Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Paper Scrap Listing the Births of Siblings Emma Jane Hays; Henry K. Hays; Annie A. Hays; Israel Allen Hays; Brookhaven, New York

Paper scrap listing the births of the Hays siblings:
  • Emma Jane Hays, born August 4, 1854; died in 1918.  Her grave marker gives her birth year as 1855, but that may have been an error in decoding her birth year from her age at death.
  • Henry K. Hays, born May 12, 1857
  • Annie A. Hays, born March 22, 1859 - died in 1867.
  • Israel Allen Hays, born September 28, 1862; died in 1934.

The Hays siblings were the children of Israel A. Hays and Mary Jane (Blydenburgh) Hays of Brookhaven, New York.  If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, especially information on Henry K. Hays, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

U.S. Federal Censuses
New York State Censuses


  1. Hi Pam, how are you?
    Henry K falls off the radar, doesn't he? He's with the family in 1860 and 1870 but not 1880, which is here: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MZF1-LHL

    The findagrave site for his mother has a list of those buried in the Hays family plot and Henry is not one of them.

    You have to choose to view the image in your browser to see the top line of the image, which says it is a list of the plot. Or else squint at the smaller version on findagrave.

    There is a Henry K Hays, born 1857 or so who died in Savannah GA in 1876, and is buried there, but why would he be there at age 19? Serving with the Army? The end of the post civil war reconstruction era? Or with family but they survived?
    There was an outbreak of yellow fever in Savannah that fall.

    Henry K. Hays
    Birth 1857
    Death 1876 (aged 18–19)
    Laurel Grove Cemetery (North)
    Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA
    Memorial ID 155136228


    a note on his page says "Savannah Morning News, Sep. 25, 1876 -- page 3" but I didn't find it online. I havent tried Chronicling America yet.

    1. Nice to hear from you, Ed! I also tried to find that Savannah Morning News online and couldn't find it - but the Savannah Find a Grave listing is very intriguing. Whoever made the memorial had some inside info - wish they had attached an image of the notice in the paper.

  2. They were in POrt Jefferson Post office. the father was a rigger/ship's carpenter and his son Israel was a sailor in 1880. So Henry K in Savannah might be theirs after all.

    1860 Port Jefferson PO
    Israel: ship carpenter

    1870 Port Jefferson PO
    Israel: rigger

    1880 Port Jefferson
    Israel: ship rigger
    son Israel: sailor



    1. It does make sense. Took a Senior College in naval history once, and the instructor noted that by age 29, most sailors in the Age of Sail were dead, crippled up or unable to meet the requirements.