William Hayes & Mary Wright

Sally’s five-great Grandparents:

William Hayes ca 1710 – 1784 | parents
& bef Sept 1731 Mary Wright bef 1715 – aft 1784 | parents
of Bennetts Creek, Gates County, North Carolina


This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!


“William Hayes planter of Bennetts Creek moved to the northern part of Chowan Precinct
east of the Chowan River in what is now the Reynoldson District of Gates Co, NC.”
After some research I have ascertained that this William Hayes can not be
the son of Peter Hayes and Mary Sledge of Halifax Co.
Perhaps he is the son of the William Hayes of Nansemond on the 1704 rent roll
or perhaps John Hays of Bertie Co. [Capt Jacob John Hayes]
William Hayes married Mary daughter of Joseph Wright and his wife Elizabeth Yeates.
Elizabeth Wright was the daughter of John Yeates who died Sept 18, 1731
and who bequeathed clothing in his will (Nansemond Co ) to Mary Hayes, his granddaughter.
Joseph Wright of Upper Norfolk County owned property in northern Chowan.

1731 Mary’s grandfather John Yeates left her a bequest in his will of 18 Sept calling her Mary Hayes
1740 Called for jury duty to New Bern
(Colonial & State Records Vol IV p 522)
1747/48 Bought 60 acres from James Brown on Bennetts Creek Chowan Co.
1754 Mustered for military duty in French and Indian War
1761 William Hayes & Edward Warrin securities for James Brown
1777 William Hayes appears in Gates County Tax List for the last time.
[he turned sixty in 1778]
1784 Will of William Hayes in probate Aug Ct 1784

Children of William and Mary Wright:
1. James Hayse 1731/1738 – 1808 Gates Co
2. Wright Hayse 1731/1740 – bef Feb 1795
married Mary Hofler? ca 1758 – 1799 Gates Co
note: I speculate Mary is the daughter of Hance Hofler d 1769 Chowan Co -smk
3. Jacob Hayse 1731/1745 – 1807 Gates Co
4. Sarah Hayse still a Hayse in 1784
5. Daniel Hayse rem. to Portsmouth VA then to KY
6. Dorcas Hayse still a Hayse in 1784
7. Mildred Hayse still a Hayse in 1784

Gates Co NC Wills: William Hays undated – Proved August Ct 1784
In the Name of God Amen. I William Hays of Gates County in the State of North Carolina being weak of body but of sound and Perfect memory thanks be to God for it and Calling to mind the uncertainty of this Life do make and ordain this my last will and Testament in manner and form following viz,
first I bequeath my soul to Almighty God and my body to the Earth to be buried at the Discretion of my Executors hereafter mentioned
and as for my worldly Estate which it hath Pleased God to bestow upon me I give and dispose of as followeth viz.

First I give unto my Loving Wife Mary Hays all my Personal and Real Estate during her natural life or widowhood
after which I shall bestow of it in the following manner viz.

Item I give and Bequeath unto my Son James Hays the Plantation whereon I now Dwell and also a Still that is there upon a Condition that he will let his Brothers Still their own Liker without aney Tole
and also one pare of mony scales
and one Flax Hackle on Condition that he lets his Brothers and Sisters make use of the same to hackle thair own Flax.

Item I give and bequeath all the Land that I have joyning unto my Son James Hays line unto my Son Wright Hays
and also one case of bottles
and one Church Bible to him and his heirs forever.

Item I give and bequeath unto my Son Daniel Hays and his three Sisters, Sarah, Darcas, and Milly Hays all my beds and Pewter to be equally Divided among them and thure heirs.
Item I give and Bequeath unto my Son Jacob Hays one set of wedges with what I have already.
And whatsoever else of my Estate that I have not already Disposed of my Will is that it be Equally Divided amongst all my children or Hairs Lawful heirs etc.
I also leave my two Sons James Hays and Wright Hays my Executors to this my las will and Testament as witness whereof I have set my hand and fixed seal
William (his W mark) Hays (seal) Teste: Thos Brickell, Thos. Travis.

August court 1784: exhibited by James Hays & Wright Hays, executors: proved by the oath of Thomas Brickell.

Estate of William Hays 11 Nov 1784 – one well Bucket — Two Earthen Dishes — Wright Hayes, James (his x mark) Hayes, exr
Exhibited Nov Court 1784 by James Hayes & Wright Hayes


 

Wright Hayes 1731/40 – 1795 | parents
& Mary Hofler? ca 1758 – 1799 | parents
of Gates Co NC


This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!


Item I give and bequeath all the Land that I have joyning unto my Son James Hays line unto my Son Wright Hays and also one case of bottles
and one Church Bible to him and his heirs forever.
William Hays 1784

note: I speculate Mary is the daughter of Hance Hofler d 1769 Chowan Co -smk

will of 1795 Div of prop. Dorcas, Leah, Rachel, Hance, Howell, Mary, Harmon, Henry, and Hosea. 1796 Wm Hayes appointed guardian of Hance and Howell, sons of Wright Hayes. in 1797–Herman, Hosey, Henry and Mary Hayes -children of Wright Hayes.

Children of Wright Hayes and wife Mary Hofler?:
1. Dorcas Hayes
2. Leah Hayes
married Gates County NC 22 Sept 1797 James Vann
marriage bond signed by James Vann and William Hays
3. Rachel Hayes
4. Hance Hayes ca April 1779 – bef Nov 1811
1795 bound as apprentice to Holloday Walton
to learn the Business of House Carpenters and wheel-wrights
1818 May Ct James Booth appointed guardian to Penelope, Prisscella, Wright, Henry, and Asa orphans of Hance Hayes dec. . . Feb 1819 exhibited acct.

married 8 June 1801 Christian [Kitty] Hinton
Edward Riddick, bm
a. Penelope Hayes ca 1802 –
b. Prisscella Hayes ca 1804 –
c. Wright Hayes ca 1806 –
married 1831 Martha Eleanor
William E Pugh, bm
d. Henry Hayes ca 1808 –
married 22 June 1843 Susan Rogers
1822 Feb Ct Gates Co – Henry Hayes orphan of Hance bound to Jesse Brown to learn Saddling and Chear harness business.
e. Asa Hayes ca 1810 –
married 24 Oct 1850 Jane R. Phelps
James Hare, bm
5. Howell Hayes ca 1781 – 1802 [a minor]
1795 bound as apprentice to Holloday Walton
to learn the Business of House Carpenters and wheel-wrights

6. Mary/Polly Hayes
married bef 1811 a Fryer
7. Harmon/Herman Hayes ca 1783 – aft 1840
1796 about age 13 bound to John Simons
to learn business of a wheel-wright
1811 May Ct – sale of land Harmon Hayse to Mills Williams proved by oath of Henry Hayse.
1823 Aug Ct – on list of insolvents for Gates Co in 1822
1840 – Nansemond Co VA census – Herman Hayes 1m 20/30, 1f 5/10, 1 f 20/30 [nest line to Hosea

8. Henry Hayes ca 1786 –
1820 May Ct – Sale of Land from Conrad Wolfley to Henry Hayse proved by Dempsey Parker
1820 Nov Ct Gates Co – summoned for Jury duty – On Grand Jury Feb 1821 –
1822 Feb Ct Gates Co – summoned for Jury duty – On Pete Jury May 1822 –
1822 Aug Ct Gates Co – summoned for Jury duty

1823 Nov Ct Gates Co – summoned for Jury duty
1827 May Ct Gates Co – resigned as overseer of road from Samuel Cross to Wm M Harvey’s mill – Nancy Dildy, a child of color bound to Henry Hays
1827 Aug Ct Gates Co – summoned for Jury duty

1840 census – 2 males 15-20, 1 20-30, 1 50-60, 1 female 40-50
9. Hosea Hayes ca 1787 –
1811 May ct – sale of land Hance Hayse, Henry Hayse, Hosia Hayse, Leah Vann, and Polley Fryer to Mills Williams was proved by the oaths of William Cleaves and Canna Burgess etc.
sale of land Harmon Hayse to Mills Williams proved by oath of Henry Hayse.

1820 Nov Ct – on list of insolvents for Gates Co in 1819
1824 Aug Ct – on list of insolvents for Gates Co in 1823
1840 Nansemond Co VA Census -Hosea Hayes 1m 10/15, 1m 20/30, 1m 50/60, 1f 20/30

Response: . . . a family of Hays . . . had the following children:
Jarod H. Hays born 1812
Harmon Hays b. 1816
Hosea Pulaski Hays b. 1818
m. Mary Ann Houston
then m. Elizabeth Mccolloch? (This is my ancestor)
Rebeckah Hays b. 1820
Seth W. Hays b. 1822
William Hays b. 1824
Adrah Ann Hays b. 1826
Hiram Hays b.1830
Elizabeth Hays b.1832
States they may be connected with are SC, MS, TN, AR and IL
Hosea was probably a teacher.
It seems like this family should connect with the family of Wright Hayes and wife. Rebecca Bangsund

I am the great granddaughter of Robert Amzi Robeson and Joanna Cordelia Hays.
Joanna was one of the daughters of Hosea and Elizabeth McCullough Hays. Robert and Joanna had four children: Bobby A. Robeson, Robert F. (Uncle Floyd) Robeson, Florence R. (Rebecca or Becky) Robeson, and Nellie F. Robeson.Nellie Frances married my Grandfather, Theophal Eugene Henderson. They had three children: Joanna Caroline, Mildred Berta, and Theophal Eugene (my father).Nellie died when my father was three or four years old, and my grandfather married her sister, Rebecca, who was a widow with three boys – Robert, Aaron and Paul Bennett. They had one daughter Lunell Henderson.
Joanna Hay’s sister, Acena Rebecca married Robert’s brother William Haskell Robeson. Kathy Martin


 

Daniel Hayes
of Kentucky

Child of Daniel Hayes and wife:
1. Daniel Hayes of Knott Co, KY had seven sons
six fought for the Confederacy and one for the Union

One thought on “William Hayes & Mary Wright”

  1. Hi – I read where you do not think that William Hayes father is Peter Hayes. Just curious. What is your research on this? Also, I think you have John Hayes born after the death of his father Peter.

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