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Alexander Means Hyer 1848 – 1933

Family of Thomas and Martha Hyer of Covington, Georgia
The pioneer Hyer families found in Orlando directories, histories, and census records were direct descendants of Thomas and Martha Hyer of Covington, Georgia.

The 1860 U.S. Census of Covington, Newton County, Georgia (NARA Series M653, Roll 133, Page 427) shows family of Thomas [Farr] Hyer age 42, wife Martha [Caroline Stewart] age 40, sons: W.S. [William Stewart] age 17, E.F. [Emory Few] age 15, Alex M [Alexander Means] age 13, Th [Thomas] Goodrich age 11, Edward H P [Henry Pringle] age 9, Joseph S age 7, Martha C [Caroline “Aunt Carrie”] age 5, Joseph O A age 1.

The 1870 U.S. Census of Covington, Newton County, Georgia (NARA Series M593, Roll 168, Page 67) shows family of Martha C, Hyer, widow age 49, with children Thomas [Goodrich Hyer] age 20, Edward P [Henry Pringle] age 17, Joseph M [Michael] age 15, Carrie [Martha Caroline] age 12, and Robert L [Lee] age 8.
The 1880 U.S. Census of Covington, Newton County, Georgia (NARA Series T9, Roll 160, ED 100, Sheet 94B, Page 2B) shoes the family of Martha C. Hyer age 59, daughter Carrie age 21, occupation: school teacher and son Robert Lee age 18, occupation: carpenter.
Thomas Farr Hyer Family Bible
From Progeny Record of John Henry Hyer Charleston, S.C., Hatabel Hyer, 1971.
Offspring:
1. William Stewart Hyer
2. James Henry Spencer Hyer
3. Emory Few Hyer
4. Alexander Means Hyer [“Doc”]
5. Thomas Goodrich Hyer
6. Edward Pringle Hyer [“Pring”]
7. Joseph Michael Hyer
8. May Susannah Hyer
9. Martha Carolina Hyer [“Auntie”, “Carrie”]
10. James O. Andrew Hyer
11. Robert Lee Hyer [“R.L.”, “Bob”]
Hyer Families in Orlando

The Hyer brothers were Orlando pioneers. Property records at the Orange County Comptroller’s office show that Alexander Means Hyer and his wife Mattie Hyer were in Orlando as early as 1876 when the sold 80 acres in Orange County on March 3rd for $450 dollars; his brother E.P. Hyer acting as a witness. By all accounts the Hyers were upstanding citizens and members of the First Methodist church on Jackson Street or the First
Presbyterian Church. That being said, the Saint James Cathedral 1885-1985 centennial publication identifies A. M. [Alexander Means] Hyer and E. P. [Edward Pringle] Hyers [sic] as benefactors who contributed to the construction of church in 1887. A.M. Hyer served as Orlando’s fourth mayor (1879-1880) and R.L. Hyer was active in city government, as well.

Alexander Means “Doc” Hyer (15 Mar 1848 – 22 Feb 1933) and Martha Harris “Mattie” (May 1853-16 Mar 1928)

 The U.S. Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records 1796-1907, Accession FL0440.080, Document 313, indicates that Alexander M. Hyer, a resident of Orange County, Florida purchased 79.79 acres of what was then “public lands” on 30 Dec 1878. The dates are confusing because an indenture on file in the Orange County Comptroller’s office indicates he sold this parcel for $450 on 24 March 1878 to Joseph C. Harper.

 The 1880 U.S. Census of the 3rd Division, Orange County, Florida (NARA Series T9, Roll 131, ED 2, Sheet 431B, Page 2B) shows the family of A. M. [Alexander Means] Hyer age 32, occupation – keeps liquor store, married to Mattie age 23, children: James age 3, Thomas age 2, and Pauline age 8 months, born in October.

Alexander served as the fourth mayor of Orlando from 1879-1880.

The 1885 Florida State Census of Orange County (E.D. 1, Page 13B ) shows A. M. Hyer age 37, profession/occupation/trade: Hotel, wife Mattie age 30, children: son James age 12, Pauline age 9, daughter B. age 5, daughter “baby” age 1.

An 1888 publication promoting “The Seminole” Hotel in Winter Park, Florida, includes an advertisement under “LIVERY” for A. M. Hyer:
 A. M. Hyer, Winter Park. I propose to keep first class outfits for single and double driving and for saddle, at reasonable prices. Open after Dec. 25th, 1888. Will also board private outfits.

The 1900 U.S. Census of Orange County, Florida (NARA Series T623, Roll 175, ED 116, Sheet 12A, Page 22A) shows the family of Mattie Hyer age 46, born May 1853 residing on Jackson street in a rented house down the street from R.L. Hyer and his family. A.M. Hyer is not in the household. Mattie has been married for 25 years and had six births but only five living children. Four children reside at home: James S [Shelby] age 23, born July 1876, occupation: plumber; Beatrice age 19, born December 1880; Mattie B [Beulah] age 14, born July 1885, and [Edward]
Stewart age 12, born February 1888.

The deceased child referenced in the 1900 census is Thomas Alexander Hyer (listed in the 1880 census) born 12 September 1877, died 6 February 1883 and is buried in Oxford Cemetery in Oxford, Georgia.

In contrast, the 1900 U.S. Census of Escambia County, Pensacola,  Florida (NARA Series T623, Roll 168, ED 23, Sheet 7A, Page 277A) shows Alexander Hyer, b. 1846, single, occupation: real estate agent, living in a boarding house. 

 
An article found in the March 22, 1895 edition of The South-Florida Sentinel (an old Orlando newspaper) may explain why he left the city and appears to have never returned. The notice reads as follows: See Notice of Messrs. Patrick, Preston and Bumby; these gentlemen will apply to the next legislature for relief as bondsmen for A. M. Hyer, a former tax collector of the county. It is not clear, but it appears that A. M. Hyer may have been bonded by the three men listed and absconded with funds that were not his own.

Miller’s Orlando City Directory, February 1907, p. 44, does not list James and his family, but does list the business of Hyer & Rollins, plumbers, office 10 West Church.

According to the 1910 U.S. Census of Orange County, Florida (NARA Series T624, Roll 166, ED 108, Sheet 3B) Martha is listed as 54 year old widow, Alexander M, mother, with her son James S as head of household and children Beatrice (23), and Stewart (21). We find that Alex M. Hyer age 62 is still living in Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida and is listed as a single, land agent (NARA Series T624, Roll 160, ED 15, Page 52A, Sheet 25A).

The Orlando City Directory 1912, p.54, shows Mrs. Mattie Hyer, S. [Stewart] Hyer, electrician, Miss Beatrice Hyer, dressmaker and her brother J. S. [James] Hyer, plumber, residence Lake Copeland.

It certainly seems the two are separated, however, a 1913 an indenture recorded in Orange County on 23 September 1913 shows that A.M. and Mattie reside in Leon County, Florida.

The 1920 U.S. Census of Orange County, Florida (NARA Series T625, Roll 228, ED 114,  Sheet 18B, Page 49B) shows Martha age 6 5, married, living with her daughter eatrice age 39, occupation: dressmaker at house, listed as lodgers at 142 [?] Central Avenue in Orlando but head of household is not listed. The 1921 Orlando City Directory  (p.180, 183) shows Miss Beatrice Hyer – dressmaker – residing at the Jefferson Court Apartments at110 North Orange Avenue.

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Edward Stewart Hyer Funeral Notice 1956
The Funeral Notice and Obituary for Edward Stewart Hyer were published in the Orlando Sentinel on 1 May 1956, page 4B. Edward Stewart...
Edward Stewart Hyer Obituary 1956
The Obiturary and Funeral Notice for Edward Stewart Hyer was published in the Oralndo Sentinel on 1 May 1956, page 4B. Edward Stewart...
James Edward Howard Obituary 1967
The obituary of James Edward Hyer, infant son of George Hyer was publshed in the Orlando Evening Sentinel on 26 January 1967,...
James Shelby Hyer Funeral Notice 1958
The Funeral Notice of James Shelby Hyer was published on 31 October 1958 in the Orlando Sentinel page B6. James Shelby Hyer is...
1915-16 Orlando City Directory - Hyers in Orlando
The 1915-1916 Orlando City Directory (p. 162) shows the adult Hyer family members living in Orlando. Miss Edna E [Ewing] Hyer, clerk at...
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Seminole Hotel Pamphlet - Pages 44-45

Mentioned: Robert White, Jr.; Hall's Hotel, H. J. Hall of Winter Park, George L. McConihe, Orlando Ice Manufacturing Company, Chase & Company of Sanford, White, Guernsey & Giles Insurance Company, W. A. White, Joseph L. Guernsey, James L. Giles, Greenleaf & Crosby Jewelers, A. M. Hyer of Winter Park, J. L. Wilkes & Company of Winter Park, The Orange County Reporter, Mahlon Gore, The Orlando Daily Record, Lake Virginia, Lake Maitland, C. H. Hall of Ishpening, Michigan; W. S. Lane of Winter Park; M. A. Henkel of Winter Park, Capen & Company of Winter Park, Bidwell's Improved Peaches, James Mott of Orlando, J. H. Lamay, Hugh MacCallum of Scotland.


Alexander Hyer - Indenture 3 March 1876

Alexander Means Hyer and Martha Harris of Mellonville, Florida (married in 1875) sold 80 acres of land in Orange County, Florida on 3 March 1876 to Joseph C. Harper for $450. One of the witnesses to the instrument is his brother E.P. "Edward Pringle " Hyer. The property description is as follows: The East half of the South East quarter of Section 17, in Township 22, South of Range 30 East containing 80 acres more or less.

Other people mentioned: Joseph C. Harper, Chas. (Charles) H. Munger, C. (Cassius) A. Boone - Justice of the Peace, J. P. Hughey - Clerk Circuit Court

The original document available at the Office of the Orange County Florida Comptroller http://occompt.com/


Alexander Hyer - Property Sale - 10 Dec 1884

In March 1876 Alexander Means Hyer and his wife Mattie sold 80 acres of land for $450 dollars. On 23 May 1884 they purchased the 10 acres of land described below from James R. Patrick and his wife Ava Patrick for $550. Just seven months later, Alexander Means Hyer and Martha Harris Hyer sold the same 10 acres of land in Orange County on 10 December 1884 to Thomas Stepheson for $800.

The property description is as follows: The North East quarter of the South East quarter of the South West quarter of Section 21 in Township 22, South of Range 29.

Other people mentioned: C. T. Gooding, R. E. Dasher - Notary Public, T. J. Shine, D. Shine

The original document available at the Office of the Orange County Florida Comptroller http://occompt.com/


Alexander Hyer - Deed - 23 September 1913

This deed dated 23 September 1913 shows that Alexander Means Hyer and his wife Martha "Mattie" Hyer were no longer residents of Orange County but Leon County, Florida.

Others mentioned: Petrea Bell, J. H. Smithwick, J. P. Williams, Eugene B. Bradley, A. M. Hyer, Mattie Hyer, F. B. Carter, Jr., B. M. Robinson, M. J. Gilchrist


Alexander Hyer Comptroller Documents

List of documents mentioning Alexander Means Hyer, A. M. Hyer, Alexander Hyer and his wife Martha Harris Hyer, Martha Hyer, Mattie Hyer available for inspecetion online at the Orange County Florida Comptroller Office http://or.occompt.com

 


Alexander Hyer - Deed - 23 May 1884

In March 1876 Alexander Means Hyer and his wife Mattie sold 80 acres of land for $450 dollars. On 23 May 1884 they purchased the 10 acres of land described below from James R. Patrick and his wife Ava Patrick for $550. Just seven months later, Alexander Means Hyer and Martha Harris Hyer sold the same 10 acres of land in Orange County on 10 December 1884 to Thomas Stepheson for $800.

The property description is as follows: The North East quarter of the South East quarter of the South West quarter of Section 21 in Township 22, South of Range 29.

Other people mentioned: L. J. Dollins, T. J. Shine - Thomas Shine, Jessup Patrick,

The original document available at the Office of the Orange County Florida Comptroller http://occompt.com/


Thomas Hyer Family - 1860 Census

Four Hyer brothers: Alexander Means, Edward Pringle, Joseph, and Robert Lee, came to Orlando as pioneers. Their parents were Thomas and Martha Hyer of Covington, Newton County, Georgia.

The 1860 U.S. Census of Covington, Newton County, Georgia (NARA Series M653, Roll 133, Page 427) shows family of Thomas [Farr] Hyer age 42, wife Martha [Caroline Stewart] age 40, sons: W.S. [William Stewart] age 17, E.F. [Emory Few] age 15, Alex M [Alexander Means] age 13, Th [Thomas] Goodrich age 11, Edward H P [Henry Pringle] age 9, Joseph S age 7, Martha C [Caroline "Aunt Carrie"] age 5, Joseph O A age 1.


Thomas Hyer Family -1870 Cenus

Four Hyer brothers came to Orlando as pioneers. They were sons of Thomas and Martha Hyer of Covington, Newton County, Georgia.

The 1870 U.S. Census of Covington, Newton County, Georgia (NARA Series M593, Roll 168, Page 67) shows family of Martha C, Hyer, widow age 49, with children Thomas [Goodrich Hyer] age 20, Edward P [Henry Pringle] age 17, Joseph M [Michael] age 15, Carrie [Martha Caroline] age 12, and Robert L [Lee] age 8.


Alexander Hyer - 1880 Census

The 1880 U.S. Census of the 3rd Division, Orange County, Florida (NARA Series T9, Roll 131, ED 2, Sheet 431B, Page 2B) shows Mattie, married to A. M. Hyer age 32, occupation - keeps liquor store. Children: James (1876-29 Oct 1958), Thomas (b. 1878), (b. Oct 1879). Records show Alexander was the fourth mayor of Orlando from 1879-1880.

 


Alexander Hyer - 1885 Florida State Census

Alexander Means Hyer "A.M.", "Doc Hyer" was one of Orlando's pioneers. Census records show that he was involved in a variety of commercial and political ventures. The 1885 Florida census shows that son Thomas is no longer in the household. Cemetery records show that he died 6 February 1883 at the age of 5 1/2 years old.

The 1885 Florida State Census of Orange County (E.D. 1, Page 13B ) shows A. M. Hyer age 37, profession/occupation/trade: Hotel, wife Mattie age 30, children: son James age 12, Pauline age 9, daughter B. age 5, daughter "baby" age 1.


Alexander Hyer - 1900 U.S. Census - Pensacola

The 1900 U.S. Census of Orange County, Florida (NARA Series T623, Roll 175, ED 116, Sheet 12A, Page 22A) shows Mattie (b. May 1853) on Jackson street just one house down from R.L. Hyer and his family. A.M. Hyer is not in the household but she indicates she is married. All four living children reside at home: James (b. July 1876) plumber, Beatrice (b. Dec 1880), Mattie B (b. July 1885), and Stewart (b. Feb 1888).
In contrast, the 1900 U.S. Census of Escambia County, Pensacola, Florida (NARA Series T623, Roll 168, ED 23, Sheet 7A, Page 277A) shows Alexander Hyer, b. 1846, single, occupation real estate agent, living in a boarding house.


Alexander Hyer - 1900 U.S. Census - Orlando

The 1900 U.S. Census of Orange County, Florida (NARA Series T623, Roll 175, ED 116, Sheet 12A, Page 22A) shows Mattie (b. May 1853) on Jackson street just one house down from R.L. Hyer and his family. A.M. Hyer is not in the household but she indicates she is married. All four living children reside at home: James (b. July 1876) plumber, Beatrice (b. Dec 1880), Mattie B (b. July 1885), and Stewart (b. Feb 1888).
If you look a little further down the census page, you will also see the family of Alexander's brother Robert Lee "R.L.", "Bob" Hyer who also live on Jackson Street.
In contrast, the 1900 U.S. Census of Escambia County, Pensacola, Florida (NARA Series T623, Roll 168, ED 23, Sheet 7A, Page 277A) shows Alexander Hyer, b. 1846, single, occupation real estate agent, living in a boarding house.


Alexander Hyer - 1910 U.S. Census - Pensacola

According to the 1910 U.S. Census of Orange County, Florida (NARA Series T624, Roll 166, ED 108, Sheet 3B) Alexander's wife Martha is listed as 54 year old widow, [Mrs.] Alexander M, [Mattie], mother, residing with her son James S as head of household and with her children Beatrice (23), and Stewart (21).
At the same time, Alex M. Hyer age 62 is still living in Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida and is listed as a single, land agent (NARA Series T624, Roll 160, ED 15, Page 52A, Sheet 25A).
It certainly seems the two are separated, however, a 1913 an indenture recorded in Orange County on 23 September 1913 shows that A.M. and Mattie reside in Leon County, Florida.


Alexander Hyer - 1910 U.S. Census - Orlando

According to the 1910 U.S. Census of Orange County, Florida (NARA Series T624, Roll 166, ED 108, Sheet 3B) Martha is listed as 54 year old widow, [Mrs.] Alexander M, [Mattie], mother, with her son James S as head of household and children Beatrice (23), and Stewart (21).
At the same time, Alex M. Hyer age 62 is still living in Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida and is listed as a single, land agent (NARA Series T624, Roll 160, ED 15, Page 52A, Sheet 25A).
It certainly seems the two are separated, however, a 1913 an indenture recorded in Orange County on 23 September 1913 shows that A.M. and Mattie reside in Leon County, Florida.


Beatrice Hyer - 1920 U.S. Census - Orlando

The 1920 U.S. Census of Orange County, Florida (NARA Series T625, Roll 228, ED 114, Sheet 18B, Page 49B) shows Martha age 6 5, married, living with her daughter Beatrice age 39, occupation: dressmaker at house, listed as lodgers at 142 [?] Central Ave in Orlando but head of household is not listed.


Beatrice Hyer Obituary

Mentioned: Beatrice Caroline Hyer, Alexander Means Hyer, Mattie Hyer, Mrs. L. C. Murrow, Dickson and Ives


Alexander M. Hyer - General Land Office Deed

This document was signed by President Rutherford B. Hayes on 13 December 1878 but description of the document show it dates 3 March 1876. The property description is exactly the same as the indenture for the land he sold to Mr. Harper in 1876 except the acreage is listed as 79.79 on this document and the other describes the property as 80 acres more or less.


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