LYONS Family History

LYONS Family

Ohio - Kansas - Wisconsin

Oscar LYONS and Polly LAMPSON -- Great Great Grandparents

map Oscar M. LYONS was born September 1849 in Ohio and died in 1930. Oscar LYONS and Polly J. LAMPSON married on 7 Aug 1872 at Douglas County, Kansas. Polly J. LAMPSON was born November 1850 in Ohio and died at the age of 49 years, 8 months and 9 days on July 21, 1900. Both Oscar and Polly are buried at Valley Brook Cemetery, Osage County, Kansas. According to verbal history, Oscar was orphaned at a young age and no family history is available. The 1870 and 1880 U.S. censuses for Kansas indicate Oscar was born in Ohio. The 1900 census shows Oscar and both of his parents were born in Ohio.  More about the LAMPSON family.

Oscar and Polly were the parents of at least six children:

Since Oscar LYONS and Polly LAMPSON did not marry until 1872, I looked for each of them individually in the 1870 Kansas census.

Oscar was 19 years old at the time of the 1870 census. I found him enumerated in Eudora Township in Douglas County with Thomas B. JEWETT and family. I do not know what relationship, if any, there was between Oscar and the JEWETT family. Thomas - a farmer - (age 29), his wife Martha (age 26), and a son Frederic (age 4) were born in Ohio. Another son, Alvah (age 1), was born in Kansas. If Oscar came from Ohio to Kansas with this family it would have been around 1869, based on the age of the youngest JEWETT child.

Polly was enumerated with her parents in the 1870 census. See the LAMPSON Page for more information.

I have not located Oscar in an 1860 census as yet. He would have been about nine years old at the time.

References / Research

World Connect Family Files

Jeff and Nate's Family Files

1910 Censuses

I did not find Oscar Lyons in the 1910 Kansas Soundex (Miracode). Oscar died in 1930, so I am still looking to find him in the 1910 and 1920 censuses.

On a supplemental page for the 1910 Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas census is a listing for Lula M. Lyons and Nelle Lyons, both boarders. This census indicates that Lula was a bookkeeper in a dry goods store. Nelle was a stenographer in a "commission house."

LYONS Lula M., lodger, female, white, age 23, single, birthplace Michigan, parents born Ohio, Book Keeper, Dry good store
Nelle, lodger, female, white, age 18, single, birthplace Kansas, parents born Ohio, Stenographer, Commission house

NOTE: The birthplace of "Michigan" for Lula is not correct.

1900 Censuses

1900 Federal census for Junction Twp., Osage County, Kansas, June 1 & 2
LYONS Oscar, head, white, male, born Sept 1849, age 50, married 28 years,
born in Ohio, parents born Ohio, occupation Farmer
Polly, wife, white, female, born Nov 1850, age 49, married 28 years,
mother of 6 children, 5 living, born Ohio, father born Ohio, mother born New York
Myrtle, daughter, white, female, born Sept 1879, age 20, single, born Kansas
Luella, daughter, white, female, born Dec 1886, age 13, single, born Kansas
Nellie, daughter, white, female, born May 1891, age 9, single, born Kansas

1880 Censuses

1880 Soundex for Kansas - Soundex code L520

Vol. 6, ED 64, Sheet 29, line 19
LYONS Oscar M.
White, Male, age 30, birthplace Ohio
Douglas county, Eudora Twp.
LYONS Polly J., wife, age 29, born Ohio
William M., son age 7, born Kansas
Ralph W., son age 4, born Kansas
Anna M., daughter, age 8/12, born Kansas

1870 Censuses

1870 Kansas Federal Census
Douglas County, Eudora Township, page 1, dwelling 8, family 8
JEWETT Thomas B., age 29, Farmer, born in Ohio
Martha, age 26, Keeping house, born in Ohio
Frederic, age 4, born in Ohio
Alvah, age 1, born in Kansas
LYONS Oscar, age 19, (no occupation was given), born in Ohio

The 1870 census does not give the relationship between the head of household and each individual enumerated in a household. I do not know how or if Oscar LYONS was related to Thomas JEWETT.

1860 Censuses

Oscar LYONS would have been about nine years old at the time of the 1860 census. I have looked through Athens County Ohio, but did not find him enumerated. I am still looking....

Resources: Washburn County, Wisconsin -- WIGenWebProject
Douglas County, Kansas -- KSGenWeb
Labette County, Kansas -- KSGenWeb
Osage County, Kansas -- KSGenWeb
Cemetery Records Online Valley Brook Cemetery, Osage County, Kansas
There are several other LYONS buried at Valley Brook Cemetery, but I do not have their connection to Oscar and Polly as yet.

Kansas Censuses and Soundexes from the Philadelphia Branch of the National Archives

Kansas Censuses from the W. Dale Clark Library, Omaha, Nebraska

Wisconsin 1920 Soundex, LDS microfilm #1831330, Family History Center, 108th & Martha, Omaha, Nebraska

Created June 2000 by Marge Galus Sandlier
Updated September 2, 2001
Graphics by Marge