Married Cornelia Eliza Leavitt Nov. 14, 1844, Nauvoo, Ill. (daughter of Enoch Virgil Leavitt and Abigail Leonora Snow, former pioneer Oct. 17, 1848, Amasa M. Lyman company). She was born Jan. 5, 1825, Warren, Ohio. Their children: Lorenzo Snow b. Nov. 6, 1851, m. Zuriah Rowley Nov. 21, 1874; Henry Elias b. July 4, 1854, m. Ina Caldwell Dec. 31, 1883. Family resided Salt Lake City and Parowan, Utah.
Daughter of Enoch Virgil Leavitt and Abigail Leonora Snow Married Amasa Mason Lyman, 14 Nov 1846, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois Children - Henry Elias Lyman, Lorenzo Snow Lyman
Little is known of her early life, but she endured with other Saints the persecutions in Nauvoo, Illinois. On November 14, 1844, in that city, she was united in marriage to Amasa Lyman and crossed the plains to Utah with him in 1848. When her husband made the journey across the desert to assist in establishing a Mormon colony on the west coast, Cornelia Eliza accompanied him. Shortly after settling in San Bernardino her first child, a son, whom they named Lorenzo Snow Lyman, was born November 6, 1851. He is said to be the first Mormon child born in San Bernardino.
After Cornelia returned to Utah she made her home in Parowan where she passed away in her thirty-ninth year December 14, 1864. Her two children Lorenzo and Henry Elias, born July 4, 1854, were reared by other wives of Apostle Lyman.
Did you know? Cornelia Leavitt, who married Amasa in Nov 1844 in Nauvoo, was the daughter of Abigail Leonora Snow (1801–1872), who was estranged from Enoch Virgil Leavitt, whom she had married in 1821. Leonora married Isaac Morley the same year as Cornelia in Nauvoo. She was the older sister of Lorenzo and Eliza R. Snow.
FIRST WHITE CHILD BORN IN VALLEY, DIES Lorenzo Snow Lyman, 76, Son Of Founder of Colony, Called At Bloomington. Lorenzo Snow Lyman, the first white child born in the San Bernardino valley, died yesterday at his home in Bloomington. Mr. Lyman, who had been ill for weeks, was born Nov. 6, 1851. In a covered wagon, one of the first train to arrive in Southern California from Utah, on the bank of Lytle creek, near where the Foothill boulevard now centers the city. Son of Brigham Young's Aid He was the son of Amasa Lyman, who with Charles C. Rich was commissioned by Bringham Young to establish a Mormon colony in the San Bernardino valley. A few weeks after his birth, the expedition moved into the log fort, which had been erected on the site now occupied by San Bernardino county's new courthouse. Later, Amasa Lyman erected one of the first dwelling in the valley, an adobe and log house in the block now bounded by Arrowhead and Mountain View avenues and Third and Fourth streets. Returns to Utah At Leader's Call In 1857, Amasa Lyman responded to Brigham Young's recall of the faithful, returning with his family to Salt Lake City. Lorenzo Lyman resided in Utah until 1875, when he returned to California. He resided in Bloomington for the past 27 years. He is survived by his wife, Mr Alpha Lyman, and a brother. H. E. Lyman of Santa Barbara, and a number of half-brothers; eight children. Mrs. Amel Anderson, Bloomington, Cornelius Lyman, Madera, Mrs. Rose More, Armada; Mrs. Will Stone. Paicines. Cal., Mrs. Ina Mort. Palo Alto; Amasa H. Lyman, Los Angeles, Arthur L. Lyman, Berkeley, Mrs. Edwin Squires, Bloomington, fourteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon from the Mark B. Shaw parlors. Interment will be in the Rialto park cemetery. San Bernardino Sun, Volume 61, Number 113, 23 December 1927 Page 13 LORENZO SNOW LYMAN Last rites for Lorenzo Snow Lyman, 71 years old, who died Thursday at his home in Bloomington, viewing be held at 2 o'clock this afternoon from the chapel of the Mark Shaw Co., Lorenzo Lyman was the first white child born in the valley, his parent having been members of the first band of Mormons to cross to this state from Utah. He was born on the banks of Lytle creek, where the pioneer party camped before entering what is now San Bernardino city, to establish a fort on the site now occupied by the county courthouse. Following the services this afternoon Interment will be made In Rialto Park cemetery.
December 24, 1927 The San Bernardino County Sun from San Bernardino, California · Page 23 ******************************************* Lorenzo Snow Lyman was born on November 6, 1851, in San Bernardino, California. He married Alpha Abiah EASTON on November 23, 1892, in Bloomington, California. They had two children during their marriage. He died on December 22, 1927, in Bloomington, California, at the age of 76.
Lorenzo and Alpha Lyman
Janesville CA, 1947
My great grandmother on my dad's side, Alpha Lyman, was the first schoolteacher in Bloomington, California (near San Bernardino). She was also the first woman teacher in Southern California. In those early days it was believed that only men could keep order in a roomful of children.
Children of Ella Lucile Lyman: Left to right: Grandpa Squires, Grandma Squires, my dad (Edwin Walter), Uncle Robert Arthur, Aunt Shirley, Uncle Edgar Lyman, Aunt Joy