Family Tree: David & Eliza Hyer

(6/2/09)   Generation -4

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David's Parents

Sarah's Parents

David R. Hyer

Sally Smith



B: 11/7/1774    D: 9/24/1835 B: 8/9/1777  D: 7/8/1851

B: ________   D: ________

B: _______   D: _________

Married: 3/19/1795

Married __________

Anna's Parents
Thomas P. Dickson Hanna Olmstead
B: 4/1/1780 D: ____1829 B: abt 1780   D: ____1808
Married: ________

Maria's Parents



B: _________  D: ________

B: ________  D: ________

Married _________

Elizabeth's Parents

Frederick Hyer

Eliza Meltimore

B: abt 1793   D: 12/20/1847

B: abt 1800   D: 8/14/1847

Married: 1813-1818

David R. Hyer

David Roscoe Hyer

B: 7/12/1812 (Bennington VT)

D: 1/22/1897 (Sumpter Twp. Sauk Co. WI)

Sarah Hawkins

B: bet 1808 &1826 (___________)

D: 1839 (______________)


Married: bet 1828 & 1838


Anna Dickson

B: Bef 1808 (Butternut, Otsego Co. NY)

D: 9/__/1843 (Madison, Dane Co. WI)

Marriage: abt. 1839


Maria Campbell

B: abt 1807 (Herkimer Co. NY)

D: 1851 (Madison, Dane Co. WI)

Married: bet 1843 & 1849


Elizabeth Hyer


B: 2/1/1822 (Fort Covington, NY)

 D: 2/13/1912 (Sumpter Twp. Sauk Co. WI)

Married 1855

(Madison, Dane Co. WI)

Children of David & Sarah:
  • 1837 David arrives is Madison WI.

  • July 25, 1839, David and his second wife Anna signs a letter establishing the first church in Madison WI.

  • October 7, 1839 David served on the first grand jury for Dane county and the United States courts in Wisconsin Territory.

  • 1839-40 David served as coroner for Dane County.

  • 1840-41 David served as assessor for Dane County.

  • David was one of the first Americans to settle in Deerfield WI, in August,1842. He built an Inn, Tavern and Stage Coach stop for the travelers go from Milwaukee to Madison and Janesville to Columbus.

  • David was the Postmaster of Deerfield WI

  • Original Land Patent: Jefferson Co. WI. 482 acres, in sections 19, 20, & 21, 7N - 14E, 3/3/1843

  • Original Land Patent: Dane Co. WI. 40 acres, section 9, 7N - 12E, 7/1/1848

  • Original Land Patent: Dane Co. WI. 40 acres, section 33, 8N - 12E, 1/1/1850

  • Original Land Patent: Dane Co. WI. 42 acres, section 6, 6N - 12E, 8/2/1852

  • 1854 David Built the Farmers and Railway Hotel located on 854 Jennifer St. Madison WI. Today the Hotel is referred to as the Hyer-Jaquish Hotel

  • 1855 David sold the hotel to Henry C. Jaquish

  • By 1877 David was the proprietor of Hyer's Hotel, at Hyer's corner in Springfield Township, Dane County, Wisconsin.

  • David and Eliza are buried in Pioneer Cemetery, Sumpter Township, Sauk County, Wisconsin. My mother always referred to this as Pine Hollow Cemetery. It also went by the name of Kern's Corner Cemetery. It is inside the perimeter of the Badger Ordinance Plant, and is not open to the public.

Children of David & Anna:

Children of David & Maria:

1 M David Campbell Hyer
Birth: Aug 12, 1848 WI
Death: Jan 16, 1924 Susanville, Larssen County, CA
Spouse: Helena Streshly (1860-1885)
Marriage: Dec 25, 1879 Fall River Mills, CA

2 M Frederick R. Hyer
Birth: Nov 20, 1851
Death: bet 1904-1942
Spouse: Nettie Cummings (1858- )
Marriage: Dec 24, 1881 Aztalan, Jefferson Co. WI


3 Child Hyer
Death: Young
Children of David & Eliza:
1 M Walter Smith Hyer
Birth: Dec 28, 1858 Madison, Dane Co. WI
Death: Feb 9, 1904 Sumpter Twp. Sauk Co. WI
Burial: Pioneer Cemetery, Sumpter, Sauk County, WI
Spouse: Marie Louisa Auguste (Lizzie) Beitz (1866-1950)
Marriage: Jan 26, 1882 Springfield Township, Dane County, WI

Excerpt from a book: "Madison, Dane County and Surrounding Towns"

About the 1st of August, 1842, I commenced with a force of ten men to build a log house on sec. 9, T. 7, R.12 E. (now Deerfield), for the purpose of keeping a tavern for the accommodation of travelers, who were daily increasing in numbers, and within three weeks completed a substantial building, with six rooms. One night during our stay, we were much annoyed by wolves, who had caught a deer and devoured it within a few rods from our encampment, small remains of which were found scattered about in the morning. At another time, they made an attack on our cattle, that were feeding near by, and caused a great commotion among them: they bellowed and ran together, the same as they do when they smell the blood of any of their number slain. None were killed, but many of them showed the marks of the teeth and claws of the wolves.


Soon after completing my log house I removed therein, and was appointed postmaster, and the place was christened "Deerfield." I built my stables for the accommodation of forty or more horses, and made additions to my house as occasion required, until the ground floor covered a space of 44 by 74 feet, and could conveniently accommodated forty or more persons with lodging; and a dancing hall 32 by 25 feet, where parties, often from a distance of twenty-five miles, came for recreation.


In addition to the mail route from Milwaukee to Madison, a new route was soon established from Janesville to Columbus, with two-horse coaches, via Deerfield. The staging on the Milwaukee and Madison line increased to two daily post coaches, and often two or three extras, and the demand for oats to feed teams, purchased and furnished by me, amounted to from 5,000 to 7,000 bushels annually for five years. The oats were all raised within a radius of ten miles of my house. This much accomplished about fifteen years from the first survey through the wilderness.


David R. Hyer


Early Churches in Madison, WI.

It was during the existence of Madison as a village, that the majority of our principal church societies were organized. The first in the field had been the Episcopalians. The following paper, dated July 25, 1839, is the earliest known document in the history of the Madison churches--most of the signatures are those of leading pioneers:


"We, whose names are hereunto attached, believing the Holy Scriptures to be the word of God, and deeply feeling the importance of maintaining divine service in our town, and preferring the Protestant Episcopal Church to any other, we hereby unite ourselves into a parish of the said church for the above and every other purpose which is requisite and necessary to the case.
"Madison, July 25, 1839.

"Signed by John Catlin, J. A. Noonan, Henry Fake, H. Fellows, M. Fellows, A. Hyer, H. Dickson, H. C. Fellows, Adam Smith, A. Lull, Almira Fake, La Fayette Kellogg, George C. Hyer, J. Taylor, A. A. Bird, David Hyer."


About the signers:

Hyer - Jaquish Hotel


April 6, 2007

Original built in 1854 by David Hyer, the hotel was known as the "Farmers and Railway Hotel. It is located on 854 Jennifer St. Madison WI. In 1855 David sold the Hotel to Henry C. Jaquish he operated the hotel until 1874 when fire destroyed the rear portion of the building. In the 1860's photo you can see the hotel as it was originally designed with the wooden portion in the rear, and the brick portion in the front. Today the front portion is all that remains. It is known as the Hyer - Jaquish Hotel and is on the National Registry of Historic Places.