NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people and the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
The Hyland family is of Scotch-Irish origin. The name is also spelled Highland, Hiland and Hilland. Branches of the Hilland family are now living in counties Antrim and Downs, Ulster province, Ireland. The Hyland family is most numberous also in Ulster, though found in various other sections of Ireland.
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(I) William Hyland was born in county Meath, Ulster, Ireland, 1816, died 1890. He came to this country about 1851 and located first in the city of Quebec, Canada. Thence he made his way to Prescott, Onatario, where he lived for a year. He then came to St. Lawrence county, New York, settling first at Moss Ridge, near Richville Station, and later at Canton township where he bought a farm and lived the remainder of his life. He was a quiet, industrious man, of good character and influence in the community. He married Mary _____.
1. John W., mentioned below.
2. Edward, born in America.
3. James, born in America.
(II) John W. Hyland, son of William Hyland, was born Dec. 23, 1842, in county Meath, Ireland. He came to America when eight years old with his parents and was educated in the district schools of Russell and DeKalb, St. Lawrence county, N.Y. He was a soldier in the civil war, being mustered into Company C, Eighty-third New York Regiment, in 1863. He served in that regiment in the Army of the Potomac. In 1864 he was transferred to the Ninety-seventh New York Regiment, Company C, under Colonel Wheelock, and served in that regiment to the close of the war. He took part in the battles of Miners' Run and of Culpepper in the Eighty-third Regiment. He was on duty in the wagon train service in the Ninety-seventh Regiment part of the time. This regiment was in the Fifth Army Corps, General Warren, Army of the Potomac. He was mustered out Aug. 5, 1865.
When he left the service he worked for a time in the lumber camps in Pennsylvania for R. C. Scott, a prominent lumberman. After a year and a half he went to Edwards, N.Y., where he worked for a year in a tannery.
In 1868 he married and went to farming in the town of Russell, N.Y., removing later to the town of Hermon, where he acquired a farm of four hundred acres on which he spent thirty years. He had a herd of fifty cows and made his dairy a specialty. In 1903 he removed to DeKalb and bought a home, retiring from active labor and business. His later years have been spent in the family of his son in Canton, N.Y. He retains his farm at Hermon.
In politics Mr. Hyland is a Republican; in religion, an attendant of the Methodist Episcopal church. He is a member of Post No. 369, Grand Army of the Republic, of Hermon.
He married, in 1868, Christine Nobles, born Oct. 16, 1843, in Edwards, N.Y., died in Canton, April, 1908, daughter of Alexander and Margaret Nobles. Her father was born in England; her mother in Scotland. Their only child was Nillie Myron, mentioned below.
(III) Nillie Myron, son of John W. Hyland, was born May 4, 1873, in Russell, St. Lawrence county, N.Y. He attended the district school at Kent's Corners, the high school in Hermon and the Eastman Business College at Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He worked with his father on the homestead at Hermon during his youth.
He is a Republican in politics and has been active in the support of the candidates and principles of that party. He was appointed deputy sheriff of St. Lawrence county in 1898 by Sheriff C. C. Caldwell and was made under sheriff of that county in 1904. In 1906 he was elected high sheriff for three years from Jan. 1, 1907. He is a member of the Masonic Lodge at Hermon; St. Lawrence Chapter, No. 32, Royal Arch Masons; St. Lawrence Commandery, No 28, Knights Templar, of Canton; Media Temple, of Watertown. In religion he is a Methodist. He married, Dec. 31, 1906, Minnie Gillett.
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