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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Review Volume of Biographical Sketches of The Leading Citizens of Hampshire County, Massachusetts published by Biographical Review Publishing Company in 1896.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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EUGENE H. LYMAN, conspicuously identified with the agricultural interests of Hampshire County as one of its most skilful and enterprising farmers, owns and occupies a well-tilled farm in the town of South Hadley. He was born August 10, 1844, in Hadley, being a son of A. H. and Amanda M. (Alvord) Lyman.

The father was also born in Hadley, and here spent the greater part of his life. He was a hard-working and industrious man, engaged in agriculture the most of his time. In his later years he purchased the property known as the old Lyman farm, where his son now lives. He died while yet in the prime of life, leaving two children, Eugene and Irving L. The latter is now living in Lincoln, Neb., and is connected with a publishing house there. He has been married twice, the first time to Lizzie Connover, who died in 1873; and the second time to Mary Dean, of Nebraska. The mother, whose early life was spent in Northampton, now makes her home with her son Eugene on the old homestead.

Eugene H. Lyman was but six years old when his father died. He acquired his early education in the common schools. When a lad of thirteen years he began working on the home farm, laboring with fidelity, and there gleaning a practical knowledge of farming. Subsequently he and his brother assumed the entire control of the property, carrying it on in partnership until the brother removed to the Far West, since which time Mr. Lyman has managed it alone. He has been very successful. The farm, which contains one hundred acres of land, is in a fine state of cultivation. He carries on general farming, has a fine dairy of twelve cows, besides other stock, the products of which he disposes of to the Granby Creamery, makes a specialty of poultry-raising, which he finds quite profitable, and gives much attention to fruit growing, having so far made quite a success with peaches.

Mr. Lyman’s marriage with Miss Clara J. Stacy, a daughter of William Stacy, of South Hadley, occurred January 1, 1874. They had six children, as follows: Jennie A., a teacher in the public schools; Nellie E., deceased at the early age of nine years; William H., who died in infancy; Mary I.; Eugene H., Jr., who lived but two years; and Charles E. Mr. Lyman takes an active interest in promoting the welfare of his native town and county, uniformly giving his support to the cause of morality, sobriety, and good order, and is ranked among the most valuable citizens of the community. In politics he is an uncompromising Republican, but is not an office-seeker, although he served his town during the years of 1888 and 1889 as Assessor. Religiously, both Mr. and Mrs. Lyman are active members of the Congregational church.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the Biographical Review Volume of Biographical Sketches of The Leading Citizens of Hampshire County, Massachusetts published in 1896. 

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