Clara Caroline Lyman (Callister) (1850 - 1892)

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Place of Burial: Tooele, Tooele, Utah, United States
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Death: Died in Manassa, Conejos, Colorado
Managed by: Paul Douglas Van Dillen
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About Clara Caroline Lyman (Callister)

Clara Caroline Callister Lyman was born in Salt Lake City, April 18, 1850. Her father, Thomas Callister, was born July 8, 1821, on the Isle of Man. He heard the gospel preached by President John Taylor in 1840 and was baptized in March 1841. Her mother, Caroline Clara Smith Callister, was the only sister of President George A. Smith who was Church Historian and a counselor to President Brigham Young. She was born in Potsdam, New York, June 6, 1820 and she was a cousin to the Prophet Joseph Smith.

Thomas Callister had two wives and two homes in Salt Lake City, one located on 1st West St. near North Temple St. and the other on a ranch approximately one mile north of North Temple St. on Redwood road. The children went barefooted much of the time during those pioneer days. When going to the ranch home they went west on North Temple street to the Jordan River then diagonally through the fields to the ranch. They complained vigorously because on that diagonal road they got so many burns in their bare feet.

On that ranch Clara did every kind of work that the early pioneers had to do. She was a master at planting seeds, doing the irrigating and the cultivating of a fine family garden. She milked the cows, made the butter, the cottage and even other kind of cheese. She carded the wool, and ran the spinning wheel; she fed, hitched, drove, and unhitched the horses. She was so expert in handling horses that one of the outstanding ambitions of her whole life, although it was never realized, was to have a horse and buggy of her own.

On October 4, 1869, Clara, at the age of 19, married Francis M. Lyman in the Endowment House, in Salt Lake City, and she was taken at once to Fillmore where he provided for her a small log house.

Home in Fillmore was a very happy place. Clara's mother, Aunt Caroline (Smith Callister) was living there, and living with her were her two younger, but mature and scholarly daughters, Philomela, who died unmarried at age 27, and Mary Miranda.

When, in 1873, Francis M. Lyman was called for the second time to go to England on another mission for the Church, he made arrangements with the Co-op Store in Fillmore for his wife Clara to purchase and to have charged to his account whatever she needed for the maintenance of herself and her two children, one an infant, the other nearly three years old. Clara was so able, wise, and thrifty that by her own efforts she provided for herself and her two children during the two years her husband was on his mission without charging anything whatever to his account at the store.

Francis M. Lyman was called to be President of the Tooele Stake in 1877. He moved Clara and her children from Fillmore to Tooele in the Spring of 1879. About six years later, near the fall of 1888, when the United States government was prosecuting most intensely those who were practicing plural marriage, Clara Lyman being the second wife, she with her two year old son Don and five of her other children, were sent to Manassa, Colorado "on the underground." She was made President of the Primary Organization. Since she was a master seamstress she not only created great interest in the work by teaching the children sewing, but she furnished the material with which they did their work.

With great regularity this mother got her children together both morning and evening for family prayers. She did most of the praying herself. Her prayers were much like gospel sermons. Her son Richard, oldest of her seven children, often went to work away from home. He remembers with great clearness that when he was leaving home in the early morning she would get his breakfast ready before the other children were awake. She always had two chairs, one for him and one for herself, with their backs to the table. He insists that no one ever offered more impressive or .......................prayers than his mother offered on such occasions.

She died September 22, 1892 and her baby boy Don, then six years old, died two days later. She had suffered with an ulcerated stomach for many years. While lifting and otherwise caring for her strapping son Don, who was desperately ill, she ruptured her ailing stomach and died in great distress vomiting great quantities of blood. She and her baby boy were buried in the same grave.


On October 4, 1869, he practiced polygamy by marrying his second wife, Clara Caroline Callister. Her grandfather was John Smith, Joseph Smith's uncle, and her son Richard R. Lyman would go on to serve as an apostle from 1918 to 1943.

Clara Caroline Callister

Born: 18 April 1850

Salt Lake City, S-LK, Utah, United States

Died: 22 September 1892

Manassa, Cnjs, Co, United States

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	Clara Caroline CALLISTER (AFN:1NMG-K7)  	 Pedigree

Marriage: 4 Oct 1869

Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Ut

  	Sex   	Name  	   	

M Don CALLISTER (AFN:31NL-5K) Pedigree

 	  	Born:  	21 Jun 1886 		Place:  	Tooele, Tooele, Ut 	
 	  	Died:  	24 Sep 1892 		Place:  		

2. Sex Name

M John Callister LYMAN (AFN:827W-JL) Pedigree

 	  	Born:  	21 Jul 1880 		Place:  	Tooele, Tooele, Ut 	
 	  	Died:  	23 Jul 1951 		Place:  	San Bernardino, San Bernardino, Ca 	
 	  	Buried:  	25 Jul 1951 		Place:  	San Bernardino, San Bernardino, Ca 	

3. Sex Name

F Ida LYMAN (AFN:1QW6-JW) Pedigree

 	  	Born:  	2 Aug 1878 		Place:  	Tooele, Tooele, Utah 	
 	  	Died:  	2 Mar 1968 		Place:  	Kanab, Kane, Ut 	
 	  	Buried:  	6 May 1968 		Place:  	Salt Lake City, S.l., Ut 	

4. Sex Name

F Lucy Smith LYMAN (AFN:1QW6-HQ) Pedigree

 	  	Born:  	5 Aug 1876 		Place:  	Fillmore, Millard, Ut 	
 	  	Died:  	3 Apr 1971 		Place:  	Berkeley, Alameda, Ca 	
 	  	Buried:  	7 Apr 1971 		Place:  	(city Cemetary) Salt Lake City, Sl, Ut 	

5. Sex Name

M George Albert LYMAN (AFN:1QW6-51) Pedigree

 	  	Born:  	14 Nov 1873 		Place:  	Fillmore, Millard, Ut 	
 	  	Died:  	22 Nov 1906 		Place:  	Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Ut 	
 	  	Buried:  	24 Nov 1906 		Place:  	Tooele, Tooele, Ut 	

6. Sex Name

M Richard Roswell LYMAN (AFN:1QW6-GK) Pedigree

 	  	Born:  	23 Nov 1870 		Place:  	Fillmore, Millrd, Ut 	
 	  	Died:  	31 Dec 1963 		Place:  	, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah 	
 	  	Buried:  	3 Jan 1964 		Place:  	, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah 	

7. Sex Name

F Amy LYMAN (AFN:1QW6-L8) Pedigree

 	  	Born:  	10 Dec 1882 		Place:  	Tooele, Tooele, Ut 	
 	  	Died:  	11 Sep 1975 		Place:  

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Clara Caroline Lyman's Timeline

1850
April 18, 1850
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
1864
October 28, 1864
Age 14
1869
February 22, 1869
Age 18
October 4, 1869
Age 19
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
1870
November 23, 1870
Age 20
Fillmore, Millard, Utah, United States
1873
November 14, 1873
Age 23
Fillmore, Utah
1876
August 5, 1876
Age 26
Fillmore, Utah
1878
August 2, 1878
Age 28
Tooele, Toole, Utah, United States
1880
July 21, 1880
Age 30
Tooele, Utah
1882
December 10, 1882
Age 32
Tooele, Utah