I have been cleaning around Gideon and Abigail Lane lately and there is a small tombstone behind them. It looked like a child’s monument, so I put a little action figure I found next to it. I decided to look into this little guy’s life and was quite surprised. This is what I found in Ancestry.
John E. Hoyt was born in Danvers on April 1, 1850 to Oliver Hoyt and Ellen F. Lane, the daughter of Gideon and Abigail. His dad was a peddler. John listed his occupation as a fisherman in 1870, but in subsequent years he worked as a laborer and a painter. He never married and lived with his widowed mother in later years. His brother, William Oliver Hoyt was a hairdresser in Gloucester.
John died on January 21, 1892 – a full-grown man. The cause of death was pneumonia following la grippe.