Rachel Richards1,2

b. circa 1829, d. Mar, 1889
FatherOwen Richards2
MotherNancy (?)2
     Rachel Richards was born circa 1829 in PA.1
     Rachel Richards married John Hays, son of James Hays and Mary Kuhn, on Jan 6, 1853 in Mercer Co, PA.1,2
     Rachel 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.1
     Rachel, James, Nancy, Mary, Newton, Rachel and Ruth was listed as a household member living with John Hays on the 1870 Census in Township 8N 5W, Henderson Co, IL.3
     Rachel Hays moved in 1872 to Page Co, IA; They rented a farm of 320 acres.2
     Rachel was listed as John Hays's wife on the 1880 Census in Morton Township, Page Co, IA.4
     Rachel Hays was listed as a resident in John Hays's household in the census report in Morton, Page Co, IA, in 1885.5
     Rachel Hays died in Mar, 1889 in Page Co, IA.2


John Hays b. 1831


  1. [S1801] 1860 U.S. Census, Illinois, Henderson County, Township 8N 5W, sheet 498, line 10, dwelling 1546, family 1546, Illinois, Henderson County.
  2. [S1808] Compendium of History Reminiscence and Biography of Western Nebraska.
  3. [S1802] 1870 U.S. Population Census, Illinois, Henderson Co, Township 8 Range 5, sheet 144A, line 5, dwelling 13, family 13, Illinois, Henderson County.
  4. [S1806] 1880 U. S. Census, Iowa, Page County, Morton, ED 157, sheet 7/488, line 19, dwelling 49, family 49, Iowa, Page County.
  5. [S1818] 1885 State Census, Iowa, Page County, Morton, page 7, line 31, household 43, Iowa, Page County.
  6. [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 ancestry.com.
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