Joseph B. Lyons
Joseph B. Lyons, farmer and stock grower, section 14, Paw Paw Township, has 206 acres of land. He was born in county Tyrone, Ireland, Nov. 12, 1834, and is the son of Joseph and Mary Lyons. He emigrated to America in 1856, and came directly to Illinois and made his home in Paw Paw Township. He bought a farm in 1864, on section 23, and occupied it in May, 1866.
He remained there until 1884, when he purchased his present farm on section 14, and took possession Sept. 9 of that year.
He was married in Sterling, Cayuga Co., N.Y., March 2, 1866, to Elizabeth McFadden, daughter of Benjamin and Eleanor (Harper) McFadden. Mrs. Lyons was born in Sterling, Cayuga Co., N.Y., Aug. 17, 184l. They had one child, Benjamin, born June 18, 1869, and died aged three months. Mrs. Lyons is a member of the United Presbyterian Church. In politics, Mr. Lyons is a Democrat. Mr. Lyons takes a warm interest in local history, and has by intelligent research arrived at a better knowledge of the history of his township than many earlier settlers. The publisher takes pleasure in acknowledging the receipt of valuable information from him.
Source: Portrait and Biographical Album of DeKalb Co.