About John Lyman
- John Lyman, of Durham and Middlefield. Born 1717, died 1763. Married Hope Hawley, great-granddaughter of Rev. Samuel Stow, first minister of Middletown, also great-granddaughter of David Atwater, one of the founders of New Haven. He had six children, David, Elihu and Phineas; Catharine, Hannah and Esther.
- The wife of John6 was Hope Hawley, daughter of Jehiel Hawley and Hope, daughter of Ichabod Stow and Mary Atwater, daughter of David Atwater, of New Haven. That Hope (Stow) Hawley was daughter of Ichabod Stow, is proved by a deed in possession of William Lyman (now lying before me), by which Jehiel Hawley and Hope his wife, of Durham, under date of 10th Nov., 1709, recorded in Middletown, Dec. 21, 1709, by Joseph Rockwell, convey to Joseph Hawley, of Farmington, 248 acres of land in Middletown, described as " being oullands which was formerly our Honoured Father's, Ichabod Stow's," for £200. This land was near, and perhaps included, " the ravine," celebrated for the fossil fish found there. Hope (Stow) Hawley, who was born Oct. 31, 1694, was still living in 1760, as is proved by a deed of that date, conveying land to her son Samuel Stow Hawley, who, it is well remembered by persons now living, was brother of Hope (Hawley) Lyman, wife of John5.
- The Hawleys owned a large tract of land on the eastern side of the East street, extending from Durham line northward, a mile or more, inherited probably through Hope (Stow) Hawley from Rev. Samuel Stow, her grandfather, first minister in Middletown, a man of large property for those times. The Hawley house, which stood nearly on the spot of the present house of Benjamin Coe, and of which some of the garret floor boards now form the floor of Benjamin Miller's kitchen, was built probably by Jehiel Hawley. William7 Lyman lived in it from 1808 to 1816.