Benjamin Hayes, Priscilla Parker, Elizabeth Minchew & Hance Holfer

Sally’s great-great-great Grandparents:

Benjamin Hayes 1778 – 1833 | his parents
& 1797 Priscilla Parker ca 1780 – ca 1818 |her parents
& ca 1831 Elizabeth Minchew 1796 – 1870 | her parents
& Hance Hofler ca 1785 – 1847 | his parents
Of Gates County, North Carolina


This is my working hypothesis – as I see things of this moment!!


Benjamin Hayes & Priscilla Parker were married 20 Sept 1797, Bondsman Thomas Riddick.
Gates County Marriage Bonds.
Benjamin married 2nd ca 1831 Elizabeth Minchew 1 Feb 1796 – 15 Nov 1870 daughter of Bonce [is it Bond or maybe it’s Bose] Minchew and Elizabeth his wife.
Elizabeth married 2nd Hance Hofler,
whose son Hance Hofler married 1847 his step sister, her daughter Carolyn.
Benjamin Hayse, the son of James Hays and his wife Mary _______, was born 22 May 1778.
Benjamin Hays the son of James and Mary Hays died 14 March 1833 ( from Bible of Asa G Hofler.)
Priscilla Parker, daughter of Robert Parker and his 2nd wife Priscilla Riddick, was born ca 1780
and died about 1818.

Children of Benjamin Hayse and Priscilla Parker:
1. Margaret Hayse ca 1815 –
married ______ Williams
2. Elizabeth Hayse born 1800 – 1849
married 21 Dec1821 Timothy Hayse 1800 – 1847
3. Sally Hayse ca 1809 –
Married John (Jack) Hofler ca 1799 –
(killed in the Civil War – perhaps that was their son)
4. Lavania Hayse born 1803-bef 1850
married 30 Nov 1818 Zachariah Hayse ca 1800 –
5. Cynthia Hayse ca 1804 –
Married 21 April 1823 Richard Cross
6. Martha Hayse ca 1809 –
married
7. Willis Riddick Hayse 1810 –
Married 20 Jan 1831 Elizabeth (Betsy) Riddick
8. Robert Parker Hayse 1812 –
Married 18 Dec 1832 Ann (Nancy) Hinton 1813 –
9. Sophia Hayse ca 1814 –
Married Riddick Cross
10. Mary Hayse ca 1815 – “helpless child.”

Child of Benjamin Hayes and Elizabeth Minchew:
1. Caroline Hays 13 Dec 1832 – 26 Feb 1893
married 23 Dec 1847 Hance Hofler 30 April 1820 – 8 Jan 1883

On 15 June 1830, Benjamin (his x mark) Hayse (seal) signed his will in the presence of Sophia Williams and John Walton.
May Court 1833: exhibited and proved by John Walton.
Administration with the will annexed to Henry Gilliam.tem,
to loving wife Elizabeth Hayse the following negroes slaves (viz) Demsey, Lucy, Gilley, Wiley, & Henry with all their future increase also two cows & calves, 12 hogs with all my household & kitchen furniture whereon I now live It being formerly the residence of my wife before our marriage.
Item, to my son Willis Riddick Hayse part of the track where I used to live bounded by Bennets Creek, the mill grit (as called) up to the honey pot road
On the way to the land of Lassiter Riddick’s heirs from thence to the heirs of Thomas Riddick from thence to the lands of Charles Williams, then to the heirs of Thomas Riddick again thence to Bennets Creek.
The tract contains the dwelling house & other improvements approx.200 A., one horse, first choice, and one feather bed bedstead & furniture.

Item, to my son Robert Parker Hayse the rest of the track where I used to live not given away to Willis R. Hayse
bounded by the Mill Gist,
Willis’s line to the honey pot road thence along the path to the land that I bought of William Parker at the Holly tree branch thence down said branch to John D Pipkins line thence on Pipkins line to Elijah Harrell line thence Harrell’s line to Bennets Creek thence the creek to the first station, approx. 200 A.
also, one negro boy named Harry, son of Lucy, one horse, second choice and one feather bed bedstead & furniture.
Item, to my two daughters Lovina Hayse and Sally Hofler the tract of land I bought of William Parker and on which Zachariah Hayse and his wife Lovina Hayse now lives to be equally divided – Lovina in possession of the part on which she now lives approx. 80 A.
Item to my two daughters Martha Hayse and Sophia Hayse each one feather bed bedstead & furniture & one cow & calf to each.
Names Sally Hofler trustee of daughter Mary Hayse, a helpless child.
Item to Robert Parker Hayse $100.
The balance of negros not sold to pay his just debts or given away go to these five children Margaret Williams, Elizabeth Hayse, Cynthia Cross, Martha Hayse, & Sophia Hayse. Sell all perishable estate not given away and divide the money equally amongst my nine children viz Margaret Williams, Lovinia Hayse, Elizabeth Hayse, Sally Hofler, Cynthia Cross, Martha Hayse, Willis Riddick Hayse, Robert Parker Hayse & Sophia Hayse.

Abstract Deed Book 17 & 18 1839 – 44 — Taylor pg 63
Entry 37 – 23 Mar 1841 — “from Sunbury to Gatesville at mouth of a ditch in Hance Hofler’s and wife, Elizabeth” [1st wife Elizabeth, 2nd wife, Elizabeth??

Pg 111
Entry 313 – 13 Feb 1843 — Whereas Benjamin Hayes, deceased Made his will in which he Made provisions for his wife Elizabeth, and all his children then living, etc. “said Elizabeth and Hance Hofler have since married” . . .

Abstract Deed Book 15 – 16 1833-37 — Taylor pg 90
Entry 177 – 24 Oct 1834 — division of the land of Benjamin Hayes, deceased, to lay off to Caroline Hayes, an infant daughter, so much land as would have descended to her without a will.

CENSUS GATES CO, NC
YEAR HEAD MALES to 16 16 up FEMALES
1790 JAMES HAYS 1 2 0
0-10 10-16 16-26 26-45 45 UP 0-10 10-16 16-26 26-45
1800 JAMES HAYS 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 2 0
1810 BENJ HAYS 1 0 0 1 0 4 4 0 1
1820 BENJ HAYES 2 0 0 1 0 2 1 3 0
0-10 10-15 40-50 0-15 15-20 20-30 30-40
1830 BENJ HAYSE 0 2 1 0 1 0 1

Grandchildren of Benjamin Hayse and Priscilla Parker:

Elizabeth Hayse and Timothy Hayse had:
1. George W Hayse 1823 –
Married 1st 22 May 1848 Nancy Elizabeth Parker dau of Abraham & Sarah Parker
married 2nd 11 April 1865 Margaret A Bond
2. Priscilla Hayse 1825 – 1905
married 27 Dec 1847 James Brown Parker his 2nd marriage
(he married first a Miss Brown)
3. Media A Hayse 1829 –
4. Maxey Hayse 1831 – 1878
married 27 Jan 1857 Margaret Brown
5. Timothy Hayse 1833 – lived near Franklin had three sons
6. Titus Hayse 1835 – lived near Petersburg
7. Mariah Hayse 1837 –
Married 8 Dec 1858 James Wright
8. girl c1839 d. y. ?
9. William H. [W] Hayse 1840

Sally Hayse and John Hofler had:
1. Martha Hofler 1832
2. Maranda Hofler 1835
3. Job Hofler 1838
4. John Hofler 1840-

Lovinia Hayse and Zachariah Hayse had:
1. William W. Hayes 1827 –
2. Henry R Hayes 1828 –
3. Benjamin F Hayes 1830 –
4. Caroline Hayes 10 Aug 1831 – 20 July 1882
married George F Eason 30 Aug 1836 – 12 Nov 1906
5. Mary E Hayes 1838 –
6. Richard Hayes 1840 –
7. Sophia Hayes 1841 –

Cynthia Hayse born ca 1804 married Richard Cross
1. Thomas E Cross

Martha Hayse born ca 1809

Margaret Hayse born ca 1815 married ______ Williams had:

Willis Riddick Hayse and Elizabeth Riddick had:
1. Burwell Hayes 1833
2. Thomas E Hayes 1835 – 1891
married 1857 Ann Caroline Gatling 1838 – 1888
Thomas E Cross, bm
married 25 Apr 1889 Lavenia Speight ca 1856 –

dau of Henry [dec] & Oliva Speight
3. Martha Jane (Jenny) Hayes 1837 –
Married 1853 Mills Riddick
4. Virginia Hayes 1839 –
5. Robert R Hayes 1841 –
6. Lemuel Parker Hayes 1844 – ca 1886
Register of Deeds 1880
married 28 Feb 1867 Ella Virginia Parker ca 1849 – ca 1886
R H Riddick, bm son of Robert B Parker & wife Elmore/Ellen
a. Robert P Hayes ca 1868 –
b. William [Bill] John Hayes 9 Oct 1870 – 23 Jan 1938 Gates Co
married 16 Jan 1932 Jimmie Louise Parker 11 Mar 1884 Elmwood – 30 Sept 1958
both buried at Elmwood dau of James Parker 1836 – 1908 & wife Lavinia Louise Whedbee 1854-1921
c. Maud E Hayes ca 1873 –
Married 15 Oct 1896 A C Mitchell of Raleigh ca 1873 Windsor NC –
Sunbury M E Church – son of JE [dec] & Mary E Mitchell
i. Evelyn Mitchell
married Kneeland dec
1. Robert Kneeland
2. Alan Kneeland
d. Carroll Linwood Hayes ca 1886 – 1930 IL
Veterinarian – raised by a family in Illinois
i. Robert Linwood Hayes ca 1925 –
7. Julianna Hayes 1849 –

Robert Parker Hayse and Ann Hinton had:
1. Jacob Hayes 1835 – killed in Civil War
married 18 Feb 1858 Isadora R Gatling
Jos. Parker, bondman.
a. Nathaniel Hayes
2. Emaline Hayes 1836 –
3. James B Hayes 1838 –
4. Mary Ann Hayes 1840 –
5. Ersula Hayes 1842 –
6. Noah Hayes 1845 –
Married 3 March 1867 Emma Alphin
O B Savage, bm
7. Willis R Hayes 1847 –
Married 7 Jan 1869 Mary Sumner McIntosh 29 Nov 1846 – 17 July 1876
a. Sarah [Sally] Hayes 4 Oct [Nov] 1869 – June 1876
b. Bessy Hayes 8 June 1871 –
Married Kelly Outland.
c. Lillian Hayes 3 May 1873 –
Married Charles E Carter
i. Horace Carter
d. Molly Hayes 11 Mar 1876 –

Sophia Hayse born c 1814 and Riddick Cross

Mary Hayse born c 1815 “helpless child.”

Grandchildren of Benjamin Hayes and Elizabeth Minchew:

Caroline Hays 13 Dec 1832-1893 m. 1847 Hance Hoffler and had:
1. Mary Elizabeth Hofler 24 March 1849 – 14 July 1849
2. James Hance Hofler 19 July 1852 – 2 March 1914
married 18 Dec 1882 Lula Gertrude Hayes – 25 March 1935
Hofler Bible
a. James Luther Hofler 29 Nov 1883 – 1944 Gatesville Cemetery
married 22 Feb 1903 Annie Truman Brown 1887 – 1955
Daughter of Wm. H and Isabella Brown Hofler[?] Gatesville Cemetery.
b. Little Brother Hofler 15 Apr 1885 – Apr !885
c. Carrie Hofler 15 Apr 1888 –
Married 24 June 1914 Rev. Thomas Luther Brown.
d. Myrtle Hofler Feb 1890 – Jan 1894
e. Ralph Hayes Hofler 2 July 1899 – 12 Feb 1940
married 1 Dec 1934 Emily Lawrence
3. Mary Caroline Hofler 4 Oct 1855 – 29 Sept 1868
4. Patrick Henry Hofler 5 Dec 1859 – 8 Sept 1862
5. Thomas Edward Hofler 3 Oct 1862 – 19 June 1921
buried in the Gatesville Cemetery
married 22 Dec 1895 Tinie [Tinetta] H Riddick 1871 – 1959
Her name was possibly Hasseltine says family Gatesville Cemetery
a. Paul L. Hofler 22 Dec 1896 – 1963 Gatesville Cemetery.
b. [adopted] Bessie Beam
6. John Hofler 23 July 1865 – 14 Aug 1865
7. Ann Elizabeth Hofler 10 Nov 1866 – 14 June 1867
8. Ann Elizabeth (Susie) Hofler 31 Jan 1868 – 11 May 1893
married 20 Jan 1892 William Hayes Parker son of James B & Priscilla
Marriage license – Gates Co.

a. Hance Parker 28 Mar 1893 – ca 1898 of small pox.
b. Jimmie Parker 28 Mar 1893 – ca 1898 of small pox
9. Henry Hofler 29 Sept 1869 – 28 Jan 1870
10. Jefferson Davis Hofler 28 July 1871 – 12 Aug 1871
11. Willey Eugene Hofler 10 March 1873 –

Ref: Bible Records of Gates County, NC + other records

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