Disputed Origins & Wives' Names, Two Different Simon Hoyts, both with sons: Walter, Nicholas, and John?
In 1903, Emily Roebling in the footnotes of The Journal of the Reverend Silas Constant,incorrectly listed a family for Simon Hoyt, born 20 Jan 1590 in Dorchester, England. Parents: John and Ruth Hoyt. Marriage: Deborah Stowers, 2 Dec. 1612 in Upway. Children: John, b. 12 March 1614; Walter b. 9 Jun 1616; Thomas b 20 Sept 1618; Deborah b. 9 Aug. 1620, d. 1628; Nicholas b. 10 Nov 1622; Ruth, b 2 Jan 1625, d. 1627.
Donald Lines Jacobus and John Insley Coddington questioned this data. Apparently, the Upway records for baptisms prior to 1654 have not been available since at least 1831.
Research conducted in 1995 found no such records in Upway. Therefore, per Anderson, "we reject here all the Upwey dates, and also the identification of the first wife of Simon Hoyt."Deborah Stowers has been detached as this Simon's wife and mother of his children.  Similarly, there is no evidence that the maiden name of his second wife (Susannah) was Smith.
Anderson points out that the source of the Smith error might be reference to "The Smiths Goodman Hait's brother" (NEHGR 10:42) assuming "Smith" is a surname and not the more likely occupation of blacksmith.
Anderson (GMB) also concludes that the 1903 research of Emily Warren Roebling (The Journal of the reverend Silas Constant) that pertains to the Hoyt family was incorrect, and points instead to IGI entries of the parish register of West Hatch, Somersetshire.
There may have been two different men named Simon Hoyt, both with sons named Walter, Nicholas, and John. Apparently, only the West Hatch Simon immigrated, but John Hoyt, the son of Upway Simon may have immigrated to Massachusetts (and possibly his brother Thomas to Connecticut).
Uncertain Immigration of Simon Hoyt and Family
According to Anderson, Simon and his family were in New England early in 1629. He initially settled in Charlestown, removing to Dorchester by 1633, Scituate 1635, Windsor, by 1639, Fairfield by 1649, and finally Stamford by 1657. F.M. Post credits Simon (or Simeon, or Samuel) with being "one of the founders of Charlestown, Mass. in 1628 and 1629; also of Dorchester, Mass., and Windsor, Conn., in 1639."
Many internet sites and older genealogies claim that Simon was a passenger on the Lyon’s Whelp or maybe the Abigail, Packrat Pro for instance. They frequently include a quote from The True Travels, Adventures and Observations of Captain John Smith – London 1630. This blog is a particularly fine example. They cite: Banks
Please note: The above lists Simon as from Upway, Dorsetshire, instead of West Hatch, Somersetshire, which indicates that Banks' source was based on the Emily Roebling data of 1903. Also Banks' reference is not a ship’s list or primary document, but the Historical ... Record, Dutchess And Putnam Counties, New York written in 1912.
Conclusion: Although it is assumed that Simon Hoyt, arrived on the Lyon’s Whelp or the Abigail, this is not proved by any documents.
Simon married twice. The will of his widow excludes Simon's four oldest children, suggesting that he had an earlier wife.
He married first by 1618 to _______ ________ (according to Anderson); she probably died in England not long after 1625. A record exists for Simon Hoyt married on 4 Nov 1617 at St. Mary, Marshwood, Dorset, to Jane Stoodley. (WikiTree profile is Jane Stoodlie).
He married second by 1632 to Susannah Unknown. (Called "Susannah Smith" in many sources, without evidence) She married, as her 2nd, to Robert Bates, and died before 1 Feb 1674. Note: Rev. John Lothrop' 1637 list of 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.
Children, with first wife (baptized at St. Andrew church in West Hatch):
Walter Hoyt, bp West Hatch, Somersetshire, 30 Nov 1618; m1 b 1642 ____ ____; m2 by 1652 Rhoda (_____) Taylor, widow of John Taylor.
Nicholas Hoyt, bp West Hatch 7 May 1620; m Windsor 12 Jun 1646 Susanna (____ ) Joyce, widow of William Joyce
John Hoyt, b abt 1625; m1 by 1650 ____ ____; m2 abt 1659 Mary (Brundish) Purdy, widow of Francis Purdy. NOTE: This is NOT the John Hoyt of Salisbury/Amesbury, MA; 2003 DNA tests have indicated no relationship between Simon Hoyt and John Hoyt of Salisbury, MA.
*Agnes Hoyt, bpt 18 Oct 1626 West Hatch
*Note: Anderson does not include this Agnes/Ann (see Disputed Children below). Those who include her cite two IGI entries which probably represent the same child (differing transcriptions). FreeReg2 search results indicate only one child named Agnes (or unlikely - twins). These are "Ann Hoyt"and "Agn Hoyt"
Anderson points out that there is no good evidence for the daughters Ruth and Deborah, which originated in the disputed 1903 research referenced above. Anderson also does not mention daughter/s Ann, Agn, Agnes, although he was familiar with the IGI records for this family in West Hatch.
Death and Legacy
Simon died at Stamford, Connecticut which vital record reports on "1 7 1657" and "Hoight, Simon d 1 Sep. 1567" (1 September 1657).
He apparently did not leave a will, but five of his children went to the courts to sue for their portion, including (TAG 11:34; Gillespie Anc 289)):
Samuel Firman "to my mother Hoyt for all demands from my father's estate" 25 Mar 1662
"Moses Hotye of Westchester, discharge to Joshua Hoyt of Stamford" 2 Apr 1666
"Samuell Hoyte, receipt for portion from father Simion Hoyte" Apr 1665
"Samuel Finch, receipt for wife's portion from father Simon Hoyte" Apr 1665
"Benjamin Hoyte, receipt to brother Joshua Hoyte for portion form father's estate" 27 Jan [blank]
↑ 1.01.1 Roebling, Emily Warren, (1903) The Journal of the Reverend Silas Constant, Pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Yorktown ... Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott company, Archive.org (Pages 417-18)
↑ Memoranda Relating to the Ancestors of the Post Family, by F.M. Post, 1906
↑ Banks, Charles Edward, (1937) Topographical Dictionary of 2885 English Emigrants to New England, 1620-1650. Philadelphia: Elijah Ellsworth Brownell, B.E.E., HathiTrust.org (Page 36).
↑ (1912) Historical And Genealogical Record, Dutchess And Putnam Counties, New York. Poughkeepsie, NY: [Oxford publishing company] Press of the A.V. Haight co., HathiTrust.org (p. 452). The pertinent sentence being “...Simon Haight who was born in Dorsetshire, England, in 1595, and sailed for America October 6, 1628 on the vessel “Abigail” with Col. John Endicott ...” Note: no source listed.