Facts and Events
John Hays was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
- Chalkley's Augusta County Transcriptions
Note: John Hays' 160-acre patent does not appear to be shown on the J.R. Hildebrand Map of the Borden Tract. Two possible locations are shown in the Hildebrand Map above.
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 261.--8th October, 1765. Same (from Benjamin Borden's executors) to John Hays, £20, 160 acres in Borden's tract; corner Andrew Hays' in John Miss Campbell's line; corner James Anderson. Delivered: Jacob Anderson, 27th July, 1772.
John (21) was given a parcel of land on the waters of the Roanoke, as a bequest in his fathers will. That land had apparently been patented by John (20), in July of 1750, shortly before his death.
Patent Part of the index to the recorded copies of patents for land issued by the Secretary of the Colony serving as the colonial Land Office. The collection is housed in the Archives at the Library of Virginia.
- Hayes, John. grantee.
- Land grant 1 July 1750.
Location: Augusta County.
Description: 265 acres on the waters of Roanoak.
Source: Land Office Patents No. 29, 1749-1751 (v.1 & 2 p.1-532), p. 271 (Reel 27).
From Chalkley's Augusta County Records:
- May 20, 1762 Patrick Hara, Thos. Brannon, John Hays, soldiers, march into court with their hats on and insult the Court. Committed to jail during pleasure. [csisv1,97]
- Jan 6, 1762 Deed Book X, Page 379. John Snelson of Hanover, merchant, and Robert Donald, late of County of Hanover, merchant, by Thos. Buchanan, John McDowell, of Hanover, Peter Belshus, of Louisa, merchants, to Robert Breckinridge, 265 acres conveyed by mortgage by John Hays, of Albemarle, 4th April, 1751, mortgage foreclosed by decree of General Court, 15th October, 1756, 40 paid for use of Snelson and Donald, on Roanoke; cor. to survey made by John Smith. Teste: Francis Smith, Stephen Willis, Francis Smith, Jr., Wm. Anderson. Proved by witnesses. Delivered: Maj. Robert Breckinridge, 9th February, 1771. [csisv3 p.385]
- age 137.--14th February, 1763. Same (From Borden's Executors) to Andrew Hays, £50, 200 acres, part of 92,100; corner Samuel McDowell; corner James McDowell. Delivered: John Hays, January, 1770.
- Oct 21, 1765 John Hays returned not found in bailiwick. [csisv1,126]
- Aug 20, 1766 Deed Book XIII, Page 15. Joseph Ward and Janet ( ) to John Hays and Elizabeth Ray, 37, 220 Acres conveyed to Joseph by Andrew Brown, 21st May, 1755, on Poague's Draft of James River, Borden's patent. Teste: Archibald Alexander, John Greenlee, Andrew Wilson. [csisv3,443] Ward, Joseph (Jenet) to John Hay and Elizabeth Ray, 200 acres, sold by Andrew Brown, 1753, 37 p, 1766, Poage's Draft on Borden line. [hrcv,363 ]
- May 22, 1773 John Hays has removed out of the county. [csisv1,173]
- Aug 17, 1773 John Hays Qualified Justice, &c. [csisv1,173] (diff. John?)
The Scot-Irish Hays family arrived in America with great-grandfather John Hays, who, induced by a combination of famine and politics, had sailed with his family and a party of immigrants from Ireland in 1740. Arriving in Virginia, his son Robert was born to his second wife, Martha Thompson. Robert Hays grew up in the Rockbridge area of Virginia which was, ironically, the same area settled by Texas Ranger William Alexander Anderson "Big Foot" Wallace’s grandfather Samuel Wallace.