David Hays, The immigrant
Facts and Events
David Hays was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
- Records for David Hays in Chalkley's Chronicles
David (2) was probably present in Old Augusta in the early 1740's. In 1747 he filed suit against John McMaster over a tract of land in the "Irish Settlement in Virginia" (i.e., Old Augusta). This places him in the area before 1747, but he was probably there prior to that.
David Hays' land (Beverley Manor SW, 454 acres, acquired from Joseph Reed in 1748 as listed below) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009.
David Hays' land (Borden Tract NE, 124 acres, 1749) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009.
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 35.--Joseph Reed, Taylor (Tailor) to David Hayes, yeoman, bought by Joseph from Beverley, 24th July, 1740 (prob. 1748) , and deeded, 25th September, 1741; Wm. Beverley, corner Jno. Buchanan, James Robinson, Charles Campbell. Teste: Patrick Campbell.
- Page 283.--23rd August, 1749. B. Borden to David Hays. Delivered: Samuel Buchanan, 21st June, 1753. 124 acres of 92100.
- Page 442.--21st August, 1751. John Lockhart and Rebecca, to David Hayes, 202-1/2 acres in Beverley Manor; Robert Ramsey's line.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 453.--27th August, 1751. David Hay, yeoman, and Jane, to William Thompson, weaver, 306 acres, Christian's Creek, sold by Beverley to Joseph Reed, taylor, 23d July, 1740; 25th September, 1741. Corner John Buchanan; David Moor's land; James Robinson's line; Charles Campbell's line; Patrick Campbell's corner.
- Page 299.--30th March, 1756. David Hays and Jean to Nathaniel Steel, £77, 202-1/2 acres in Beverley Manor. Jno. Fulton's line. Teste: Samuel and Robert Steel.
- Page 152.--16th November, 1779. David Hays' executors to Robert McChestney.
David Hays appears to have had two wives. His wife Jane/Jean is listed in to land transactions in 1751 and 1756 (as shown above), but David names his wife "Isabella" in his will written in 1775 (as shown below). There is no indication in the will that any of David's children were minors at the time of his death. This implies that they were all born prior to 1754. Since Jane was still living in 1756, per land transactions, we can assume that she was the mother of all of David's children.
Source:Chalkley's Chronicles 3:144
Page 432.--27th February, 1775. David Hays' will--To wife, servant girl named Agness McGraw;
- to daughter, Johanna Buchanan;
- to daughter, Eloner Paxton;
- to daughter, Hannah Sawyers;
- to daughter, Mary Lapsley;
- to sons, David,
- John, division.
- Executors, wife Isabella Hays, William Paxton, James Sawyers.
- Teste: Andrew Kinnear, George Berry, Agness Kinnear.
- Proved, 21st August, 1776, by solemn affirmation of the Kinnears. Isabella and Sawyers qualify. Paxton to be summoned. 19th August 1777, Paxton qualifies.
- Page 432. - - 27th February, 1775. David Hays' will - - to wife, servant girl named Agness McGraw; to daughter Joanna Buchanan; to daughter, Eloner Paxton; to daughter, Hannah Sawyers; to daughter, Mary Lapsley; to sons, David, William, Joseph, Robert, John, division. Executors, wife Isabella Hays, William Paxton, James Sawyers. Teste: Andrew Kinnear, George Berry, Agness Kinnear. Proved 21st August, 1776, by solemn affirmation of the Kinnears. Isabella and Sawyers qualify. Paxton to be summoned. 19th August 1777, Paxton qualifies.
- Page 453.--29th October, 1776. David Hays' estate appraised by George Jameson, Andrew Kinnear, David Buchanan.
- Page 469.--18th March, 1777. Recorded. David Hays' further appraisement.
- Page 514.--15th May, 1777. David Hays' estate appraised by George Jameson, Andrew Kinneer.
- Page 480.--16th August, 1785. Commissioners report they cannot settle David Hays' estate for lack of vouchers. They report that the administrator of Geo. Waildon was paid in 1779-1780 fifteen pounds more than the estate amounted to.
- "Processioning" was the periodic review and agreement of property lines between settler's lands. Processioning Lists are useful in determining the general area of a settlers lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:
- Page 154.--1755: John Risk and John Shields processioned as follows, viz: For Robert Campbell, for James Hunter, for James Trotter, for John Shields, for James McCutchion, for Widow Campbell, for Widow Campbell, for Wm. Hunter, for Saml. McCutchen, for Thos. Berry, for John McCutchion, for David Campbell, for Wm. Campbell, for Wm. Ledgerwood. for James Moffet, for Nathl. Davies, for Nichs. Leeper, for Danl. Downey, for George Peny, for Saml. Sprowl, for Thos. Kirkpatrick, for Jno. Kirkpatrick, for Jno. Risk, for Jno. Risk, for Jno. Risk, for James Clark, for John Shields, Jr., for David Cunningham, for Chas. Berry, for James Callison, for James Marten, for Josiah Richarts, for David Hays, for Alex. McFeeters, for James Gilmore, for James Lockhart, for Alex. Richey, for Jacob Lockhart, for John Peny, for Mathew Willson, for John Willson, for Widow Patterson, for John McCillery, for James McCillery, for Arter Hamilton, for Wm. Buntin, for Robert Gamel, for Jno. Buchanan, for Patrick Cooks (deceased), for David Richey; Wm. Brown (said he was going to leave his land and didn't care about it).
- Page 176.--1756: Processioned by John Tate and Samuel Doak, in Cap. James Mitchell's Company, viz: for Widow Mitchell, for Wm. Thompson, for James Robinson, for Charles Campbell, for Saml. Brawford, for John Mitchell, for Saml. Doak, for Widow Fulton, for Robt. Alexander, for Nathl. and Robt. Steele, for David Hays, for Helen Mitchell and Jno. Tate, for David Doak, for James Cowan, for Robert Sayers, for John Campbell, for Pat. Campbell, for John Ward, for Widow McTyre, for John and Alex. Brownlee, for Saml. Steele, for Patrick Hays, for John Fulton, for Thomas Tate, for Robert Willson.
- Page 260.--1759: Processioned by James Gilmore and Samuel McCutcheon, viz: For David Cunningham, for Mathew Wilson, for John Buchanan, for Charles Berry, for Robert Gaml, for Thos. Berry, for David Hays, for James Bower, for Alex. Campbell, for Wm. Campbell, for James Moffett, for Arthur Hamilton, for Samuel Downey, for James Callison, for Alex. McFeeters, for David Campbell, for James McCutcheon, for John McCutcheon, for Wm. McCutcheon, for Wm. Sprowl, for Wm. Martin, for James Trotter, for Samuel McCutcheon, for Wm. McCutcheon, Jr., for James Hunter, for Robert Campbell, for John Risk, for James Gilmore, for Francis Donalay, for Wm. Ledgerwood, for Capt. James Lockhart, for Wm. Hunter.
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 1 - SEPTEMBER, 1747. - David Hays vs. John McMaster. Bond of defendant to William Ree, 9th March, 1742. "And if not liking and recovering the tract of land in the Irish Settlement in Virginia the above note is void." Writ dated 24th August, 1747.
- Page 250.--7th March, 1750. James Berry's appraisement by Thomas Beard, James Trimble, David Hays.
- Page 515.--23d May, 1751. James McNutt's orphans. Settlement by Thos. Beard, administrator. Paid Mr. Burden for 185 acres bought by my wife (Thos. Beard's?) now, but before marriage. 17__ to Mr. Burden quit rents on 85 acres for 10 years. 1747 to Mr. Downs for quit rents. 1744 to Mr. Burden for quit rents, 300 acres. December 20th, 1748, paid David Hays rents debt due before marriage. Paid Wm. Nutt debt. 8th May, 1749, paid Wm. Hunter for work. 4th February, 1747, paid John Huston, debt. 9th December, 1748, paid John Roseman. debt. 10th May, 1748, paid Saml. Wilson, for bringing some linen from Penna. Paid to Widow Sheals, a debt. Paid to Robt. Alexander, for schooling James and Robert McNutt. Paid to James Dobbins, for schooling Alex. McNutt. Paid one new Bible, for Alex. McNutt. Paid one new Testament, for James McNutt. Paid one new spelling book, for the children.
- Page 223.--20th May, 1752. Patrick Campbell, Sr., and Elizabeth, to Patrick Campbell, Jr., 212 acres. From Beverley to Patrick, Sr., 21st February, 1738; Wm. Thompson's line; Samuel Braford's and John Mitchel's lines; corner John Ward; corner Charles Campbell. Crossing Christian's Creek and South River. Teste: David Hay, Arthur Hamilton.
- Page 239.--20th May, 1752. Arthur Hammilton and Barbara to James Moffett, 200 acres. In Beverley Manor; corner Wm. Ledgerwood; Col. Patton's, alias James Kerr's, line. Teste: Robt. Cunningham, David Hay.
- Page 125.--1st March, 1753. William Berry and Jane, to Thomas Berry, 65 acres Moffet's Creek; corner David Hays; part of 145 acres conveyed by Borden to Wm., 23d June, 1746.
- Page 207.--21st March, 1753. Beverley by Lewis and Madison, 1753, to Thomas Teat, blacksmith, 170 acres on head of a branch of So., in Beverley Manor; David Hays's line.
- Page 385.--15th August, 1753. Sarah Ramsey, widow, to John Fulton. 309 acres in Beverley Manor, cor. Robert Ramsey. Teste: Hugh Fulton, David Hay, Robert Ramsey, Jno. Kerr.
- Vol. 1 - 1753-1754 (Part 1). - James McNutt's estate, by Thomas Beard, 15th August, 1753: Paid for land bought by Beard's wife before marriage, 1751. Paid quitrents for land for 10 years, 1751. Paid quitrents, 1744. Paid to Mr. David Hays debt before marriage. Paid to Robert Alexander for schooling James and Robert McNutt, one year, 1748. Paid to James Dobbins, same, for Alexander McNutt, 1748.
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST 24, 1754. - (288) William White bound to David Hays.
- Page 190.--28th June, 1755. Francis Beatey, surveyor, to Jno. Teat, plantationer, £25, 160 acres in Beverley Manor on Beverley Manor and Borden's lines, cor. survey for James Lockhart, gent., being the place known as Beatey's well place. Teste: David Hay, Jno. and Pat. Campbell, Thos. Teat.
- Page 168.--17th November, 1756. David Sayer's bond (with David Hays, Jno. Hunter) as administrator of Robert Sayers.
- Page 27.--14th November. 1757. Borden's executors to William Adams, £4, 336 acres, part of 92,100, on Moffets Creek; David Hays' line (ivery sapline?); Jas. Trimble's line. Teste: James Simpson.
- Vol. 1 - MAY, 1758. - David Hays vs. John Shields.--Attachment 28th April, 1758. John has removed.
- Page 292.--21st March, 1759. Charles Hays' bond (with James Buchanan, David Hays) as administrator of James Lee.
- Page 620.--17th November, 1763. William Adims (Adams) to George Jemison, £50, 336 acres in Borden's tract on Moffet's Creek; David Hays' line. James Trimble's'line. Teste: Wm. McCutchan, Wm. Kennedy. Samuel Steel. Jno. Handly, Andrew Kennady, Wm. Edmiston. Delivered: George Jamison, 17th January, 1787.
- Page 407.--20th August, 1765. James Buchanan's appraisement (by David Hays, Jno. Wallace, Archibald Reaugh), recorded.
- Page 311.--18th May, 1767. Thomas Teat (Tate) and Ann to George Bright, £28, 170 acres in Beverley Manor on the head of a branch of South River; David Hays line. Teste: James Tate, Wm. Campbell, Robert Doak. Delivered: George Bright, November, 1770.
- Page 320.--21st August, 1770. Jane Martin's renunciation of right to administer in favor of George and Andrew Martin. Test: Joh Pettrson, Michael Harra, David Hays, Thomas Berry.
- Page 16.--17th November, 1770. George Adam ( ) Bright and Mary ( ) to James and Samuel Gilliland, of County of York, £80, 170 acres in Beverley Manor at head of a branch of South River, David Hays line. Teste: Joseph Moore, James and John Tate.
Family Group Record FamilySearch® Ancestral File™ v4.19
David HAYS (AFN:HF9L-BJ)
Born: Abt 1717 Place:
Married: Abt 1741 Place: , , Virginia
Mrs. Isabella HAYS (AFN:HF9L-CP)
Born: Abt 1721 Place:
Married: Abt 1741 Place: , , Virginia
1. Sex Name
F Hannah HAYES (AFN:HF9L-25)
Born: About 1750 Place: Scotland
Died: Place: , Rockbridge Co., VA
2. Sex Name
F Johanna HAYS (AFN:HF9M-F6)
Born: < 1741 Place: <Scotland>
3. Sex Name
F Eleanor HAYS (AFN:HF9M-GC)
Born: 1743 Place: Scotland
Died: 13 Aug 1815 Place: , Rockbridge Co., VA
Buried: Place: Glasgow, Rockbridge, VA
4. Sex Name
F Mary HAYS (AFN:HF9M-HJ)
Born: < 1752 Place: <Scotland>
5. Sex Name
M David HAYS (AFN:HF9M-JP)
Born: < 1754 Place: <Scotland>
6. Sex Name
M William HAYS (AFN:HF9M-KV)
Born: < 1756 Place: <Scotland>
7. Sex Name
M Joseph HAYS (AFN:HF9M-L2)
Born: < 1758 Place: <Scotland>
8. Sex Name
M Robert HAYS (AFN:HF9M-M7)
Born: < 1760 Place: <Scotland>
9. Sex Name
M John HAYS (AFN:HF9M-ND)
Born: < 1762 Place: <Scotland>
- ↑ Chalkley, - Augusta County, Virginia Court Abstracts.