Ned Hays and his family…
vintage 1901. Ned is pictured with his new wife and his five sons. They lived at Chickasaw in Colbert County, Alabama. Chickasaw was renamed Riverton and many Hays descendants live there today. Still others live in Cherokee and on the other side of US Highway 72 in the county. The spelling of the name varies in documents over the span of years; sometimes it is spelled Hays and other times it is spelled Hayes. Historically, the name was Hayes and then some of the surname started going by Hays here in America.
Information from the book “Hays-Hayes Kinfolk and Allied Families” authored by Cora Isbell and published in 1976 states:
Our family line Hays/Hayes decends from Jesse Hays a resident of Lauderdale County, Alabama (approx. 1830-1845?) later he moved to Franklin (now Colbert) County, Alabama (1845) where he died around 1859. his father was Kinchen Hays of Northampton County, North Carolina for which our information is very sketchy.
Jesse Hays worked as a tutor to the Wilcox (Wilcoxson) family and married one of the daughters. He was married to Sarah Ann Wilcoxson, and known children are:
- Eliza Ann (born about 1836) Lauderdale County, Alabama
- Sylvia Bell born April 7, 1837 Lauderdale County, Alabama
- Mary S. born July 9, 1839 Lauderdale County, Alabama
- Henry D. (Richard) abt. 1842
- John Jesse born Aug 3, 1844 Lauderdale or Franklin
- Isaac D. abt. 1847 (Died as Child?)
- Edward Tustin April 15, 1856 in Franklin County, Alabama USA
Before Cora Isbell died she found proof that Jesse Hays born ca 1803 was the son of Kinchen Hays and Sylva Bell Hays, daughter of Samuel Bell of Northampton County, North Carolina. A deed in Lauderdale County, Alabama from Mary Parker to “my grandson Jesse Hays” identifies her as widow of Samuel Parker of Northampton County, North Carolina. Mary was a Kinchen before she married to Samuel. When Kinchen died in 1805 Jesse and brother Cornelious were wards of Darius Parker. When he died they were made wards of Josiah Parker. Sylva remarried Henry Sauls. Some of these families moved to Alabama.
Mary Dawson Kinchen was married twice. Her husbands were Arthur Hays and Samuel Parker. Arthur Hayes was Kinchen Hays’ father. Kinchen Hays was Jesse H. Hays’ father. Mary Dawson Kinchen’s mother was a Dawson.
Arthur Hays was born 1750 in Pennsylvania and died in North Carolina in 1833. Quite a number of Hays children were born around 1750 in Pennsylvania, according to the American Biographical and Genealogical Index. A partial list of those listed as born were: Asa, Ada, Andrew, Archibald, Charles, David, Enoch, Elizabeth, George, Henry, Hugh, Jacob, James, John, Jonathan, Joseph, Koper, Magdalen, Margaret, Nathan, Nathaniel, Mordecai, Samuel, Solomon and the list goes on.
Current research gives Jesse H Hays’ family of children as follows: Henry D Hayes 1835 – 1868, Elizabeth Ann Hayes 1836 – , Mary S Hayes 1837 – , Sylvia Bell Hays 1838 – 1912, Charles Richard Hayes 1841 – , John Jesse Hays 1844 – 1924, Isaac D Hayes 1847 – , Edward Tustin Hayes 1856 – 1933.
Edward Tustin Hays was born 1856 in Riverton, Colbert County, Alabama. He married Mary Isabelle Strong in Nov of 1882. Mary Isabelle Strong was born 1866. Ed died in 1933 and Mary died in 1956. Together they had the following children: William Jesse Hays 1885 – , Callie Laurine Hays 1887 – ,Wiley Lester Hays 1887 – , Mertie Bell Hays 1888 – , Thadius Hays 1891 – , Amos Franklin Hayes 1894 – , Elmer Hays 1896 – , Dossie B Hays 1900 – 1962, Dorey Hays 1900 – , Maud Maudie Hays 1900 – , and Richard I L Hays 1906 – .
Dossie Bell Hays married Caledonia Donia Bell Hall. Known children are: May Bell Hays 1925-1981 and Annie Olean 1927-1966.
Hays or Hayes descendants are numerous throughout the Shoals area.