; born in Durham, Conn.
, about 1716.
Educated at Yale College, he was a tutor there from 1738 to 1741.
He engaged in mercantile pursuits, but finally became a lawyer in Suffield
There he was a magistrate for some years, and took a conspicuous part in the disputes between Massachusetts
concerning the town of Suffield
At the breaking out of the French
and Indian War he was commander-in-chief of the Connecticut
forces; he built Fort Lyman (afterwards Fort Edward
), on the upper Hudson
, and fought and won the battle at the head of Lake George
In 1758 he served under General Abercrombie
, and was with Lord Howe when he was killed.
He was also at the capture of Crown Point
, and, in 1762, led provincial troops against Havana
In 1763 General Lyman
went to England
to get prizemoney for himself and fellow-officers and to solicit a grant of land on the Mississippi
for a company called “Military adventurers.”
He returned to America
in 1774, at which time a tract near Natchez
was granted to the petitioners; and thither he went with his eldest son, and died soon after reaching west Florida
, as the region was then called, near the present Natchez, Miss.
, Sept. 10, 1774.
The emigrants suffered great hardships, and on the conquest of the country by the Spaniards (1781-82) they took refuge in Savannah