It’s time for our semi-annual blog post, and apparently we got mentioned on an Ancestry group, so greetings to all the new people who’ve signed up!

Except, it’s not really a blog. I post almost never. All the action happens in the comments, and every so often I pop in and remind people to check the boxes at the bottom *before* they post a comment or question on the website. That way you’ll get a notification when your question gets answered. If you didn’t check the boxes, no big deal, just check back on the page and see where you are in the queue.

Answers could take several weeks, sometimes longer. Yes, you can nudge me, and I won’t mind. Occasionally things get caught in the spam filter, both here and in my personal email. When that happens, email the admins over at the Hyde DNA Project. They’re pretty good at keeping me on task.

There are some long-term projects pending, but Covid changed both work and family life and we’re only just now starting to get back to whatever “normal” is these days. Once I get through this initial flurry of questions I will talk more about that.

Until next time, be safe, be well, and bring a cell phone with a camera to all your summer research facilities!




  • Greetings from a William Hyde from Anson, NC ancestor!
    I’m so thankful for the research recently made available from Traci Thompson at the Braswell Memorial Library in Rocky Mount, NC. There are a couple of us that descend from this Hyde line and are very pleased to see the line traced back to Stephen Hyde of Anson, NC (1751-1815), son of David Hyde (1713-1785), son of Richard Hyde, II (1675-1719), son of Richard Hyde, I (1652-1710). More research shows connections with the Alston/Stallings/Deal/Abrams and Holland families (example: Benjamin James Hyde (1861-1900), son of Stephen Hyde, married Mary A. Holland (1870-1936). And, as Traci put it, “all roads seem to lead to Martin County, NC” for the Hyde line especially from 1850-1940. I am hoping that this recent discovery of the William Hyde line will open more doors in tracing his (and Charlotte’s) sons, John William and Stephen Hide/Hyde. A military record suggests that John William served in the Civil War for 4 months and was discharged due to a disability; and Stephen is last seen in the 1870 census for Upper Conetoe farming. Previously, he was the overseer to the Williams’ farm in Martin, NC (1850-1860). Skipping a generation or two, I know that Mike is anxious to find the missing pieces to Pearl Hyde just as I am in finding out Nick Hyde’s parents’ identities. We believe Nick and Pearl to be brother and sister, but perhaps with 1 different parent. Back to the subject at hand…many thanks to Traci Thompson for the William Hyde research documentation and discovery!

    • Debra – I’m going to be in touch with you, Mike and Traci very soon. Traci did an incredible job and I’d like to talk with you all about a new page for William and Charlotte that links to the Richard Hide page.

  • Hello! I am excited to find this Hyde website! I am a descendant of William Hartwell Hyde; however, I am not sure if my William Hyde is the same ancestor mentioned above. This is the information I have thus far:

    My great grandfather:
    John Henry Hyde b. 1850 Alabama, d. 1900 Louisiana census/family bible to support
    Amanda Moore (2nd wife) b. 1858 Alabama, d. 1911 Louisiana census/family bible to support

    My great-great grandfather:
    William Hartwell Hyde (b. 1826 Alabama, d. 1905 Louisiana) census/marriage records to support
    Sarah Little (wife) b. 1834 Alabama, d. 1910 Louisiana) census/marriage records to support

    Below is my roadblock…I have no facts that Stephen Hyde is the father of William Hartwell Hyde other than word of mouth.

    My great-great-great grandfather:
    Stephen Hyde (b. 1790 N.Carolina, d.1829 Alabama) word of mouth,no documentation to support
    Leah Hyde (wife) word of mouth, no documentation to support

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks in advance. 🙂 Kathleen

  • Does your Bible record say his name was “William” Hartwell Hyde? All of the records I could find just call him Hartwell (including his gravestone). He is said to have been born in Autauga County, Alabama, b. c. 1825, but he was living in Coosa County in 1850 (they were adjacent counties). We know that William Hyde b. c. 1797, the son of Stephen Hyde and Susanna Colson Fanning, and the husband of Charlotte Parker Hyde, was living – briefly -in Autauga County between 1825 and 1850 but your Hartwell is unlikely to have been their son as William apparently died and Charlotte and the children returned to North Carolina by 1850. But it is possible that William did not die and remained in Alabama with one of his sons.
    With a name like Hartwell – we have to consider whether your ancestor is a descendant of the “original” Hartwell Hyde b. 1759 in North Carolina, who moved to Williamson County, Tennessee, about 1805. That Hartwell had a son named Richard W. Hyde (b. c. 1781) who was married to Lucy Little. He had two sons whose names have not yet been discovered – the older one would have been the right age to be the father of your Hartwell. They were enumerated in the 1820 census for Williamson County, Tennessee, as a male 16-25 (born between 1795-1805) and a male under age 10. The older son would likely have been born in North Carolina before Hartwell moved to Tennessee.
    There were loads of Hydes in Alabama by the mid-1800s – many of them came from southern states – but others skipped all the way down there from New York – including a Henry Hyde b. 1780.
    If you have a male Hyde relative and they are willing to do the FamilyTreeDNA Big-Y test – we can determine whether you fit into the line of Hartwell Hyde of Williamson County, TN. Two descendants of his brother Henry have already done the test and matched. We are currently working on the line of Hydes that includes Henry and Hartwell and their cousin Stephen – they were all descended from Richard Hyde I b. 1611 who immigrated to Virginia in 1635.

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