Grampa Bill's General Authority Pages
No picture available. Heman T. (Tilton) Hyde

1812 - 1842

  • Born 1812 Strafford, Vermont
  • Baptized March 11, 1834
  • Zions Camp 1834
  • Ordained Seventy and called to First Quorum of Seventy 1835
  • Married Eunice Sawyer 1835
  • Died 1842 Payson, Illinois

    Heman T. Hyde was the son of Heman Hyde and Polly Wyman Tilton, the eldest of their four sons and eight children. Heman T. was born June 18, 1812 in Strafford, Orange County, Vermont.

    He was introduced to the Church by the Prophet Joseph Smith and Parley P. Pratt. He was baptized the next day March 11, 1834.  Later, Elder Pratt recorded in his autobiography: "We baptized a young man named Heman Hyde; his parents were Presbyterians, and his mother, on account of the strength of her traditions, thought the we were wrong, and told me afterwards that she would much rather have followed him to an earthly grave than to have seen him baptized. Soon afterwards, however, herself, her husband, and the rest of the family, with some thirty or forty others, were all baptized and organized into a branch of the Church--called the Freedom Branch--from which nucleus the light spread and souls were gathered into the fold in all the regions round. Thus mightily grew the word of God, or the seed sown by that extraordinary personage, the Prophet and Seer of the nineteenth century." (Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt, p. 117.)

    Shortly after his baptism, Heman volunteered to accompany the Prophet on Zion's Camp, the expedition to provide relief to the saints who were suffering persecution in Missouri. In consequence of his faith and valor, he was ordained a Seventy and called into the newly created First Quorum of the Seventy in early 1835, thus earning a position in the roster of General Authorities.

    Later the same year Elder Hyde married Eunice Sawyer on October 13, 1835. The Ancestral File lists no children of this marriage.

    The Ancestral File reports that Elder Hyde died May 26, 1842 at Payson, Adams County, Illinois at the age of only thirty, This was undoubtedly at least partially due to the privations and persecution he suffered as an Saint in those early days.

    The gentle reader is warned against making the same mistake that Grampa did and confusing Heman T. Hyde with his father, Heman Hyde. The elder (small 'e') Hyde survived the Nauvoo era and treked west with the saints. Indeed, he was appointed a "Captain Of Fifty" under (then) Elder Lorenzo Snow on the trek west. Andrew Jenson's Church Chronology reports the elder Hyde's death in Salt Lake City on June 11, 1869

    Grampa is indebted to Sister Fawn Morgan for clearing up the confusion between father and son... and for setting Grampa on the trail of additional information on Elder Hyde's family. I refer the reader to "Heman Hyde and Polly Wyman Tilton," a history written by Myrtle S. Hyde and posted on the web on PDF format.

   Smith; History of the Church; multiple citations, see index, plus vol.7, p.625 which is not indexed but references Elder Hyde.
   Pratt; Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt, p. 117
   Jenson; Church Chronology, June 11, 1869

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