John Hays, Of North Hampton, PA
Facts and Events
- Findagrave Gives will Extract, citing will #1319, Northampton Co.
From DAR yearbook 1903
GEORGE LIVINGSTON HAYS. 14045 Physician. Residence, Pittsburgh, Pa. Born Ashton, Mo., July 16,
- Alfred A. Hays = Elizabeth M. Hays.
- Robert Hays= Eliza Henderson.
- Captain John Hays=Jane Walker
- John Hays =Jane Love.
- Captain John Hays (Person:John Hays (33)). Born Ireland, 1725 ; died Meadville, Pa., November 3, 1796.
- May 22, 1775, appointed Committeeman for Allen Township, Northampton County, (Pa.) by the Committee of Correspondence.
- December, 1776, raised and commanded the company from the Irish settlement in response to General Washington's requisition, and was present with it at the battles of Trenton, Brandywine, Germantown and Princeton.
- June 10, 1780, the Supreme Executive Council of Philadelphia appointed John Hays, Jr., sub-Lieutenant of Northampton County; Col. Robert Lewis, Lieutenant of Northampton County, refers to John Hays as "Colonel Hays," in two letters to President Reed, dated July 6 and October 2, 1781.
- Birth: 1705
- County Donegal, Ireland
- Death: Nov. 16, 1789
- Weaversville, Northampton County, PA
- John Hays (Hayes) was born in 1705 in County Donegal, Ulster, Ireland.
- He and Jane Love were married in 1724 in County Donegal.
- Because of trouble with the Excise Laws, John and Jane came to America in 1730 or 1732 and settled in Chester County, PA.
- Their dwelling in Chester County was burned to the ground so they moved to the Irish Settlement in what was then Bucks County, now Northampton County near Weaversville, where John kept a public house, store and tannery.
- During Indian troubles he used to beat a drum on the hill top, hear his house, to warn the settlers of approaching danger. After John's death in 1789 Jane moved to Northumberland County with her son Robert.
His Will [#1319, Northampton Co.], dated 9 Apr 1783, lists his children:
- Mrs. Elizabeth Wilson,
- Mrs. Isabella Patton,
- Mrs. Jan
From::PennStateUniv Clyde, John Cunningham. Scotch-Irish of Northampton County, Pennsylvania
John Hays, Sr., kept a public house on the road leading from Bethlehem to Gnadenhuetten, now known as Weisport. John Hays, Jr., his son, served in the Revolution and died in 1796.
The Hays' Spring
- The above photo locates the famous Hays Spring-known by that name because Captain John Hays had title to the property. Benjamin Franklin going to and fro from Beth-
lehem to Mauch Chunk, Pa.,
Weaversville, Pa., many times, hence it also is mentioned as the Franklin Spring.
- The first permanent settlement
ampton County, was made in Allen Township on the banks
of the Hokendauqua and Catasauqua
band of Scotch Irish in 1728. The centre of this settlement
was Weaversville, Pa. Tradition has it that when the first
settlers arrived one of them
upon an Indian squaw said:-"give me a gourd and I'll
fetch you some ;" and at that she disappeared and returned with the gourd full of cool, sparkling water. This led to the discovery of a fine spring, the finding of which led them to select the place for their future home.
This wonderful spring is producing the same excellent water today as that of 200 years ago in a Cement Region where good springs are diverted from their course because
It is cemented up in concrete form and covered over for
its preservation. The water is pumped through a pipe which passes under the stream to the upper floors of the hotel in the rear and also into a large house near-by. The present owner is Mr. David J. Snyder.
- When John Hays (1730-96) died near Meadville, Pa. (see Clyde's Genealogies, page 77) and all his sons were scat- tered, his wife, Great-grandmother Jean Walker, was left with her daughters Polly and Rebecca. (Her daughter Ann was Grandmother Wilson.) This grand-aunt Polly Hays is the original of the silhouette which I now have, mounted on black velvet. She lived (0786-i85i.) The big house that John
Hays, Sr., lived in at Weaversville was purchased from Mrs. Mary Walker King, It is no longer standing. It is replaced by a hotel. But the mill he built in I790 is still there, and has the date in plain sight.
- ↑ based on age 85 at the time of his death, as recorded on gravestone. See:Findagrave gravestone image