When you reach this cemetery you will incounter the gate. When you enter the gate you will need to drive about a block to reach the cemetery. Just after you enter the gate, be sure to stop and read the historical sign for Thomas Lyon. Look around this place and you will find many graves of the civil war. Pay your respects.
Thomas Lyon (1766-1847) was born at Bedford, New York on May 31, 1766. The family moved to a farm in Northcastle, Westchester County. Prior to Thomas' enlistment, his father, David Lyon, was "driven from his residence by Tories (sickness); and had to take up residence in Connecticut."
Lyon enlisted in April 1782 at Bedford in Captain Thomas Hunt's Company of Rangers. Thomas' duties were primarily guarding against activities of the Loyalists in and around Rye, Northcastle, Bedford, Mamaroneck and White Plains. Although never in a "real battle" he was almost every day on scouting expeditions and was involved in frequent skirmishes with the "Tories." He was frequently quartered with Colonel Elisha Sheldon's famous flying squadron consisting of light horse cavalry and infantry. Lyon served the full term of his enlistment and was discharged in January 1783.
Thomas Lyon lived in New York until 1840, when he moved to Wisconsin with his son, William, and founded the community of Lyons, located in Walworth County. Thomas died at the age of 81, on December 29, 1847, and is buried in the Old Lyonsdale Society of Friends Cemetery in Lyons. There is more than one marker to Lyon. One, a boulder, with a plaque dedicated to him, and the other an upright stone government marker located a short distance from the boulder. There is also a DAR marker at the grave site.
The WSQ in the title of this cache is an acronym for Wisconsin Spirit Quest. Wisconsin geocachers have adopted this acronym to designate their cemetery caches. As this is classified as a cemetery cache please note it is NOT hidden on any grave marker or site. If there is a service going on, or folks are visiting their loved ones when you arrive please be respectful and come back at a later time. Your understanding and compassion for those folks will
PLEASE FOLLOW ANY POSTED VISITING HOURS, RESPECT THE RESIDENTS HERE, AND ONLY VISIT DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS IF NO HOURS ARE POSTED
The cache is not located near a grave...Do not disturb monuments. If you find a fallen US flag, please stick it back in the ground. You must sign the cache log to claim a find. As always, please be respectful, and cache in, trash out.