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Francis Marion Lyman

12 January 1840–18 November 1916

Born 12 Jan. 1840 at Good Hope, McDonough Co., Illinois.[1] Son of Amasa Mason Lyman and Louisa Maria Tanner.[2] Baptized as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Elkhorn River by his father, 1 July 1848.[3] Migrated to the Salt Lake Valley with the Willard Richards pioneer company, arriving 19 Oct. 1848.[4] Accompanied his family as they helped establish a settlement in what became San Bernardino, San Bernardino Co., California, 1851.[5] Worked as a teamster and made sixteen trips between San Bernardino and Utah Territory.[6] Left with his father for a mission to England, 1857, but upon arrival in Salt Lake City the mission was canceled due to the arrival of Johnston’s Army.[7] Married Rhoda Ann Taylor, 18 Nov. 1857, in San Bernardino.[8] Served a mission to England, 1860–1862.[9] With his extended family, helped settle Fillmore, Millard Co., Utah Territory, 1863.[10] Served as assistant assessor for the U.S. Commissioner of Internal Revenue; elected as county probate clerk and recorder superintendent of schools and county prosecutor for Millard Co.[11] Participated in plural marriage.[12] Served a mission in Europe, 1873–1875.[13] Represented Millard Co. in the Utah territorial legislature, 1868–1869, 1876–1878; represented Tooele Co., Utah Territory, 1880–1882; Speaker of the House, 1882.[14] Appointed as president of the Tooele Stake when it was organized, 24 June 1877.[15] Ordained as an apostle by John Taylor and Wilford Woodruff, 27 Oct. 1889.[16] EBW stayed at his home while in Tooele, Tooele Co., for meetings.[17] President of the British/European mission, 1901–1904.[18] Sustained as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, 6 Oct. 1903.[19] Testified before a U.S. Senate committee during its investigation into the status of Senator Reed Smoot, 1904.[20] Died 18 Nov. 1916 in Salt Lake City; buried in Tooele.[21]

 

[1] Albert R. Lyman, Francis Marion Lyman: Apostle (Delta, UT: Melvin A. Lyman, 1958), 2. Orson F. Whitney, History of Utah in Four Volumes (Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon and Sons, 1904), 4:260. “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org, accessed 6 July 2020), Francis Marion Lyman (KWCK-ZBD). 

[2] Orson F. Whitney, History of Utah in Four Volumes (Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon and Sons, 1904), 4:260. Andrew Jenson, Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Andrew Jenson History, 1901), 1:136. 

[3] Andrew Jenson, Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Andrew Jenson History, 1901), 1:136. 

[4] “Francis Marion Lyman,” Pioneer Database (https://history.churchofjesuschrist.org/overlandtravel/, accessed 6 July 2020). Orson F. Whitney, History of Utah in Four Volumes (Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon and Sons, 1904), 4:260. Albert R. Lyman, Francis Marion Lyman: Apostle (Delta, UT: Melvin A. Lyman, 1958), 9–11.

[5] Orson F. Whitney, History of Utah in Four Volumes (Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon and Sons, 1904), 4:260.

[6] Andrew Jenson, Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Andrew Jenson History, 1901), 1:137.

[7] Albert R. Lyman, Francis Marion Lyman: Apostle (Delta, UT: Melvin A. Lyman, 1958), 35–36.

[8] The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Genealogical Department, Genealogical Surveys of LDS Members Autobiographies and Ancestors, vol. 18, p. 451, Francis Marion Lyman, microfilm 1059459, DGS 007957169, image 501/1213, FHL.

[9] “Francis Marion Lyman,” Go Ye into All the World (https://history.churchofjesuschrist.org/missionary, accessed 15 Apr. 2019).

[10] The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Genealogical Department, Genealogical Surveys of LDS Members Autobiographies and Ancestors, vol. 18, p. 451, Francis Marion Lyman, microfilm 1059459, DGS 007957169, image 501/1213, FHL.

[11] The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Genealogical Department, Genealogical Surveys of LDS Members Autobiographies and Ancestors, vol. 18, p. 451, Francis Marion Lyman, microfilm 1059459, DGS 007957169, image 501/1213, FHL.

[12] “Sealings of Couples, Living and by Proxy, 1851–1889,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Endowment House, vol. F, 1869–1870, p. 29, line 14083, Francis M. Lyman and Clara Callister, 4 Oct. 1869, microfilm 1149515 (restricted access), FHL. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Genealogical Department, Genealogical Surveys of LDS Members Autobiographies and Ancestors, vol. 18, p. 451, Francis Marion Lyman, microfilm 1059459, DGS 007957169, image 501/1213, FHL.

[13] “Francis Marion Lyman,” Go Ye into All the World (https://history.churchofjesuschrist.org/missionary, accessed 15 Apr. 2019). 

[14] “Territory of Utah: Legislative Assembly Rosters, 1851–1894,” pp. 31, 33, 41, 43, 45, 47, Utah State Archives (https://archives.utah.gov/research/guides/legislative-assembly.htm, accessed 15 Apr. 2019). “Stormy Sessions Marked Early Utah Assemblies in Statehood Struggle,” Salt Lake Telegram, 9 Jan. 1927, 23, 25.

[15] The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Genealogical Department, Genealogical Surveys of LDS Members Autobiographies and Ancestors, vol. 18, p. 451, Francis Marion Lyman, microfilm 1059459, DGS 007957169, image 501/1213, FHL.

[16]  Orson F. Whitney, History of Utah in Four Volumes (Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon and Sons, 1904), 4:261.

[17] EBW, Diary, 11 Aug. 1895.

[18] “Francis Marion Lyman,” Go Ye into All the World (https://history.churchofjesuschrist.org/missionary, accessed 15 Apr. 2019).

[19] Andrew Jenson, comp., Church Chronology: A Record of Important Events Pertaining to the History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1914), 17.

[20] “Eleven out of Nineteen Subpoenas Served: Mormon Officials Leave in Body for Capital Early Tomorrow,” Salt Lake Telegram, 26 Feb. 1904, 1.

[21] “Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1849–1949,” p. 377 (1916), Francis Marion Lyman; Salt Lake County Management and Archives, Salt Lake City. “Francis M. Lyman, President of Mormon Church Apostles, Dies,” Salt Lake Herald-Republican, 18 Nov. 1916, 1, 6.