James Ezra Huyberts
James Ezra Huyberts,
was born in Lancaster, Pa in about 1824, his parents were John Huyberts and Sarah
Hallman. The Huybert name is either German or Dutch. (It has several spellings,
Hybert(s), Hibert(s), Heijbert, Haybert.) The family has always said the original name was
either Von Huybert, or Van Huybert, so far I have not found anything to prove that to be
James served in the U.S. Navy and was stationed on many sailing vessels, prior to the Civil War. He served on the U.S.S. Constitution, The U.S.S. Franklin; the U.S.S. Decatur, the U.S.S. Pennsylvania, to name a few. He joined the Rhode Island Volunteer Army at the beginning of the Civil War. He was wounded in the Battle at Bull Run. He served in Company B of the 4th Rohde Island Infantry - he mustered-out in Providence, Rhode Island on October 15, 1864.
James Ezra married Catherine Trainor in Providence, R.I. on September 23, 1853. Catherine was born in Ireland, her parents were John and Sara Trainor from Ireland. She lived in Providence, R.I. and died on June 15, 1900 - Her death record and obituary have her surname spelled as Hyberts. James and Catherine had 4 sons, only one survived. His name was James Edward Hyberts. The Trainor family lived in New Brunswick before Catherine met James Hyberts.
"Carl J. Hyberts, 80, of Congress St. Born Providence, Rhode Island Feb 14, 1895 the son of James E. and Sara Green Hyberts. He was educated in Hiram and Bridgeton Schools. Mr. Hyberts worked for Oxford paper Company and for the maine Central Railraod for several years. He was an army veteran of WWI. He was a member of the Harold T. Andrews Post American Legion and a 50 year member of the Hiram Masonic Lodge. Surviving is a son Philip Hyberts of Gorham. Funeral Service at Neal and York Funeral home, 76 State St., Gorham. Interment at East Hiram Cemetery."
I am still looking for infomation about these two boys and have found nothing about Joseph Hyberts.
During the time James Ezra was married to Catherine, he came home from the Civil War and left Rhode Island to, as he stated, Join the regular Army. James never returned.
The following is a letter, written by James Ezra to his wife Catherine during the Civil War, from Newburn, N.C.
In 1864, James Ezra married Georgeania Jordan White, the widow of a Confederate Soldier, John White. John died in Richmond, Va. James Ezra and Georgeania were married in Norfolk County, Va where they lived the remainder of their lives. (It seems that James Ezra was married to Georgiana when he returned to Rhode Island to muster-out of Co. B. of the Rhode Island Volunteer Army). Georgiana had 3 children with John White and had 2 sons with James Ezra. James named his first son from this marriage, what else, JAMES Ellsworth Huybert (Elzie) and the second son was William Sherman Huybert (Willie). A YANKEE married to a good ole' southern gal. hmmmm
James Ezra died from "Gravel" or Bright's Disease in 1887. He suffered with various problems for many years. He is buried somewhere in Deep Creek, Norfolk County, Virginia (now the City of Chesapeake). After his death, Georgiana applied for widow's pension. That is when it was discovered that James Ezra had NOT divorced Catherine. He had been married to 2 women at the same time. There was a hearing about the situation, it seems that Catherine ALSO applied for his pension. After many depositions and affadavits, the U.S. Gov't declared that Catherine was the rightful widow and she is the one who received the widow's pension. Georgiana, pennyless, had to live with her daughter, from her marriage to John White and her husband, Laura and Thomas Ives, both of Norfolk County, Va. It was also rumored that James had also married a 3rd woman, somewhere in the south. Catherine's sister said that he was the 'type to have a woman in every port'.
"Elzie", Jame's eldest son, is pictured to the left, . He lived in Portsmouth, VA. He was born 9/24/1864 and died 11/3/1951. He married Maggie Cornelia Young, from the same area. They had 3 children. Pearl, who died as a baby, Leslie, May and Goldie. James had several different jobs, including a farmer, a carpenter, a tavern manager, a police officer in Norfolk Co./Portsmouth, Va. Maggie to the right>
Leslie Ellsworth Huybert, son of James Ellsworth, married Thelma Hastings of Princess Anne County, Va worked for the Portsmouth Shipyard. At the age of 71, after retiring from the shipyard, Les passed the 'Bar' and received his Law Degree. He was thinking about going into practice, but died before he had gotten the opportunity. Leslie and Thelma were my grandparents.
Elzie's younger brother, William Sherman Huybert, was born in 1867. He was the Deputy Sheriff and Jailer at the Norfolk Co jail, in Portsmouth, VA. He was married to Eleanor Weston, and they had 5 children, 1 died. (Bessie, William, Eddie and Charles)
While William was sheriff, he also had a contract with the City , together with Frank Dunkum, to collect garbage, was dog catcher, delivered mail. He served as Deputy Sheriff and Jailor for many years. There were several newpaper articles written, mentioning his name, in the Portsmouth Star. He resigned as Deputy Sheriff in 1910. In Oct, 1910, he was involved in the 'burning' of a Tallow Barn of his ex-partner, Mr. Dunkum. 1911 it was discovered that William had 'hired' a couple men to burn the Tallow Barn; and a summons was set for his immediate arrest. The sentence could have been anywhere from 3 to 10 years, but he fled the area. He moved to Texas and he changed his name, his family's members names, and established himself in the Ft Worth, Texas area. He changed his name to Joseph William Hubbard. He died in 1918 in Ft. Worth, Texas. His decendants still live in Fort Worth, Texas.
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