Born: 1807-01-18 South Carolina
Died: 1886-07-23 Christian County, Illinois
Flourished: 1839-1840 Sangamon County, Illinois
In 1834, Hays married Nancy Hall Taylor, a widow, in Sangamon County, Illinois, and together they had four children. They initially settled in western Sangamon County, where Hays farmed, before moving to rural Christian County. In 1850, Hays was farming near Moweaqua, Illinois, and he owned $1,300 worth of real estate.
John Carroll Power and S. A. Power, History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois (Springfield, IL: Edwin A. Wilson, 1876), 351; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Sangamon County, 24 December 1834, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; Petition of James McCormick and Others to the Sangamon County Commissioners’ Court; U.S. Census Office, Sixth Census of the United States (1840), Sangamon County, IL, 54; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Christian County, IL, 148; Gravestone, Hayes Cemetery, Moweaqua, IL.