Facts and Events
John Hays was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
- Source:White, 1902
- Will of John Hays, Augusta County Va, 29 May 1808
From White, 1902:510
Major John Hays lived on a farm under the Jump Mountain in
Rockbridge County. His sons were:
There was also one daughter, Mary, and possibly more. Mary
Hays m. No. 3539 Joseph Walker^ ( Joseph^ John^) . There was also
a General William Hays of the Revolution, who belonged to the Or-
der of the Cincinnatus. He was either a brother or son of Major
- (1) Michael Hays, of Ohio, who was an officer in the United States Army in 1812 ;
- (2) Andrew Hays, a distinguished lawyer of Nashville, Tenn. ;
- (3) John Brown Hays, of Columbia, Tenn., whose wife was a sister of President Polk;
- (4) James Campbell Hays, of Tennessee and Texas, who was the father of Jack Hays, the Texas Eanger." From Annals of Augusta Co. 
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 148.--15th November, 1770. Andrew Hays to John Hays, £5, 300 acres of Borden's 92100, below forks of Hays and Moffet's Creeks, corner Charles Hays. Teste: Andrew McCampbell, John Walker, John Walker, Joseph Moore.
- Will of John Hays of Rockbridge. Son, Michael (land in Ohio); wife, Anne; sons, Andrew, John, Campbell. Dated 9th May, 1808. Recorded in Rockbridge, 2d January, 1809.
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Sept 16, 1777 John Hays (s. of Andrew and Prudence) married Anne Christian
- Vol. 2 - Hays vs. Hays--O. S. 187; N. S. 66--Bill August, 1810. Complainants are, viz: David Orestes King Hays and Mary Hays, infant children of David Hays, deceased, by Robert Montgomery, their grandfather. Defendants are, viz: Andrew Hays, executor of John Hays, deceased; Michael, John, Campbell and James Hays. Complainants are children of David Hays, who was son of Andrew Hays, who died March, 1786, in Rockbridge, testate. About 1795 orator's father went to live with his brother, Joseph Hays, at Abingdon in Washington County, where he lived until 1804, when he removed to Nashville, Tenn., where he died, 1806, intestate and without property. He did not come of age until May, 1797. John Hays died the close of year 1808 testate, leaving Andrew, Michael, John and Campbell Hays, his children and devisees, and Anne Hays, his widow, has died intestate. Deed 5th May, 1800, by Joseph and David Hays of Washington County by James Hays of Rockbridge, their attorneys, to John Hays of Rockbridge. Conveys the Stone House plantation in Rockbridge. Will of John Hays of Rockbridge. Son, Michael (land in Ohio); wife, Anne; sons, Andrew, John, Campbell. Dated 89th May, 1808. Recorded in Rockbridge, 2d January, 1809. Will of Andrew Hayes of Rockbridge, dated 9th February, 1786. Eldest son, John Hays; sons, James and Charles; daughters, Prudence Brownlee, Mary Hayes; sons, Joseph and David (infants). Recorded in Rockbridge, 3d May, 1786.
John Hays was the Colonel Commanding in Greene County, Tennessee.
From Genforum.com post:
From Kathleen to Cindy:
I was trying to verify this information in this posting on http://genforum.genealogy.com/
"Major John Hays lived near Rockbridge Baths, VA at a farm currently known as Indian Bottom. His wife's name was Anne (maiden name unknown) and they had four sons: Michael, Andrew, John Brown, and James Campbell Hays. After the Rev. War, he taught at Mount Pleasant Academy near Fairfied, one of the forerunners of Washington and Lee University. It is believed he died in 1808. He is buried on a hill on the property he owned and his grave is marked with fieldstone. A marker was placed at his grave in September, 1930 by the Colonel Thomas Hughart Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution from Augusta County. This information is included in the Rockbridge County, Virginia Heritage Book 1778-1997. I have personally seen the gravesite."
- ↑ Genealogy of the Descendants of John Walker of Wigdon, Scotland, by Emma Siggins White, published by Tuttle Antiquarian Boooks, Inc, p. 510.
- ↑ Chalkley, - Augusta County, Virginia Court Abstracts.
- ↑ The connection to Jack Hays of the Texas Rangers is disputed. See:Person:John Hays (19)