Biography of Sylvanus S. Hoyt
Arena Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





Sylvanus Sanford Hoyt. This worthy citizen and pioneer of Mendocino county, whose portrait will be found in this work, was born in Bakersfield, Franklin county, Vermont, May 11, 1813, and is the oldest son of Guy and Hannah Tyler Hoyt. He resided at his birthplace until he reached his majority, receiving the education which was afforded by the common schools of the day. In 1834 he went to Lanesborough, Berkshire county, Massachusetts, and worked at farming for about two and a half years, at the end of which time he returned to Vermont and sojourned there for the next eighteen months. This brings him up to 1838, when he went to New York City and embarked in the dairying business, where he remained till 1849. He then went to Hudson county, New Jersey, where he continued in the same occupation till 1853; March 19th of that year he sailed for California from New York City, on board the steamship Prometheus, bound for Nicaragua. He came up on the Pacific to San Francisco, arriving on the 21st of April. He settled in San Francisco, and engaged in the milk business, which he continued till 1859. In December of that year he came to Mendocino county and settled on his present place in Arena township, where he has since been engaged in farming, stock raising and dairying. His farm consists of three hundred acres of land. In 1872 he paid a visit to the Western States of three months duration. July 10, 1850, Mr. Hoyt was united in marriage with Miss Sarah M. Yan Winkle, a native of Geneva, New York, who was born January 31, 1831, and from this union one child, Charlotte Isabel, now Mrs Scott, was born April 6, 1851, in New York City.

From:
History of Mendocino County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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