James M. Hays1,2

b. Nov 10, 1853
FatherJohn Hays1,2,3 b. 1831
MotherRachel Richards1,2,3 b. circa 1829, d. Mar, 1889
     James M. Hays was born on Nov 10, 1853 in PA.1,3
     He moved in 1853 to Henderson Co, IL.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.4
     They moved in 1872 to Page Co, IA.2
     They moved in 1889 to Box Butte Co, NE.2
     James M. Hays was listed as a brother in Newton M. Hays's household on the 1940 Census in Box Butte, Boyd Co, NE.5


  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. [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.
  4. [S1802] 1870 U.S. Population Census, Illinois, Henderson Co, Township 8 Range 5, sheet 144A, line 5, dwelling 13, family 13, Illinois, Henderson County.
  5. [S2602] 1940 U. S. Census, Nebraska, Boyd County, Box Butte, ED 7-8, sheet 1A, line 33, Nebraska, Boyd County.
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