Lighting Ancestral Lamps

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CHAPTER IX

The Hyatt Lineage

Become Bunn Kin

Perhaps Margaret was the youngest or near the youngest of a large family. A deed conveying lands formerly owned by Hezekiah, 5r., dated January 22, 1803, indicates this supposition is a truth for it was signed by the married name of each of the above sisters mentioned while Margaret's name was signed Margaret (D-her mark) Hyatt. All of the daughters signed their names with their mark3, indicating that none of them could write, at least when grown or early in married 1ife.

The above deed referred to covers three separate tracts of land namely 137 acres, 21 acres, and l0 acres - all apparently along side or near Buffalo Creek, Brooke County, West Virginia. The consideration received was a total $200 or $33.33 for each daughter.

According to the Brooke County, West Virginia, Deed book5497 dated January 29, 1815, Ezekiel and wife Rebecca sold the land deeded to them by Hezekiah, Sr., -- 70 acre tact on Buffalo Creek for $850; while Hezekiah, Jr., and wife Jane sold their two tracts totaling 80 acres,
January 29, LgI6, recorded in Deed book 5-502 and 5-502 for $723.20.

According to tradition handed down to and by William Benton Bunn, Sr.,8 many of the Hyatt family were sailors. Uncle Zeke (probably Ezekiel) was said to be a sailor. However, there seems no way by which this traditional statement can be proven.

Another hand-me-down statement that cannot be Proven, is the rather persistent fact that the mother of Margaret was of "Low Dutch" or Hollander birth.

Physically the early Hyatts were said to be a large rugged people. Certainly the generations of Margaret and those of her father and mother were rugged pioneers. Doubtless she was an excellent helpmate and wonderful wife for the versatile pioneer Benjamin6. While unschooled in book learning, she was on the other hand, well schooled in the art of pioneer homemaking. The ten children born to the union of Benjamin6 and Margaret all lived to maturity. They were substantial citizens and reared respectable families. Unquestionably, while Benjamin6 was providing the shelter and developing a farm, Margaret made the clothing and bedding, helped provide the food, and all in all, did at least her share in providing the livelihood for a big family. Part of her ability as an expert weaver of beautiful coverlets, so much cherished by the pioneer women still exists. A homespun coverlet, which she made, is shown on a previous page in this chapter. (Really on Page 38)

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