WAGS TREASURER SUSAN LYMAN ©by Janice B. Edwards
Mrs. Susan Morris Lyman is current Treasurer of the Society. A native Welsh/Italian descendant resident to Poultney in the Vermont Slate Valley, Susan and her husband have a son and a daughter and two grandchildren. A graduate of two Rutland County, Vermont colleges, she holds an Associates Degree in Library Media and a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. She is retired Library Media Specialist at both the Castleton Elementary and Castleton Village schools, a position that she held for the majority of her working career.
Lyman said that now that her family is growing and in between her family and friends commitments, she has begun to undertake the project of researching the ancestry of both of her late parents. Lyman said one set of her grandparents came to the Poultney community from Italy. They are remembered by many in Poultneyís business history as the couple who owned and operated the shoe repair business in the village.
Lyman said her great grandparents through her fatherís family emigrated from the Island of Anglesey, North Wales and that line includes heritage to the villages and parishes of Llanrug, Llanbeblig, Llangaffo, Llan RhŰs, Llanidan, Llanddeiniel, Llangeinwen and Llanfihangel dating back to the late 1700's, and earlier. In the Vermont/New York Slate Valley, the family resided in Vermont in Fair Haven, South Poultney and Poultney as well as in nearby Jamesville, New York. Lymanís late father, a fluent Welsh speaker, worked locally for many years as an electrician and upon retiring from that, he was employed through the 1970s as a clerk at a local store and often assisted Welsh speaking customers. Lymanís history records another ancestor, Griffith G. Morris, as one of the first deacons as well as the Church Treasurer at the historic South Poultney Welsh Chapel.
Lyman explained that many relatives from both sides of her family still reside in the local area and some have already undertaken some of the family research including a distant cousin who lived and taught history in Wales for many years. She is looking forward to delving deeper into that research already begun and eventually to taking a trip to Wales to learn more about her ancestry. She said she also looks forward to learning more about her Italian ancestry as well as that of her husbandís family which is a mixture of many Nations including Irish and French.
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