According to family records held by Harriet Blodgett Prince, some of the Lymans and their antecedents can trace their coming to America back to the Mayflower and associate ships which came to the Plymouth Colony of Massachusetts. There is no record telling when they came to Lemington, however, Elias Lyman (b. May 25, 1804) married Clarissa C. Smith (b. May 22, 1804) on Oct. 19, 1828, and to them were born the following children:
Charles C., (b. June 6, 1829) who married Delia Buffington on Oct. 8, 1852.
Russell, (b. Aug. 2, 1830) who married Lizzie A. Stuart on Aug. 15, 1857.
Cyrus E., (b. Oct. 10, 1831) who married Mary A. Parker on Dec. 15, 1863.
*Laura L., (b. Dec. 5, 1832) who married Mills DeForest Blodgett on Sept. 24, 1866.
Francis A., (b. Nov. 14, 1834) who married Charles G. Bartlett on Sept. 21, 1856.
*Eliza A., (b. Mar. 6, 1847) who married George A. Read on Aug. 29, 1870.
*Marial C., (b. Feb. 11, 1843) who married Olive T. Holbrook on Jan. 17, 1880.
Watson, (b. Mar. 1, 1836) and (d. Feb. 24, 1874) at age 38 yrs.
Stephen, (b. July 15, 1840) and (d. Apr. 23 1842)
Caroline M., (b. Feb. 11, 1843)
Ann Eliza, (b. Mar. 6, 1847)
I have placed stars before the names of those Lymans who married and settled in Lemington and became part of our background.
Laura Lodema Lyman married Mills DeForest and their direct heirs are the Blodgetts now living in town.
Eliza A. Lyman married George A. Read. They lived and farmed, as well as ran a combination lumber and gristmill, about a mile up Sims Hill in the area now known as Read's Flat. Their son, Fred Read, married Celia Scott, sister to Jennie Scott Blodgett, and had three daughters, Doris, Mildred, and Dorothy. Fred was a real millwright and mechanic, and many of the older citizens still remember him. He moved away from this area about 1910.
Marial C. Lyman married Olive T. Holbrook and settled on the farm now owned by Agnes Corliss.
Elias Lyman established a private cemetery now known as the Lyman Cemetery about a half mile south of Columbia Bridge on the farm on which the family lived. I presume this was done about 1840, since the first interment was that of Stephen Lyman in 1842. That cemetery was turned over to the town in 1974.
From papers loaned by Harriet Blodgett Prince.
(From HISTORY OF LEMINGTON, VERMONT ed. Marion M. Daley 1976)
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