson m. Bertha Louise Roberts (my grandparents)
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