Beulah Chittenden1,2,3

ID# 1033, (1764 - 1824)
FatherGov. Thomas Chittenden1,2,3 (6 Jan 1729/30 - 25 Aug 1797)
MotherElizabeth Meigs1,3,4 (17 Oct 1731 - 14 Oct 1817)

Key Events:

Birth: 15 May 1764, Guilford, New Haven Co, Connecticut5,6,7
Marriage: Matthew Lyon, Aug 1784, Vermont9,10,11
Death: 6 Feb 1824, Little Rock, Arkansas12,13,14,15,16
Burial: Riverview Cemetery, Eddyville, Caldwell Co., Kentucky2

Spouse:Capt. Elijah George Galusha (23 Oct 1757 - 26 May 1783)
     Children:

Spouse:Matthew Lyon (14 Jul 1749 - 1 Aug 1822)
     Children:

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     Beulah Chittenden was born on 15 May 1764, reportedly in Guilford, New Haven Co, Connecticut, but that seems questionable since her parents had moved to Salisbury in 1751.5,6,7
     Beulah married first Capt. Elijah George Galusha, son of Jacob Galusha and Lydia Huntington.8
     Her husband died on 26 May 1783 in Arlington, Vermont.17,18 She was named adminstratrix for her first husband's estate, along with his brother Jacob. After advertising in the newspaper they met debtors and creditors in her home in Arlington on 2 Mar 1784 to settle his affairs.19
     Beulah married second Matthew Lyon in Aug 1784 in Vermont.9,10,11
     She was part of the second party her second husband lead moving from Vermont to Eddyville, Kentucky. They traveled by wagon to western Pennsylvania, where they boarded flatbed boats and floated down the Ohio River to the Cumberland River to their new home, arriving 15 Jun 1801.20,21,22 For details, please see The Trek from Vermont to the Kentucky Wilderness.
     In 1820 President Monroe, an old friend of Matthew, appointed him to be the United States factor (agent) to the Cherokee Nation in the Arkansas Territory. Matthew and Beulah moved to a two-story log home on the bluff overlooking the Arkansas River, at Sparda Creek, about 100 miles north of Little Rock.23,24,25
     Beulah was named an heir in the will of Aurelia Lyon, her daughter, dated 15 Sep 1821, to receive her negro girl Jane.26 She died on 6 Feb 1824 in Little Rock, Arkansas, at age 59. While several sources show her death in 1821, based on the date on her tombstone, I believe that the final digit of the year, eroded by weather, was original a "4" and is now mis-read as a "1."12,13,14,15,16 She was buried in Riverview Cemetery, Eddyville, Caldwell Co., Kentucky.2

Citations

  1. [S3143] Historical Collections Relating to the Town of Salisbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut, vol 1 pg 40.
  2. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial #6549965, Beulah Chittenden Lyon.
  3. [S3166] Talsott, Chittenden Family, pg 35.
  4. [S3167] Mackenzie, Colonial Families of the United States, 4:86.
  5. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial #6549965, Beulah Chittenden Lyon, shows date, town, county, and state.
  6. [S3143] Historical Collections Relating to the Town of Salisbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut, vol 1 pg 40, shows date.
  7. [S3167] Mackenzie, Colonial Families of the United States, 4:86, shows date, as 23 May 1763.
  8. [S4195] Biographical Encyclopeadia of Vermont, pg 77, shows him as her first husband.
  9. [S49] Freeman, Family File "David and Deborah.GED," 31 Jul 1998, shows month, year, and state.
  10. [S4195] Biographical Encyclopeadia of Vermont, pg 77, shows him as her second husband.
  11. [S3166] Talsott, Chittenden Family, pg 35, shows married.
  12. [S2801] Miller, "Re: Death date for Beulah Chittenden Lyon," e-mail to author, 9 May 2005, notes that the "Lyon County Cemetery Book" lists the date as Feb. 6, 1821, and states that is the date on the tombstone. But states that a copy of Chittenden Lyon's Bible she received from another descendant shows the entry "Beulah Lyon, his mother, near Eddyville, February 5th [could be 6th, as there is a smudge over this part], 1824, the 60th year of her age."
  13. [S826] Lyon letter to Witherell, 5 Apr 1828, shows she survived her husband by 18 months.
  14. [S49] Freeman, Family File "David and Deborah.GED," 31 Jul 1998, shows date, as 7 Feb 1824, and location as Little Rock, Arkansas.
  15. [S2309] Lyon County Historical Society, Cemeteries of Lyon County, pg 277, shows date, as Feb. 6 (?) 1821.
  16. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial #6549965, Beulah Chittenden Lyon, shows date, as 6 Feb 1821, and location as Eddyville, Lyon Co., Kentucky.
  17. [S3142] "Lamentable Catastrophe!," Vermont Gazette or Freemans Depository, 5 Jun 1783, article date lined Arlington, May 3_, 17__ [edge crumpled and only partly readable], shows death as "last Monday evening," and cause.
  18. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial #12338504, Capt Elijah Galusha, shows date, and includes photo of tombstone showing same.
  19. [S3144] Notice, Vermont Gazette or Freemans Depository, 21 Feb 1784.
  20. [S1952] Walker, Profiles of the Past, pg 29.
  21. [S2385] Matthew Lyon letter to Jefferson, 12 Aug 1801, shows date he and the family arrived in Eddyville.
  22. [S686] Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, online, record for Lyon, Matthew, (1749 - 1822), shows he moved to Kentucky in 1801 and settled in Caldwell (now Lyon) County.
  23. [S1952] Walker, Profiles of the Past, pg 32, describes Lyon's appointment by President Monroe and move to Arkansas.
  24. [S686] Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, online, record for Lyon, Matthew, (1749 - 1822), shows he was appointed United States factor to the Cherokee Nation in Arkansas Territory in 1820.
  25. [S4543] Battle, Perrin and Kniffin, Kentucky - A History of the State, pg 858, shows he was agent for the Cherokees in Arkansas.
  26. [S875] Caldwell Co. Wills,, A:392, Aurelia Skinner will, 15 Sep 1821.
  27. [S3427] General Index to Vital Records of Vermont, record for Elijah Galusha, prepared by Arlington town clerk.
  28. [S826] Lyon letter to Witherell, 5 Apr 1828, shows Elijah as his half-brother, with surname Galusha.
  29. [S3427] General Index to Vital Records of Vermont, record for Lorenda Galusha, prepared by Arlington town clerk.
  30. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial #12338499, Lorenda Galusha, shows her as their daugher, and includes photo of tombstone showing same.
  31. [S49] Freeman, Family File "David and Deborah.GED," 31 Jul 1998.
  32. [S826] Lyon letter to Witherell, 5 Apr 1828, shows she was his "own sister," presumably as opposed to the half-siblings also mentioned.
  33. [S875] Caldwell Co. Wills,, B:57-9, Chittenden Lyon Will, 21 Nov 1842, shows her as his sister.
  34. [S4543] Battle, Perrin and Kniffin, Kentucky - A History of the State, pg 858.
  35. [S826] Lyon letter to Witherell, 5 Apr 1828, shows she was his sister.
  36. [S875] Caldwell Co. Wills,, A:392, Aurelia Skinner will, 15 Sep 1821, shows Beaulah Lyon as her mother.
  37. [S826] Lyon letter to Witherell, 5 Apr 1828, shows as his brother.
  38. [S875] Caldwell Co. Wills,, B:57-9, Chittenden Lyon Will, 21 Nov 1842, shows him as his brother.