All of these files are being edited or constructed as of 3/6/2018
Sorting Out Some Hayes Families of Early North Carolina
In an effort to identify the ancestry of my great-great-great-great-grandfather Solomon Hayes (1792-1859) I collected a very large number of 18th century Hayes-related records in several North Carolina counties. I generally avoid looking at family histories and gedcoms (which are notoriously inaccurate) until I’ve formed my own conclusions from the raw information.
18th Century Hayes Records in North Carolina
These are mainly my own abstracts drawn from reading the original records. Northampton County records are split into two parts because there were two apparently unrelated groups of persons named Hayes/Hays living there, and also to keep the sizes below 30 printed pages. Granville County is also split into two parts to reduce the file sizes.
These are the records on which the genealogies outlined in the papers below are based.
- Hayes Records in Bertie County 1727-1800
- Hayes Records (Group A) of Northampton County 1743-1800 apply to the lineages of likely brothers Samuel Hayes and Joshua Hayes who arrived in Northampton County about 1744.
- Hayes Records (Group B) of Northampton County 1741-1805 apply to the lineages of another group of Hayes men named Peter Hays, Thomas Hays, and John Hays who arrived in Northampton County about 1743.
- Hayes Records in Granville County 1754-1799 apply to numerous Hayes families
- Hayes Records in Granville County 1800-1820 apply to numerous Hayes families
- Hayes Records in Johnston County 1761-1817
- Hayes Records in Dobbs & Wayne Counties 1769-1817
- Hayes Records in Edgecombe & Halifax Counties 1734-1825
Correcting Some Faulty Legends
- Samuel & Zilpha Hayes left no known descendants.
My Own Hayes Connection
My great-great-great-grandfather William Witt (1820-1871) married Elizabeth Hayes (daughter of Solomon Hayes) in 1845 in McMinn County, Tennessee. This couple are great-great-great-grandparents on both my maternal and paternal lines. Both the Witt and Hayes families migrated to Titus County, Texas in 1850. The genealogy of this family is contained in three files: