Dionitia Lyman (Walker) (1816 - 1894)

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Birthplace: Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio, Usa
Death: Died in Minersville, Beaver, Utah
Occupation: Married Amasa Mason Lyman 7/1843 in Nauvoo, IL
Managed by: Della Dale Smith-Pistelli
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About Dionitia Lyman (Walker)

Dionitia Walker was the second wife of Amasa Mason Lyman. They married in 1845, after she divorced her first husband, Jeremiah Plumb. It appears that Diontha and Amasa Mason Lyman had no children. However, Lyman was married to 7 other women, by whom he had a total of 38 children.

Dionitia Walker born 10 March 1816 in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio. She was married to Jeremiah Plumb by Brigham Young at her father’s place on Shoal Creek, Caldwell County, Missouri the same day as her sister Evaline married James Henry Rollins. Dionitia & Jeremiah had a child, Hyrum R. Plumb, who died age 5 years, 7 months, 23 days in Nauvoo, Illinois of measles and is buried Old Nauvoo Burying Grounds.

Redress petition 1838 and 13 January 1840 pp 519, 520- “To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives in Congress Assembled at the City of Washington in the district of Columbia—I the undersigned do By these present represent To Your Honorable Body My Losses Troubles and sufferings which I sustained and underwent By the Hands of a Ruthless Mob in the State of Missouri in the Year of our Lord 1838. By forcibly being driven from my Land and Home in that State. And this is To Petition Your Honorable Body That I may Have Redress of these my Grievances which I Have Sustained By the hand of Law Breakers in Taking from me my Rights which the Constitution of this Republic Guarantees unto all free Born Citizens--Further with Respect to the Conduct of this mob. I have had my Life Threatened And received many Abuses Too numerous To mention And the Loss of Property &c. To be no Less Than 1,000 dollars which I sustained, also my Life was Threatened By William Tailor and a pistal held at my Breast By him. And was obliged to make heavy Exertions To Extricate myself from him This in short is a history of my Grievances and Humbly ask You To Take into Consideration These suffering And by so doing Your Servant will Ever Pray.” --Jeremiah Plumb

“P.S. I the Undersigned Certify in addition That we the people Called Mormons, (after a Conference was held by the principal Men of the Mo. Militia) was forced by the point of the sword To Sign a deed of Trust Signing Away Our Lands; The principal Men Engaged in this Business was Thomas Birch Acting States Attorney for that District also Genl. Clark Commander in General of the Militia also Genl. Saml. D. Lucas of Independence Jackison Co Mo.”

1840 Census Nauvoo, Hancock county, Illinois Jeremiah Plumb 0000101-000010001. Madison County, Illinois 1842 Tax record with Jeremiah in Hancock County, Illinois $10 cattle, $10 clocks, $40 other property.

1842 Nauvoo Census Jeremiah Plum, Dionitia Plum, Hirum R Plum 3rd Ward.

Dionitia divorced Jeremiah who is found in the penetentiary in Upper Alton 1850 Census for horse thievery (may or not be true). Dionitia Plumb is shown in Upper Alton record of members 1841-1845 with Horace M and Nancy Alexander, her sister.

Dionitia in July 1845 marries Amasa Lyman in Nauvoo, Illinois. Endowments with him and her mother in Nauvoo Temple 30 December 1845.

Tended sick sister Nancy Alexander, with whom she, “took refuge in a vacant house, where they prepared a cup of coffee and food for themselves and Isaac Morley and a companion who had escaped from the mob and had been hiding in a corn field for days and were sick from living on green corn alone. Mrs. Lyman discovered six or eight of the mob approaching and warned the brethren to flee and hide, but they declined to go saying they can only kill us. They had not strength to go any further. While watching at the door the mobbers ordered her away or would shoot. She upbraided them for pursuing sick women and tagging them after driving them from their homes. She challenged them to shoot as she had but once to die. The mobber shot overhead to frighten her out of the door, but she kept her post and the mob were ashamed and withdrew. The next day Mrs. Lyman found it necessary to move to another vacant house for the comfort of her sick sister, where she could be more quiet. An intruder came and abruptly peered into the window, pushing the shawl aside that covered the opening. The second time he did that Mrs. Lyman dashed a cup of boiling hot water full in his face and he went jumping and howling away. His companions told him it served him just right.” Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and Their Mothers, p 103 Jas. T. Jakeman.

Her sister Nancy Reader Walker Alexander, and new baby, died at Winter Quarters in 1847. Dionitia came to Utah in 1848 with husband Amasa Lyman, mother Nancy Walker, sister Evaline Rollins and family, and sister Nancy's other three children.

1850 Census Utah, Utah Territory Dionitia with Amasa Lyman family.

1860 Census Parowan, Iron, Utah Territory Dionitia Lyman, 45 Seamstress, with her mother, Nancy Cressy Walker, 80.

1870 Census Minersville, Beaver, Utah Territory Dionitia Lyman, 54 Midwife, Nancy Cressy Walker 90.

She is listed as Dionitia Walker 64, widow (her husband Amasa Lyman having died in Fillmore in 1877) on the 1880 Census Panaca, Lincoln, Nevada living with (her sister Eveline’s daughter and husband) Melissa K Lee 28, and John Nelson Lee 38, Jane E 10, Ada M 8, Mary E 6, John R 5, James H 2, Ida D 9M.

Had herself and son Hyrum sealed to prophet Joseph Smith with Brigham Young acting as proxy 27 October 1886. Dionitia dies 11 July 1894 and is buried in Minersville, Utah.

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Dionitia Lyman's Timeline

1816
March 10, 1816
Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio, Usa
1845
July 1845
Age 29
Nauvoo, Illinois
1894
July 11, 1894
Age 78
Minersville, Beaver, Utah
July 1894
Age 78
Minersville, Beaver, Utah