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I have created this home page to honor the families of Matthew Lyon, Revolutionary War hero of the Battle of Ticonderoga, first Irishman in the new Congress of the US, and the Representative that broke the tie in the Electoral College that made Thomas Jefferson President.

His long and interesting life is documented here, along with his descendents; General Hylan B. Lyon, Confederate General, Chittenden Lyon, Congressman, Zelda Sayre, wife to F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Roe Bartle, Mayor of Kansas City. Allied Families are too numerous to mention, but the best way to peruse the database is through the book index below.

Also included in the site are the Letters of Katie Kerwin to Elizabeth Conlin, a look at the comings and goings of DeKalb County residents in the late 1800's.

The Allied Families of Mathew Lyon
Updated September 22, 2002

Mary Rita Friestad-Nelson
805 Constance Lane
Sycamore, IL 60178
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  • The Allied families of Matthew Lyon (1483 KB)
    This file includes all the members of the Allied families and a few others. It's getting to be a pretty complete tree for the Lyon families.

Family Photos

  • Matthew Lyon (283 KB)
    The father of all the Allied Families. This small primative painting came from a family picture book.
  • Elizabeth Ann Lyon-Roe (22 KB)
    According to Mrs. Roe's book, "Recollections of Frontier Life," she and her husband, Dr. John Roe, departed from Eddyville, Kentucky for Illinois on February 18, 1827. He drove a two-horse wagon while she drove a one-horse buggy, with a babe in her arms and another dear little boy, two years old, at her feet.
  • Matthew Lyon's home in Fair Haven Vermont (31 KB)
    This photo is from the cover of the book,"Two Fighters and Two Fines" by Tom W. Campbell, kindly contributed by Celia Hartman, a Lyon relative. Thank you Celia!
  • Dr. John Roe (11 KB)
    Husband to Elizabeth Ann Lyon. John's family arrived in America in the 1640's. He is descended from the O'Neils that ruled Tyrone Ireland for 500 years. He was a gold rush adventurer, a Methodist Episcopal Minister and an entreprenuer all his life.
  • Canadian Land Seekers Party 1910 (49 KB)
    (Front) 2nd from left, Charlie Hart, far right, P,C. Hart, and 2nd from right in the back is Tom Hart
  • Franklin Morris Roe (29 KB)
    Third son of John and Elizabeth Ann Lyon-Roe. Like his Father, Franklin was a doctor and Methodist Episcopal minister his whole adult life in Downer's Grove Illinois, now a Chicago suburb.
  • Tommy Hart and JFK (25 KB)
    It's just one of those things. Dorothy O'Brien,allied family member, DeKalb County native, and head of the DNC under JFK managed to get us introduced. A great day for the Irish.
  • Matthew Cartwright Roe (14 KB)
    Fifth son of John and Elizabeth Ann Lyon-Roe. A farmer, active in the Church, he moved to Iowa after the goldrush and other entreprenureal endevors with his father.
  • Francis Hart and Harry Truman (28 KB)
    Roe Bartle, GGG-Grandson of Matthew Lyon as a wonderful cousin, and great friend of Truman, got us an introduction to another president. Another great day for the Irish.
  • Uriah Chittenden Roe (36 KB)
    Oldest surviving child of John and Elizabeth Lyon-Roe. Doctor and Farmer from Franklin Grove, Dekalb County Illinois.
  • Patrick Hart II 1818-1874 (35 KB)
    The first son of Patrick and Mary Malloy Hart. He is buried in the Catholic cemetery in Rochelle Illinois. We recently refurbished his headstone. (See the Hart News below.)
  • Giles Bolivar Roe (37 KB)
    Fourth son of John and Elizabeth Ann Lyon-Roe. Giles was a farmer. His second wife left him, and little is known about that part of his family.
  • John Humpfrey Roe (129 KB)
    Sixth son of John and Elizabeth Lyon-Roe. John and his cousin Thomas Archer Lyon founded the Equitable Life Assurance Company in Kentucky. See the article in this section, and there will be letters posted from him to his niece Lizzie Conlin later this summer. He never married, but died a wealthy man leaving a family battle over his will.
  • Katie Kerwin 1867-1897 (54 KB)
    The author of the "Letters of Katie Kerwin". Her sense of humor and frank opinions make great reading, and give us a look at life in DeKalb County in the late 1800's.
  • Matthew Lyon (20 KB)
    This is a photo of the commissioned painting in the Vermont Capitol building. It is a much better image than the primative painting.
  • The Equitable Insurance Company of Kentucky (213 KB)
    The Roe and Lyon families began the Equitable Insurance Company in Kentucky. This Article tells you how they are doing in 1886
  • Harold Roe Bennett Sturtevant Bartle (25 KB)
    Bartle did not want to be mayor of Kansas City. "It was put upon my heart and soul," he says, "to accept the mantle of honest leadership." But there is more to the story than that. He had already decided to retire from Scouting in 1956, and channel his energies into a new project. As a Scout leader, he was convinced that nowhere were young men and women educated specifically for youth-leadership careers. In 1947 he had organized the American Humanics Foundation, Inc., to finance such training at the college level Into this scheme he had put S100,000 of his own money, plus large contributions he had talked friends into making. He wanted to spread American Humanics across the nation.

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  • Letters of Katie Kerwin to Lizzie Lyon-Conlin (72 KB)
    These letters represent a coming together of the Hart, Kerwin, and Lyon-Conlin families in DeKalb and Ogle Counties. Katie describes, in her own entertaining way, the comings and goings of family and friends. Her letters paint a picture of how our ancestors conducted their daily lives.
  • The Canadian Connection (15 KB)
    Reprinted from "A Wheatland Heritage". It tells the story of DeKalb County sons and daughters who opened the Canadian West in the early 1900's.
  • Hart News Volume 1- Issue 1 - July 1999 (10 KB)
    History, Family reunion info, and cemetery headstone rehab.
  • Hart News Volume 1 - Issue 2 - February 2000 (10 KB)
    More history, family reunion info, and the results of our cemetery rehab efforts.

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