JAMES LYONS, a prosperous farmer of Island Creek township, was born on the farm in that township which he now occupies, May 28, 1841. His father, James Lyons, was the son of James Lyons, a native of Oreland, who came to Jefferson county about 1803 and settled on the land now owned by his descendants and farmed there until his death in 1854. James Lyons, Jr., father of the subject of this mention, was born August 12, 1817 and was in his day one of the leading farmers of the county. He was married June 25, 1838, to Mary McCames, who bore him four children, of whom the only survivor is James, the subject of this sketch. The mother died June 29, 1843. Subsequently James Lyons, Jr., was married in June 1845 to Hannah R. Markle, by whom he had seven children, of whom one is deceased. The father died September 18, 1885. James Lyons, now well-known as one of the successful farmers of Island Creek township, learned in early manhood the trade of a carpenter, and worked at this and engaged in the river traffic for several years. In 1862 he enlisted in Company A, Ninety-eighth Ohio volunteers, and after one year's service was discharged honorably at Louisville, Ly. He again enlisted for three months and served out his time. He participated in the battle of Perrysville, and several smaller engagements. After the war he worked at his trade until 1883, when he was obliged to return home on account of the death of his brother Franklin and take charge of the farm, and he has since been engaged in this vocation.
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