Robert Hoy Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Hoy, Robert W.
Robert Hoy papers
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet , 3 folders

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan".

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Biographical Note

Robert Hoy (also spelled "Hoey") was one of the early settlers of Richland County, Ohio, where he cleared 160 acres of land and established a prosperous farm. In addition, he served as Justice of the Peace for Canton County, Ohio. Hoy and his wife had five children, including John and Robert W. (born 1824). When Robert died in 1830, his sons took over the farm. Three years later, at age thirteen, Robert W. was left alone to tend the farm. In 1853 he moved to Lisbon, Indiana, when he worked as a carpenter, a manufacturer, and a postmaster. After serving in the Civil War he moved to Bushnell, Michigan. Like his father he was elected Justice of the Peace, and he held that position in Montcalm County, Michigan, for over twenty years.

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Scope and Contents note

The papers consist of two court docket books and a handwritten manuscript. The first docket book (1825-1841) records the cases of Robert Hoy Sr. in Stark County, Ohio. The bulk of these are dated 1825-1828. The cases list plaintiffs and defendants, Hoy's decisions, and the court costs. John and Robert Jr. also used the book to keep farm accounts from 1828 to 1841. The second docket book (1870-1899) records Robert W. Hoy's cases in Montcalm County as well as marriages he performed. The manuscript, which may be by Robert W. Hoy, describes the settlement and early history of Bushnell, Michigan.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections January 1965

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

  February 2000

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Gift of Donald Hoy, 1961-09-21. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Bushnell (Mich. : Township)
  • Montcalm County (Mich.)
  • Stark County (Ohio)

Personal Name(s)

  • Hoy, Robert W.


  • Agriculture -- Ohio
  • Court records -- Michigan
  • Court records -- Ohio
  • Farm management -- Ohio

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Collection Inventory


Court Docket 1825-1841   Ohio


Court Docket 1878-1899   Michigan


History of Bushnell   Michigan