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Lucy Lyon Lord papers

Identifier: MS 0566

Scope and Contents

The Lucy Thomas Lord Papers consist primarily of correspondences from Lord and her husband Edward Clemens Lord. While a few are addressed to her brother, Aaron E. Lyon and discuss religious matters, the majority of the letters are addressed to her aunt, Mary Lyon, concerning the Lord's trip to China. Later letters, which are included in a letterbook, describe her travels to and her missionary service in Ningpo, China. This collection also includes a biography entitled "The Memoirs of Mrs. Lucy T. Lord," published in 1854, and additional biographical information, as well as a drawing of her that probably dates from 1840-1846. e


  • 1835-1854

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Biographical Note

Lucy Thomas Lyon was born in February 15, 1817 in Buckland, Massachusetts in 1817 to Armilla Alden Lyon and Aaron Lyon, the brother of Mary Lyon. Though she moved to Stockton, New York with her family, she returned to attend school at Franklin Academy in Shelburne, Massachusetts. Lyon taught in Shelburne and nearby towns before enrolling at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. After graduating in 1840, she taught in Stockton for one year then returned to Mount Holyoke as a teacher. She married the Rev. Edward Clemens Lord in 1846 and accompianied him to Ningpo, China where the Lords worked as missionaries for seven years. She had two children both of whom died before the age of two. Because of her own poor health she and her husband returned to the United States in 1853. She visited friends in New England and her sister Rosina Dayfort in Ohio. Lyon died of intestinal tuberculosis and tetanus at her mother's home in Fredonia, New York on May 5, 1853.


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Lord, Lucy Thomas Lyon, 1817-1853; Teacher and missionary. Mount Holyoke Female Seminary graduate, 1840. Mount Holyoke Female Seminary teacher, 1841-1846. Papers contain correspondence, letterbook and a biography. Primarily consisting of letters to her brother regarding her religious life and to Mary Lyon, her aunt, about her mission work in China.


Arranged in 3 series. Series 1. Correspondence. Series 2. Biographical Information. Series 3. Drawings.

Lord papers, 1835-1854.
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