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Preamble

The family tree of Esther Mary Lyons derives from the following family names:

 

      • Lyons
      • Delisle
      • Campeau
      • Ryan
      • Riopelle
      • Grandmaison

 

In the mid 1800's during the Potato Famine, Ellen Lyons left her home in Cork, Ireland and traveled to the United States. With her were children Michael, Daniel, Catherine and Johanna. They settled in Springfield, Clark Co, Ohio.

 

If you have knowledge of this family please contact me, Esther Lyons. I will be eternally grateful for any information provided.

 


 

'midi' playing is: "Amazing Grace" - a particularly poignant tune for me.
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The information shown in the following family tree was taken from the 1860 CENSUS, CLARK CO, OHIO, 4th WARD, CITY OF SPRINGFIELD, specifically from the following pages:

 

Page 42:
Lyons, Patrick age 24 b. Ireland
Honora 24 b. Ireland
Ellen 2 b. OH
Catharine 1 b. OH

 

Page 143:
Lyons, Daniel age 35 b. Ireland
Catharine 30 b. Ireland
John 8 b. OH
Daniel 6 b. OH
Mary 4 b. OH
Jeremiah 2 b. OH
Timothy 4m b. OH

Page 162:

Reading, Michael 28 b. Ireland
Bridget 28 b. Ireland
May A 4 b. OH
Catharine 3 b. OH
Michael 10m b. OH
Lyons, Ellen 60 b. Ireland
Lyons, Michael 45 b. Ireland



 

 

Immediate Family Tree of Esther ('Minnie') Mary Lyons

 

 

Generation No. 1

1. UNKNOWN1 LYONS. He married ELLEN UNKNOWN in Ireland.

More About ELLEN UNKNOWN:

Fact 1: burial: St Raphael's Church Cemetery

 

Children of UNKNOWN1 LYONS and ELLEN UNKNOWN are:

i. DANIEL LYONS, b. 1825, Ireland.

ii. MICHAEL LYONS, b. 1828, Ireland; d. March 30, 1886, Clark Co, OH; m. MARY RYAN, August 24, 1861, Clark Co, OH.

 

More About MICHAEL LYONS:

Fact 1: Heirs: Mary Lyons (wife), Catherine Hearly (sister), Ellen Lyons (sister)

Fact 2: Heirs: Nellie Lyons (niece), Annie Lyons (niece), Mary Lyons (niece)

Fact 3: Heirs: Timothy Lyons (nephew), Jeremiah Lyons (nephew), Michael Lyons (nephew)

Fact 4: Heirs: Daniel Lyons (nephew)

 

iii. JOHANNA LYONS, b. 1829, Ireland; d. November 26, 1894, Clark Co, OH; m. MORGAN KENNEDY.

 

More About JOHANNA LYONS:

Fact 1: cause of death: "Hardships of Life" and "Ulceration of Stomach"

Fact 2: buried: St Raphael's Church Cemetery

(source: Death records, Vital Statistics, Clark Co, OH)

 

iv. CATHERINE LYONS, b. September 19, 1835, Ireland; d. May 25, 1890, Clark Co, OH; m. JAMES HURLEY, February 15, 1854, Clark Co, OH.

 

More About CATHERINE LYONS:

Fact 1: cause of death: "Phitis Pulmonary"

Fact 2: occupation: housekeeper

Fact 3: lived: 54 S Spring St, Springfield, OH

Fact 4: burial: St Raphael's church Cemetery

(source: Death records, Vital Statistics, Clark Co, OH)

 


Generation No. 2

2. DANIEL2 LYONS (UNKNOWN1) was born 1825 in Ireland. He married CATHERINE LEONARD August 03, 1851 in Sandusky, OH.

Children of DANIEL LYONS and CATHERINE LEONARD are:

i. JOHN3 LYONS, b. 1852, Ohio; d. October 23, 1867.

ii. DANIEL LYONS b. 1854, Ohio.

Daniel Lyons

More About DANIEL LYONS:

Fact 1: Editor for Collier's Magazine, Clark Co, OH

Fact 2: Published a dictionary in New York

 

 

iii. MARY LYONS, b. 1856, Ohio.

iv. JEREMIAH LYONS, b. 1858, Ohio; d. March 04, 1929.

v. TIMOTHY LYONS, b. 1860, Ohio.

vi. ELLEN LYONS, b. 1862, Ohio; d. Detroit, MI.

vii. MICHAEL PATRICK LYONS, b. March 24, 1864, Ohio; d. Delray, Detroit, MI.


Generation No. 3

3.  MICHAEL PATRICK3 LYONS (DANIEL2, UNKNOWN1) was born March 24, 1864 in Ohio, and died in Delray, Detroit, MI. He married BERTHA IDA DELISLE, daughter of PETER DELISLE and ADELAIDE PAYETTE.

 

Michael Patrick Lyons
carrying baby
Michael Delisle Lyons

Bertha Delisle


Children of MICHAEL LYONS and BERTHA DELISLE are:
i. MICHAEL DELISLE4 LYONS, b. September 26, 1901; d. August 17, 1974, Jefferson Co, CO.

ii. FRANCIS LOUIS LYONS, b. January 08, 1903, Detroit, MI; d. April 06, 1974; m. EDWARDINE PEABODY.

iii. HELEN LYONS, b. July 04, 1908, Detroit, MI; m. CLYDE DELBERT MCQUEEN.

iv. MARGARET LYONS, b. September 06, 1910; m. JOSEPH O'NEIL.

v. LORETTA ANN LYONS, b. June 24, 1914, Detroit, MI; m. JACK W WILLIAMS.

vi. MARIE EVELYN LYONS, b. November 21, 1915, Detroit, MI; m. DANIEL R FITZPATRICK.

 


Generation No. 4

 

 

4. MICHAEL DELISLE4 LYONS (MICHAEL PATRICK3, DANIEL2, UNKNOWN1) was born September 26, 1901, and died August 17, 1974 in Jefferson Co, CO. He married AGNES JULIA SHAH, born July 4, 1912 in Latonah Village, Bihar, India and died May 9, 1991 in Sydney, Australia. She was the daughter of JULIUS DIDACUS and ELIZABETH SHAH.

 

Michael Delisle Lyons

Agnes Shah (seated),
Esther & Violet


More About MICHAEL DELISLE LYONS:

Fact 1: Michael was a Jesuit priest.

Fact 2: Instructor at Cass Technical College at age sixteen.

Fact 3: along with his brother Frank invented the radios for police cars.

Fact 4: known as "The Ham Radio Man" while living in Detroit, MI.

Fact 5: editor of WWJ Radio News in Detroit, MI.

Fact 6: WWJ Radio Station was set up in his backyard.

Fact 7: first person to broadcast live from WWJ Radio Station.

Fact 8: editor of Jesuit Mission letters in India.

Fact 9: worked for the US government for the war effort while a priest in India.

Fact 10: had a Beryllium ore mine on property in Denver, CO.

Fact 11: supplied Beryllium ore to Atomic power stations.

 

More About AGNES JULIA SHAH:

Fact 1: She was taken by the foreign nuns of the Sacred Heart at the age of nine and trained to be a nun and a teacher.
Fact 2: Talented in music and art, she played the organ and harmonium and won many state painting and embroidery competitions.
Fact 3: She trained as a nurse and supported her children as a single parent.

Fact 4: Cause of death: stroke, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Children of MICHAEL LYONS and AGNES SHAH are:

i. ESTHER ('MINNIE') MARY5 LYONS.

 

Esther in sari

More About ESTHER ('MINNIE') MARY LYONS:

Fact 1: Author of "UNWANTED!", (memories of a priest's daughter - an autobiography)
Fact 2: Author of "Bitter Sweet Truth" (a continuation to the story of UNWANTED!)
Fact 3: Published a translated and edited version of "Panchatantra"
Fact 4: Author of "Peacock and the Gum Tree"


ii. VIOLET RITA LYONS.

 

More About VIOLET RITA LYONS:

Fact 1: Principal of her own school, St Jude High School, Dehra Dun, India.

Fact 2: Nominated for Humanitarian Award in 2002.

 

 


 

"Minnie"-Photogallery

 

Michael Delisle Lyons
Esther Lyons - Graduation
Michael Delisle Lyons (1901 - 1974)
Esther Lyons - Graduation

 

 

 

Bertha Ida Delisle with daughters Helen, Margaret, Loretta and her mother Adeline Pietite
Bertha Ida Delisle with daughters Helen, Margaret, Loretta and her mother Adeline Pietite

 

 

Esther & Violet Lyons
Esther & Violet Lyons

 

 

 

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