January 27, 2014

David & Judith/Julia (Oldham) Lyon

I can trace my 3rd great-grandparents, David & Judith/Julia (Oldham) Lyon through the census records up to 1880 and I have a copy of their marriage record in Manchester, Dearborn County, Indiana. I've been having a hard time finding the cemetery they may be laid to rest.

I tried the Dearborn County, InGenWeb, Lawrence County, Indiana Public Library and Death Indexes.

I decided to try the Dearborn County, Indiana message board. I knew posting on the message board, my post would also go to the Dearborn County mailing list. Maybe I would receive a reply via the message board or the mailing list.

I was surprised that I received an immediate reply via the message board and extremely surprised with all the information the poster provided.

Poster's reply:

Their burials are not listed in Milton Masing's Book D of Cemetery records, which covers that area. But David and Judy Lyon are mentioned in relation to the Collier or Oldham Cemetery in York township.

Dearborn County Indiana Cemetery records volume D Jackson Township, Kelso Township, Manchester Township, York Township and addendum compiled by Milton A Masing 2008
P 281
Collier Ridge Cemetery (Y001)
a.k.a. Oldham Family Cemetery
16654 Collier Ridge Rd. E. one half section 26, T6N, R2W

Asariah Oldham purchased the land upon which this graveyard is located in 1831. He lived on this land with his wife Rachel passed away on October 14, 1840. Asariah is shown as living in York Township(probably on the same land) in 1850 with the following family members: and Jay., Be age 29; Rebecca, age 25; Rachel L. Age 17; Joseph B, age 7; and Rebecca J, age 5. Asariah's will with proven in Dearborn County in 1857 in books 3 on page 320. On the map of the County published in 1860, land in the area of the site was shown as being owned by A. Oldham and David Lyons. Until approximately 1880, this section of land was a part of Manchester Township instead of York Township.

Three early marriages in Dearborn County may also be related to Asariah and Rachel Oldham. On March 12, 1835 Mary Oldham married James E Merrick, on September 1, 1836 Judy Oldham married David Lyons, and on November 25, 1844 William Oldham married Senia Davis. Other Oldham family marriages probably also exist. My searching only covered the time period from 18 0321849. It should also be remembered that a fire in the courthouse in 1826 destroyed most of the early records.

When Mrs. Charlton and Mrs. Rose visited this site in 1976 they reported that they believe that there were possibly more stones here that are down, broken and partially buried from ground clutter. (end of information from book)

Some other Lyon information from the Lawrenceburg Register, don't know if it all applies:

Lawrenceburgh Register November 10, 1881 page 2
David H. Lyon to Christian Bergmann, 44 (11?) acres in York Township 575

Lawrenceburgh Register December 8, 1881 page 4
Wright's Corners
The Lyon brothers will start for their home in Arkansas in a few days. They are clever man, and we hope success may attend them.

Lawrenceburgh Register February 3, 1887 page 3
Wright's corner
Mr. Lyon is quite sick with pneumonia.

Lawrenceburg register 25 December 1884 page 30
Wright's Corners
Mrs. D.Lyon is suffering with the cancer.

Lawrenceburgh Register June 9, 1881 page 4
Cris. Borgman and Hanse Lyon had a fight on Saturday evening last. It seems Cris attacked Hanse with the club and gave him a few pelts, but not much damage done. The bad feelings brought up by a misunderstanding of the right of way through a piece of Hanse's land

Lawrenceburg register January 19, 1882 page 3
Mr. Ed. E. Lyon leaves with family for Arkansas the last of this week, intending to make that
state his permanent home.

Lawrenceburgh Register October 20, 1881 page 4
We learn that Hanson Lyon and family will soon start in a family boat for Arkansas. They intend to make that state their future home. Success to them.

Lawrenceburg register March 13,1879 page 2
Dr. Oliver Lyon, of Harrison, called on us on Friday last. The doctor is engaged successfully in the practice of medicine in Harrison.

Lawrenceburgh Register September 15, 1881 page 3
On last Monday night Messrs. John Lyon and Harry French started on their way to Arkansas on the land exploring expedition, and with the intention of remaining in that state. They will visit for a short time in Delaplane, where Chris Ritter is now located, and promised to occasionally let their friend here from them. The boys are industrious, and go with the intention of seeing all there is in lower Arkansas.

Lawrenceburgh Register January 16, 1879 page 2
Died, on the morning of 12 January, 1879, at the residence of Esq. Robertson in this place, Mrs. Charlotte Liddle, in the 40th year of her age. Mrs. Little was a daughter of the late Asariah Oldham, and the widow of the late John B Liddle. She was a lady well known in the community for uprightness, and a consistent member of the Methodist Church. Funeral services at West Fork Chapel on Monday afternoon at 1 o'clock by Rev. B Plummer.

Lawrenceburgh Register May 17, 1877 Marriage licenses John B.Liddle Charlotte Oldham
I am hopeful David & Judith are in the Oldham cemetery. Hopefully, someday I'll know for sure. I now have a timeline with My 2nd great-grandfather, Edward, and his brother, Hanson Lyon and families came to Arkansas. My great-grandfather, William Lyon, met and married my great-grandmother, Mattie Belle Peters, in Lawrence County, Arkansas. Also, most of these Lyon families are buried in Lawrence County, Arkansas.

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