Our family's history has always stated that James Catherel HOY's father "ran away from his home in Scotland and came to America" and fought in the American Revolution. The story continued, that after the war, HOY settled in either one of the Carolinas or Georgia. The following letter from Laura (HOYE) MARS, seems to strengthen or perhaps even propogates that story. This is a transcription of a letter from Laura (HOYE) MARS to my mother, Gloria (HOYE) ERHARD, in 1941. Editorial clarification is [bracketed] and surnames are in CAPS:
February 18, 1941
Your recent letter came and I am glad to give you any information I have and glad to know you. It is always interesting to trace "our folks" if we can find where to look but I do not know very much that will help. My Father's home burned and with it went the records if there were any. I think I am the "last leaf on the tree." The last one that is the oldest one left.
My information handed down is that one William(?) or James(?) HOY ran away from Scotland... came to Georgia... married a Miss Hannah JORDAN... and had a family of eight children of which my father was the youngest. My father's name was James Catherel HOY, born 18 of February 1805. You see this date of his birth would have caused his father [William/James] to have been in the Revolutionary War and I am not sure but I think he first came to the Carolinas then to Georgia.
My father came to Mississippi about 1848 or 1849. He had married a Miss Lucy JORDAN. I must be mistaken about Hannah JORDAN [in reference to William/James' wife]. She was some other name, but her first name was Hannah. My father married Lucy JORDAN.
My father's family by his first wife was 4 boys and 3 girls. He lost 2 sons in the War [Civil] and one a doctor who lived at Union, Mississippi died soon after the War ended. His wife [Lucy JORDAN] also died during the War and he later married my Mother whose husband died during the Siege of Vicksburg. Mrs. Lucy [ADAMS] JAMES also of Georgia originally and to them were born Charlie W. HOYE and Laura Emily -- myself. I am the only one of these families living. I will be 76 years old in July, so you see I am "the last leaf on the tree."
I have some old papers of my father's that he served on different people in the capacity of Judge of the District. All these papers were signed "J.C. HOY" but all his business papers were signed "J.C. HOYE". My Mother said that he said he supposed one could spell his name as he chose, so he chose to put an "e" onto the HOY as that is why it is spelled both ways. I have never heard of it being contested. That is why you [Gloria HOYE] have the "e" onto your name.
Your grandfather [actually Gloria's great grandfather] went to Texas before I remember. I do remember his coming on a visit, but just seeing him as someone from Texas is all I can recall. This was [James] Newton HOYE... my half brother. Back in those days Texas was a long ways off. Clarence HOYE [b 06/15/1896] that you have met is the son of Clarence HOYE [b 07/05/1872]... another one of my half brothers and a whole brother to Newton HOYE.
This is all I can think of to tell you now. If I can be of further service, write me.
Laura H.[HOYE] MARS
Now while this dear soul has provided a lot of information in her letter, she does have some of the relationships confused… The elder Clarence HOYE was Laura’s half-nephew, with his son, the younger Clarence, being her half grand-nephew. The James Newton HOYE whe wrote of was the uncle of the elder Clarence, and consquently, the granduncle of the younger.
I have also found 2 additional children for James Catherel and his 1st wife, Lucy JORDAN, but as Miss Laura didn't give the names of her father's children, it's difficult to say which ones are the "additions." For simplification, here are the children and wives of James Catherel HOY(E):
HON. JAMES CATHEREL2 HOY (HOY1) was born 18 February 1805 in Madison County, Georgia, and died 25 August 1885 in Union, Newton County, Mississippi. He married (1) LUCY S. JORDAN 04 July 1830 in Baldwin County, Georgia, daughter of RICHARD JORDAN and SARAH. She was born 27 April 1810 in Georgia, and died 17 July 1867 in Union, Newton County, Mississippi. He married (2) LUCY EMILY ADAMS abt. 1869. She was born 31 July 1831 in Georgia, and died 24 January 1900 in Union, Newton County, Mississippi.
Children of JAMES HOY and LUCY JORDAN are:
i. SARAH H.3 HOYE, b. 23 December 1830, Georgia; m. JONATHAN H. WILES; b. 1825, South Carolina.
ii. DR. WILLIAM JASPER HOYE, b. 11 September 1832, Georgia; d. 02 July 1875; m. ABBY THOMPSON; b. abt. 1832.
iii. RICHARD J. HOYE, b. 09 November 1834, Georgia; d. 15 January 1863, Richmond, Virginia during Civil War; m. MARY E., abt. 1859; b. 1843, Georgia.
iv. ELIZABETH B. HOYE, b. 17 December 1836, probably Newton, Union County, Mississippi; d. 17 November 1910; m. WILLIAM M. WALTON; b. 26 November 1816, Coffeeville, Clark County, Alabama; d. 29 October 1904, Newton, Union County, Mississippi.
v. JAMES NEWTON HOYE, b. 22 June 1839, Mississippi; d. Aft. 1900, Jacksonville, Cherokee County, Texas; m. (1) MARY FRANCES BRIDGES, abt. 1859, Mississippi; b. 05 September 1842, Georgia, Alabama or Mississippi; d. Aft. 1880, Texas (?); m. (2) <UNNAMED>, abt. 1880.
vi. MATTHEW JOHN LUCAS HOYE, SR., b. 07 January 1842, Georgia; m. BETTY RUSSELL, abt. 1867; b. abt. 1853, Mississippi.
vii. ANDREW J. HOYE, b. 09 June 1845; d. 27 August 1862, Vicksburg, Mississippi during Civil War.
viii. ISAAC M. HOYE, b. 21 October 1849, Georgia; d. 11 October 1921, Probably Newton County, Mississippi.
ix. MARY HOYE, b. 30 November 1853.
Children of JAMES HOY and LUCY ADAMS are:
x. CHARLES WATTS3 HOY, b. 09 December 1869, Mississippi; d. 17 September 1913; m. KATIE BACCUS, 1893; b. August 1873, Mississippi.
xi. LAURA EMILY HOYE, b. 11 July 1872, Newton County, Mississippi; d. 24 December 1957, Philadelphia, Neshoba County, Mississippi; m. GEORGE WASHINGTON MARS, SR., 24 December 1891, Newton County, Mississippi; b. 19 October 1864, Mars Hill, near Philadelphia in Neshoba County, Mississippi; d. 17 September 1946, Philadelphia, Neshoba County, Mississippi.
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