Hoyt Family Tree

I mentioned in my last post that spelling is something that I don’t consider a conflict. There are many reasons for this. People may not have been able to spell (yes, even their own names). If the person writing was listening to someone say their name, they may have misheard. A person reading an old record may have had trouble making out the letters. And the list goes on.

This is what happened for the 1910 Census for Lottie. The record was found on Ancestry under either Lattie D. Bery or Lottie D. Bery. (And as I will add a correction, it will eventually be found under the correct spelling.)

Here is her family in 1910, living on Jefferson Ave.:

  • Lottie D. Bery, head, female, white, 35, single, Michigan, New Jersey, Michigan, Own Income, owner of home free & clear.1
  • Adlatie H. Bery, aunt, f, w, 79, s, England (English), England, England, immigrated 1860.
  • Sarah W. Bery, aunt, f, w, 73, New York, England, England.
  • C. V. Marshal, cousin, f, w, 51, s, Louisiana, Virginia, England.
  • Four servants: Herriete Teaple, Johanna Layer, Elen Scriver, Mary Seanschank.



And again nearby are her two sisters. Alice is on Jefferson Ave. as well:

  • Edwin Lodge, Male, White, age 60, Married (First) for ten years, born Michigan, parents born England, England, Doctor of medicine.2
  • Allice Lodge, Wife, F, W, 38, 3 births, 2 living children, Michigan, Michigan, Michigan.
  • Joseph B. Lodge, Son, M, W, 3, Michigan.
  • Adlaid Lodge, Daughter, F, W, 2/12, Michigan.
  • Three servants: Elizabeth Materson, Anna McClain, Elizebeth Smith.



And Charlotte is on McKinley Ave:

  • Charlotte B. Sherrard, Female, White, age 40, widowed, three children, all living, born in Michigan, father born in New Jersey, mother born in Michigan, own income.3
  • Joseph B. Sherrard, Son, M, W, 17, Michigan, Michigan, Michigan.
  • Valeria G. Sherrard, Daughter, F, W, 12, Michigan.
  • Laura D. Sherrard, Daughter, F, W, 10, Michigan.
  • Two servants: Anna O’Connor and Reba Graham.



If the Bery spelling had been even more butchered, I’d have tried to trace the sisters to see if they were nearby on this census, thereby giving a reason for why it can be helpful to collect data on relations you are not directly focusing on.

1. 1910 U.S. census, Wayne County, Michigan, population schedule, Grosse Pointe, enumeration district (ED) 288, sheet 16B, p. 90 (rev.), dwelling 65, family 65, Lottie D. Bery household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 31 Jul 2011); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T624, roll 678.
2. 1910 U.S. census, Wayne County, Michigan, population schedule, Grosse Pointe, enumeration district (ED) 288, sheet 16B, p. 90 (rev.), dwelling 66, family 66, Edwin Lodge household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 31 Jul 2011); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T624, roll 678.
3. 1910 U.S. census, Wayne County, Michigan, population schedule, Grosse Pointe, enumeration district (ED) 288, sheet 16B, p. 90 (rev.), dwelling 69, family 69, Charlotte B. Sherrard household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 31 Jul 2011); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T624, roll 678.

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Hoyt Family Tree

As we do with our cold genealogy projects, I am imposing limits on this project. In addition to the main line, I will only search out information about siblings, their spouses, and the basics (dates) regarding their children. Much more than that takes forever, but checking into at least those collateral lines helps to identify information about people that I want to trace. (Of course, I reserve the right to change the limits if needed!)

Within these limits I can research Lottie Berry Hoyt’s sisters. Charlotte (that name must have been important to the family to have both a Charlotte and a Lottie) and Alice were near Lottie on the 1920 Census. Here are their families:

  • Charlotte B. Sharrad, age 50, widowed, born in Michigan, father born in New Jersey, mother born in Detroit (lined out), Michigan.1
  • Joseph B. Sharrad, son, age 28, single, born in Michigan, father born in Illinois, mother born in Michigan, employed as a lawyer.
  • Address: 55 Lake Shore Drive
  • And at the rear of the property were:
  • Laura Sharrad, daughter, age 19, single, born in Michigan.
  • and the one servant, Almer W. Kappen, a chauffer.


  • Edwin Lodge, age 70, born in Ohio, parents born in England, employed as a physician.2
  • Alice D. Lodge, wife, age 48, born in Michigan, father born in New Jersey, mother born in Michigan.
  • Joseph B. Lodge, son, age 13, all places of birth reported as Michigan.
  • Adilade D. Lodge, daughter, age 9, born in Michigan.
  • Two servants: Elizabeth Mathieson and Ester Redmond.
  • Address: 60 Lake Shore Drive.


None of this information offers conflicts with the information found already (yes, I don’t consider spelling to be a true conflict).

1. 1920 U.S. census, Wayne County, Michigan, population schedule, Grosse Point, enumeration district (ED) 730, sheet 5A, p. 45A, dwelling 81-82, family 86-87, Charlotte B. Sharrad household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 3 Jul 2011); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T625, roll 821.
2. 1920 U.S. census, Wayne County, Michigan, population schedule, Grosse Pointe, enumeration district (ED) 730, sheet 4B-5A, p. 44B-45A, dwelling 73, family 78, Edwin Lodge household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 3 Jul 2011); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T625, roll 821.

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Tracing Lottie Berry Hoyt’s family through the easy to find censuses proves some of the secondhand information provided in the article about Joseph Berry.

The first census result for Lottie Berry on Ancestry is the 1880 Census. Her father’s household at 750 Jefferson Avenue in Detroit, Michigan, consists of:

  • Joseph Berry, age 40, widowed, a varnish manufacturer, born in New Jersey, parents born in England.1
  • Adelaide H, age 44, sister, born in England.
  • Mary H, age 54, sister, born in England.
  • Sarah M, age 37, sister, born in New Jersey.
  • Charlotte F, age 9, daughter, born in Michigan, father born in Michigan, mother in New Jersey.
  • Alice F, age 8, daughter, born in Michigan, parents born in England.
  • Lottie D, age 5, daughter, born in Michigan, parents born in England.
  • Three servants: Hannah Quigg, Mary E Brown, and Anthony Brandt.


However, this year’s census appears to be riddled with errors which contradict its own information. Did you notice that Joseph is listed as born in New Jersey, but his daughter Charlotte’s information indicates that her father was born in Michigan? And how were Charlotte’s parents born in places that don’t match the other two daughters? So, were these children not actually the children of Joseph (one never knows — we could construe that his dead wife had children with other men or that the daughters were adopted and not Joseph’s natural children)? I’m thinking that the census taker just made errors. But to check, let’s check the rest of the censuses as they could shed some light.

The second census result is for 1900. During this year, the follow was reported about the household on Jefferson Avenue:

  • Joseph H. Berry, born Mar 1839, widowed, born in New Jersey, parents born in England, manufacturer.2
  • Adelaide H. Berry, sister, born Aug 1830, single, born in England.
  • Sarah W. Berry, sister, born Oct 1836, single, born in New Jersey.
  • Lottie D. Berry, daughter, born Nov 1874, single, born in Michigan, father born in New Jersey, mother born in Michigan.
  • Alice D. Berry, daughter, born Nov 1871, married for one year, no children, born in Michigan.
  • Four servants: Julia Haas, Charlotte Taylor, Martha Leyer, and Fredrica Leyer.


The only error this year seems to be that the census taker didn’t catch Alice’s married name. However, it does set straight the birthplaces of Joseph and his dead wife.

By 1920, Lottie is the head of her own household on 50 Lake Shore Drive.

  • Lottie D. Berry, age 45, single, born in Michigan, father born in New Jersey, mother born in Michigan.3
  • Caroline Marshall, cousin, age 60, single, born in Louisiana, father born in Virginia, mother born in England.
  • Two servants: Alice M. Garden and Mary Mulrose.


On the same page are her two sisters and their families (more to come about them later).

1. 1880 U.S. census, Wayne County, Michigan, population schedule, Detroit, enumeration district (ED) 301, p. 200A, dwelling 105, family 118, Joseph Berry household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 2 Jul 2011); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T9, roll 613.
2. 1900 U.S. census, Wayne County, Michigan, population schedule, Grosse Pointe Farms, enumeration district (ED) 188, sheet 3A, p. 191, dwelling 33, family 35, Joseph H. Berry household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 2 Jul 2011); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T623, roll 754.
3. 1920 U.S. census, Wayne County, Michigan, population schedule, Grosse Pointe, enumeration district (ED) 730, sheet 5A, p. 45A, dwelling 74, family 79, Lottie D. Berry household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 3 Jul 2011); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T625, roll 821.

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