Nathan Foster & Mary Lyon

Sally’s great-great-great-great-great-great Grandparents:

Nathan Foster ca 1680 – 1737 | his parents
& ca 1713 Mary Lyon ca 1690 – ca 1748 | her parents
of Essex County, New Jersey


This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!


Nathan Foster son of Joseph Foster was born ca 1680 in Southampton. L I.
He died 18 Nov 1737 in Newark, Essex Co, NJ.
Inventory of personal estate 181.08.07.
Mary Lyon daughter of Joseph Lyon ca 1659-1726 and Mary Pierson was born ca 1690.

Nathan and Mary moved to Newark after their marriage.
A 1713 Newark deed lists him as a clothier living in Newark.
They had returned to Elizabeth by 1726, when a deed identifies him living there,
near Bound Green.
He died at Elizabeth, NJ and was interred at the Old Burial Ground, Orange.
The inventory of his will include silver spoons, books, and a black male slave.

SOURCES: Gardiner Card Collection; Alonzo Lewis and James R. Newhall,
History of Lynn, Essex Co., MA (1865) Ed Ball’s page.

Children of Nathan Foster and Mary Lyon:
1. Joseph Foster ca 1716 – 18 Aug 1742
married Bethiah {Lyon} Winans
2. Abigail Foster ca 1720 [1708-1763]
married bef 1739 Moses Harrison 1705 – 18 Feb 1763
3. Mary Foster ca 1724 –
married Ephraim Wheeler 1718
4. Sarah Foster ca 1727 –
5. Damaris Foster ca 1730 –
married Stephen Day
6. Job Foster 1734 – 18 Jan 1793
married Abigail Johnes

1737 Dec 22 Foster, Nathan of Newark, Essex Co, Inventory of personal estate (181.08.07.) including young negro 20 Pounds.
Made by Stephen Browne and Christoper Wood.
1737-8 Feb 25 Mary Foster widow renounces her right to administer in favor of her son.
1737-8 Feb 27 Adm’r Joseph Foster, the son; Ezekiel Crane fellow bondsman. lib e p 190.

1739 June 4 Foster, Joseph of Newark, Essex Co, weaver, will of: Being administrator on the estate of my deceased father Nathan Foster; mother Mary Foster; sisters – Abigail Harrison, Mary, Sarah, & Damanis Foster, brother Job Foster. Expected child. Land my father purchased of Ebenezer Lyon Jan 28 1724-5; Executor-wife Bethiah, Benjamin Crane of Newark and Uncle Joseph Lyon. Wit: Samuel Berch, Israel Crane, Nehemiah Grumman. proved Aug 18, 1742; Inventory 24 Aug 1742 (270.00.03) made by Christopher Wood and Benjamin Lyon.

Grandchildren of Nathan Foster and Mary Lyon:
Children of Ephraim Wheeler and Mary Foster:
1. John Wheeler 12 Apr 1747 – 4 Oct 1814
married 1768 Elizabeth Longworth 1748 – 1827
2. Stephen Wheeler 8 Mar 1749 NJ – 19 Dec 1806 OH
married 1772 Rhoda Spinning 20 Nov 1752 NJ – 13 Dec 1837 OH
3. Mary Wheeler 13 Apr 1751-7 Dec 1790
married Baker Woodruff 1750 – 1813
4. Sarah Wheeler 11 Sept 1753 – 20 Apr 1769

Child of Joseph Foster and Bethiah ?:
1. expected child June 1739

Children of Abigail Foster and Moses Harrison:
1. Anna Harrison 21 Dec 1741 – 22 June 1814
married Joseph Ball
2. Abigail Harrison ca 1752 – 14 Mar 1801
married Thomas Curry
married 2nd Cpt. Zebulon Jones
3. Damaris Harrison
married Amos Prudden
4. Jonas Harrison 1798 – 1799
5. Mary Harrison died May 1795 [8 children]
married ca 1760 Maj. Caleb Dodd
6. Sarah Harrison
married Silas Baldwin
married 2nd Ephriaim Morris


Sally’s great-great-great-great-great-great-great Grandparents:

Joseph Lyon ca 1659 – 1726/27 | his parents
& Mary Pierson ca 1670 – ca 1709 | her parents
& Sarah Brown
Fairfield, Ct
of Elizabethtown & Newark, New Jersey


This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!


Joseph Lyon son of Henry Lyon and Elizabeth Bateman was born ca 1659 in Fairfield CT. He died shortly after15 Feb 1726/27 in Newark, NJ.
Mary Pierson daughter of Thomas Pierson and Mary Harrison was born ca 1670 in Branford, CT.

He married second Sarah Brown.

Children of Joseph Lyon and Mary Pierson:
1. Abigail Lyon ca 1687-
married ca 1704 Joseph Crane Esq died bef 1726/7
2. Mary Lyon ca 1695 –
married Nathan Foster
3. Elizabeth Lyon ca 1698 or ca 1706 –
married Daniel Sayre
son of Daniel, son of Joseph, son of Thomas
4. daughter Lyon ca 1704 –
married Samuel Sayre died 1760 Somerset Co NJ
son of Samuel, son of Daniel, son of Thomas

Child of Joseph Lyon and Sarah Brown:
5. Joseph Lyon 1711 – 26 Aug 1772
married Sarah Cook

will of Joseph Lyon, yeoman, of Newark, Essex Co, NJ, Feb 15 1726-7; probate Feb 27 1726-7; Executors: Ebenezer Lyon & Stephen Brown

Captain Joseph Lyon descendant of Henry Lyon, one of the first settlers of Newark 1667; in Elizabethtown in 1673,
Joseph Lyon was Elder in the Presbyterian Church at Elizabethtown as early as 1759.
He died at Lyon’s Farms Aug 26, 1772 in his 61 year.
His son Joseph Lyon born 1741; grad Princeton 1763; Elder in the same church 35 yrs before his death May 14, 1821.

Grandchildren of Joseph Lyon

Abigail Lyon & Joseph Crane 1676-1726
1. Benjamin Crane Sr. 1705-1777
married Sarah —
2. Isaac Crane 1709-
3. Ezekial Crane 1711-1794
married Abigail Baldwin
4. Israel Crane Sr. 1713-1785
5. Josiah Crane (Capt.) 1716-1785
married Jerusha —
6. Joseph Crane 1717-
married Elizabeth Johnson 1729-
7. Joanna Crane 1718-
married Samuel Conger 1715-1752
married 2nd Joseph Camp
8. Abigail Crane 1727-

Mary Lyon & Nathan Foster:

Elizabeth Lyon & Daniel Sayre
1. Daniel Sayres
2. Mary Sayres
married 1st Samuel Van Court
married 2nd —– Long
3. John Sayres
4. Ephraim Sayres 1746
married Hannah Meeker

daughter Lyon & Samuel Sayre
1. Samuel Sayre

Joseph Lyon and Sarah Cook
1. Joseph Lyon 1741-1821 Elizabethtown

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