The first white settlers were the Hoyt family. Gilman Hoyt of Vermont took up a claim in July 1836. He spent most the summer in Rochester, Wisconsin, then returned in October with Reuben Clark of Michigan. The two men built a hut' and wintered on the land. In September 1837, Hoyts' parents, Benjamin and Susan Hayes Hoyt, natives of Deerfield, New Hampshire, came to live in Honey Creek. Two daughters and a son made the journey with them.
History of Walworth County, Wisconsin, containing an account of its settlement, growth, development and resources ... its war record, biographical sketches, portraits of prominent men and early settlers; the whole preceded by a history of Wisconsin ... and an abstract of its laws and constitution ... (1882). Chicago: Western Historical Co.