Re: WILLIAM (BILLIE) LYMAN IRE>PA>IL
I'm so sorry, but further research has shown that our Billy Lyman never married or had children.The following is what I've found about him:
"William J. (Billy) Lyman, the son of immigrants John and Anna Lyman, was born in 1849 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, shortly after his parents emigrated from Ireland.He was eight years old when the family moved to Maytown, Lee County, Illinois about 1857.His father John died in 1870, and sometime after that his mother Anna moved the family into the town of Amboy.He was still living with his widowed mother in Amboy in 1880 (age 31) and was working in a restaurant.Billy moved to Chicago sometime before 1883, because the local newspaper mentioned he returned to Amboy in May 1883 for his mother's funeral.The Amboy News mentioned that he was administrator for his mother's estate, and his name was cited when his mother's will was probated Nov. 28, 1885.By the 1910 Census, Billy was living with his widowed brother Richard in Chicago.According to the Sterling Evening Gazette, Apr. 21, 1914, Billy traveled from Chicago to attend his sister Annie's funeral in Sterling, Illinois.At the time of the 1920 Census, Billy was sharing a house in Chicago's Ward 7 with his nephews Harry and James and his niece Mary.According to family sources, Billy died in Chicago about 1931."
I did some cursory research on your own ancestors, to see if there were any links with us, and found that William H. Lyman, Jr. (b. 1905) was the son of William H. Lyman (b.c. 1877) and Josephine Sullivan, per the 1910 Census of Cook County.A glance at the 1900 Census seemed to indicate that William Sr.'s father might have been Thomas H. Lyman.Is that correct?
Most Lymans in Illinois seem to trace back to English ancestry.Do you know if your Lyman ancestors came from Ireland?If so, where they originated?I've hit a "brick wall" trying to ascertain the Irish county where our John Lyman was born.
We actually do have a "Harry Lyman" in the family, but he was Billy's nephew Henry F. Lyman -- and we haven't been able to find that he had any descendants.As far as we've been able to trace, most of our Lymans stayed in northern Illinois.Certainly haven't traced any who returned to Pennsylvania.