Person:William Hays (39)

William Hays
m. est. 1745
  1. John "Hermitage" Haysabt 1745 - 1811
  2. Rebecca Haysbef 1746 - abt 1810
  3. William Hays1751 - 1831
  4. Samuel Haysabt 1754 -
  5. Nathaniel Haysabt 1756 -
  6. Henry Haysabt 1757 - 1820
  7. Col. Robert Hays1758 - BEF 1819
  • HWilliam Hays1751 - 1831
  • WElizabeth1751 - bef 1846
m. abt 1775
  1. Charles Haysabt 1776 - 1847
  2. Elizabeth Haysabt 1777 - before 1850
  3. Nancy Hays1777 - bet 1851 - 1860
  4. Barbara Haysabt 1780 - 1852
  5. James Hays1784 - 1851
  6. Jacob Hays1787 - 1858
  7. Mary "Polly" Haysabt 1790 - 1853
  8. Martha "Matty" Haysabt 1797 - abt 1828
Facts and Events
Name William Hays
Gender Male
Birth[1][2] 1751 to 1753 Augusta, Virginia, United States
Marriage abt 1775 Fincastle, Virginia, United Statesto Elizabeth
Death[3] February 1831 Rich Valley, Wythe, Virginia
Burial? February 1831 Hays Cemetery, Rich Valley, Smyth, Virginia, United States


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Source:Chalkley's Chronicles
Clinton Fox Hays, 1974. The Hayses of Rich Valley In: Smyth County Families and History.


Records for William Hays in Chalkley's Chronicles
Notes on the connection between the Hays of SW VA, and the Hays of Davidson County TN


William Hays, born between 1751 and 1753, is believed to be the son of John Hays who was given land on the Roanoke River in the will of his father, the original emigrant John Hays, in 1750/51. While plausible, direct evidence for this relationship is needed.

This is copyrighted material. It's is not clear that we have permission to use it. If not, the overview needs to be redone, perhaps utilizing this information, but it needs to be an independent article. This shouldn't be too difficult to do since much of the needed information is present in this treatment. Additional sourcing is needed. Some of this may come from the Kegley series.

The Hayses of Rich Valley
Especially Prepared For Smyth County Families & History
by Clinton Fox Hays - 1974 Chancery records of Staunton Superior Court reveal that William Hays appeared as a witness at a court held in the Cove home of James Buchanan in the year 1809. Testifying in a suit brought by Andrew Lamie against Thomas Tate, William Hays stated that in 1769 or 1770, "Samuel Lamie and James Anderson built a house on the land whereon Andrew Lamie now lives" and that he did "know that he (Andrew Lamie) took possession of said land and creatures after his brother, Samuel Lamie, was taken or killed by the Indians." (This illustrates the constant threat from hostile Indians with which these first Rich Valley settlers were faced). William Hays (not to be confused with William Hay of Reed Creek, as some genealogists seem so determined to do) was born about 1750 - 1755. Records have yet to yield the exact date he was settled in Rich Valley though it is apparent that it was before 1770. William Hays began acquiring land in his own name during the early seventies when Rich Valley then lay in Fincastle County. Permission to acquire land in this area had just been granted by the Crown. He and John Hays, Jr., had adjacent parcels surveyed on the North Fork of the Holston, one called "Buffalo Bottoms" and the other the "Buffaloe Cow Bottom Survey." Some of these lands acquired by patent and grants are still owned by the Hayses, William's direct descendants. Militia service records of this period seemingly have been grossly neglected. Apparently John Hays was the first Militia Captain in this section of Rich Valley which in 1782 lay in Montgomery County. During this early period this part of the Holston, along with Wolf and Walkers Creek, was a part of Inglishes Company and in 1781 Montgomery County records tell us "John Hays (was promoted) Captain on the head of the North Fork of Holston, a part of Captain Inglishes Company." In 1782 William Hays was promoted to Lt. in Captain Hays' Company, becoming its Captain when in 1786 John, Jr. and Rebecca departed the Valley. In Wythe County William was Captain in the County Militia and by 1797 was Major of the 100th Regiment. In his will, probated 1831 in Wythe County, Major William Hays named as benefactors his wife Elizabeth, his sons (1) Charles, (2) James and (3) Jacob, and daughter (4) Martha (Mattie) McCarty, to whose four children he left three slaves "along with their increase." The rest of the slaves, along with the estate, he bequeathed to his wife, Elizabeth , and children. Elizabeth died in 1846 leaving a will. His other children were (5) Elizabeth, (6) Nancy, (7) Mary and (8) Barbara.
(1) Charles married Nancy Gilmore in 1796, left Rich Valley in 1832 migrating to Missouri where he died in 1847. Their children were: Barbara; James Gilmore who married Elizabeth Gillespie,daughter of William and Barbara Hays Gillespie; Isabella who married Henry Umbarger; Elizabeth who married Absalom McDaniel or McDonald; Isaac who married Susan Anderson; William; Lee; Charles M.; Nancy who married Perry Young; Eleanor who married Robert Tharp, and Minerva who married A. G. Newman. Most of his children migrated to Missouri with him.
(2) James married Susanna Hayter in 1809. Their Children were: Elizabeth who married James R. Umbarger in 1840; Calvin M. who married Jane Shannon Hudson in 1840; Mariah who married John Buchanan and Mary who married Tom Hiley and migrated west.
(3) Jacob married Rebecca (daughter of Enoch McCarty of Washington County) and migrated to Missouri in 1836. Their children were Rebecca, Samuel McC., Benjamin, Eleanor E., Jacob and perhaps others.
(4) Martha (Matty) married Enoch McCarty, son of Enoch McCarty of Washington County, and they had four children: William, Campbell, Elizabeth and Jonathon. Upon the death of Martha Enoch then married Nancy Gillespie and migrated to Missouri. Nancy Gillespie was the daughter of Martha's sister, Barbara.
(5) Elizabeth married John I. Hayter in 1808.
(6) Nancy married James Cowen in 1806.
(7) Mary (Polly) married James, son of Enoch McCarty of Washington County, September 26, 1811. Their children were: Enoch J., William H., and Eleanor.
(8) Barbara, in 1800, married William Gillespie who died 1805 in Russell County. Their children were: Robert who married Sophia Barnes and migrated to Missouri ; Elizabeth who married James Gilmore Hays, son of Charles and Nancy Gilmore Hays ; Nancy who married Enoch McCarty, son of Enoch McCarty of Washington County, and migrated to Missouri. Barbara next married Robert Ware who died before 1836.
Calvin M., son of James and grandson of William, on September 14 1840, married Jane Shannon Hudson, daughter of George and Hannah Shannon Hudson of Wythe County. Jane Shannon Hudson was granddaughter of Captain Thomas Shannon and descendant of Henry Hudson for whom the Hudson River was named. The marriage of George W. Hays, their son, to Laura Nickiti Huffard is noted elsewhere in this book. By family tradition, Laura Nickiti was descended from the Indian princess Nickeiti, whose father Chief Opechancanough was the uncle of the Indian Princess Pocahontas. Additional children born to George and Laura Huffard Hays subsequent to Hardesty's original publication may be found in the "Genealogy of Matthias Hoffer and His Descendants", republished by Paul P. Huffard in June 1945. The second son of George and Laura Hays, Robert James, was born 1885 and in 1920 married Mary Kegley, daughter of Rev. Henry Kegley, a great-great-grandson of George Kegley. Children of Robert J. and Mary K. Hays are: Jimmy who married Rachel Young; George who married Laura Buchanan; Clinton Fox; Calvin who married Janet Howard; Mary Ann who married Leslie T. Buchanan. Clinton Fox, third son of Robert James and Mary Hays, and author of this brief sketch, ... (deleted until explicit approval or denial to publish is given by Clinton Fox Hays or his family).


William settled on the North Fork of the Holston River in what was then Fincastle County. The property had been surveyed for him in 1775, suggesting that he was present in the area before that date. The 1830 census shows him living in Wythe County. This is consistent with property on the North Fork of the Holston. The property description indicates that this land was on Lick Creek. It is likely that this is the Lick Creek which discharges to the North Fork of the Holston between Nebo and Chatham in modern Smyth County. In 1830 this area was part of Wythe County.

Fincastle County, Virginia, Platt Book A, Page 184
William Hays, 224 acres, part of the Loyal Company Grant, on both sides of the North Fork of Holston River. February 28, 1775.

William Hays' property is described as being on both sides of the North Fork of the Holston River, and his property line crossing Lick Creek.  From this it seems likely that his land was in the area near where Lick Creek enters the North Fork of the Holston, probably including the bottom lands in the prominent bend in the NFH in this area. Note the presence of the Hays Cemetery to the just south of where Lick Creek enters the NFH

August 14, 1797, Wythe Co. -- 224 acres (original survey and patent in 1775)
Grant is made in consideration of the sum of the ancient composition of 25 shillings Sterling paid by William Hays to the Treasury of the Commonwealth. Land is particularly described as being bounded as follows, to wit:

Beginning at a red oak & white oak on a hill side thence South forty three degrees West thirty four poles to a spruce, pine and elm on the bank of a small creek South thirty degrees East one hundred poles to a double chestnut and ash, South fifty two poles crossing the creek to a white oak and hickory on the bank of the river and up the meanders and cross the river one hundred and fifty one poles to a sugar tree and beech near the bank, South seventy degrees East one hundred and fifty four poles to a lynne and sugar tree on a hill side, North forth degrees East sixty one poles crossing the river to a hickory and buckeye, North fifty three degrees West fifty eight poles to two white oaks and dogwood on the top of a ridge and thence North fifty nine degrees West three hundred and forty five poles crossing Lick Creek along the hill to the Beginning.

Note: This is the original 224 acres surveyed for William in 1775 but it was not recorded (and paid for) until 1797. William clearly lived on the land since the late 1760s but didn't legally acquire it or pay taxes on it until much later.

April 20, 1795, Wythe Co. -- 264 acres in two adjoining tracts 1) 220 acres on the N. Br of the Indian River (later Holston) & 2) 44 acres
The land is purchased from John Garwood and Esther, his wife, and the first tract is the original farm owned by Captain John Hays, Jr. Person:John Hays (44) and his wife, Rebecca, who sold to the Garwoods on July 1, 1786 shortly before they removed to Tennessee. Charles Campbell was originally granted this land by the Crown (King George II) on August 22, 1753. Land is particularly described as follows:

Beginning at two red oaks on a ridge on the West side of the river and running thence South (image clipped)... out of one root, North twenty nine degrees east one hundred and thirty five poles, North twenty five degrees West seventy poles to two red oaks on the North side of the river, North sixty five degrees West one hundred and seventy four poles to the Beginning.

September 28, 1802, Wythe Co. -- 35 acres on the waters of the North Fork of Holstein
Land is granted by virtue of Land Office Treasury Warrant Number Two thousand five hundred and eight nine (2589) issued the twelfth of December Seventeen hundred and ninety eight (December 12, 1798), surveyed tenth November Eighteen hundred and one (November 10, 1801) and bounded as follows, to wit:

Beginning at a maple in an island of the Laurel fork on a line of his old survey North forty four degrees West eighteen poles to a small beech and dogwood near the creek, North thirty one degrees East thirty six poles to a white oak corner to John Spratts land, North eight degrees West forty two poles to a white oak, North fifty degrees West forty four poles to a white oak and green sapling, East sixty nine poles to a stake, South twenty three degrees East seventy eight poles to a white oak South thirty eight poles to a white oak and thence North eight eight and a half degrees West thirty poles to the Beginning.

September 29, 1802, Wythe Co. -- 29 acres on the North Fork of Holstein beginning at the upper corner of the Buffaloe Cow Bottom survey.
Land is granted by virtue of Land Office Treasury Warrant Two thousand five hundred and eighty nine (2589) issued the twelfth of December Seventeen hundred and ninety eight (December 12, 1798), surveyed twentieth day of November Eighteen hundred and one (November 20, 1801) and bounded as follows, to wit:

Beginning at the upper corner of the Buffaloe Cow Bottom Survey and with a line thereof South twenty nine degrees West seventy five poles to two white oaks, South seventy five degrees East twenty two poles to a sugar tree on the top of a knole (sic), South thirty eight degrees East thirty six poles to a cucumber (?) tree, North sixty one degrees East fifty six poles crossing the river to a spruce, pine and cedar on a bluff and thence North thirty eight degrees West ninety poles to the Beginning.

August 13, 1810, Wythe Co. -- 50 acres in the Rich Valley on the North Fork of the Holstein River adjoining his own and McDaniels land.
Land is granted by virtue of an Exchange Treasury Warrant, number 1075, issued the 23rd of April 1801, survey bearing date the twenty eighth of June eighteen hundred and nine (June 8, 1809) and bounded as follows, to wit:

Beginning at a buckeye and beech on the south side of said river, and corner to his patented land, thence with lines thereof North nineteen degrees East fifty poles crossing the river to a white oak and black oak, South four degrees West one hundred and sixty poles crossing the river to an oak and sugar tree on said line and corner to McDaniel's line thence with the latter, North twenty five degrees West forty poles to a large spanish oak and a white walnut on the top of a rocky bank, North forty degrees West eighty poles crossing a branch known by the name of McDaniel's Mill branch to a hickory, dogwood and black oak thence leaving said lines, North fifteen degrees West one hundred and twelve poles to a walnut, buckeye and sugar tree, corner to said Hays's patented land and with a line thereof South forty seven degrees East one hundred and thirty five poles to the Beginning.

October 5, 1822, Wythe Co. -- 140 acres in the Rich Valley on the North Fork of Holston River.
Land is granted by virtue of Land Office Treasury Warrant No. 7038, issued 23rd February 1821 in conformity of survey made on the 10th day of June 1821 and bounded as follows, to wit:

Beginning at a sugar tree and lynn on rocky bank where his corner a hickory is supposed to have stood; thence South eight poles to a large white oak and spanish oak, South twenty six degrees East sixty poles to a white oak on a flat ridge, South seventy two degrees East sixty six poles with McDaniel's line and passing his corner at forty four poles to a poplar and white oak, North fifty two degrees East twenty six poles to a large chestnut on the side of a ridge, North seventy six degrees East one hundred and forty poles to two hickories on the side of a hill, North fifty two poles to a sugar tree and maple on the bank of the river, North two degrees West seventy six poles to a black oak on the side of a hill, North fifteen degrees West, eighty eight poles to a chestnut and two dogwoods on the North side of a hill, North sixty seven degrees West two hundred and twenty poles to three dogwoods, two of them growing from one root near a path, South fifty degrees West thirty poles to two red oaks and hickory on the point of a ridge, South forty one degrees East sixty four poles to a spanish oak corner to his patented land and with lines thereof South sixty five degrees East one hundred seventy four poles to two read oaks, South twenty five degrees East seventy poles to a stake, South twenty nine degrees West one hundred and thirty five poles to lynn trees and thence North seventy two and a half degrees West one hundred and fifty two poles to the Beginning.


1810 United States Census, Wythe Co., Virginia

Free White Males (Under 10): 1
Free White Males (16 - 25): 2
Free White Males (45+): 1

Free White Females (Under 10): 2
Free White Females (10 - 15): 1
Free White Females (16 - 25): 1
Free White Females (26 - 44): 1
Free White Females (45+): 1

Total Slaves: 11

1820 United States Census, Wythe Co., Virginia

Free White Males (10 - 15): 1
Free White Males (45+): 1

Free White Females (45+): 1

Slave Males (Under 14): 5
Slave Males (14 - 25): 1

Slave Females (Under 14): 4
Slave Females (14 - 25): 3
Slave Females (45+): 1

Note: has incorrectly indexed the town of Evansham and included it, in error, as part of Scott Co., Virginia. On March 6, 1839, following the great town fire, the name was changed to Wytheville. At no time in Virginia's history has Wytheville been part of Scott County.

1830 United States Census, Wythe Co., Virginia -- The second image is the slave schedule.

Free White Males (70 - 79): 1
Free White Females (70 - 79): 1

Slave Males (Under 10): 6
Slave Males (10 - 23): 5
Slave Males (24 - 35): 1

Slave Females (Under 10): 5
Slave Females (10 - 23): 5
Slave Females (24 - 35): 4
Slave Females (55 - 99): 1

Tax List Data

Image:Virginia Tax Data for Rich Valley HAYSes.jpg


There exists circumstantial evidence that William Hays fought at the Battle of Kings Mountain but no direct evidence can be presented at this time. I will keep this section for future reference.

Descendants of William Hays are qualified to enter the heritage society, National Society Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), based on his service in the Virginia militia and primarily due to his Oath of Fidelity given on April 29th 1778. This service qualifies for the Daughters of the American Revolution as well but no adult female is available in my line to apply.

Oath of Allegiance

As required by law, Montgomery County kept a list of those persons who took the oath of allegiance to the Commonwealth of Virginia, 1777-1779. These records have been preserved and can be found at the courthouse in Christiansburg.

The first list found is that of William Davies, recorded in the following words:

"A list of thos that has teaken the Oath of fidlety before me, William Hay, Edward Jons the 29 of Aprile, 1778, Alexander Mcglaclen Aprile 28, 1778, Joseph Smith free of his prentisship 9th May 1778, Bryan Bumton free of his servitude 22 May 1778, James Gorman October 1778."
(signed) William Davies'

[Note: Spelling errors intentionally preserved as written. --motohays 17:50, 28 July 2014 (UTC) (Mark A. Hays)

Image:William Hays-Oath of Fidelity.jpg

One of the most significant facts that connects this William Hays to the Oath of Fidelity is the list-keeper William Davies. It is known that William Davies (Davis) was a prominent citizen with land (abt 1300 acres) on the Middle Fork of the Holston River. His land is part of what's known locally as Davis' Fancy. This William Davies is listed as a gentleman justice of the Montgomery County Court in the court order book entries that concern the promotion of this William Hays to Lieutenant in 1782 and Captain in 1786. All of the justices named in these court orders are later listed in Wythe County records and they are known to be near the Wytheville area -- not on the Clinch River.

Montgomery County, VA Courthouse, Order Book 2, pages 319 & 320

At a court held for Montgomery County, March 5th 1782
Present: William Preston, James McGavock, Andrew Cloyd, James Newell, Samuel Ewing, Adam Dean, William Doak, James Montgomery and William Davies...
Wm. Hays first Lieut. in Capt. Hays Company

Montgomery County, VA Courthouse, Order Book 2, pages 343 & 344

At a court held for Montgomery County, August 6th 1782
Present: William Preston, James McGavock, James Byrn, William Doak, William Ward, Adam Dean, Robert Sayers, William Love, Samuel Ewing, and William Davis...
John Hays sworn a Capt. of Militia
William Hays same as first Lieut.

Montgomery County, VA Courthouse, Order Book 1 (1773-1788), pages 263 & 265

At a court continued and held for Montgomery County, 23 August 1786
Present: Wm. Davis, Wm. Ward, Wm. Love, Jos. Cloyd, Jno. Taylor
Wm Hayse Capt. in the room of John Hayse removed

Wythe County, VA Court Orders

May 26, 1790 - Recommendations for local militia officers: William Hayes, captain
August 9, 1797 - William Hays appeared and qualified to commission as Major of Battalion of 100th Regiment and took oath.


William died early in 1831, likely in January or February. His will identifies his wife as Elizabeth whose maiden name is unknown. The will also identifies children:James, Charles, Jacob and Matty. Some children of William and Elizabeth are not named in the will but are found in a notation within the probate records concerning the final distribution of estate.

Transcription: In the name of God, I, William Hays of Wythe County and State of Virginia being of sound mind and disposing memory, being equally as sensible of my approaching dissolution as I am ignorant of the hour when it may take place, I do now therefore take this occasion of making this my last will and testament in manner and form following (to wit)

  • First, I will and desire that all my just debts be paid which is few and none of magnitude --
  • Item, I will and bequeath to my beloved wife Elizabeth Hays all my Lands not deeded away to my sons during her natural life that is the Tract of Land whereon we now live, together with all my negroes or slaves now in my possession and on my Farm, with the exception of three (namely) --Milley and her two children (to wit) Harry & Arman which said negroes I will and bequeath with their increase unto my beloved daughter Matty McCarty's four children and I further will and bequeath to Enoch McCarty, her husband, one dollar starling.
  • Item, I also give and bequeath to my said wife all my other personal property (to wit) my household and kitchen furniture with all my stock of every description whatsoever. I also will and desire that my said wife Elizabeth shall be empowered and I do hereby impower her to make such disposals of her slaves and other personal property as she may think most conducive or best for her own conscience among my children generally.
  • Item, I will and bequeath to my son James Hays at the death of my wife the Tract of Land whereon we now live upon conditions that he executes a deed to my son Charles for the Tract of Land lying in the bend of the river and separated by said river from James Hays' other lands, lastly I hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my three sons, Charley, James and Jacob, Executors of this my last will and testament with the express direction and injunctions that they shall not be compelled to give security for the faithful discharge of their duties given under my hand and seal this 21st of September 1830.

William Hays <seal>

Acknowledged in the presence of

Jezreel Harman
James Umbarger
Wn (Wilburn) Fugate

Virginia: At a Court held for Wythe County at the Courthouse on Monday the 14th day of February 1831.

This the last Will and Testament of William Hays, dec'd, was presented to the Court, proved by the oaths of James Umbarger & Welburn Fugate, two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. And it appearing by the last Will & Testament of said William Hays, dec'd. that his executors are not required to give security for the faithful discharge of their duties: whereupon Charles Hays, James Hays & Jacob Hays & Jacob Hays (error?) the executors named in said will came into Court and took the oath required by law.
Teste, J.P. Mathews, cl.

Estate Settlement

Wythe Co., Virginia Will Book 4

Virginia: At a Court held for Wythe County at the Courthouse on Monday the 13th day of June 1831. This Inventory and appraisement was returned to Court and ordered to be recorded. Teste, J.P. Mathews, cl.
May the 14th 1831: Pursuant to an order of Court to us directed we being first sworn for that purpose do view and appraise all the personal Estate of William Hays, Dec'd shown to us by his Executor as followeth, to wit:
Estate Inventory and Appraisal of William Hays, Deceased -- Submitted May 14th 1831
# Item $ cts. Negroes ------------ $ cts.
12milch cows for -----76501 woman old and crippled, no price-----
2milch cows for ------11001 woman named Venis about 40 years old and
11calves -------------11001 child, 4 months old, both together26250
4steers, suppose 3 years old18001 man named Tom about 37 years old32500
13two years old steers & heifers40501 boy named Daniel 18 years old40000
33heads of sheep24751 woman named Cate 34 years & child 3 years old15000
61small hogs38001 boy named Granvill, 16 years old36250
1sorrell mare -- 6 years old45001 girl named Jane, 13 years old15000
1sorrell mare -- 5 years old70001 girl named Orman, 18 years old17500
1sorrell horse -- 5 years old77501 girl named Mariah, 8 years old16875
1sorrell horse -- 3 years old40001 girl named Clerinda, 5 years old or 6 15000
1black mare -- 9 years old & spring colt30001 boy named Jackson, 12 years old28750
1sorrell mare -- 9 years old and young colt40001 boy named Mitchel, 10 years old27500
1grey filly -- 2 years old20001 boy named Andrew, 8 years old25000
2black colts -- 1 year old25001 man named Jacob, 24 years old45000
1old waggon50001 girl named Eleanor, 19 years old also child 2 years old36800
4pair gears11001 child named Leweinda, 3 years old10000
1loom and tacklings5001 woman named Cile, 40 years old, crippled10000
--some old smyth tools500
1axe, 1 fro and mallock & chisels300
1plough, 1 stretcher, 1 doubletree350
+1plough and tacklings400
2old chains--75
--old ploughs and hoes200
2large kettles and pot750
1gun and shot bag1500
5beds and some furnature5000
1cross cut saw300
3beds and furnature3687

{Signed} Jezreel Harman, Solomon McDanalds, Martin Davis, And. H. Cox

Jacob Hays, Exec.

The following Bills of Sale from the Estate Settlement reveal the neighbors and family of William and Elizabeth. Some of the names are known spouses of the HAYS daughters and indirectly support marriage information obtained elsewhere.

Entries for Barbara Weirs and Polly McCarty provide an important clue of a connection to this family group and partially supports the assertion made of these woman being daughters of William & Elizabeth. Further information of Barbara's and Mary "Polly's" connection to the family will be provided in their respective WeRelate Wiki articles.

Bill of Sale -- Estate of William Hays, Dec'd -- September 7, 1833
Buyer Item $ cts.
James BuchananTo 2 head of cattle1987 1/2
John BuchananTo 2 head of cattle1543 1/4
James BuchananTo 1 cow875
Patrick BuchananTo 7 calves1506 1/4
Archabald BuchananTo 1 sorrel filly5500
Thomas BatesTo 1 blind mare & colt4100
Samuel GrahamTo 1 black mare2125
Samuel GrahamTo 1 heifer0500
Mickel T. DamronTo 1 cow0837 1/2
Audley CampbellTo 1 sorrel colt1800
John J. HayterTo 1 sorrel horse8000
Charles HinegarTo 1 gray horse2352
Isaac HaysTo 1 sorrel mare4000
Richerd T. JohnstonTo 5 head of cattel3000
Benjamin McCartyTo 1 yoke of oxen1275
Benjamin McCartyTo 1 black steer & red heifer1100
Charles HenigarTo 1 heifer0775
Evan D. RicherdsonTo 1 black filly3250

Given under our hands the 7th day of September 1833: Agents for Elizabeth Hays... James Hays, Jacob Hays

Bill of Sale -- Estate of William Hays, Dec'd -- September 23, 1836
Date Item $ cts.
Sept 23 1836By 1 negro Woman & 2 children pr. James G. Cowan -- Sept 23rd 1833 36250
By 1 negro Girl pr. Barbara Weirs -- 28th Sept 183316875
By 1 negro Girl pr. James Hays -- 28 Sept 183317500
By 1 negro Man -- Polly McCarty -- 28 Sept 183345000
By 1 negro Boy -- Jacob Hays -- 28 Sept 183327500
By 1 negro Boy -- John J. Hayter -- 12 Sept 183336250
By 1 sorrel Horse -- John J. Hayter -- 12 Sept 18338000
By 3 negroes -- Charles Hays -- 2 Jan 183636800
By cash -- Charles Hays -- 2 Jan 18366000
By cash for sundry expenses6864
By cash for Jacob Hays' services as Executor3575
By note on Kenedy Gordon from Jacob Hays3500
By cash for James Hays' services as Executor1500
1 note on Solomon & Henry Poekles bearing date on 29 June 1826 $200.00, insolvent
1 note on Joseph Parson (Passon) for $418 dated 4th March 1818, insolvent
1 note on John Holmes for $5.87 due 4th Sept 1813, insolvent
1 note on John Young, Senr. for $4.33 dated 2nd May 1809, insolvent
1 note on A.B.Hoston(Aoston?) for $110.00 dated 2nd February 1828, insolvent
1 note on William Smith for $4.66 dated 25th March 1814, 1 note on same for $10.00 dated 23rd April 1813, insolvent
To services as commissioner pr. Solomon McDanald200
Sept 23 1836To cash received by Jacob Hays34522
To cash & cash notes pr. James Hays25163
To 1 note on G. Buchanan pr. James Hays30005
To Balance of estate in Executors hands230175
To cash of estate in Executors hands1750

The undersigned having been appointed by the County Court of Wythe to state and settle the account of James Hays and Jacob Hays, Executors of William Hays, deceased after being sworn have proceeded to perform the duty required and begs leave to report the within account as the result. It will appear by said accounts. Given under my hand this 23rd day of September 1836. {signed} Solomon McDanald, comm.



note that there are two similarly aged William Hays' in Southwest Virginia at the time of the Revolution: Person:William Hays (6) Person:William Hays (39).
Currently (June 2014) they are shown with dIfferent wives and children, so not same person.
Its possible that they are in fact the same person, but with errors in their designated families. It may be difficult to determine which local records apply to which. More information and work needed to cleanly separate them.

There is no issue of duplication as these are not the same men. The William Hays who married Daniel Boone's daughter, Susannah, moved from the Clinch River area and eventually died in St. Charles, Missouri. Additionally, there are at least four (4) different men with the name of William Hay(s) that lived in and around the Holston River in this part of Virginia, which, if I find some time after entering my own information and research for my 4th GGF, I can create of list of the other William Hayses to ease future research.
The best way to distinguish this William Hays from the others is the fact that he NEVER moved once settled on his plantation. William's body is buried in the HAYS Cemetery that still exists on the HAYS farm in the Rich Valley near Marion, Virginia. I hope this will be abundantly clear by the time I finish entering the facts. Thanks, --motohays 01:47, 18 July 2014 (UTC) Mark A. Hays}}

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  1. Census Place: Wythe, Virginia, in Fifth Census of the United States 1830: Virginia Population Schedules, NARA Series: M19 Roll Number: 200, 1830, Primary quality.

    The 1830 U.S. Census data for Wythe County, VA puts William Hays' age between 70 and 79 years making his birth year between 1751 and 1760. One can further narrow the birth year by considering a land survey that was completed on his behalf by 28 February 1775. William must have been a legal adult of twenty-one years of age before this date. As such, William Hays must have been born before 1754.

  2. William Hays Land Survey for 224 Acres, in Land Survey in Fincastle County, Virginia - Loyal Company Grant, 28 February 1775, Primary quality.

    Surveyed for William Hays 224 Acres of Land in Fincastle County lying on both sides of the North Fork of Holston River agreeable to an Order of Council the 16th of December 1773 and being part of the Loyal Company Grant...

  3. William Hays' Last Will and Testament, in Will Book III - Wythe County, Virginia, WB 3: Page 433, 14 February 1831, Primary quality.
  4.   Kegley, Mary B. Abstracts of court orders of Wythe County, Virginia. (Wytheville, Virginia: Kegley Books, c1996-2000).