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Lyman Family Papers
1.5 Linear feet (2 boxes)
This collection contains
correspondence among members of the Lyman and Emery families of Springfield,
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
Lyman, Charles Pynchon,
Lyman, Mary Pynchon,
United States. Congress (4th, 1st
session : 1795-1796)
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research use.
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
This collection contains correspondence among members of the Lyman and Emery families of Springfield, Massachusetts.
United States. Congress (4th, 1st session : 1795-1796); Sierra Leone; Springfield (Mass.); Emery, Robert, 1773-1841; Kelly, John, 1786-1860; Lyman, Charles Pynchon, 1784-1807; Lyman, Mary, 1786-1826; Lyman, Mary Pynchon, 1753-ca. 1790; Lyman, Samuel, 1749-1802; Emery, Charles, 1816-1890; Letter writing; Letters
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.