Hays, David


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David Hays
b: ABT 1797
d: AFT 1870
   
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(David) Hays
BET 1750 AND 1760 - AFT 1797
  
  
  
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David Hays
ABT 1797 - AFT 1870
  
 
  
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PARENT (M) David Hays
BirthABT 1797Donegal, Ireland
DeathAFT 1870 Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Marriage4 JUN 1821to Mary Garrett at Baltimore County, Maryland
Father(David) Hays
Mother?
PARENT (F) Mary Garrett
BirthABT 1792New York, USA
Death
Marriage4 JUN 1821to David Hays at Baltimore County, Maryland
Father?
Mother?
CHILDREN
MDavid P. Hays
Birth1828Maryland
Death
FMary Elizabeth Hays
Birth20 NOV 1822Maryland, United States
Death3 JUN 1880Maryland, United States of America

  • ABT 1797 - Birth - ; Donegal, Ireland
  • 1794 - Birth - ; Ireland
  • AFT 1870 - Death - ; Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  • 1816 - Immigration - ; Port of New York, New York, USA
  • 1840 - Residence - ; Baltimore Ward 10, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  • 1830 - Residence - ; Baltimore Ward 10, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  • 1860 - Residence - Age: 64 ; District 1, Howard, Maryland
  • 1866 - Residence - ; Maryland, USA
  • 1850 - Residence - Age: 54 ; Baltimore Ward 11, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  • 1860 - Residence - Age: 64 ; District 1, Howard, Maryland
  • 1870 - Residence - ; Maryland, United States
  • BET 1821 AND 1822 - Lived at - ; Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  • JUN 1816 - Arrival - Age: 18 ; New York
  • 25 JUN 1822 - unknown - Age: 24 ; Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  • 1821 - Occupation - Wholesale grocery business
  • 1840 - Residence - ; Baltimore Ward 10, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  • 1830 - Residence - ; Baltimore Ward 10, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  • 1860 - Residence - Age: 64 ; District 1, Howard, Maryland
  • 1866 - Residence - ; Maryland, USA
  • 1850 - Residence - Age: 54 ; Baltimore Ward 11, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  • 1860 - Residence - Age: 64 ; District 1, Howard, Maryland
  • 1870 - Residence - ; Maryland, United States

[S493]Maryland, Federal Naturalization Records, 1795-1931
[S9]1860 United States Federal Census
[S222]1850 United States Federal Census
[S479]FamilySearch Family Tree
[S31]Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present
[S7]1840 United States Federal Census
[S6]1830 United States Federal Census
[S350]U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918

David Hays b: ABT 1797 d: AFT 1870
Mary Garrett b: ABT 1792
David P. Hays b: 1828
Mary Elizabeth Hays b: 20 NOV 1822 d: 3 JUN 1880
John J. Snyder b: 14 SEP 1822 d: 23 AUG 1889
Mary Snyder b: 1847
John J Snyder b: 8 JUL 1849 d: 21 FEB 1872
Henry Snyder b: 27 JUN 1846 d: 24 AUG 1846
David Hays Snyder b: SEP 1844 d: JAN 1848
Margaret E Snyder b: 1853 d: 1858
Ruth P. Sneider b: 1860
Rosalind Sneider b: 1862

It is almost certain - but not proven - that this David Hays is the David Hays, brother of Elizabeth/Betty Hays, wife of George Hays, our immigrant male Hays ancestor, and chiefly of importance to this story in helping trace the Hays family back to Ireland. According to family tradition as reported by Thomas Hays (1840-1920), and reproduced in the History of Armstrong County (1914), George Hays and his family, including Thomas' father Robert, arrived in the US via Canada around 1821-2 , "continuing their journey to Baltimore, Md., where David Hays, his wife’s brother, had a wholesale grocery business" before settling in Armstrong Co., PA.. Since this was not long before Thomas' birth, it is logical that he would have heard the story from his father and quite possibly have known this David, who died when Thomas was about 30.

We have immigratiopn records for this David, and a census trail that generally matches the history. Equally fortunate is that from 1850 on, we have names of family members in addition to ages in the census records and that David's wife was significantly older than he, making the trail easier to follow. There is no other David Hays in the City of Baltimore in 1830. By the 1840's and later, there were more, but this David is still in the city in 1850, listed as a merchant. Following names and ages, he and his family then end in in the Waterloo/Elk Ridge Landing area, in the 1860 and 1870 censuses, with real estate valued at $115,000, personal estate $13,800 in 1860, increasing to $250,000 and $23,000 in 1870, a sizeable estate for that time.

The one questionable part of this hypothesis is his age as given in the 1822 naturalisation documents was 24, giving him a birthdate of 1797 - 1798, and making his immigration at the age of 18 or 19. This birthdate is quite a bit later than his supposed sister Betty (1778 on her tombstone), although possible. Census records for this David generally indicate a birthdate of between 1794 - 1796. Those for his wife also vary, but are consistantly several years earlier. This leaves several possibilities: this is not the same David, either the census of naturalisation records - and most likely the naturalisation records - are incorrect, or David possibly came with his father, who was the real brother, and who might hae died before 1830, as did Betty's husband George. Given the papertrail, the family history and the knowledge we have that the family was fairly well off in Ireland, it seems likely that this is either the correct David or his son. There are also no other family trees on-line (2017) that claim this person as an ancestor with conflicting facts. Unfortunately to date, we have not been able to locate the family in Donegal.

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