Hyder, Nat E. (Nathaniel Edens), 1849-1904
- Existence: 1849 - 1904
Nathaniel Edens Hyder was born on April 1, 1849 to William and Margaret Edens Hyder of the Gap Creek and Powder Branch region of Carter County, Tennessee. A descendant of Michael Hyder, Sr., one of the original founders and militiamen of the Watauga Tennessee settlement, Nat Hyder enlisted in the 13th Volunteer Tennessee Cavalry at the age of fourteen to fight with the Union forces in the Civil War along side of his father.
In 1865 Nat Hyder returned home to attend the Franklin Academy of Washington County, Tennessee. Several years later he began a teaching career that would take him to Washington, Unicoi, and Carter Counties. In 1867 he joined the Buffalo Church of Christ in Carter County, and by December 4, 1869 Hyder was an ordained minister. Three years later he married Amanda Jane Hyder. Shortly after her death in 1878, he married Eliza Jane Treadway.
Nat Hyder resigned from his teaching position in Carter County in 1880 after being elected as a Carter County surveyor, a position that he held until 1894. Hyder also served as a Justice of the Peace and a chairman for the
Carter County Court between the late 1880s and the early 1890s. In addition to these activities, Hyder "read medicine" and provided medical services to several rural Carter County communities between 1874 and c. 1900. Throughout his later years Hyder was an active member of the Tennessee Masons and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He died in 1904.