Genealogical & Family History of Northern, NY
Pages 278-287

William Richard Cutter, A. M.
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HUFCUT. John Hufcut, immigrant ancestor, was born in Holland. He came to Dutchess county, New York, before the Revolution and served in the American Army in the Fifth New York Regiment of militia under Major Brinton Paine, Adjutant Isaac Crane, and his name appears in the list of those entitled to bounty land. (Page 246, New York Revolutionary Rolls.) He probably died before 1790, for in the first federal census, taken in that year, his name does not appear, and the only one of the family given is William, presumably an older son, who was living in Washington, Dutchess County, and had one son under sixteen and three females in his families. John also had a son George, mentioned below. The spelling Hufcut is an Americanized form. In the Revolutionary Rolls it is given Hofcoat, and in the census Hoefoot. The original spelling is not known.

(II) George, son of John Hufcut, was born about 1775, in Dover. He settled in Dover, Dutchess County, and married Hannah Benson, who was born in that town. They had a son, John B., mentioned below.

(III) John B., son of George Hufcut, was born in 1800, in Dover, Dutchess County, New York. He married there in February, 1827, Mary Simpson, who was born in Connecticut. They settled about the time of their marriage in Denmark, Lewis County, New York. Among their children was Henry, mentioned below.

(IV) Henry, son of John B. Hufcut, was born February 11, 1834, in Denmark, Lewis County, New York, and was educated there in the common schools. He worked on his father's farm as a boy and continued to follow farming until the Civil War. He enlisted in 1862 in Company A, Twentieth New York Regiment of Volunteers, and took part in some of the bloodiest battles, and was in many engagement. At the close of the war he resumed his occupation of farming and continued throughout his active life. He settled at Rushford, Minnesota. He died August 15, 1907. In politics he was a lifelong Democrat and earnestly supported the principles and candidates of his party. He married, December 27, 1867, at Foun-

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tain City, Wisconsin, Elizabeth, born at Claremont, New Hampshire, December 9, 1843, daughter of Edward and Mary (Bradstreet) Blanchfield. Her father died at Spokane, Washington, in 1909; her mother at Rushford, Minnesota, in 1868. Children: 1. Mary, born November 5, 1868; married, in 1889, William Crowder; she died January 24, 1908; children: Floyd H., Edith M., George, Winona, Blanche V. and Henry H. Crowder. 2. George E., mentioned below. 3. William, April 20, 1873, died November 30, 1885. 4. Herbert, 1883, died November 25, 1885.

(V) George E., son of Henry Hufcut, was born at Rushford, Minnesota, July 3, 1870. After receiving his education he entered the employ of J. H. Elsaser as manager and organizer of stores at Boonville, Watertown, Ogdensburg, and other points. After two years he became traveling salesman for the same employer and covered the territory of New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio. In 1902 he resigned to build and equip a general store in the village of Casterland, New York, and he has achieved a notable success in this business. His store is large and well stocked and admirably adapted for handling the large trade that it has attracted. Mr. Hufcut's courtesy, consideration and personality have brought him personal popularity as well as trade, and he takes rank among the foremost and most influential merchants of the community. In politics he is a Democrat and possesses a large influence in his party. He was democratic nominee for assemblyman from the Lewis County district in 1906. He was delegate from this county to the Democratic State Convention at Rochester in 1908, and served on the committee to draft the party platform. He has been one of the leaders of his party and of public affairs for many years. He belongs to Denmark Grange, Patrons of Husbandry and Natural Bridge Lodge of Odd Fellows. He and his family attend the Castorland Baptist Church.

He married, April 20, 1898, Edith, born at Denmark, May 16, 1873, daughter of Jacob and Caroline (Barrett) Buxton. Jacob Buxton was born at Deerfield, Oneida County, New York, April 10, 1820, son of James and Mary Buxton, who came from Holland and settled In Oneida County, New York, when it was little more than a wilderness. Jacob Buxton was educated in the public schools, and learned the trade of carpenter and joiner, following it all his active life. He was a man of strict integrity, and by his honesty, uprightness and industry, won the confidence and respect of the community in which most of his life was spent. He was a skillful craftsman and excelled by none of his competitors as a builder. He erected some of the principal buildings of Denmark and vicinity, and many dwelling houses and other structures. In politics Mr. Buxton was an earnest Republican, and he took a keen interest in public affairs. He died at Castorland, May 12, 1890. Mr. Buxton married, in Denmark, 1863, Caroline Barrett, who was born in Evans Mills, Jefferson County, New York, June 21, 1836, daughter of James and Eddice (Bassett) Barrett. The Barrett and Bassett families came to northern New York from Vermont, whither they came a generation or two earlier from Massachusetts, of old colonial stock. Caroline (Barrett) Buxton died at Castorland, April 6, 1910. Jacob and Caroline Buxton had children: 1. Eugene S. 2. Dora B. 3. Carrie D. 4. Charles G. 5. Ardell M. 6. James H. 7. Ernest B. 8. Herbert G., 9. John m. 10. Edith Buxton. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Hufcut: 1. Ernest H., born October 8, 1906, died in infancy. 2. William Harwood, born April 3, 1910.

SMITH. Stephen Smith settled in Lyman, New Hampshire, before 1790. He signed a petition of the inhabitants of Lyman and vicinity for help to build a road October 11, 1790. According to the first federal census in 1790 he had four sons under sixteen and four females in his family. In the adjoining

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town of Bath Joseph smith reported with three males over sixteen, three under that age and three females; also James who had no children. Joseph and James were probably related to Stephen. A Gad Smith was grantee of Lyman, but we do not know that he settled there. The records do not give a clue to the ancestry of Stephen. He died when his children were young and they were apprenticed to various farmers in Lyman. Another smith family of Lyman and chesterfield came from Leicester, Massachusetts; the personal names are similar, but proof is lacking that they were of the same branch. Reuben, one of the sons, was apprenticed to William Miner and the widow lived with this family. Children, as given by the history of Lyman: 1. Reuben, born 1790, died at Lyman, August 23, 1868; married Lydia Hall. 2. Samuel, married Mehitable Knapp and had a family at Lyman. 3. Ethan, born 1748; ancestor of a prominent family (see Biographical Review of Grafton County, p. 94). 4. Stephen, born 1789; died in 1851; had two children. 5. Nathan, born June 8, 1793, mentioned below. 6. Mrs. Bailey Clough. 7. Mrs. Enoch Clough. 8. Mrs. John Moulton.

(II) Nathan, son of Stephen Smith, was born at Lyman, June 8, 1793, died August 25, 1834. He worked for various farmer in Lyman when a boy and attended the district school. He settled in the adjacent town of Colebrook, New Hampshire. He married, at Lyman, June 9, 1818, by Caleb Emery, Esquire, Dorcas S. Parker, born June 9, 1800. Children: 1. Russell Willard, mentioned below. 2. Chilson P., born July 6, 1820; died 1829. 3. Ira B., October 5, 1821; died 1822. 4. Nathan F., August 18, 1823. 5. Ethan, August 8, 1820; died 1830. 6. Samuel C. P., January 25, 1831. Dorcas S. (Parker) Smith married (second) in 1843, Samuel Titus and had one child. 7. Candance Titus, born February 5, 1841, died April 24, 1844.

(III) Russell Willard, son of Nathan Smith, was born in Colebrook, New Hampshire, March 29, 1819; died at Hopkintown, New York, December 10, 1880. At the age of sixteen he went to work as a lumberman in the woods of New Hampshire and later in Vermont. He married, in 1843, Susan Chase, a native of Stafford, New Hampshire, born July 19, 1821, daughter of John chase, born at West Newbury, Massachusetts, July 3, 1790, died January 8, 1866. (See Chase XII). They resided in Vermont until 1853 when they removed to Hopkintown, St. Lawrence County, New York. After his death his widow resided there with her son, Moses F. Smith. Children: 1. Wilbur, born May 22, 1844. 2. Moses E., August 27, 1848, mentioned below. 3. Zorah, June 26, 1848; lives at Colton, New York, with brother. 4. Willard Russell, June 16, 1850; lives at Heuvelton, New York. 5. Riley, April 10, 1852; died May 10, 1863. 6. Dorcas Annette, June 7, 1855; died April 3, 1856. 7. Celon, January 24, 1858; died September 17, 1861.

(IV) Moses Emery, son of Russell Willard Smith, was born at Morgan, Vermont, August 27, 1846. He was seven years old when he came with his parents to Hopkinton, New York, and at twelve he began to work regularly on the farm of his father. He attended common schools and in 1875 began the study of medicine in the office of Dr. Cooke, of Stockholm, graduating from the medical department of the University of Vermont at Burlington, Vermont, in the class of 1878. In the same year he located at Colton, New York, and after seven years removed to Heuvelton, New York, where he practiced the next five years. He returned to Colton in 1890 and has actively and successfully followed his profession there since that date. In politics he is a Republican and he has served the town of Colton two years in the board of supervisors of the county. He was health officer of the town for several years, and has been chairman of the Republican town committee. He is a member of the St. Lawrence County Medical Association, and has been

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vice-president, president and delegate to the state society. He is also a member of the Northern New York Medical Society. He is a member of the High Falls Lodge, No. 428, Free and Accepted Masons; of St. Lawrence Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, of Potsdam; of St. Lawrence Commandery, Knight Templar; of the Maccabees of Colton, and of the Independent Order of Foresters of Colton. He married, March 5, 1879, Lorena Jane, daughter of Amos Perkins, of Stockholm, New York. Children: 1. Myrtle A., born at Colton, September 24, 1881; married Eldon Bullis, a farmer at Colton, child, Lorena Victoria, born October 4, 1906. 2. Harold M., October 1, 1888; resided at home. Mrs. Smith died April 29, 1893.

(The Chase Line).

The Chase family is of ancient English origin, derived undoubtedly from the French word, chasser, to hunt. The ancestral seat of the branch of the family from which the American line is descended was at Chesham, Buckingham, England, through which runs a rapidly flowing river, the Chess, which gives the name to the place. The chase arms: Gales four crosses patonce argent, two and two, on a canton azure a lion rampant or.

(I) Thomas Chase, of Chesham, was descended from an ancient family there.

(II) John Chase was also of Chesham.

(III) Mathew Chase, was of Chesham; married Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Bould. Children: 1. Richard. 2. Francis. 3. John. 4. Mathew. 5. Thomas, mentioned below. 6. Ralph. 7. William. 8. Bridget.

(IV) Thomas Chase was of the Hundrich in Parish Chesham. Children: 1. John, baptized November 30, 1540. 2. Richard, baptized August 3, 1544; mentioned below. 3. Agnes, baptized January 9, 1551. 4. William. 5. Christian.

(V) Richard, son of Thomas Chase, was born in Hundrich and baptized August 3, 1542; married, April 16, 1564, Joan Bishop. Children, baptized at Hundrich: 1. Robert, September 2, 1565. 2. Henry, August 10, 1567. 3. Lydia, October 4, 1573. 4. Ezekiel, April 2, 1575. 5. Dorcas, March 2, 1578. 6. Aquila, August 14, 1580; mentioned below. 7. Jason, January 13, 1583. 8. Thomas, July 18, 1585. 9. Abigail, January 12, 1588. 10. Mordecai, July 31, 1591.

(VI) Aquila, son of Richard Chase, was baptized at Hundrich, August 14, 1580. Children: 1. Thomas. 2. Aquila, mentioned below.

(VII) Aquila (2), son of Aquila (1) Chase, was born in England, in 1618, and was the American immigrant. He was a mariner, probably employed by his uncle or brother, Thomas chase, who was in 1626 part owner of the ship "John and Francis". He as of Hampton, New Hampshire, as early as 1640; removed to Newbury, Massachusetts, in 1646, when he had four acres granted for a house lot and six acres of marsh, on condition that he got to sea and do service in the town with a boar four years. He and his wife and David Wheeler were "fined for gathering pease on the Sabbath", but were admonished and the fine remitted in September, 1646. He was a shipmaster, and died December 27, 1670. He married Anne, daughter of John Wheeler. She married (second) June 14, 1672, Daniel Mussiloway, and died in May, 1688. Children: 1. Sarah. 2. Anna, born July 6, 1647. 3. Priscilla, March 14, 1649. 4. Mary, February 3, 1651. 5. Aquila, September 17, 1652. 6. Thomas, July 25, 1654, mentioned below. 7. John, November 2, 1655. 8. Elizabeth, September 13, 1657. 9. Ruth, March 18,m 1660. 10, Daniel, December 9, 1661. 11. Moses, December 24, 1663.

(VIII) Thomas, son of Aquila (2) chase, was born July 25, 1654, at Newbury, and died in 1733. He married, November 22, 1677, Rebecca, daughter of Thomas Follansbee; (second) August 2, 1713, Elizabeth Mowers. Children: 1. Thomas, September 15, 1680. 2. Jonathan, January 13,

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1683, died young. 3. James, September 15, 1685. 4. Aquila, July 15, 1688. 5. Ruth, February 28m 1691. 6. Mary, January 15, 1695. 7. Josiah, July 15, 1697. 8. Rebecca, April 26, 1700. 9. Nathan, mentioned below. 10. Jonathan.

(IX) Nathan, son of Thomas Chase, was born in Newbury, in 1794. He married (first) November 29, 1723, Judith Sawyer; (second) December 30, 1740, Joanna Chesney; (third) January 9, 1763 Ruth Davis. Children of first wife, born at Newbury: 1. Nathan, January 28, 1725. 2. Mary, November 1, 1727. 3. Moses, March 31, 1729. 4. John, July 27, 1731, mentioned below. 5. Judith, April 1, 1734. 6. Josiah, September, 1736. By second wife: 7. Moses, September 21, 1741. 8. Lydia, September 25, 1742. 9. Parker, February 28, 1745. 10. Edmund, June 21, 1748. 11. Stephen, July 16, 1750. 12, Jonathan, December 5, 1751.

(X) John, son of Nathan Chase, was born July 27, 1731. He married Hannah, born October 25, 1725, died November 2, 1753, daughter of Samuel and Hannah (Woodman) Plummer; Sylvanus (3), Samuel (2), Francis (1). They had a son John, mentioned below.

(XI) John (2), son of John (1) Chase, married Molly Emery, and had a son, John, mentioned below.

(XII) John (3), son of John (2) chase, married Olive Davis, and their daughter Susan married Russell Willard Smith (see Smith III).

BABCOCK. James Babcock, immigrant ancestor, was born in England in 1612, probably in county Essex, and died June 12, 1679. The name is spelled in various ways, Babcock, Badcooks, Badcooke, and Badcock. The early settlers used the spelling Badcock, which is the form in general use in England at the present time. The American family uses the spelling Babcock. James settled first in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and was admitted as an inhabitant of the town February 25, 1642. He had a grant of land and was admitted a freeman July 10, 1643. He was juryman several times; assessor in 1650; was on committee in 1642 to see that all firearms were in repair, and in 1655 to treat with the Indians, and other important committees. He deputy to the general court in 1657-58-59. He removed to Westerly, Rhode Island, in March, 1662, and his name appears on a petition for protection from the men of Southertown, Connecticut. He was in constant trouble with the Pequot Indians, and was brought into court on a charge of driving them off their planting ground. In 1678 he was baptized by elder William Hiscox, and untied with the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Newport and Westerly. He mad a verbal will to his sons John and Job, June 12, 1679, and they appeared before the governor September 17, 1679, to testify to the truth of the will, showing that he died between those dates. He married (first) Sarah -------------, who died 1665; (second) Elizabeth ------------, who married (second) September 22, 1679. William Johnson. Children of first wife: 1. James, born 1641. 2. John, 1644, mentioned below. 3. Job. 4. Mary. By second wife: 5. Joseph. 6. Nathaniel. 7. Elizabeth.

(II) John, son of James Babcock, was born in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, in 1644, and died at Westerly, in 1685. Tradition says that he and his wife eloped and settled upon the east bank of the Pawtucket River. He was an early settler of Westerly when he was about eighteen years old. He received a lot on the bank of the river, near what is now Avondale, Rhode Island. It is said that was in the Great Swamp fight in King Philip's war, and he received land for his service from the colony of Connecticut. His name appears among the members of the Stonington militia. he was admitted a freemen of Connecticut in 1676, when that state claimed the town of Westerly. He was deputy to the general court in 1682-84. He died intestate, and his estate was disposed of by the town council, June 26,

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1685. He married Mary, daughter of George and Elizabeth (Hazard) Lawton, of Portsmouth. She married (second) April 21, 1698, Erasmus Babbitt, and died November 8, 1711. Children: 1. James. 2. Ann. 3. Mary. 4. John, mentioned below. 5. Job. 6. George, born 1673. 7. Elihu, born, tradition says, the day of the Great Swamp fight, December 19, 1675. 8. Robert. 9. Joseph. 10. Oliver.

(III) Captain John (2), son of John (1) Babcock, was born about 1669, and died at Westerly, March 28, 1746. He was admitted a freeman February 13, 1689. He was fence viewer 1695; councilman 1699; town clerk 1700; probate clerk 1700; ratemaker 1703; captain of militia, and town clerk from 1705 to 1743; deputy to the general assembly many years; justice of the peace 1730-37. He was one of the purchasers of the land known as Maxon's Purchase. He married his cousin, Mary Champlin, daughter of William and Mary (Babcock) Champlin. Children: 1. John, born May 4, 1701. 2. Ichabod, November 21, 1703. 3. Stephen, May 2, 1705. 4. William, April 15, 1708, mentioned below. 5. Amy, February 8, 1712-13. 6. Mary, July 23, 1716. 7. Ann, September 14, 1721.

(IV) William, son of John (2) Babcock, was born April 15, 1708, and died in Westerly, January 15, 1750-51. He succeeded his father s town clerk in 1732 and held the office until his death. He was a farmer, and admitted a freeman in 1735. He was justice of the peace, and was probably the William who was deputy to the general assembly in 1714. He married, at Saybrook, Connecticut, August 11, 1730, Sarah Denison, born in Stonington, Connecticut, January 6, 1710, daughter of Samuel and Mary (Minor) Denison. She married (second) Stephen Chalker. She was descended from a "Mayflower" ancestor. Her father was son of George and Mercy (Gorham) Howland. Mercy Gorham was daughter of Captain John and Desire (Howland) Gorham. Desire Howland was daughter of John and Elizabeth (Tilly) Howland, both of whom came in the "Mayflower". Children of William and Sarah Babcock: 1. William, May 14, 1731. 2. Joshua, December 2, 1732. 3. Christopher, September 12, 1734, mentioned below. 4. Sarah, October 17, 1736. 5. Elijah, July 19, 1738, died young. 6. Elias, July 28, 1740. 7. Phineas, September 18, 1742. 8. Mary or Mercy, July 14, 1745. 9. Samuel, September 4, 1747.

(V) Christopher, son of William Babcock, was born at Westerly, September 12, 1734, and died at Smyrna, New York, March 15, 1815. He owned a farm near the seashore at Westerly. He was admitted a freeman in May, 1758; was justice of the peace in 1769-79-83. In 1767 he was lieutenant in Captain Chapman's trainband of militia. he died in Smyrna, New York, whither he had gone with his son Asa, who settled there. He married, in 1754, his stepsister, Mehitable Chalker, born in Saybrook, September 9, 1733, died in Westerly, June 8, 1733, daughter of Stephen and Mehitable (Chapman) Chalker, granddaughter of Captain Samuel Chapman, and a descendant in the fifth generation from Gen. Alexander Chalker, who was killed in the Narragansett War. Children: 1. William, December 10, 1755. 2. Amy, June 12, 1757. 3. Joshua, March 15, 1759. 4. Christopher, July 26, 1761. 5. Sarah, March 10, 1763. 6. Eunice, December 28, 1764. 7. Jeremiah, November 23, 1766, mentioned below. 8. Asa, July 6, 1768; died young. 9. Wealthy, June 12, 1770. 10. Stephen, February 27, 1772. 11. Elias, October 26, 1773. 12. Phineas, February 14, 1776. 13. Asa, October 7, 1777.

(VI) Jeremiah, son of Christopher Babcock, was born in Westerly, Rhode Island, November 23, 1766, and died at Champion, New York, April 9, 1847. About 1835 he was living in the Black River country, and visited at his brother Stephen's home in Stonington. He went in 1815-16 to Hamilton, Madison County, New York, where he had a farm. He married January 5, 1792,

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Amy Angell, who died February 17, 1835, daughter of William Angell. Children: 1. Christopher, October 13, 1792. 2. Elias, August 20, 1794. 3. Joshua A., February 10, 1796. 4. Drusilla, September 2, 1797. 5. James, February 5, 1799, died young. 6. Ambrose, December 2, 1800. 7. James, February 24, 1903; died young. 8. Jeremiah, November 9, 1804; mentioned below. 9. Amy, November 23, 1806. 10. William, September 2, 1809.

(VII) Jeremiah (2), son of Jeremiah (1) Babcock, was born in Westbury, Rhode Island, November 9, 1804, and died at Carthage, New York, August 13, 1886. He was educated in the schools of his native town, and when a boy removed with his parents to New York. He learned the blacksmith's trade neat Hamilton, New York, and located at Felt's Mills, Jefferson County, where he lived most of his life. Late in life he removed to Carthage, where he died. He was a Republican in politics, and a member of the Methodist Church. He married, December 7, 1826, Julia Francis, born in Hartford, December 31, 1803, died September 3, 1885, daughter of Jason and Betsey (Merrill) Francis. Children: 1. Austin Angell, born September 11, 1827; mentioned below. 2. Adelia, died young. 3. Adelia Julia, born May 25, 1830. 4. James, October 28, 1832. 5. Wilbur V., May 16, 1835. 6. Harriet E., January 5, 1838. 7. Eldridge J., August 21, 1840. 8. Andrew, July 17, 1842. 9. Elmer E., August 8, 1844.

(VIII) Austin Angell, son of Jeremiah (2) Babcock, was born at Felt's Mills, New York, September 17, 1827. He was educated in the common schools and at Watertown Academy, and learned the trade of blacksmith with his father, and also the carpenter's trade. Later he engaged in the hotel business at Rome and Black River, New York. In 1854 he settled in Watertown, and was employed by H. h. Babcock & Company, pump manufactures, remaining a year. From there he went to Ogdensburg in 1855, and engaged in the same business on his own account. For the past thirty-two years he has been established in business in the same location. In 1905 the firm was incorporated under the name of A. A. Babcock Pump Company, with Mr. Babcock as president, and J. C. Howland as secretary and treasurer. Mr. Babcock is a Republican in politics, and has served as assessor, constable and collector of taxes. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He joined Old Champion Lodge, of Free Masons, and in 1862 the Ogdensburg Lodge, and has been a member of the fraternity for fifty-eight years. He married (first) December 7, 1849, Sarah Treadway, died August 24, 1851, daughter of Jonathan Treadway; (second) December 7, 1852, Orcelia M. Crittenton, born in Henderson, August 18, 1830, died 1905, daughter of Stephen and Charlotte (Durham) Crittenton. Child of first wife: 1. Frank, born August 22, 1857, died March 9, 1886. Children of second wife: 2. Sarah, born November 14, 1853. 3. Charlotte T., November 11, 1856; married Joseph E. Fell, manufacturer, of Ogdensburg, and has Bessie Orcelia Fell. 4. Frederic s., born April 21, 1860; died June 5, following. 5. Jason W., May 4,1862; died September 18, following. 6. Myron Gleason, December 19, 1865; with Skillings, Whitney & Barnes, lumber dealers, Ogdensburg. 7. Julia A., April 17, 1870; teacher in New York City. 8. Bessie A., July 31, 1872; married S. Henry Pepper, a contractor in New York.

HOYT. The first member of the Hoyt family to emigrate to America was Simon Hoyt, who came from England. There is a belief that the family name was originally "Haight", and that they came into England from Germany, where the name became Hoit. Simon Hoyt is of earliest mentioned in Charlestown, Massachusetts, where the records state that "in the summer of 1628 the Spragues and three or four others, with the approval of Gov-

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ernor Endicott, traveled from Salem 'through the woods to explore and settle Charlestown, where they found only one English abode, the palisaded and thatched house' of Thomas Walford, a Smith". The name of Simon Hoyt is on the list of "these three or four others" next to the Spragues, excepting one name. This shows that he was of Salem in 1628, very soon after of Charlestown, where he remained a year or two, settling at Dorchester near the year 1630. He appears on the Dorcester records later than the spring of 1635. He then removed to Scituate, Massachusetts, where "Symeon Hoyte" and is wife joined the church, April 19, 1635, and "Goodman Haites" house was built in that town prior to October, 1636. He next removed to Windsor, Connecticut, where the earliest mention of his name is one the first book of land records, February 28, 1640, where two tracts of eighty acres each are described as being allotted to him. He removed later to Fairfield, Connecticut, where the first mentioned of him is made, also in the land records, March 6, 1649. Later he removed to Stamford, Connecticut, where the town records give the date of his death as September 1, 1657. From what has been learned of him he must have been born before 1600 and was from thirty to thirty-five years of age on coming to America. He was an early settler of seven different towns, and in most of them one of the first white residents. He was a true pioneer, giving up gladly the comforts of an established home to help subdue a new portion of the wilderness. His sons seemed to have shared the adventurous spirit of their father, for in twenty years after his death no one bearing the name of Hoyt was left in any of the seven towns except in Stamford. He left a widow Susanna, who afterwards married a Bates. It is considered most probable by the family historian, David W. Hoyt, that he had two wives, and that his sons, Walter, Nicholas, and John, were sons of the first wife. By second wife: 4. Moses. 5. Joshua. 6. Samuel. 7. Benjamin, and three daughters, wives of Thomas Lyon, of Fairfield, Samuel finch and Samuel Firman.

(II) Walter, eldest son of Simon Hoyt, was born in England about 1618, died in Norwalk, Connecticut, 1698. He first appears on the land records of Windsor, Connecticut, where he had a grant in 1640. He removed from Windsor to become one of the first settlers of Norwalk, Connecticut, where he was selectman 1672; deputy 1658-59-61-67-68-70-71-73-74-76-78-81. His name on the court records nearly always appeared with the prefix "Sarj.", he having been sergeant of the Norwalk Company or "trainband".

(III) John, son of Walter Hoyt, was born July 13, 1644, at Windsor, Connecticut, died about 1711. He was a freeman of Norwalk, but removed to Danbury, Connecticut, prior to June, 1685, being one of the eight original settlers in 1685. He married (first) Mary Lindall, September 14, 1666; (second) Hannah ----------------, who survived him. Children: 1. John, see forward. 2. Samuel. 3. Thomas. 4. Mary. 5. Deborah. 6. Joshua. 7. Benjamin. 8. Nathaniel.

(IV) John (2), son of John (1) and Mary (Lindall) Hoyt, was born at Norwalk, Connecticut, June 21, 1669, died March, 1746. He married Hannah, daughter of John Drake, of Simsbury. He was of Danbury, Connecticut, where his will was proved April 22, 1746. He mentions wife Hannah and nine children: 1. Lieutenant Daniel. 2. Ensign Jonathan. 3. John (3). 4. Drake, see forward. 5. Hannah. 6. Mary. 7. Rebecca. 8. Eunice. 9. Deborah.

(V) Drake, son of John (2) and Hannah (Drake) Hoyt, was born 17171, died April 1805; married Hannah Knapp, born 1720, died June, 1793. Children: 1. Noah, see forward. 2. Justus.

(VI) Noah, son of Drake and Hannah (Knapp) Hoyt, was born March 26, 1741. He was a farmer of Pembroke and Danbury, Connecticut, and met his death from injuries received on this farm, October 13,

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1810. He married (first) Abigail Curtis, January, 8, 1760; (second) October 30, 1760, Ellen Purdy. Children by second wife: 1. Daniel. 2. Moses. 3. Daniel Drake. 4. Noah. 5. Abigail. 6. Jesse. 7. David Picket. 8. Sarah. 9. John Comstock. 10. David Picket (2). 11. Jonathan, see forward. 12. Abigail. 13. Enoch. 14. Phebe.

(VII) Jonathan, eleventh child of Noah and Sarah (Comstock) Hoyt, was born August 13, 1780. He was a farmer of Danbury, Connecticut, and Lewis County, New York, dying at Collinsville, Lewis County, April 3, 1848. He married, August 4, 1799, Violetta, died December 20, 1848, daughter of Josiah Rogers, of Branford, Connecticut. Children: 1. Noah, born July 2, 1800, died September 17, 1840, in Florida, Montgomery County, New York; married, November 8, 1826, Almira Butler. 2. E. Willis, see forward. 3. Medab B., July 22, 1804; married (first) Eliza Harris,, (second) Sophia Sheldon. 4. Sarah A., March 19, 1807, unmarried. 5. Rhoda E., June 9, 1809, unmarried. 6. Adelia, E., February 16, 1811; married Noah Phelps. 7. Louisa R., April 9, 1813, unmarried. 8. David P., 1815, died December 19, 1818. 9. John C., August 13, 1817, died November 27, 1846. 10. Martha C., August 20, 1819, died March 11, 1839. 11. David P., April 13, 1822; married Amanda Reynolds. 12. Eli P., June 5, 1825; married Lydia Wilmot. 13. Homer C., January 29, 1828, died March 7, 1828.

(VIII) E. Willis, second child of Jonathan and Violetta (Rogers) Hoyt, was born in Danbury, Connecticut, May 10, 1802, died February 4, 1859. He settled in Lewis County, New York, village Collinsville, town of West Turin, where he was proprietor of the hotel. He married, February 25, 1835, Emeline, daughter of Phoedrus Carter, who died November 20, 1888, seventy-six years old. she was born February 19, 1809, died October 14, 1900. Children; 1. Friend, see forward. 2. Milton J., December 30, 1838, died April 9, 1898. 3. Grace E., July 6, 1844; married Robert M. Johnston; has one son, Robert Hoyt.

(IX) Friend, eldest child of E. Willis and Emeline (Carter) Hoyt, was born at Collinsville, Lewis County, New York, February 10, 1836. He was educated in the town schools and at the Whitestone and Fairfield seminaries. After completing his education he entered into a co-partnership with his brother, Milton J., which continued for fifteen years. the brothers operated a general store in Collinsville. When the firm dissolved he removed to a farm in Leyden, and until 1883 engaged in agriculture. In that year he formed a partnership with L. W. Riggs, and for ten years was engaged with him in the hardware business at Port Leyden, New York. His mercantile career has been a successful as well as a busy one. He succeeded his brother, Milton J. Hoyt, in the residency of the S. C. Thompson Bank of Booneville, New York, continuing to manage that institution until it discontinued business in 1905. He manages his property known as a dairy farm, principally. He has always been deeply interested in the welfare and improvement of Port Leyden, where he has built his beautiful home on a hill overlooking the village. The Van Hoyette Opera House owes its construction to his enterprise and public spirit; he built and owns the same. He has taken his full share of the responsibilities of a citizen; served the town as a supervisor, and in 1882 was elected a member of the state legislature. He is a Democrat in politics and an attendant of the Episcopal Church.

He married, at Port Leyden, September 11, 1893, Mary A. Ward, of Felt's Mills, new York, daughter of Moss K. Ward, a tanner, and his wife, Mary (Carter) Ward. Their other children being: 1. Betsey P. 2. Moss K. Ward. Child of Friend and Mary A. (Ward) Hoyt: Ebenezer Willis Ward, born March 26, 1885, a graduate of Port Leyden high school and of Hamilton college , class of 1907. He is in business in

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