Biography of Henry H. Lyman
Oswego County, NY Biographies





Lyman, Henry H., born in Lorraine, Jefferson county, N. Y., April 15, 1841. Educated in common schools and Pulaski Academy, as a boy and young man he worked at farming and teaching school. Studied and practiced surveying and engineering for three years with C. H. Cross, Pulaski, N. Y. Enlisted as private soldier in the 147th N. Y. Vols., August, 1862, serving until the close of the war, was promoted through different grades to adjutant and brevetted major. Was appointed lieutenant colonel in the N. Y. State militia by Governor Fenton November. 1866. At the close of the war he engaged in the hardware trade at Pulaski, N. Y. He was supervisor of Richland in 1871 and 1872; sheriff of Oswego county from 1873 to 1876; worked for several years abstracting title in the Oswego County Clerk's Office. For a number of years he was superintendent of the Oswego Water Works Cornpany, of which he is now secretary; collector of customs for the district of Oswego from July, 1889 to December, 1893; has been a trustee of the Oswego City Savings Bank since 1879, and is a director and vice president of the First National Bank of Oswego, N. Y. Mr. Lyman's ancestors were of Norman stock and came to England with William the Conqueror in 1066. The family was founded in America by Richard Lyman who came over with Elliot the Missionary in the ship Lion in 1631 and later on with others making the famous winter pilgrimage to Hartford, Conn. Among his descendents were many who were prominent in the Indian, French and Revolutionary wars as well as the war of 1812 and the war of the Rebellion, and they have filled every grade from corporal to commander in chief in the American armies. Phineas Lyman, major general of the Connecticut forces, was in command of the provincial forces and won the battle of Lake George. Gen. Daniel Lyman was prominent in the battles and capture of Ticonderoga, Crown Point, and St. John, and was subsequently president of the Society of Cincinnati. Col. Moses Lyman, for important service at Saratoga, was made special messenger to carry the news of Burgoyne's surrender to General Washington. Mr. Lyman's father was Silas Lyman, who came to the " Black River Country" (which was the west of those days) from Vermont with his father in 1796. he was a soldier of 1812 in the old "Goodwood" militia, in which be was later on commissioned captain by Governor Clinton, and colonel by Governor Yates.

FROM:
Landmarks of Oswego County
New York
Edited by: John C. Churchill, LL.D.
Assisted by: H, Perry Smith and W. Stanley Child
Syracuse, N. Y.
D. Mason & Co., Publishers 1895


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