Person:Sarah Dyer (22)

Sarah Dyer
b.Abt. 1713-1715
m. 1 Jun 1730
  1. George HaysEst 1732-1745 -
  2. Anne Hays1734 -
  3. James Hays1737 -
  4. Thomas HaysAbt 1740 - Before 1829
  5. Mary 'Polly' Hays1742 -
  6. John Hays1744 - Abt 1822
m. 25 May 1749
  1. Robert Edmistonest 1750-1755 - bet 1835 - 1840
  2. Lucretia EdmistonAbt 1754 - Bef 1779
  3. Dorothy EdmistonEst 1755-1765 -
  4. Esther EdmistonEst 1755-1765 -
  5. William Edmiston1759-1760 - 1848
Facts and Events
Name Sarah Dyer
Gender Female
Birth? Abt. 1713-1715
Marriage 1 Jun 1730 to George Hays, of Long Meadow
Marriage 25 May 1749 Augusta, Virginiato James Edmiston
Death? 1800


Sarah Dyer is believed to have been the daughter of Roger Dyer (1699 - 1758) and Hanna Smith (1701 - 1780) based on the following record:

Page 301.--24th February, 1757. Roger Dyer's will--To wife Hanna, one-third of estate in this Colony, or any other; to son James, infant; executrix, wife Hanna; to son William; to three daughters; to daughter Hanna Gester, 427 acres in Hampshire; to grandson Roger Dyer, son of William Dyer; to daughters Hester Patton, Sarah Hays. Teste: Wm. Miller, Adam Hider, William Gibson. Further proved, 16th May, 1759, by Adam Hider, and recorded. Executrix qualifies. Proved, 21st March, 1759, by William Gibson.

In the above record, Sarah is identified as "Sarah Hays", her married name. Her husband is believed to have been George Hays, who died in 1747, and by whom she had several children:

Mary and

James was apparently the eldest son. In November of 1755 "James Hays, orphan of George Hays, decd., of the age of 18 years, chose guardian--William Edmondson." This indicates he was born in 1737, suggesting in turn that his parents married about 1736, and that his parents were born before 1718.

Court records indicate that Sarah remarried to James Edmondson between 1748 and 1757. Ref name="Marriage">Patton's executor vs. Edmondson.--The widow Sara Hays married James Edmondson between 1748 (date of bond), and 1757 (bringing of suit). Chalkley's Chronicles, 1:319.</ref> Since her fathers will, in which he still describes her as "Sarah Hays", was written in February of 1757, we can assume that her marriage to James Edmondson did not occur until later in 1757, perhaps following her fathers death. We might speculate that she was living with her father after George's death, and that the death of Roger necessitated her immediate remarriage.

Court records show that Patrick Hays frequently stood surety for her or members of her family, suggesting that he was kin to George.

Sarah and James are said to have moved to the head of the Pedlar River in Amherst county, and then to Buffalo Creek, Wilkes County area of NC.


From Chalkley's Augusta County Court Judgements:

  • MAY 21, 1747 - (196) Sarah Hays, widow of George, Adm'tes on George's estate.
  • MAY, 1750 (B). - Thomas Nevitt vs. Edmiston and wife.--Petition. George Heas (Hays) made note to plaintiff 12th June, 1745, and died, leaving widow, Sarah, who married James Edmiston. Writ dated 25th May, 1749. Thomas Nevitt was a Quaker from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
  • NOVEMBER, 1758 (B). - Patton's executor vs. Edmondson.--The widow Sara Hays married James Edmondson between 1748 (date of bond), and 1757 (bringing of suit).
  • MARCH, 1758 (C). - Borden's Executors vs. James Edmonson and Sarah: late Sarah Hays.-- Was unmarried 17th May 1748. James Hays, son of Sarah. Signature of Patrick Hays.


How do we know that Sarah's last name was Dyer?

Sarah's maiden name was Dyer. She married George Hays around 1730. They had six children before he died in 1747. They are James, Anne , George, Thomas, Mary Polly and John.

She remarried James Edminston around 1748 and had the following children Samuel, Dorathea, William, Sarah & Robert

Other sources claim Sarah was a Smith, daughter of James Abraham Smith.