JAMES C. LYON, hay dealer, Springfield; is a grandson of one of the first settlers of Ohio. His grandfather,
James Lyon, was one of the party who landed at the mouth of the Little Miami in November, 1788; he afterward purchased
different tracts of land, some being a part of the present city of Cincinnati, and a considerable part of Walnut
Hills, where he lived many years, being 86 at his death. His homestead has passed down to his children and grandchildren,
and James C. now owns an interest in the same homestead, and has the original deed from John Cleve Symmes to his
grandfather, the purchase price being 11 cents per acre, and also a copy of his discharge papers showing him to
have been a Captain of Artificers in the Revolutionary war, and to have served during four years of that struggle.
Mr. Lyon's father was the second of four sons. He was a Baptist minister, well and favorably known throughout all
of Southwestern Ohio; was the first missionary appointed by the Baptist State Convention, and his name is still
reverently spoken, and his memory kindly cherished by the children of his day now grown old. The subject of this
sketch was the oily son of a family of five children; one of his sisters is dead and the other three are residents
of the vicinity of Cincinnati. James C was born on Walnut Hills and resided on and farmed the old homestead until
1870, when he removed to a farm in the vicinity of Springfield. In 1878, he removed to the city in order to give
his children the advantages of the city schools. Since coming to Springfield, be has been engaged in buying and
baling hay, which he sells to the retailers. His wife was Amanda Dunseth, and is also a native of Hamilton County.
They were married in 1855, and have four children - Flora (now Mrs. Edward Barrett), Minnie, Carrie and Harvey
C. Their residence, No. 74 Scott street, is a neat, commodious house. Mr. and Mrs. Lyon are members of the Trinity
Baptist Church, They are plain hospitable people, and have an interesting family.
History of Clark County, Ohio
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Clark County, Ohio
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