Captain E. W. Lyen Obituary

SAM_4228 1Lyen monument in Spring Hill Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Thursday, July 13, 1905

Captain E. W. Lyen

Captain E. W. Lyen died last evening at 6:30 o’clock at his residence on Cane Run Avenue. He had been ill several months, during which time he was a great sufferer. He was one of the best known and best liked men in the county, a man of splendid impulses, upright and honest to an unusual degree. His death is deeply regretted, and his loss will be felt by the whole community. He was one of the few gallant Confederate soldiers left of the rapidly thinning ranks, and the Lost Cause was very near to his heart. It was through his untiring efforts and open handed generosity that the beautiful monument to the Confederate dead was erected in Spring Hill Cemetery. He was a trustee of the Kentucky Confederate Home. He little realized how soon and in what way it would stand a revered monument to his own memory. Mr. Lyen was 72 years of age and had never missed a Confederate reunion until the one in Louisville last month, when he was too ill to attend. He is survived by a devoted wife, who was Miss Susan Holman, and by one daughter, Mrs. Cora Sharp, of Vanarsdell. The lives of few men have left such a deep impression upon the people among whom they lived. From moderate circumstances he rose to be one of the wealthiest men in the county, and his death has caused universal sorrow. No funeral arrangements had been made when we went to press.


E. W. Lyen, 1833-1905

3 replies »

  1. What a lovely monument and beautiful view. The obituaries you post help us to have a glimpse into the lives of many wonderful people. My great grandmother, grandparents, parents, sister, and many aunts, uncles and cousins are buried in this historical cemetery. It is truly one of the most interesting and beautiful cemeteries I have ever sen. Thank you again. Marilyn in Atlanta

  2. “Many Thanks” for posting this information. This is my Great-Great Grandfather. I am James Paxton Lyen of Vernon County, Missouri.

    • **Correction**
      E.W. Lyen is my Great-Grandfather’s Brother, hence he would be my Great Uncle. James Paxton Lyen of Vernon County, Missouri i.e. Nevada, Missouri.

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