DAVID HOYT, of Shellsburg, became a resident of Benton County in October, 1855, locating in Canton Township. He first rented land and tilled the same until 1863, then settled on section 16, where he purchased eighty acres of land, and continued the occupation of farming until the fall of 1882, when, on account of his advanced age, and concluding his farm would bring money enough to support himself and wife in their latter years, he sold his land and moved to Shellsburg, where he had previously purchased a house and lot. Here he now resides with his wife, enjoying the fruit of his early industry and perseverance. Mr. Hoyt was born in St. Lawrence County, N. Y., Nov. 3, 1818. His father, David Hoyt, was a native of New York, and his mother, Ruth (Place) Hoyt, was born in Vermont. In 1833 the family removed to Portage County, Ohio. Here David was reared to manhood, and in 1840 went to Tippecanoe County, Ind., whence, in 1855, he came to Iowa.
In 1862 Mr. Hoyt was united in marriage with Charlotte J. Parker. She was born in Garrard County, Ky., July 27, 1817, her parents being Thomas and Mary (Potter) Parker. Thomas Parker, the father of Mrs. Hoyt, was born in New York, and when a young man moved to Garrard County, Ky., where he married Mary Potter. About 1822 the family moved to Decatur County, Ind., where the mother died in 1854, aged sixty four years, leaving ten children — Susanna C., William H., Nathaniel J., Charlotte, Elizabeth, Esther, John, Mary, Abi and Nancy; the oldest one is deceased.Mr. Parker passed away from earth to a brighter home Nov. 16, 1852, in the sixty-second year of his age.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 354.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on February 18th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.