Benjamin Lyon 1752-1836
Benjamin Lyon was of Scotch-Irish descent, with his family tracing back to Thane of Earl Lyon of Glannis in 1040.
Benjamin Lyon’s father settled near Morristown, New Jersey, in the early eighteenth century, and there Benjamin was born in 1752.
Benjamin served as a private in the Essex County, New Jersey Militia. He was a member of Captain Jacob Carne's Company, New Jersey Troop, 1776-1777. During his service in the Revolutionary War, this patriot defended our country during the battles of Monmouth, New Jersey, June 28, 1778; Springfield, New Jersey, June 3, 1780; and Connecticut Farms, New Jersey, June 7, 1780.
While serving as a soldier in 1777, Benjamin married Miss Wilcox, who had emigrated from London, England, a short time before. At the time the couple met, Miss Wilcox was living with her mother and brother in Philadelphia. Her father had been lost in a storm in the Atlantic during a trip over to the colonies.
After the war, the couple moved to Pennsylvania and settled at the headwaters of Mingo Creek, one mile north of Dunningeville in Washington County. This union was blessed with eight children. After his wife died in 1801, he and his children moved to Smith Creek, Green County, Pennsylvania. In 1812, he married the widow Gertrude Rogers. They were blessed with one child.
Benjamin Lyon was a member of the Baptist Church and was very strong in his faith. He died in 1836 at the age of 84 and is buried two miles from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.
(Buchanan, Candice, Greene Connections Archivist. Memorial #31463765. Find A Grave. Photograph. 8 December 2014.)