History of Bureau County, Illinois, H. C. Bradsby, Editor, 1885

History of Bureau County, IL - H. C. Bradsby - 1885

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Robert Hay
Robert Hay, Milo, the subject of the following biography, was born September 30, 1821. He is the son of Thomas and Sarah (Maiden) Hay. Thomas Hay was born December 20, 1800 [actually Nov 26, 1800], in the Lowlands of Scotland. He came to the United States with his parents, William and Jane (Taylor) Hay, in the year 1813 [actually 1811]. They landed in Philadelphia [actually New York, then went to Philadelphia] and came West by way of Pittburgh, where he, in company with a number of Scotch Seceders, mostly of the Hay and Taylor families, bought a flat-boat and loading their goods on it, descended the Ohio River till they reached Jefferson County, Ind., where they settled and where all died except Thomas Hay, who yet lives in Henry County, Ill., to which he came in 1856. The great-grandfather of our subject was Robert Hay, Sr., who died in Canada. The mother of our subject was born June 2, 1800, in North Carolina. She is yet living, and is the daughter of Andrew and Mary Maiden. Robert Hay is self-educated. He came to Bureau County, Ill., November 10, 1850, and bought eighty acres of land. At present he owns 525 acres in Milo Township, where he now resides. He was married March 12, 1845, in Jefferson County, Ind., to Margaret Crawford, who was born October 15, 1826, in the above place. She is a daughter of David and Sarah Crawford, and the mother of eleven children now living, viz.: Oliver P., Professor in the Indianapolis College; Mrs. Mary E. Clark, Mrs. Julia Schimmel, Frances M., Mrs. Ann Reid, Mrs. Maria Rich, Mrs. Isabel Willcox, LeRoy S., Clarence, George and Robert Hay. Mr. and Mrs. Hay are members of the Christian Church. He is a Republican, and is a self-made man in every respect, owing his success to his industry and perseverance.

No John McNeeley. The book contains a lot of history of the county; the biographies are the smaller section of the book.