MARLIN LYON, a thriving agriculturist, who has continued to reside in Madison County since his birth here on November 3, 1826, is of the third generation in direct descent from Ebenezer Lyon, who settled in Nelson about one hundred years ago, several years before the town was incorporated and received its name from the great English naval commander, being one of the first to explore its wilderness and make the foundation of a family home. As was common in those days, this homestead consisted of a few acres of cleared land and a humble house of roughhewn logs, which poorly served to shelter them from the rigors of the climate. The grandfather from time to time increased the area of his farm, until he had about one hundred and seventy acres of land. He was an able and influential man of his time, holding the office of County Judge and of Supervisor several years. By his wife, Chloe Jackson, whom he married in New England, he had twelve children. He died on his farm in Nelson, at the age of sixty years; and his widow lived to be about ninety years old.
The parents of our subject were John and Ruth (Card) Lyon, who were both born in the town of Nelson, and were there married. John Lyon carried on general farming all his life. He died at the home of our subject, who was his eldest child, at the age of eighty-five years, his wife having died at forty-two years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Lyon were members of the Baptist church; and, politically, he was a Democrat. They had one son and three daughters, namely: Marlin; Emeline, Mrs. Thomas Morey, of the town of Nelson; Betsey, Mrs. William Judd, of Mason City, Ia.; and Caroline, Mrs. William Morey, who died at the age of twenty-six years.
Marlin Lyon had but limited opportunities for schooling, the circumstances of the family being such that he was led to start out for himself at the age of eleven, doing farm work, receiving the meagre sum of twenty-four dollars for the first six months' labor. He continued working out by the month until he was thirty years of age. In May of 1865 he married Miss Electa Hyatt, who was born in Connecticut. (For family history of Mrs. Lyon, see sketch of Hon. F. A. Hyatt.) In the same year that he married he bought eighty-five acres of the farm which he now occupies, having increased it by later purchases to one hundred and seventy acres. It is fine, productive land, yielding good crops of hay, oats, wheat, and other grains. Mr. Lyon also here carries on a dairy of twenty cows.
Mr. and Mrs. Lyon have three children, as follows: Frank H., residing in the town of Fenner; Rev. Walter S., a minister of the Methodist Episcopal church, having a charge in the town of Fenner; and Henry H., who lives at home.
Mr. Marlin Lyon has toiled early and late to acquire the possessions he now enjoys, and no one has been more deserving of success.
As to his political views, having seen and deplored the evils caused by intemperance, he believes that in prohibition the only salvation of the country is to be found, and therefore votes with that party. He has been Assessor for three years, and has held other local offices of trust. The family are all devoted members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and it is a great satisfaction to Mr. Lyon that he has a son devoted to the ministry of this church. Mr. Lyon is an intelligent and genial gentleman, and is justly considered a man of good judgment, faithful to his convictions of duty, and an influential and worthy citizen.
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