Walter W. Hoyt

The ninth of ten children born to Abraham and Mary (Smith) Hoyt in South Salem, Westchester County, New York on May 22, 1822 according to his grave stone (pictured below) and Linda Brandt.

Other family lorn has him born in 1817.

The census information alludes to Connecticut. as his place of birth.

Walter was a blacksmith and taught his grandson, Edward Riley HOYT, the trade (per Bob Hoyt).

Walter married Hannah Austin on March 15th 1840 (or April 11th, 1839) in New York City, New York, when he was 22 and she was almost 20.







Picture of Hannah from Rebecca Lyon, 137 S.W. Harrison Street, Sheridan, Oregon 97378 Rebecca is a descendant of Catherine "Katie" Jane (Hoyt) Miller, Hannah's youngest daughter.

Children : Walter and Hannah

  Martin Hanford Hoyt Married Louisa HAND
  William Riley Hoyt (1843-1925)

Married Phebe Jane VAN NOSTRAND on 12-24-1876 in Glen Head, NY.

Follow their interesting history via the story of one son in a Kansas newspaper. Newspaper Article.

  Phebe Jane Hoyt (1844-1844) Was this actually WM's wife above?
  Henry Winfield Hoyt (1847-1927) Married Rosa Miller
  Hester Mary Hoyt (1852-1871) Died at about 19? (Why two in this family?)
  Hester Mary Hoyt (1853-1909) Married Steven HUNT on 12-19-1869 in Keokuk, Iowa
  Alpheas Rose Hoyt (1856-1856) Lived only three days.
  Catherine Jane Hoyt (1858-1943) Married James Henry MILLER on 7-4-1879 in White Pidgeon co., Iowa
  Sarah Angeline Hoyt (1862-1863) Died young.

1869 - Walter, and his son, Martin joined the Union Horse Company of Hinkletown, Keokuk County, Iowa to protect their property from horse thieves.

1892 - Walter died January 11h, when 74 in Portis, Smith County, Kansas. Walter and Hannah were buried in the Union Cemetery, north of Portis, Smith County, Kansas.


Find-A-Grave / Walter

Walter died January 11, 1892 [per gravestone] in Portis, Osborne County, Kansas

Walter is buried in the Crystal Plains Cemetery
Smith Center, Smith County, Kansas

Gravestone also reads

"Though lost to sight, to memory dear."







Picture by Ellie Sparks (Find-a-grave)

Obit : Hannah (Austin) Hoyt

Hannah was born in Westchester County, New York to Samuel and Esther (James) Austin on March 23, 1820. She departed this life at the home of her daughter Mrs. J. H. Miller, last Sunday morning, April 25th, 1909 at the age of 89.

May have, at one time, belonged to a church called Crystal Plains Union.

She moved to Iowa 1861 where she lived until she moved to Kansas in 1878.

She leaves a daughter, three sons, 27 grandchildren and 53 great grandchildren to mourn her departure. Mrs. Hoyt has been a kind mother and disease did not destroy the charm of a kind indulgent disposition, nor old age deminish her unselfish solitude for her friends and loved. ones. Adhearing to the faith of loved ones, Mrs. Hoyt united with the Methodist church in early life and loved to attend its services when health permitted. The beautifying influences of pure religion were spread over a life and character as spotless and charming as was ever possessed by any of the noble women who have lived and died during the ages that are gone. As such a life was a blessing and beaefaetion to all within the sphere of its influence so is the death of such a one a public misfortune, as well as an irreparable loss tot he home circle made desolate by her departure.

It is difficult to pay a fitting tribut to the memory of so noble of woman--one whose every day life was embellished by the most charming and lovable attributes of her sex--a perfect old lady at all times--under all circumstances/ She seemed born to inspire the love and respect of all who were so fortunate as to be acquainted with her. No one was more willing to sustain the weak and to throw over the frailties our race the mantle of Christian character, and whom sickness and death came to her as it comes to all, neighbors and friends vied with each other in acts of loving kindness and tender solicitude. In the present of such a sorrow, how cold and important are words and how doubly deep would be the grief over the grave did not the rainbow of Christian hope span the dark gulf between time and eternity and such pure bright ones inspire the belief that there is a a better world beyond where filled from the corroding cares of earth the good and true are reunited.

On Monday of this week April 26 the funeral services were held at the Crystal Plains Union church, conducted by Revs. W. C. Smith and I. S. Lerew and the remains laid to rest in the Union cemetery by the side of her husband. The INDEPENDENT extends their sympathy to the stricken family.

--Copied (spelling and punctuation uncorrected) from an old newspaper, Randy C. Smart

Find-A-Grave Memorial Austin Families Assocaition Website

Sources - Walter W. Hoyt

1870 Census- Liberty Twp., Keokuk County., Iowa: Walter 54 m Farmer $1600 $664 Connecticut

1880 Census - Lincoln Twp., Smith County., Kansas: Walter w m 63 Farmer N.Y. N. Y. Conn.

David W. Hoyt. 1871. "A Genealogical History of the HOYT, HAIGHT and HIGHT Families" by David W. Hoyt, first printed in 1871. Our line starts on page 286 with Simon Hoyt (first generation). Our line goes to page 604 (tenth generation). Then our Walter Hoyt is listed on page 622 under "other Hoyt branches". They have Walter listed as the "son of Abraham and Polly Hoyt, and grandson of Jacob and Eunice Hoyt, of N. Wilton" which we can prove is in error. Walter is the son of Abraham Hoyt and Mary Smith, and the grandson of Jachin Hoyt and Hannah Keeler. With the correct parents Walter connects to the Simon Hoyt family.

Linda Brandt of Colorado. A series of three e-mail dated April 17, 2000.

Troy Mitchell of Tennessee.

Chuck Hoyt of Iowa