Biography of Daniel F. Wyman
Daniel F. Wyman, a successful lumber dealer of Henniker and an ex-member of the New Hampshire legislature, was born in the southern part of this town, November 29, 1826. His maternal ancestors were early settlers in New Hampshire. Moses Harriman, his great-grandfather, Plaistow in 1736. His grandparents, Eldad and Lydia (White) Harriman, who were industrious farming people, lived to be eighty-four years old. Daniel resided with his grandparents until he was sixteen or seventeen years old. Then he learned daguerreotyping; and, after following it for a time, he sold out his apparatus and became a clerk for James Peverly in Concord. A year later he was employed in the same capacity in Henniker. Subsequently Mr. Wyman visited Ohio for the purpose of seeing the country. In 1849 he formed a partnership with Jonas Wallace, the father of Judge Robert M. Wallace, of Milford, and for some years was engaged in a general mercantile business in Henniker. He then returned to the farm for the purpose of managing the property and caring for his aged grandparents and mother. After the death of the former he settled the estate. He then took up his residence in Henniker village, bought timber lands, and established himself in the lumber business, which he has since successfully followed. He erected houses in Henniker and Manchester with lumber which he cut and sawed. He has invested to a considerable extent in city property in Los Angeles, Cal., which he visited eight years ago, spending several months in sight-seeing upon the Pacific slope. He spent the winter of 1875 and 1876 in Florida. In politics he is a Republican. He has been quite active in local affairs. He has served as Supervisor; and he represented this town in the legislature of 1883, serving upon the Insurance Committee.
In 1853 Mr. Wyman first joined in marriage with Mary E. Coggswell, who died in 1879. She was a daughter of George W. Coggswell, Henniker. Mr. Wyman contracted a second marriage on January 10, 1882, with Harriet Strobridge, who was born in Meriden village, town of Plainfield, Sullivan County, N.H., daughter of Oliver B. and Lucinda (Spaulding) Strobridge. Her father died when she was ten years old. Prior to her marriage Mrs. Wyman was a milliner in St. Johnsbury, Vt., and in Manchester, N.H. Her mother, Mrs. Strobridge, resides with her. Mr. Wyman is a member of Crescent Lodge and Encampment of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He has been quite active in the affairs of the lodge, and was at one time a member of the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire.