AUTHOR: Christine Wyatt Stockman
Nathan Wyatt, a prosperous agriculturist and stock raiser of Latty Township, and one of its leading citizens, was born November 10, 1844 in Wilkes County, NC. He is a son of David and Amelia (Wingler) Wyatt, the former of whom is a descendant of one of the old families of NC. David settled in Wilkes County in early life and lived and died upon the farm which he purchased while a young man. His family consisted of eight sons and six daughters. He was a life long member of the Baptist church and his death occurred in April, 1872, his wife surviving him until 1878.
Nathan Wyatt, the immediate subject of this sketch, grew to manhood’s estate upon the homestead farm. His opportunities for receiving an education were limited, and consequently he was a self-educated man. In October, 1863, Mr. Wyatt was conscripted into Company D, Twenty-sixth North Carolina infantry, Confederate States Army and served seven months. On being taken sick, he was allowed to go home on sixty days’ furlough and never returned to his regiment.
In 1868 Nathan decided to leave the mountains and go to level country. He walked through the mountains to Catlettsburg, Kentucky on the Ohio River. The distance was more than 200 miles. He then worked on a flat boat to Cincinnati and there he boarded the train to Bellefontaine. In January, he removed to Miami County, Ohio and engaged as a farm laborer for two years. He then embarked in the manufacture of tile for seven years, settling at the end of this time upon his present farm of 160 acres in the southeast quarter of section 26, Latty Township, Paulding County, Ohio. This land he had previously purchased, but which was then unimproved.
The buildings which he built are of a substantial order and his property ranked among the best. The marriage of Mr. Wyatt occurred December 21, 1876, at which time, Miss Sarah C., the daughter of Charles Fristoe of Shelby County, Ohio became his wife. They were the parents of Richard Pearson., William Henry, Maud R., Charles David., Walter Aaron, Oscar Calvin, Warren Leonard, George Milton, Sarah Catherine, and Nathan Earl. Mr. Wyatt’s political affiliations were with the Republican party and he served as school director. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Lodge, No. 574, I.O.O.F., of Miami County and belonged to the Christian church, with which institution he was connected since 1870. Mr. Wyatt was one of the prominent and influential farmers of his township and enjoyed the esteem and confidence of all who knew him. Upon his death in 1919, his estate in Paulding County, Ohio amounted to $154,477.94 of which his estate had to [pay] $983.37 in Inheritance Tax.