Biography of Nelson E. Lyon
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Lyon, Nelson E., is the successor of the old firm of Lord & Burr, whose business as general merchants was founded about 1830. He has resided in Ludlowville since 1868. He was born in Wetumpka, Ala., January 10, 1838, a son of Isaac and Frances (Smith) Lyon. Isaac was a native of New York and moved to Alabama in 1836, where he was engaged in the banking business. He died in Rochester, N. Y., in 1839, and his widow married second Wells Southworth, of West Springfield, Mass., where they went to reside, Nelson E. remaining with his stepfather until the age of thirteen. He was educated at Westfield, Mass., Academy, Northwest Grammar School in Philadelphia, Pa., and the academy at Norristown, Pa., after which he engaged in the jewelry business in Rochester, N. Y. In 1858 he accepted a position as actuary of the City Fire Insurance Company of New Haven, Conn., remaining there about two years; from thence he went to St. Louis, Mo., and again engaged in the jewelry business. Upon the breaking out of the Rebellion in 1861 he removed to New York city, which place he made his home for the following five years, during 1861 and 1862 furnishing army supplies to the war department for different sections of the United States. In the fall of 1862 he fitted out an expedition to the Pacific coast of South America, taking divers and diving gear from Boston, the object being to locate the treasure of the ship Leocadia, which was wrecked off the coast of Ecuador in the year 1801, having on board a large amount of Peruvian specie en route for Old Spain. The wreck was located by means of a son of one of the divers, who dove on the vessel in 1812. The expedition was afterward extended on to the pearl fishing banks of Salango, off the coast of Ecuador, in 1863. The following year he returned via the Isthmus of Panama, and on the voyage, while off the coast of Florida, their vessel (the Northern Light) was chased by a confederate cruiser (the Florida) and narrowly escaped capture. On returning to the United States he settled in Lambertville, N. J., in the jewelry business, and in 1868 removed to Ludlowville, N. Y., where he has since resided, and succeeded to the general merchandise business of Lord & Burr. In 1873 he was elected to the office of justice of the peace, and has held that office continuously ever since. He has also served as notary public for nearly the same length of time. In 1884 he was appointed postmaster under the administration of Grover Cleveland. In politics he is a Democrat, and for many years a member of the Executive Committee of the county organization. He is also a Mason and an Odd Fellow. In 1865 he married Lucie R., daughter of General Adams C. and Abby Davis, of Lambertville, N. J. Their children are: Frances R., Elizabeth D., and Lucie E., the latter of whom was married to Newton D. Chapman, M. D., of Ludlowville. N. Y., in 1893.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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