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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography - Samuel A. Hyde

SOURCE: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Champaign County, Illinois," Chapman Brothers, Chicago, 1887


SAMUEL A. HYDE was born in Vigo County, Ind., November 21, 1826, and received a common-school education. His paternal grandparents were Walter and Haomi (POPLETON) HYDE, natives of Vermont. On the maternal side his grandparents were Benjamin and Elizabeth (NUN) FRANKLIN, who were born in New York. His parents, Samuel and Olive (FRANKLIN) HYDE, were natives, respectively of Vermont and New York. They were married in Vigo County, Ind., and resided there until 1844, when they moved to Vermilion County, Ill., and to Champaign in 1849, settling in Hensley township.

At the outbreak of the war, in 1861, Samuel A. Hyde enlised as a private and served three years and three months. Since then he has been a resident of Hensley Township, and has assisted in changing that part of the county from a wilderness to one of the most attractive agricultural districts in the country. Mr. Hyde purchased the farm on which he now lives, consisting of eighty acres, in 1859, and later added to his original purchase, until now he owns 219 acres, on which he raises corn and stock. Politically he is a Republican, and in his religious views, a Methodist.

Mr. Hyde was united in marriage January 21, 1865, to Miss Catherine MONTGOMERY, a native of New Jersey, who received a common-school education in that State. To Mr. and Mrs. Hyde were born twelve children. Of these, Oren, George, Charles, Harry, Rosa, and Wilbur are still living. Five died in infancy, and Lizzie died at the age of twenty-four years.

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