Col Samuel Washington “S.W.” Hyatt

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Col Samuel Washington “S.W.” Hyatt

Reems Creek Township, Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA
Death 23 Oct 1903 (aged 65)
Hyattville, Big Horn County, Wyoming, USA
Burial Roanoke, Roanoke City, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 10539239 · View Source
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Died: at age 65; kicked in stomach by horse
Buried: Body sent to Fairview Cemetery, Roanoke, Virginia (buried with 4th wife)

Military: 1861, Civil War, Confederate Army, 16th Texas Vol. Infantry, Co. A (Flournoy's); Rank in: Private, rank out: Sergeant; note: does not appear he was a Colonel
Wounded at Shiloh, served in siege of Vicksburg, Red River Campaign, Battle of Pea Ridge

Occupation: Owned livery/feed stable, rancher, mercantile owner, postmaster of Big Horn Basin
Affiliation: Ancient Order of United Workmen

Married (1): Aug 16, 1860, EMELINE/EMMELINE/EMALINE MAJORS, Texas

Five known children:
1. Martha Louise "Mattie" HYATT
1862 - 1923
2. James Washington HYATT
1864 -
3. John L. HYATT
1866 - 1875
4. William "Lee" HYATT
1867 - 1908
5. Amanda "Emeline" HYATT
1872 -

Married (2): Aug 28, 1875, SARAH C. JOHNSON, Paris, Lamar Co., Texas
(1846 or 1856 — Feb 27, 1877 [age 29 or 39], Paris, Lamar Co., Texas)

Married (3): Aug 25, 1878, MELISSA "MARY" BRADSHAW, Paris, Lamar Co., Texas

Three children:
1. Ida Emeline HYATT
1881 - 1908
2. Nettie Mae HYATT
1883 - 1883
3. Arthur HYATT
1885 - 1885

Married (4): Nov 27, 1890, ELIZABETH "LIZZIE" JANE CALHOUN, Leadville, Lake Co., Colorado

One child:
1. Samuel Calhoun HYATT
1894 - 1978

It is much to any man's credit to well sustain the institutions, the interests, the reputation and the spirit of the community in which he is born and reared, and help to carry forward by his character and industry its life and activities along the lines of healthy progress and beneficence. But it is perhaps a far higher tribute to his credit to carry those activities into a new country, to there establish them in full force and vigor as a new center of civilization and benefaction, from which may radiate their good influences for the stimulus of every commercial, educational and moral force throughout a large environment. That he has done this is in brief the life story of Samuel W. Hyatt, of Hyattville in Bighorn county, a pioneer in that vicinity and the founder of the town which bears his honored name. He was born in North Carolina, April 2, 1838, the son of George W. and Mahala (Hammons) Hyatt, the former a native of Maryland and the latter of Pennsylvania. His parents took him to Georgia in there removal thither when he was but seven years old and he there resided until he reached the age of nineteen and was educated there. In 1857 he went to Brownwood, Tex., and in 1861 engaged in merchandising, continuing this business until he enlisted in the Confederate army in which he gave most gallant service and attained the commission of colonel of the Sixteenth Texas Volunteers, C.S.A., during his military life receiving four wounds. In 1884 he came to Buffalo, Wyoming, where he conducted a mercantile enterprise until 1886, when he removed to the location which he now occupies and opened a store as the nucleus of a settlement and secured land around his buildings. As time passed the need of a definite town organization become more and more urgent and, with characteristic public spirit, he laid out the town site which was named in his honor. He was its first postmaster, its leading merchant, its impelling spirit and its vital breath for a number of years, and has the satisfaction of seeing his faith and works therein realized in the beautiful and thriving political entity to which it has risen. When he was appointed postmaster of this office he was the only postmaster in the Big Horn basin, which indicates the undeveloped condition of the country and the courage and enterprise of the man who was willing to forego all the advantages of a more advanced civilization and endure the privations and perform the labors necessarily incident to life on the frontier. He was just the man for the time and the place. He worked assiduously in getting mail routes in this part of the country and, in connection with the late Governor Richards, established and put into operation a system of general public education, having the dark smoke of schoolhouse fires ascending to greet the morning wherever the circumstances required. On his arrival in this locality he took up homestead and preemption claims and increased the volume of his land to 400 acres by subsequent acquisitions. Hyattville was laid out in 1887 and he continued to merchandise there until his store was destroyed by fire in June, 1900. Since then he has given his attention mainly to the interests of his ranch and his stock business. It need scarcely be said that his ranch is one of the features of the neighborhood, impressive in its extent, its variety of soil, elevation and products, also in the advanced state of improvement to which it has been brought, with its attractive buildings arranged with a view to the convenience of the work on the place and also for artistic unity and picturesqueness. His cattle and horses are of good quality and well-bred, the standard being high. In addition to the interests concentered on the ranch Mr. Hyatt conducts a livery and feed business in the town, and he also owns valuable land in Texas. In the town he founded he has always a deep and a serviceable interest, ever forward in aiding whatever may be conducive to its welfare and progress. He was potential in its creation and has been zealous and constant in stimulating its growth and directing the trend of its moral and mercantile energies. He is also connected in a leading way with the Basin Water-works, giving to the affairs of the company a due share of his attention and time. In fraternal relations Mr. Hyatt is identified with the Ancient Order of United Workmen. His first marriage occurred in Texas in 1860 when he was united with Miss Emeline Majors, a native of Tennessee, who died in Texas. They had six children, of whom three are living, Mattie, Lee and Emeline. His second marriage was to Miss Sarah Johnson, then of Paris, Texas, where she died. He married a third time in Texas, on this occasion with Miss Melissa Bradshaw of Paris. She died at Buffalo, Wyoming, leaving one child, Ida. The fourth marriage, which was to Miss Elizabeth Calhoun, took place at Leadville, Colo., on November 27, 1890. They have one child, Samuel C. Mrs. Hyatt is a native of Virginia, but has long been a resident of the Northwest and, one of the leading ladies in her portion of the state, she is active in works of benevolence and highly esteemed in social circles. In his military service Mr. Hyatt was wounded at Shiloh, was in the siege of Vicksburg, participated in the successful Red River campaign, was active in the battle of Pea Ridge and at New Orleans, and was connected with numerous other hotly contested and historic battles of the Civil War, serving under Generals Scurry, McCullough and Kirby Smith.
Source: Progressive Men of Wyoming, A.W. Bowen & Co., Chicago, 1903
Note: I believe this sentence in the article is in error: "George W. and Mahala (Hammons) Hyatt, the former a native of Maryland and the latter of Pennsylvania." I find no record of Mahala's maiden name as Hammons (other than on, where people pulled it from this article), nor were his parents born in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Catherine Sevenau

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  • Maintained by: Catherine Clemens Sevenau
  • Originally Created by: S.G. Thompson
  • Added: 28 Feb 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10539239
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Col Samuel Washington “S.W.” Hyatt (2 Apr 1838–23 Oct 1903), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10539239, citing Fair View Cemetery, Roanoke, Roanoke City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Catherine Clemens Sevenau (contributor 47082189) .