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 William Reynolds “Reynolds” Hoyt

William Reynolds “Reynolds” Hoyt

Monroe, Orange County, New York, USA
Death 18 Mar 1907 (aged 77)
Illinois, USA
Burial Pulaski, Hancock County, Illinois, USA
Plot Range G, Lot 7 S 1/2
Memorial ID 51282612 · View Source
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     We, the admirers and family members of those buried in Pulaski Cemetery, have William Reynolds Hoyt to thank. He was the Recording Steward of Pulaski Methodist Church for years and years. The only reason we have such great records of the burials in Pulaski is due to the long-standing and painstaking care of Reynolds Hoyt.

     Mr. Hoyt's Pulaski Cemetery record book was in the Crain family collection in the 1940's when Harry Marshall Crain decided to transcribe the records into a new book. When the records of the Tri-County Genealogical Society in Augusta, Illinois were donated to the Western Illinois University Archives and Special Collections, the archivist had to toss Mr. Hoyt's original records due to mold. Harry's transcription may be all that survives today (2010).

     Reynolds Hoyt and Abigail Newcomb had no known children.

Portrait and Biographical Record of Adams County (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1892), 535.

     W. R. Hoyt - In presenting to our readers the sketch of this gentleman, we give the life record of one of the most prominent and influential citizens of North East Township. He resides on section 1, where he owns a highly improved farm. A native of Orange County, N.Y., he was born in 1830, and is descended from an old and prominent New England family. The Hoyt family was one of the first founded in America, being established in New England during the early part of the seventeenth century. Our subject now has in his possession a mahogany box which was brought to this country by his great-great-grandfather. His maternal great-grandfather, William Reynolds, was a Revolutionary soldier, and his son William was almost 100 years of age at the time of his death. The Reynolds emigrated from England in the early part of the seventeenth century and settled in New York.

     The parents of our subject were Ebenezer B. and Mary J. (Reynolds) Hoyt, the father born in Ridgefield, Conn., in 1805, and the mother in Monroe, N.Y., in 1809. W.R., of this sketch, is the eldest of their ten children, two of whom died in infancy. Mary Emily, who resides in Missouri, was born in 1831, and married Dr. T. G. Klepper, by whom she has eight children; Joseph S., born in 1833, wedded Polly N. Benedict and makes his home in Augusta, Ill.; Edwin G., born in 1835, wedded Mary E. Bacon, and, with their three children, resides in Houston Township, Adams County, Ill.; Sarah Jane, born in `837, married J. H. Gould in 1866 and died in 1867 leaving a daughter; Benjamin Franklin, born in 1839, was a member of Company C, Seventy-second Illinois Infantry, fought at Champion Hills and Vicksburg and died in 1863 during the service; Ebenezer, born September 20, 1843, married Melissa Embree, and with their one child reside in Kansas; Marie L., born January 8, 1846, became the wife of Samuel Robinson and died in August, 1873.

     Mr. Hoyt, of this sketch, was educated in the common schools of New York, and at the age of sixteen began to earn his own livelihood, as his father was in limited circumstances. The family emigrated to this county in 1843 and settled on section 2, North East Township. The father was a successful business man, prosperity attending his efforts, and at his death, April 22, 1890, he was worth $60,000. He was on of the first settlers, and was on of the first officers elected in the township, serving as Assessor for several years. While in New York, he served as Captain of the militia. He was a leader in all public enterprises and at his death the community mourned the loss of one of its best citizens.

     Our subject aided his father in the cultivation of the home farm, and after attaining his majority he embarked in farming for himself. His first purchase of land comprised a part of his present farm. As his financial resources increased, he has added to his possessions until now he owns three hundred acres of finely-improved land, which he has under a high state of cultivation. He has been offered $20,000 for this farm, but would not accept. His home, a pleasant and commodious two-story residence containing twelve rooms, was erected at a cost of $4,000 and is one of the finest dwellings in the community. All other improvements are in keeping with his home, and he also raises a fine grade of stock.

     In 1852, Mr. Hoyt was united in marriage to Abigail P., daughter of P.P. and Sarah A. Newcomb. Her father was born in Massachusetts May 19, 1804, and the mother in New Hampshire September 1, 1805. Mrs. Hoyt was born in Colchester, Vt., June 26, 1826, and in 1852, in Pulaski, Ill., their marriage was celebrated. For a number of years Mr. and Mrs. Hoyt have been members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He has served as Recording Steward for twenty-six years, was Librarian, Trustee, and since 1881 has been Superintendent of the Sunday-school. He is an earnest worker in the Master's vineyard and does all in his power to advance the interests of the church. In politics, he is a Republican and for the long period of twenty years served as clerk of his township. He was also Supervisor for seven years and has held the office of Collector, discharging his duties with credit to himself and to the satisfaction of his constituents. Mr. Hoyt is charitable and benevolent, and his honorable life is well worthy of emulation. A well-merited success has come to him and he now ranks among the leading and substantial citizens of North East Township.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 51282612
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William Reynolds “Reynolds” Hoyt (8 Jan 1830–18 Mar 1907), Find A Grave Memorial no. 51282612, citing Pulaski Cemetery, Pulaski, Hancock County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Sue Hawes (contributor 47271025) .