biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
DAVID LYSTER, the possessor of a beautiful farm estate in Pleasant Grove Township, was born in County Down, North Ireland. He came to America in 1848, landing in the city of Philadelphia, and resided there until 1851, going thence to Michigan, from which State he came to Iowa in 1856, and located in Pleasant Grove Township, this county, where his father had previously settled and entered land, which David helped to improve. The subject of this sketch a few years later, on April 3,1873, was united in marriage with Mrs. Mary Hazlett, a native of his own country, who was born in County Tyrone, and came to this country in 1849. Her first husband, Alexander Hazlett, was born in County Derry, Ireland, and came to this country in 1848. He died Oct. 26, 1872. Politically he was a Republican. Of this marriage there were born two children, both in Mahaska County: Jane, born Nov. 30, 1856; and Joseph James, July 21, 1868. The latter owns 120 acres of fine land, well improved, but is single and lives with his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Lyster are the parents of two children: David C., born Jan. 23, 1874, and Mary Emma, Sept. 25, 1875. Mr. Lyster is an ardent and uncompromising Republican, the principles of which party he has, advocated since its organization. Both he and his wife are influential members of the United Presbyterian Church. The home farm consists of 120 acres of fertile land, which, under the excellent care of Mr. Lyster, has been brought to a very high state of cultivation. The farm, with its fine improvements, is not excelled as a homestead by any in Pleasant Grove Township. Mr. Lyster is a gentleman of liberal education, possesses general knowledge of current events, and ranks among the leading citizens of his township. As a citizen, friend and neighbor, he is highly esteemed by the community in general.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy