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Posted by: Laura Day-Roth (ID *****7821) Date: October 11, 2009 at 11:01:32
In Reply to: FRED HAYS of GRAYSON CO KY by Nina Alemao of 819

Hello, I am also a descendant of Fred Hayes. I had more information until my house burned last year. His name is sometimes spelled Hays/Hayes/Hayse. Margaret Lashley was his stepmother; His biological mother was Elizabeth Smith, who later married a Day man. Fred and his first wife Nancy Arena "Rena" Vincent had several children, including my grandmother May, and sons Hillary, Elden, and another one. Baby Nancy died at age 4. (Rena was the daughter of Hiram Vincent.) Their daughter (Odie) May Hayes married George W. Jaggers, magistrate of Edmonson County. They are my grandparents. They had eleven children, Elmer, Pauline, Mildred, Edward, Stoy, Romie, Helen, Beulah, Chloie, Wayne, Ruth. I am the daughter of Chloie and Willis Day of Mammoth Cave. My grandmother talked highly of her father Fred, what a good man he was & how mean her mother was to him. Fred's second wife was Lizzie Whobrey or Whoberry. They had two children, George and Curtis who were taken away by the state during the Depression. Apparently, Rena had something to do with it happening. Fred was sent to Western State Hospital due to "hardening of the arteries" before the boys were removed & died soon after admission. (That was the terms used on the papers at WSH & was what they called it when someone had senility; Fred also had severe curviture of the spine.) Lizzie was raising the boys by herself & had no job or food for them. My grandmother was not notified of her father's death by WSH nor of the boys' removal by the state until after it had already been done. My grandmother spent the rest of her life searching for her two brothers. George found us about two years before grandma died. It was a wonderful thing. We continued to search for Curtis & found out that he had been adopted out, raised lovingly by a wealthy family, but committed suicide after his wife had left him at about age 30. It was a sad moment when George and our family learned of this fact. George lived in Florida most of his life with his wonderful wife Gerry. I had found a lot of information on Fred in the past, but I have lost it now due to our fire. I have visited his grave at WSH in Hopkinsville. It is an unmarked grave, but we did erect a bench in that field with his name on it. A very sad era of our family that gives us more questions than answers. Please contact me. I live in Philpot, Kentucky, near Owensboro.

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