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  • ID: I311639
  • Name: Matthew LYON
  • RELA: Spouse of 4th cousin 7x removed
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 14 JUL 1749 in County Wicklow, Ireland
  • Event: Elected Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Vermont BET 4 MAR 1797 AND 3 MAR 1801
  • Death: 1 AUG 1822 in Arkansas
  • Event: Pic Matthew Lyon
  • Note:
    LYON, Matthew, (father of Chittenden Lyon and great-grandfather of William Peters Hepburn), a Representative from Vermont and from Kentucky; born near Dublin, County Wicklow, Ireland, July 14, 1749; attended school in Dublin; began to learn the trade of printer in 1763; immigrated to the United States in 1765; was landed as a redemptioner and worked on a farm in Woodbury, Conn., where he continued his education; moved to Wallingford, Vt. (then known as the New Hampshire Grants), in 1774 and organized a company of militia; served as adjutant in Colonel Warner's regiment in Canada in 1775; commissioned second lieutenant in the regiment known as the Green Mountain Boys in July 1776; moved to Arlington, Vt., in 1777; resigned from the Army in 1778; member of the State house of representatives 1779-1783; founded the town of Fair Haven, Vt., in 1783; was a member of the State house of representatives for ten years during the period 1783-1796; built and operated various kinds of mills, including one for the manufacture of paper; established a printing office in 1793 and published the Farmers' Library, afterward the Fair Haven Gazette; unsuccessful candidate for election to the Second and Third Congresses; unsuccessfully contested the election of Israel Smith to the Fourth Congress; elected as a Republican to the Fifth and Sixth Congresses (March 4, 1797-March 3, 1801); was not a candidate for renomination in 1800; moved to Kentucky in 1801 and settled in Caldwell (now Lyon) County; member of the house of representatives of Kentucky in 1802; elected to the Eighth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1803-March 3, 1811); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1810 to the Twelfth Congress; was appointed United States factor to the Cherokee Nation in Arkansas Territory in 1820; unsuccessfully contested the election of James W. Bates as a Delegate from Arkansas Territory to the Seventeenth Congress; died in Spadra Bluff, Ark., August 1, 1822; interment in Spadra Bluff Cemetery; reinterment in Eddyville Cemetery, Eddyville, Caldwell (now Lyon) County, Ky., in 1833.
    --- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

    Marriage 1 Mary HORSFORD b: 27 OCT 1751 in Cornwall, Litchfield Co., CT
    • Married: 23 JUN 1772 in Connecticut
    1. Has Children Anne LYON b: 14 JAN 1774 in Cornwall, Litchfield Co., CT
    2. Has Children James LYON b: 15 APR 1776 in Wallingford, Rutland Co., VT
    3. Has Children Pamelia LYON b: 9 DEC 1780 in Wallingford, Rutland Co., VT
    4. Has No Children Lorraine LYON b: APR 1782 in Wallingford, Rutland Co., VT

    Marriage 2 Beulah M. CHITTENDEN b: 23 MAY 1763 in Salisbury, Litchfield Co., CT
    • Married: 1784 in Vermont
    1. Has Children Minerva LYON b: 27 JUN 1785 in Vermont
    2. Has Children Chittenden LYON b: 22 FEB 1787 in Fair Haven, Rutland Co., VT
    3. Has Children Aurelia LYON b: 27 JUN 1790 in Fair Haven, Rutland Co., VT
    4. Has Children Matthew LYON , Jr. b: 18 APR 1792 in Fair Haven, Rutland Co., VT
    5. Has No Children Noah Chittenden LYON b: 22 MAR 1794
    6. Has No Children Beulah LYON b: 26 JUL 1796
    7. Has No Children Giles N. LYON b: 27 JAN 1803
    8. Has Children Elizabeth Ann LYON b: 11 JUN 1805 in Kentucky
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