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This numerous, and far-spreading family, have all descended from one 
immigrant ancestor, Richard Lyman, from High Ongar, in England, who 
came to America eleven years after the first colony at Plymouth. Through 
six grandsons, Richard, Thomas and John, sons of Richard, and John, 
Moses and Benjamin, sons of John, as main branches, the remoter ramifica- 
tions are connected with the parent stock. The data which establish this 
connection are fast passing into oblivion, and will soon be irrecoverably lost. 
But enough it is believed can be collected to enable the descendants, whose 
Register has been kept with ordinary care, to trace out their own lineage 
and their kindred relations to other decendants from their venerable ancestor. 
For this purpose, and with the hope of aiding and encouraging some one of 
the connection to write a history of the Lyman Family, the undersigned 
proposes, with the aid of others to collect, as far as practicable, the genealog- 
ical statistics of the family, and publish them in the form of a pamphlet, 
provided enough shall be ordered to defray the expenses of printing. The 
Lymans have an honorable record in their manifold relations in society, 
agricultual, mechanical, commercial, social political, patriotic, literary and 
religious. Their history should be preserved and have a place among the 
historical records of the country. 

Each one of the connection, to whom this Circular may be addressed, is 
respectftiUy requested to forward his own family register, and that of his 
relatives and ancestors as far as practicable, to the undersigned, specifying 
with distinctness and accuracy Names, Births, Marriages, Residences and 
Deaths, to be recorded in the genealogical roll of the family. The ages 
and residences of the deceased are particularly requested, with anecdotes 
and incidents illustrative of personal character and influence. 

And each is requested to specify the number of copies to be forwarded to 
his address on the condition that the cost shall not exceed $1.00 a copy. 

Lafayette College. 
Easton, Pa., July 1868. 



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The day opened with a clear sky and a bright sun, and 
the representatives of the family in great numbers, from 
many states, of every age and sex, gathered early on the 
gromid in great glee and joyous salutations. Many hun- 
dreds coming from Springfield in a long train of cars were 
met at Mt Tom station by a train of seven cars from 
Northampton, freighted with descendants of their common 
ancestor, Richard of High Ongar, while many from the 
neighboring towns came in their own conveyances. By 
the efficient direction of GFen. Luke Lyman, the marshal 
of the day, the procession, preceded by the Armory band 
from Springfield, was promptly formed at the station and 
soon in motion for the woodland at the base of Mount Tom. 

A song of welcome indited for the occasion, of which 
the first stanza is in these words — 

From far and near to day we oome 
To this old central Lyman home, 
These pleasant scenes again to greet, 
These friends of by-gone years to meet — 

was sung to the tune of Old Hundred, with the accompani- 
ment of the band. A selection from the scriptures was read 
and prayer offered appropriate to the occasion. The as- 
sembly was called to order by Dr. Coleman, the chairman 
of the former meeting, and the customary officers chosen. 
The Hon. Lyman Tremain of Albany, N. Y., president; 
Edward Lyman, of Burlington, Vt, treasurer; and D. W. 

Lyman, of Providence, R. I. ; Russell Lyman, of Albany ; 
and Theodore Lyman, of Hartford, Conn., secretaries. 
The president, on taking the chair, delivered an address, 
which was followed by one jErom Dr. Coleman* Just at the 
conclusion of this, began a sprinkling of rain, which soon 
changed into drenching torrents, as if the windows of heaven 
ha4 again been opened upon the earth. Unfortunately no 
shelter had been provided as a refiige from this deluge 
from the skies. Our only resource was a hasty retreat 
from the remaining festivities and entertainments of the 

On the following day a remnant of the dispersed surviv- 
ors of the flood, gathered in goodly numbers in the City 
Hall, at Springfield, to complete the programme of the 
occasion. The varied entertainments of the day as indi- 
cated in the proceedings here given, made grateful amends 
for the failures of the day preceding. It was unanimously 
agreed to meet again in 1874, at the appointed place for 
our reunion, with due precautions against another drench- 
ing from the treacherous skies. 

Then homeward all took off their several ways, in the 
consciousness that the occasion had been a satisfactory 
success, and in joyful anticipation of a happier reunion' 
after a dispersion for three years of'this great Lyman 



Fellow CotisinSj and other Relatives of the Lyman FamUy : 

I befif yon to accept my thanks for the honor you have 
oonferLV me, '7 =L«Bg me.0 «t « your pr«iding 
officer^ npon this interesting occasion. The compliment is 
the more appreciated, because there are many others present, 
more deserving of this distinction^ who bear the Lyman 
surname^ while my nearest ancestral relation, with that 
name, was my paternal grandmother, who was a full blooded 
Lyman, my own double Christian name, David Lyman, 
having been bestowed on me, by my parents, in honor of 
my father's uncle, who resided in Salisbury, Connecticut, 
and was the son of Simeon Lyman. 

Washington Living gives expression to the following 
sentiment, in one of his beauti&l essays for the Sketch 
Booky wherein he describes Westminster Abbey : " There 
was a noble way, in former times, of saying things simply, 
and yet saying them proudly ; and I do not know an epi- 
taph that breathes a loftier consciousness of family worth 
and honorable lineage than one which affirms, of a noble 
house, that ^ all the brothers were brave, and all the sisters 
virtuous.' " If this broadband comprehensive eulogium, dic- 
tated as we may reasonably infer, by a surviving member 
of the family of the deceased, escaped criticism from an ob- 
server so acute, and a gentleman so cultivated and correct 
in his tastes, so delicate in his sense of propriety, and so 
elevated and honorable in his views, as the world renowned 
American author, Washington Living, surely, we have no 


occasion to withhold the expression of onr honest senti- 
ments, concerning the Lyman family, by any morbid ap- 
prehensions that we shall seem to be unduly influenced by 
pride, vanity, or egotism. 

"Wbile it may be freely conceded, that there is no personal 
merit, whatever, in the accident of our being bom members 
of a family, which has ever maintained an honorable posi- 
tion in the country, the fact, nevertheless, is one which may, 
naturally, and properly, excite in our breasts, emotions of 
lively exultation, and profound gratitude. Nor is the con- 
sciousness of such a relationship calculated, in any degree, 
as we think, to produce feeUngs of satisfection, on our part, 
with the reputation which others have achieved, and thus 
to relieve us from the duty of maintaining and increasing 
the good name of the family. On the contrary, ite natural 
tendency would be, to impress upon every ^ound and well- 
balanced mind, the necessity of upholding the family honor, 
and to stimulate its members, to prove, by their life and 
conduct, that they are not degenerate or unworthy descend- 
ants of such ancestors. 

Love of family, and a feeling of pride in the distinction 
which has been acquired by those who are related to us, 
and in whose veins flows the blood of our common ances- 
tor, are sentiments, which naturally result from that family 
relation, that was ordained by the Almighty. They are 
creditable to our common humanity, and are well calcu- 
lated to exerta salutary influence, in moulding our principles 
of action, and in controlling our destinies. They are virtues 
which belong to the same family, with love of country. 

As patriotism is one of the most ennobling passions which 
can influence the action of a citizen, so the emotions of 
which I speak, when properly guided and directed, lead to 
the performance of the noblest aims, and highest duties. 
Napoleon Bonaparte inspired his troops, in Egypt, with in- 
tense enthusiasm, by the famous apothegm. " Forty ages 

look down upon you, from the height of yonder pyramids/' 
He was accustomed to excite his soldiers to the performance 
of extraordinary feats of bravery and heroism, by appeals 
to the former achievements which they, or the army to which 
they belonged, had accomplished ; such as, " You belong 
to the Army of Italy," or, on beholding the cloudless sun, 
in the morning of the battle of Moscow, he exclaims " It 
is the sun of Austerlitz." 

To me, however, it would seem as if no influences or ap- 
peals could be more powerful for good, than those unseen, 
and silent, but resistless forces that flow from fiimily 
traditions, and from virtues possessed, and noble deeds 
performed, by one's own ancestors, for many generations. 
Let me give you, for example, a case, which, I trow, is not 
altogether supposititious, so far, at least, as it assumes to 
give the past record of the &mily. 

Suppose that the Lyman family had been ever known 
and honored as a family loyal to its country, under all cir- 
cumstances ; that during the war of the Revolution, it was 
steadfast in its devotion to the cause of the colonies ; that 
in all subsequent contests, and trials, its voice and influence 
had been uniformly exerted, in the same direction ; that 
during the late great conflict, it had freely poured forth its 
means, and the blood and lives of its members had been 
freely offered, for the preservation of our nation, and our 
free institutions. 

Suppose, also, that in the present or future history of 
our country, other troubles and wars should arise, and a 
member of this same family should be surrounded by in- 
fluences and circumstances hostile to his country ; that he 
should even feel and acknowledge the errors of administra^ 
tion, and then suppose that he should be insidiously ap- 
proached by the foes of his country, and invited to join in 
some movements looking to the overthrow of his govern- 
ment : I think, in such an hour, I can see him rising, in the 


dignity of his manliood caBting the tempter behind him^ 
and exclaiming indignantly : " I belong to the family of 
Lymans : a fiunily which has never, yet, given birth to a 
traitor to his country ; I know well the consequence of 
the position I am about to take. It may lead to the rup- 
ture of my life-long associations^ social and political ; it 
may result in the sacrifice of my property, and the loss of 
valued friendships, aye, it may even lead to my imprison- 
ment and death, but I can not, and I will not, be the first 
to bring the foul reproach of treason upon the honored 
name of my family. Before one disloyal sentiment can be 
uttered, or one treasonable act be performed by me, may 
my right arm wither and perish, and my tongue cleave, 
forevOT, to the roof of my mouth.** 

Influences similar to those which we assume, as the 
result of family patriotism, naturally flow from all other vir- 
tues. If the women of the fiimily have hitherto sustained, 
by their influence and example, their husbands, brothers, 
jhthers^ and sons, in their patriotic efforts ; if, in other days, 
they were known as women of piety, attending faithfolly 
to the ways of their household, and performing acts of 
charity and benevolence^ while creating no sensation, by 
eccentricities of dress or demeanor, on the platform, or in 
the public streets, we may expect that their descendants of 
the same sex, under all changes of name and circum- 
stances, will prove, that they have profited by the examples 
and teachings of their patriotic and Christian mothers. 

We accept, with joy, the accomplished facts in our family 
history. We acknowledge, gratefully, the historical truths, 
that among the members of that family who have been 
gathered to their fii,thers, and otiiers who still survive, are 
many honored names of those who have acquired enviable 
distinction in the council chamber, and upon the field of 
battie ; who have become eminent in the learned profes- 
sions, as divines, lawyers, and physiciaiis ; who have risen 


above the common level of humanity, in the pursuit of 
literature and science, agriculture, and the mechanic arts. 

We feel that the renown and honors, thus acquired, are 
the common inheritance of all who belong to the family. 
We take pride in acknowledging these achievements, and 
we hope and trust that the present and future members of 
the family, taking up the Lyman standard, will proudly 
carry it forward to more decisive and brilliant successes, in 
the future battle of life. 

In monarchical governments, the subject who has become 
preeminent by reason of heroic actions, rare merits, or 
long service, is sometimes raised to distinction by a patent 
of nobility, conferred upon him by the king, who is deemed 
the fountain of all honors and distinction. As these patents 
descend to the heirs of the first taken, according to the 
terms therein expressed, it soon comes to pass, that they 
cease to be evidence of merit in their present owner, and 
prove only, that his ancestor was made a baron, a viscount, 
an earl, a marquis, or a duke. 

Such aristocratic distinctions were justly regarded by 
the framers of our government, as hostile to the spirit of 
equality and personal dignity, which lies at the foundation 
of free republican institutions. In endeavoring, therefore, 
to perpetuate the memory of those who have deserved 
favorable recognition for their service to the state, we are 
acting in strict conformity with the spirit of our national 
constitution, which by a double prohibition, denies to the 
United States, and to the state, the power to grant any 
titles of nobility. We believe that the true and genuine 
nobleman, is he, who, by noble deeds, and virtuous con- 
duct, has been accorded a place among the real nobles of 
the land, by the voice of the American people. 

We have come together, to-day, from widely separated 
localities, to revisit the New England homes of the Lyman 



fitmily. We would make, and renew our acquaintance, 
with those in whose veins flows the blood of the Lymans. 
We would cultivate, and strengthen, the bpnds of our 
relationship ; we desire to honor and cherish the memory 
of our ancestors. We have gathered here, in obedience to 
that law of natural affection, which prompted the ancients 
to revere the burial places of their dead, before they had 
learned to perpetuate their virtues, in poetry or by the 
sculptured monument. 

Two hundred and forty years have elapsed, since Richard 
Lyman, the common ancestor of all the Lymans in this 
country, emigrated from the parish of Ongar, near London, 
England, to America. He sailed from Bristol, in the ship 
Lion, in company with the wife and oldest son of John 
Winthrop, the governor of Massachusetts, and sixty other 
passengers, and on the 4th of November, 1631, they landed 
at Boston. Their safe arrival was announced by the firing 
of cannon, and on the 11th of November, a public thanks- 
^ giving was held in Boston, in honor of the event. 

Four years later, he left Charlestown, Massachusetts, 
with Sarah his wife and his children, accompanied by a 
colony of about sixty persons, and driving with them one 
hundred and sixty head of cattle, for the purpose of esta- 
blishing settlements in Connecticut. Their journey lay 
through a trackless wilderness, and was attended with great 
perils, difficulties, and trials, during which, they subsisted 
mainly, upon the milk of their cows, and after fourteen 
days travel, they had made the distance of about one hun- 
dred miles. He was one of the first settlers, and original 
proprietors of Hartford. It is supposed that he, and his 
wife, became members of the first church, in Hartford, of 
which the renowned Rev. Thomas Hooker was pastor. 
He died in August, 1640, and his name was inscribed 
upon a stone column, in the rear of the centre church, 
in Hartford. 


The sons of Richard Lyman were among the first settlers 
of Northampton, and from this central point, his descend- 
ants have gone forth, to every part of our country. After 
this long interval, we, who are present here to-day have 
assembled on Mount Tom, in Northampton, upon the soil 
of the noble old commonwealth of Massachusetts, the 
cradle of American liberty, to honor the name and memory 
of Bichard Lyman, and to kindle anew, that love of pure 
religion, and civil Uberty, which impelled him to leave his 
native land, and to seek a home amid the forests of New 

How mighty and marvellous are the physical, moral, and 
political changes that have been wrought in the condition 
of our country, since he first entered the valley of the Con- 
necticut! These can only be briefly sketched, on this 
occasion. Eleven years before he landed at Boston, the 
Pilgrims had planted their footsteps upon the rock at Ply- 
mouth, and laid, broad and deep, the foundations of free 
religious woi*ship, and republican liberty. Two years 
before. King Charles the First had granted the charter in- 
corporating " The Governor and Company of the Massa- 
chusetts Bay, in New England.*' One year before, John 
Winthrop had been chosen governor of Massachusetts, 
and had emigrated to the colony, leaving his wife in Eng- 
land, to follow him when her health would allow. 

When Richard Lyman immigrated to Connecticut, the 
surrounding country was thickly covered with the abo- 
riginal inhabitants ; the Pequods alone, numbering seven 
himdred warriors. They had evinced a hostile spirit, and 
several years before, had murdered the crew of a small 
vessel, in the Connecticut river. 

Bancroft, in his History of the United States, thus speaks of 
the emigration by the party to which Lyman was attached : 
" Never before had the forests of America witnessed such 
a scene. But the journey was begun too late in the season : 



the winter was so unusually early, and severe, that provi- 
sions could not arrive by way of the river ; imperfect shelter 
had been provided, cattle perished in great numbers ; and 
the men suffered such privations that many of them, in the 
depth of winter, abandoned their newly chosen homes, and 
waded through the snows to the seaboard." 

" Tet, in the opening of the next year, a government 
was organized and civil order established ; and the budding 
of the trees and the springing of the grass were signals for 
a greater emigration to the Connecticut." 

From such inauspicious beginnings, must we date the 
establishment of the Lyman family in America. God 
smiled upon the enterprise, and who shall set limits to its 
wonderful results ? 

These feeble colonists have become a mighty nation. 
Where stood those primeval forests, now stand populous 
cities, flourishing towns and villages, and smiling farms 
and farmhouses, while the journey that then required four- 
teen days for its accomplishment is now made by the iron 
horse, several times, every day. 

The descendants of that brave old immigrant may be 
numbered, I believe, by thousands. On the printed circular 
announcing this meeting, I find the names of a committee, 
composed of Lymans, residing in England, in Canada, and 
in twenty-three states and territories of the Union. Who 
can estimate the vast amount and extent of influence for 
good, in favor of morality, Christianity, the church, and 
civil and religious liberty, which, during all these two 
hundred and forty years, have been sent forth from the 
descendants of Richard Lyman, to bless the country ? 

We may learn from this brief retrospective review, that, 
with the blessing of Almighty God resting upon it, the 
smallest rivulet may become the mighty river. We perceive 
also, what means and influences may be set in motion, by 
one earnest, devoted, faithful man. 


With hearts overflowing with gratitude, let us improve 
the lessons of this hour. Deeply impressed with a sense 
of our individual obligations and responsibilities, let us 
carry away with us, from Mount Tom, a fixed resolution to 
bring no discredit, by any act of ours, upon the good name 
of the Lymans, and, with God's help, to do what we can, to 
promote the welfare of our beloved country, and the hap- 
piness of mankind. 




The love of kindred and country is common to man of 
whatever character, condition, or climate ; whether savage 
or civilized, in the frozen regions of the north, or on the 
parched desert, he clings with fond ajffectiojx to his native 
land and kindred tribe. Before our ancestral home in this 
beautiful valley was enlightened by learning, or blessed 
with religion, it was moistened by the tears of the savage, 
as he wandered from the graves of his fathers, and the 
forests and friends of his youth. 

Breathes there the man with soul so dead, 
Who never to himself hath said 
This is my own, my native land I 
Whose heart hath ne'er within him burned, 
As home his footsteps he hath turned, 
From wandering on a foreign strand ? 

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Land of my sires I what mortal hand 
Can e*er untie the filial band, 
That knits me to thy rugged strand. 

"With filial reverence and affection we come back to the 
home of our fathers. With patriotic pride we come to this 
good land which they loved so well. In obedience to the 
noblest instincts of our nature we gladly come to this re- 
union, this greeting of surviving friends. We come to talk 
of our noble ancestry, of their stern trials and their toils in 
preparing the goodly heritage which they have transmitted 


to us. We come to speak of their piety, their patriotism, 
and deeds of daring in defense of their homes, and the 
freedom of their country. "With heart and mind crowded 
with reflections on the present and memories of the past, 
we engage in these duties, conversing now with the living, 
and now communing with the dead. 

Many of us, as we turn away from this place, will visit 
the scenes of our childhood, to hear and to tell the story of 
our childish companions. But the visages of these, if they 
yet survive, we shall find so marred that in their frosty 
brow, furrowed cheek, and trembling limbs we shall scarce 
discern the lingering lineaments of their youth. Our most 
familiar friends will be our native hills, their woods and 
streams, and sequestered glens, the village church and 
the churchyard, " where the rude forefathers of the hamlet 
sleep. " Conversing with these we shall visit the hamlet, the 
house, and the home of our forefathers. We shall live over 
with them the life they lived in their rude simplicity. We 
shall sit by their frugal board, and talk of their tireless toil 
and self-denial ; their firm and faithfiil training of ourselves, 
mixed ** with admonition due," by which they led us up 
to a vigorous, virtuous manhood. In sad, yet pleasing il- 
lusion conversing thus with the old folks at home, we 
naturally fall back into days bygone and live over again 
our childhood and our youth. 

Dear lovely bow'rs of innocence and ease, 

Seats of my youth when ev'ry sport could please : 

How often have I loiter'd o'er th' green, 

Where humble happiness endeared each scene ! 

How often haye I paused on ey'ry charm, 

The sheltered cot, the cultivated. farm; 

The never-failing brook, the busy mill, 

The decent church that top't the neighboring hill. 

At home thus in our native village, charmed with the 
endearing memories of the old folks themselves, we can 



best appreciate their varied virtues, and characteristics 
which we here commemorate. 

The physical features of our ancestors and some genea- 
logical statistics respecting them may claim a passing notice, 

Nothing is known of the personal appearance of Richard 
our common ancestor, but the early generations of his de- 
scendants appear to have been a tall, stalwart race, well 
developed in large proportions, with strong trusty hands 
capable of carving their way through life. The largest of 
the family on record brought down the scales f(br above 
SOOBbs. requiring eight bearers to convey his body to the 
grave. Some have been men of gigantic powers who might 
have stood against Ajax himself for agility and strength, 
and wrestled, even with Hercules for his club. 

Their limbs were cast in manly mould, 
For hardy sports, or contest bold. 

For longevity, the Lymans have not been particularly 
distinguished, though many have passed beyond four-score 
years, some of whom are present with us to-day. Of more 
than 6,000, not one has attained to 100 years. One, how- 
ever, a lineal descendant from the family, has passed that 
extreme limit of human life. This venerable lady, Mrs. 
Robinson of Lebanon, Conn., died Sept. 1st, aged one hun- 
dred and two years, one months and twenty days. Her mother 
was a Lyman, the youngest daughter of Lieut. Jonathan 
of Lebanon. This daughter, Ann, married a Tiffany 
of Norwich Landing, where Mrs. (Tiffany) Robinson was 
born July 11, 1769, the only survivor of the sixth generation. 
She remembered many events of the war of the Revolu- 
tion, especially those which occurred in Lebanon. As the 
governor of the state then resided there, and was the only 
legal colonial governor ; and as the council of safety of 
which the governor was chairman, which was to act when 
the legislature was not in session, sat there more than nine 


nundred days during these seven years of the war, Lebanon 
had some claim to be substantially the capital of the state, 
and yas a centre of intelligence and of important events. 
She remembered the fact that the larger part of a legion of 
French cavalry was stationed here in 1780, and recalled 
the names and appearance of the officers. Thus she con- 
nected us directly with that remote and now historical 
period, and enabled us vividly to conceive of its events. 

Her funeral was very numerously attended at the brick 
church, Sunday morning ; many being present from other 
parts of the town and from surrounding towns ; a testimony 
to the interest with which she was regarded. 

Of the Lymans proper the venerable mother of the 
speaker is foremost on the record for longevity. After a 
married life with her only husband of almost 66 years, and 
surviving him 10 years, she rested from her labors at the 
age of 95 wanting a few weeks, having been a house- 
keeper more than 70 years, and a communicant in the 
church nearly the same length of time. 

The most prolific branch of the family is that of Richard, 
the oldest of the six grandsons of Richard. He settled at 
Lebanon, Conn., and from that wonderful hive his descend- 
ants have swarmed out over all the land. The most prolific 
Family in our connection is that of Dea. Stephen Lyman 
of Chester in this state, father of our venerable friend, here 
present, Dea. Samuel Lyman of Southampton, who himself 
has given the record of 333 of his father's descendants all 
having sprung into life from one within the range of 100 
years. At the same rate of increase, what an army one 
hundred years hence from this one family ! But the earliest 
generations, in all their hardships and poverty, have been 
the most prolific. The ratio of increase has steadily 
decreased as successive generations have increased in 
wealth and luxury. The largest issue from one marriage 



is fifteen. The total number of descendants of Richard the 
ancestor of all the Lyman Family cannot be estimated 
even by probable conjecture. The record of about 6,000 
has been collected. Many who have been addressed have 
neglected and some have peremptorily refused to give any 
record of their families or those of their ancestors. The 
descendants of the daughters bearing other names cannot 
be estimated with any accuracy, but the sum total who, in 
250 years, have sprung from the original immigrant, 
including the living and the dead, may be not far from 
15,000 more or less. 

Could that venerable patriarch, disheartened by all hia 
losses and sufferings, wandering " sick and melancholy " 
in the wilderness in search of a solitary home, who only 
by " God's mercy obtained some little reviving before he 
died " — could he have beheld in vision this great and glad 
assembly of his children, how would his sorrowing soul 
have expanded with wonder, gratitude and joy! Well 
that distant vision may be to him now a present, a blest 
reality. Perhaps from his orb on high he has, not only 
a ftill vision of this scene, rejoicing with us in the gladness 
of the day, but beholding the great assembly of all his 
children who, both on earth and in heaven, but one com- 
munion make — strikes his harp to the loudest, sweetest 
notes of praise to God for all his goodness and his grace 
to himself and his family. 

The adventurous, enterprising spirit of the Lymans, 
should be noted as a prominent characteristic. 

In every enterprise for the settlement of the country and 
development of its resources they have been pioneers. 
After the settlement of the other Hamptons, east, west and 
south, Durham, Goshen, Salisbury, and Lebanon, Conn., 
became early centres of emigration to the Green Moun- 
tains, in Massachusetts, and Vermont, to N'ew Hampshire, 
and the Canadas. Age after age they have had a quick. 


attentive ear to the rallying cry, Westward, ho ! and have 
been among the first to start in full pursuit of that ever 
receding, expanding, undiscovered country, The far west. 
Within the memory even of some of us, the far west was 
just beyond Albany, the German Flats on the Mohawk, the 
Johnstown purchase, including Utica, and Oneida County. 
Within the lifetinae of the speaker, the whole city of 
Utica was purchased for twelve cents an acre and regarded 
as a poor speculation at that. The original contractor, 
ridiculed by his neighbors for wasting his money on lands 
distant, inaccessible and useless as the mountains in the 
moon, gave up his bargain in despair. Next, the region of 
Black river became the far west, then the Genesee country 
and Holland purchase became the land of invitation, then 
New Connecticut in Ohio, and Pennsylvania, and finally 
the whole state of Ohio, then the great north west territory 
and its subdivisions, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, 
and the territories beyond. Into all these regions the Ly- 
mans have pressed foremost to possess the land, and in them 
all, they or their descendants are still found. They have 
traversed the broad plains beyond the Mississippi, explored 
the remotest parks and recesses of the Rocky mountains, 
scaled their tremendous heights, and spread themselves out 
over the western slopes of the mountains to the Pacific coast 
where every river and stream rolls down its golden sands. 
Indeed it may be questioned whether there is a state or 
territory of the Union which has not been marked by the 
footprints of the Lymans, always excepting Alaska, that 
God-forsaken land, swathed in perpetual mist, drenched 
with rain, or encased in thick-ribbed ice and snow. 

The hardships, self-denials and sufferings of their pion- 
eer and frontier life is another characteristic of the family. 

Cold New England winters passed in rude shanties with 
crevices open to the wintry winds wide enough for the hand 
to be thrust through the walls into the open air, the garments 


on going to rest laid by in a compact roll to protect them 
from the snow that filtered in by night, the bed in the 
morning covered with a counterpane of driven snow which 
melted as it fell upon the face of the sleepers without dis- 
turbing their slumbers ; these, are the familiar nursery tales 
of frontier life, often told in the ears of the speaker as the 
training in which his own infancy was nursed. 

Long journeys of six weeks with an ox team, in a co- 
vered sled, the palace car by day and the sleeping car by 
night, running through a trackless wilderness only passable 
in winter when swamps and sloughs and streams are bridged 
over by the enginery of the severest cold ; these were the 
luxuries of pioneer travel in the new settlements. One goes 
alone into the forest eighteen miles from the nearest 
neighbor, driving a young beef creature which is to give 
up its life for the support of the adventurous pioneer; the 
meat is salted in a trough cut out of a tree felled for the 
purpose ; the hide, spread on the roof of his cabin, is soon 
stolen by the wolves ; and the cabin itself, on returning 
from his day work, the solitary backwoodsman finds 
occupied by an Indian who instantly levels his rifle to 
his breast, but the savage is overpowered before he has 
time to fire, and, divested of his rifle, is sent peaceably 
away. Six months the brave pioneer labors alone in the 
solitude and perils of the wilderness, and thus begins the 
settlement of one of the rich, flourishing towns of Ohio. 

Another goes two days' journey into the wilderness, re- 
turning from time to time for provisions which he bears on 
his shoulder, camping by night on the cold earth with the 
canopy of heaven for the curtains of his bed chamber. This 
veteran still lives, the patriarch of a numerous progeny and a 
flourishing settlement in Pennsylvania, delighting to tell the 
story of his frontier life, facetiously recognizing the kindness 
of the landlord who charged him nothing either for enter- 
tainment or lodgings. One dies of consumption contracted 


by similar exposures and hardships. Another kindles a fire 
at night by the side of a rock froni which a mass, loosened 
by the heat, falls upon the sleeper whose slumbers will only 
be broken by the trump of God awaking the dead to life. 
Another goes with his ox team twenty-four miles into the 
forest, sleeps under his cart until he builds a log -cabin and 
begins a flourishing settlement in Minnesota. 

But time would fail to tell of the endless hardships, the 
heroic daring and dangers of pioneer life, the horrors of 
the war whoop, tomahawk and scalping knife ; of the 
labors of the field prosecuted with rifle at hand ; women and 
children hurrying, horror stricken, into stockades for pro- 
tection ; guns stacked in the church preliminary to the 
worship of God on the sabbath, and all the barbarities of 
savage warfare. More of this in the Genealogy. 

Among the mental characteristics of the family may be 
enumerated a highly nervous, mercurial temperament. 

This has often arisen to such intensity as to disturb the 
due balance of the mind, sinking sometimes to a morbid 
depression of spirits and again rising to an unnatural ex- 
hiliration, not unfreqUently ending in insanity, sometimes 
in raving madness. So frequent and far-spread has been this 
mental bias in different branches of our brotherhood, that 
we must accept it as ^ characteristic of the Lyman family. 
But this, be it remembered, is the infirmity of high intel- 
lectual powers : men of the finest intellect are oftenest 
insane. It requires a man of mind and spirit, of ardent 
impulsive temperament, and highly wrought mental powers 
to be the subject of insanity. Such a fever is never 
stirred in the veins of a man of sluggish, torpid mould, 
whose mind is dull as night and dark as Erebus ; you can 
not, perhaps, expect much of such a man, but of one thing 
be assured, he will never go crazy. 

But the temperament which we contemplate, in its nor- 
mal action inspires great buoyancy of spirits, irrepressible 


elasticity under adversity, and dauntless energy and enter- 
prise in the pursuits of life. In domestic and social life it 
manifests itself in habitual cheerfulness mingled with a quiet 
humor, facetiousness and pleasantfy which relishes a jest, a 
joke, a ready retort and repartee, with a dash sometimes of 
eccentricity, for which the Lymans are somewhat famous. 

The inventive faculty of the Lymans claims a passing 

We cannot, perhaps, ascribe to them the highest order 
of inventive genius, the profoundest insight into the laws 
of nature and the mechanical powers, which calls into play 
new combinations of macjiinery, or undeveloped natu- 
ral laws that open unknown avenues of industry and 
Undeveloped sources of national wealth, making the 
inventor the benefactor of the world. But we may ascribe 
to them many useful inventions and labor saving machines, 
from the wringer in the wash tub to the reaper in the 
field, the threshing machine, the steam engine and the 
telescope. Many of these inventions are of curious work- 
manship, requiring the most skillful manipulation and com- 
bination of mechanical powers. iN'ot a few have been 
highly remunerative, and amply repaid the time and skill 
of the fortunate inventor. Others evince surprising inge- 
nuity and skill. How wonderful the skill that can accu- 
rately record the weight of each car in the train of a 
lightning express as it sweeps by like some heavenly body 
wandering from its course in the heavens ! 

Next in the enumeration may be specified great fixed- 
ness of character and firmness of principle as a character- 
istic trait of the Lymans. 

Slow they may be in coming to a conclusion, tenacious 
of their established modes of thought and " very much set 
in their way." How often has this very expression been 
given as the characteristic of some patriarch of our family. 
Sometimes this fixedness may become a dogged obstinacy, 


and ripen into a character thoroughly nntractable and de- 
testable, none more detestable than a willful man perversely 
conscientious in a bad cause. Reason with him and he 
only becomes more unreasonable. Ply him with argu- 
ments, press upon him your views of duty and you only 
confirm him in his own. You can do nothing with him, 
but let him alone ; handle him as you would a porcupine, 
leave off before you begin. You may perhaps find in the 
family some of this character, but even this is an infirmity 
that leans to virtue's side. Rightly directed, such decision 
of character is the noblest characteristic of a great and 
good man. 

Enter into the history of the patriarchal representatives 
of the family and you will find that in the political, reli- 
gious and sensational tumults of church and society, they 
have stood firm as the rock on the beach upon which the 
billows harmlessly beat and break. Amid all the commo- 
tions of society such an one stands fixed and immovable as 
yonder Holyoke resting in settled tranquillity on its own 
immovable base. 

Our family are worthy of an honorable memorial, for 
their patriotic public spirit. 

In the early, forming periods of our new settlements, 
many a one has been the pillar of the church and society, 
the life and soul of the settlement, foremost in organizing 
the government of the town or county, establishing the 
regular administration of justice, and the ordinances of re- 
ligion ; foremostin opening roads, and lines of public travel; 
in erecting the school house, the church, the court house, 
the academy, the college. They have been strict observers of 
the sabbath, steady attendants upon public worship, and 
liberal supporters of every patriotic enterprise, the jfriend 
of the friendless, the father of the fatherless, the counselor 
of the poor, the stay and support of the community. 

The family have an honorable military record. 


In every war they have bravely borne their part. In the 
Indian and French wars, in the war of the Revolution, of 
1812, and of the Rebellion, they have left the field, the shop, 
the counting room, the bar, the pulpit, at their country's 
call to the battle field in her defense, ever ready to rally 
round her flag, whether in the heat of battle or in the 
forlorn hope storming the stronghold of the foe. From 
the town of Lebanon, Conn., containing only about 2,000 
inhabitants, more than 500 were, at one time, in the ranks 
of the Revolutionary army. 

Lieut. John commanded the first expedition against the 
Indians from Northampton, in the famous Falls fight, 
above Deerfield. Gen. Phineas Lyman of Durham, Conn., 
was for a time commander in chief of the American forces. 
By his generalship and bravery at the battle of Lake George, 
though holding a subordinate office, he gained a decisive 
victory over the French forces, taking their commander 
Baron Dieskau a prisoner of war. He possessed military 
talents of the highest order, second only to our own great 

Gen. Daniel Lyman, colonel in the Continental army, law- 
yer, judge, and chief justice, assisted at the capture of Ticon- 
deroga, Crown point and St. Johns, and was president of 
the Society of Cincinnati. Col. Moses Lyman of Goshen, 
Conn., was detailed to watch the movements of Burgoyne 
on the night before the battle, and was the first to report 
his change of position which opened the way for the battle 
and the surrender of Burgoyne. For these important 
services Col. Lyman was commissioned as a special mes- 
senger to bear to Gen. Washington the tidings of the 
victory. A Lyman stood guard over Major Andre the 
night previous to the execution of that gallant and distin- 
guished captive. Another was an aid to Gen. Putnam in 
the battle of Bunker hill ; so efficient and daring that Put- 
nam said, that with a few hundred of such men he would 


drive every red coat out of the land. Major Lyman of Ver- 
gennesy Yt, at the battle of Plattsburgh bravely fought with 
heroic endurance at the risk of his Ufe, 

Great numbers crowded the ranks of the noble army of 
volunteers for the suppression of the late rebellion. Four 
brothers from one £Etmily, all married men^ with yoimg wives 
and children dependent on them for their daily breads went 
into tiie fight, braved every hardship, every danger of long 
campaigns and bloody battle-fields, and all returned un- 
harmed to the embrace of their families. Beven from East 
Hampton, Mass. , enlisted in their country's service and three 
of them, on rebel soil, gave up their lives in her defense^ 

Ifot a few in this assembly gave their gallant sons at 
their country's call The first-bom of our honored chair- 
man, a youth of lofty talents, rarest culture and highest 
promise passed bravely through twenty-five battles, arose 
high in rank and then, laden with honors, gave up his young 
life on the field of battle in defense of the flag and freedom 
of his country. 

The ladies were, if possible, more daring, more devoted 
than the men. One rode on horseback in a dark night 
through a rebel country, past the enemy's lines to convey 
important intelligence to the loyal army. Another saved 
the life of her loyal father by throwing her sacred person 
between him and the weapon of the rebel assassin aimed at 
his breast. 

Nor must we forget the little drummer boy who at the 
age of thirteen, before he was able himself to bear arms, 
joined the army that, by the tap of his drum, he might 
flummon others of stronger arm and firmer foot to tiie 
deadly combat. The brave boy quailed not at the shock 
of contending ranks, but everywhere when needful was 
heard, rising above the din of battle, his rai4aUoOy rallying 
the lines to march on to their " gory bed, or to victory." 
All honor to the noble mother who gave the child to her 



country at this tender age. All honor to the brave boy 
who firmly stood where the bravest might well have quailed, 

But the crowning excellence of this family is and ever has 
been their purity of morals and high Christian character. 

In these virtues all and each of the six branches of the 
family have been distinguished. No exemption is claimed 
for them from the depravity and sin which infest the race. 
Instances of irreligion and impiety there may have been. 
But of the thousands whose record has been collected, 
none has been convicted of high crimes and misdemeanors; 
none has suffered the extreme penalties of the law ; not 
one is known to have been a defiant, scofling unbeliever ; 
one only, so far as the record goes, has filled a drunkard^s 
grave. Other inebriates there may have been, yet we have 
not been carefiil to search into the secret history of indivi- 
duals or of families ; nor would we if we could expose each 
less pleasing feature of their characters. If any have done 
evil let it not live after them in the memory of surviving 
friends, nor be chronicled in history. But we may speak 
of the virtues of oui* forefathers, their high conscientious- 
ness, their firmness of principle, their devotit and humble 
piety, and their steadfast adherence to the faith of their 
fathers. None better understood the chief end of man. 
They learned it early in the catechetical instructions of the 
patriarchal fireside when Sunday schools were unknown. 
None have more faithfully sought or more fervently prayed 
for grace so to live as to " glorify God and enjoy Him for- 
ever." Few, very few, have ever swerved from the faith 
of their fathers to other Christian denominations, fewer 
still have denied that faith, or received another gospel 
which yet is no gospel. One is a Roman Catholic priest, 
one has been a Mormon, one of the twelve apostles of that 
sect whom he has now abandoned, and a few of his connec- 
tions are still enrolled among the Latter Day Saints of Salt 
Lake City. 


But whole households, generation after generation, have 
without an exception professed the faith, the hopes, the 
personal piety of their ancestors. Many families, already 
passed beyond the flood, are safely gathered there, we 
doubt not, an unbroken household in heaven. And many 
a lingering remnant of death-divided families awaits only 
the summons to go and complete again the circle of his 
own family in that far off sinless land to which they have 
been received before him. 

But this visit with the old folks at home will be incom- 
plete and unsatisfactory unless we go " to meeting *' with 
them on Sunday. The good man goes on horseback, with 
his good wife on pilUon behind him, a child, or grand-child 
in one arm while the other holds her securely in her seat 
behind her husband. The boys and girls are trudging 
silently along barefoot, with shoes and stockings in hand 
to keep them neat and clean and free from useless wear 
until the old square meeting house with horse block hard 
by coming into view, stiff, stately and cold on the green, 
becomes the signal for completing with stockings and shoes 
their Sunday suits. Within the church there are the old 
square pews compactly arranged like cattle pens at a fair, 
with high backs and seats hung on hinges for the people 
conveniently to lean on the railing during the prayer of 
half an hour or an hour's length; then at the conclusion the 
startling rattle of seats falling down awakes the profoundest 
slumbers into which any in the prayer have fallen, bend- 
ing over the railing of the pews. These pews have been 
duly " dignified " by a committee appointed for the purpose, 
and the families carefully assorted and seated according to 
their " ages, state and parentage." The young folks ac- 
cording to their sex are assigned to the opposite galleries, 
and the old bachelors and unmarried maidens, — well they 
are seated under the stairs leading to the galleries, or, as 
a kind of small change, they fill any vacant gap about the 


houee. There is the old pulpit and the winding staircase 
up to its towering height The deacons are in their seats 
below and the man of God, perched high above, with the 
hnge sounding board overhead to reflect the preacher's 
voice, as he for an hour or more, through fifteen or twenty 
heads and as many inferences, W$ screams out to his hear* 
ers down below, many of whom, in spite of their " smell- 
ing bottles,^' dill and caraway seeds have fallen &st asleep, 
under the dead monotony of his dull discourse. 

The service ended, a short intermission follows, spent 
in the sabbath homes built for this purpose on the common. 
Here the family take their Sunday dinner, which has been 
carefully brought in one side of the saddlebags, balanced 
on the other by milk in a wooden bottle : the remainder 
of the intermission is occupied with the discussion of the 
sermcMi and the reading aloud of some of the children 
until the services of the afternoon begin* 

But we must break this charm in which, communing 
with former generations, we have again lived over our 
childhood and renewed departed joys -^ departed never to 
return. Farewell, departed scenes! Native village and 
sacred hpmes^ ffi^rewell ! Venerable ancestors ! Kindred 
dear passed unto the skies, fiareweU I a long farewell ! 

Swifty, oh, how swiftly, the generations of men are swept 
away on the ceaseless tide of time. They rise, like the 
waves of the ocean, roll awhile on its tumultuous- waters, 
alternately gilded by the sunbeani and darkened by the 
storm, then sink and mingle with their original element 
undistinguished, unheeded. Time, in its ceaseless course, 
has swept away seven generations of our family, and we of 
the eighth, standing now o;q the verge of dark eternity, shall 
sink as soon out in that dread ocean, that lies outspread 
before us. As a collective assembly we shall never meet 
again. Other generations may gather here as we do now 
when we are gathered with the dead. But though a man 


die^ yet shall he live again. And you, ye sons of sainted 
sires in heaven, here on this goodly mountain, now in glad 
communion met for cme brief day — may you aU — with- 
out exception — all — meet again on Moimt Zion above, in 
reunion infinitely more perfect, more joyous, to be pro- 
longed and yet prolonged through blest eternity's long day. 




Obituary notices like epitaphs are usually conceived in 
a spirit of exaggeration. It is related that a child who 
visited a graveyard with her father, asked him " where 
the bad people were buried? " Without pretension to supe- 
riority in respect of truthfiilness above my fellows, it will . 
be my endeavor, in the few remarks I have to make, to 
keep as near the line of candor as the wmkaess of human 
naiure will permit. 

Harmah Wilhrd Lymariy daughter of the late Theodore 
Lyman, was born in " old Northampton" in 1816. Here 
amid these peaceful retreats, stately elms and lovely land- 
scapes, the first years of her childhood were spent. Subse- 
quently she removed with her family to Amherst, and after 
the distressing death of her elder brother, Henry Lyman, 
one of the missionary martyrs of Sumatra, she entered upon 
a course of preparative study at Ipswich Female Seminary, 
which was designed to fit her for the distinguished work 
which Divine Providence intended her to do. 

At Ipswich she was associated with the sainted Mary 
Lyon, whose " praise" in connection with Holyoke Semi- 
nary, " is in all the churches." But her most valued im- 
pressions were derived from the influence of Miss Grant, 
widow of the late honorable "William Banister of Newbury- 
port, Mass. Of this estimable lady Miss Lyman always spoke 
in terms of the highest respect and affection. Miss Lyman 


. commenced to teach at Gorliam Academy, Maine, and she 
subsequently taught in Mrs. Gray's Seminary for Ladies in 
Petersburg, Virginia, but her more important work was 
carried on in the popularly inhospitable clime of Canada. 

In the city of Montreal, surrounded by her nearest rela- 
tives, she commenced a select class for young ladies which 
speedily grew into a seminary of a very superior order. 

With reference to this establishment, one of her former 
pupils thus writes : " This class, inspired by the fresh en- 
thusiasm of its still youthfal teacher, and full of eager pur- 
suit of knowledge, and free interchange of thought, was a 
very happy band. It rapidly added to its numbers till it 
had received as many as could be conveniently accommo- 
dated, and a limited number of young ladies were received 
as boarders in what was in all respects a model of a private 
school, one where every regulation had a good and appre- 
ciable reason, where penalties were rare and gentle, where 
the girls felt themselves subjected to no galling espionage j 
and who in almost all cases honorably justified the trust 
with which they were treated.'.' In her hands study which 
is so often " a weariness of the flesh," became less irksome, 
the dull and careless were stimulated to effort, and the 
eager and impulsive were led to acquire habits of self- 

The feature, however, which peculiarly distinguished 
Miss Lyman's establishment was its thorough religiousness^ 
it was founded upon the Bible. 

The proprieties were taught, and the graces were not 
neglected, but all under the highest sanctions of reUgious 

Thus the numerous pupils confided to her charge, were 
watched over with maternal affection and solicitude, and 
were gradually moulded into forms of beauty and holiness. 

I again quote from the same writer : " For twenty-two 
years, though often oppressed with anxiety, by sorrow, by 


failing health and most of all by the deep sense of her own 
insufficiency she fEdthfiilly persevered in her work." 

'' Such earnest teaching could hardly faU to bear fruit; 
and she who seemed often in tears, and under a discourag- 
ing sense of £dlure, was often blessed by a rich reaping 
time even on earth, very many of her beloved * children/ 
as she was wont affectionately to call them, gave her the 
delight of seeing them joined to the Lord, and walking in 
the truth/' 

Thus Miss Lyman not only accomplished valuable proi- 
sent results, but she also laid the foundation in her experi^* 
ence for the more extended sphere, to which God in his 
own time would eventually call her. 

I quote again : *^ Her reputation as a successful and in- 
spiring teacher had been so wide-spread that she had 
received frequent invitations to take the superintendence of 
large public educational institutions, which she had uni- 
formly declined. In 1866, however, she received an 
urgent request to become first lady principal of a newly 
organized Female college on a very l^ge scale -— Vdssar 
College, Poughkeepsie, an institution founded on a muni- 
ficent bequest, with aims and resources greater than per- 
haps any other such institution in the world. 

She would at once have dismissed the application, 
shrinking from the responsibility, but for the suggestion 
contained in the letter, ^^ whether in this field the Master 
may not have work for you to do." It cost a long conflict 
and much painfiil sacrifice of feeling before she could make 
up her mind to sever the ties that bound her to the work 
she dearly loved, to the scene of so many dear associations, 
and to enter on a post so formidable in many respects to 
her sensitive mind.'' The three paragraphs quoted above 
were taken from a communication made to tiie Missmff 
Link Magazine of London. Suffice it to say she went, and 
it is perhaps needless to add that she carried her principles 


with her to the stately halls of Vassar where they had 
indeed wider scope, and greater development. 

I quote from Dr. Kaymond's funeral address relative to 
her appointment to Vassar College. " It was no easy task 
to which she was called, but to that task she brought no 
ordinary qualifications. Her natural gifts, amounting 
almost to a genius for her profession, had been enriched 
by an education of no ordinary range. Her early training 
in a college town of New England, her extensive acquaint- 
ance with teachers, professors and Christian ministers, her 
familiarity with many interesting questions which have of 
late been agitated respecting the education of woman, and 
her life-long experience in the actual management of the 
young, all made her counsel invaluable in the moulding of 
the great enterprise to which she had been called." 

It was my privilege to know Miss Lyman for many years, 
dating from her girlhood in her home at Amherst until the 
period of her decease. And I am sure that all who enjoyed 
the same advantage will agree with me in the opinion that 
her character was most symmetrical. She was genial but 
dignified, devout without austerity, cheerful without levity, 
and while very firm in all matters of principle and con- 
science, she was catholic and tolerant in respect of the 
religious convictions of others. There was nothing sickly 
or sentimental in the type of her piety, she hated affectatim 
and cant. Her clear, incisive intellect enabled her with 
almost unerring certainty, to penetrate such disguises, 
and to distinguish between the meretricious and the true. 

Nor had she more indulgence for, or sympathy with, 
the so called Woman^s Rights movement, which unsexes 
woman, and makes her, who was designed to be man's 
best friend, and trusted companion, to become his bold 
competitor and rival in the troubled waters of political 



Her true womanly instincts revolted against all such 
perversions of woman's mission, which but degrade the 

Miss Lyman, however, was nowhere more at home 
than in the sick room^ and beside the couch of suffering. 

Delicate in health herself, she was nevertheless always 
ready when the sick and the sorrowful needed her help. 

When dangerous infection had driven others away, there 
she might have been found with calmness and gentleness 
which is so restftil, and which comes like a sunbeam into 
the chamber of affection. 

Her spirit was of a heroic sort, kindred indeed to that 
which animated her lamented brother at Sumatra, and that 
of a Florence Nightingale in the fever hospitals of Scu- 
tiari. " I was sick and ye visited me.^^ 

I hiive said that Miss Lyman's character was well bal- 
anced, but it is fitting that I should add that her almsgiving 
in proportion to her means and resources were munificenty at the 
saioae time ostentation in giving was carefully avoided* 

The amount of assistance, however, which she gaVe to 
ministers axid missionaries^ and their families, and to the 
indigent of Christ's flock would if fully known, astonish 
her most intimate friends. 

Who can estimate the value to the world of such a life ? 
By what powers of arithmetic can its blessed results be 
computed ? " And I heard a voice from Heaven say^ Blessed 
are the dead who die in the Lord; yea.y saith the Spirit^ that they may 
rest from their labors^ and their works do follow themj^ 

The Christian world mourns over the baleful effects of the 
labors of ungodly men, which unfortunately do not cease 
with their unprofitable lives. But it is a blessed consola- 
tion that there is an inextinguishable vitality in trutt, and 
especially when it is enforced by a life of consistent holiness. 
There is in such an experience also great satisfaction and 
peace, amid all the trials, toils and disappointments inci- 



dent ta our present condition, while we remember that (hey 
who turn mm\y to righteousness skaU shine as the stars for ecer 
and ever. 

Dr. Raymond said at the ftmeral serdce with reference 
to the death scene : " Her struggle with death was long 
and painful. For three weeks she might truly be said to be 
dying and * dying,' said she, * is very hard work/ She 
had no fears, no shrinking; she longed to depart. Her de- 
sire and prayer was that the end might come, and as we 
looked upon her saflferings, we could not but join in her 
prayer. On Tuesday last (Feb. 21, 1871) at about 4 p. m., 
the prayer was heard and answered. The gate at which 
she had so long been knocking opened,^ and she entered 
into rest. 

" Wonderful was the change which passed upon the face 
as we stood, and watched the expression of weariness and 
pain passing away, and the features settling to a perfect' re- 

The following account of the funeral is taken from the Missing 
Link Magazine quoted above : " Seldom has there been a more 
deeply interesting or imposing funeral service in the city of 
Montreal, to which her remains were brought for interment, 
than that which was held when her mortal frame was about 
to be committed to the dust. 

" The coffin and the dais on which it rested were wreathed 
and covered with the flowers she loved so dearly* oflferings 
of affection, from her former and more recent pupils. 

* The pupils were not pennitted to make presents to the members of 
the faculty ; but flowers were not held to come within the prohibitoiy 
rule, as the following ^cident will show : Miss Lyman's mind being 
fully occupied with the considerations of one who was consciously ap- 
proaching her end, had forgotten her birthday which occurred on the 
29th of January, until reminded by the appearance of young ladies bear- 
ing boquets of flowers with their congratulations. 

Her parlor was literally filled with these aflTecting tokens of love and 


" A large assemblage of mourners, loving friends most of 
them of the departed, filled the black draped church, and 
listened with deep emotion to the appreciative and stirring 
addresses from her former pastor, and her recent coadjutor 
at Vassar College/* 

" Weep not for her ! her memory is the shrine 
Of pleasant thoughts, soft as the scent of flowers 
Calm as on windless eve, the sun's decline, 
Sweet as the song of birds among the bowers. 
Pure as the moonshine of an autumn night ; 

Weep not for her 1 " 

" Weep not for her I She is an angel now, 
And treads the sapphire floors of Paradise, 
All darkness wiped from her refulgent brow. 
Sin, sorrow, suffering banished from her eyes, 
Victorious over death, to her appear 
The vista'd joys of Heaven's eternal year, 

Weep not for her." — (ifbir). 



Soft as the lunar ray that sleeps 

Upon the bosom of the peaceful lake ; 

Or dewy eve distilling sweet 

On vernal flowers; or breath of morn, 

On od'rous wings ascending from the east 

With melody of birds — so soft and sweet, 

Is memory of those we loy'd. 

Forty years ago, and more, you might have seen in one 
of the Lyman families of Connecticut, a very slight, delicate 
girl, studious and accurate as a scholar, sedate, conscientious , 
fond of books, but not given to as abundant use of the 
tongue, as some of her sex are reported to be. That fine, 
quiet, scholarly girl, early formed a loving attachment to 
the Lyman name. She never would change that name for 
any other. Born in it, she lived and died in it. 

She early manifested talent for business : a mind clear, 
quick, accurate and retentive. Fortunately for us, while 
yet a girl, she became interested in the Lyman genealogy. 
That interest increased vnth the increase of years. She 
felt, as well she might, that the Lyman, like many other 
families, were sustaining a great loss, by a criminal igno- 
ranee and neglect of their worthy ancestors. It is a sure 
way to cease from worthy deeds, to forget those of our 
fathers. The mind and heart that proposes to itself a 
noble career instinctively craves the example of those who 
have gone before, to give it confidence and cheer it on. 
The soul that is incapable of an elevating inspiration from 
the remembrance of ancestral worth, is itself doomed to an 


ignominious obscurity. Who of all this family of Lymans, 
will not, from this day's opportunities, be quickened in a 
worthy and virtuous life ? What Lyman, falling into sin, 
will not blush more deeply, hereafter, at the sight of his 
vice and ignominy when he remembers that thousands of 
Lymans throughout the land wiH participate in his disgrace. 
What Lyman's heart will not feel, from this day, a livelier 
enthusiasm to noble thoughts and noble deeds, by the re- 
membrance that thowand^ oi has kindred wUl rejoice and 
thank God, for anything 90^ ^very thing he may do, worthy 
of a family whose ambition is Uy hav^ na stain upon their 
name, but to encircle it with a wreath of unfitding honor 
and glory. Do not suppose then, that it was a mere freak 
of peculiarity, that led our talented and excellent sister, 
into the research to lUKravol the tangled web oi our genea- 
logy. It ia a noble work to help save a &mily name from 
an ig&oble obfivion. She engaged in it with Christian 
zeal and love. We^deservedly put a high value xxpcm other 
historical researches: we prize highly historical societies. 
andl^storicalUbraries. A Christian denommation thinks 
it wortii their while, to. erect historical room<s at the ex^ 
pense of threeor fouiP hundred thousand dollars. But there 
seems more propriety, in a family's preserving its history at 
any cost whatever. This has been done by JuHa E. Lyman 
at the cost of tin;ke and money and perhaps of life itself. 

The chart of the Lyman family, so highly valued by us, 
18 whoUy the woric of her hands, none, save he who has 
tried it, knows how much work, hard work, is requisite 
to prepare such a chart. The sources of information for 
it are fourfold : 1st. Ancient colonial and municipal records. 
2d. Old monuments and grave stones. Sd. Old family and 
church records. 4th. Old folks of sound memory and 
clear mind. All these she consulted as. extensively as her 
health and strength would permit, years and years ago. 
Before many of us had ever been baptized into the Lyman 



name, she might have beto seen •collecting and correcting 
these materials, writing and visiting various places in Con- 
necticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont; examining old 
musty saflfron-colored records and parchments, rubbing 
off the ancient moss from old tombstones, that she might 
read the name and the date tiiereon, asking for the sacred 
old family record, and talking with the " old folks ^^ about 
persons, that their childhood memories could recall. * All 
these facts, she would set down in their order, until she 
had collected the indisputable data, out of which, to con- 
struct this wonderful chart-wheel " A wheel within a 
wheel *' — almost as complicated as that seen in Szekiel's 
vision, where we can all trace our own femilies as belong- 
ing to the tribe of Richard Lyman, who came from High 
Ongar, to establish a name in America* Let us remember, 
too, that all this is a work of love : no money tempted her ; 
she always peremptorily reftised all pecuniary aid* She 
would not even share with others, the expense of her jour- 
neys, and correspondence in this matter. She would wotkj 
disinterestedly, from love of the Work, and love of the 

In her death, we have lost a noble, generous, and tal- 
ented sister. For all we this day enjoy, of Union and re- 
union of the Lyman brotherhood, we are, in no small 
degree, indebted to her patient, life-long labors. By the 
letters she had written, the facts she had collected, and the 
interest she had helped to excite in our family history, she 
has done more than any one else to create the demand, 
among the Lymans, for such a reunion as this, and for 
such a history as we hope to have. It is sad to think, that 
by these assiduous labors, she hastened her end. Self-sa- 
crifice, and Christian love for others, seemed the law of her 
life. She had cast her anchor within the vail ; she died in 
faith, she sleeps in Jesus, our Lord and Master in whom the 
whole family in Heaven and earth is named. 


But I feel, that I am too much of a stranger to her, to 
do justice to her character, in life and in death ; I will 
subjoin a few extracts, from the letter of a sister, who 
knew her better than any one on earth ; and who speaks 
as one that has seen, and heard : 

" The chart she commenced many years ago. When a 
prospect opened of a genealogical record of the whole Ly- 
man family, being combined in a book, her assiduities 
increased, and her labors expanded. Innumerable notes 
of names and families multiplied upon her desk, like leaves 
' of the forest, communicating with persons of the Lyman 
name and connection, in almost every part of the Union, 
and beyond. They were * labors of love,' and I know of 
no other motive, that ever led her to undertake or carry it 
on, and though her frame was slight and dehcate, and her 
health never good, often very poor, yet she had a fund of 
mental resolution which induced her to go on in her efforts, 
fer beyond what she had strength to sustain. The chart 
she wrote, and rewrote, many times, and it was a work she 
enjoyed. But the dijficulty of getting it rightly engraved, 
was one she could not control, as she could her own hand : 
and it saddens me to remember, how severely this work 
told upon her health, which was at that time very feeble. 
After her part of the work was finished, her health steadily 
declined; such intense and long-continued labor, combined 
with active disease of body, soon showed their sad effects. 
The last few months of her life were seasons of great suf- 
ferings, which she bore with sweet Christian patience. 

Her views of herself, were very lowly ; but this did not 
remove her from the Eock, Christ Jesus, on whom her 
faith rested. It may not be thought proper, for one so 
nearly related, to dilate upon the excellencies of her cha- 
racter, but, surely, none knew as well as myself, how 
beautiful that character was. A person so disinterested 
and so conscientious, is rarely seen ; self-sacrifice was the 


law of her life. Life was joyless to her when she could 
not communicate some good to some of her kind, H^er 
energies were not all spent upon the work of which we 
have been speaking, but scattered all along her pathway 
in life, she found many ways of doing good, in a quiet and 
unobtrusive manner, and it is a sweet solace to me to be- 
lieve that the influence of her lovely example, is not lost in 
the little world in which she moved. I know her memory 
will be cherished, in the hearts of all, who knew her well," 

I will close what I have to say by offering the following 
resolution : 

Resolved^ That the Lyman family are ubder great and 
lasting obligations to the deceased, Julia E. Lyman, for her 
great and difficult work, in reducing to order the genealogy 
of the Lyman family. That in her clear, methodical mind, 
her retentive memory, her disinterested enthusiasm in the 
cause of the Lymans, as well as in her conscientiousness of 
character, her wide benevolence and love of truth, and es- 
pecuOly in her deep and abiding faith in Christ our Lord, 
we recognized one raised up, by the greiEt Father of all the 
families of the earth, to be a blessing and an ornament to 
us, for which we will never cease to be grateful. 





Since last we met on Mt. Tom the shadow of death 
has fallen darkly on many a joyous household. The 
memory of many will soon be lost in the oblivion of the 
grave whose decease cannot be noted here, but that of 
one must not be passed in silence. Mr. Cyrus Lyman of 
Norwalk, Ohio, with his wife, had just entered his carriage 
to go to town for purchase preparatory to their journey to 
meet us at Mt. Tom, when his horses started in a fright, 
overturned the carriage, and killed him instantly ! A de- 
vout man 70 years of age who, by a godly life, had for 
many years adorned the Christian profession. 

The contributions which the family have made to the pul- 
pit and to other walks of professional life, testify that 
they have cherished the interests of religion and of learning, 
and that so they have fulfilled the behests of parental and 
patriotic obligation. 

The examples that might be given in which every son 
and daughter of ours in large families has received such an 
education as to qualify him to fill with credit and grace the 
high places in social, official and professional life to which 
he has been called, are our witnesses to the high ap- 
preciation which the family has put upon education, while 
the instances in which two and more from the same family 
have been prepared for the gospel ministry, are a testimony 
of our religious zeal and of our patriotism. 


Who can give the measure of the good effect of a really 
good and earnest man? And when iti addition to the 
purity of his heart, that potent adjunct, a liberal education 
is brought in, that education which has given fullness to 
his mind, eloquence to his tongue and scope to his influ- 
ence, we may justly regard him as a grand integer in the 
febric of the state. 

The following statistics relating to the Lyman family 
have been gathered from the catalogues of several of our 
colleges : 

Graduates of Tale, - . . . 


" " Harvard, 


" " Amherst, - 


" " Hamilton, - - - 


" " , Williamstown, 


" " Brown, 


" " Dartmouth, 


" " TJnion, 


" " OherUn, - - - 


" " Agricultural College, - 



A full history of this matter would show that expense 
and efforts to educate have sometimes ended in the agony 
of failure. The embargo, or the war, or afire, or a reverse 
came and brought disappointment in their train. Attend- 
ant upon the efforts made that have been crowned with 
success, there is a history of conflict which the world will 
never know. Lift the veil and we should see a marvel. 
Who can tell through what mysteries of economy, what 
shifts and expedients, what blistered hands, peeled shoulders 
and heads made bald, the education which has enriched the 
age and given us occasion to glory has been achieved. 


Finally the time for a "new departure" has come. We 
have been looking upon the two hundred years of the past, 
whose record though it might have been worse, might also 
have been better. While this reflection cannot alBEect the 
bygone, its force can go forward aad give shape to the 

Two hundred years to come ! Who can penetrate what 
that lapse will unfold in relation to this femily ? To finite 
view, this secret will slowly unfold. God give it gracious 
direction, so that those who shall then stand upon Mount 
Tom, with those who shall stand upon Mount Zion, may 
rejoice and give glory together. 



The following contribution to the Lyman reunion is 
fipom Mrs. Sarah (Lyman) Barlow, aged 80 years : 

Hail Eiohard's descendants 

Who love independence, 

We're here in the land of the free ; 

To dame Nature's Hall 

We welcome you all, 

Praise God on the bended knee. 

You're here from the north. 

You have come from the south ; 

The Orient contributes her quota, 

The west keeps not back. 

But follows the track 

From Plymouth to young Minnesota. 

O'er the Ocean Atlantic, 
Eocky Mountains romantic, 
Have come to our loving embrace. 
Of Lyman descendants, 
With many attendants. 
Altogether a notable race. 

Here are fathers and mothers, 

Fond sisters and brothers, 

And grandparents too, not a few. 

Aunts, uncles and cousins 

Are clustered by dozens, 

And other friends cordiij and true. 


And why are we here 

From far and from near, 

Our kith and our kin homogeneous ? 

Such vast oongregations 

In old jealous nations, 

Would look altogether mysterious, 

And call out a Ukase imperious. 

Do we all have our creeds 

Mixing faith with its deeds ? 

Does principle rule every action ? 

Do we worship our God, 

Make our hearts his abode, 

Seek his guidance in every transaction ? 



Day of gladness, scene of pfeasnre, 
Words that ring with joyous measure. 
Hearts aglow with holy feeling, 
Eyes their sacred trusts revealing ! 
Such the picture, such the season, 
And we ask, with show of reason. 
What the common cause of meeting ? 
Why such fervency of greeting ? 
We have met as fathers, mothers. 
Parents, children, sisters, brothers, — 
Kith and kin of all gradations — 
For exchange of gratulations I 
We have met in part as strangers, 
Bay State guards and distant rangers, 
Yet, as kindred, called to rally 
At this chosen " mount " and valley — 
All formality had ended 
Ere our greeting words were blended ! 
' Tis an honored custom, standing 
Since the pilgrim fathers' landing, • 
That when autumn's leaves are whirling, 
And the frosts the clover curling ; 
When the orchards' russet treasures 
Have been stored in heaping measures ; 
When the furrowed fields are empty. 
And the garners pressed with plenty — 
Broken bands shall be united 
Where the homestead hearths are lighted ; 
There, around each common altar, 
Sire and matron, son and daughter. 
In " thanksgiving " join their voices. 
While the prattling throng rejoices ! 


We have met at summer's waning, 

Ere antumnal tints are flaming, 

Ere the swinging blades have slumbered, 

Ere the golden sheaves are numbered, 

Ere that Nature's charms have faded, 

Or the frosts her bowers invaded, 

Ere the birds have ceased their singing. 

And the groves their vocal ringing. 

Yet again, the semblance varies. 

In that from remotest prairies, 

From across the northern border, 

From the sunny south in order, 

From New England's every valley — 

Lineal bands in concert rally. 

And a thousand hearts are beating 

At this rendezvous of meeting I 

Gathered thus, a grand reunion — 

For thanksgiving, for communion, 

For a jubilee of pleasure. 

For delight in fullest measure, 

Custom rigidly enforces. 

That among our relished courses. 

Speech and silence shall be mated, 

Now and then a tale related, 

And supplanting laughter's ringing, 

There shall be the voice of singing. 

I sing of New England, her evergreen hills. 
Her azure veiled mountains, her clear crystal rills. 
Her swift coursing rivers, and dashing cascades, 
Her grandeur and glory of gorges and glades. 

I sing of her sky-piercing turrets and cliffs. 
Her battlements, scarred with the centuries' rifts, 
Her boulders, dislodged in the ages ago. 
And scattered in chasms and caverns below. 

I sing of her forests, her primitive shades, 
That liought save the deer and the hunter invades ; 
Her interval arches, elm, maple and pine, 
That woo to their shadows the sun-stricken kine. 


I sing of New England, when summer is qneen, 
When nature is robed in her garments of green, 
When wind-waves are circling o'er hillocks and plains, 
And swaying the blossoms and grasses and grains. 

I sing of her lakes, and the volumes of sheen 
That widen and wind through her valleys of green ; 
Chaste mirrors, ablaze with the sun's golden light, 
Or studded with stars in the shadows of night. 

I sing of her hamlets, her laudable pride. 
Where peace and contentment forever abide ; 
Her towns, where the forge and the factory and mill, 
Are the noisy exponents of labor and skill. 

I sing of her cities, her centres of thrift. 
Where the footsteps of commerce are ceaseless and swift 
Her argosies, coursing the seas of the world. 
Wherever a sail and a flag are unfurled. 

I sing of New England, her wide cherished name, 
Her matchless achievements, her honor and fame, 
Her triumphs in science, her progress in art, 
Her culture, refinement, and graces of heart. 

I sing of her yeomen, staunch, sturdy and brave ; 
Her freedom, that knows neither master nor slave ; 
Her franchise, her ballot, her pulpit and press, 
And the power of her teachings the nations to bless. 

I sing of her faith in the glories above ; 

The creed of her fathers, law, liberty, love ; 

Her churches, her schools, and her virtues, that spread 

Wherever the sons of the pilgrims are led. 

I sing of the ardor and zeal of our sires, 

When planting her coasts with their hearthstones and fires ; 

Their courage and daring, their valor and might, 

In dethronement of wrong and defense of the right. 



I sing of her foauderS) who purposed and planned. 
The blesmngs that compass and hallow our land ; 
Though their boldest conceptions would faintly portray 
The scenes and surroundings that greet us to-day. 

I sing of New Sngland, join ye in my song; 

Let your hearts and your yoioes iter echoes prolong ; 

Join also to render our heritage sure, 

While her valleys shijr bloom) and her mountains endure. 



The hour of eleven having arrived, on the morning of 
the second day, the moderator, the Hon. Lyman Tremain, 
arose and addressed the meeting as follows : 

My Mends, I am admonished by the hand on yonder .clock, 
that the hour has arrived when I am obliged to separate 
from you, and take the cars for my home. But before I leave 
you, I desire to express my acknowledgments and ihanks 
to those thoughtful members of the femily by whom the 
idea of calling this meeting of the Lyman family was con- 
ceived and has been carried into execution. 

It was a happy thought, and notwithstanding the inau- 
fipicious weather which we had yesterday in the grove, I 
am sure that in the future, we shall forget that, and that 
the occasion will be remembered with gratitude and satiB- 
faction by all who have had the good fortune to participate 
in its pleasures and privileges. 

We have, some of us, been enabled, for the first time, to 
visit the beautiful locality where we assembled yesterday, 
to behold the delightful scenery in the valley of the Con- 
necticut, which surrounds it, to renew old acquaintances, 
and to form new ones with those who are related to us by 
the ties of a common kindred ; we have, also, learned fi'om 
the Rev. Dr. Coleman's excellent address, many interesting 
and valuable facts, concerning the characteristics and his- 
tory of the family, of which we might, otherwise, have re- 
mained uninformed. I speak, I am sure, the sentiments of 
all present when I add that we never can be too grateful 


to the Doctor, for his willingness to continue the work of 
publishing the book containing the history of the family, 
notwithstanding the great affliction under which he is suf- 
fering, from the recent death of his wife and child, in 
which he has our most profound sympathy. 

And now the time has come, when we are called upon 
to separate and return to our respective homes, perhaps, 
many of us, never more to meet again, on earth. But we 
shall carry away with us, renewed regard for our New 
England homes, for our New England ancestry, and for 
those great truths which had their American origin, in 
this section of our country. 

In many respects, this family gathering and others of a 
similar character, serve to symbolize or typify the nation 
to which we belong, which is only an aggregation of nu- 
merous families. Many, and perhaps most of those who 
have gathered here, to-day, tad their birth place, and have 
their present residence, outside of the boundaries of New 
England. Their social associations, their pecuniary in- 
terests, their local attachments, and all those natural and 
honorable feelings of state pride which are connected 
with the land of our birth place, unite us with other and 
perhaps distant states. Indeed, our union with New Eng- 
land, rests mainly upon that sentiment, wholly incapable 
of definition or analysis, which draws us with its silken and 
mysterious, but powerful bonds, to the home of our ances- 
tors. And yet, I know that no unjust censures could be 
uttered in our presence against New England, nor any 
blow be aimed at her welfare, prosperity and happiness, 
that would not occasion emotions of grief, and be regarded 
by us all almost as a personal injury. (Much applause). 
And in such sentiments, everywhere prevailing, through- 
out our country, lies, I think, one of the secret sources of 
our national union, and its strength, cohesion and perpe- 


"We all remember, that at the commencement of our late 
civil war, there were those, among us, who claimed that it 
was the restless, meddling spirit of interference, in the 
affairs of others, which characterized the New Englander, 
that had caused the war, and the sovereign remedy recom- 
mended by these wise-acres for existing evils, was the 
formation of a new union with " New England left out in 
the cold." These shallow and superficial quacks were 
mainly those who sympathized with the rebellion. They 
wholly failed to comprehend the true nature, or the gigan- 
tic magnitude of the great contest, and it was not long, 
before the prompt, the patriotic, and the noble efforts made 
by New England to preserve our common country, silenced 
these senseless clamors. 

It has been related of a prominent Ohio politician, who 
had, thoughtlessly, repeated the outcry against New Eng- 
land, that when he came to look around him, and consider the 
elements of which the community was^composed, and when 
he came to take out from among the people those who 
were bom in New England, or were the descendants of New 
Englanders, those who had married New England wives, 
or the children of New England parents, and, also, those 
who had been instructed by New England school masters, 
or school mistresses, he found that those who were left 
would not amount to much, and so he concluded to say no 
more about "leaving New England out in the cold:" 
(Laughter and applause). 

Indeed should that day ever come when a new union 
should be formed that did not embrace the territory of 
New England, the object sought to be accomplished, by her 
foes, would be only partially effected. It would still be 
necessary to annihilate those great political doctrines of 
liberty and equality which have been disseminated, through- 
out the length and breadth of the land, by the influence, the 
teachings, and the example of New England. You must 


then change the .entire rstrucrture of jQur government, and 
undermine the great bulwarks of popular rights, whicli 
Jie at the very foundation .of our xeipublican institutions. 

Wheu you shall iave succeeded in destroying the system 
of local self-igovemment by town meetingi^, which is the 
child of New England, when you shall have destroyed free 
schools, free churches, freedom of speech, and a free press ; 
when you have subverted that inherent love of fair play, 
.and of political and religious liberty that constitute the essen- 
tial elements in the character of our people, then and not 
till then, will New England be. really left out in the cold. 

These greait changes once wrought, and our boasted fr^ee 
institutions would be like the play of Hamlet, with Ham- 
let's part omitted : the sheU without the oystei;, the body, 
without the soul. 

True, you might, then, have peace and order, but it 
would be the peace of the grave, the order that prevailed 
at Warsaw. Indifference on the part of the people as to 
public and political affairs, would take the place of that 
eternal vigilance which, we are taught, is the price of 

True, we might, under the new order of things, allow 
the few to govern the many, and thus be relieved from a 
world of responsibility and care. We might sleep on, 
while corruption was destroying the very Vitals of the 
nation. We might hear the pleasant signals of our sentinels 
declaring that all is well, at the moment when scheming 
and ambitious men were plotting the destruction of our 
liberties, or corruption, ignorance and vice had already 
fired the train which they had prepared, while the flames 
were ready to burst forth and destroy the government of 
our fathers. 

True, we might, no longer, be disturbed by the strong 
and stimulating breezes that sometimes blow over the 
country, from the hiUs and mountains of New England, 


but these^ I think, are far better iMan the* nauseouB odors 
that indicate incipient didcay, and approaching dissolution; 

For myself) I wouid" not substitute that robust, and, if 
you please, rough spirit of New England equality, that de- 
clares- one man to be as good- as anotiier, for the rule of tiie 
best king or queen that ever sat upon a^ throne. (Stive me 
that searching^ and restless spirit of investigatioil' which is 
the attribute of mi enlightened popular liberty; although it 
transgresses^ at times, the ordinary rules^ of courtesy, rather 
than the- popular indiflferencej bigotry, supei^tibn and^in- 
tolerarfce which, for so many years j have impeded^ the pro- 
cess of human rights and^ ©hfistiian civilization'. 

The day has gone by, I trust forever, \^h^ we shall agfedhi 
hear the shameful proposal mooted to leave any part of our 
beloved country out ih>the coldi The union and- every 
part of ithasbeencemented'bytile'bes^blbod of the ^meii^ 
can people. 

The gveat I^w Englaiid) d&atidtie^ of pc^ittp equalitfjr^- 
enunciated in t^e>I)eclaration, that T^nei»]^enned by^a^nc^M^ 
Virginian, but corrected and amende* by Jbhii Adaons'of 
Massachusetts, have recently culminated, and produced 
their complete and matured fruits in the 13th, 14th and 
15th amendments to the Constitution of the United States. 

Let us, then, not be ashamed of our New England ori- 
gin, or our New England ancestors. The soil that we find 
throughout that little cluster of commonwealths, which we 
call New England, may not be as rich as the prairie lands 
of the great northwest, or the fertile valley of the Missis- 
sippi, but it was in that soil that the seeds of liberty were 
planted on this continent, and there the roots have pene- 
trated deep into the earth. Nor need we be disturbed by 
the ridicule which is sometimes uttered against the puritans 
of New England. What if they do say, that those old fel- 
lows were accustomed to whip their beer barrels because 
the beer would work on Sundays. Better do that we an- 


swer, than to spend Sunday in guzzling down villainous bad 
whisky that will " kill at forty rods," that leads to rioting 
and drunkenness, and causes broken tones, bruised heads 
and bloody noses. (Laughter and applause). 

Permit me, in conclusion, to say that the best advice I 
can give to the youth of the Lyman family is, that they 
may display, in their future career, those same sterling 
qualities of courage, patience, endurance and heroic devo- 
tion to the principles of civil and religious freedom, which 
were so honorably exemplified by their ancestors, in the 
early history of New England. 

I bid you, one and all, an affectionate farewell. (Ap- 
plause, long continued). 

On motion of Mr. Lyman of Montreal, the thanks of the 
meeting were enthusiastically given to the retiring chair- 
man, Mr. Tremain, for the able and graceftd manner in 
which he had presided, and a committee was appointed to 
superintend the publication of a pamphlet containing a re- 
port of the proceedings of the meeting. 


Springfield, Aug. 29th, 1871. 

At a meeting of the committee of the Lymans, holden 
in the City Hall on Tuesday afternoon to make arrange- 
ments for the pic-nic of Wednesday, Mr. Edward Lyman 
of Burlington, Vt., was appointed chairman, and D. W. 
Lyman, secretary. Dr. Lyman Coleman presented an ac- 
count of Miss Julia Lyman's chart, and spoke of her great 
labors in^behalf of the family, also of the genealogical book, 
the amount of matter and estimated cost, and inquired 
what the gentlemen thought best to do about it. In re- 
sponse, Mr. Benjamin Lyman from Montreal, made a few 
remarks in regard to the various ways the money might 
be raised for printing. Rev. Mr. Lyman from Marathon, 
N". T., made a few remarks, followed by Prof. Lyman of 
New Haven, urging the appointment of a committee to 
consider the book business, and report as soon as possible. 
The chair appointed the sub-committee of the following 
gentlemen: Prof. C.S.Lyman,Benj. Lyman, Moses Lyman, 
Dr. A. B. Lyman, C. H. P. Lyman, George Lyman, F. E. 
Lyman, Frederick Lyman of Orange, George J. Lyman and 
Daniel Lyman. 

As marshal for the pic-nic. Gen. Luke Lyman was 
elected. A motion was made to read and receive a letter 
from L. B. Lyman of Montana, which was so done. Mr. 
Lyman Tremain was appointed chairman of the pic-nic ; 
Mr. Edward Lyman of Burlington, treasurer ; Daniel M. 
Lyman of Providence, Russell Lyman of Albany, and 
Theodore Lyman of Hartford, secretaries. 

Motion was made and carried, to elect six adjutants, by 
Rev. H. Lyman. 



Mr. Harvey Lyman was voted the thanks of the family 
for his great interest and labor in our behalf. 

The programme was then read by Dr. Coleman and it 
was adopted as the programme for to-morrow. 

Mr. Harvey Lyman was authorized to engage a band for 
our pic-nic. 

The matter of a social re-union on Thursday morning was 
discussed at some length, followed by a debate on our 
next meeting, when and where ? 

The sub-committee on raising funds for printing, re- 
ported; that an amountberaisedby the sale of the books by 
flubscription as far as possible, and a guaranty fund. The 
guaranty fdnd to be called for if necessary six months 
after the publication fro rata. That a committee of active 
men be appointed to request subscriptions to the book and 
guaranty fund. 

The report was accepted, and quite an amount subscribed 
on the spot. 

It was voted that all books remaining should be given 
to Dr. Coleman to do as he might see fit with as a slight 
remuneration for his labors. Also that his likeness be 
placed in the front of the book, and the book dedicated to 
Miss Julia E. Lyman. 

After quite an agreeable time spent in conversation, dur- 
ing which Dr. Coleman distributed the chart and copies of 
the Lyman coat of arms, the meeting adjourned till Thurs- 
day to meet at Mt. Tom grove. 

D. W. Lyman, 

Aug. 29th, 1871. Secretary. 

Repoet op the Pio-nic op the Lyman Family at Mt. Tom 

Aug. 30th, 1871. 

The meeting was called to order (the family having ar- 
rived on the ground under the marshalship of Gen. Luke 



Lyman) at 9.30 a. m., by Dr. Lyman Coleman of Easton, 

After the singing of an original song a portion of scrip- 
ture was read by Dr. Coleman, and prayer was offered by 
Rev. Mr. Bixby of Huntington. 

The officers of the day were then announced, and were as 
follows: Hon. Lyman Tremain of Albany, president; Mr. 
Edward Lyman of Burlington, Vt, treasurer; Messrs. D. 
W. Lyman of Providence, R. L, Russell Lyman of Albany, 
N.^T., Theodore Lyman of Hartford, Mass., secretaries. 

Hon. Lyman Tremain, upon being introduced, delivered 
an elaborate address referring to the Lyman history, fol- 
lowed by Dr. Lyman Coleman in an address of great 
merit and research. At the end of his address the band 
played a selection, and our programme was considerably 
interfered 'with by the rain which came down in torrents, 
and it was voted to a<^ourn till Thursday morning at 9 
o^clock in Springfield, at the City Hall which had been 
loaned us very kindly. Many were the regrets and dis- 
appointments, and many were the Lymans wet, but every 
one took it good naturedly and bore it bravely. Extensive 
preparations had been made for a collation which of course 
remained after the flight. Mr. Harry Lyman remained 
to attend to that, and the rest of us took the trains to North- 
ampton and Springfield, wet but happy people. 

Remarks were made by Prof. C. L. Lyman of New Ha- 
ven, and Rev. Benjamin W. Dwight, of Clinton, N. T. 

It was estimated that there were one thousand people 
present, some having come many hundreds of miles to be 

There were very many elderly members in attendance, 
and it is hoped none took cold from their wetting. 

At 1 p. M., the well begun pic-nic was all destroyed, and 
water, water, every-where, was the order. 

Daniel W. Lyman, 'Secretary. 




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It is known to the reader that the undersigned has, for several 
yea^, been engaged in preparing a genealogy of the Lyman Family. 

This genealogy goes back to the Norman conquest, or to Edward the 
Confessor, about 1050, giving from that period, a continuous line- 
age, and from Eichard the original immigrant, a detailed record of 
his descendants ill this country, with biographical sketches of indi- 
viduals, and anecdotes and incidents of frontier and pioneer life. 
It will contain about 6,000 names and comprise 600 pages or more. 
Shall the book be published ? This must be determined by the 
family. The author, in addition to the years consumed in this 
thankless, profitless labor, will never assume the responsibility of its 
publication. So in their late reunion, several gentlemen, in addition 
to their subscriptions, united their efforts to raise a guaranty fund to 
be used if needful for publication, but the means provided are quite 
inadequate, and further subscriptions are indispensable to justify 
the publication of the book. Will this numerous and wealthy family 
forward their subscriptions, or shall the manuscripts be laid on the 
neglected shelf? This question will be decided by their reply to 
this final call. 

The book, if published, will be printed on tinted paper, and sold 
for Jive dollars a copy, bound in cloth. 

A n*ontispiece of three coats of arms, blazoned, and a chart, if 
ordered, will be twenty-Jive cents each. 

Bound in cloth, $5.00. 

Bound in paper covers, 4.50 

Frontispiece, .25 

Chart ^ - .25 

Lafayette College, 
Easton, Pbnn., 

Septerriber, 1871 


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