Charles E. Lyons Source: History of Steuben County, IN (1885) p. 509 - 510 Charles E. Lyons is a native of Clay, Onondaga Co., N.Y., a son of Lyman W. and Sarah (Marsh) Lyons. In 1835 his parents moved to Gilead, Mich., and about 1850 to Steuben County, Ind., locating in the eastern part of Mill Grove Township, on a tract of heavily timbered land, their nearest neighbor being a mile distant. After thirteen years of arduous toil and hardship in making a home for his family, the father died in 1863. Mr. Lyons' mother was a daughter of Daniel and Mary (Wallace) Marsh, early settlers of Erie County, Pa. Of their family of eight children five are living. Permelia, the first white child born in Erie County, is the wife of Isaac Freeman; Harriet, now Mrs. Joseph Lyons; Sarah, now Mrs. Lyman Lyons; Daniel, in Eaton Rapids, Mich.; Polly, now Mrs. Mortimer Leberidge; Wallace, Ebenezer and John are deceased. Charles E. Lyons was married in 1859 to Martha H. Drake, of Branch County, Mich., whose parents died in her childhood. To Mr. and Mrs. Lyons have been born seven children - Blanche, Maud, Ernest, Edith, Oberi, Opher, and Florence. Blanche is the wife of Irving Lyke; Ernest and Opher are deceased; the others are with their parents. Mr. Lyons is one of the representative farmers of Mill Grove Township. He has a pleasant home and finds his greatest happiness in ministering to the comforts of those he loves. Mrs. Lyon's only brother, Nathaniel Drake, was a soldier in the war of the Rebellion, and died in one of the Southern prison. Her only sister, Mary is the wife of George Douglas, of New York City.