99% of all Galyons, Galyeans, Gallions, Galyens, etc. descend from one Joseph Gallion who came to America in 1664 from London, England. Joseph settled in Maryland on Bush River which is part of today's Aberdeen Proving Grounds (just to the north of Baltimore on Chesapeake Bay). Joseph became a tobacco farmer and died in 1699. He left at least three (possibly 4) sons; one of whom (John) left a large family and a very detailed will ca. 1731. There are still Gallions (that's how they spell it in Maryland) in Harford Co. today. In 1725 John was a vestryman in the Spesutia Episcopal Church.
Joseph Gallion was born in London ca. 1633 to a Wm. and Joanne Palmer Gallion who themselves were married ca. 1615 in Chigwell, Essex (slightly to the north and east of London). Wm. was born in London ca. 1592 to unknown parents. The Gallion name crops up in scattered London records back to about 1340. It seems they were merchants/shopkeepers. The Gallion name in England is considered to be of French origin with the French spelling being Gallienne. There are about a 1000 French Gallienne families today mostly in the northeastern provinces of France and on the Channel Island of Guernsey where they have been since the 1300s. Prior to 1340 there were London records for "Le Gal". One wonders if the old Le Gals were the modern day Gallions. We do find a English land record in 1160 with the name of Galyon.
Interestingly enough, there were some French Galliennes who settled in Quebec ca. 1680. A number of them migrated to Louisiana in 1759 and settled in Natchitoches Parish (county) and are still to be found there today. Gallions fought in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Indian Wars of 1818-1832-1835, the Civil War, the Spanish-Amnerican War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and I'm sure they probably also were in Iraq. I cannot find any record of Gallions in the Mexican-American War of 1846 which is somewhat strange since there were Gallions in Texas at the time.
I hope the above was interesting. If you like I can try to find out how you connect back to Joseph. Just list who your forebears were as far back as you know. I need to get someone who may have been in the census records for 1920 or further back if possible. You'll need to tell me approx. birthdates, birthplaces, where they lived in 1920/1910/1900/etc.
Yours..George T. Galyon
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