Although Walter and his siblings were baptized as Hoyte, their father was married as Hoyt, another contemporary record. Hoyt is also used by Anderson. Therefore, we are going with Hoyt as last name at birth. -- WikiTree Puritan Great Migration project.
Walter Hoyt was baptized 30 Nov 1618 at West Hatch, Somersetshire, England. Now considered erroneous birthdate of June 9, 1616, comes from the The Journal of the Reverend Silas Constant. Any references to his birthplace as Upway/Upwey, Dorset, come from this 1903 source.
Walter made two statements in his life which confirm his birth about this time. In 1684, as witness to the will of John Hoyt of Rye, he stated his age about 65, and in his 1696 will he calls himself age 78.
He emigrated with his parents and oldest siblings in 1629; they settled initially in Charlestown, Massachusetts. By 1633, the family had removed to Dorchester, then by 1635 to Scituate, and by 1639 to Windsor. Walter's father was living at Fairfield by 1649 and at Stamford by 1657.
It was believed for many years that Simon and Family probably came on the "Abigail" in 1628 with other persons from Upway and Dorset, and that his mother was Deborah Stowers. This was based on the same information from The Journal of the Reverend Silas Constant listed above, which has now been supplanted by newer information. Deborah has been detached as his mother. For more detail on his immigration see Immigration of Simon Hoyt and Family on his father's profile.
Walter married twice.
He married first by about 1642, to Unknown Unknown (neither the first name nor maiden name of his wife is known). An earlier version of this profile claimed she was Elizabeth St. John but no source confirms this, so we have detached her.
He married second by about 1652 Rhoda (Tinker) Hobbs Taylor, bp. 16 Jun 1611 as "daughter of Robert Tinker," widow of 1) Thomas Hobbs, 2) John Taylor of Windsor, Conn.
NOTE: A previous version of this profile claimed that he had an additional spouse Elizabeth or Susanna St. John and that she was daughter of Matthias Sension/St. John and Mercy Tinker. But a) that couple had no such daughter by either name, and b) there is no evidence Walter Hoyt ever married such a person. She's been detached as his spouse and mother of his daughter Hannah Hoyt Gregory.
Positions and Property
He moved to Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut before 1653.
In Norwalk, Walter was a Deputy to the Connecticut Legislature thirteen times in the years 1658-1681. He was appointed Sergeant of the Train Band of Norwalk May 1659.
Walter Hoyt was a founding settler of Norwalk, Connecticut. He served as a deputy of the General Court of the Connecticut Colony from Norwalk between 1658 and 1662, and, when it was renamed, as a deputy of the Connecticut General Assembly between 1662 to 1681. He was a Norwalk selectman in 1672.(Wikipedia)
On 19 May 1659, Walter was confirmed by the General Court of Election at Hartford as Sargent in the local militia; Richard Olmstead was confirmed as Lieutenant.
In May 1672 Walter Hoyt was among those whose names were given to the General Court "for the beginning of a plantation near the backside of Norwalk."
He, along with Ralph Keeler, was contracted by the settlement to cut the timber and build a house for Reverend Thomas Hanford.
He voted in the town meetings in Norwalk, and was confirmed by the General Court as one of the proprietors of Norwalk in 1685.
Hoyt's Hill, named after Walter Hoyt, is the historical name of the hill in the Green at the northeast corner of East Avenue and Willow Street. The place name dates back at least as early as 1679.
Death and Legacy
Walter made his will on 11 Feb. 1695/6 and died before 10 Jan 1698, when an inventory of his estate at Norwalk was made. He calls himself aged about 78, and bequeaths his estate to his two sons John of Danbury and Zerrubable.
He is listed on the Founders Stone bearing the names of the founding settlers of Norwalk in the East Norwalk Historical Cemetery at Norwalk, Fairfield County, CT.
Children of Walter and his first wife (name unknown):
Elizabeth Hoyt, m. at Norwalk, Samuel St. John in 1663. This may have caused the confusion of his first wife's name.
*Thomas is not included by Jacobus, but Prindle identifies evidence for him.
↑ 1.01.11.21.3 Anderson, Robert Charles, (1995) "Simon Hoyt." Featured name. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Vol. 1-3. Boston, MA: NEHGS, American Ancestors.org (Vol 1-3, Pages 1028-1033).
↑ "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V5G9-JVT : accessed 29 January 2016), Walter Hoyte, 30 Nov 1618; citing WEST HATCH,SOMERSET,ENGLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 942.38 W5 K29C, 942.38/W5 K29C. -ALSO ANDERSON.
↑ Roebling, Emily Warren, (1903) The Journal of the Reverend Silas Constant, Pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Yorktown, New York ... Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, Archive.org (Pages 417-18) Caution incorrect.
↑ 4.04.14.24.220.127.116.11.7 Jacobus, Donald Lines, MA (compiler, editor.) History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield. Fairfield, Conn.: The Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, 1930. (p. 295)
↑ Anderson called her Rhoda ______ Taylor, widow of John Taylor in his Great Migration Begins, but subsequent work by Douglas Richardson has shown she was Rhoda (Tinker).
↑ Richardson, Douglas, (1995) "The English Ancestry of the Merwin and Tinker Families of New England [Part Two: John Tinker]." AmericanAncestors.org(Vol 149, Pages 412-).
↑ Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration..., Vol VI R-S, p 231-2
↑ Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins..., p. 1030: Walter Hoyt, son of Simon Hoyt...
↑ Selleck, Charles M. Norwalk. Norwalk, Conn: The author, 1896. (p.352)
↑ Connecticut, Fairfield Probate District, Norwalk. Walter Hayt. Date: 1698, No. 3067. Accessed at Ancestry.com 1/30/2016, from uploaded to trees documents. Held at the Connecticut State Library.
Norwalke : the 11 of february = 1695 or 6
The last will and testmiant of Walter hayt Aged aboute 78 yearse I the said walter hayt Being ill and weacke apprending I shall not long continow in the land of the living – I will and bequeth my body unto the dust and Deseanst buuriall and my Soull to god that gave it to me -- -- and for that lettell estat that god hath given me be disposed of as folloeth unto my tow Sons namly John hayt of Danbury and my son zaraball hayt that whatt land and medo and comonoges I have within the towne bounds of norwalk be divided equaly to ech of them a like and also whatt other movbabl estat that I shall leav or may be left after my decesce – and that it be to them and there hers and asines adminitur to have and of to hold for ever – and this to be my last will and to conttermany any former and to stand good unto them – after my just detts be discharged – my desiare that my tow sons be eecators unto this my will – and this for to be my last will as witton my hand this day and yeare above Dated & it muste be under stood whatt lands I have not dissposed of before by gifte or Deed Wallter Hayte
Syined in the presence of us willingly
John Platt Sr, Joseph Sension
Inventory dated 10 Jan 1698 (£167). Exhibited with the will in the Fairfield probate court 11 April 1699.
↑ Beensker, (28 Jun 2015) Walter Hoyt Find A Grave Memorial# 148419136
↑ Prindle, Paul W., (Oct 1991) "Thomas, Son of Walter Hoyt, of Windsor and Norwalk, Conn." The American Genealogist.AmericanAncestors.org NEHGS (Vol 66, Pages 217-18).
Hoyt, David Webster, (1871) A Genealogical History of the Hoyt, Haight, and Hight Families... Providence: Printed for the author by the Providence press, Archive.orgCaution: Contains some errors. (Pages 292-96).
The Memorial History of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884. Ancestry.com. Online publication - Provo, UT: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Original data - Trumbull, James Hammond,. The memorial history of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884. Boston: E.L. Osgood, 1886.
Selleck, Charles Melbourne, (1896) Norwalk. Norwalk, CT: Archive.org (Vol 1, Page 80). Has more information on Walter and his family.
Included in David W. Hoyt Book "A Genealogucal History of the Hoyt, Haight and Hight family"