There are many great web sites with the family history. Years ago, I was curious, but it was not until my empty nest allowed me the time to devote to getting to know the entire family. What an honor and joy it has been to uncover the Mysteries and answer so many questions that I had. Now more than ever I believe we can know our ancestors better than any previous generations. We can travel back in time through the blessing of our computers.
Please let me express my sincerest thanks to everyone who has made this information possible to us, beginning with our family members and even perfect strangers who have collected information regarding our family while traveling the world. I believe we have a courageous family that were in many generations willing to risk all for a better life for themselves and their families. I hope we can learn from their examples of strength and adventure. This has also inspired me to explore this amazing world. I do not want to become one of the listings that show born, married, and died all in the same place. Life can be lived to its fullest. It is our choices that can change the lives of generations to come.
If anyone has additions or corrections I welcome the full truth.
Love and hope for the generations to come
Valerie Lynn Lyman
This story begins for me 100 years ago in East Haddam, Connecticut where Henry Albert Lyman Sr. was born and lived for many years of his life. It was not until very recently that I came to know that he was a Freemason, I do not know to what degree he did get to Master degree in order for him to be invited to be a Shriner, however it answered one nagging question. “Did the Lyman family continue their association with the “Knight’s Templar?” The answer to this mystery helped me to understand why our family even though they seemed to be simple merchants and landowners in England married into such noble families. This very simple family has an extraordinary past. It is my intent to allow you to get to know our amazing family.
The original Knight’s Templar were a very devoted group of noblemen who fought in the first and second crusades. As a templar they took a vow of poverty and chastity most notably they were warrior monks that guarded the Temple on the Mount in Jerusalem. One of their duties was to safeguard pilgrims as they would travel to Jerusalem from Europe. The 1st known Leman in England was a Knight Templar that returned from the Crusades in 1189. This Knight’s first name was Reiner which in German means “pure”. It is at this time the Leman family is found in Beawisberg, Kent, England. He had control of all the Land of the Knight’s of Kent, during the reign of Richard I “Richard the Lionheart”. Our family motto is from this time in latin is “QUOD VERUM TUTUM” means ‘What is true is safe’.
Richard I had fought in the Crusades and was an advocate of the Knights Templar. Richard returned for a third Crusades in 1199, his brother John became King after much dispute between his overlord the King of France.
The family name has been Leman, Liman, Lyman, due to the education in the Middle Ages. The exact origin of our family is unknown. Were they from the Isle of Man? Were they Anglo Saxons from the French German mainland that traveled through the many battles over land and power? There was a region in France/Germany known as Alamanni also known as Swabia, they were known as “Aleman” German horsemen. Aleman in Spanish means German. They were subjects of the Merovingian Kings, a very powerful dynasty of kings, and also relatives through the Lambert Family Tree. They also could have come from France province of Maine. There is the city of LeMans were several royal family members were born.
The speculation of the exact origin may continue, however to be a Knight Templar during the first Crusades you had to be French and of Noble Class to afford the Coat of Arms, horses and expenses. There are many stories about the Knights Templar, not all very complimentary, however throughout the Lyman family, many have been devoted to God. I like to believe we have all inherited this drive to do God’s will in our lives. So I believe that our relative was seeking to do God’s will and became a Knights Templar.
It was a difficult struggle as they lost in the second crusade to Saladin and were escorted to the boarder of the Holy Lands by the Muslims. Returning home after a defeat may have been too difficult for some. So they traveled to find new land to call home. Perhaps Reiner Leman was a notable Knight whom Richard trusted to be a good steward of the Lands of the Knights in Kent. Anyway it was a powerful position.
Our family has Royal Blood lines through Elizabeth Lambert as well as Margaret Gerard. However the Family Coat of Arms that is standard has ½ Lyman and ¼ Lambert and ¼ Osborne, (which I have not traced yet). They completely neglected to add the arms from Gerard. This is the family tree that includes the French, German, Swedish, Russian, Scottish, and British Royal Families. The Lyman Coat of Arms was preexisting to the marriages to the royal connections and they were a family of some note. After Richard Lyman moved to America, the other Lyman’s that remained behind, one became the Lord Mayor of London. As a matter of Fact the Knights Templar had significant Land and power in England. There are many buildings and roads that were dedicated by Knights Templar or Freemasons as they had to take there meetings and work secret.
Our Family Tree in simple terms begins in 300 A.D.- 2007 A.D.
Merovingian Kings in Gaul/ Burgundy and Germany
Charlemagne the 1st Holy Roman Emperor
Rulers of France, Sweden, Princes of Kiev, Italy, and Germany To
Kings of England and Scotland, and Knights of England
To Barons and Lords of England
To Pioneer American Cattle Farmers
To Well Educated American Colonial Farmers and Clergy
To American Soldiers and Farmers
Etc. to today
I hope you enjoy looking through history in a whole new way, knowing that our family members were fighting in wars and ruling over most of Western Europe. And remember the family motto “What is true is safe.”
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