biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
HORACE LYMAN, one of the pioneers of Iowa, who settled in Van Buren County in 1839 is now a resident on section 17, Jefferson Township. He was born in 1813 in Ontario County, N. Y., and is a son of Abner and Tabitha (Brown) Lyman, natives of Massachusetts. When Horace was about five years of age his parents moved to Kentucky, where he was reared on a farm. In 1829 he went to Licking County, Ohio, where he lived until 1839, engaged in farming. He then moved to Van Buren County, Iowa, and there lived until the spring of 1843, when he moved to Marion County, Iowa. In 1865 he came to Mahaska County and settled upon his present farm. On this and adjoining sections he purchased in all 965 acres of land, and built a sawmill in about 1844 across tbe line on main Cedar Creek, in Marion County. Mr. Lyman was united in marriage with Lucy Clemons, a native of Licking County, Ohio, in 1837. Ten children were born unto them; Lowtia, who died in 1859; John, now engaged in farming in Nebraska; Henry, who enlisted in Co. D, 36th Iowa Vol. Inf., and died while in the service; Horace M., a member of the same company, was killed at Mark's Mills, Ark.; Abner, also a member of the same company and regiment, was starved to death in rebel prisons; Buck died in Leadville in 1884; Arza is living in Monroe County, Iowa; Martha is the wife of A. Johnson, of Monroe County; Mary, Mrs. Emmet Clemons, lives in Buena Vista County, Iowa; Lucy, the wife of Frank Pack, in Marion County. Mrs. Lyman was born in 1819, and died Nov. 25, 1858. The second wife of Mr. Lyman was Ruth Lucas, to whom he was married in 1859. They have one son, Albert, who lives at home. Mr. Lyman is a member of the I. O. O. F., and in politics is a Republican. He began life a poor boy, and all that he now possesses was acquired by his own industry and perseverance. He has fulfilled all the obligations of a good citizen, and enjoys the esteem and confidence of hosts of friends.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy