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Hay/Hays of GA. Al. and FL
Posted by: Gail Luker Allred Date: April 22, 2000 at 10:35:20
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Is there anyone that can give insight on this family?
William W. Hay was born about 1843 in Georgia. He was in the civil war. He married Lucy (Lousianna) Davis. She was the daughter of Elisha Davis and Lutitia McLeod Davis. William and Lucy were married about 1861 probably in Webster or Terrell County, Georgia. They were listed on the 1870 Webster County census. In 1880 they had moved to Henry County, Alabama. William got a land there in 1883. He apparently died shortly after. Each time he was listed as "Hay". However, the next time I found the family, they were in Santa Rosa County, Florida, on the 1885 state census. They were listed as follows:
Lucy D. Hays born 1845 in Georgia (widow)
William S. Hays born 1862 in Georgia
Alice Hays born 1868 in Georgia
Sidney Hiram Hays born 1869 in Georgia
Jeff Hays born 1871 in Georgia
Martin Hays born 1873 in Georgia
Berry Hays born 1876 in Georgia
Josephine Hays born 1878 in Georgia
Nettie Hays born 1880 in Georgia
They also had a sister that was married by the time of the census: Letitia Hay(s) born 1864 in Georgia had married Burrie Clifton Lassiter in Henry County, Alabama, on January 20, 1880. They were living in Santa Rosa County as well.

Lucy married Thomas Hopper in Santa Rosa County and died soon after.

My g-grandfather was Sidney Hiram Hays. The family changed the spelling to Hayes. He married Bettie Booker in 1893 in Santa Rosa County, Florida. They had the following children:
Nettie Hayes born 1896 - died 1982
Sidney Martin Hayes born 1897 - died 1971
Gertrude Hayes born 1902 - died 1971
Harry Fredrick Hayes born 1904 - died 1982
Marshall Rufus Hayes born 1905 - died 1971
Newton Hayes born 1907 - died 1976
Sidney and Bettie had an adopted Indian son named Riley Hayes born 1889 and died after 1920 probably in Monroe County, Alabama.
Sidney Martin Hayes was my grandfather.

Here are some questions that I need help on: What happened to the following siblings: William S.; Jefferson; Berry (probably Asberry); Josephine; and Nettie?

Letitia lived the rest of her life in Santa Rosa County, Florida.
Alice married Richard Amos and lived the rest of her life in Santa Rosa.
Sidney Hiram died in Santa Rosa.
Martin Hayes was supposed to have become a Pinkerton Agent. I've been told that Berry went to Louisiana and Jeff went to Birmingham, Alabama. Nettie may have gone to Seattle, Washington. I have no clue as to what happened to Josephine or William S.

Who were the parents of William W. Hay? Who were his siblings?

I believe that Martin Hay may have been his father since the name Martin is repeated in the lineage. Can anyone help or give an educated guess? Does anyone have a guess to way the family changed there name? Any bit of information on the above would be helpful!!!!!
Thanks in advance,
Gail Luker Allred

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