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William Fisher Hoyt

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William Fisher Hoyt
William Fisher Hoyt

Mr William Fisher Hoyt was born in Wadsworth, Medina, Ohio on 24 January 1869.

He was the son of Charles E. Hoyt (1835-1915), a carpenter and joiner, and Helen Maria Fisher (b. 1841), natives of Connecticut and New York respectively. He had three brothers: Gordon C. (b. 1863-1943), Charles S. (1865-1918) and Carlos H. (1874-1916),

He first appears on the 1870 census as a one-year-old infant living with his family in Wadsworth. The family were still present in Medina by the time of the 1880 census but later moved to Cleveland, Ohio. The 1900 census shows William residing in that city, unmarried and still living with his parents and being described as a commercial traveller. By the time of the 1910 census he was a resident of Manhattan and was the senior partner of, and buyer for, Houghton, Lee & Hoyt, a position that would make him a frequent traveller across the Atlantic. He had been the captain of the Lakeside Bicycle Club and was also connected with the Lozier Bicycle Company and with the Sterling & Welch, Co.

By April 1912 Mr Hoyt had been in Europe on one of his many business trips and for the return to the USA purchased first class accommodation aboard Titanic (ticket number 17600 which cost £30, 13s, 11d). He joined the ship at Cherbourg.

On the night of the sinking Mr Hoyt was among those who remained aboard during the ship's final throes. Fifth Officer Harold Lowe returned to the scene of the wreck in lifeboat 14 to look for survivors and heard a moan coming from the water. The lifeboat's occupants came across a man buoyed up by his life preserver and bleeding from his nose and mouth. A heavily built man, the occupants it lifeboat 14 had a struggle to pull him aboard. Lowe reported: "After we got him in the boat we took his collar off so as to give him more chance to breathe, but unfortunately, he died. He was too far gone when we picked him up."

He was buried at sea by sailors from the Carpathia on 16 April and had been identified by the contents of his pockets: cards and papers and a watch and chain of atypical workmanship. The cards included a membership card in the New York Athletic Club and an identification card issued by the Fidelity and Casualty Company of New York. His brother travelled to Washington, DC to ask crew members if they knew anything about his brother, initially without success.

His parents had been living in Santa Monica, California for a number of years by the time of his death. His father died there in 1915 and his mother in 1917.

William is remembered on his brother's headstone in Woodlawn Cemetery, Santa Monica, California, Block 4, plot 190.

References and Sources

Cleveland Plain Dealer (Ohio), 17 April 1912, 18 April 1912, 26 April 1912

Newspaper Articles

Cleveland Plain Dealer (18 April 1912) SIXTEEN OHIOANS ARE STILL MISSING
Cleveland Plain Dealer (20 April 1912) JOY AND SADNESS COME WITH NEWS
New York Times (27 April 1912) ONE VICTIM LEGALLY DEAD
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  1. Ellen Hoyt

    Ellen Hoyt

    I am doing geneology research on william fisher hoyt and i need to know if he was married, if he had any children, and the names of his parents. can anyone help me with this information? Ellen Hoyt

  2. Brian Meister

    Dear Ellen, According to a genealogy I found many years ago, William Fisher Hoyt was the son of Charles Evans Hoyt and Helen Maria Fisher in Medina Co, Ohio. Charles married Helen on 19 Jan 1862 in East Cleveland, Ohio. Charles was born on 22Oct 1835 and Helen on 3 Sep 1841 in Lockport, New York. William Fisher Hoyt was unmarried but had two brothers. Hope this helps, please contact me privately as I have more on the man.

  3. Paul Lee

    I just read today that following the collision, Hoyt and Capt.Smith went to the latter's quarters for a drink - is this true? Paul

  4. Michael H. Standart

    I doubt it very much. From around 9:00pm on, Smith was either on the bridge itself or in his chartroom. After the collision, he was too busy trying to get information and working things out. Hardly time for a drink, but I'll bet he could have used one!

  5. Mark Robert Hopkins

    No drinking on duty, even if the ship is sinking. ;)

  6. Lester Mitcham

    I believe that you will find that it was Frederick Hoyt and Captain Smith who were friends. I recall reading somewhere that Hoyt later said that Smith told him that the cutter would be leaving soon and that he and Mrs Hoyt should take seats in it. The drink story is under Frederick Hoyt. See: Paterson Morning Call (1912) JUMPED FROM SINKING SHIP 23rd April 1912

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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr William Fisher Hoyt
Age: 43 years 2 months and 22 days (Male)
Nationality: American
Occupation: Businessman
Embarked: Cherbourg on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 17600, £30 13s 11d
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body recovered by: Carpathia

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