Niagara County

1897 Biography - William H. Hyde

Hyde, William H., Somerset, one of the successful farmers of Somerset, was born in Onondaga county, N. Y., January 22, 1822, and is a son of Enoch and Eunice Hyde, who came from Massachusetts to Onondaga county about 1830. They came to Niagara county in 1830, where they remained five years, then to Gasport and the lake where they remained seven years, and finally to the place where Mr. Hyde now resides. His father died in 1852 and his mother in 1869. Mr. Hyde and his brother bought a farm of 100 acres, which they cleared, after which he sold his interest to his brother and moved on to the farm he now owns. In November, 1853, he married Eliza J. Spaulding, daughter of Jeremiah and Rebecca Spaulding, and they have two sons: Byron M., born November, 1857, who is a leading druggist in Rochester, N. Y., and George R., born February 5, 1867, resides with his parents and runs the farm. Mr. Hyde has bred a good many fine horses which he has sold for sums ranging from $350 to $1,850 per team, the latter being bought by Vanderbilt. He has lived to see all the oldest settlers pass away. They are among the first citizens of the county and are highly entertaining.

Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897

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