Samuel Edgar Lyon

Samuel Edgar LYON

1839(?) - 9 October 1888


We believe Samuel E. Lyon was born in Cass County, Illinois. He died in Lincoln, Logan County, Illinois and is buried in the Union Cemetery at Lincoln, Illinois. A government issue headstone which reads “E.S. LYON CO. K 33rd ILL. INF.” marks his grave site.


His father probably was Samuel C. Lyon who was listed in the 1840 census of Cass County. We know that his mother's given name was Rebecca and that following the death of her first husband, she was married to Samuel Tilly. Mr. Tilly, Rebecca, and her children, including our subject Samuel, were enumerated for the 1850 census as residents of Cass County, postal address, Chandlerville, Illinois.


The 1860 census listed Sam'l E. Lyon, age 24, living with his mother and brother in Chandlerville, Illinois. After Samuel completed his 1st year of service with the 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band, he continued with the 33rd in Co. K. He served on “detached duty” as a wagon and carriage maker. He later went to Lawrence, Kansas where he worked as a wagon maker. Samuel was married to Anna R. Bartleman on 9 October 1867 in Lawrence. The 1870 census of Lawrence lists Samuel, Anna, and their first child, Lillian. Rebecca Tilly, age 63, is living with the Lyon Family.


Samuel and family moved back to Illinois and settled in Lincoln. By 1880, the family included two more children, Elsie and Charles Edgar. Raymond, a second son, was born in September 1888, just a few weeks before the death of Samuel. Raymond died the next spring on 6 May 1889.


Anna's health was poor, and after Samuel's death, her financial situation was very strained. The family became dependent on friends for food and clothing.


The 1900 census of Cook County shows Lillian Butler, a widow, as the head of a household in Chicago. Her mother, Anna Lyon, and her brother, Charles Lyon, are members of her household. Anna Lyon died on 22 October 1909. Her place of death and burial site are unknown.


The Lincoln Times printed a brief notice at the time of Samuel's death as follows. “S.E. Lyons, who has for many years been head wood-worker at Herman and Co's. Carriage Shop, died Tuesday evening at 5 o'clock at his residence of pneumonia after a short illness of two weeks, aged 49 years. He leaves a wife and four children to mourn his loss. Funeral services will be held to-day.”


Research and Article Written by

Liz Veselack

October 2002

Submitted by Sara Simpson 2019


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