I am sitting here reading for the first time the Genealogy of the Lyman Family by Lyman Coleman (1872) and attempting to follow the ancestral lineage of Richard Lyman (b 1580) who married Sarah OSBORNE and came over in 1631. Coleman traces Richards’s lineage back to 900, however, I find Coleman’s lineage quite confusing.
Here is a prime example from page 32, "This Thomas Lyman becomes the great-grandfather of Richard, the original immigrate to America, the succession being Thomas, Henry, John, Henry, Richard." Really? Looks like his 2nd great grandfather to me. Plus Coleman never clearly delineates this chain. And who is this John LYMAN mentioned in passing but who appears to be a critical link in the chain?
I searched some old posts on this Forum and see that I am not the only one confused by Coleman. It also appears that, at some point, Coleman makes a leap to nobility that is not proven.
I would like to see discussed here what is known for sure about his ancestors. My primary questions are: 1) What is the lineage of Richard the immigrant that is proven and non-controversial? 2) At what point does Coleman go wrong? 3) What is Richard’s mother’s maiden name: SCOTT or STANE?