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The Family of James H. Lyons, Generation Two: Part 3


October 28, 2021

James, as a widower, head of his family for 23 years after Sarah’s death, developed kidney trouble and was taken seriously ill while in Bedford, dying on Nov. 24, 1899. His obituary in the Bedford Gazette on Dec. 1 begins, “James H. Lyons, colored, died at his home in Salemville…” It ends with this statement: “He was an intelligent, sober, honest and industrious citizen.”

An obituary was also published in the Morrisons Cove Herald the same day, revealing more admiration for the man:

“James Lyons, of Salemville, passed to the Great Beyond last Friday night, aged almost 74 years...

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