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Lyon, Marylocked

(28 February 1797–05 March 1849)
  • Linda Eisenmann

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Lyon, Mary (28 February 1797–05 March 1849), educator, was born in Buckland, Massachusetts, the daughter of Aaron Lyon and Jemima Shepard, farmers. The family farmed 100 rocky acres on a hillside near Baptist Corner, where many relatives lived and worshiped in that faith. Lyon’s father died before her sixth birthday, and until her mother remarried in 1810, the family worked together to sustain the farm. When Lyon’s mother relocated with her new husband to Ashfield, Massachusetts, Lyon stayed behind to support her brother Aaron in running the farm. Aaron paid her one dollar per week for her household management. After Aaron married, Lyon remained on the farm but was then better able to renew her intermittent attendance at local schools....

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