Six months later, these files are still being edited or constructed as of August 1, 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.

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

Some Hayes genealogies expanded from Historical Southern Families

Three generations of the Gilbert Hay Family of Charles City County, Prince George County, and Surry County, Virginia — briefly addressed in Historical Southern Families, Vol. VI but much expanded here.

Two brothers who settled in Northampton County, North Carolina about 1744 — grandsons of Peter Hayes of Isle of Wight.

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:

  1. A. E. Hayes, “Hayes-Hays of Virginia & North Carolina”, Historical Southern Families, Vol. 15 (1971), pages 167-189 []