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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Review Volume of Biographical Sketches of The Leading Citizens of Hampshire County, Massachusetts published by Biographical Review Publishing Company in 1896.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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LYMAN W. CLAPP, an enterprising agriculturist of Westhampton, was born in that town, September 5, 1859, son of Reuben and Susan (Burt) Clapp. Mr. Clapp was reared on the family homestead to the occupation he follows. In his boyhood days he assisted on the farm in labors suitable for his years, while attending school in the neighborhood. After finishing with school, he gave his whole time to farm work, putting into practice the lessons in agriculture imparted by his father, and in time attained the skill and thoroughness which mark his farming to-day. His undertakings are invariably successful. With characteristic enterprise he has also established a substantial business in manufacturing lumber, owning and operating a saw-mill in this locality. He takes an earnest interest in public affairs, and is foremost in promoting all legitimate schemes designed for the advancement of the town or the county. For the past two years Mr. Clapp has held the office of Selectman and Assessor. He is also Road Commissioner, Field Driver, and Constable. Politically, he is a sound Republican. Both he and his wife are sincere and faithful members of the Congregational church.

On June 8, 1886, Mr. Clapp was united in marriage with Elizabeth Ewing, daughter of William Ewing. Their union has been blessed by the birth of four children, one of whom died in infancy. The others are: Herbert Wright, George Ewing, and Mary Elizabeth. He and his family reside on the old homestead with his parents, whose sunset years he is careful to see are spent in quietness and comfort.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the Biographical Review Volume of Biographical Sketches of The Leading Citizens of Hampshire County, Massachusetts published in 1896. 

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