David Ross Lyon papers

David Ross Lyon papers

Dates: 1885-1964

Contains letters, biographies, genealogical information, church certificates, and miscellaneous papers belonging to David Ross Lyon.

  • Extent: 1 box (.25 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Lyon, David R. (David Ross), 1864-1940
  • Call Number: MSS 2370
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
This collection has been organized into folders by material genre (letters, biographies, family history, documents, poems, church material, photographs, newspapers notes, programs, and miscellaneous) and, within the folders, arranged chronologically where possible. It contains material pertaining to David Ross Lyon and covers the years 1885-1964.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the David Ross Lyon collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial Citation: MSS 2370; David Ross Lyon papers; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following Citations: MSS 2370, LTPSC.
Custodial History
The material in this collection was donated to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections in the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University on December 17, 2001 by Thomas Edgar [Ted] Lyon, David Ross Lyon's grandson.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Thomas Edgar [Ted] Lyon; 2001.
Bitton, Davis. "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Oral History Program: T. Edgar Lyon, November 1974 - January 1975."Lyon, T. Edgar, Jr. T. Edgar Lyon: A Teacher in Zion. (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 2002.)T. Edgar Lyon Biography; A Living Pioneer Legacy. Related Collections: John Lyon Collection, MSS 1595Additions to the John Lyon Collection, MSS 2371Thomas Edgar Lyon, Sr. Collection, MSS 2341Thomas Edgar [Ted] Lyon, Jr. Collection, MSS 2372
Other Finding Aids
Item-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSS2370.xml
Subject Terms
Lyon, David R. (David Ross), 1864-1940; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Ensign (Utah); Salt Lake City (Utah)
Genre / Form
Certificates; Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.); Letters
Processing Information
Processed; David J. Whittaker, Judi Crisp, & Erin Chapman; 2002.
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Lyon (David Ross) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by David J. Whittaker, Judi Crisp, & Erin Chapman
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-11-24T04:11-0700
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid encoded in English.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

David Ross Lyon (August 16, 1864 - June 4, 1940) was the son of the Scottish poet, John Lyon. He worked in the printing business from the time he was a small boy until his death. He served in several church callings, including bishop and stake patriarch.

David Ross Lyon was born on August 16, 1864 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to John Lyon, the Scottish poet, and Caroline Holland. He was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also called LDS Church), by President Joseph F. Smith, on November 16, 1876. He married Mary Cairns on the September 30, 1885 in the Logan Temple, and they had ten children together. As an occupation, he worked in a printing office. He began at the age of twelve, working as an apprentice at the Salt Lake Herald newspaper. He was then hired to work on Parry's Monthly Magazine with Joseph Hyrum Parry, a printer and entrepreneur, in 1884. He eventually bought the business, as well as several other small printing establishments, and created the Magazine Printing Company. He continued in the printing business until 1937.

David Lyon served in several different callings in the Church, including as a teacher, a member of the superintendency of the Stake Sunday School, a bishop, and finally as a stake patriarch. He was called by Joseph F. Smith to be a bishop twice in just over one year. In August 1912, he was called to be the bishop of the Twentieth Ward in Salt Lake City. Then in August 1913 he was called to be bishop of the Ensign Ward, in which calling he served in until February 1926. At that time he was called to be Patriarch of the Ensign Stake, a calling which he held until his death. David R. Lyon died June 4, 1940 in Temple City, California.

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