Born: 14 December 1837 in White County, Tennessee
Died: 30 October 1917 in Vernon County, Missouri (Missouri Digital Heritage)
Buried: Sheldon Cemetery, Vernon County, Missouri (FindAGrave)
Parents: Jacob and Elizabeth (Rockhold) Hyder

Married: Mary Jane Jones on 6 December 1860 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Born: 28 April 1844 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Died: 8 September 1926 in Vernon County, Missouri (Missouri Digital Heritage)
Buried: Sheldon Cemetery, Vernon County, Missouri (FindAGrave)
Parents: John and Lucinda (Unknown) Jones


  1. John L. Hyder
  2. Dora Ellen Hyder
  3. Mary Belle Josephine Hyder
  4. Hattie Florence Tennessee Hyder
  5. Pearl Jane Hyder
  6. William E. Hyder
  7. Infant Hyder


  • Cousin: Joseph Nelson Hyder - 13th Tennessee (Gore's) Infantry - CSA
  • Cousin: Elkanah Hyder - 22nd Tennessee (Murray's) Battalion - CSA
  • Cousin: Pleasant M. Hyder - 84th Tennessee Infantry & 28th Consolidated Tennessee Infantry - CSA


4thTennessee Mounted Infantry
Company K


  • Enlisted as a Private and left the service as a Private
  • Age: 26
  • Occupation: Farmer
  • Born: Putnam County, TN
  • Enlisted 1 Nov 1864 at Carthage, TN
  • Mustered In 1 Nov 1864 in Nashville, TN
  • Eyes: Yellow
  • Hair: Black
  • Complexion: Fair
  • Height: 6'
  • Mar - Jun 1865: Present
  • Muster Out: 20 August 1865


Widow's Pension Application:

  • Invalid: 703602
  • Certificate: 524943
  • Filed 8 May 1889
  • Widow's Application: 1110383
  • Certificate: 838834
  • Filed: 11 November 1917
  • Click Here to Download Application


  • 1850 Census: White County, TN, Page 120
  • 1860 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 25
  • 1870 Census: Vernon County, MO, Page 560
  • 1880 Census: Vernon County, MO, Page ?D
  • 1890 Veteran's Census: Vernon County, MO, Drywood Township
  • 1900 Census: Vernon County, MO, Page 203B
  • 1910 Census: Vernon County, MO, Page 290A


Sheldon Enterprise
2 Nov 1917, Page 1
Death of W. B. Hyder - In the death of W. B. Hyder, which occurred at his home south of Main street about five o'clock Tuesday morning, this country loses one of its oldest citizens. Mr. Hyder suffered a paralytic stroke Friday night and gradually grew worse until the end came Tuesday morning. Funeral services were held at the Christian church at ten o'clock Wednesday morning by Rev. J. E. DeJarnette, the services at the cemetery being in charge of the Masonic lodge of this place. William B. Hyder was born Dec. 14, 1837, and located in this country when but a young man. At the time the town of Sheldon was started, Mr. Hyder had a store at Avola. Shortly after that time he came in Sheldon, and was postmaster here for several years. He was a veteran of the Civil war, having been a soldier in the Union army. Mr. Hyder was a member of the Masonic, Odd Fellow, Woodmen, Eastern Star and Rebekah lodges, and was well known all over this country. The deceased is survived by his wife and four children - three daughters and one son - all of whom were here at the time of his death.

Nevada Daily Mail
30 October 1917, Page 5
WM B. HYDER OF SHELDON IS DEAD - Wm. B. Hyder passed away Tuesday morning at his home in Sheldon after an illness of many weeks. John B. Hyder of Nevada, son of the deceased was at his father's bedside when the latter's life closed. Mr. Hyder had been a resident of Sheldon many years and was well and favorably known in Nevada. The deceased was born December 14, 1837, and was a veteran of the civil war having been a soldier in the union army. He was a member of the Masonic order for many years. Mr. Hyder was a man of many admirable traits of character and was one of the most genial and big hearted men of the county. At the re-union of the old soldiers held at the park in Nevada he was a central figure. Mr. Hyder for many years was Sheldon's city marshall and was an efficient and faithful officer. In his death Sheldon loses one of its oldest and most highly esteemed citizens. The funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at the deceased's home. Interment at the Sheldon cemetery in charge of the Masonic lodge. My Hyder is survived by four children Mrs. Kemp of Kansas, Mrs. Dora Baker of Minden Mines, Mrs. N. G. Newell of Merrimac, Ok., and John B. Hyder of Nevada, all of whom were at his bedside during his last hours.

Nevada Daily Mail
8 Sep 1926, Page 1
Resident, Mrs. Mary J. Hyder, Passed Away at Sheldon - Funeral Thursday Afternoon.
Another one of Vernon county's oldest and most highly esteemed residents, Mrs. Mary J. Hyder, passed away at her home in Sheldon Wednesday morning, her death being due to heart trouble. Her death will be a souce of great sorrow not only to her surviving children but to a large circle of friends and acquaintance who appreciated and enjoy her generous and sympathetic interest in may years that she had lived in Sheldon.

Mrs. Hyder lived to the advanced age of 82 years, 4 months and 11 days and in the fullest measure met every duty and responsibility of life. She was an estamable christian woman, a devoted and indulgent wife and mother. Her life's companion, W. B. Hyder, preceded her to the grave after a perfect companionship of many years. Surviving are her three daughters, Mrs. Belle Kemp of Pueble, Colo., Mrs. E. G. Newell of Yale, Okla., Mrs. Edward Flaharty of Minden Mines, and one son, John L. Hyder, of Nevada.

The funeral services will be held at the Christian church in Sheldon Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Arthur Stout and under the auspices of the Eastern Star and Rebekahs.

Sheldon Enterprise
10 September 1926, Page 1
Mrs. Mary J. Hyder Passed Away.

Wednesday morning, September 8h at 1:40 o'clock, the spirit of Mrs. Mary J. Hyder, took its flight. That lady, the wife of W. B. Hyder, deceased, came to Vernon County from Cookville, Tennessee in 1863 and homesteaded near Avola, north west of Sheldon about five miles. Her husband preceded her in death, October 30th 1917. They were among the first citizens to engage in business when this city was surveyed and plotted into lots.

They were the parents of one son, John L. Hyder of Nevada, and three daughters, Mrs. Belle Kemp of Pueblo, Colorado; Mrs. E. G. Newell of Yale, Oklahoma, and Mrs. Ed Flaharty of Minden, Missouri. All were at the beside of their mother.

Mrs. Hyder was one of those pioneers whose life has been a blessing not only to Vernon County but to every one who was so fortunate as to know her, a lady of exceptional talents, a ture Christian and one of those mothers that has made her life a blessing.

For several weeks she has been sick at her home here and there was nothing that loving children and friends could do to relieve her suffering but what was done; finally vitality failed and there has passed from our midst one loved and admired by all.

Funeral services were conducted at the Christian Church Thursday afternoon by Rev. Arthur Stout of Nevada and under the auspices of the Rebekah Lodge the remains were taken to the Sheldon Cemetery and laid to rest by teh side of her husband.

G. B. Beeny & Sons had charge of the funeral arrangements.

Nevada Daily Mail
11 September 1926, Page 4
We are most grateful for the many kindnesses shown us by our friends and neighbors during the illness and at the death of our beloved mother, Mrs. Mary J. Hyder.
We also appreciated deeply the flowers, so expressive of sympathy, at the funeral, and the use of cars and many other acts and courtesies.
Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Hyder
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Flaharty
Mr. and Mrs. E. Kemp
Dr. and Mrs. E. Newell


Death Certificate: Vernon County, MO (1917) - #37297 - William Barton Hyder (Missouri Digital Heritage)
Death Certificate:
Vernon County, MO (1926) - #30646 - Mary J. Hyder (Missouri Digital Heritage)

Excerpts from Hyder Family Vertical File, Tennessee Tech University Regional History and Archives, Cookeville, TN.
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I, W. B. Hyder, that Being my name, was Borned and raised in Putnam County, Tennessee[.] Borned December 14 1837 and was Marred to Miss Mary Jane Jones December the 6th 1860. We Lived Near Cookeville Tennessee for one year then the War Began to git very hot and the Southern Army Began to Force all Men on to the Servic of the South and I Being a Beleaver in the Union left my Home in Putnam Co., Tennessee and Went North of the Cumberland River on the Border of Kentucky where the Union Army held persesion of the Country and stayed untill the Union Army taken Nashville. Duren this time, we had a Son Borned in April 18th 1862. Soon after the Capture of Nashville by the Union forces the union Scouts Began to Scour the County. I went Bak home with my Wife and Littel Son that I had Named John T Hyder He lives at Lamar Mo now But I had Harly Landed at my home in Putnam County, Tenn untill the Rebel Bush Whackers ran after me Wanting to take my Life for Being a Linkennite as they called me, I was a Union man in favor of the Government and that was a Death penalty if the Rebel Bushwhackers got holt of you so I soon fourn that I could not stay at home. So I left My Wife and Little Son in the care of my Mother and my God and took Refuge with Col. W. B. Stakes. He was the Col. of the 5th Gen. Cavalry[.]

I went in and took a Seat by the Fire and a little ot the left hand side Mr. Jones wright squair in front of the fire and Mrs. Jones to his Right Mrs Jones was Smoking her pipe as most of the Old Ladys did in Tennessee No one was in the Room but the Two Old folks Mr. & Mrs. Jones and my self and their was a little Pause in the Conversation and all was as still as death except the smoke from the old Ladys pipe was Roaling up like unto a steam injain and all of a suddent Mr. Jones spoke up sayint How Old are you Mr. Hyder My First thought was Now is the time I answwered that I was 23 years old and that I thought I was aout old enough to Marry Well yes said the old man if you can find anyone that you want I suppose you are old enought I then told him that I had found the one I wanted and the Old Lady took the Pipe out of her Mouth and shoved Her eye glaases up on to her Eye Brows looked at me as though she could go through me and her eyes fairly sparking she said in a sharp tone I hope you have no notion of taking our only daughter and I dont see how I can spair her But if nothing else will Do I suppose I shall haft ot give her up to some one and the old Gentleman said if it is agreeable with you and our Daughter I shall not object.

History of Vernon County, Missouri (1887)
Page 817
... The first building was a store house, put up by Wm. Hyder on Main street (lots 1 and 2 in block 12) and occupied for a time by his fmaily, which was the first in the place. ...
Page 820
LODGES. Sheldon Lodge, 371, A. F. & A. M. - In November, 1882, this lodge was started at Sheldon, under dispensation, and in October, 1883, a charter was granted it. Among the charter members and first officers were ... W. B. Hyder ...

History of Vernon County Missouri - Past and Present - Including an Account of the Cities, Towns and Villages of the County, Vol. 1
Page 846-847
William B. Hyder, who has resided in Vernon county, Missouri, since 1868, was born in White county, Tennessee, December 14, 1837, to Jacob and Elizabeth (Rockhold) Hyder, both natives of that state. His paternal grandfather immigrated from Germany and came to Tennessee at an early date, the family finally settling in White county, Tennessee, were our subject's parents passed their lives.

William B. moved from Tennessee to Vernon county, Missouri, setting in Drywood township, in 1868, and on December 6, 1860, was united in marriage with Miss Mary Jane Jones, in Jackson county, Tennessee. prior to this, while living in Tennessee, Mr. Hyder acted as pilot in Colonel Stokes's regiment, and during the Civil War, in 1864, he enlisted as a private in Company K, Fourth regiment, Tennessee mounted infantry, and served till his honorable discharge at Nashville, August 25, 1865. In Vernon county Mr. Hyder began cultivating leased land with good success, and from his saings acquired considerable land in Drywood township, most of which he disposed of prior to 1881, when he moved to Sheldon, buying the firs tlot as platted in the original town. With a $1,500 stock of good he opened a store, which he conducted two years, and then for three and a half years was proprietor of a hotel. In 1899 President Harrison appointed him postmaster at Sheldon, and after serving in that office four years he was appointed and served two years as government gauger for southwest Missouri, which office he now fills, under a re-appointment at the expiration of this first term. Mr. Hyder owns a handsome residence inthe heart of the village of Sheldon. He is a staunch Republican, active in teh local affairs of his party, and a public spirited citizen, always ready to lend his influence and contribute his share in promoting any worthy object or cause for the betterment of the community.

Coming to Sheldon at its beginning, he has witnessed the growth of the place to a thrifty village of more than 800 inhabitants, with fine residence and substantial brick business blocks, and has conributed no small part to its development and prosperty. Mr. Hyder was reared in the faith of the Presbyterian Church and is a high-minded Christian gentleman. He belongs to Sheldon Lodge No. 371, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, begin elected master three times. He also belongs to Barton Lodge No. 342, Independent Order of odd Fellows and is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic.

Of seven children born to Mr. and Mrs. Hyder four are now living, viz., John L., who was born April 18, 1862; Dora E., born September 4, 1866; Mary Belle, who was born May 4, 1869, and is now married to Mr. Ulysses Kemp, of Sharon, Kan., and has a family of three girls and one boy; and Pearl, who was born August 7, 1875, and is the wife of Mr. E. G. Newell, of fort Supply, Okla., and has a family of four children.