About Simon Haight (Hoyt)
The familyname is sometimes also spellt Haight.
U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 about Simon Hoyt Name: Simon Hoyt Gender: male Birth Place: Do Birth Year: 1590 Spouse Name: Susanna Smith Marriage Year: 1635 Marriage State: CT Number Pages: 1
Millennium File about Simon Hoyt Name: Simon Hoyt Spouse: , Susanna Smith Birth Date: 20 Jan 1590 Birth City: Dorchester Birth County: Dorset Birth Country: England Death Date: 1 Sep 1657 Death City: Stamford Death County: Fairfield Death State: Connecticut Death Country: USA Parents: , Children: Sarah Hoyt
-------------------- (There has been research done recently suggesting that this family was from West Hatch, Somerset. If this is the case, Moses' father may have been a Michael Hoyt of that town.) Nevertheless, Simon, a Quaker, came to Massachusetts aboard the Abigail or George, in 1628. He lived in Dorchester, Charlestown and eventually Scituate, Mass. -------------------- Simon & Deborah (Stowers) Hoyt came to America with her brother, Nicholas Stowers, as well as the Spragues all from Upway, England, to New England (US) on the "Abigail" before 1628. -------------------- http://www.ctgenweb.org/county/cofairfield/pages/stamford/settlers_page.htm
Early Stamford Settlers -------------------- Information:
http://dougsinclairsarchives.com/hoyt/shoyt.htm -------------------- Simon Hoit was born very likely by about 1593 based on estimated date of marriage in England. Simon came to America aboard the Lions Whelp. He landed at Salem in 1628 or 1629, and shortly afterward went to Charlestown, MA, to live, as one of the first settlers. There were few pioneers who moved more often than he. He was an early settler in seven different colonies in New England , in most of them one of the first. He was hardly located in one, before he gave up his farm and home and began to clear another part of the wilderness for a new home.
He removed to Dorchester in 1632 or earlier. He was appointed "to see to the fences for the east field" at Dorchester , October 8, 1633, and in January following had a grant of marsh land. Early in 1635 he left Dorchester and located at Scituate, where he and his wife joined the church, April 19, 1635.. Here he built his house between September, 1634, and October, 1636.
He next moved to Windsor, Connecticut , about 1639 , where he had a grant of land, February 28, 1640.. His house was on the east side of the river near what is still known as Hoyt's Meadow. He sold his land at Windsor in 1648 and moved to Fairfield, Connecticut , before 1649. March 6, 1649, he had a grant of land there.
Between 1649 and 1657 he had settled at Stamford, Connecticut , and here he died, according to Stamford records, September 1, 1657.
Simon Hoyt married on 4 Nov. 1617, probably Jane Stoodie. She probably died in England not long after 1625. He married (2), by about 1632, Susannah Smith. She married (2) Robert Bates, and died before 1 February 1674.
Five of the children of Simon Hoyt gave receipts for their portions of Simon's estate. On 1 February 1674 Moses Hoyt, Joshua Hoyt, Samuel Hoyt, Benjamin Hoyt, Thomas Lyon, Samuel Finch and Samuel Firman came to an agreement "concerning the distribution of the estate of our deceased mother Susanna Bates"
The children of Simon and Jane Stoodie, his first wife were:
Walter, bp. West Hatch, Somersetshire, 29 November 1618; m. (1) by about 1642 _____ _____; m. (2) by about 1652, Rhoda (Tinker) (Hobbs) Taylor, daughter of Robert Tinker and widow of Thomas Hobbs and John Taylor. Nicholas, bp. West Hatch 7 May 1620; m. Windsor 12 June 1646 Susanna (_____) Joyce, widow of William Joyce. Alexander, bp. West Hatch, 28 December 1623; no further record. John, b. say 1625; m. (1) by about 1650 _____ _____; m. (2) about 1659 Mary (Brundish) Purdy, widow of Francis Purdy. Anes, bp. West Hatch, 18 October 1626; no further record. The children of Simon and Susanna Hoyt were:
Mary, b. say 1632; m. by about 1652, Thomas Lyon. Moses, b. say 1634; m. by 1659 Elizabeth _____. Joshua, b. say 1639; m. by 1664 Mary Bell; in his 24 May 1689 will Francis Bell named daughter Mary Hoyt. Miriam, b. say 1641; m. Fairfield, 25 March 1662, Samuel Firman (or Forman). Samuel, b. say 1643; m. (1) Stamford 16 November 1670 (or 1671?) Hannah Holly; m. (2) between 1710 and 1713 Rebecca._____, who d. Stamford 8 December 1713; m. (3) Stamford, 20 September 1714, Hannah Slawson, widow of John Gold. Benjamin, b. Fairfield, 2 February 1644; m. Stamford 5 January 1670, Hannah Weed. Sarah, b. say 1647; m. by about 1663 Samuel Finch, son of John Finch. Most of his children inherited his propensity for changing residence, and in twenty years after his death no one of the name of Hoit (Hoyt) remained in any of the seven towns, except Stamford . The family seems to have been adventurous, rather than restless, and in most cases well-to-do.
Source: "The Great Migration Begins, Sketches, PRESERVED PURITAN"
The following is copied from: "The Benedict Family History News"; Formerly "The Benedict Family News"; Volume IV Number 3 Winter 1997, pp. 29 - 42; Editor: Mary Alice Benedict Grindol:
"The Spring 1995 and Spring 1996 Hoyt Issue3 has received new research on Simon Hoyt by Robin Bush, an English researcher hired by Roy Olson, its editor.
Mr. Bush found Hoyt baptismals in West Hatch near Taunton, Somerset, England. Walter Hoyt was baptized 29 November 1618 and Nicholas Hoyt was baptized 7 May 1620. This indicates that Simon the immigrant was from Somerset, England. Also found was a marriage 4 November 1617 for Simon Hoyt to Jane Stoodlie at Marshwood, Dorset, England. This fits for the age of Walter Hoyt, Simon’s first child. It was previously believed that Simon Hoyt, from Upwey, Dorset, England had married Deborah Stowers.4 Mr. Bush checked the Upwey Parish Registers and found the registers survive only from 1654. He found the Bishop’s transcripts for the Parish only from 1731. The Dorchester Parish (Holy Trinity) survives from 1559, All Saints & St. Peter’s Parish records are from 1653. None of these have bishop’s transcripts before 1730/1. None of these parish records have any trace of Simon Hoyt or baptisms of his children. Mr. Olson hopes to continue further research in England."
1. Richardson, Douglas, "English Ancestry of the Merwin and Tinker Families of New England, Part Two: John Tinker of Boston and Lancaster, Massachusetts and Windsor and New London, Connecticut", The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, (Boston: New England Historic and Genealogical Society, Vol. CXLIX, Oct. 1995) , p. 401-432.
2. Richardson, Douglas, "English Ancestry of the Merwin and Tinker Families of New England, Part One: Miles Merwin of Windsor & Milford, Connecticut", The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, (Boston: New England Historic and Genealogical Society, Vol. CXLIX, Jul. 1995), p. 295-311.
3. Hoyt Issue, Roy F. Olson, Editor, 360 Watson Rd., Paducah, KY 42003
4. Emily Warren Roebbing, The Journal of The Rev. Silas Constant (1903).
ORIGIN: West Hatch, Somersetshire MIGRATION: 1629 FIRST RESIDENCE: Charlestown REMOVES: Dorchester by 1633, Scituate 1635, Windsor by 1639, Fairfield by 1649, Stamford 1657 CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: On 19 April 1635 "Symeon Hayte and Bernard Lumbard and their wives" joined the church at Scituate [ NEHGR 9:279]. FREEMAN: 18 May 1631 [ MBCR 1:366]. OFFICES: Dorchester fenceviewer, 8 October 1633, 24 May 1634 [ DTR 3, 6]. ESTATE: On 3 April 1633 "Symon Hoite" was responsible for building forty feet of fence at Dorchester, based on ownership of two cows [DTR 2]. On 6 January 1633/4 it is "ordered that the marsh and swamp before Goodman Hosford and Davy Wil[ton] shall be divided among themselves and Symon Hoyte" [DTR 5]. On 2 June 1634 it is "ordered that Goodman Witchfeild and Goodman Hoyte shall have to be divided between them the marsh that lies in the north side of the neck towards Boston over against Mr. Rainsford's house in Boston, being for 8 acres by estimation" [DTR 6]. On 10 February 1634/5 "Simon Hoyte" was ordered to keep one of the bulls in the neck of land [DTR 10]. On 17 April 1635 it is "ordered that the lot of meadow which was Symon Hoyte's next to Boston side joining to John Witchfeild shall be divided betwixt Mr. Rodger Williams and Gyles Gibbes" [DTR 11].
In his accounting of houses built at Scituate, Rev. John Lothrop included "Goodman Haite's" as the sixteenth, about midway in the section of those built between September 1634 and October 1636, and with the annotation "which Mr. Bower hath bought" [NEHGR 10:42]. In the Windsor land inventory on 28 February 1640[/1] "Symon Hoyte" had granted from the plantation for meadow and upland "fourscore acres," also "on the northside of the rivulet fourscore acres, thirty [of?] which is given his son Walter Hoyte from the town" [ WiLR 1:88]. Five of the children of Simon Hoyt gave in receipts for their portions of his estate: Samuel Firman "to my mother Hoyt for all demands from my father's estate," 25 March 1662; "Moses Hoyte of Westchester, discharge to Joshua Hoyt of Stamford," 2 April 1666; "Samuell Hoyte, receipt for portion from father Simon Hoyte," April 1665; "Samuel Finch, receipt for wife's portion from father Simon Hoyte," April 1665; and "Benjamin Hoyte, receipt to brother Joshua Hoyte for portion from father's estate," 27 January [blank] [ TAG 11:34; Gillespie Anc 289]. On 1 February 1674 Moses Hoyt, Joshua Hoyt, Samuel Hoyt, Benjamin Hoyt, Thomas Lyon, Samuel Finch and Samuel Firman came to an agreement "concerning the distribution of the estate of our deceased mother Susanna Bates" [Gillespie Anc 289-90, citing StLR A:61].
BIRTH: By about 1593 based on estimated date of marriage. DEATH: Stamford 1 September 1657 [TAG 10:44, 45]. MARRIAGE: (1) By 1618 _____ _____; probably died in England not long after 1625.
(2) By about 1632 Susannah _____. (She has been called "Susannah Smith" in many sources, without the evidence given. For an argument that she was not a Smith, see ASSOCIATIONS below.) She married (2) Robert Bates, and died before 1 February 1674.
With first wife i WALTER, bp. West Hatch, Somersetshire, 30 November 1618; m. (1) by about 1642 _____ _____ (eldest child b. about 1642 [ FOOF 1:295]); m. (2) by about 1652 Rhoda (Tinker) (Hobbs) Taylor, daughter of Robert Tinker and widow of Thomas Hobbs and John Taylor [FOOF 1:295; TAG 66:217-18; NEHGR 149:412-13]. ii NICHOLAS, bp. West Hatch 7 May 1620; m. Windsor 12 June 1646 Susanna (_____) Joyce [ Grant 45], widow of William Joyce. iii ALEXANDER, bp. West Hatch 28 December 1623; no further record. iv JOHN, b. say 1625; m. (1) by about 1650 _____ _____; m. (2) about 1659 Mary (Brundish) Purdy, widow of Francis Purdy. (John Hoyt's daughters, Mary, who probably married Hachaliah Brown, and Rachel, who married John Horton [not Norton], were apparently born in the early 1650s, as they married men born in the 1640s; we know that the widow of Francis Purdy had married John Hoyt because her daughter-in-law, Elizabeth (Brown) Purdy, in 1678 asked that "my father John Hoit and my brother Thomas Browne might stand overseers, or my brother Hacaliah Browne," but Francis Purdy died in 1658 [FOOF 1:495-96].) v AGNES, bp. West Hatch 18 October 1626; no further record. With second wife vi MARY, b. say 1632; m. by about 1652 Thomas Lyon (their daughter Abigail m. in 1672 [FOOF 1:395]). (The first wife of Thomas Lyon was Martha Johanna Winthrop, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Fones) Winthrop, the latter of whom later married ROBERT FEAKE and William Hallett.) vii MOSES, b. say 1634; m. by 1659 Elizabeth _____ (eldest child Abigail m. by 1679 [FOOF 1:296]). viii JOSHUA, b. say 1639; m. by 1664 Mary Bell (eldest known child b. Stamford 22 December 1664 [TAG 11:35]; in his 24 May 1689 will Francis Bell named daughter Mary Hoyt [FOOF 1:60]). ix MIRIAM, b. say 1641; m. Fairfield 25 March 1662 Samuel Firman (or Forman) [FOOF 1:207]. x SAMUEL, b. say 1643; m. (1) Stamford 16 November 1670 (or 1671?) Hannah Holly [TAG 11:33]; m. (2) between 1710 and 1713 Rebecca _____, who d. Stamford 8 December 1713 [Gillespie Anc 291, citing StTR 1:128; TAG 11:92]; m. (3) Stamford 20 September 1714 Hannah Slawson, widow of John Gold [Gillespie Anc 291, citing StTR 1:129; TAG 11:93]. xi BENJAMIN, b. Windsor 2 February 1644[/5] [WiLR 1:19]; m. Stamford 5 January 1670[/1] Hannah Weed [TAG 11:33]. (Several sources state that Benjamin was born at Windsor on 2 February 1644/5; this birth is not recorded at Windsor and, as noted in COMMENTS below, the Hoyt family must have been residing in Fairfield by this date.) xii SARAH, b. say 1647; m. by about 1663 Samuel Finch, son of JOHN FINCH [Gillespie Anc 147-51].
ASSOCIATIONS: In the list of houses built at Scituate, the twenty-first, built probably just a few months after that of Simon Hoyt, was "The Smiths Goodman Hait's brother" [NEHGR 10:42]. Who this might be has not been learned. This may, however, be the basis for the identification of Hoyt's second wife as Susanna Smith, on the assumption that "The Smiths" intends a surname. But it more likely was meant for the occupation, as a blacksmith was an essential element of each of these new towns, and one frequently finds grants made specifically for the smith or the miller, without stating the name of the person employed in that calling. COMMENTS: In 1903 Emily Warren Roebling included in The Journal of the Reverend Silas Constant a number of birth, marriage and death records said to pertain to the family of Simon Hoyt, and to be from the parish register of Upway, Dorsetshire. Donald Lines Jacobus and John Insley Coddington questioned these records, because parish registers provide us with baptismal and burial dates rather than birth and death dates, and also because some of the dates were incomplete, lacking the day of the event; despite this, Paul Prindle argued in 1976 for their authenticity [Gillespie Anc 287].
More recently the IGI has led to several entries in the parish register of West Hatch, Somersetshire, which are more appropriate for this family, and which are in direct contradiction with the data published by Roebling. As a result, we reject here all the Upway dates, and also the identification of the first wife of Simon Hoyt. Without the evidence for the identity of the first wife we might wonder whether Simon Hoyt had more than one wife. The range of years over which Simon Hoyt had children (nearly thirty) and the agreement over the estate of his widow, Susannah (_____) (Hoyt) Bates, which did not include the four older surviving sons, are sufficient evidence that Simon Hoyt was married twice. Without the Upway dates we have no evidence for daughters Ruth and Deborah, and the sons need to be rearranged. Walter would appear to be the eldest son, for two reasons at least. First, in the Windsor grants of land to his father, there is also a grant to him, at a time when he would recently have come of age. If John were older, we would expect to find him in these land records as well. Second, from the records of Matthew Grant we know that both Walter and Nicholas had married before Simon Hoyt moved to Fairfield, but there is no indication from Windsor records that John had married this early. There is also no evidence for a son Thomas. Prindle lists some records for such a person, but they actually pertain to Thomas Hyatt of Stamford [Gillespie Anc 290; FOOF 1:318]. To add to the confusion, probate documents for Simon Hoyt and Thomas Hyatt are mixed together on the same pages of the Stamford records [TAG 11:34]. The seven children of the second wife must all have been born in the 1630s and 1640s, from about 1632 to about 1647. These records are internally consistent, but do raise a small problem when compared with what little we learn from the records of Scituate and Windsor, the two towns in which Simon Hoyt lived from 1635 to about 1646. Hoyt and his wife were admitted to Scituate church in 1635, but had no children baptized there, and Matthew Grant tells us that Simon Hoyt had two children born during his residence at Windsor [Grant 93]. The two eldest children of this marriage, Mary and Moses, were probably born in Dorchester. The next two, Joshua and Miriam, seem firmly placed as born in the years when the family lived in Windsor. The birth of Benjamin is recorded at Windsor on 2 February 1644[/5], but the dates for Samuel and Sarah are less certain, and seem to cluster around the period from 1645 to 1647, very close to the birth of Benjamin. If Grant is right, then these three must have been born in Fairfield; the solution may be that each of these is a little younger than our estimate, or that the Hoyt family moved to Fairfield as early as 1644. Either Grant is in error as to the number of children born in Windsor, or Benjamin wasn't really born in Windsor, but had his birth recorded there perhaps because he had elder brothers still living in that town. Simon Hoyt settled at Charlestown in 1629 [ ChTR 2]. On 7 May 1640 "Symon Hoyette and his family are to be freed from watch & ward until there be further order taken by the court" [ RPCC 11; CCCR 1:49].
Simon Hoyt biographical info - STATES THERE IS NO RECORD EVID FOR DEBORAH STOWERS AS SIMON'S WIFE, etc.
vital records sources are discussed in the text
..... This is an analysis of information published in Hoyts' Issue and material from primary sources in the United States in one place so that researchers interested in Simon Hoyt and his family don't have to rely on gathering bits and pieces, some of it erroneous, on the internet. Many thanks to Sharon Dulcich for her efforts in getting the information in the Spring 1995 and Spring 1996 Hoyts' Issue to me. aaaSimon Hoyt has many descendants and therefore many people interested in his background. The major source used for this family's history has been David W. Hoyt's A Genealogical History of the Hoyt, Haight, and Hight Families.(1a) This, like many other 19th and early 20th century genealogical books, has been regarded as an authority. Unfortunately most of these books were not researched and/or written by people with the professional-level genealogy skills needed to properly gather and evaluate evidence. Many amateur genealogists have understandably taken such published information as fact and have republished it and have spread it across the internet. The body of knowledge of the Simon Hoyt family has suffered greatly from this.
aaaIn 1995 a researcher in Engand named Robin Bush looked in records there for evidence of Simon. One would have expected to find corroboration of the claim in David Hoyt's book that Simon married Deborah Stowers and had four children baptized in Upway (correct spelling "Upwey"), Dorsetshire. Instead it became apparent that marriage and baptism records have not been available for Upwey before 1654 since at least 1831. In any case they are not known to exist today and cannot be consulted. aaaRobin Bush found records at West Hatch, Somersetshire, of the baptisms of four children of Simon Hoyt. Walter and Nicholas are among them and the immigrant Simon is known to have had sons with these names. The supposed Upwey family also had sons Walter and Nicholas. Further investigation into the background of Massachusetts Bay immigrant Nicholas Stowers, who supposedly lived near Upwey, might prove interesting. Bush says that the baptism dates for Walter and Nicholas correspond to the ages of Walter and Nicholas of MA/CT. I am not very familiar with information on Nicholas, but Walter's approximate age is given in a probate document and corresponds to a birth year of 1618. (1b) aaaRegarding a man named Micheal Hoyt (variously spelled) Bush cites a Manor Court record (2a) dated 18 July 1599 that concerns his occupation of rented land, apparently in West Hatch, with his children Richard, Simon, Anne, Thomasine (Thamazine, etc.) and Elizabeth. This document refers to "the customary rent and services and works of scouring and ditching the lords' rivers" connected with their tenancy. This apparently is the earliest such record, leading Bush to think this was when the family arrived in West Hatch. Michael later occupied other properties. He also served town offices much the same as those in New England. He was a juryman and often foreman of the homage jury in the Hallimote Court and Manor Court between 1606 and 1620 (2b). Homage juries were composed of tenants who reported to the courts on misdemeanors and deaths among the tenants. Hallimote Court records say he was a reeve (keeper of animals on behalf of the town) in 1612/13(3). In 1613 he had five stray sheep in his custody. He was elected a tythingman (tax collector) at West Hatch in 1614 (4), but he was still a reeve, given that in the same year he was holding a horse that was to be given to the lords as fee for someone's tenancy(5). aaaSimon "made default of the suit of court" in 1616 (6), 1618 (7) and twice in 1620(8). Michael stated in Hallimote Court records that in 1617 he surrendered his 1599 rental lands to the use of Simon(9). Manor Court records say that Michael and Simon were on the homage jury in 1619(10). Simon acknowledged to his fellow jurymen and the court that he cut down 6 oak trees on his land and sold them outside the manor, which was against custom. On his father's pledge Simon paid a 20 shilling fine at the next meeting of the court. Simon was a juryman again in 1620(11). aaaQuoting Bush from the same source as the last, "A view was taken between the land of Alexander Hearne called Barleidge and the land of Simon Hoyte called 'Long Medow.' It was found that the boundary was 'an old ditch.' Simon Hoyte was ordered to make a sufficient fence between his meadow called 'Long Medow' and the land of Walter Curry before 28 Oct. on pain of 5 s." aaaMichael's wife at the time of his death was probably Agnes. The West Hatch Manor Court refers to her as a widow who was holding a tenement of the same description as Michael's and that she was to pay a fee to the lords in 1628 with Richard Hoyt (name of the oldest son of Michael) as one of her pledges(12). Bush suggests that Michael's son John was born to a second wife about 1608. A Hundred Court record (13) of 1620 says that the court ordered Richard Hoyt to bring his brother John to be sworn to the assize. Bush says that this was usually done when a boy reached the age of 12, but how diligent was this in practice? Was John born shortly after Michael's 1599 record of tenancy (in which John doesn't appear)? Michael's daughter Thomasine (variously spelled) was baptized in 1581/82. She had at least one older sibling (Anne is listed before her in court records. I am assuming that lists of children are by age as they are in probate records). If Anne was the first born, say in 1580, and John was the last in say 1600, that would span the average 20 year period of a married woman's fertility. Perhaps Richard was ordered to bring John to court because he had not previously. However John would have been 20 and Richard probably would not have been involved. If John's was a late and last birth of Michael's wife he could have still been a minor in 1620 if he was born say 1603 or 4. In any case no marriage records have been found for Michael and his wife is not named in the one baptism record. It is notable that daughters named Agnes were born to Simon and Richard Hoyt in West Hatch. aaaBush further cites account rolls for West Hatch that mention Simon Hoyt's payments to the manor for new grants of tenements through 1631, and by 1632/33 his name was crossed out and replaced by another. He acquired two tenements in 1627/28, not long before Simon the immigrant most likely left England. If the latter is the same as West Hatch Simon he would have signed away the properties when he was in either Charlestown or Dorchester, MA. He had become a freeman in 1631, so he may have felt sufficiently established in the Massachusetts Colony to undo his real estate ties in England. Bush notes that the above court entries are all under the subheading of the manor tything of West Hatch. This makes a fairly certain connecton between the Simons - the son of Michael of West Hatch, the father of Walter and Nicholas of West Hatch and the immigrant to Massachusetts Bay. aaaBush found a marriage record at Marshwood, Dorset, of Simon Hoyt and Jane "Stoodlie" in 1617. Marshwood is not so far from West Hatch (about 10 miles) to negate the possibility that this couple had Walter and Nicholas, but Simon was otherwise in West Hatch. Marshwood records reveal only that there were Stoodley (variously spelled) baptisms in the early 17th century, indicating that Jane's family probably was established in the area when she was married.(14) John Stoodley was among the free tenants of Marshwood manor in 1626-41 and Walter "Stoodleigh" was a member of the homage jury for Whitchurch Hundred, near Marshwood, in 1626. Given the appearance of Walter among Simon's children, perhaps Walter Stoodleigh was Jane's father or brother. aaaThe name Michael is found among the children named in the will of Thomas Hoyt of Seavington St. Mary, Somersetshire (1576) and his wife Isabel (1587). That town is about 9 miles from West Hatch and about 2 1/2 miles from South Petherton, where Michael's daughter was baptized. Thomas' will mentions several of his grandchildren, but none by Michael. Isabel's will does mention that Michael had children. This accords with the idea that Michael's oldest daughter (and first child?) may have been Anne, born say 1580. There is no further evidence cited to make a strong connection between Thomas of Seavington St. Mary and Michael of South Petherton/West Hatch. aaaRobin Bush doesn't give a list of all the sources he consulted, although it is apparent that he looked at a number of unnamed records that did not reveal Hoyt information. Are there more records that can be researched in that region of England? For instance, does Michael appear in any other South Petherton area records? All of Michael's children before 1599 may have been born there. Are there Manor Court records for the area similar to those covering the town of West Hatch?
In New England
aaa Simon Hoyt appears on a list, with Nicholas Stowers and the Sprague family, of those who were the first to live in Charlestown in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.(15) The date given for the list, which appears in the town records, is 1628, but scholars are confident that the document was made somewhat later. Although a few families were living in the vicinity of what became Charlestown by 1628, the so-called Higginson Fleet of ships which sailed in the Spring and Summer of 1629, sent by the Massachusetts Bay Colony, carried some if not most of the people named on that list. A statement has been proliferated that the Hoyts came over on the ship Abigail in 1628. There is no extant list of passengers on that trip of Abigail nor any other evidence to specifically place the Hoyts on it. John Endicott, Governor of Massachusetts Bay, approved the removal of the Spragues and "three or four others" to explore and settle what became Charlestown. Given the probable proximity of their origins in England, Simon may not only have sailed with them but joined them as one of those others to Charlestown. On the above-mentioned list, Simon is listed one name away from the Spragues. aaa Simon appears on the first list of "Names of such as tooke the Oath of Freemen" of the colony, dated 18 May 1631,(16) and is presumed to have been in Dorchester. The first record found of Simon in that town is from 1633, leaving in question where he was in 1631. On 3 April 1633 Dorchester town records state that a double-rail fence with mortices in the posts was ordered to be put up by the cow-owners of the town, 20 feet of length per cow. Simon's fencing was to be 40 feet.(17) On 8 October of the same year he was appointed a fenceviewer for the "east field."(18) On 6 January of the following year he was included in a division of "marsh and swamp."(19) He was elected a fenceviewer for the "north field" on 24 May 1634.(20) On 2 June he was in another division of marsh and swamp, a parcel of about 8 acres on the north side of the "neck." On 10 February 1634/35 he was ordered to keep one bull with the heifers on the "neck of land," for which he was to be paid.(21) This action surely was taken to make calves and that Simon was to oversee the process. The last mention of Simon as a Dorchester resident was on 17 February 16(34/?)35, when it was ordered that "the lott of medow that was Symon Hoytes next to boston side Joyning to John Witchfield shall be devided betwixt Mr. Rodger Williams and Gyles Gibbes."(22) aaaSimon and his family moved to Scituate, MA, by the time he and his wife joined the church there on 17 April 1635.(23) Given the last two references to Simon in the Dorchester town records, the move can be placed between 10 February (perhaps 17 February) and 17 April 1635. Rev. Lothrop of Scituate listed the house lots and their occupants from the time he arrived in November? of 1634 to December? of 1636, the months being unclear.(24) Simon had a house lot there between those dates. Dean's history of Scituate indicates that "Goodman Hoyt" was granted land in the "Greenfield" section of Scituate between April? and June? of 1635, although it is not clearly stated and there are no sources cited in this work.(25) However, given all this evidence it is reasonable to say that the Hoyts moved to Scituate in late Winter of 1635 and had established themselves sufficiently enough to join the church and build or buy a house there within the next 4 months. aaaThe time of Simon's removal to Windsor, CT, is not known, but speculated to have been between 1636 and 1639, when groups of settlers from Massachusetts Bay went there. He apparently does not appear in Scituate town and church records after 1635-1636. In 1677 Matthew Grant recorded that there were 2 children born to Simon in Windsor(how accurate was this over 30 years after the fact?), suggesting that he moved there with the 1639 party headed by Rev. Huit.(26) He was surely there by 7 May 1640, when the Particular Court of Connecticut ordered that "Simon Hoyette and his family are to be freed fro watch & ward until there be further Order taken by the Courte."(27) The reason for this may be found in where Simon was granted land in Windsor. He appears in an inventory of land ownership dated 28 February 1640/41.(28) He had been granted "fourscore" acres of upland and meadow and the same amount on the north side of the "rivulet," with 30 acres of the latter designated for his son Walter. A copy of this record describes the property as being on the east side of the "rivulet" (presumably what is now the Farmington River), but given the meandering of the river, it might have been open to interpretation. This area became known as Hoyt's Meadow and was enough distant from the main settlement known as the Palisado to excuse Simon and Walter from gaurd duty. A record of January 1659/60 says he had a "long seat" in the Windsor church, for which he paid 6 shillings.(29) He had died in Stamford, CT, by this time. The record refers to pews associated with houses and their original owners, although the latter are not named, and Simon was likely among them. aaaSimon supposedly sold his homestead lot in "Hoyt's Meadow" in 1646.(30) He owned a house lot and 2 1/2 acres bordering the common in Fairfield, CT; 5 acres at "Sascoe Neck" on "Hoit's Island" and land purchased from John Green.(31) This land is listed in an inventory for the town of Fairfield dated 6 March 16(48/?)49. He may have bought some of it near the time he sold his Windsor land in 1646 and made his move in that year. aaaSimon's death is recorded in the Stamford town records as having occurred on the 1st day of the 7th month 1657, translating to 1 September 1657.(32) An inventory of his estate was taken on 9 October 1657. This Fairfield Co. probate item is given here as it was transcribed for David Hoyt's book. It is described as worn and partially torn. The end of it is clearly missing.
[O]cto 9: 57 An Inventory of ye Estate of Simon Hoyte taken by ff[illegible] Rich Law Entry 24: 3 mo 1659
Impmus 8 Cowes 15- It [Item] 2 oxen 15- It 4:2: years 10- It 1:3:yearold com tine 03- It 1 yearl-g 01- It one Horse 10-0 It one mare & Colt 20-0 It one yearl-g colt with time 12- O - 0 It p Land 30-0-0 It one Homelote & a mill 30- 0 - 0 It in puter 01- It in brass, 1: pan 1 : pot, 1 : mortter, 2 : cittills 02- It in Iron, 1: pot, 2 lesser pots 03 It more Iron, axes, howes Chaines 05 It armes, 1 gun, 3 swords 2: barrells 02-08 It in woollen Cloathes 05-06 It one hat & lether Jacket 00-07 It one paire sheets & 43 yards new cloth 07-09 It too Chests, 2 wheeles 01-02 It in Coops ware 01-03 It in Turners ware 00-03 It three Earthen pots 00- It one sadle & roapes & tow comes 01- It in beding 06- It [sivory?] &c marking Iron 00- It one colter & old Iron 00- It in Indian Corn, 10: bushells 01- It 25 bushells wheat 05- It 80: ib: of tobaca 01- It cart & plow & wheeles 02- It two yoaks 00- It in Debts, Due 05- It in Hey six load 05- It in pease 40 bushells 07- It 14 swine 20- It 2 hides 00-
It in Debts ow-g 01 It oweing 25 bushells wheat 05- It owing 00-
aaaSeveral receipts are said to have been in Simon's probate file for the distribution of his estate.(33a) They refer to Joshua Hoyt receiving portions from his brothers Moses (2 April 1666), Samuel (April 1665) and Benjamin. Samuel Finch, on behalf of his wife, received their portion in April 1665 and Samuel Firman gave his portion to his mother-in-law on 25 March 1662. Other receipts are probably missing, but the signature of "Joen" Hoyt can be found as witness to Moses' signature. The John Hoyt who witnessed Moses' signature could have been Simon's son or grandson. aaaIt is clear that Simon's children were by two wives. There is no primary evidence found identifying the family name of his second wife Susannah. There is a record made by Rev. John Lothrop of Scituate apparently in 1637 that lists the houses by heads of household of that town since his arrival in 1634. There is an entry for "The Smiths. Goodman Haits brother." No other entry is prefaced by "the," such as "the Hoyts." All the households except 3, including "The Smiths," are numbered, which may indicate those three were not land owners. It is unlikely that this was a Mr. Smith. He was very likely the town blacksmith. Susannah and her heirs (among whom are not the English-born children of Simon) are named in an agreement regarding the distribution of her estate. At the time of her death she was Susannah Bates, probably the wife of Robert Bates of Stamford. Her heirs were her children Moses, Joshua, Samuel and Benjamin Hoyt, and the husbands of her daughters Mary, Sarah and Miriam (namely Thomas Lyon, Samuel Finch and Samuel "ffirman").(34) The inventory was presented at court on 24 May 1659.
child of Simon? perhaps out of wedlock:(35)
Christopher, bur. 22 August 1618
information for children of Simon of New England with West Hatch Simon and (Jane Stoodley's?) children's information inserted, with baps. from West Hatch parish church records, in parentheses:
i. Walter (bap. 29 November 1618) ii. Nicholas, (bap. 7 May 1620) (iii. Alexander, bap. 28 December 1623) (iv. Agnes, bap. 18 October 1626) v. John
children of Simon and Susannah:
v. Mary, b. ca. 1630, m. Thomas Lyon vi. Moses, b. ca. 1632 (Dorchester?), m. Elizabeth vii. Joshua, b. ca. 1635 (Scituate?), Mary Bell (if she was the Mary Hoyt listed in father Francis Bell's will) viii. Sarah, b. ca. 1637, (Scituate?), m. Samuel Finch ix. Miriam, b. ca. 1639 (Scituate?), m. Samuel Firman (perhaps Forman) 25 March 1662, Fairfield, CT (date and place not confirmed by author) x. Samuel, b. ca. 1642, (Windsor?), m. 1. Hannah Holly, 16 November 1670, Stamford, CT, 2. Rebecca (neither confirmed by author) xi. Benjamin, b. 2 February 1644/1645, Windsor (Windsor land records, not seen by author), m. Hannah Weed, 5 January 1670/71, Stamford, CT (not confirmed by author)
1a. David W.Hoyt, A Genealogical History of the Hoyt, Haight, and Hight Families, (Boston,1871). 1b. Walter Hoyt's will, microfilm, Connecticut State Library. 2a. North Curry Hundred, Hallimote and Manor Court Tolls of the Dean and Chapter of Wells Cathedral, DD/CC 131924/6, translated from Latin. 2b. Hallimote and Manor Courts, DD/CC131907/14. 3. Hallimote Court, DD/CC 131925/8. 4. Hundred Court, DD/CC 131925/4. 5. Hallimote Court,ibid. 6. Hundred Court, 131925/6. 7. Manor Court, 131925/5. 8. Hundred Court, 131910a/9; with his father, in Hallimote Court, same source. 9. Hallimote Court, DD/CC 131925/5. 10. Manor Court, DD/CC 131925/2. 11. Hallimote Court, 131910a/5. 12. Ibid, 131907/2. 13. Ibid, 131910a/9. 14. Somerset & Dorset Notes & Queries, vol. 10, pp. 242-4. 15. Richard Frothingham, Jr., The History of Charlestown, Massachusetts (1845). 16. Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, ed., Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, etc. (Boston, 1853), pg. 366. 17. Fourth Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston 1880; Dorchester Town Records; second edition 1883 (Boston, 1883), pg. 2. 18. Ibid, pg. 3. 19. Ibid, pg. 5. 20. Ibid, pg. 6. 21. Ibid, pg. 10. 22. Ibid, pg. 11. 23. Samuel Dean, History of Scituate, Massachusetts, from its First Settlement to 1831 (Boston, 1831). 24. Ibid. 25. Ibid. 26. Henry R. Stiles, A History of Ancient Windsor, reprint, Somersworth, NH, 1976. (HAW) 27. Records of the Particular Court of Connecticut 1639-1663, Connecticut Historical Society. 28. The Great Migration Begins project cites Windsor land records 1:88. 29. Information on Simon in Windsor from HAW. 30. HAW, pp. 159,167-8. This is an abstract of the original record, which has not been seen. 31. Donald Lines Jacobus, comp. & ed., History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, 1:293. Original records not seen. 32. Fairfield town records in The American Genealogist," 10:116. 33a.. The American Genealogist, 11:34. 33b. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 10:42; The American Genealogist, 11:34. 34. E. B. Huntington, History of Stamford 1641-1868, etc. (1979), pg. 34. 35. "supposed son of Simon Hoyte," West Hatch parish church records. Walter clearly was Simon and Jane's first child after their marriage about a year earlier.
-------------------- Cf: Simon Hoyt (1595 Curry Rivel, Somersetshire, - Sept 1, 1657) Company of Governor John Endicott on "Abigail" in 1628. One of first settlers of Dorchester in 1630. to Scituate in 1633. Married 2nd Susanna Smith. To Windsor, then to Fairfield in 1649. Subsequently to Stamford. Son Walter abt 1618. (Stiles, Windsor, 410)
-------------------- According to information provided by English researcher, Mr. Robin Bush, Somerset, England, Simon appeared in records of Stamford, CT. Of Charlestown 1628, Dorchester 1630, Scituate 1635, Windsor 1639, and sold holdings in 1646. The old Goody Hoyt who died 1644 at Windsor, CT, may have been his mother. He received a grant of land in Fairfield in 1649. His first wife may possibly have been Debra Stower. Stowers, Hoyts and Gov. Endicott, came to New England on the ABIGAIL. -18771. researcher, David W. Hoyt. Simon probably had 2 more sons- Alexander and John by his first wife. Mary Moses, Josua, Miriam, Samuel, Benjamin, and Sarah were children of the second marriage according to Anderson's "The Great Migration Begins, Immigrants to New England 1620-1633."
Robin Bush states that on 2 September 1619 Simon went to the court for cutting 6 oak trees on the manor lands and selling the trees against the laws of the manor. Michael, Simon's father, pledged to pay the fine. Simon's sons, Nick and Walter were baptized in the West hatch Manor owned by the Wells Cathedral of Somerset. Michael's will of 15 Jul 1599 in Evington, St. Mary was the most help. The Church records are in Latin.
Simon Hoyt was one of a small group of men who sailed with John Endicott in 1628 from England on the schooner Abigal for Massachusetts where Endicott served as the first colonial governor until the arrival of Governor Winthrop with the main body of the colonists in 1630.
Simon settled first in Charlestown, on the bank of Boston Harbor at the mouth of the Charles River. Here his wife Deborah Stowers died, leaving him five children of whom the two oldest, John (1614-1684) and Thomas (1618-1656) were born in Dorset, England. Simon then married Susannah Smith and they had seven children. They lived in Dorchester and Windsor, Conn., before following Thomas to Stamford in 1650, where Simon lived until his death in 1657.
In 1995 a researcher in Engand named Robin Bush looked in records there for evidence of Simon.
One would have expected to find corroboration of the claim in David Hoyt's book that Simon married Deborah Stowers and had four children baptized in Upway (correct spelling "Upwey"), Dorsetshire.
Instead it became apparent that marriage and baptism records have not been available for Upwey before 1654 since at least 1831.
In any case they are not known to exist today and cannot be consulted.
Robin Bush found records at West Hatch, Somersetshire, of the baptisms of four children of Simon Hoyt.
Walter and Nicholas are among them and the immigrant Simon is known to have had sons with these names.
The supposed Upwey family also had sons Walter and Nicholas.
Further investigation into the background of Massachusetts Bay immigrant Nicholas Stowers, who supposedly lived near Upwey, might prove interesting.
Bush says that the baptism dates for Walter and Nicholas correspond to the ages of Walter and Nicholas of MA/CT.
I am not very familiar with information on Nicholas, but Walter's approximate age is given in a probate document and corresponds to a birth year of 1618. (1b)
Regarding a man named Micheal Hoyt (variously spelled) Bush cites a Manor Court record (2a) dated 18 July 1599 that concerns his occupation of rented land, apparently in West Hatch, with his children Richard, Simon, Anne, Thomasine (Thamazine, etc.) and Elizabeth.
This document refers to "the customary rent and services and works of scouring and ditching the lords' rivers" connected with their tenancy.
This apparently is the earliest such record, leading Bush to think this was when the family arrived in West Hatch.
Michael later occupied other properties.
He also served town offices much the same as those in New England.
He was a juryman and often foreman of the homage jury in the Hallimote Court and Manor Court between 1606 and 1620 (2b). Homage juries were composed of tenants who reported to the courts on misdemeanors and deaths among the tenants. Hallimote Court records say he was a reeve (keeper of animals on behalf of the town) in 1612/13(3). In 1613 he had five stray sheep in his custody. He was elected a tythingman (tax collector) at West Hatch in 1614 (4), but he was still a reeve, given that in the same year he was holding a horse that was to be given to the lords as fee for someone's tenancy(5).
Simon "made default of the suit of court" in 1616 (6), 1618 (7) and twice in 1620(8). Michael stated in Hallimote Court records that in 1617 he surrendered his 1599 rental lands to the use of Simon(9). Manor Court records say that Michael and Simon were on the homage jury in 1619(10). Simon acknowledged to his fellow jurymen and the court that he c
Father: John HOYT
Mother: Ruth UNKNOWN
Marriage 1 Jane STOODLEY b: Y
Walter (The English Immigrant) HOYT b: bef 30 NOV 1618 in West Hatch, Somerset, England
Nicholas HOYT b: BEF 7 May 1620 in West Hatch, Somerset, England
Alexander HOYT b: BEF 28 December 1623 in West Hatch, Somerset, England
Agnes HOYT b: BEF 18 October 1626 in West Hatch, Somerset, England
John HOYT b: Y
Marriage 2 Susannah MARRIED TO SIMON HOYT b: Y
Mary HOYT b: ca. 1630
Moses HOYT b: ca. 1632 in Dorchester?
Joshua HOYT b: ca. 1635 in Scituate?
Sarah HOYT b: ca. 1637 in Scituate?
Miriam HOYT b: ca. 1639 in Scituate?
Samuel HOYT b: ca. 1642 in Windsor?
Benjamin HOYT b: 2 February 1644/1645
-------------------- (f/g) Simon Hoyt Birth: 1593, England Death: Sep. 1, 1657 Stamford Fairfield County Connecticut, USA
Born by about 1593, based on estimated date of marriage. Came from West Hatch, Somersetshire to Massachusetts Bay in 1629. First settled in Charlestown; moved to Dorchester by 1633, Scituate in 1635, Windsor by 1639, Fairfield by 1649, & Stamford in 1657. Died in Stamford CT, 1 September 1657. Married: (1) By 1618 _____ _____; probably died in England not long after 1625. (2) By about 1632 Susannah _____. (She has been called "Susannah Smith" in many sources, without the evidence given. For an argument that she was not a Smith, see ASSOCIATIONS below.) She married (2) Robert Bates, and died before 1 February 1674. Source: Anderson's Great Migration Study Project
Spouses: Wife Hoyt Susannah Hoyt Children: Walter Hoyt (1618 - ____)* Nicholas Hoyt (1620 - ____)* Alexander Hoyt (1623 - ____)* John Hoyt (1625 - ____)* Agnes Hoyt (1626 - ____)* Mary Hoyt Lyon (1632 - ____)* Moses Hoyt (1634 - ____)* Joshua Hoyt (1639 - ____)* Miriam Hoyt Firman/Forman (1641 - ____)* Samuel Hoyt (1643 - ____)* Benjamin Hoyt (1644 - ____)* Sarah Hoyt Finch (1647 - ____)
Burial: Palisado Cemetery Windsor Hartford County Connecticut, USA Plot: Founders Monument Created by: Linda Mac Record added: Apr 09, 2009 Find A Grave Memorial# 35680599 -tcd
Simon Haight's Timeline
January 20, 1589
West Hatch, Somersetshire, England
January 20, 1590
Upway, Dorsetshire, England
Marshwood, Dorset, England
March 12, 1614
Upwey, Dorset, England
March 12, 1614
England, United Kingdom
June 9, 1616
West Hatch, Somersetshire, England
August 9, 1620