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Ancestor Story – Lyman Stoddard Skeen – 52 Ancestors

Lyman Stoddard Skeen

Lyman Stoddard Skeen is my 3rd great grandfather.  He was born 18 December 1850 in Keg Creek, Pottawatomie, Iowa to Joseph Skeen and Maria Amanda Dolby.  Joseph and Maria were both born in Pennsylvania.  In 1839 they joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  After their baptism they took their young family and moved several times with the other members of their new church eventually settling in present day Lehi, Utah.  Lyman was born during their westward migration.

At the tender age of four, Lyman’s mother died.  Eight months later his father remarried Rhoda Sanford.  In March of 1859 the Skeen family moved to Plain City, Weber, Utah where Lyman would live the remainder of his life.  He was a farmer and also worked in the construction of both irrigation canals and railroads.  He gave much of his time to public service.

Lyman married Electa Philomelia Dixon in Salt Lake City in the year 1870.  Together they had eleven children.  Electa died in 1891 and in 1892 Lyman married Annie Skelton.  Lyman and Annie had eight children.  That’s 19 children in all folks – 19!  I descend from Lyman and Electa’s son Joseph Skeen.

Lyman died at mid-day, the 4th of April 1933 in Ogden, Weber, Utah.

11 thoughts on “Ancestor Story – Lyman Stoddard Skeen – 52 Ancestors”

  1. It’s amazing how large some families were back then. It must have been very interesting and exciting to be part of the Church of Latter Day Saints during its early years.

    1. I agree, it’s hard to imagine having a family of 21. Families were often so large back then. I imagine it was both interesting and exciting to be part of a young church. There are certainly some amazing stories of their experiences.

  2. im a decendant of Lyman and Annies Daughter Eliza. She was my great grandmother. My grandmother is Helen Freestone (tinsley)

  3. I am also related to Lyman Stddard Skeen. His daughter Annie Ivey is my great grandmother. Do you know if the Skeen house in Plain City is still standing?

    1. Hi there! Sorry I’m so slow. I’ve been very ill. I don’t know if it is. But there is another blog I think it’s called Skeen Cousins. They might know. Best to you!

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