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Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Lyman family
Title:Lyman Family Papers
Quantity:1.5 Linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract:This collection contains correspondence among members of the Lyman and Emery families of Springfield, Massachusetts.
Collection Number:MSS 485

Series List

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence among members of the Lyman and Emery families of Springfield, Massachusetts. Much of the correspondence is personal in nature and deals with family affairs and current events. In addition, the collection contains a power of attorney and related documents concerning collection of a debt in Sierra Leone, Africa.

Folder 1 contains letters written by Samuel Lyman to his wife Mary and daughter Mary while he attended the sessions of the United States Congress in Philadelphia from 1795 to 1800. Also included is one letter to his son Samuel Jr. Folder 2 contains three letters written to Samuel Lyman while in Philadelphia by his wife Mary (1796).

Folder 3 contains correspondence of Samuel and Mary's daughter Mary. Most of the letters are from Mary to her cousin Mary Lyman (1787-1870) in Goshen, Connecticut. Folder 4 contains letters to Robert Emery from family members, including his brother, sister, nephew, aunts and also one letter from Calcutta, India.

Folder 5 contains two letters from Charles Lyman written to his father and sister. Folder 6 contains three letters from John Kelly of Exeter, New Hampshire: one to his brother Abner, one to his daughter Lavinia (Kelly) Cilley, and one to Charles Emery. The letter to Charles includes blessings for his imminent marriage to John Kelly's daughter Susan. Folder 7 contains one letter from Charles Emery to his wife Susan.

Box 2 Folder 3 includes a power of attorney and related documents granted by George Harris of London, master mariner, to Stodden Castle concerning collection of a debt owed to George Harris in Sierra Leone, Africa.

Biographical Sketches

Samuel Lyman was born on January 25, 1749 in Goshen, Connecticut, the son of Moses and Sarah (Hayden) Lyman. He moved to Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1784, was elected a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and served in the Massachusetts State Senate. He was elected as a Federalist to the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth United States Congresses and served from 1795 to 1800, when he resigned. Samuel Lyman married Mary Pynchon in 1782 and they had three children: Charles, Mary, and Samuel. Samuel Lyman died in Springfield on June 5, 1802.

Robert Emery was born on September 20, 1773 in Newburyport, Massachusetts, the son of John and Margaret Emery. He became a shipmaster and sailed out of Newburyport, Salem, and Boston, Massachusetts. He was married three times: in 1795 to Eunice Orne (died 1796); in 1800 to Sarah Barnard (died 1809); and in 1815 to Mary Lyman (1796-1826). He and Mary Lyman had three surviving children: Charles, John Abbot, and Mary Lyman. Robert Emery died in Springfield, Massachusetts on August 1, 1841.

Relevant genealogical information can be found in Appendix I.

Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Emery, Charles, 1816-1890
Emery, Robert, 1773-1841
Kelly, John, 1786-1860
Lyman, Charles Pynchon, 1784-1807
Lyman, Mary Pynchon, 1753-ca. 1790
Lyman, Mary, 1786-1826
Lyman, Samuel, 1749-1802
United States. Congress (4th, 1st session : 1795-1796)
Letter writing
Sierra Leone
Springfield (Mass.)


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.

Administrative Information


Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Lyman Family Papers, MSS 485, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.


This material was donated to the library by Humphrey J. Emery on November 18, 1949.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Lee Jacoby, May 2015.

Related Material

Account book of Robert Emery, 1796-1799, 1822-1825. MSS 0.159.

Account book of Robert Emery, 1805. MSS 1561.

Barnard Family Papers, 1774-1863. Fam Mss 48.

Emery Family Papers, 1793-1863. Fam Mss 287.

Appendix I

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