Biography of A. R. Hyatt
Northwestern Ohio Biographies

Mr. Hyatt, our subject, is one of the native sons of Williams county, his birth having occurred at Lockport, on September 7, 1846. His parents were Seth B. and Eleanor (Bodel) Hyatt, also natives of Ohio. The paternal grandfather, Meshack Hyatt, who was born in Wayne county, Ohio, of German descent, followed farming until his life's labors were ended. His children were Mrs. Lydia Serrels; Seth B.; William, a sergeant in the army; Mrs. Mary Patterson; Mrs. Rebecca Hunter; Elisha, a physician of Delaware, Ohio; John, of New York; and Sarah.

Seth B. Hyatt was reared in Wayne county, and about 1843 came to Williams county, where he commenced teaching school. Later he was elected county surveyor, and served in that capacity sixteen years. His wife inherited some land which had been entered by Robert Bodel in 182o, and after his marriage Mr. Hyatt settled on that property, which he cleared and improved. His first wife died in 1854, and he then went to Bryan, where he carried on the grocery business for several years. In 1856 he was again married, and returning to his farm he remained thereon until 1864, when he again located in Bryan, there remaining until his death, in May, 1883. During his last years he engaged in the real estate and brokerage businesses, and he was a popular, progressive and enterprising citizen. He supported the Democratic party until 1856, when he became a Republican, taking an active interest in public affairs, and filling a number of township offices. Both parents of our subject were members of the Methodist Church. The first wife of Seth Hyatt was a daughter of Robert Bodel, a native of Scotland, and a stone mason by trade. He became one of the early settlers of Williams county, and entered three quarters of a section of land, which he cultivated until his death, about the year 1840. His widow continued the supervision of the homestead farm until her death, in 1867. They had three children: Alexander, deceased; Mrs. Hyatt; and Isabel, wife of F. Cox, also deceased. The parents of our subject had three children, he being the eldest; (2) Sarah I. is the wife of G. W. Haigh, of Logansport, Indiana; and (3) Cordelia is now Mrs. Herald, of Topeka, Kansas. The mother of this family died February 28, 1854, and Mr. Hyatt afterward married Miss Emily Keeler, of Huron county, a daughter of Lewis and Rebecca (Stevens) Keeler, of England. She is still living in Bryan.

A. R. Hyatt, the subject proper of this review, was reared on the old homestead, where he still makes his home. In 1864, when seventeen years of age, he enlisted in Company C, Thirty eighth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was assigned to Thomas Corps, Army of the Potomac. He went with Sherman on the march to the sea, and in a hand to hand fight at the battle of Jonesboro was shot through the thigh. After three days he was sent to Atlanta, after three weeks to Chattanooga, from there to Nashville, and on to Jeffersonville. He fully recovered his health at Camp Denison, and was then sent to Johnson's island, where he did guard duty until the close of the war, receiving an honorable discharge in August, 1865. He then returned to Cleveland, Ohio, where he was mustered out and received his pay.

Once more finding himself in Williams county, Mr. Hyatt resumed farming on the old homestead. After a time, however, he went west, and on his return settled in Huron county, Ohio. He then located in Bryan, and for a time was in the employ of the Lake Shore railroad, but after his marriage he returned to the farm, and in a few years purchased the interest of the other heirs in the old home place. He has one hundred and sixty acres of land under a high state of cultivation, improved with a two story brick residence and commodious outbuildings. He carries on general farming and stock raising. and by his effective and honorable business methods has acquired a handsome property.

In 1873 Mr. Hyatt married Miss Emily L. Boothman, who was born in Jefferson township, Williams county, November 5, 1848, and was a successful school teacher for a number of years. Her parents were Lemuel L. and Melliasendria (Hart) Boothman, both natives of Trumbull county, Ohio. Her grandfather, Thomas Boothman, a native of England, came to America, and was married. One child was born to this union, and when he was eighteen months old the grandfather started on a visit to England, but was never afterward heard from. The baby boy was then taken to be raised by a family in Trumbull county, Ohio, where he acquired a good education and worked on a farm. At the age of seventeen he began clerking in a store, and in 1843 he came to Williams county, where he was married. Here he engaged in school teaching and also entered land, which he continued to cultivate until 1874. He then removed to Bryan, where he clerked in a store some eighteen years. He is now living retired at that place at the age of eighty one years; his wife has reached the age of seventy six years. She is a member of the Universalist Church. Mr. and Mrs. Boothman have ten children: Mrs. Adeline Thomas; Melvin M., an attorney of Bryan; Emily L.; Lewis K.; Rollin E., of West Unity; Ellery C., of Bryan; Julian W., a dry goods merchant; Mina R.; William M., of Bryan; and Florence M., who died at the age of two years.

Mr. and Mrs. Hyatt have four children: Donald A.; Conroy E.; Mina L.; and Emily. Mr. Hyatt is a member of Evans Post, No. 149, G. A. R., and is a stanch Republican in politics. He is a loyal citizen, as true and faithful to his public duties today as he was when in times of war he followed the starry flag on Southern battlefields.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
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