Person Sheet

Name Dr. Lyman W. Trask
Birth 1809, Otsego, New York
Death 25 Jan 1863
Burial Baptist Cemetery, Garrettsville, Portage, Ohio34
Occupation Doctor, newspaper publisher
Father Freeman Trask (?1787-1833)
Mother Hannah Knapp (1790->1850)
1 Lucy Mix
Birth 8 Feb 1809, Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut
Death 8 Nov 1881, Hiram, Portage, Ohio
Occupation Housewife
Father Sgt. Josiah Mix (1754-1845)
Mother Keziah Royce (?1768-1850)
Marriage 29 Jan 1829, Atwater, Portage, Ohio35
Children: Homer (1830-~1890)
Henry Dwight (1832-1913)
Lyman W. Jr. (1836-<1881)
Charles W. (1838-1880)
Mary J. (1838-<1881)
Medical Notes for Dr. Lyman W. Trask
He died suddenly while out of town according to Betty Widger, but she couldn't locate the reference.
Misc. Notes
We have a considerable number of details on his life from various sources28,36, [letter from Hiram College archivist - ref],37.

He was one of the first doctors in Portage Co., Ohio. I don't know if he studied with one of the other doctors in Portage County (as often occurred a that time) or whether he went to one of the few medical schools/colleges which existed.

He published a short-lived newspaper, entitled "The Western Pearl", which was described as being quite literary (Upton, Harriet Taylor, 1910, History of the Western Reserve, Chicago, IL: The Lewis Publishing Company, p.685). In 1937 copies of issues from Jan to May 15, 1835, were found in American library archival holdings.

He also was indicted in 1834 for running a tavern without a license36.

He was involved in raising money for founding the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute (later Hiram College), in Hiram, Ohio. He served as Secretary on the Board of Trustees from the founding in 1850 until his death in 1863.

He was listed in the 1851 voting rolls for Hiram Township, Portage Co., Ohio 38. He was the "local doctor" in Hiram and had much dealing with the townspeople and students, including Chester A. Garfield 39, who had been a student at the "Eclectic" with Lyman's son Henry, then later instructor and President of the Eclectic and later state senator and Congressman for the area. Lyman's estate shows a bill owed from Garfield.

I don't have proof that he was Freeman Trask's son, but Lyman was born in New York, which is where Freeman Trask emigrated from to Ohio 40. Freeman Trask originally settled in Thorndike (later Brimfield) Twp. in Portage Co., not far from Atwater, where Lucy Mix grew up, which accounts for their meeting. Lyman and Freeman Trask both resided in Nelson in the early 1830s and when Freeman suddenly died "leaving a large family", Lyman shows an abrupt increase in the number of children he is sending to the county schools.

I think that the W. in Lyman W. Trask's name stands for William, since there seems to be a tradition of naming children for close relatives in the family at this time. Note that both his brother Daniel K. F. Trask and his nephew William Trask (son of brother Calvin S. Trask), named sons after Lyman W. Trask. Both died young, as apparently happened to Lyman W. Trask, Jr.

He was living in Nelson Twp., Portage Co., at the times of the 1830 and 1840 U.S. censuses. Freeman Trask was the second listing before his in the 1830 census.

The 1850 census showed him living in Hiram, listed as a physician, with his wife Lucy having real estate worth $600. He was listed between James E. Udall and Zeb Rodolph.

They were still living in Hiram in 1860 and he was listed as a physician and druggist, with a personal estate of $500. Lucy's real estate holdings were valued at $1200. Several listings before his was that of Zeb Rodolph, who had his son-in-law James A. Garfield, Professor of Languages at the Eclectic Institute and future President of the United States living with him.

Lyman W. Trask died abruptly fairly young, at age 54. His father also died abruptly at a young age, as did his brother Calvin S. Trask (quite young).

See the discussion under Lyman W. Trask, Jr., and Charles W. Trask, regarding their possible identity.

His gravestone reads " L.W. Trask M.D. died Jan. 25, 1863 age 55 yrs."
28, 40, 36, 38, 37
[letter from Hiram College archivist - ref]
Portage Co., Ohio, probate records (LDS FHL microfilm ___),
Green, F.W., History of Hiram College
1830 U.S. census, Portage Co., Ohio, r. 38, p. 228
1840 U.S. census, Portage Co., Ohio, r. 19, p. 203
1850 U.S. census, Portage Co., Ohio, r. 722, p. 7
1860 U.S. census, Portage Co., Ohio, r. 1025, p. 124
Notes for Lucy (Spouse 1)
The Portage County, Ohio, probate court records have a lawsuit between Syna[?] P. Young, who apparently took care of Lucy in the last few years of her life and her sons. This is recorded in the Probate Court Docket as Syna P. Young, Administrator of the esate of Lucy M. Trask, deceased, plaintiff, against Homer Trask, Henry D. Trask, Howard B. Trask, and Allison H. Trask, Defendents.41
28, 36
Probate records
1830 U.S. census, Portage Co., Ohio, r. 38, p. 228
1840 U.S. census, Portage Co., Ohio, r. 19, p. 203
1850 U.S. census, Portage Co., Ohio, r. 722, p. 7
1860 U.S. census, Portage Co., Ohio, r. 1025, p. 124
1880 U.S. census, Portage Co., Ohio, r. 527, p. 127C
Notes for Lyman W. & Lucy (Family)
Widger misreads Lyman's surname, giving it as Frank.35
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