This volume was owned by successive generations of the Hoyt family in Stamford, Connecticut, and Hudson, Michigan, in the 18th and 19th centuries. Its contents include military accounts from St. Johns, Newfoundland; arithmetic problems and solutions; and drawings of animals and natural scenes, including two hunters' encounter with a bear.
Collection processed and finding aid created by Kate Silbert, August 2012, and Meg Hixon, February 2014
Scope and Content:
This book was owned by successive generations of the Hoyt family in Stamford, Connecticut, and Hudson, Michigan, in the 18th and 19th centuries. The front cover of the hide-bound volume bears the faint remnants of the English royal arms. Writing on the inside of the front cover indicates that the volume was owned by Jonah Hoyt (or Hait) before being presented to his grandson, Fred L. Hoyt, on his 21st birthday. The early pages include 7 pages of accounts for the receipt of military stores and provisions at St. Johns, Newfoundland, between September 1762 and August 1764. The section also contains a birth register regarding the children of Jonah and Anna Polmateer Hoyt.
The bulk of the volume is mathematical problems and solutions, including exercises related to multiplication, division, fractions and decimals, currency reduction, and the rule of three (cross-multiplication). Several measurement conversion tables, brief poems, penmanship exercises, and geometric line drawings are interspersed throughout this portion of the book, which also includes signatures by Jonah Hoyt and his son Lewis. Most of the poems are brief and humorous, with longer poems concerning a visit to London and the virtue of patience. Newspaper clippings regarding the death and funeral of George Washington, the wealth of Cornelius Vanderbilt, presidential election results from 1789 to 1872, and Ralph Waldo Emerson's poem "Boston" are laid and pasted into the volume. A few plants are also laid in, as well as a letter from T. Andrews to Mary Andrews about life in Ypsilanti, Michigan, in February 1837. Decorated cutouts made from colored paper are pasted into the volume.
Emery Hoyt and other family members created many drawings, which appear after the arithmetic problems. Two are colored: a partially colored view of a church resembling a castle and a reproduction of an engraving showing a waterfront scene (the original engraving is laid into the volume). Most of the remaining pictures are pencil drawings and sketches of wild animals, including woodland creatures such as squirrels and deer; farm animals such as horses, cattle, and pigs; and African animals such as elephants, an oryx, and rhinoceroses. Other scenes of note show two hunters during an encounter with a bear, with one of the hunters preparing to hit the bear with the butt of his rifle; a safari hunter beside an elephant; and cavalry officers stabbing and shooting Native Americans. Also included are an outline of the state of Maine and a sketch of a sailing ship.
Biographical / Historical:
Jonah Hoyt (1782-1857) was born in Stamford, Connecticut, the son of Elijah Hoyt (1753-1815) and Elizabeth Weeks (1756-1817). He and his wife, Anna Polmateer, later lived in Ridgeway, New York, with their children Betsey (1813-1957), Lewis (b. 1815), Catherine (1816-1861), Emeline (1819-1862), Ziba (1821-1857), John Lee (b. 1824), Mary Jane (b. 1827), and Thomas (1830-1863). John and his wife Delia moved to Hudson, Michigan, prior to 1870. Their children included Charles, Wilson, Emery, Ida, Fred, Florence, and Hattie.
Donated by Mary E. Verhoeven, 2005. M-4502 .
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Hoyt, David Webster. Genealogical History of the Hoyt, Haight, and Hight Families: With Some Account of the Earlier Hyatt Families, a List of the First Settlers of Salisbury and Amesbury, Mass., etc. Providence: Printed for the Author by the Providence Press Co., 1871.
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