Peter Lyons (1779-1809)

Further reading:

David J. Mays, “Peter Lyons, 1734 (?)-1809,” Proceedings of the Thirty-Seventh Annual Meeting of the Virginia State Bar Association, (August 1926), 418-426.

“New Documentary Light on Tarleton’s Raid: Letters of Newman Brockenbrough and Peter Lyons,” ed. by John Cook Wyllie, The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography Vol. 74, No. 4 (Oct. 1966).


Research collections:

Library of Congress
Washington, D.C.
Appointment of Peter Lyons, 1785; 1 item.

Library of Virginia (Personal Papers Collection)
Richmond, Va.
License to practice law, granted to Lyons February 5, 1756; 1 item.
Signed by Peyton Randolph, and Robert C. Nicholas; lists counties in which Lyons qualified to practice and the dates he qualified.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (The Southern Historical Collection at the Lewis Round Wilson Special Collections Library)
Chapel Hill, NC
Peter Lyons Letters, 1805-1809; 6 items.
Lyons writes to his granddaughter, Lucy L. Hopkins, giving advice and local news.
(Transcriptions made from originals lent by Mrs. A. L. Wellford of Richmond, Va., September 1941; location of originals unknown.)

University of Virginia (Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library)
Charlottesville, Va.
Legal notes of Charles Lee, 1783-1793,1855; 1 volume (microfilm; originals privately owned).
Notes regarding opinions of Lyons and other judges of the General Court and the Virginia Court of Appeals.

License to practice in the General Court, issued to Lyons 1756 Feb. 5; 1 item.
Signed by Peyton Randolph, John Randolph, and Robert Carter Nicholas.

Connecting Presidential Collections (a centralized site for searching across presidential collections) provides access to two letters in the Papers of Thomas Jefferson (University of Virginia Press) seeking Lyon’s assistance settling accounts from his father-in-law’s estate.