The Lyons Family

The O’Rourke Family
20 November 2007, 8:02 pm
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ANDREW ALEXANDER O’ROURKE married Florence Ella Stevens, who was born at Albany, Vermont, on May 30, 1856. Andrew and Florence moved with their four small children from Shelbourne Falls, Massachusetts, to New Richmond, Wisconsin, and then to Chippewa Falls, in that state, where he was roadmaster for the Wisconsin Central Railroad.

Florence Ella Stevens O’Rourke died at Shreveport, Louisiana. She was buried at Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Seven children were born of this marriage:

  1. Carlos, born at Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. He died at Virginia City, Minnesota.
  2. LAURA ANN (Laurie), born at Newport, Vermont, on May 1, 1876. She married Henry Patrick Hall on June 5, 1894.
  3. Walter, born at Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.
  4. Maude, born at Shelbourne Falls, Massachusetts.
  5. Rose Lillian, born at Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.
  6. Ella Bernice, born at Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.
  7. Isabella, born at Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

Thus the O’Rourke family merges with the Hall 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.

Charlton Havard Lyons
20 November 2007, 7:58 pm
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CHARLTON HAVARD LYONS, born at Abbeville, Louisiana, on September 3, 1894. When he was a year and a half old, his parents moved to Melville. He attended public school at Melville and after complet­ing his sophomore year at Louisiana State University, transferred to Tulane. This was in the fall of 1912. While in New Orleans, he lived in the home of his Aunt, Mrs. Sallie Havard. He received B. A. and LL. B. degrees from Tulane in 1915 and 1916, respectively. After graduation from Tulane, he was assistant principal of the High School at Glenmora, Louisiana, for one year. When the United States entered World War I, Charlton resigned his posi­tion at Glenmora and volunteered for service in the Army. He was sent to Officers’ School at Fort Root, Arkansas, but due to defective sight, was not admitted. However, he was later permitted to enter the Army for limited duty.

While a student at Tulane, Charlton met Marjorie Hall. She was a student at Newcomb College, and lived with her Aunt, Mrs. Dottie McCord. Marjorie was born in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, on March 27, 1895.

Charlton and Marjorie were married on August 28, 1917, in the original Hall cottage at Lake Chetek, Wisconsin. They then went to Pollock, Louisi­ana, where Charlton served as principal of the High School for the ensuing year. Marjorie also taught in the school, filling the place of a teacher who had resigned. She continued to teach at Pollock while Charlton was in the Army.

Following his discharge from the Army at the end of World War I (1918), Charlton practiced law at Winnfield, Louisiana, with John J. Peters, Jr. Some 18 months later, he moved to Shreveport, and practiced law there for a number of years before engaging exclusively in the oil producing busi­ness. He is presently the Senior Partner of Lyons Petroleum.

Marjorie Lyons is 5 “1” tall; her hair is deep, live red. She has an attrac­tive and impelling personality, is discerning and possesses rare taste. She is a brilliant conversationalist. Marjorie is well-grounded in art, literature and music. She studied book-binding at Newcomb and excelled in that craft. She possesses unusual histrionic ability, having appeared in many theatre produc­tions in Shreveport. She also appeared in a production of the Little Theatre, at Dallas, Texas.

In addition to her intellectual attainments, Marjorie is a practical person. She personally supervised the rebuilding of the soil on her hill farm, Ultima Thule, near Greenwood, Louisiana. She is an excellent cook and seamstress. Her garden at 1075 Erie Street, Shreveport, was outstanding. Her present garden at 6336 Querbes Drive, Shreveport, is a gem in design and growth. Marjorie is an authority on azaleas.

Marjorie and Charlton Lyons have two sons, Charlton Havard Lyons, Jr. and Hall McCord Lyons.