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The family came to England during the Norman Conquest; hence they were likely originally of Viking heritage. They fought in the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. and distinguished themselves. Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, gave them land grants for their service. The surname was first recorded in Norfolk, England. The family spread to Scotland and Wales, and then in the 1600s and 1700s to Ireland. The Lyons migrated to America throughout the Colonial period. Many were probably Scotch-Irish. Some settled in the Northern colonies, like New York and Pennsylvania, and moved down the Shenandoah into the mountains of Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina, before crossing over into Kentucky and Tennessee and establishing homes in the Appalachians. Our specific branch of the Lyons family may be definitely traced to Knox County, Tennessee. It was listed as the birthplace of the parents of Richard Nathaniel (1845) Lyons, Sr. on many legal instruments. His mother was Mary "Polly" V. [Price] Lyons (1825), and his father was William Lyons (1818). William and Mary moved (probably along the Tennessee River) from Knox County to DeKalb County, Alabama in the 1840s after the Cherokee Removal. They obtained Federal Land Patents (see map) and lived, in what is now Fort Payne, close Lyons from Knox County, Tennessee: Specifically John Lyons (1800) believed to be William's uncle; Pocious (1819) , believed to be his brother (he was Richard Nathaniel's uncle by legal deposition made by PM Lyons in 1860); Thomas (1823) Lyons, believed to be his brother; and Nathaniel (1797) Lyons, believed to be his father (see analysis). It is widely held that John Lyons (1765) was the father of this Nathaniel, and that John's father was Nathaniel (1735) who was a pioneer in Knox County, Tennessee, and at least one source has the father of Nathaniel to be Humberston Lyon (1690) of Augusta County, Virgina

Richard Nathaniel Lyons, Sr. left home in 1859 and resided for some time with his uncle Pocious. Then he left Alabama at some point after 1860, and in 1863 enlisted at Louisville in Battery C of the Kentucky Light Artillery, USA. He saw action in and around Kentucky, and was part of the campaign in the west at the Battle of Little Rock, Arkansas. After the war he settled in the Kentucky boomtown of Proctor in Lee County at the Forks of the Kentucky River. His brother William, and half brothers Daniel, William & David Wade, and step brother, Ira K. Wade joined him. He was a master carpenter and stonemason. He built the beautiful St. Thomas Episcopal Church on the hill overlooking Beattyville and a Victorian home which overlooked one of the largest lumber yards in the South. The Church is one of the finest examples of a country English Gothic style in the Southern Highlands. His son, Richard Nathaniel, Jr. (1887) remained in Beattyville, and was the preeminent brick manson of the town. He built many fine structures to include the Presbyterian Church in downtown Beattyville. He probably also built our home on Southfork, based on the similarities of the brick pattern between our home and the Presbyterian Church. His descendants and those of his half and step brothers are to be found in Lee County, and are spread throughout Kentucky, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Colorado.

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