NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
Alfred the Great, King of England, married Ethelbirth, daughter of Earl Ethelran.
(II) Edward the Elder was King of England.
(III) Edgina, daughter of Edward, married Henry de Vermondois.
(IV) Hubart was Count de Vermandois.
(V) Adela, daughter of Hubert, married Hugh Magnus, fifth Count of Vermandois, and son of Henry I, King of France.
(VI) Isabel, daughter of Hugh, married Robert Earl of Millent and Leiceter.
(VII) Robert was second Earl of Leicester.
(VIII) Robert, his son, was third Earl of Leicester.
(IX) Margaret, daughter of Robert, married Saier de Quincy.
(X) Roger was Earl of Winchester.
(XI) Elizabeth, daughter of Roger, married Alexander Comyn.
(XII) Agnes, daughter of Alexander, married Gilbert de Umfraville.
(XIII) Gilbert de Umfraville was an infant at the death of his father, and was made a ward of Simon de Mountford, Earl of Leicester. He was Earl of Angus, and died in 1307. He married Matilda, Countess of Angus, a lineal descendant of Malcolm III, King of Scotland. Three of Malcolm's sons succeeded to the throne.
(XIV) Robert de Umfraville, second son of Gilbert, had livery of his lands. he was one of the governors of Scotland, and a member of Parliament under Edward II, until the eighteenth year of his reign, when he died. He was second Earl of Angus.
(XV) Sir Thomas de Umfraville, son of Robert, was heir to his half-brother Gilbert, and lived at Harbottle. He married Joan, daughter of Lord Rodam.
(XVI) Sir Thomas de Umfraville, second son and heir to his brother, Sir Robert, was living at the time of Henry IV at Kyne.
Gilbert, a famous soldier in the French wars at the time of Henry IV and V, and was slain with Thokas, Duke of Clarence, and others. Joanna, mentioned below.
(XVII) Joanna, daughter of Sir Thomas de Umfraville, married Sir William Lambert, son of Alan Lambert.
(XVIII) Robert Lambert, of Owlton, was his son.
(XIX) Henry Lambert Esq., of Ongar, county Essex, was living in the twenty-fifth year of the reign of Henry VI.
(XX) Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Lambert, married Thomas Lyman, of Navistoke.
(XXI) Henry Lyman, of Navistoke, was his son.
(XXII) John Lyman, son of Henry Lyman, lived at High Ongar.
(XXIII) Henry Lyman, son of John Lyman, lived in High Ongar. He married Elizabeth and had nine children.
(XXIV) Richard Lyman, third child of Henry Lyman, was born at High Ongar, county Essex, England, and baptized Oct. 30, 1580. In 1629 he sold to John Gower lands and orchards at Ongar, and in August, 1631, embarked with his wife and five children in the ship "Lion," William Pierce, mater, for New England. In the ship, which sailed from Bristol, were Martha Winthrop, third wife of Governor Winthrop, the governor's eldest son and his family, and also Eliot, the Indian Apostle. They landed at Boston, and Richard Lyman settled first in Charlestown, and with his wife united with the church of which Eliot was pastor. He was admitted a freeman June 11, 1635, and in October of the same year, joining a party of about a hundred persons, went to Connecticut, and became one of the first settlers of Hartford. Their journey was beset by many dangers and he lost many of his cattle on the way. He was one of the original proprietors of Hartford in 1636, receiving thirty parts of the purchase from the Indians. His house was on the south side of what is now (1910) Buckingham street, the fifth lot from Main street west of the South church, and was bounded apparently on Wadsworth street, either on the east or west.
His will was dated April 22, 1640, and proved Jan. 27, 1642, together with that of his wife, who died soon after he died. He died in 1640. His name is inscribed on a stone column in the rear of the Centre church of Hartford, erected in memory of the first settlers of the city.
Richard Lyman married Sarah, daughter of Roger Osborne, of Halstead, Kent, England.
1. William, buried at High Ongar, Aug. 28, 1615.
2. Phillis, baptized Sept. 12, 1611; came to New England and married William Hills, of Hartford; became deaf.
3. Richard, baptized July 8, 1613; died young.
4. William, baptized Sept. 8, 1616.
5. Richard, baptized Feb. 24, 1617; mentioned below.
6. Sarah, baptized Feb. 6, 1620.
7. Anne, baptized April 12, 1621; died young.
8. John, baptized 1623; came to New England; married Dorcas Plumb; died Aug. 20, 1690.
9. Robert, born Sept, 1629; married Hepzibah Bascom.
(XXV) Richard (2), son of Richard (1) Lyman, was baptized at High Ongar, Feb. 24, 1617. He and his brothers, John and Robert, were taxed, in 1655, in Hartford for a rate assessed to build a mill. They probably removed the same year to Northampton, where in December, 1655, Richard was chosen one of the selectmen. He sold his father's homestead in Hartford in 1660.
He married there Hepsibah, daughter of Thomas Ford, of Windsor. She married (second) John Marsh, of Hadley. Richard Lyman died June 3, 1662.
1. Hepsibah, married Nov. 6, 1662, Joseph Devey.
2. Sarah, married 1666, John Marsh.
3. Richard, mentioned below.
4. Thomas, born 1647.
5. Eliza, married Aug. 20, 1672, Joshua Pomeroy.
6. John, settled in Hadley.
7. Joanna, born 1658.
8. Hannah, born 1660; married June 20, 1677, Job Pomeroy.
(XXV) Richard (3), son of Richard (2) Lyman, settled in Windsor, Connecticut, and was a man of large influence and fine character. He was first selectman of the town. He died there June 3, 1662.
He married (first) Hepsibah, daughter of Thomas Ford. She married (second) John Marsh, of Hadley.
Sarah, married John Marsh.
Richard, mentioned below.
Thomas, of Durham, Conn.
John, of Hockanum.
Joanna, born 1658.
(XXVI) Richard (4), son of Richard (3) Lyman, was born at Windsor, Conn., in 1647. He resided at Northampton until 1696, when he removed to Lebanon, Conn., where his descendants have lived to the present (1910) time, sending thence many pioneers to Vermont, Canada, and westward, even to the Pacific.
He was one of the original proprietors of the Five-Mile Purchase in Lebanon, and was there at the beginning of the settlement. His house was in the "Crank," now the town of Columbia, and he died there Nov. 4, 1708.
Children, born at Northampton:
Samuel, April 16, 1676, mentioned below.
Richard, April, 1678.
John, July 6, 1680.
Isaac, Feb. 20, 1692.
Lieutenant Jonathan, Jan. 1, 1684.
Elizabeth, March 25, 1685.
David, Nov. 28, 1688.
Josiah, Feb. 6, 1690.
Anne, born at Lebanon.
(XXVII) Samuel, son of Richard (4) Lyman, was born April 16, 1676. He married May 9, 1699, Elizabeth Fowler, who died Feb. 21, 1742-43.
Children, born at Lebanon:
Samuel, May 22, 1700.
Jabez, Oct. 10, 1702.
Daniel, Feb. 18, 1704-05.
Hannah, June 27, 1707.
Child, died young.
(XXVII) Jabez, son of Samuel Lyman, was born Oct. 10, 1702, at Lebanon, and settled there. He married, Jan. 29, 1730, Martha Bliss.
Children, born at Lebanon:
Jabez, March 21, 1731.
Ezekiel, Oct. 23, 1733, mentioned below.
Martha, Nov. 15, 1735.
Israel, Nov. 24, 1737.
Lucy, Dec. 19, 1739.
Elisha, Sept. 22, 1742.
Elizabeth and Martha (twins) Oct. 11, 1745.
Jerusha, Dec. 4, 1747.
Eunice, May 6, 1752.
(XXIX) Ezekiel, son of Jabez Lyman, was born Oct. 23, 1733, and was baptized at Lebanon, Oct. 28. He resided at Canterbury, Conn., whence he removed to Royalton, Vermont about 1782, and died there at a great age.
He married, Feb. 10, 1757, Elizabeth Bliss, of Lebanon.
Ezekiel, born Aug. 18, 1760, mentioned below.
Sally, married Submit Mitchell, and lived at West Turin.
Betsey, married Garner Rix.
Eliphalet, married Mary Lee.
Jabez, married Jan. 24, 1779, Lois Johnson, of Middletown.
(XXX) Ezekiel (2), son of Ezekiel (1) Lyman, was born Aug. 18, 1760, and died June 4, 1845. He was a soldier in the revolution. He married Mabel Mitchell, of Middletown, Conn., and she supported the family by spinning and weaving while he was away in the service. She was a very pius and exemplary Christian woman, a studious scholar, possessing a cultivated mind and great fondness for poetry. She would, for hours together, repeat the Christian and familiar tunes of former years, even after she had been blind some twenty years. She became totally blind at the age of sixty-two, and died, aged ninety-one, in April, 1848. Through the long years of darkness she never repined and was always cheerful and industrious in her blindness, weaving linen handkerchiefs.
Children, born at Evans Mills, Jefferson county, New York:
Abner, June 12, 1787, lived at Sandusky, Ohio.
Eunice, married Luke Lindsey.
Betsey E., Nov. 10, 1790, mentioned below.
Prudence, Feb. 22, 1795; married Margaret Crego, of Turin, N.Y.
_____, July 12, 1797, married Cynthia Kent.
Lydia, Jan. 24, 1800, married William Wheeler.
Sally, June 12, 1802, married John W. Hathaway.
Anne, May 13, 1804, married Elijah Willoughby.
(XXXI) Betsey E., daughter of Ezekiel (2) Lyman, was born at Evans Mills, N.Y., Nov. 10, 1791, and died at West Turin, N.Y., in 1857. She married, Dec. 31, 1807, Trumbull Smith (q.v.), born in Connecticut, one of the triplet brothers.
Children of Trumbull and Betsey E. Smith:
Lyman, born at West Turin, Lewis county, Aug. 4, 1809 (see Smith).
Frances, Dec. 6, 1813.
Harrison, June 22, 1813. [sic.?]
Eldridge, April 5, 1816.
Isaac, May, 1818, died Aug. 9 1851, in Wisconsin.
Betsey, born April 9, 1820.
Royal F., March 15, 1822.
Sally Ann, April 28, 1824, died Feb. 3, 1827.
Julia Ann, June 4, 1827.
Emeline, April 16, 1834.
Lyman as a surname existed from the earliest use of surnames in England, and is derived from an old Saxon personal name, Leoman. The name has been varied by different branches of the family, and possibly some branches have taken the surname from the word layman, just as priest and pope, sexton and deacon have become surnames.
Richard Lyman was the immigrant ancestor of the family, and his descendants, among whom, no doubt, is Myron Merrick Lyman, of this review, have born an excellent character and fulfilled their part in shaping the destiny of the communities wherin they resided.
(I) Seymour Lyman, the first of the name of the line herein recorded, of whom we have definite information, was born in the state of Massachusetts about the year 1800, son of a revolutionary soldier, who was one of a party of men who were for several days without food at the expiration of which time they caught a woodchuck, which they were cooking when they were surprised by a party of British soldiers and Indians, they having to leave their meal untasted and flee for their lives.
Seymour Lyman was a farmer by occupation, a Democrat in politics, and held liberal views on the subject of religion. He took an active interest in all that pertained to the welfare of his immediate neighborhood, and was held in respect by his fellow townsmen.
He married, in 1824, Amy Allen, a cousin of Ethan Allen, a famous general of revolutionary times, his most notable exploit being the capture of Fort Ticonderoga.
Merrick, see forward.
Mary, Hamilton, George and Harlow.
(II) Merrick, son of Seymour and Amy (Allen) Lyman, was born in West Martinsburg, N.Y. Sept. 15, 1825. He followed farming throughout the active years of his life, and in addition was a jobber in lime manufacture and dealer in building stone, building the first mile of the Utica & Black River Railroad, north of Lowville.
He was a member of the Baptist church, a Republican in politics, and an active factor in the upbuilding and progress of the town and county in which he resided.
He married Lorinda, born in West Martinsburg, N.Y., Oct. 29, 1826, daughter of Moses and Eleanor (Buxton) Tallmadge, the former of whom came from Massachusetts about 1800, one of the four first settlers of West Martinsburg, and the latter came with her family from the east.
Katherine Ella, born Dec. 3, 1855.
Mary Jane, Dec. 10, 1858.
Myron Merrick, May 2, 1864, mentioned below.
All were born in Lowville, N.Y.
(III) Myron Merrick, only son of Merrick and Lorinda (Talmadge) Lyman, was born in Lowville, N.Y. May 2, 1864. He acquired a practical education in the public schools and Lowville Academy, leaving the latter named institution before graduation. He was born, reared and always resided on a farm, therefore is inured to farm labor, and in addition is a dealer in building stone, there being a stone quarry on his farm; for several years he also sold lime, deriving therefrom a goodly income.
Being a man of thrift and enterprise, as shown by the various occupations in which he was engaged, he has been successful from the outset, and is now (1910) recognized as one of the influential and progressive men of the community. He held the office of town highway commissioner, his tenure of office being noted for efficiency and promptness in the discharge of duty.
He is now casting his vote for the candidates of the Prohibition party.
He is a member of the Lowville Baptist church, of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, haivng joined recently, one of the trustees of the Local Grange, Patrons of Husbandry, and is serving in the capacity of overseer of the County Pomona Grange.
He married, Oct. 21, 1891, at Carthage, N.Y., Linnie N., born in Carthage, De. 14, 1864, died May 5, 1910, daughter of Henry A. and Matilda (Gould) Crowner, who were the parents of one other child, Varner J. Crowner. Henry A. Crowner is a carpenter by trade.
Children of Mr. & Mrs. Lyman, all of whom are at present (1910) attending Lowville Academy:
Muriel Uretta, born July 4, 1893.
Varner Merrick, April 24, 1897.
Delavan Henry, July 1, 1898.
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