Life and Journal of Eliza Maria Partridge Smith Lyman
American Women's Diaries (Western Women) [Microfilm]
New Canaan, Conn.
Readex Film Products
Reel 6, UTHS0063
Published between 1988-1991.
February 9, 1846 to December 23, 1885. Initially, Lyman writes daily entries, but illness and travel cause gaps. Gaps in the record increase as she ages, sometimes skipping years at a time. Lyman was a polygamous wife of Amasa Lyman. She writes of her experiences living in a less-than-ideal polygamous marriage. As her husband was an apostle, numerous people of note stream in and out of her entries. Of special note is a poem from Eliza R. Snow to Lyman on the anniversary of her son's death. Lyman records her journey from Winter Quarters, Nebraska to the Salt Lake Valley, including delivering another son, Platte D. Lyman, in the back of a wagon. She records daily activities and, as she ages and moves to Oak Creek, Utah, the entries become more sporadic, describing special events such as births, marriages, illnesses, and deaths.