Person:William Hays (16)

Col. William Hays
b.bef. 1740 Ireland
m. 1729
  1. Frances Haysest 1729-1739 -
  2. Margaret Haysest 1730-1740 -
  3. Catherine Haysest 1730-1740 -
  4. Ruth Haysest 1730-1740 -
  5. Samuel Hays1734 - 1793
  6. Col. William Haysbef 1740 - 1804
  7. Joanna 'Joan' Haybef 1740 -
  8. Hugh Hays1740 -
  9. Rebecca Hays1743 -
  • HCol. William Haysbef 1740 - 1804
  • WJane Taylor1744 -
m. abt. 1767
  1. Samuel Hays1770 - 1835
  2. Patrick Haysabt 1771 - 1823
  3. David Hays1772 -
  4. Sarah Hays1774 - 1859
  5. John Duffield Hays1775 - 1840
  6. Mary Hays1781 - 1792
  7. Martha Hays1786 -
Facts and Events
Name Col. William Hays
Gender Male
Birth[1] bef. 1740 Ireland
Marriage abt. 1767 Pennsylvaniato Jane Taylor
Death? 26 Aug 1804 Mercersburg, Franklin, Pennsylvania, United States

Col. William Hays was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Source:Chalkley's Chronicles


Records for William Hays in Chalkley's Chronicles
Importation oath of Patrick Hays and John Hays, Orange County, 1740


This article is for William son of Patrick Hays=Frances.

William is listed in Patrick's 1740 importation oath. He may have been an adult at that time. Williams father settled on Beverly Manor and Bordens Grant by 1740. About 1760 he left the area, and relocated to Derry Township, in Lancaster/Dauphin County PA where other members of the extended Hays family lived, including Patrick's brother, Hugh Hays (1). William apparently stayed behind, probably living on one or another of his father's parcels. In 1769 Patrick sold a 259 acre tract in Beverley Manor, to William.

Page 524.--16th August, 1769. Same [Patrick Hays, in Derry Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania],to William Hays, £250, 259 acres by deed, 18th May, 1750, in Beverley Manor, Thomas Yates' land. Delivered: James Mitchell per Mr. Hayes' order, 14th April, 1777.

By 1777 William had left the area, also going to Pennsylvania, but settling in Peters Township, Cumberland County. The exact location where he was living has not been identified, but Cumberland County lies on the south side of the Susquehanna, adjoining Dauphin County on the east side of the Susquehanna, where his father resided in the 1760.

Page 496.--15th April, 1777. William Hays, of Cumberland County, Peters Township, Pennsylvania, to James Mitchell.

At the same time

MAY 20, 1777...(184) Commission to Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, for privy examination of Janet, wife of William Hays--deed to James Mitchell.

Which clearly establishes the identity of William's wife as Janet (or as more commonly spelled at the time, Jean or Jane).

In 1779 we have the note

Vol. 1 - MAY 20, 1779. - (547) William Hays, returned no inhabitant.

This may be the final record in Old Augusta for William son of Patrick (1). On the other hand, this could be a reference to a different William Hays who also has moved elsewhere. In any case we have no further records in Old Augusta that can be easily assign to William son of Patrick (1).


From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Vol. 1 - MAY 20, 1777. - (184) Commission to Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, for privy examination of Janet, wife of William Hays--deed to James Mitchell.
  1. Listed in his fathers oath of importation from Ireland.