Hide/Hyde North Carolina Project

A group of Hyde researchers are working on a Project to sort out the Hide/Hyde families that originated in North Carolina in the 1700s.


We are gathering records and documents to post in one place to facilitate the Project’s efforts.


Hide/Hyde North Carolina Documents (Currently Password Protected for Project Members)


If you are also researching your North Carolina Hyde roots and are willing to help, please contact us by leaving a reply below.


  • Regina, there were at least four William Hide/Hydes born circa 1829, and at least two of those were born in TN. The William Hyde in Christian County who married Louisa McDonald might not have been the same William who married Lucinda Gray. I see where Edward Martin appears to link them together, but this Edward Martin was a stonemason born in Ireland. Coincidentally, his friend was another William Hyde born 1829 in Ireland, also a stonemason. He built a few bridges in the area. Do you have any specific information that links Christian county William with Caldwell county William? The William who married Lucy Gray does appear to be living with Solomon Peasock Hyde before his marriage, which would link him to Joseph Hyde. The Grays are literally surrounded by Satterfields. And if Edward Hyde had provided security, that would also go back to Joseph. What we’re missing is Joseph’s first wife, as well as his time in TN. And it also appears that Joseph had a son William by his second wife, so I’d like to see something on paper attesting to William’s age, because to me it’s not clear if Lucy married the older William or the one closer to her in age. (To disambiguate, another Kentucky William Hide b 1829 married Nancy Jane Hide, John Hide provided surety, 1st Aug 1854, Warren County. There are two William Hide/Hydes who interacted with the Thompson family in Surry County, NC and Rhea County, TN circa 1815.) This is going to take some time to sort out, but it’s doable.

  • Ann, My name is Steve Carver born in Robinsville, Nc. related to the Thompson and Hyde in Graham county NC. Now live in Spring City Tn. Willing to Help .

    • Steve, when you have a chance, please email me and Tom (ann.sterling@gmail.com and dochyde2020@hotmail.com). If memory serves, which it still occasionally does, this is an early line involving Scots-Irish settlers from PA. Three brothers, John, William and Benjamin Hide/Hyde, one of whom married a Thomson/Thompson. I don’t think we have many records for Graham County, so this would be very helpful.

  • I am looking for the ancestors of Isaiah (Isiah, Isaah) Hyde/Hide who was born in 1789 in Greenville County, South Carolina. For years I have worked on this and just cannot find a clear answer. My one living male relative in the Hyde line refuses to have his DNA collected, so he is a dead end. Thank you in advance for your help. I appreciate you very, very much.

    • Thanks Kayla, but it’s not just me. I get a lot of help, in fact, this is Tom’s line and you should contact him at dochyde2020@hotmail.com. No need to get DNA, we’re quite familiar with this line. I think so far we have him back to his grandfather, one of the Stephen Hides.

  • Hello – just stumbled on this great site. Is anyone still wanting DNA for the Richard “the pirate” Hyde line? My father, myself, my nephew, my uncle and several cousins have all taken Ancestry DNA tests. We are descendants of Richard “the pirate” through Henry who moved to Tennessee, his son Benjamin, grandson Carroll W. Hyde and great-grandson Carroll F. Hyde who moved to Texas and was my great-grandfather. Let me know.

    • Lisa, absolutely! The only problem is that Ancestry DNA tests are autosomal, meaning they show you a mix of female and male DNA going back roughly five generations or about 150 years. This is great for finding living cousins, but the first Richard was born over 400 years ago and you won’t match any of his descendants because the DNA bits that you share are too small to be detected with autosomal. Ancestry has a pretty good article explaining the test differences here: https://support.ancestry.com/s/article/Y-DNA-mtDNA-and-Autosomal-DNA-Tests?language=en_US
      Their diagrams make autosomal DNA look more comprehensive than either female MtDNA or male Y-DNA, and it is. Female MtDNA can go back tens of thousands of years, so you can see where your female line ancestors originated from and how they migrated. And – I’m skipping over a lot, but we have articles in our DNA section – male DNA, because of the way it changes over time, can tell us about surnames. We used to be a patrilineal society, and still are, to some extent, but not really any pressure anymore for wives to take their husband’s surname. Male Y-DNA results (father’s father’s father, etc.,) can show us if two males who have the same surname are related, and give us an approximate idea of how far back they’re related.
      For example, on our Hyde DNA project, right about the middle of the results page, you can see some of our R-M269’s in light purple. Men in each of the purple groups A through B share an ancestor who came to the US from England, and all of them share one common ancestor. Big Y tests indicate the common ancestor was an Anglo-Saxon who lived in North Mercia (technically vicinity of Nottinghamshire) around 800 or so years ago, around the time surnames began to be used with some consistency. We have no way of knowing who the individual was, but I think we may have discovered the family that he came from (appearing in our newsletter, eventually). https://www.familytreedna.com/public/Hyde?iframe=ycolorized
      We currently have one Richard the Pirate descendant and would certainly welcome more.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.