Sally’s eight-great Grandparents:
Peter Hay ca 1600 – 1668 | parents
of Cheshire, England
& 1640 Isle of Wight Co, Virginia
This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!
Peter Hay the envoy, son of Captain Peter Hay was born in Cheshire about 1600.
His mother was probably Margaret (Howse) Hay, the captain’s first wife.
Peter received a good education; his father sent him to college and he was matriculated as a sizar in Queen’s College, Cambridge. (Venn, Alumni Cantabrigenese, p 339, Sept 1615.)
Following the practice of many young men, Peter did not stand for graduation, but moved on to London and entered one of the law schools, the “Inns of Court.” Here he could prepare himself for a legal or secretarial profession.
In London, he came under the protection of his cousin, Sir Thomas Hayes, Lord Mayor of London 1614-1615.
Peter came to the notice of another relative, James Hay, Lord Doncaster, and in due time was employed by him.
This James Hay was a young Scottish noble, brought to London in the entourage of King James I. He held the high office of Master of the Wardrobe and was an active councilor and diplomat. In 1622, he was created Earl of Carlisle Responsibility came with honors and Peter Hayes shared in the work of his patron. King James died in 1625 and his son Charles I ascended the throne. The Earl of Carlisle, a valued statesman, was retained in the service of the new king.
In 1628 a dispute arose over the governorship of the West Indies, or “Carribee Islands”. Altho’ King James had granted these islands to the Earl of Carlisle, Phillip Herbert, Lord Montgomery claimed them, and had placed an illicit governor in Barbados, pre-empting Carlisle’s rights and income. After much wrangling, King Charles I finally decided to settle the matter. He named a Royal Commission to go to Barbados, arrest the illegal governor and bring him back to London for trial. A new governor would be named by the rightful grantee, the Earl of Carlisle.
Peter Hayes was appointed envoy with the Royal Commission to the West Indies.
The dispute was settled in 1640, and the gentlemen returned to London.
However, Peter Hay decided to visit his father who was living on his plantation on Pagan Creek, Virginia – just across the river from Jamestown.
Since trouble was brewing in England, Peter Hay, secretary to the Earl of Carlisle and the king’s envoy to the islands decided to “stay put” on the plantation
which he had just inherited from his father, Capt Peter Hay.
In his will 1668, he mentions his mother, his sister Ann Cornish and his nephew Thomas Bevan, son of Thos Bevan (D Bk 2 Isle of Wight Co Records Vol II p 175 1661-1719). (Hayes, A E: Hayes in Va & NC)
Known sons of Peter Hayes:
1. Peter Hayes, planter ca 1650 – 1721
2. Thomas Hayes, planter 1645 – died Northumberland Co, VA
12 Oct 1702 Thomas Hayes and Prudence his wife appt Capt Arthur Smith and Richard Wilkinson Jr. their attys to act for them in Isle of Wight Court
12 Oct 1702 Thomas Hayes and Prudence his wife of Northumberland County VA sell to Thomas Bevan a parcel of land where Thomas Bevan liveth, a pat of 350 acres patented by Peter Hayes, grandfather to Thomas Bevan, excepting 100 acres of the 350 bounded by Back Bay Creek — to Vergis Creek. Wit: Wm[x] Smith, Thomas Robertson
3. Edward Hayes, planter employed by John Giles 1680
4. Jacob John Hayes, ship captain ca 1650
lived in Bertie Co at Salmon Ck, NC ca 1676
He was master of the “Constant” out of London.
He and his first mate Edward Cooke were subpoenaed to appear in court in London re. Bacon’s Rebellion.
Instead of Complying they left the sea and took up land “in Albemarle.”
He dropped the use of his first name and went by John.
Grandchildren of Peter Hayes, the envoy
The known children of Peter Hayes and Elizabeth Flake :
1.Peter Hayse of NC of Urahaw ca 1673 – 1761 Halifax Co NC
married Martha Sledge
2. Richard Hayes of NC Gates Co employed by 1716 by Dr Thomas Bray
3. Samuel Hayes of NC settled in the Meherrin River Valley
4. Robert Hayes of VA died 1771
married Miss Harris
5. Arthur Hayes of VA died 1776
6. Elizabeth Hayes of VA
married George Harris
7. Katherine Hayes of VA
married Roger Stevens