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.

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:

  • Joshua Hayes (c1720 – 1793) and family of Granville County, North Carolina
  • John Hayes (c1767 – c1819) and family of Granville County, North Carolina
  • Solomon Hayes (1792 – 1859) who migrated from North Carolina to McMinn County, Tennessee and by 1850 to Titus County, Texas.