Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
History of Tompkins, Schuyler,
Chemung, Tioga 1879
Page 285 - Lyman Covell
||Lyman Covell was born in Wilkesbarre, Pa., April 16, 1795. His
father, Dr. Matthew Covell, was a native of Glastonbury, Conn., born in
the year 1760, and settled at Wilkesbarre when a young man, where he practiced
the profession of medicine the remainder of his life, and ranked among
the first as a physician and surgeon. He was a man of devout Christian
principles, and had the confidence of a large circle of acquaintances.
He died in 1813, leaving a widow (maiden name was Orello Tuttle) and five
sons and one daughter. The mother died in 1845, aged eighty-one years.
Of this family of children only two are living, -Mrs. Dr. Howell, now
a resident of Elmira, N. Y., and in her seventy-sixth year of age, and
the subject of this narrative who has resided longer in Elmira than any
man now living here. His father dying when he was only fourteen years of
age, Lyman two years after came to Elmira and engaged as a clerk in his
eldest brother, Robert’s, store, where he remained until he became thoroughly
schooled in the business, and until about the year 1820, when he established
a general mercantile business for himself, which he continued for nearly
forty years, and retired from the active duties of life. As a business
man he was active, prompt, and upright, and during all these years retained
the respect and confidences of the citizens of Elmira.
Mr. Covell has never been a professional politician, but has been an
ardent advocate of Democratic principles and an unswerving member of the
Democratic party. He has filled various places of responsibility and trust
among the people, as president of the Chemung Canal Bank, supervisor of
the town, sheriff of Tioga County, before its divisions, for one term,
and surrogate, the first appointed for Chemung County, in all of which
positions his duties were discharged with fidelity to the public and honor
to himself. He is now in his eighty-fourth year of age, and has lived to
see most of the great improvements of the age, and the growth and enterprise
of a village to become a city of beauty and wealth.
In the year 1818 he married Susan, daughter of William Dunn of Elmira.
She was born December, 1796, and for many years previous to her decease
was a devoted member of the Presbyterian Church, and during her entire
life an exemplary woman. She died 1864. their children living are Alice
(Mrs. John Hamlin) and John, a physician at Forreston, Ill.
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