The Biographical Record of Henry County, IL, S. J. Clarke, 1901

Biographical Record of Henry County, IL, S. J. Clarke, 1901

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Robert Hay, Page 1
This gentleman, who spent his early life in active business and mainly in agricultural pursuits, is now living a retired life on a fine farm one-half mile east of the village of Annawan. A man of energy and more than ordinary business capacity, his success in life has been largely due to his own efforts and the sound judgment which has enabled him to make the most of his opportunities.

Mr. Hay was born near Hanover, Saluda township, Jefferson county, Indiana, September 30, 1821, a son of Thomas and Sarah (Maiden) Hay. The father was born in Kelso, Scotland, on the river Tweed, and was twelve years of age when he came to this country, in 1813 [actually 1811], with his parents, William and Jane (Taylor) Hay. The family located in Saluda township. Jefferson county. Indiana, being numbered among the earliest pioneers of that locality, and there they all died. The children were Thomas, the father of our subject; Isabel, who was married in Scotland to Andrew Davidson, and came with the family to the new world; Betsy, who became the wife of Samuel Wells; and Annie, who married Andrew Getty, who was born near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. William Hay was the only child of Robert and Anna (Turnbull) Hay. also natives of Scotland, where his mother died about 1820. Shortly afterward the father went to Canada to visit his son and died while there.

Thomas Hay, the father of our subject, continued his residence in Jefferson county, Indiana, until 1856, when he came to Henry county, Illinois, and settled on a farm two and a half miles east of Annawan, making that his home until about four years before his death, when he moved to the village. There he died July 3, 1892 [actually July 2, 1885], and his wife passed away three days later [actually 4 days]. She was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1800, a daughter of Andrew and Mary (Passwater) Maiden, natives of the same state, who as early as 1806 removed to Indiana and settled in Jefferson county. Their other children were John, who died in Washington, Clark county, Indiana; Abner, who died in Lexington, Scott county, Indiana; and Mary, who wedded Lawrence Brooks and remained a resident of Indiana until after her husband's death and then went west. Mrs. Hay's paternal grandfather, John Maiden, was a native of Wales [actually probably born in PA; his parents were probably the immigrants] and came to the new world prior to the Revolutionary war, in which he took up arms against the mother country and served under General Washington.

Our subject is the second [actually first] in order of birth in a family of nine children, the others being as follows; A. Jackson died at the age of two years; Mary died at the age of three ; William married Samantha Shaw and died at Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he lived for five years prior to his death; John married, first, Elizabeth Crawford and, second, Susan Hardy, and resides in Austin, Scott county, Indiana; Jane is the widow of Henry Giles and a resident of Annawan, Illinois: George died in Clyde, Kansas, in 1894: Thomas married Columbia Berry, now deceased, and lives in Oklahoma; Lawrence B. married Jennie Foster, of Annawan. and makes his home in Guthrie, Oklahoma; and Maggie, who married Daniel Patterson; he died in Omaha, Nebraska, and she now resides in Annawan.

Robert Hay, Page 2
Reared in the county of his nativity, Robert Hay acquired his education in the pioneer schools of that locality and remained at home with his parents until he attained the age of twenty-three years. He was then married, March 12, 1845. to Miss Margaret Crawford, who was also born in Jefferson county, Indiana, October 15, 1826, a daughter of David and Sarah (McNelley) Crawford, who died in that state. By this union were born fourteen children, as follows: (1) Oliver P., now entomologist in the national museum at New York city, married Molly Housman, of Rutland, Illinois, and they have four children. William P., Mamie, Fannie and Robert. (2) Mary E. is the wife of Thomas Clarke, of Missouri, and they have had five children. (3) Julia is the wife of Miles Shimel, of Bradford, Stark county, Illinois, and they have one child, Edward. (4) Sarah Jane (deceased). (5) Thomas married Marrietta Stever, of Pennsylvania, and died in Schaller, Sac county, Iowa, in 1881, leaving two children. Belle and Ella. (6) Ann married George Reed and resides at Yuma. South Dakota. (7) Francis M. married Nellie Lombard. They reside at Bradford, Stark county, Illinois. (8) Maria married Levi D. Rich. They reside at Los Angeles, California. (9) Bell married William H. Wilcox, of Adel, Iowa. (10) Leroy married Kate Schriver, resides at Milo, Illinois. (11) Clarence married Mabel Foster, of Bradford, Stark county Illinois, where they reside, and they have five children. (12) George married Mary Stoner, of Whiting, Indiana, and is bookkeeper for the Standard Oil Company at that place. (13) Robert, also a resident of Bradford, married Ruth Suthpen, of that place, and they have one child, Ralph. One died in infancy, unnamed. [14th child omitted was the baby Andrew Jackson, died at 3 weeks, assumed born in 1850.] The mother of these children died at Bradford, Stark county. January 7, 1887, and Mr. Hay was again married, October 8, 1891, his second union being with Mary Frances Baker, who was born in Annawan township, Henry county, October 16,1853. Her parents, John and Isabel (Crawford) Baker, came to this county in 1850, and were numbered among its honored and highly respected citizens. They are both now deceased.

In 1850 Mr. Hay came to Illinois, and purchased a farm in Milo township, Bureau county, which he improved and continued to successfully operate until his removal to his present place, one-half mile east of Annawan, in 1891. Here he has a fine farm of two hundred and ninety-six acres, and besides this valuable property still owns two hundred and a half acres of land in Milo township, Bureau county, and one hundred and sixty acres in Dawes county, Nebraska, all of which be now rents, while he lives a retired life, enjoying the fruits of former toil. He was a thorough and systematic farmer and due success has not been denied him. His first presidential vote was cast for James K. Polk, and since 1856 he has been a supporter of the Democratic party. He is widely and favorably known throughout the community in which he resides, and wherever known is held in high regard.

Also, see the two pages and two pictures for John McNeeley and his wife Catherine Slaughter: page 1, John's picture, Catherine's picture, page 2. Note John was born 1826, and came to Illinois in 1851, the same age as Margaret Crawford Hay, and he emigrated from IN to IL the year after Robert and Margaret. Also note that on the 1850 census, just prior to the Hay move to IN, Margaret is living with her aunt and uncle McNeeley (I speculate due to illness associated with childbirth), and this cousin John. While John McNeeley's write-up says his parents were born in Ohio, his father John McNeeley actually said he was born in PA on his census data. John and Isabelle Crawford Baker were actually the first to emigrate from IN to IL, since they are already in IL on the 1850 census.