The Lyons Family


The Bryan, Needham, Rambeau and Smith Families
20 November 2007, 8:22 pm
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WILLIAM BRYAN, I, Marquis of Thoman, was a member of the nobility of Ireland. He married Lady Alice Needham in 1689. She was the daughter of Lord Thomas Needham, Vicount of Kilmorok. One of the children of William and Alice Needham Bryan was Needham Bryan.

NEEDHAM BRYAN was born on February 11, 1690.   In 1711, he
married Annie Rambeau. She died on March 16, 1730. One of the chil­dren of Needham and Annie Bryan was William Bryan, II.

WILLIAM BRYAN, II, was born October 31, 1724, in Bertie County, North Carolina. In 1744, he married Elizabeth Smith, daughter of John Smith and his wife, Elizabeth Whitfield Smith. Among the children of William and Elizabeth Bryan were Needham Bryan, II and William Bryan, III. William Bryan, III, was a member of the Provincial Congress which met at Newbern, August 25, 1744. “This Assembly in Congress as it was called,” says Wheeler, “was an epoch in our history. It was a conflict of arms or force, but it was the first act in that great drama in which battles and blood form only subordinate parts.” Needham Bryan, II, was also among the delegates to that historic Congress.
William and Elizabeth Bryan had nine children:

  1. Lewis Bryan, who married Nancy Hinton.
  2. William Bryan, III, who married Elizabeth Gray.
  3. Arthur Bryan, who married Nancy McCallers.
  4. Elizabeth Bryan, who married Col. Josiah Sasser.
  5. Hardy Bryan, who married Winnefred McCallers.
  6. Blake Bryan, who married Elizabeth Blackshear.
  7. Esther Bryan, who married Jonathan Smith.
  8. SUSANNA BRYAN
  9. John Bryan, who married Patsy Hinton.

SUSANNA BRYAN was born on November 25, 1763. She married John Bush. One of the children of John and Susanna Bush was Elizabeth Bush.

ELIZABETH BUSH was born in 1786. In 1805, she married James J. Tooke.

The Bush family thus merged with the Tooke family.



The Scally Family and The Hall Family

MICHAEL HALL was born at Dublin, Ireland, on January 20, 1836. According to family legend, Michael’s mother died when he was born. Two aunts then came to live with Michael’s father. The Halls strongly opposed English rule in Ireland. As a consequence, they lived under the constant threat of English persecution. The situation became so unbearable that Michael’s father left Ireland by ship, at night, for Australia. He was lost at sea in a heavy storm. The aunts then sold the family property and emigrated with Michael to Palmyra, New York.

Addition from Charlton Lyons, Jr.:

I attach for your close attention a copy of a most fascinating document: Michael Hall renounces allegiance to Queen Victoria. With sharp eyes, you will be able to read almost every word of it and if you give it the though it deserves, i believe you will be glad you did.

I am by no means an authority on the legal procedure to be followed by an immigrant seeking citizenship in the USA in 1857 but I think it quite possible that all that may have been required was the execution of an affidavit like the one you see attached.

At the top right hand corner  appears book 1, page 103. At the left hand margin appears

State of Wisconsin

County of Croix St

Strange though it is, Thomas McCord has informed me that ‘County of Croix St’ is the correct reading of county Omn which this document was executed by Michael Hall, age 22.

But note this: this affidavit is recorded in the very first book of the public records of St Croix County! Imagine that! In 1857, the date of this document, Wisconsin had been a state for only nine years. And our ancient ancestor’s affidavit appears as the 103rd page of that book!

We are indebted to Tom McCord for this document. I have filed the copy tom sent me in a hard file in no. 60 of our archive in which several years ago i filed almost everything I collected about the Michael Hall family in Chippewa Falls and Chetek during the preparation of my memoir songs I heard my mother sing.

MARY SCALLY* was born in Longford, Ireland, on November 15, 1838. Michael Hall and Mary Scally were married (probably at Palmyra, New York) on January 17, 1859. Later, they went down the Ohio River by river barge to a point in Indiana and then by covered wagon to Chicago and on to the Minneapolis area of Minnesota. They first lived on a farm that is now situated within the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Later, they bought a farm at Eagle Prairie, near the town of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

In addition to farming at Eagle Prairie, Michael conducted a real estate and farm machinery business in Chippewa Falls. He also served as Sheriff of Chippewa County.

Mary was the true farmer of the family; a very energetic, practical and philanthropic woman. She was a devout Catholic. She was ever-ready to succor the sick and needy. She organized an association that provided medical service and hospitalization to woodsmen; the charge being $5.00 per member per year. This led to the establishment of the hospital at Chippewa Falls, now known as St. Joseph’s Hospital.
While living on the farm at Eagle Prairie, Mary found an Indian lying in the snow with a broken leg. She brought him to her home, set his leg and nursed him. The Indian disappeared as soon as he was able to walk. A few years later, the Indian returned, handed Mary a basket filled with beautiful pieces of embroidered bead-work and then left without saying a word.

One winter, Michael and Mary travelled by horse and sleigh to St. Paul, Minnesota, to hear Jenny Lind sing.
Fred H. Ryan remembers that his grandmother, Mary Hall, told him that once when alone in her farm home, she sensed that someone was looking at her, and turning her eyes slightly, saw two Indians—in full war paint, peering at her through the window. She knew that Indians were deathly afraid of insane women, so without turning toward the window, acted as though she were insane. The Indians fled.

Michael and Mary lived on the farm at Eagle Prairie until their chil­dren were grown and then moved to Chippewa Falls, purchasing a home at 615 Bridge Street. They lived in this home for the remainder of their lives.

In August, 1903, Michael Hall and his son-in-law, W. F. Cummings, built a cottage on the north shore of Lake Chetek, Chetek, Wisconsin, for the purpose of providing a gathering place for the family in the summer. How well they succeeded is attested by the fact that without a single exception, many of their descendants and friends have used the cottage every summer since it was built.

*Mike Scally, brother of Mary Scally Hall, lived in California. Fred T. Scally, R.F.D., Cordelia, Suisan, California, and the Okel family who also lived in California, address unknown, are descendants of Mike Scally.

Michael and Mary were both about 5’3″ tall. S^ ‘ Michael died on October 16, 1911; Mary died on August 20, 1913. Both were buried in the Hope Cemetery, Chippewa Falls. Michael Hall and Mary Scally had seven children:

  1. Mary A. Hall, who married W. T. Gilbert.
  2. Agnes E. Hall, who married Albert Crest.
  3. Clara Hall, who married Thomas Ryan.
  4. HENRY PATRICK HALL.
  5. Catherine E. Hall, who married W. F. Cummings.
  6. Joseph T. Hall.
  7. Dorothy W. Hall, who married C. T. McCord.

HENRY PATRICK HALL, born in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, on September 15, 1868. He married Laura Ann O’Rourke on June 5, 1894. Laura O’Rourke was born at Newport, Vermont, on May 1, 1876. Her mother was Florence Ella Stevens and her father was Andrew Alexander O’Rourke. Henry (“Harry”) was a raconteur of unusual ability. He was also adept in dialects and had a beautiful tenor voice. He died on August 25, 1956, at Rice Lake, Wisconsin, and was buried at Forest Park Cemetery, Shreveport.

Laura Hall now lives in Shreveport, Louisiana. Laura and H. P. Hall had three children:

  1. MARY MARJORIE HALL, born March 27, 1895, on the farm of her grandparents, at Eagle Point, near Chippewa Falls, Wiscon­sin. She married Charlton Havard Lyons, at Chetek, Wisconsin, on August 28, 1917.
  2. Norma Harriett Hall, born February 5, 1897, in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Norma was instantly killed in an automobile accident near Purcell, Oklahoma, about 2 P. M., March 20, 1948. Norma was buried in Forest Park Cemetery, Shreveport. Norma possessed a dynamic personality. At the time of her death she was an out­standing teacher in the public schools of Dallas, Texas, having taught there for a number of years.
  3. Barbara Ann Hall, born August 10, 1920, in Chippewa Falls, Wis­consin. Barbara married Jim Burnsted, of Chetek, from whom she was divorced. She later married John Welch, of Eau Claire, Wis­consin. They resided in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. They had no children. Barbara died on January 24, 1962.

For further data on the Hall Family, see the Hall Family Supplement. The Marjorie Hall branch of the Hall family thus merges into the Charlton Havard Lyons family.



John Lyons, Sr.
20 November 2007, 7:59 pm
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JOHN LYONS, SR., was the first Lyons ancestor of which we have record. He was born about 1757. John’s father may have been Samuel Lyons but there is no proof of this.

According to one family legend, the Lyons came from Ireland and Scotland. According to another they came to this country from Nova Scotia about the time of the American Revolution.

It is not known when the first Lyons reached Louisiana. Some members of the family believe that the Lyons first settled in Georgia or Tennessee. However, it is certain that John Lyons, Sr. was in Louisiana prior to 1801 for in that year he purchased some 6000 acres of land in what is now Vermilion and Acadia Parishes. The land is situated on both the North and South sides of Bayou Queue de Tortue.

John Lyons, Sr. was the father of at least seven children:

  1. MICHAEL LYONS, born about 1777.
  2. John Lyons, Jr.
  3. Gabriel Lyons
  4. Elizabeth Lyons
  5. Samuel Lyons
  6. William Lyons
  7. David Lyons

John Lyons, Sr. married Nancy or Ana, Ahart. It is thought that all of John’s children were born of this marriage; however, Michael, the eldest child, might have been by a previous marriage.

According to the Lyons’ Family Bible, Nancy Ahart Lyons died on June 1, 1809, and John Lyons, Sr. died on August 23, 1835. He died at his home place on Bayou Queue de Tortue.

Michael Lyons purchased a portion of the “home” place from his father, John Lyons, Sr. This property was located on the South side of the bayou; his father lived on the North side.

Michael Lyons was married three times. His first wife was Mary (“Polly”) Hayes, daughter of Bosman Hayes and his wife, Martha Ivy Hayes. They were married on October 27, 1800. Mary died May 17, 1826. Michael’s second wife was Ellenor Berwick, widow of William Newman. They were married on September 10, 1828. She died March 9, 1833. No children were born of this marriage. His third wife was Susan Nolan Reeves Aikley. They were married on April 1, 1834. Michael died on October 19, 1840. His wife, Susan, died February 22, 1865.

Michael and Mary Lyons had the following children:

  1. Elizabeth, born November 20, 1802, who married Edward Merriman on June 18, 1822. She died on April 7, 1834, at age 32.
  2. Fanny, born September 28, 1804, who married William Prather on August 27, 1822.
  3. Abel, born August 5, 1806, who married Ann Druzilla on Feb­ruary 13, 1827. She died on October 15, 1827, at 18 years of age.
  4. Sarah, born June 27, 1808, who married Richard West on June 22, 1824. She died on February 22, 1865.
  5. Nancy, born October 12, 1810, who married John Brien on March 6, 1827.
  6. ABORN, born October 19, 1812.
  7. Bozman, born March 20, 1815.
  8. Isaac, born April 29, 1817.
  9. Solomon, born February 27, 1819.
  1. Benjamin, and
  2. Martha, twins, born June 10, 1824.



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