Born: 1808-XX-XX Fayette County, Kentucky
Died: 1856-02-04 Sangamon County, Illinois
A son of John Hay, Nathaniel Hay migrated to Springfield, Illinois with his parents and ten of his siblings in 1832. Hay was a brickmaker with his father, and in 1850, he also identified himself as a farmer and owned real estate valued at $2,500. Hay established the firm of Amos & Hay with his brother-in-law Joshua F. Amos in 1852. Abraham Lincoln represented Hay in several cases and purchased bricks from him for his home.
U. S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Sangamon County, IL, 96; John Carroll Power and S. A. Power, History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois (Springfield, IL: Edwin A. Wilson, 1876), 82; Newton Bateman and Paul Selby, eds., Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Sangamon County (Chicago: Munsell, 1912), 2:1294-95; Daily Illinois State Journal (Springfield), 4 February 1856, 2:4; 7 February 1856, 2:4; Whig City Meeting; Claim against Estate of Nathaniel Hay; Gravestone, Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, IL: For cases involving Hay, search "Hay, Nathaniel," Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, 2d edition (Springfield: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 2009), http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Search.aspx.