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Ruth Lyman (Holton)

Also Known As: "Holton"
Birthdate: (83)
Birthplace: Massachusetts Bay Colony
Death: July 12, 1725 (79-87)
Durham, New London County, Connecticut Colony
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Deacon William Holton and Mary Holton
Wife of Joseph Baker and Thomas Lyman
Mother of Joseph Baker, II; Ruth Alvord; Mary Fowler; Zephaniah Baker; Thacher Baker and 11 others
Sister of Sarah King (Holton); Mary Root; John Holton; Samuel Holton; William Holton and 2 others

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About Ruth Lyman

  • 'Genealogies of the Lymans of Middlefield, of the Dickinsons of Montreal, and of the Partridges ... (1865)
  • .... It thus appears that the three brothers, Thomas4, Ebenezer4 and Noah4, sons of 'Thomas3, of Northampton', all
  • lived near each other. 'Thomas3 Lyman, of Northampton, and afterwards of Durham, born probably about 1649, married in 1678, according to Savage, Ruth, widow of Joseph Baker and daughter of William Holten. He had four sons and two daughters, viz. : — Thomas, Mindwell, Ebenezer, Elizabeth, Noah and Enoch ; was made freeman 1690; and removed, says Savage, to Durham. It seems that three of his sons, Thomas, Ebenezer and Noah, came with him, as their names appear repeatedly on the Durham Records. His daughter Mindwell also came to Durham, for, in Vol. II. of Historical and Genealogical Register, page 221, also Vol. XIV., p. 66, I find the name of "Mindwell Lyman, of Durham," as second wife of John Harris, of Middletown ; she died Feb. 6, 1758.
  • First Generation. Richard1 Lyman, of Roxbury and Hartford, came from High Ongar, England, County of Essex, on the small river Roding, which flows southerly into the Thames about 5 miles east of London. High Ongar is on the east bank, some 25 miles north-east of London. He was born there in 1580 doubtless, for he was there baptized
  • Oct. 30, 1580. He arrived in Boston Nov. 4, 1631, in the ship Lyon, William Pierce, master. "There came in her the Governor's wife, [John Winthrop's], his eldest son and his wife, and others of his children, and Mr. Eliot, a minister [apostle to the Indians], and other families, being in all about sixty persons, who all arrived in good health, having been ten weeks at sea, and lost none of their company but two children, whereof one was the governor's daughter Ann. (Winthrop's Journal, I. *64.) He brought with him five children, who, according to the church record, were as follows : — Phillis, baptized 12 Sept., 1611, at High Ongar ; Richard, baptized 24 Feb., 1618 ; Sarah, baptized 8 Feb., 1621 ; John, born Sept., 1623 ; and "another," now known, says Savage, to be Robert, born Sept., 1629; "and it goes on to tell how he went to Connecticut when the great removal was made," and suffered greatly in the loss of his cattle ; was made freeman 11 June, 1633, and was "among the original proprietors of Hartford. I find his name in Barber, in a list of those who were proprietors in 1639. He died in Hartford in 1640. In Trumbull's Colonial Records of Connecticut, Vol. i. 33, I find the following : — ....
    • Second Generation. Richard2 Lyman, of Windsor and Northampton, eldest son of Richard1 born in England and baptized 1618, as above, married Hepzibah, third daughter of Thomas Ford, of Dorchester (who came over in the Mary and John, 1630, bringing his wife and three daughters ; he removed, 1636, to Windsor, where he was representative 1638-41, 4, and 54 ; his wife died 1643, and 1644 he married a second wife, Ann, widow of Thomas Scott ; removed, in old age, to Northampton, and died Nov. 9, 1676). Richard2 Lyman had in Windsor six children, viz. : — Hepzibah, Sarah, Richard, 'Thomas3', Elizabeth and John, all born before 1655, when he removed to Northampton, among the early settlers, and there had two other children, daughters — Joanna, 1658, who died soon, and Hannah, 1660. He died June 3, 1662, in the 46th year of his age. His two brothers John2 and Robert2 also lived in Northampton, which thus became the head-quarters of all the Lymans.
      • ' Third Generation, Thomas3 Lyman, of Northampton and Durham, born in Windsor probably about 1649, married in 1678, date of death not ascertained. Children; Thomas4, Mindwell4, Ebenezer4, Elizabeth4,
      • 'Noah4, and Enoch4. All that need be said concerning Thomas3 has been said on a previous page.
        • Fourth Generation. Ebenezer4 Lyman, of Northampton, Durham, and Torrington. Born 1682, died 1762. For other particulars see a previous page.
  • Nothing is known of the wife of Richard1 Lyman except her name, Sarah.
  • The wife of Richard2 was Hepzibah Ford, daughter of Thomas Ford, who came in the Mary and John, 1630 ; lived first in Dorchester and afterwards in Windsor, where he was representative, and died 9 Nov., 1676. 'The wife of Thomas3 was Ruth Holten, daughter of Wm. Holten, one of the original proprietors of Hartford, came in the Francis, 1634, aged 23. He removed to Northampton, where he was the first deacon, also representative, and died 12 Aug., 1691'.
  • Concerning the wife of Ebenezer4 we know nothing except her name, Experience, and that she was one of the original members of the Congregational Church in Torrington.
  • The wife of John5 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 outlands which was formerly our Honoured Father's, Ichabod Stow's," for £200. ......
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  • 'Genealogy of the Lyman family in Great Britain and America; the ancestors & descendants of Richard Lyman, from High Ongar in England, 1631 (1872)
  • ' 1 Thomas Lyman3 , Richard2 , Richard1 , 1649-1725 ; the 2d son of the 2d Richard; b. in Windsor, Conn., about 1649; moved with his parents to Northampton about 1656, where he m. 1678, Ruth, widow of Joseph Baker and daughter of William Holton. By her marriage with Mr. Baker, in 1663, she had had six children, the eldest of whom, Joseph, b. Jan. 20, 1665, was, with his father, killed by the Indians, Oct. 29, 1675. Dea. Thomas3 , had, according to Savage, six children, two of whom — Elizabeth and Enoch — are mentioned by him alone, and do not appear in the Durham records. He moved, in 1708 or '9, to Durham, Conn., which, for three or four generations thereafter, was the headquarters of this branch of the Lyman family. His wife Ruth and a part of his children came with him ; he was one of the early settlers ; one of the first deacons ; a representative of the town several sessions ; and d. there July 15, 1725, aged 75. The date of Mrs. Ruth Lyman's death is unknown. Both signed the covenant pledge at the settlement of the Rev. Nathaniel Chauncey, the first minister of Durham, Dec. 30, 1710. The letter of dismission and recommendation from Dr. Solomon Stoddard is preserved and is here copied : "To Mr. Nathaniel Chauncey and the brethren at Durham that are about to enter into a church state : Ensign Thomas Liman, who is one of your inhabitants, has desired letters of dismission for himself and wife, accordingly we do recommend them to your holy communion ; he is in covenant with us ; she is in full communion; both without offense. We desire that God would make them blessings among you, and prosper your beginings that a foundation may be laid for the conversion and edification of many, thus requesting your prayers for us, we remain your brethren in the fellowship of the gospel. Solomon Stoddard in the name and consent of the church in Northampton. N. Hampton, Jan. 16, 1710/11."
  • The six children of Thomas3 were : "
  • Children, Fourth Generation:
    • 1 1 Thomas4 ; 1678 — ; had 3 children, Aaron, Elizabeth, Thomas.
    • 2 2 Mindwell4 ; 1680-1758 ; m. John Harris; s. p.
    • 3 3 Ebenezer4 ; 1682-1762 ; had 7 children, Experience, Ebenezer, Stephen, Experience, Mindwell, John, Hannah.
    • 4 4 Elizabeth4 ; this name is found only in Savage.
    • 5 5 Noah4 ; 1686-1728 ; had Noah5, Gen. Phineas5 , Rev. Jonathan5.
    • 6 6 Enoch4 ; b. Jan. 18, 1691, found only in Savage ; he may have d. young; no date of any kind; no record of marriage ; does not appear in the Durham records, though the names of his three brothers appeared there repeatedly. This Enoch Lyman appears to have removed early to Glastenbury, where he m. Dinah, dau. of Samuel Smith, b. Oct. 28, 1697. He appears to have inherited property from his wife and to have been a large landholder: He sells land at different times for £80, 70, 450, 150, 55, 120, and releases to Samuel his brother-in-law, 234 acres for £120, buys in 1733 land for £550, appears to have d. between 1745-8, leaving a dau. Dinah and a son Samuel.
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  • 'The Burke and Alvord memorial. A genealogical account of the descendants of Richard Burke of Sudbury, Mass (1864)
  • Ruth Baker,
  • Born Northampton, May 6, 1668 ; died Northampton, March 4, 1706. She was the daughter of 'Joseph and Ruth (Holton) Baker, who was killed by the Indians, Oct. 29, 1675', with her brother, Joseph Baker.
  • Edward Baker, her grandfather, was of Lynn, Mass., in 1630, moved to Northampton, where he lived many years, and returned to Lynn, where he died, March, 1687. 'Mrs. Alvord's mother was the daughter of William Holton, who came in the Francis, from Ipswich, England, in 1634, aged 23, and was an original proprietor of Hartford, Conn., moved to Northampton, where he was ordained the first deacon, May 13, 1663, and was representative in 1664, '67, '69-71, and once for the town of

'Hadley. Mrs. Alvord's uncle, Thomas Holton, was killed by the Indians, March 14, 1676.

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Ruth Lyman's Timeline

Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 22
Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States
May 6, 1668
Age 26
Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA
September 5, 1670
Age 28
Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
April 13, 1678
Age 36
Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 40
Northampton, Massachusetts
Age 45
January 18, 1691
Age 49
Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States