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|Thomas Lyans & Rebecca Guthrie Lyans.||Thomas Lyans farm, near Center Junction. It has "Lyans Burr Oak Farm" written on the back.|
|My great-great grandparents, Thomas Lyons and Rebecca Guthrie first came to Jones County in about 1857, and purchased land in Madison Township. The farm was just immediately to the east of Center Junction. Thomas Lyons, who later spelled his name LYANS, was also one of the first elders of the Scotch Grove Presbyterian Church.
My great-grandfather, Robert Guthrie Lyans, (m. Sarah Jane Barnhill), was born in Center Junction in 1852. My grandfather, Robert Thompson Lyans, (m. Bessie Ilene Furst), was born in Center Junction in 1884.
Thomas and Rebecca raised 12 children in Center Junction. In about 1886, 11 of the children and Rebecca, contracted Scarlet Fever and were left in such poor health that within 2 years, 5 of the children and Rebecca died. Three more of the children died within the next 10 years. Thomas remarried to Angeline Knapp and they had one child who died by the age of 2. I understand that Thomas, Rebecca, Angeline and a number of the children are buried in the Scotch Grove Cemetery. Robert Guthrie Lyans moved to La Canada, California about 1910 and he and Sadie lived well into their 90's. My grandfather, Robert Thompson Lyans also moved from Jones County in about 1900 and came to California and lived to age 89. My father, John Robert Lyans, (m. Dorothy Jean Weber) is 82.
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