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Epaphras Hoyt, a man of affairs in Deerfield, Massachusetts, served as High Sheriff of the county from 1814 to 1831. He was also active as an author, surveyor, postmaster, justice of the peace, and register of deeds during his long life of public service. Mr. Hoyt was a major general in the Massachusetts militia and published a "Treatise on the Military Art" in 1798. He published other military and genealogical articles and left manuscripts on Burgoyne's campaign as well as notes on various aspects of the French and Indian wars.