Lyman Beecher Woodbury b 8 December 1835

Lyman Beecher Woodbury was born 8 December 1835 in Granville, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia.  His parents were Jonathan and Elizabeth (Charlton) Woodbury.  On 13 March 1860, he married Mehitabel Woodbury in Nictaux, NS.  He listed his occupation as farmer. I have not researched their families enough to know how they were related.  The 1861 census lists him with his wife and first son living in Annapolis County. 

The family traveled back and forth to Boston.  A passenger list from 24 October 1868 shows the family left from Margaretsville, NS on the ship Talisman. Lyman’s occupation was listed as “mechanic”.  At that time they intended to become inhabitants of the United States.  However, they returned to Nova Scotia by 1870.  In the 1871 census, they were living in Middleton Corners. 

Five of the couple’s children lived long lives, but one daughter, Jane Annie-Ida, died in 1879 of consumption, at the age of nine, in Nova Scotia. 

By 1880, Lyman was living in Lynn, MA, working as a house carpenter.  He was also counted in the 1881 Canada census, with his wife and children, working as a carpenter, and living in Middleton, NS.  The family moved again to Lynn, and his wife died there 21 Mar 1888. 

The 1889 Lynn city directory lists Lyman B Woodbury, carpenter, living at 30 Pearl.  In 1890, Mehitabel’s father’s estate granted guardianship to Lyman for the person and estate of his granddaughter, Lyman’s daughter Bessie, who was only 14 at the time.

On 6 Mar 1890, Lyman married Henrietta J Vroom, widow of Jonathan Hodges, in Lynn MA.  Besides his carpentry work, they ran a boarding house at 417 Union.  The 1890 city directory lists 15 other people living there.  Two are his sons (Edward and Leander).  About half of the others are in the shoe-making business – stitchers, cutters, etc.

By 1894, Lyman and Henrietta are living apart.  In fact, she lists herself as a widow. Perhaps that was more acceptable at the time than saying divorced.  When I researched this, a very nice lady at the Massachusetts archives checked and didn’t find any records for me to order, relating to a divorce.  She said that possibly, since they had no children together, and may well not have owned property together, they might have gotten what she called an Irish divorce – where they just agreed to separate.  I mention her kindness because correct procedure would probably have been for her to tell me to send in a request, and some non refundable money, before they did a search.  Instead, she just quickly looked it up for me and determined that there were no records to order. 

In 1896, Lyman, who also went by Beecher, was living in Annapolis County NS, working as a carpenter. In 1901, he was boarding with the James Woodbury family.   

I have not been able to find Lyman in the 1910 US or 1911 Canadian census.  In 1920, he was living with his son Leander in Chesterfield, NY. Lyman listed himself as a widower, although his second wife actually outlived him by eight years. Lyman died that same year, and is buried at Evergreen Cemetery, in Keeseville, NY.  Leander and his wife Josephine were also buried there.  A few years ago on a research trip, we visited this cemetery, and were walking around looking for the headstones.  A volunteer at the cemetery helped us find the stones, then he called his wife, a member of the local historical society who was able to share some death notices with us.  Random acts of genealogical kindness – pass it on!


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