All of these files are still being edited or constructed as of June 2, 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. These records both support and contradict portions of the genealogies I’ve found posted online and in print.
I generally avoid looking at family histories and gedcoms (which are notoriously inaccurate) until I’ve formed my own conclusions from the raw information. I welcome additional information or corrections from readers — use the “contact” link above.
18th Century Hayes Records in North Carolina
These are predominantly my own abstracts drawn from reading the original records. And they are the records on which the genealogies outlined in the papers below are based.
Northampton County records are split into two parts both because there were two apparently unrelated groups of persons named Hayes/Hays living there, and to keep the webpage sizes below 30 printed pages. Granville County is also split into two parts to reduce file size.
- Hayes Records in Isle of Wight County, Virginia
- Hayes Records in Chowan County
- Hayes Records in Bertie County 1727-1800
- Hayes Records in Northampton County 1743-1800 (Group A) apply to Samuel Hayes and Joshua Hayes who arrived in Northampton County about 1744.
- Hayes Records in Northampton County 1741-1805 (Group B) apply to Peter Hays, Thomas Hays, and John Hays who were in the Northampton County when it was formed from Bertie.
- Hayes Records in Granville County 1754-1799
- Hayes Records in Granville County 1800-1850
- Hayes Records in Johnston County 1761-1817
- Hayes Records in Dobbs & Wayne Counties 1769-1817
- Hayes Records in Edgecombe & Halifax Counties 1734-1825
- Hayes Records in Wilkes County 1777-1810
Correcting Boddie & Some Faulty Legends
Arnold Edmund Hayes contributed a Hayes/Hays genealogy for Boddie’s Historical Southern Families, Volume 15 that contains a few erroneous entries and dubious conclusions:1
- Faulty Legend: Samuel & Filpah Hayes of the 1761 will was not the son of Peter Hayes.
- Correcting an error: Peter Hayes who married Martha Sledge was not the same person as Peter Hays of Urahaw
Some Hayes Genealogies not Covered by Boddie
Two brothers who settled in Northampton County, North Carolina about 1744
- Samuel Hayes (c1715-1796)
- Records relating to the family of his wife Elizabeth Braddy
- Joshua Hayes (c1720-1797) who later settled in Granville County
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 were 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 these files:
- Joshua Hayes (c1720 – 1797) and family of Granville County, North Carolina
- John Hayes (c1767 – c1819) more about his youngest son whom I once thought might have been the father of Solomon Hayes.
- Joseph Hayes (c1745 – 1792)
- Samuel Hayes (1768-1857)
- Solomon Hayes (1792 – 1859) who migrated from North Carolina to McMinn County, Tennessee and by 1850 to Titus County, Texas.
- Identifying the father of Solomon Hayes — an explanation of the logic behind the conclusion
- A. E. Hayes, “Hayes-Hays of Virginia & North Carolina”, Historical Southern Families, Vol. 15 (1971), pages 167-189 [↩]