Friday, October 24, 2014


Fellow geneablogger Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small has issued the
52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge. Basically, we have to post something every
week on a different ancestor, whether a story, picture, or research problem. For
this prompt I've tried to concentrate on ancestors I haven't researched as much
as I have others in my family. Recently I've been posting about my Barnes
Hoyt, and Colby ancestors. Those three came together because of the marriage
of my subject for this post, William Hoyt, to Dorothy Colby who were my 7x
great grandparents.

There's not much about William in David Webster Hoyt's Hoyt family genealogy:

William,2 b. Sep. 5, 1660; m. Dorothy Colby, dau. SamColby, Sen., Jan. 12, 1687-8
(36); d. July 19, 1728. His grandfather, Wm. Barnes, for whom he was probably named,
deeded him two or three pieces of land. From the Old Norfolk records, we learn that
he took "ye oath of Allegiance & fidelity" before Maj. Robert Pike, in " Eamsbery,"
Dec. 20, 1677. The town records state, that he was chosen tithingman, 1693-4 and 1697-8. He probably lived at or near " Lion's Mouth." Will dated 13 May, 1728, 

proved' Aug. 5, 1728. Inventory taken Aug. 2, 1728. "Homestead Living containing about thirty-four Acres & his dwelling House on said Land," £227. Whole amount, £323. Homestead sold to Gideon Lowell,.Jr., Sep;, 1728: bounded S. and W. by land 
of John Blaisdell, N. by John Jewell and Abner Hoyt, E. by " high way in the Hallow." His wife, Dorothy, survived him, and probably removed to Methuen with her sons, 
Wm.4 and Philip.4. A Dorothy Hoit was admitted to the Methuen church, " by dismission from another church," in 1731; and was dismissed, to unite with another church, in 1740.

Hoyt family: A genealogical history of John Hoyt of Salisbury, and David Hoyt of Deerfield, (Massachusetts,) and their descendants: with some account of the earlier Connecticut Hoyts, and an appendix, containing the family record of William Barnes of Salisbury, a list of the first settlers of Salisbury and Amesbury, & c (Google eBook) by David Webster Hoyt (C. Benjamin Richardson, Boston, Ma. 1857)

Other than that I haven't found much out about William Hoyt. But he did accomplish a
very important task: he married Dorothy Colby and together they produced children, including my ancestress Susannah Hoyt.

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