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Simon Hoyt

Male Abt 1593 - 1657  (~ 64 years)


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  • Name Simon Hoyt  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born Abt 1593  West Hatch, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 7
    Gender Male 
    Died 1 Sep 1657  Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
    Notes 
    • Of Charlestown 1628, Dorchester 1630, Scituate 1635; came to Windsor about 1639, where he sold his holdings in 1646. The Old Goody Hoyt who died 1644 at Windsor may have been his mother. He received a grant of land at Fairfield, 6 Mar 1649, having previously purchased land there from John Green. Not long before his death, he removed to Stamford, where he died 1 Sep 1657.

      The earliest mention of Simon Hoyt in this country is from the records of Charlestown , MA: "The inhabitants that first settled in this place and brought it into the denomination of an English town were in anno 1628 [1629?] as follows: Ralph Sprague, Richard Sprague, William Sprague, John Meech, Simon Hoyte, Abraham Palmer, Walter Palmer, Nicholas Stowers, John Stickline, Thomas Walford, Mr. Graves (who had charge of some of the servants), and Mr. Bright (Minister of the Companies Servants), by whome it was jointly agreed and concluded that this place on the north side of Charles River by the natives called Mishawum shall henceforth from the name of the river be called Charlestowne, which was also confirmed by Mr. John Endicott, Governour."
      The records also state that in the summer of 1628 [1629?] "the Spragues and three or four others" with the approval of Gov. Endicott, traveled from Salem, "through the woods" to explore and settle Charlestown, where they found only one English abode, the house of Thomas Walford, a smith.
      As only one name stands between the Spragues and Simon Hoyte on the Charlestown records, he was undoubtedly one of the "three or four others" who accompanied them from Salem to Charlestown.
      It appears therefore that Simon Hoyt landed in Salem in 1628 or 1629, perhaps by the Abigail or the George, and very soon went to Charlestown as one of its first settlers. He was apparently one of the first settlers of Dorchester in 1630 as his name appears in Dorchester records several times. From Dorchester he undoubtedly removed to Scituate, MA probably early in April, 1635 as "Symeon Hayte" and his wife joined the Scituate church April 19, 1635. From Scituate he went to Windsor, CT, where he was first mentioned on the book of land records on Feb. 28, 1640. The first mention we have of Simon Hoyt at Fairfield, CT is from the land records of that town on March 6, 1649. It is evident that he removed to Stamford before his death. The Stamford records give the date of his death as Sep. 1, 1657.
      It seems that Simon Hoyt left a widow named Susanna, who married a Bates and died before Feb. 1674. It is probable that Simon had two wives, and that Walter, Nicholas and John were the sons of the first wife, as will appear from the following agreement, found on the Stamford records, dated 1674: "Witness these presents an agreement made and concluded between vs viz: Moses Hoyt, Joshua Hoyt, Samuel Hoyt, Benjamin Hoyt, Thomas Lyon, Samuel Finch, Samuel Firman considering the distribution of the estate of our deceased mother Susanna Bates." The agreement goes on to list the distribution of the estate. (The foregoing names are the sons and sons-in-law of Simon and Susanna Hoyt, excluding Walter, Nicholas and John, who had presumably received their share of Simon's estate previously.)
      From all that we have learned about Simon Hoyt, it is evident that he must have been born before 1600, probably as early as 1595. Hence he was probably thirty or thirty-five years of age at the time of coming to America, and sixty or sixty-five at the time of his death.
      The chronicles of the time give us some idea of the hardships endured by the first settlers at Charlestown and Dorchester, the sufferings of the winter; the conspiracy of the Indians to cut off the English, when "all hands, of men, women, and children wrought at digging and building," until a fort was completed; and the perils of pestilence and famine, when they were compelled to live on "clams, and muscles, and fish." In all these Simon Hoyt must have participated.
      It also appears that he was an early settler of seven different towns in New England; and in most of them he was one of the first white residents. Scarcely was he settled in one place before he gave up his home, with all its comforts, and started to subdue a new portion of the wilderness. What an experience of pioneer life he must have had!

      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 (M.BCR 1:366).
      OFFICES: Dorchester fenceviewer, 8 October 1633, 24 May 1634 (DTR 3, 6).

      Simon Hoyt was probably here with the first settlers. I take the liberty of entering his name in one of the places whose name has been effaced by time. He died here in 1657, and his name occurs quite often on the records of the town. The inventory of his estate is on record, dated Oct. 9, 1657, and amounting to 225 pounds. After his death, his widow Susanna, it appears, married a Bates. His children, as indicated by receipts given for their portions of the father's estate, were: Joshua, Moses of Westchester, John, Samuel, Benjamin, Mrs. Samuel Finch, and Mrs. Samuel Firman. In the distribution of the estate of their mother, then Susanna Bates, Feb. 1, 1674, besides the above names, appeared also that of Thomas Lyon, who probably had married one of her daughters.

      Simon Hoyt and his family left England for the New World, probably in the summer of 1629, reaching Salem one year before the arrival of the Winthrop Fleet. The name of "Simon Hoyte" appears in the records of Charlestown on a list of "The Inhabitants yt first settled in this place & brought it into the denomination of An English Towne." The record, written years later, is dated "Anno 1628" but is believed to be dated one year too early.
      Simon's name is found on a list of the freemen of the Massachusetts Bay Colony dagted 18 May 1631. Sometime before 6 January 1633 he had moved to Dorchester in the same colony; on that date the town granted him "the marsh and swamp before Goodman Hosford." By 1635 he had moved to Scituate and on 19 April 1635, "Symeon Hayte" and his wife joined the church there. He remained in Scituate only a few years, however, for by 1639 he had moved to Windsor in the Connecticut Colony. On 28 February 1640, the town granted him "fourscore acres", still known as Hoyt's Meadow. He sold this property in 1646 and received a grant from Fairfield on 6 March 1649 for a homelot and other properties. Prior to his death, Simon moved from Fairfield to Stamford.
      He died in Stamford on 1 September 1657. An inventory of his estate was taken 9 October 1657, with a net value of £227. [1, 4, 13, 14, 15]
    Person ID I38537  Mindrum
    Last Modified 12 Aug 2016 

    Family 1 Jane Stoodley,   d. Dec  
    Married 4 Nov 1617  Marshwood, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Children 
     1. Walter Hoyt,   b. Abt Nov 1618, West Hatch, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 11 Apr 1699, Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years)
     2. Nicholas Hoyt,   b. Abt May 1620, West Hatch, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jul 1655, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 35 years)
     3. Alexander Hoyt,   b. Abt Dec 1623, West Hatch, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. John Hoyt,   b. Abt 1625, West Hatch, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 15 Sep 1684, Rye, Westchester, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years)
     5. Agnes Hoyt,   b. Abt Oct 1626, West Hatch, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 30 Mar 2015 
    Family ID F26284  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Susannah,   d. Bef 1 Feb 1673/4 
    Married Abt 1632  [17
    Children 
     1. Mary Hoyt,   b. Abt 1632
     2. Moses Hoyt,   b. Abt 1634,   d. Abt 1712, Eastchester, Westchester, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years)
     3. Joshua Hoyt,   b. Abt 1641,   d. 1690, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 49 years)
     4. Miriam Hoyt,   b. Abt 1641, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Deacon Samuel Hoyt,   b. Abt 1643,   d. 7 Apr 1720, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years)
     6. Benjamin Hoyt,   b. 2 Feb 1644/5, Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1735/6, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     7. Sarah Hoyt,   b. 1637-1647,   d. 19 Mar 1712/13, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    Last Modified 24 May 2015 
    Family ID F26698  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S1701] History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Donald L. Jacobus, History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, (Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Co., New Haven, CT, 1930), p. I:293.

    2. [S295] A Genealogical History of the Hoyt, Haight, and Hight Families, Hoyt, David W., A Genealogical History of the Hoyt, Haight, and Hight Families, (Providence Press Co., Boston, 1871), p. 286.

    3. [S2760] Robert C. Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995), p. 1028.

    4. [S3818] E. B. Huntington, History of Stamford, Conn., from 1641 to the present time, (1868), p. 34.

    5. [S2756] Descendants of Simon Hoyt, by Michael Seamans, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycortla/haight1.htm.

    6. [S295] A Genealogical History of the Hoyt, Haight, and Hight Families, Hoyt, David W., A Genealogical History of the Hoyt, Haight, and Hight Families, (Providence Press Co., Boston, 1871), 1595-1610, Upway.

    7. [S2760] Robert C. Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995), p. 1028-1029.

    8. [S8425] Stamford Town Meeting Records, 1630-1723, Transcribed 1886, p. 1:19.

    9. [S511] Connecticut Town Death Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection), www.ancestry.com.

    10. [S295] A Genealogical History of the Hoyt, Haight, and Hight Families, Hoyt, David W., A Genealogical History of the Hoyt, Haight, and Hight Families, (Providence Press Co., Boston, 1871), p. 290.

    11. [S2760] Robert C. Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995), p. 1029.

    12. [S4566] Paul W. Prindle, Ancestry of Elizabeth Barrett Gillespie, (1976), p. 287.

    13. [S295] A Genealogical History of the Hoyt, Haight, and Hight Families, Hoyt, David W., A Genealogical History of the Hoyt, Haight, and Hight Families, (Providence Press Co., Boston, 1871), pp. 286-292.

    14. [S2760] Robert C. Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995), pp. 1028-1029.

    15. [S4566] Paul W. Prindle, Ancestry of Elizabeth Barrett Gillespie, (1976), pp. 287-289.

    16. [S2754] Doug Sinclair's Archives, www.dougsinclairarchives.com.

    17. [S2760] Robert C. Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995), p. 1030.