N. T. Wyant, who devotes his energies to the operation of one hundred and ninety acres of land in Hilton township,
was born in Iowa county on the 22d of February, 187o. His father, Henry Snook Wyant, was born in Seneca county,
Ohio, October 3o, 1838, and in early life came to this county, where he was married on the 12th of December, 1867,
to Miss Mary Roxana Betz, also a native of Ohio. They made their home upon a farm in this county throughout the
remainder of their lives, the father dying December 11, 1906, and the mother June 17, 1904. During the Civil war
Mr. Wyant manifested his patriotism by enlisting in Company B, Sixty fourth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, which
regiment was known as Yates' Sharpshooters. He served under General Rosecrans and took part in the engagements
of Corinth, Island No. to, Atlanta, Georgia, and Bentonville, North Carolina. After serving his country faithfully
for four years he was honorably discharged and mustered out in 1865. He was converted and joined the Methodist
Protestant church at Sumner Center and was a man highly esteemed and honored by all who knew him. At his death
he left two brothers and two sisters, eight children and thirteen grandchildren.
N. T. Wyant remained at home until he became of age and then began working as a hired hand. After turning his attention
to other lines of activity he was teamster for a creamery for two years, and at the end of that time he rented
land, the operation of which demanded his time and attention for two years. He then purchased thirteen acres in
Honey Creek township, this county, upon which he lived for one year, but at the end of that time he sold that place
and bought twenty acres in Cono township and resided thereon for five years. Upon selling that property he bought
eighty acres on section 9, Hilton township, and later purchased additional land, his holdings now comprising one
hundred and ninety acres. It is finely developed and all of the improvements have been made by Mr. Wyant. He pays
some attention to the raising of the usual crops but makes a specialty of raising stock and his work returns to
him a good annual income.
In 1893 Mr. Wyant was married to Miss Sadie M. Slaymaker, who was born in Ohio and is a daughter of F. A. and Mary
(Walter) Slaymaker, both natives of the Buckeye state. About 1882 the family removed to Iowa and settled upon a
farm in Marengo township, this county, but now make their home in the town of Marengo. Mrs. Wyant is one of a family
of four children and by her marriage has become the mother of three children: Perry R.; N. Olin, a high school
student; and Mary Edna.
Mr. Wyant is a republican and has served as township trustee and as a member of the school board. Fraternally he
is identified with lodge No. 148, I. O. O. F., of Marengo, and both he and his wife hold membership in the Presbyterian
church, in which he is an elder. Although he gives the greater part of his time and attention to his work as a
farmer, he also finds opportunity to participate in community affairs and is a citizen who can be depended upon
to do his share in promoting the general good.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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