DR. S.A. HUTT, I (1826-1900)

Dr. Spence Atwell Hutt, I
Sep. 19, 1824, Ross Co., OH
Oct. 25, 1900, Waverly, OH
Kezia Hinson
March 1, 1831, Pike Co., OH
March 3, 1910, Waverly, OH
MARRIAGE July 13, 1851, Waverly, Ohio
PARENTS Nimrod & Fanny Hutt Micajah Hinson & Rebecca Lewis

Austin Hutt (1852-1931)
Peru Hutt (1853-1937)
Nimrod Hutt (1855-1865)
Micajah Hutt (1857-1922)
Rebecca Jane Hutt (1859-1928)
Fanny Hutt (1863-1863)
Spence Hutt, II (1866-1951)
William Henry Hutt (1870-1941)
Keziah Hutt (1873- )


Most of what is learned of Spence Atwell Hutt, MD, is gleaned from his obituary, which appeared in the Waverly News. It is hard to determine how to address him, as no records refer to him as Spence. Spence Atwell Hutt was mostly noted in census and other records as Dr. S.A. Hutt. One of the clearest links between Spence and his ancestors is the naming of children. In each generation a child was named in some manner after the mother's maiden name. Spence's name is unique as both his names are derived from kin, as his first name comes from his grandmother, Caty Spence and his middle name from his mother, Fanny Atwell. This tradition would continue on with Spence's descendants.

Dr. Hutt's death from a cerebral hemorrhage, was first reported in late October in the Waverly News as an illness and then his death and obituary ran on the front page of the Waverly News on November 1, 1900.

Along with the book History of the Lower Scioto Valley (HLSV), which carried a biography on Dr. Hutt, the obituary shows him to be born near Frankfort, Ross County (northwest of Chillicothe). While these two sources are most likely truthful, the death certificate of one of his sons listed the father's birthplace as Hillsboro, Ohio. While in the adjacent county, Hillsboro is a considerable distance from Frankfort (especially considering travel circumstances in the early 1800s). Hillsboro would not be unfamiliar territory to Dr. Hutt, as he spent considerable time in Highland County and his younger brother, Nimrod, and his mother lived in Hillsboro.

According to the obituary, at age six Dr. Hutt's family moved to Bainbridge, Ohio (southwest of Chillicothe). Here, his father, Nimrod, is to have operated a Hotel, but proof has not been found to substantiate this. According to researchers of Bainbridge, Ohio, there were several hotels operated in and around the township. County tax records do not bear proof of Nimrod owning any property while in Ross County.

Both the HLSV and the obituary state that Dr. Hutt was taught the skills of a blacksmith during his youth. HLSV also states that he spent time in New Petersburg, in adjacent Highland County, as a clerk in a mercantile store until 1845. After 1845 he returned to Bainbridge to clerk in a store there.1  Work in a mercantile store falls in line with the Hutt legacy up until this time. Spence's father, Nimrod, also is to have operated a general store in Chillicothe.

Back in Bainbridge, Spence began studying medicine at night with Dr. James D. Miller and entered Starling Medical College in Columbus in 1848. In the spring of 1849, Spence started his practice in Sharonville, Pike County, but shortly relocated to Waverly where he spent the remainder of his life.2

In 1851 or 1852 he married Kezia Hinson in Waverly, Ohio. Family Bible records show 1852, other legal papers state 1851. Kezia's family was also a pioneer family of Ohio. Born on March 1st, 1831, Keziah was the first of seven children born to Micajah and Rebecca Hinson. Micajah Hinson was born in Waverly in 1807. Her mother, Rebecca Lewis Hinson, was born in Pennsylvania in 1807 but died in 1846. Kezia would assume the mother's role to the remainder of the family upon her mother's death. The Hinson's may have moved to Ohio from North Carolina in the late 1790s, but Micajah's father has not been identified. Rebecca Lewis' family can be traced back to mid 1700 America.

To Dr. Hutt and Kezia were born nine children, six boys and three girls, of which one died in infancy. Austin (1852-1931) followed in his father's footsteps and was a physician in Waverly for over 20 years before moving on to Columbus, where he continued to practice. Peru (1853-1937), pronounced PEA-roo, became a druggist and opened a store on Second Street in Waverly. Micajah (1857-1922) was a Postmaster, Sheriff and businessman in Waverly. Rebecca (1859-1928) and Keziah (1873 - ?, also known as "Kizzie") were both school teachers in Waverly. Spence, II (1866-1951) and William Henry (1870-1941), both moved to Chicago, Illinois after 1900.

Kezia's death in 1910 was announced in much the same fashion as her husband's. The March 10, 1910 front page of the Waverly News carried a full column (top to bottom) obituary. According to her obituary, Kezia was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church in her early youth and the family home was a frequent stop of circuit riding ministers in the early 1800s. The flowing vernacular of the obituary leaves question as to the location of Kezia and Spence's home. Kezia's funeral service was held in her Walnut Street home and the obituary later states that the service was held in the same home her father had built for the family when she was ten years old. Upon her death, Kezia had 30 grandchildren (22 of which survived her) and two great grandchildren.

Around 1900 the various Hutts owned several lots in Waverly, most being on Walnut Street. According to 1890s tax records, Kezia owned the properties located at the corner of Walnut and Market Streets. But this house does not match up with the recollections of living Hutts as to the home of Dr. Hutt.

Austin Hutt

Peru Hutt, at age 72 in 1925

Keziah & Rebecca Hutt

In the Wiggins & McKillop's Directory of Pike County for 1878, Dr. S. A. Hutt's "office and residence" was listed as Walnut & Market Streets in Waverly.3 Advertisements announcing Dr. S.A. and son Austin's medical practice similarly lists the corner of Walnut and Market. Son Peru's home was located next to the property listed for Kezia, while Austin's was across the street from Peru's.

The pictures shown below were taken in October 2000 and appear to be of houses a century old and could be original Hutt homes. However, the recollections of living Hutts who had been to Dr. Hutt's home state the home pictured is not the one they remember. The house shown covered two lots in 1896, which would have included the corner. There is a house on the opposite corners (one on Market, the other on Walnut) that appear to be century homes and from informal discussions with sources in Waverly two other homes close to the corner of Walnut and Market were torn down in the 1990s.

Micajah Hutt's home was listed on Third Street, which was on the other side of downtown Waverly. Also living on Third Street was the Gableman family, which married into Micajah Hutt's family. Two Gablemans, one prior to and one after marriage into the Hutt family, were mayors of Waverly.

Dr. S.A. Hutt was the first of many Hutts to call Ohio their birthplace and home. But his father and uncles were pioneers to the Ohio frontier and no less prominent than Dr. Hutt's family in Waverly. The work half a century ago by Spence Atwell, III and Caty Hutt can linked together with the following news article hand-copied by Caty Hutt in her family history notes (the author is noted in the section as Alyce Baines): 4

Northern Neck was settled almost exclusively by the English Cavalier Class... Many came from Maryland when persecuted politico-religious by the Calverts. They settled in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Thomas Gerrard was a member of the Maryland Council and personal friend of Lord Baltimore. Thomas Gerrard was an ancestor of (Miss) Alyce Baines. He owned extensive grants of land. Gerrard's were Romanists, but of a very liberal type. Thomas Gerrard married a daughter of Justinian Snowe, a member of the House of Burgess. One of their daughters, Temperance, married Daniel Hutt, gentleman, a merchant of London. Daniel's home was on Prospect Hill. He received from the Commonwealth of Virginia a bounty of 50 acres per capita on all colonists transported by him in his ship. In the old records he is described as the "captain of the Mayflower." Prospect Hill, a steep fir-clad knoll, rises sharply from a tributary of Nomini Creek. Here the ancestors of Miss Baines lived and loved and toiled and neighbored with the Lees and Washingtons. Andre Joseph Villard (home near Potomac) was also an ancestor of Miss Baines. Light Horse Harry Lee sold the farm to Mr. Villard.  Daniel Hutt died in 1674. He left one son Gerrard (I). Gerrard (I) died in 1739 leaving a wife "Ann" and four daughters and three sons of whom one was named Gerrard (2) Gerrard Hutt died in 1770 leaving a wife "Mary" and several sons among them Gerrard III, who married Catherine Spence. William Spence Hutt , son of these two, married Constance Villard, daughter of the Villard mentioned above. Thomas Hutt and Gerrard Hutt IV were brothers of William Spence Hutt.  The descendants of Thomas Hutt and Gerrard Hutt IV are numerous in Westmoreland County, Virgina. Cannot anyone tell me the last names of "Ann" and "Mary?"


Dr. S.A. Hutt family marker
(S.A. and Kezia in foreground)

Dr. S.A. Hutt 
Grave Marker

Kezia Hutt
Grave Marker


1 History of the Lower Scioto Valley, Ohio, comp. by Allen Richmond (http://www.scioto.org/Pike/bios/peepee.html)

2 History of the Lower Scioto Valley, Ohio, comp. by Allen Richmond (http://www.scioto.org/Pike/bios/peepee.html)

3 Wiggins & McKillop's Directory of Pike County for 1878, p. 238

4 Copied from the Times Dispatch, Richmond, VA, Sunday, April 4, 1909, written by Alyce B. Baines


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