Hoyt Family Tree

In addition to her parents, there are other Berry family members buried at Elmwood.

Lottie’s young siblings are there, sharing a large monument with their parents:
Laura Hooper, daughter of Joseph H & Charlotte E, died Dec 1 1870, aged 21 days1
Alfred Dwight, only son of Joseph H & Charlotte E, died Aug 5 1873, aged 4 months & 3 days2

Following links from Joseph H. Berry leads to his parents and the tree gains some branches.

John Berry was born on 27 Oct 1798 in South Malling, Sussex, England, baptized on 16 Nov 1798, and died on 24 Mar 1867 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan. He married Catharina Mercy Hooper on 18 Oct 1721 in Lambourn, Essex, England.3

Their children were:

  • Catharina M. Berry Marshall (1822-1872)
  • Mary H. Berry (1824-1884)
  • John Adams Berry (1825-1891)
  • Elizabeth M. Berry (1827-1857)
  • Thomas Berry (1829-1917)
  • Adelaide H. Berry (1831-1918)
  • Fanny Berry (1834-1853)
  • Sarah W. Berry (1838-1917)
  • Joseph Hooper Berry (1839-1907)

1. Jim Tipton, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 21 Oct 2011), Laura Hooper Berry (1870) gravemarker, Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan.
2. Jim Tipton, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 21 Oct 2011), Alfred Dwight Berry (1873) gravemarker, Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan.
3. Jim Tipton, Find A Grave, digital images and memorial data (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 21 Oct 2011), John Berry ( -1867) gravemarker, Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan.

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Charlotte’s headstone does confirm the information in the online tree (here’s hoping that the tombstone is also right!)

Charlotte and Joseph are buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan.

Additionally, from the information on the stone, Charlotte’s date of birth can be calculated. She died September 26, 1875, aged 31 years, 1 month & 22 days; therefore, she was born on August 4, 1844.*

*Jim Tipton, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 24 Sep 2011), Joseph H. Berry (1838-1907) and Charlotte Eugenia Dwight Berry ( -1875) gravemarker, Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan.

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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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I didn’t have to go far to find out more about Lottie’s parents. A quick Google Search for “Hayward Hoyt” returned one book that states that he married into the Berry family on 26 Feb 1921. The book is titled “The City of Detroit, Michigan, 1701-1922.”

The genealogical information the book contained:
Joseph H. Berry was born 10 Mar 1839 at Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey.1 His father was John Berry, a native of Lewes, England, who immigrated in 1835. One of Joseph’s brothers was named John A. Berry, who was the first of the family to move to Detroit; another brother, who became his business partner, was Thomas Berry. In 1868, Joseph married Charlotte E. Dwight, a daughter of Alfred A. Dwight, a prominent and well known lumberman of Michigan. Charlotte Berry died in 1875, leaving three daughters: Charlotte, the widow of Henry G. Sherrard; Alice Dwight, the widow of Dr. Edwin Lodge; and Lottie D., wife of Hayward N. Hoyt. Joseph Berry died 22 May 1907.

Biographical facts: Joseph H. Berry was a pioneer manufacturer and financier of Detroit. His father, John Berry, was a tanner. Joseph attended private schools in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and Richmond, Virginia, when his family lived in those locations. When he moved to Detroit at age sixteen, he shortly became employed and in his work at a chemical house, he developed a superior varnish. When nineteen, he established his own business and prospered thereafter.

This book gives clues about family which can now be “chased down.”

Research Plan:

  1. Using censuses, verify the parents and siblings of Lottie Berry Hoyt.
  2. Discover more about Lottie’s grandparents: John Berry and Alfred Dwight. To do this, begin by checking for more books!

1. Clarence M. Burton, et al., editors, The city of Detroit, Michigan, 1701-1922, 5 volumes (Detroit: The S. J. Clarke publishing company, 1922), 3: 16-20.

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Checking at genealogy.az.gov, I did find a death certificate for Lottie.

Certificate of death

Lottie Dwight Hoyt was born on 17 Nov 1874 in Detroit, MI.1 Her parents were Joseph H. Berry, who was born in Elizabeth, NJ, and Charlotte E. Dwight, who was born in Detroit, MI. Hayward was the informant when she died on 23 Feb 1949. From the information regarding her usual residence and her Tucson address at E. Broadway (Rural Rt.8), it seems that Tucson’s “snowbird” phenomenon is not new. Lottie’s body was removed to Detroit for burial.

So where is Hayward?

1. Arizona Department of Health Services, death certificate 1026 (1949), Lottie Dwight Hoyt; digital image, Arizona Genealogy Death Certificates (http://genealogy.az.gov : accessed 1 May 2011).

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I ran across Hayward and Lottie when I was working on a project to create a map of the enumeration districts on the 1930 Tucson Census.


View 1930 Tucson Enumeration Districts in a larger map.
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Unfortunately, for several districts, the descriptions were not helpful: “excluding the city.” Checking the pages provided street names and other identifying notes for some. The Hoyts were on the first page of ED 59–a district that had no data that allowed it to be mapped. I decided to “adopt” someone on the page. This couple was intriguing because based on their ages and the date they married; they likely had no children who would be interested in tracing their lineage. A quick check of records showed that there would be enough to build a family tree for this couple.

So, our starting point for this project is:

blockquoteHayward N. Hoyt was the head of household.* He owned a home which was worth $30,000. There was no radio set in the home, and it was not a farm. Hayward was a white male who was 51 years old. He was married and his first marriage had occurred at age 43. He had attended school within the year and could read and write. He was born in Michigan; his parents had both been born in New York. Hayward was employed at a manager at a building land co. He was an employer. He was not a veteran.
Lottie D. Hoyt was Hayward’s wife. She was a 55-year-old white female. She had first married at age 46. She hadn’t attended school during the year and could read and write. She had been born in Michigan; her father had been born in New Jersey; her mother had been born in Michigan.
In the home are also a Jeanette M. Scudder, a 68-year-old widowed boarder from Michigan, and Estella M. Crowe, a 25-year-old single servant from Indiana.

1930 Census for the Hoyts

Research Plan:

  1. Check death records in Arizona. Did the Hoyts die here?
  2. Check earlier censuses.

* 1930 U.S. census, Pima County, Arizona population schedule, Tucson, enumeration district (ED) 59, sheet 1A, p. 99 (stamped), dwelling 5, family 5, Hayward N. Hoyt household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 15 Apr 2011); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T626, roll 62.

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