Frank Robert Hedley (1879 - 1940)
Hoyt Wilder (1891 -1982)
Frank Robert Hedley, the eldest of the three children of James
Hedley and Emma Hays, was born Aug. 7, 1879 in Eveline Twp.,
Charlevoix County, Michigan (Birth Index for Charlevoix Co.,
although Cal. Death Records site 1876 as his year of birth) Emma, the
mother of Frank, Ethel and Ralph, was born in Whitestown, Butler,
Pennsylvania on Sept. 20, 1850, the daughter of Robert Hays and Nancy
Black (IGI). (See addendum of Chap 4,6 for family of Robert
Hays and Nancy Black, parents of Emma, maternal grandparents of Frank)
Frank was born into a household consisting of three older
half-brothers: John 12, James 9, and George (Nickerson) Hedley 12, and
half-sister Mary Margaret Hedley, age 7. Sometime before Frank was
seven, his family moved from their farm home in Michigan to Black Jack,
Kansas. By the time the family left Black Jack, Frank’s older brothers
and sisters had moved away or married. Only Frank and his full sister
and brother, Ethel and Ralph, remained in the family household.
By 1910 the family had settled on a farm in Fairfax Twp., Polk Co.,
Minnesota. Frank’s parents James and Emma were 73 and 59 respectively,
Frank was 30 and single, and Ethel and Ralph were 23 and 18. Frank and
Ralph were working as farm labourers on the family farm. The following
year,1902, Frank’s sister Ethel was married in Crookston, Polk County,
and five years after that Frank Robert, 36, was also married in
Frank Robert Hedley married Jessie Hoyt Wilder March 29,
1915 in Crookston, Polk Co., Minnesota. Jessie, 24, was born
April 8, 1891 in North Dakota, the daughter of Charles Wilder (b. in
Ontario, Canada) and Mary L. Coddington (b. in Cayuga, N.Y.). (See
addendum #1 for family of William and Elizabeth Wilder, parents of
Charles, paternal grandparents of Jessie)
Nine-year-old Jessie and her family appear on the 1900 Census for
1900 U.S. Census for Crookston Twp., Polk Co., Minnesota
Wilder, Charles (head) age 39 (b. Feb. 1861) pres. marr. 11 yr;
b. in Can; fa. b. Can;
mo. b. Can; farmer; home owner; imm. 1882; in U.S. 15 yr; naturalized
Wilder, Mary L.(wife) 32 (July 1867) marr. 11 yr; 3 ch.(3 liv);
b. NY; fa. NY; mo. NY
Wilder, Florence E..(dau) 10 (Nov. 1889) b. N. Dakota; fa. Can; mo.
N.Y; att. school
Wilder, Jessie H. (dau) 9 (Apr. 1891) b. N. Dakota; fa. Can; mo.
N.Y; att. school
Wilder, Jay E. (son) 8 (Nov. 1892) b. N. Dakota; fa. Can; mo. N.Y; att.
Coddington, Mary (mo/law) 70 (Feb. 1830) wid. 8 ch (4 liv); b. NY; fa.
Conn; mo. NY
(See addendum #2 for the family of Alexander Campbell Coddington and
Mary Hoyt, parents of Mary L. and maternal grandparents of Jesse.)
Twenty years later Charles Wilder, 58, is on the 1920 Census for Blaine
Twp., Whatcom Co., Washington State, where he is working as a laborer
in a sawmill. His wife is Carrie L. Wilder, 53, b. in N.Y. Grandson
Carl L. Hickey, age 4 ½, b. in Washington, is also in the
By 1920 Frank and Jessie Hedley were farming in Fairfax Township, Polk
County, Minnesota, probably on the farm the family had purchased
when they first came to Minnesota. Ralph had married in 1915 and
moved to California, and their parents James and Emma may have moved to
Manitoba, Canada. Frank and Jessie had a family of two young children,
Edith and Charles:
1920 U.S. Census for Fairfax Twp., Polk Co., Minnesota
Hedley, Frank (head) 40, b. in Mich; fa. b. Can; mo. b. Penn.,
Farmer (Grain & Dairy)
Hedley, Jessie (wife ) 28, b. in N. Dakota; fa. b. Can; mo. b.
Hedley, Edith (dau.) 3 8/12, b. in Minn; fa. b. Mich; mo. b. N.
Hedley, Robert (son) 5/12, b. in Minn; fa. b. Mich; mo. b. N.
Cash, James N. (hired man) 25, b. in Minn; fa. b. Scot; mo. b.
Scotland; laborer on dairy farm
Burk, Archie (hired man) 17, b. in Minn; fa. b. Wis; mo. b. Norway;
laborer on dairy farm
Ten years later, the family of Frank and Jessie Hedley had moved to
Colorado, where Frank was working as an independent trucker. A third
child, Charles, was added to the family in Colorado:
1930 U.S. Census for Englewood City, Arapahoe County, Colorado
Hedley, Frank R. (head), 50 (35 at 1st marr.) rented home;
Hedley, Jessie H. (wife), 50 (24 at 1st marr.)
Hedley, Edith L. (dau.) 13, attending school
Hedley, Robert H. (son) 10, attending school
Hedley, Charles H. (son) 5, born in Colorado
Children of Frank R. Hedley and Jessie Hoyt Wilder (gen. v):
(1) Edith Laverne Hedley b.1916 in Minn.; now lives in California
(2) Robert Hays Hedley b. Aug. 9, 1919 in Crookston, Minn.,
m. Elizabeth Schaefer (b. 1920).
killed in World War II at age 25. He died Jan. 21, 1945.
Robert Hays Hedley and Elizabeth Schaefer
had one son (gen. iv):
 Robert Hays Hedley b.1945; d.. Sept. 10, 1994 in Corning,
(3) Charles Wilder (Chuck) Hedley b. Dec. 2, 1925 in Denver,
m. Lois Jo-Ann Jaque (b.1927) on Nov. 21,
Charles Wilder Hedley died at age 68 on
Sept. 10, 1994 in Corning, Tehama, California (California
Death Records). Charles and Lois Jo-Ann
(Jaque) Hedley had four children (gen. vi):
 Craig Wayne Hedley b. 1949 in San Diego Co., California
 Clifford Paul Hedley, b. Apr. 25, 1950 in Vista, San Diego County,
died at age 22
on May 11, 1972 in Shasta, California (Cal. Death Index)
 Colleen ‘Carol’ Hedley b. 1954 in San Diego Co.
 Candace Ann Hedley b. 1956 in San Diego Co.
Frank Robert Hedley, b. Aug. 7, 1879 in Michigan, died in San Diego on
June 2, 1940 at age 61. Jessie Hoyt (Wilder) Hedley, b. April 8,
1891 in North Dakota, died 41 years after her husband, on Jan.15,
1982 at age 90 in San Diego, California.
Family of William and Elizabeth Wilder, parents of Charles,
paternal grandparents of Jessie Hoyt Wilder
1880 Canadian Census for Orillia, Simcoe North, Ontario
William Wilder, 46, b. in Ont.; Ethnic
Orig. English; farmer; Methodist
Elizabeth Wilder, 48, b. in Ont., Ethnic Orig. English;
George Wilder, 22, b. in Ont.,
Ethnic Orig. English; Methodist
Charles Wilder, 19, b. in Ont., Ethnic
Orig. English; Methodist
Henry Wilder, 17,
b. in Ont., Ethnic Orig. English; Methodist
Mary Wilder, 12,
b. in Ont., Ethnic Orig. English; Methodist
Margerete Wilder, 10, b. in Ont., Ethnic Orig. English; Methodist
Family of Alexander Campbell Coddington and Mary Hoyt,
parents of Mary L., maternal grandparents of Jessie Hoyt Wilder
Alexander Campbell Coddington
b. March 22, 1827 Auburn, Cayuga, N.Y.
Oct. 26, 1848 Auburn, Cayuga, N.Y.
d. March 27, 1893 Auburn, Cayuga, N.Y.
b. Feb. 6, 1830 Cayuga, NY: m.Oct 26, 1848 Auburn
Jan. 19, 1910 Auburn, Cayuga, N.Y.
1. Marietta Hoyt
b. abt 1838 NY;
d. 1850 Auburn, Cayuga, NY
2. Emma (or Franky) Coddington
b. Feb.1850 NY; d. Oct. 7, 1851 Auburn,
3. Flora B.
1852 NY; d. Nov.12, 1874 Auburn, Cayuga, NY
4. Charles Ellis
b. July 27, 1855 Auburn, Cayuga, N.Y.
d. Oct. 14, 1911 Auburn, Cayuga, N.Y.
5. Mary L. Coddington
b. 1866 Auburn,
Cayuga, NY; d. between 1900 -1920
6. William Jay
b. Sept. 26,
1869 Auburn, Cayuga, N.Y.
17, 1927 in Lynn, Essex, Mass.
burial: Locust Grove, Ipswich, Essex, Mass.