Peter Hayes of Blackwater was born about 1650 at the Hayes plantation on Pagan Creek in Virginia.
He lived his life on the Blackwater River, that waterway which flows directly south to North Carolina. At maturity he was employed by Robert Flake Sr., a wealthy landowner.
Robert Flake is said to have been one of the richest men in Isle of Wight County (Boddie, Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight Co., p 202.)
Peter Hayse married Elizabeth Flake about the year 1669.
Peter left his will, probated Mar 1720/21.
There is also a deed of gift from Robert Flake Sr [Deed dated Aug 16 1691] wherein he gives 200 acres to each of his three grandsons: Robert, Samuel, and Peter Hayes.
Robert Flake d ca 1698. These parcels of land were located on “the second swamp of the Blackwater”.
The Quit Rent Roll for Isle of Wight County, 1704, shows Peter Hayes paying taxes-rent on another 600 acres which seems to have been the dowry of his mother, Elizabeth Flake. (Cognets English Duplicates of Lost Virginia Records p205.)
The will of Peter Hayes of Blackwater mentions Robert “Hase” and Arther “Hase”. (Hayes, A E: Hayes in Va & NC)
known children of Peter Hayse and Elizabeth Flake :
1. Robert Hayes of VA bef 1690 – 1771
married Miss Harris
2. Samuel Hayes of NC bef 1690 –
settled in the Meherrin River Valley
3. Peter Hayse ca 1691 – 1761 Halifax Co NC
married ca 1726 Martha Sledge
4. Elizabeth Hayes of VA
married George Harris
5. Katherine Hayes of VA
married Roger Stevens
6. Arthur Hayes of VA aft 1691 – 1776
Grandchildren of Peter Hayes and Elizabeth Flake
Children of Peter Hayes and Martha Sledge:
1. Charles Hayes died Sampson Co, NC 1784
married Sarah ?
2. (Rev) Reuben Hayes ca 1740 – ca June 1831
3. Hannah Hayes
4. Rebecca Hayes
5. Edy Hayes
6. Silve Hayes
7. Winnie Hayes
married Francis Hilliard
8. Milly Hayes
9. Willie Hayes (daughter)
Children of Arthur Hayes of Isle of Wight Co, VA
1. Faithy Hayes
married William Flake of Surry Co, VA
2. Mary Hayes
married James Pittman of Surry Co, VA
Samuel Hayes references –
13 Nov 1724 Saml. Hays is on Jury to lay out Road from Mr. Simon Jefferies Landing on Roanoke River to the maine branch that begins at Mr James Bryants & goes to Chesshires Landing on Meherin River where the trading Vessells comonly lye according to law and that William Bridges be & is hereby appointed Overseer of the said road for the Ensuing Year. Bertie Ct Minutes
10 Jan 1743/44 1-104 NH Co DBk – James Joyner of Edgecombe Co to Samuel Hayes of Northampton Co 5¬£ cash 50 acres more or less a parcel of land granted me by a deed from a patent granted to me by a deed from a patent granted to Rebecca Brasswell 1 Mar 1719 on the south side of the Meherrin River joining Elliott, the old Co line, Thomas Boykins and the river, all houses, orchards gardens
Wit: Nathan Williams, Nehemiah Joyner, Francis Gregory
Reg NH Co Feb Ct 1743 J Edwards C/C
Will of Samuel Hayes 24 April 1761 – probate Aug Ct 1761 NH Co NC
– wife Filpah
– daughter Anne Hayes
Extr: my dearly beloved father John Hayes
NH Co NC Charles Gregory named Samuel Hayes his executor 10 Nov 1766.
Samuel Hays 20 August 1793 – probate Dec Ct 1796 NH Co NC
– wife Mary Hays, grandson Jesse Hays, grandson Abraham Hays, grandson Ransom Hays.
– son Jesse Hays 5 shillings
– sons Samuel and John Hays
– daughters: Margaret Howell, Elizabeth Pittman, Cathena Hart
Exts: Col Howell Edmunds and Col. James Vaughan
Wits: Laurence Smith and Henry Peebles
1801 Samuel Hays wit to will of Millie Warr