SMITH K. HYATT, an estimable citizen of the town of Fenner, was born in Connecticut, August 21, 1824, son of Charles and Rachel (Smith) Hyatt. His father was born in Litchfield County, Connecticut, and his mother in Westchester County, New York. The grandfather, Abajai Hyatt, was a native of Connecticut,
and a farmer in that place. Of this grandfather who went to Madison County and
bought land in the town of Nelson, a full history is given in our sketch of Hon.
Francis A. Hyatt, published in this book.
Charles Hyatt married in his native State, and with his wife and three children came to Madison County, settling in the town of Fenner in 1827, where he bought a farm and made their home. The land was new, and a great portion of it covered with thick forest. It was hard labor to fell those trees, clear the land, and to layout the farm; but the virgin soil was productive, and readily yielded grain
and fruits to the work of the husbandman. The place was a home, even though in a comparative wilderness; and, though the neighbors were few and far between, he had comfort in the society of his wife and children, who made his rural fireside happy. Here three more children were born, making a family of six, who were in the following order: Jane Ann, who became the wife of John Wilson, and died at the age of sixty; Smith K.; John H.; Mary E., widow of Charles Allen; Charles, Jr.; and Helen, Mrs. Summers Hill. Mr. Hyatt held some minor offices in the
Democratic party. In his religious views he was a Methodist.
Smith K. Hyatt was but three years of age when his parents settled in the town of Fenner. The rudimentary education of the district school was all that he was able to obtain; but he made the best use of his limited opportunities, and at least laid a substantial foundation for the fund of information which he has since acquired by experience and observation, which has proved in his case
even more valuable than that obtained by books. He assisted his father in the farm work until he started out for himself by getting a wife and setting up a home of his own. The farm which he bought at first consisted of seventy-two acres, but has been added to until it has reached two hundred acres. Like
the majority of the farmers of the county, he raises grain and fruits, and also deals largely in full-blooded cattle, and has a fine dairy. The buildings and improvements on his place are first-class, everything being neat, compact, and of modern construction. He is a practical farmer, and is a leader instead of a
follower in the ranks.
He married September 11, 1849, Miss Clarinda Woodworth, who was born in 1831
in the town of Fenner, daughter of George Woodworth, one of the early settlers of Madison County. Mrs. Hyatt died in April, 1890, at the age of fifty-nine years. An estimable woman, a good and faithful wife and mother, beloved and respected, her death was mourned by a large circle of relatives and friends. She left six children: Ida M., Mrs. John Harter; residing in the town of Sullivan; J. Wilson, a farmer in the town of Fenner; Newell W., also a farmer of that
town; Lee, living in Oneida; Eddy, residing in Cortland; Rachel, living at home. Mr. Smith K. Hyatt is a stanch adherent of the Democratic party, and has held several local offices in the town, among them that of Assessor for three years. An upright, honorable, conscientious man, he has the confidence and esteem of his fellow-citizens, irrespective of creed or party.
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