HOYT & FAMILIES STORIES PAGE
(Updated Author's New Email at Bottom of Page)
(Added, a NEW Story on 9-11, from Craig Van Steenbergen, of
Simon Hoyt Descendance
(Added Interesting "saying from history" in dark yellow
(Added new link to: Life of Wm. T. Sherman, and his mother,
Mary Hoyt, my 6th Cousin, 3x's removed)
(Added a true story of Mark Stewart on finding famous Kings
& Queens of Europe in his wifes family origins #16)
(Added Frank & Ann Watkins Horse & Chicken Stories,
by Grandson, Homer #15)
(Added another link to General Sherman, Mother, Mary (Hoyt)
Sherman #1 below)
1. Letters from General Sherman,
(Mother was Mary Hoyt from Norwalk, CT), from the HHH Book pgs. 236
- 238; 236
Mary (Hoyt) Sherman, Mother of Famous
Civil War General https://www.shermanhouse.org/
Blog on Civil War Notes: / http://civilwar-sherman.blogspot.com/
Hoyt Family Traits, from the HHH Book, pgs. 238-245; 238
245- Nehimiah Hoyt (4315), a paragraph on Family Traits of one of Timothy Hoyt's sons, (Devoted Christians).
Fredrick Van Wie Hoyt Genealogical Letter of May 1928, pg. 1-2,
12 bottom; page
1 , page
2 , page
4. Third Generation, from Simon,
David Hoyt, 2618, (Indian Captive & death from attack on Deerfield,
CT in 1704-5); from HHH book, pg.
Link to Roots Web Meage Board about the Brief Sketch: http://boards.ancestry.com/mbexec?htx=message&r=rw&p=surnames.hoyt&m=935:
5. The Story of Jonathan Hoyt
during the Deerfield French & Indian Raid of April 29, 1704 and
his capture and march to Canada (New France).
|6. Fourth Generation, from
Simon, Benjamin Hoyt, 3600, (Indian Attack, of 1704-5, Escaped by Hiding
in corn-bin), from HHH Book; pg.
7. Ruth Gerould (Hoyt) Edwards Letters ; Slide show showing letters of early 1900's Stories of the Hugh P. Hoyt's - Mailed in the1980's.
Elizabeth (Hoag) Hoyt Letters
of Teaching in a Wilmington, NC Grade School 1897-1898
Ellen (Spillman) Watkins: SPILLMAN
- WATKINS FAMILY HISTORY in The Hoyt Family Tree Chart
10. Read Letters by Lawrence
Hoyt; 90 yrs old, Lives Near Timothy Hoyt's Home & Soule Cemetery,
11, 2001 (WHAT WERE YOU DURING 9 - 11? WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS?)
|12. Personal Stories & History of the 319 Clark Street, Clinton, MI home, where the Paul & Pauline Hoyt children were brought up.|
|13. Mericle Farm Memories; Personal stories & memories of visiting Grandpa (J.D.) & Grandma (Cora) Mericle on their farm near Swanton, OH.|
J. Fell's Civil War Diary (.pdf) format
Personal C.W. Diary, written by Florence (Warner) Fell & Jack
&Anne Watkins Horse & Chicken Stories during the Great Depression,
As told by their Grandsonm Homer Watkins;
Page 1a, Page 1b, Page 2a
16. NEW Mark Stewart, of the Hoyt-Edwards-Stewart families, "I may not be much, but I married up!" His genealogical quest over the holidays, found a great surprise for his Family.
FUN READING of "SAYINGS from HISTORY!!!" :-)
Where did Piss Poor come from?
They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to
all pee in a pot & then once a day it was taken & Sold
tannery....if you had to do this to survive you were "Piss
But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn't even
afford to buy a pot......they "didn't have a pot to piss
in" & were
The next time you are washing your hands and complain
Here are some facts about the 1500s:
Most people got married in June because they took their
However, since they were starting to smell .... brides carried
bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom
today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.
Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of
the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the
other sons and men, then the women and finally the children.
Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could
actually lose someone in it.. Hence the saying, "Don't
baby out with the Bath water!"
Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood
underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so
all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the
roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the
animals would slip and fall off the roof... Hence the saying "It's
raining cats and dogs."
There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house.
This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and
other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a
bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded
some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.
The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than
dirt. Hence the saying, "Dirt poor."
The wealthy had slate floors
that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread
thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter
wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the
door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was
placed in the entrance-way. Hence: a thresh hold.
(Getting quite an education, aren't you?)
In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle
that always hung over the fire.. Every day they lit the fire and
added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did
not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner,
leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start
over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had
been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme: Peas porridge
hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.
Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel
quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up
their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man
could, "bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little
share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat.
Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high
Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt
the top, or the upper crust.
Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination
for a couple of days and the family would gather around and
eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence
the custom of holding a wake.
England is old and small and the local folks started running out
of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and
would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave.
When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found
to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they
had been burying people alive... So they would tie a string on
the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up
through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have
to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift)
listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, saved by the bell
or was considered a dead ringer.
And that's the truth....Now, whoever said History was boring!!!