Lighting Ancestral Lamps

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Hyatt7, Early Pioneer
of Ohio and Illinois

By the time Hyatt had reached young manhood, church life was beginning to "take hold" in his community. As the population increased, the itinerant teacher and minister came. Meeting houses afforded a meeting place for the young folks. About this time in his life he learned that a canal was being built leading to Lake Erie, and that "good" money might be earned by those possessing a team and scraper. Being ambitious and wanting to see some of the world like any young man, he applied and was given a job. The location of this now extinct canal is not known; however, it is thought to have been only a few miles from his Ohio home. Perhaps he borrowed the team and the necessary tools from his father; at any rate, the adventure proved very profitable for him. While working, he heard about a nearby camp meeting in progress and decided to attend one Sunday. A Reverend John Hazard, itinerant minister lately moved from New York State, was the minister. Lady Luck was with him for he soon struck up an acquaintance with the minister's attractive young daughter, Betsey. This acquaintance developed into a romance and eventually a marriage which took place June 22, 1826. Betsey was more than two years younger than Hyatt. She was born somewhere in New York State, perhaps in Chenango County, November l, 1807.

She was a descendant of the old and distinguished Hazard family. Many of her ancestors were people of note. They were refined, cultured, church working people who were sincere, dependable, and always doing their part and more to help their fellowmen. Betsey received her basic schooling in the schools of New York State. However, her widowed father, a Methodist minister of some renown emigrated with his three children, Betsey, Dencey, and Alfred, to the undeveloped Ohio country in 1816. Betsey was then only nine years old. Records cannot be found as to whether she received further schooling in Ohio. It is presumed, however, that she did, because after her marriage and after the Bunns came to Illinois in 1838, it is known that she taught school at least one rural school term. She may have taught others. She was a devout Christian lady, a leader in church and neighborhood activities. At the same time, she was a wonderful wife for Hyatt, her devoted husband, and a much revered mother by her entire family.

Eleven children were born to Hyatt and Betsey Hazard Bunn. Two died while quite young. Nine grew to maturity, married, and Left descendants. Briefly, births, deaths, and marriages of their children follows:
(1) Margaret Ann8, born April 23, 1827, married George Washington Mowrer, October 17, 1850, died February 6, 1863.
(2) Elizabeth Jane8, born September 27, 1828, married Andrew Milligan, April 11, 1854, died October 13, 1879.
(3) John8, born ?, drowned in the family spring on the farm in Wayne (now Ashland County), Ohio, when about three years old.
(4) Benjamin Wood8, born February 13, 1834, married Sarah Ann Sager, September 13, 1856, .........died January 15, 1863, a soldier in the Civil War, Company H, 130th Illinois Infantry, 9 .........September, 1862, until death from measles, January 15, 1863. HE is buried in the soldiers' .........cemetery, Memphis, Tennessee.
(5) William Wallis8, born? died in Ohio as a babe of whooping cough.

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