Emma A. (Blythe) Hoy was born in November 1861 in Henry County, OH or in Indiana, the daughter of Henry and Isabelle (Van Horn) Blythe.
She married Albert Hoy (1858- ? ) in Henry County on New Year's Day 1881. She was age 19 at the time, and he was 22.
They had eight children, six of whom lived to adulthood -- Orla "Orlie" Hoy, Harry A. Hoy, Alva Hoy, Louise Hoy, Carl Hoy and Edna Hoy. Only the eldest child was born in Ohio.
Mirroring Emma's brother Jay and his family, Emma and Albert migrated from Ohio to South Dakota between 1881 and 1884. They settled in the town of Antelope, Spink County.
The federal census of 1900 shows Albert's occupation as farmer.
By 1910, they relocated again, to Lake Byron, Beadle County, SD. Albert's livelihood that year was as a thrasher and a farmer. Son Harry, age 26, was a farmer and school teacher, and son Alva, age 24, also a teacher.
In 1920, still living in Lake Byron, Albert was a farmer, while daughter Louise, age 27 and remaining at home, a music teacher, and son Carl, age 25, also at home, was involved with a local college.
The 1930 census of Lake Byron shows Emma, Albert and 38-year-old daughter Louise living together under one roof. Their married son Harry and family lived next door.
~ Son Orla "Orlie" Hoy ~
Son Orla "Orlie" Hoy (1882- ? ) was born in 1882 in South Dakota. At age 30, he married, but his wife's name is not yet known. In 1930, the federal census shows him married but living apart from his wife, and boarding in the home of his married brother Harry in Lake Byron, Beadle County, SD. Louise maintained her calling as a private music teacher.
~ Son Harry A. Hoy ~
Son Harry A. Hoy (1885- ? ) was born in 1885 in South Dakota. He married Blanche (?) (1891- ? ) in about 1925, when he was age 40, and she 34. They had at least two children -- Herbert L. Hoy and Tharon O. Hoy. The 1930 census shows this family living in Lake Byron, Beadle County, SD. Boarding under their roof that year was Harry's brother Orlie Hoy, who was married but living apart from his wife. They all were farmers.