Lyman Curtis was born January 21, 1812 in New Salem, Massachusetts. In December 1832 the Prophet Joseph Smith and Jared Carter came to the Curtis home and preached the gospel to the Curtis family. Every member of the family joined the church. Lyman was baptized March 14, 1833 at Milford, Michigan.
Lyman was a major supporter of the prophet Joseph Smith in the early days of the church. He participated in Zion's Camp and married his wife Charlotte Iris Alvord while on the camp. He spent two years helping to build the Nauvoo temple. Lyman and his brother George stood guard over the bodies of Joseph and Hyrum Smith after they were martyred.
Lyman was a member of the first company under Brigham Young as they crossed the plains. He was one of the nine scouts in the advance party who rode into the Salt Lake Valley on July 22, 1847.
Eventually Lyman settled in Pond Town, Utah. He designed and built roads and canals. He was a successful lumberman and farmer. To honor Lyman, Pond Town was renamed to Salem, the name of the city where Lyman was born.
1850 Federal Census (Salt Lake City, Utah)
1880 Federal Census (Salem, Utah)
A surprise birthday party was held for Lyman and was documented in the Deseret News on February 9, 1881.
The Salt Lake Tribune announced the death of Lyman Curtis on August 11, 1898
Lyman Curtis died on August 5, 1898 and is buried in the Salem City Cemetery. The coordinates to his headstone are N 40° 02.337 W 111° 40.208. The green arrow in the map shows the location of his grave. Lyman Curtis is my 3rd Great Grandfather from the Goodman side of the family.
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