Abraham M. Lyons


PROF. ABRAHAM M. LYONS, principal of the Fourth ward grammar school, of Seubenville, was born in Island Creek township, near Toronto, Jefferson county, September 8, 1852. His parents, James and Hannah R. (Markle) Lyons, were also native of that township. The father was born August 12, 1817, on the same farm upon which his son was born, and the mother was born about two miles from the Lyons homestead, June 17, 1816. James Lyons was the son of James and Rachel J. (Lowther) Lyons, and his second wife, the mother of Prof. Lyons, was the daughter of Abraham and Sarah J. Markle and both families were among the first settlers of Island Creek township, the Lyons, Markles and Lowthers all having located there about the same time. The first wife of James Lyons was Mary McCamis, who bore to him three sons, of whom one is now living. His second wife bore to him seven children of whom the subject of this sketch is the fourth, of whom three were sons and of whom six are now living. The father died September 18, 1884 upon the old Lyons homestead. After he was sixteen years of age he attended a select school at Toronto, taught by Rev. William Hastings, during two terms of six months each. In the fall of 1872 he entered Adrian college, at Adrian, Mich. After one year's attendance, in the fall of 1873 he took up his present vocation, teaching his first term in Hancock county, W. Va. He then taught for three years in Toronto, his object being to secure means with which to complete his collegiate course. In 1877 he reentered Adrian college and attended it three years, after which he classical course at Adrian college, graduating in June, 1882. During his last two years at college he also completed a full course in the normal department. In the fall of 1882 he entered upon his duties as principal of the FOurth ward grammar school in Steubenville, and he is now engaged upon his eighth year's work in that position. Prof. Lyons was married August 9, 1883, to Ella, daughter of James and Eliza McConnell, of Toronto. She was born in Hancock county, W. Va. Prof. Lyons and wife have one child, Frank B., born February 24, 1885. They are members of the Methodist Protestant church. He is a member of the Masonic lodge, and in politics is a republican.

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