WILLIAM T. HIATT, liveryman and proprietor of the Hiatt House, and is a grandson of William Hiatt, who was a native of Pennsylvania. He was there married, and there he had born a son, Stephen Hiatt, the father of the subject of this sketch. Stephen emigrated to Ohio and thence to Kentucky, where he was married, in Brown County, to Miss Lucy Morris, a native of Kentucky.
William T. Hiatt, the fifth in a family of twelve children, was born in Greenup County, Kentucky, September 8, 1826. The days of his youth he improved as a farmer boy, in his native county, and in 1841 he went to Indiana. In the following spring Louisa County, Iowa, became his home, where he resided till 1845, when he moved to Des Moines County, of the same state. In that locality he continued to reside till 1851, when he settled in Mercer County, Illinois. While in Iowa he was engaged in the wood business on the Mississippi River, except during the last four years, which time was spent in farming.
While in Illinois he was in various branches of business, connected with machinery, corn-shelling, etc. In 1866 he emigrated from Mercer County, Illinois, to Holt County, Missouri, and located on a farm, and, in 1873, he moved to Mound City. Since that time he has been in the livery business. Previous to the building of the railroad through Mound City he ran a transfer to Bigelow.
In 1874 he embarked in the hotel business. Since he came to Mound City he has been a member of the town council for four years and a member of the school board three years. Mr. Hiatt was married in Des Moines County, Iowa, March 2, 1847, to Miss Susana Heaton, a daughter of Alexander Heaton, a native of Kentucky. Her mother's maiden name was Jemima Shaw, a native of New York. They now reside near Mound City, Missouri. Mrs. Hiatt is the third of a family of thirteen children, and was born in Brown County, Ohio, February 1, 1832. She resided in her native county till eight years of age, when the family moved to Henderson County, Illinois, and, in the spring of 1844, they moved to Des Moines County, Iowa. They have had twelve children, six of whom are living, Louisa, Alice J., John W., Wm. S., Mary E. and James T.
Source: "History of Holt and Atchison Counties, 1882" transcribed by Karyn.