Lee County Biography


Horace Lyon, who resides on section 33, Lee Centre Township, was born in Saratoga County, N.Y., February 29, 1832, where he passed his early years. At the age of twenty he came to Illinois, settling in Kane County, where he was engaged in farming with his father, and where he remained for about ten years. He then removed to Ogle County, where he lived but one season, coming from there to Lee County, and setling in Lee Centre Township, where he has been a resident since 1863. He has always followed agricultural pursuits, and is now the owner of a fine farm of one hundred and sixty acres, which is highly cultivated, and on which he has placed many excellent improvements.

Mr. Lyon was married in Lee Center, May 1, 1868, to Miss Alwilda Willey, who is a native of Warren County, Ohio, born June 2, 1850. They are the parents of two children: Angy A., who is a school teacher in this county; and Burton H., who married Miss Hattie Hodges.

The parents of our subject, David and Abbie (Bouten) Lyon, were natives of New York, whence they came to Kane County, III., where the father died in 1876, the mother's death taking place in Saratoga County, N. Y. The father of Mrs. Lyon, Aaron B. Willey, was a native of Pennsylvania, and her mother, whose maiden name was Angeline Levingston, was born in Ohio. The father resides in Ellsworth County, Kan., in which place the mother departed this life.

Mr. Lyon is a Democrat, but has never been an office-seeker, nor taken any active part in political affairs. His wife and daughters are members of the Baptist Church and are active in all good works. The family have a comfortable home, and Mr. Lyon spends his time in looking after the interests of his farm and stock. He is a lover of fine horses, and takes an interest in improving the breeding of these animals.

Source: Portraits and Biographical Lee County IL 1892

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