The Hays Family

Reunion 1999

(Pictured Left to Right:) Andrew Clayton, Olin Clayton, Barb (Hays) Clayton, and
Belinda Clayton posed in front of the grave of
William Hays buried in Union Chapel Cemetery in
Girard, Illinois 1998

Hays Family Reunion

Descendants of William and Elizabeth Hays of North
Otter Township, Macoupin County
October 3, 1999
Saturday, October 2nd Re-dedication of Grave of
William Irvin

Sunday, 3 Oct 1999
9am - Union Chapel Church Service
10am - Decorate Hays Graves
12am-1pm Meet at St Patrick's Hall
12:30pm (approx) - Let's Eat!
1:30pm - 2:30 - Craft Auction
3:00pm - Picture Taking

Meat and drinks, paper plates, plastic ware and plastic cups will be provided.
You will need to bring:

Two covered dishes.

Table and chairs will be provided but IF you have room to stick a lawn chair or two in, bring a couple. We think there will be enough chairs in the hall but just in case.....

Bring your cameras!

Bring a few old pictures and Eric Adcock will scan them to put them on the internet for all to have a chance to see.

Craft Auction
If you can donate a craft item for the auction, it would be appreciated. We will use the monies from the auction to defray the $300 rental cost of the hall and the $75 cleanup fee. We could clean up the hall ourselves but to keep the "last two people" at the reunion from having to clean it up by themselves, we think it better to cover the cleanup fee.
No alcohol will be allowed at/in St Patrick's Hall.
Dram Shop Insurance is required for alcohol usage at/in St Patrick's Hall. We are not buying Dram Shop Insurance.


Motels located south of Girard:

Carlinville, Macoupin County seat, located south of Girard on Route 4 has a population of about 5400.
Carlinville has businesses such as local shops, Walmart, Rural King Farm and Home Store, restaurants, grocery stores, post office, library, etc. Ask me if you have questions about the local businesses and I will get you the answer.

The Carlinvilla Motel - Located about 16 miles south of Girard and just about 1/2 mile south of Carlinville on Rt. 4 headed towards Gillespie, directly across from The Glades Restaurant and is very nice. Rooms run approx. $65, and they have an indoor pool, sauna, and whirlpool. Tel. No. 217-854-3201, Toll Free 800-341-8000. Staying in Carlinville would allow you to see the 1865 million dollar courthouse.
Grand old building and very large for a small county. Taking the street north off the square will take you to Girard (Rt 4).

**Not recommended** is the Bel-Air Motel in Carlinville

The Holiday Inn - Located about 22 miles from Girard at I-55/Rt. 108 exit east of Carlinville. They have a restaurant, indoor pool, lounge, and rooms run about $70. Tel. No. 217-324-2100, Toll Free is 1-800-HOLIDAY. Taking Route 108 from the Holiday Inn to Carlinville will take you right by the courthouse. Taking the street north off the square will take you to Girard (Rt 4).
Motels located north of Girard on Route 4:

Nearest motels north of Girard are about 25 miles north on Route 4 at the southwest edge Springfield, the state capitol. The following are located about a mile south of the
Mall "on"/parallel Route 4.

Street name for all four is Freedom Drive:

Comfort Inn
Sleep Inn
Fairfield Inn
Courtyard by Marriott

l to r
Rose Rousseau (wife of Bill Hays- Rose uses her surname
Rousseau),Bill Hays, Barb Hays Clayton, Timothy Rex "Tim" and Penelope Emily "Penny" Roth Hays

Memorial Service to Commemorate the New Gravestone
Being Erected for William Irvin

Memorial Scheduled for 2 P.M.

A Memorial Service will be held on October 2, 1999 commemorate the new stone for William Irvin in Bethel Cemetery, Sharpsburg, IL, time to be announced as soon as all those involved, have agreed on a time. Anyone interested may attend. Henry Hays married Elzirah Irvin, the daughter of William and Sarah (Rader) Irvin. Henry Hays was the son of Andrew Hays. William Irvin served in the Mexican War with Captain Edgar Bogard's 4th Illinois Volunteers and also served in the Civil War with Company E, 6th Illinois Cavalry. Thanks to the pension records Tim Hays and I found, it stated place of death as Sharpsburg, Illinois. I made a trip a few weeks ago to their oldest cemetery there and found grandfather's old military stone, damaged, but intact enough to barely read. Have made contact with VA in D.C. and in Taylorville, Il and a new stone will be up in less than 2 months. The Daughters and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will be present from Springfield, Il, of which my entire family are members. Also Descendants of Mexican War Veterans will be represented by me, as I am a member now! Also the 114th Reinacters will be there and Taylorville VFW and the Womens Relief Corp have been invited and hope to attend. The grave is in Bethel Cemetery in Sharpsburg, Il and there is a nice church right next to it, so if weather is inclement, service will be held indoors and the minister has yet to get back to me, but thinks his congregation would like to provide a meal for those present. This date was chosen, as the newly found Irvin cousins from San Antonio, Texas will also be attending the Hays reunion and want to be present for the commemoration as well. All that would like to dress in Civil War fashion may do so, as I will be, along with our tent members. The Irvins from Texas have provided us with William and Sarah (Rader) Irvin's wedding photo and William's Civil War photo, of him in uniform as well. This will be an exciting couple of days. Pass this on to anyone interested. Andrew Hays by the way, also served in the Mexican War and we have copies of his military records.

Barbara (Hays)Clayton

Biography: William Hays, Sr, - 1 Jan 1998 - Macoupin County Illinois ©1997 Gloria Frazier

Descendants of William Hays, Sr
submitted by Gloria Frazier/Barb (Hays) Clayton

In far right corner of picture L to R:
Breann Brewer, Andrew Olin Dale Clayton, Sandra Emerson,
and Barb (Hays) Clayton

A “First Family” of Macoupin County IL.
WILLIAM HAYS , SR was born Abt 1780 in NC 1, and died June 26, 1853 in Macoupin Co IL 2. He married (1) ELIZABETH Abt 1798. He married (2) SARAH PROCTOR 1846, daughter of Simon PROCTOR and Jane SCIFERS.

Notes William lived in NC, SC, and Martin Co IN before coming to IL about 1830. William and Elizabeth are buried in Union Chapel Cem, N Otter Twp, Macoupin Co IL. There are two more sons on the 1820 Martin Co IN census. Daughter Betcy's age at death was 16yr/11m/15da. She is buried in Union Chapel Cem. Stone reads that she is the daughter of William HAYS. Betcy's burial was the first burial in Union Chapel Cemetery. Evelyn FREY, in her research, questioned if Betcy's death year might not have been 1836 "because the family did not come to IL until 1830 and it was common to use the earlier year for awhile after a new year," she wrote. If the age of 16 yrs is on the stone then might the birth year be 1819? William's stone reads that he was 73 years old at death.

Marriage Notes
Marriage date is about 1798.
Elizabeth's stone reads that she was 64 years old at death.

Children of William HAYS and Elizabeth are:


ii. ELI HAYS, b. January 20, 1799, NC 3; d. December 17, 1878, Macoupin Co IL; m. (1) ELLEN "NELLIE" HURLEY, June 30, 1823, Martin Co IN; m. (2) MARY "POLLY", Abt 1869.

iii. JOSEPH HAYS, b. Abt 1800 4; m. ELIZABETH DOBSON, August 03, 1830, Martin Co IN.

iv. CHILD FOUR OF WM HAYS, b. Abt 1803.

v. NANCY HAYS, b. Abt October 01, 1805 5; d. May 29, 1883; m. (1) AARON HALL , SR, February 10, 1825, IN; m. (2)WILLIAM DODD, July 06, 1852.

vi. DAVID HAYS, b. January 18, 1807, SC 6; d. July 23, 1886; m. NANCY HALL.

vii. SARAH "SALLY" HAYS, b. Abt 1808 7; d. Bef 1830, IN; m. ELIHU HALBERT, September 23, 1824, Martin Co IN.

viii. ELIZA JANE HAYS, b. Abt 1810 8; d. February 02, 1874, (St Marys) Hancock Co IL 9; m. ELIHU HALBERT, June 24, 1830, Martin Co IN.

ix. HIRAM D HAYS, b. 1812, SC 10; d. January 10, 1850, Girard Macoupin Co IL; m. NANCY AGNES STEWART, March 11, 1834, Macoupin Co IL.

x. SAMUEL HAYS, b. July 05, 1812, IN 11; d. 1886; m. REBECCA MOLEN, November 11, 1838, Macoupin Co IL.
xi. BETCY D HAYS, b. February 06, 1813 12; d. Abt January 12, 1830.
xii. JAMES HAYS, b. March 11, 1816, IN 13; m. SARAH HUTCHINSON.
xiii. JOHN HAYS, b. 1817, IN 14; m. HENRIETTA SPROUSE, December 26, 1839, Macoupin Co IL.
xiv. ANDREW "ANDY" HAYS, 18; b. June 26, 1820, IN 15; d. July 25, 1891; m. SARAH ANN "SALLY" HALL, Sangamon Co IL. Information on Andrew Hays from Barbara Hays Clayton. Andrew Hays, born June 26, 1820 in Martin County, Indiana, was the son of William and Elizabeth (?) Hays, who settled in Macoupin County, Il approx 1830. Andrew Hays married Sarah Ann Hall on September 26, 1839 in Sangamon County, Il. Marriage license is on file in Springfield, Il. Andrew and Sarah (Hall) Hays were parents of seven boys and three girls, those known were Henry, David, Tom, George, Andrew and Ulysses. Andrew died July 25, 1891 and his wife Sarah died July 26, 1901, both in Christian County. Both are buried in the Hays Family Cemetery in Moweaqua, Il. Andrew and Sarah are listed in the 1850 Christian County Census, taken on October 19. A daughter Sally is also named on the census and is listed as 7 years of age, along with a daughter named Milda, listed as 2 years of age.
Andrew's brother John is on the same census, with his wife Henrietta, both listed as 31 years of age. Henrietta's place of birth is listed as Germany. John and Henrietta's children listed in 1850 were Elizabeth, 9 years of age, Leah, 8 years of age, Sarah, 2 years of age and Nancy, 1 year of age.
Andrew's brother David is also listed on the same census, his age is 43 and place of birth is listed as South Carolina. His wife is Nancy, she is listed as 48 years of age, born in Virginia. Their children listed are Louisa, age 28 years, Gennette, 14 years of age, Melinda, age 12, Susanna, age 9 and Emily age 7.
William Hays, I suspect Andrew's brother as well, is listed, place of birth is Indiana, age 25, wife is Eliza, age 23, born in Indiana and daughter Eliza age 1.
Henry Hays, the son of Andrew and Sarah (HAll) Hays, was born March 13, 1841 in Sangamon County, Il. He was first married to a Ruth A. Tilley on February 20, 1862 in Christian County, Il. Wedding license is on file in Christian County. His second wife was Elzirah Catherine Irwin, whom he married on August 7, 1873, also in Christian County, Il. Marriage license on file in Christian County. Elzirah was born in 1853 in Grant County, Indiana. After Elzirah'e death on July 11, 1908, Henry married Mary Evans on November 24, 1909 in Decatur, Il. At the time of Henry's death on May 18, 1914 in Christian County, Il, the following children survived: Sarah Engeline Hays, born October 27, 1866 and died March 23, 1875, Eudora Emaline Hays, born January 5, 1885 and died July 1, 1886, Thomas Dudly Hays, William Henry Hays, born August 21, 1875 George Thompson Hays, born September 11, 1877 and Mrs. John Winters. On Elzirah's obit two children are listed as step children, those being Andrew David Hays, born September 8, 1870 and Mrs. Jennie Clark, born March 24, 1863 and died March 23, 1922. Both Andrew and Jennie had to be the children of Henry and Ruth (Tilley) Hays. Barbara (Hays) Clayton owns a page from the Henry Hays Family Bible, that reveals all the dates of birth/death of some of Henry's children and marriage to Ruth and Elzirah. Henry Hays served in the Civil War, with Company E, 32nd Illinois Infantry and was a member of JV Clemens Post No. 363 GAR. Both Henry and Elzirah (Irwin) Hays are buried in the Hays Cemetery in Moweaqua, Il, along with some of their children. Henry's Civil War records are on file with the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Barbara (Hays) Clayton, also owns a copy of Henry's military and pension records along with a photo of Henry and Elzirah (Irwin) Hays.

xvi. MARY ANN HAYS, b. April 10, 1824, IN 17; d. August 19, 1877; m. JOSEPH ENGLAND, December 19, 1839, Macoupin Co IL.

1. Janet Hays, Evelyn Frey
2. Cemetery Stone, Janet Hays
3. Janet Hays, Evelyn Frey, Cemetery Info, Courthouse records 4. Janet Hays, Evelyn Frey
5. Janet Hays, Evelyn Frey, Early Settlers of Sangamon County 6. Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Janet Hays
7. Janet Hays, Evelyn Frey
8. Janet Hays, Evelyn Frey
9. Janet Hays, Evelyn Frey
10. Yvonne Stedman
11. Janet Hays, Evelyn Frey
12. Janet Hays, Evelyn Frey, Cemetery Info
13. Janet Hays, Evelyn Frey
14. Janet Hays, Evelyn Frey
15. Janet Hays, Evelyn Frey, Early Settlers of Sangamon County 16. Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Janet Hays
17. Janet Hays, Evelyn Frey, Cemetery Info, Courthouse records 18. Barbara Hays Clayton

Go to Far Right of Picture:
L to R:
Amanda Emerson, Breann Brewer, Andrew Olin Dale Clayton

For more information on this family, contact:
Yvonne Stedman (Hiram Hays Descendant) E. 80 Fir Ct
Shelton, WA 98584

Evelyn Alexander (Hiram Hays Descendant)

Eric Adcock (Eli Hays Descendant)
3180 Cobblestone #4
Springfield IL 62707

Frank and Carolynn Bettis (Eli Hays Descendant)
Rt #1, Box 17
Girard, IL 62640-9706

Gloria Frazier (Eli Hays Descendant)
3007 Paula Drive
West Plains, MO 65775

Barbara Hays Clayton (Andrew Hays Descendant)


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