Creator: Lyman, Lorenzo B.


Provenance Note: A typed transcription of an original document written by Lorenzo Branch Lyman was prepared by Merrill G. Burlingame sometime prior to 1967 and subsequently donated to the Montana State University Library. The location of the original is unknown.


Historical Note: Lorenzo Branch Lyman was born in 1828 in New York State. He moved to Wisconsin and studied law. Lyman lived in California from 1849 to 1858, returned to Wisconsin, and in 1864 moved to Montana's Gallatin Valley. He later practiced law in Helena and served as register of the United States Land Office there from 1869 to 1875. Lyman married Mary E. Hawkins in Wisconsin in 1858 and she bore a daughter, Sylvia Rozeffie, in 1865, and a son, Hershel Branch, in 1867. After Mary's death in 1870, Lorenzo Lyman married Fannie A. Patterson in 1871. Fannie bore two boys: Rollin Arch in 1873, and Ocean Atlantis in 1875.


Content Description Note: Typed transcription of Lyman's autobiography, told in the third person. Events described include: the Lyman family's intital settlement in Gallatin County, Montana Territory; early development of Lyman's land and water rights claim on Lyman Creek; interactions with Indians; hunting; and Lyman's appointment as the register of the land office in Helena.


Updated: 4/19/22