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I Will Never Pass This Way Again
I will pass this way but once.If there any good that
I can do,let me do it now,for I'll never pass this way Again

I will see this day but once.if there any kindness I can show,
let me show it now,for Ill never see this day again.

Tomorrow may be to late,my do all the good
that you planed,so reach out to thoes who need you
and lend them a helping hand.

I will know this world but once.If there any love I Can
Give,let me give it now.

Oh,Lord,please show me how.For Ill never know this world,Ill
never see this day.Ill never pass this way again

Ronnie Gaylord

God Bless America
They did not chose to die on that sad Setember Day
for they had know way of knowing  as they went about ther way

That there lives would soon be ended.And that there names
would be writen in on the pages of our nation's History.

In no time at at all there was nothing we could do;
our lives were  changed forever by the actinns of a few.

When we heard the news we stood in Disbelelief
AS our eyes filled with tears and our hearts were  toren with grief.

For there lives were taken quickly and before the day was
through  America was Mourning  As we realized it was true


The family came to England during the Norman Conquest; hence they were likely originally of Viking heritage. They fought in the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. and distinguished themselves. Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, gave them land grants for their service. The surname was first recorded in Norfolk, England. The family spread to Scotland and Wales, and then in the 1600s and 1700s to Ireland. The Lyons migrated to America throughout the Colonial period. Many were probably Scotch-Irish. Some settled in the Northern colonies, like New York and Pennsylvania, and moved down the Shenandoah into the mountains of Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina, before crossing over into Kentucky and Tennessee and establishing homes in the Appalachians. Our specific branch of the Lyons family may be definitely traced to Knox County, Tennessee. It was listed as the birthplace of the parents of Richard Nathaniel (1845) Lyons, Sr. on many legal instruments. His mother was Mary "Polly" V. [Price] Lyons (1825), and his father was William Lyons (1818). William and Mary moved (probably along the Tennessee River) from Knox County to DeKalb County, Alabama in the 1840s after the Cherokee Removal. They obtained Federal Land Patents (see map) and lived, in what is now Fort Payne, close Lyons from Knox County, Tennessee: Specifically John Lyons (1800) believed to be William's uncle; Pocious (1819) , believed to be his brother (he was Richard Nathaniel's uncle by legal deposition made by PM Lyons in 1860); Thomas (1823) Lyons, believed to be his brother; and Nathaniel (1797) Lyons, believed to be his father (see analysis). It is widely held that John Lyons (1765) was the father of this Nathaniel, and that John's father was Nathaniel (1735) who was a pioneer in Knox County, Tennessee, and at least one source has the father of  Nathaniel to be Humberston Lyon (1690) of Augusta County, Virgina

Richard Nathaniel Lyons, Sr. left home in 1859 and resided for some time with his uncle Pocious. Then he left Alabama at some point after 1860, and in 1863 enlisted at Louisville in Battery C of the Kentucky Light Artillery, USA. He saw action in and around Kentucky, and was part of the campaign in the west at the Battle of Little Rock, Arkansas. After the war he settled in the Kentucky boomtown of Proctor in Lee County at the Forks of the Kentucky River.  His brother William, and half brothers Daniel, William & David Wade, and step brother, Ira K. Wade joined him. He was a master carpenter and stonemason. He built the beautiful St. Thomas Episcopal Church on the hill overlooking Beattyville and a Victorian home which overlooked one of the largest lumber yards in the South. The Church is one of the finest examples of a country English Gothic style in the Southern Highlands. His son, Richard Nathaniel, Jr. (1887) remained in Beattyville,  and was the preeminent brick manson of the town. He built many fine structures to include the Presbyterian Church in downtown Beattyville. He probably also built our home on Southfork, based on the similarities of the brick pattern between our home and the Presbyterian Church. His descendants and those of his half and step brothers are to be found in Lee County, and are spread throughout Kentucky, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Colorado.

Note: The Lyons shield shown above was identified by John Harvey (1912) Lyons as belonging to this line of the family.   See another shield on the Lyon(s) family association & GenealogyHome Page.
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