Hoyt Family Tree

Before we move onto the next generation, I do want to check into filling in the information about Lottie’s two sisters who survived to adulthood. I need to fill in specific information about their vitals.

I know from censuses and the history of Detroit that Charlotte married a man named Henry G. Sherrard. He is buried in Elmwood. There is no photo of his stone, but the database entry says he was born on 6 Aug 1861 in Illinois, and died on 13 Nov 1909 in Grosse Point, Wayne, Michigan.1 This is why he isn’t found with his family on the 1910 and later censuses. There is currently no entry for Charlotte or her three children in Elmwood.

Records at Ancestry.com consist of census records for her as well as a number of passenger lists which name her year of birth as anywhere from 1869-1872; however, they all agree on her day of birth. One of her trips ended in Southampton, England, where she boarded the Washington to return to New York City on 14 Sep 1946. The list states that Charlotte Sherrard was 76 years and 9 months old and was born in Detroit, Michigan on 8 Nov 1869.3 Her address was 59 Lake Shore Road. Gross Pointe Farms, 30. Michigan.

A quick check at Joe Beine’s index of death records for Detroit and Wayne County shows that the Grosse Pointe Public Library has an Obituary Database. The index reports that Charlotte Berry Sherrard died on 1952-01-04 and her obit was printed on 1952-01-17 in the Grosse Pointe News on page 15. The index also points to digital copies of the papers where the full text is available.

blockquoteCharlotte Berry Sherrard
Mrs. Charlotte Sherrard, 82 of 59 Lake Shore road, died in her home on Friday, January 4. She was the wife of the late Henry Gray Sherrard, prominent Detroit educator.
Mrs. Sherrard, active in civic and charity organizations for many years, was the one time president of the Michigan League of Women Voters. She was also a member of the Women’s City Club and St. Paul’s Cathedral.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Alfred Coleman of South Weymouth, Mass., and Mrs. Hugh K. Bullit of Louisville, Ky.; a son, Joseph B. of Grosse Pointe; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Services were held on Monday, Jan 7, at 2 p.m. in St. Paul’s Cathedral. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery.2

Using her age at death, I can nail down Charlotte’s year of birth as 1869.

1. Jim Tipton, Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 29 Nov 2011), Henry Gray Sherrard (1861-1909), Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan.
2. “Obituaries,” Grosse Pointe News, 17 Jan 1952, p. 15, col. 3; digital images, Grosse Pointe Public Library Local History Archives (http://digitize.gp.lib.mi.us/newspapers.htm : accessed 29 Nov 2011).
3. “New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957,” online images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 29 Nov 2011), manifest, Washington, Sep 1946, p. 85, line 17, Charlotte Sherrard, age 76.

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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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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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