John Hays

b. 1831
FatherJames Hays1,2 b. circa 1799, d. Sep, 1879
MotherMary Kuhn1,2 b. circa 1800
     John was born in Mercer Co, PA, in 1831.3,2
     Mary, William, Mary, Jane, Mitchell, John, Israel, Maria, Alexander, Martha and James was listed as a household member living with James Hays on the 1850 Census in Pymatuning Township, Mercer Co, PA.1
     John Hays married Rachel Richards, daughter of Owen Richards and Nancy (?), on Jan 6, 1853 in Mercer Co, PA.4,2
     John Hays moved in 1853 to Henderson Co, IL; they eventually owned a farm of 80 acres.2
     John, Rachel, James, Nancy and Mary was listed as a household member living with David Thomas in the 1860 Census in Township 8N 5W, Henderson Co, IL; The family was living in the household of David Thomas (51). David and John were both farmers. Neither had a value for real property; David's personal property was worth $300, while John's was worth $100. James was in school.4
     John was listed as the head of a family on the 1870 Census in Township 8N 5W, Henderson Co, IL. John was a farmer and James was a farm laborer. John's personal property was worth $2100. James, Nancy, Mary, and Newton were in school..5
     John Hays moved in 1872 to Page Co, IA; They rented a farm of 320 acres.2
     John was listed as the head of a family on the 1880 Census in Morton Township, Page Co, IA. John was a farmer. An Albert Clark, 24, a farm laborer, was boarding with the family.6
     A census listed John as head of household in Morton, Page Co, IA, in 1885.7
     John Hays moved in 1887 to section 10, township 25, Box Butte Co, NE. He purchased government land. The rest of the family remained in Iowa.2
     John Hays was left a widower by Rachel Hays's death in Mar, 1889 in Page Co, IA.2
     John Hays moved in 1889 to Box Butte Co, NE.2
     In 1890, he had two complete crop failures.2
     In 1909, he was profiled in Compendium of History Reminiscence & Biography of Western Nebraska.2
     By 1909, John and Newton had eight hundred acres, all fenced and cross fenced. They farmed one hundred acres and raised horses, cattle and hogs. They had two wells with windmills and supply tanks.2
     John was listed as the head of a family on the 1910 Census in Boyd, Box Butte Co, NE. John had his own income, and Newton was a farmer. They owned the farm..8


Rachel Richards b. circa 1829, d. March, 1889


  1. [S242] 1850 Census PA, Mercer Co, Pymatuning Twp.
  2. [S1808] Compendium of History Reminiscence and Biography of Western Nebraska.
  3. [S242] 1850 Census PA, Mercer Co, Pymatuning Twp , Roll 796, page 121, line 30, dwelling 190, family 191, James Hays household.
  4. [S1801] 1860 U.S. Census, Illinois, Henderson County, Township 8N 5W, sheet 498, line 10, dwelling 1546, family 1546, Illinois, Henderson County.
  5. [S1802] 1870 U.S. Population Census, Illinois, Henderson Co, Township 8 Range 5, sheet 144A, line 5, dwelling 13, family 13, Illinois, Henderson County.
  6. [S1806] 1880 U. S. Census, Iowa, Page County, Morton, ED 157, sheet 7/488, line 19, dwelling 49, family 49, Iowa, Page County.
  7. [S1818] 1885 State Census, Iowa, Page County, Morton, page 7, line 31, household 43, Iowa, Page County.
  8. [S1807] 1910 U. S. Census, Nebraska, Box Butte County, Boyd, ED 9, sheet 8a/1291, line 17, household 170, family 172, Nebraska, Box Butte County.
  9. [S2397] Letter, John Hays and Rachel Hays to James Gibson and Laura Gibson, May 21, 1876, Transcript of the original letter from John and Rachel Hays, responding to a letter from, most likely, James and Laura Gibson and/or Melissa (Gibson) Ballard. In the letter, John and Rachel talk about their farm and children. From The Brien and Jane Gibson Collection, Gibson Family Tree on
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