Posted By:Linda (Noland) Layman
Subject:Richard of England, 1579 to Horace, d. Iowa, 1897
Post Date:April 06, 2004 at 16:03:09
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I have a booklet "Cedar Brakes and Hamilton Prarie, Story of Four Pioneer Iowa Families" by W.E. Sanders, M.D.; 1958. One of the pioneers was Horacy Lyman; the author gives the following information:

"Richard Lyman (1) b. 1759, d. 1641 was the patriarch of all the Lymans of English descent in America. He was born in High Ongar, England, near London; sailed with his wife and all their children in the good ship, Leon, and after ten weeks at sea landed at Boston, November 4, 1631. They were probably members of the Endicott colony which established the Charleston settlement. They were communicants under the pastorate of John Eliot, apostle to the Indians."

"Richard Lyman (2) b. 1617, d. 1682, the son of Richard (1) through whom the Iowa Lymans trace their genealogy, was married to Hepzibah Ford, b. 1625. The Lymans must not have been quite satisfied with the bigotry of Massachusetts, for by the time Richard (2) reached manhood they joined a company of immigrants that had settled in New Haven, Connecticut, and adopted the first written constitution in history (1639), the liberal features of which were copied by the United States Government and several states of the Union."

"John Lyman (3) b. ca. 1655, d. 1727, married Abigail Holton. He probably derived his name from the Ford family as it does not appear again among the Lymans until the seventh generation. Their descendants who carry on the family lineage were Abner (4), Abner (5) and Abner (6) who cover a span of almost a hundred years between John (3) and Horace (7), our pioneer hero."

"The Three Abners (4), (5) and (6) Abner (4) b. 1701, d. 1774, married Sarah Miller; their son, Abner (5) b. 1746, d. 1807, married a woman whose Christian name was lydia; and their son Abner (6) b. 1782, d. 1824, married Tabitha Brown and their son Horace (7) was the first Lyman to migrate to our Iowa prarie."

"Some time before 1820 Abner (6) with his wife and their five children migrated from Ontario County, New York, down the Ohio River to Louisville, Kentucky. Here their three younger children were born. When Horace (7) was eleven years old, his father, aged forty, died leaving Tabitha with a family of eight children. The oldest was only fourteen."

"Horace Lymon (7) b. 1813, d. 1897, and his wife, Lucy Clemons, b. 1819, d. 1858 were one of the first couples to settle along Cedar Creek in southern Iowa in 1843. Horace was born in Naples, Ontario County, New York and Lucy, in Licking County, Ohio. They were married in Alexandria, Ohio, in 1837, and came to Iowa two years later. During the twenty-four years of her married life, Lucy bore six sons and four daughters, all of whom lived to full manhood and womanhood. Horace's was the seventh Lyman generation in America and his children the first of the Lyman family born in Iowa."

The book continues with information on the children of Horace and Lucy. Apparently the Clemons family went to Iowa also. If anyone has questions, please contact me through this forum.