Saturday, November 7, 2009

World Statistics for Surname Hayley

According to website World Names Public Profiler
WORLD Statistics for : HAYLEY
Roots of this name:
Surname Group Subgroup Language
As I have mentioned before the genealogy networking community will post activities or contest from time to time and encourage other genealogist to POST TO THEIR BLOGS.

There for a Fellow Chula Vista Genealogist Randy Seaver posted this activity on
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Surname Distributions!
Hey, genealogy fans - it's Saturday Night, and time for some Genealogy Fun!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible music...), is:

1) Find out the geographical distribution of your surname - in the world, in your state or province, in your county or parish. I suggest that you use the Public Profiler site at, which seems to work quickly and easily. However, you cannot capture the image as a photo file - you have to capture the screen shot, save it and edit it.

Top Countries

CANADA 21.32
SPAIN 0.42

Top Regions


Top Cities

Top Forenames


The activity was an EYE OPENER for me. My first reaction to the data was "This does not seem correct" BUT under further evaluation ---- I have decided this may be an area (CANADA) for me to explore---that I had never explored before.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Unbeknowest to them my great grandparents were distant cousins, I believe.

I seem to be related to the Needhams twice! Oops! A family was separated after the Civil War. Unbeknowest (yes, I do make up words when it suits me) to them, my great grandparents were distant cousins. Or at least this is what conclusion (or confusion) my research is leading me to believe. Another tangled mess to unravel and investigate. Only one hitch to try to understand, was Elizabeth Jane White actually Celia Carters biological mother or Cecila's step mother. The suspense deepens.

If EJ White is Celia Melinda Carter's mother, then Cecila is directly related to Amey Needham. John Christopher Hayley is directly related to Martha Needham. Both daughters of Lewis Wesley Needham and Amy Roselle Tucker(sigh). I will of course be investigating this more thoroughly but documentation is rather concrete about this finding.

Celia Melinda Carter is directly related to Amey Needham. Celia's mother was Elizabeth Jane White (b 1860) , daughter of John L White 1814-1869 and Elizabeth Roberts 1821-1860, John L White was the son of Benjamin White and Amey Needham. Amey was the daughter of Lewis Wesley Needham and Amy Roselle Tucker.

Whereas John Christopher Hayley is directly related to Martha Needham (the daughter of Lewis Wesley Needham and Amy Roselle Tucker). Martha Needham married Wyatt M Mooring (1805-1874) and had a daughter Eliza Jane Mooring (1829-1905). I have done extensive study on this line and I am quite sure Eliza Jane Mooring is in fact John Christopher's Mother.

Actually for us who can trace both sides of our families to the year 1600 and before America, it is quite clear that same families often criss crossed each other over the developement of early American States and the 1600-1900 centuries.

I become even more anxious to develop my Early America Maps and color code them to see how these families migrated to meet each other. Celia from Texas and John from Tennessee. And the saga continues...........

Friday, October 30, 2009

Lesson #7 ---- Back up all data monthly

THIS BLOG is a repeat of another of my blogs from Genealogy is Ruthless without Me.

This blog is an effort to "win" a backup program called a HANDY BACKUP!!! See Lesson #8 about Networking. The fun activities and sharing with others are good ways to learn of new products such as HANDY BACKUP, review what others of the same interest are doing and getting fresh new ideals. There is no reason to keep redesigning the same wheel!!
But these first 10 lessons are good to repeat anywhere.

What are the first 10 lessons a beginning family history researcher should start with (in order of importance)? #familyhistory #genealogy asked by fellow genealogist Holly Hansen Oct 23, 2009 via FACEBOOK.

1. Start Small---- Just you and your parents, siblings etc. Keep it simple ---Only the things you know. KISS. There are record keeping, documentation revision rules that many occupations use. Having a background in documentation does help.

2. Be prepared to be surprised, you will even find things about your immediate family you did not know. HOLD ON TO YOUR HAT.

3. BE DISCREET!!!!! Do not publish anything publicly ---- what seemed to be a fact may very well not survive the test of time. But by then you have mislead a huge group of people.

4. ORGANIZE and be prepared to abandon your special planned organization process to reorganize again as your database changes and takes on a life of it's own. Get organized. Spend time learning how others are organizing their materials (by lineage, by families, by location), records (census, military records, cross referencing?), time (cut out time to work on genealogy, when families favorite tv show on? after Saturday chores? early in the morning? what days will be library days??? and travels (Can you visit more than one library, cemetery, court office in the same area?, can you pre-order documents to be available?, can you check on days/hours open ahead of time?).

5. BE CURIOUS Ask questions DRIVE YOUR RELATIVES CRAZY!! THINK LIKE A CHILD ASKING WHY? WHEN? WHO? of your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Who were your siblings, where were they born? Start with family photos add names and relationships to photos, photos of family gatherings. Questions to ask: where was the picture taken, what was the occasion, who are the people?? family Bibles (take notes of any blanks with small notes not actually in the Bible.), archive the Bible, read obituaries found around the house, and ask who was this?, read old letters, or listen to old recordings. Sometimes people far away sent recordings in the 1940s or even earlier.
When the letter or recording mentions a name (such as Johnny) ask: Who is Johnny?

6.Be prepared to handle documents and books. Be prepared to use cotton gloves, acid free paper, and document archiving practices. Photo copy or take camera shots of documents when possible. This allows for zooming and enhancing lettering when required. Digitize everything.

7. Back up everything. Back up all data monthly on two or three programs at least. Keep a hard acid free paper copy, Back up software copies on 3 hard drives. One for general use, easy to retrieve, one in a bank safe and send one out of state to a safe place.

8. Network, network network Get involved with Genealogy Societies, workshops, Internet networking. Genealogy is such a fast paced, growing hobby right now, even last years greatest finds are obsolete. Learn what software updates there are? What libraries will be most helpful with your region, date span, studies?

9. TRUST NO ONE. Dear Cousin Molly in her letters may have left out a whole generation. Or called Uncle Obie (Uncle Pete) just because she wanted to... that can really confuse things, Realize there is at least 50% "proven bad" data out there! Consensus are wrong, birth records are wrong, death certificates are wrong, newspaper articles are wrong, ship manifests are wrong, cemetery tomb markers are wrong. And not just of the real old stuff---it still happens today!

10. And most of ALL Have fun! Remember it can be fun but if you hit an extremely hard brick wall, or get root bound. Just remember why you are involved with this endeavor and set yourself a "time" to look at it and then put the problem away for awhile. That person will not be going anywhere and when he/she is ready to be found -- then you can celebrate with a genealogy HAPPY DANCE!!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Carnival of Irish Heritage & Culture, 16th Edition submission

This blog is a portion of the Will and Estate of James Hayley JR. The son of an Irish immigrant. These were very wealthy Irishmen: as explained below....but
an inventory and appraisement of his estate was taken on the 7th of October 1795, which was recorded at February Court, 1796.
"For future generations to know more of how their ancestors lived, we here quote the inventory and appraisement of a gentleman who lived and died in the 18th Century. All of his estate is not here included, as he had already given much to his children and grandchildren. However, much of the personal estate is here mentioned: "

..........One bay mare & colt £45 — two bay mares £50 95
One bay horse £3-12 — one Sorrel Horse £5 —
one yellow Horse £20 28-12
One black mare £12 — 5 beds & furniture £47-10 £59-10
146 head of hogs £106 — one yoke of Oxen £10 116
36 head Cattle £50 — 19 head sheep £5-14 63-14
1015 Barrels Corn 116-10
1250 Pounds Bacon £36-9-2 —
Two large chests & 4 sheets £5 41-9-2
Two small chests — one table & four jugs 1-19-6
One case, six bottles & 10 books 4-1-6
One looking glass, one slate, & one gun 1-11-11
Four small bottles, one case & Razors 16-6
One trunk & 19 chairs, £2-9-0,
One saddle,Bridle & 19 sheets £14-14 17-3
Two spinning wheels and bed stead 1-16
One gin, Two flax wheels £3, parcel leather £19-12 22-12
1300 pounds Cotton, & 20 weight feathers 24-3-4
25 pounds flax, one large tin funnel & five vials 2-4-6
2 Churns, one loom & pair large steelyards 1-15
One dozen pewter plates & two dozen Queen's plates 1-10
One Queen's dish, Four pewter dishes & 10 Bowls 1-7-6
Four small mugs, one pitcher, six glass tumblers 13-6
Two dozen coffee Cups & Saucers, Two Pewter Basons 7
One dozen knives & forks, 2 doz. pr. Cotton Cards 1-13
Five slays & four harness, 10 spoons 1-14
Two dozen narrow axes, 9 broad axes, 9 narrow hoes 3-8
Three grubbing hoes, 8 plow hoes & one frow 1-12
Two large kettles, Two dutch ovens, one pott 2-4
One grind stone, 1 table & Box iron & heaters 1-0-6
One iron potrack and fire tongs 10-6
50 geese, 26 bushels wheat 11-11
Two pair iron wedges, one X cut saw 10
One brass skinner & flesh forks 4
One scythe & cradle & grid iron & frying pan 1-3
One skillet, 3 pr. pot hooks & 2 tin kettles 9-9
One candle mould, candle stick & snuffers 4
2 doz. teaspoons, 1 dram glass, 1 pint pott & coffee pot -16-
One foot adze, 2 hatchets & sundry horse harness 1-10
2 flax brakes, 2 spinning wheels and one saddle 17
One drawing knife, coopers adze & half bushel 6-6

5 trays, 2 tubs, 3 sifters & Searce 10/6, 3 piggins 4/6 15-6
300 barrels corn (new crop) @ 13/6 202-10
4000 lbs. Petersburg tobacco (new crop) @ 17/6 35-
One cart & wheels £5, 100 lbs. soap @ 7/2, £3-2-6 8-2-6
20 stacks fodder £12-17, 160 feet fodder (top stacks £8) 20-17-1
One bond on demand Oct. 8, 1790 6-15-3
One bond on demand Apl. 8, 1793 3-2-0
One bond on demand June 10, 1795 3-12-0
Cash in Silver 810-1-10
Gold 6 English Guineas, supposed to be 4-4-0

Gold 3 French Guineas, supposed to be 4-4-0

One moidore Total — 1-16-0

£2025 — 4

Donaldson Turner
Isham Fennell
Lewis Dupree

Recorded Feby. Ct. 1796
Teste: P. Pelham, Ct. Cl."

This blog is written in respond to a call from the Carnival of Irish Heritage & Culture, 16th Edition - Irish Portraits
Host: Genea-Bloggers Type: Other - Carnival Network: Global
Due Date: Sunday, November 1, 2009 Time: 11:50pm - 11:55pm

Description of the Carnival is to: Share with them a story about an Irishman or Irishwoman within your family tree.

With a multitude of Irishmen I may choose to share I have choosen to share "a small portion of the Will and Estate of James Hayley JR.

The father James Hayley/Hayley SR (spelt both ways but decidely preferred as Hayley)arrived in America in 1675. He was born in 1640. His arrival is documented in a couple of resources. James Hayley
Arrived in the Year: 1654 and Landed in: Virginia
Source Publication Code: 6258
Primary Immigrant: Hayley, James
Annotation: Excerpts of the Irish names from no. 2772, Greer's Early Virginia Immigrants. Also published in nos. 6276 and 6280, O'Brien's The Irish in America (reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1965), pp. 43-47 and Irish Settlers in America (Geneal Source Bibliography: O'BRIEN, MICHAEL J., communicator. "Early Immigrants to Virginia (1623-1666), Collected by George Cabell Greer, Clerk, Virginia State Land Office, from the Records of the Land Office in Richmond." In The Journal of the American Irish Historical Society, vol. 13 (1914), pp. 209-213. in particular Page: 210

Occupation of James Hayley SR (born circa 1640) was an Attorney-at-Law. He practiced his profession, especially at Jamestown before the destruction of the City by Bacon and his men. He became a very wealthy landowner in James City County. was living south of James River in the County of Brunswick in 1733. Later, after the creation of Greensville County from Brunswick in 1781, he was found to be living in the new county. He probably never lived in the present Brunswick. On the 8th of September 1733, he sold a plantation of 315 acres to Ethelred Taylor of Isle of Wight County. At the time of the sale, James was living on this plantation. John Persons of Surry County had patented it on February 18, 1725, and the other patented by James Hayley on September 8, 1730. The wife of James at this time was Mary Hayley (who also migrated from Ireland).

On the 4th of November 1735, James Hayley of Brunswick bought a 400-acre tract of land from Robert Hill of North Carolina, which he had patented while William Gooch was Governor. This land was on the south side of Meherrin River, and north of Fountain Creek, or in the southern part of the county. On the next day he purchased a 300-acre plantation, which probably joined the 400-acre tract. He seems to have spent the remainder of his life on this 700-acre plantation, which was not long, as he probably died at the end of the year 1738 — if not then, early in 1739.

After the death of his father James JR continued to take care of his mother and increased the family holdings significantly. James Hayley of Brunswick added to his landed holdings. On August 22, 1748, he paid William Bridger, a shoemaker of Brunswick, £15 for one hundred acres lying on the south side of George’s Branch in Brunswick, adjoining lands already owned by James. On June 1, 1750, he purchased 10 acres on the south side of Fountain Creek. On the same day he purchased 87 acres, adjoining other lands he owned on the north side of Fountain Creek. On July 10, 1750, he purchased 72 acres on the north side of Fountain Creek. On January 6, 1761, James paid Amos Garris £35 for 80 acres in Brunswick, which land had been patented in 1745.

Thus at the end of his life, James Hayley was the owner of considerable land and cattle and horses. His plantation was near the junction of Brunswick and Greensville County and Northampton County in North Carolina. At the time of his death, he was living on the Greensville side of the County line of Brunswick and Greensville and near Hayley's Bridge, some seven or eight miles south of Emporia.

James Hayley's will, dated March 26, 1793, in Greensville County, Virginia, was admitted to probate at September Court, 1795. His wife, a Holliday, preceded her husband in death.

Monday, September 21, 2009

William DIKES born 1835/6 Texas, father USA born via 1870 census

Here William is alive and dwelling with his family (although mispelt etc. )in 1870
Name: William Dike
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1837
Age in 1870: 33
Birthplace: Texas
Home in 1870: Burnham, Ellis, Texas
Race: White
Gender: Male
Value of real estate: View image
Post Office: Cummins Creek
Household Members: Name Age
William Dike 33
Ann Dike 26
William Dike 11
Jonathan Dike 8
Lena Dike 5
Charles Dike 4 again my great grandfather

William seems to have died before 1880 as his wife is listed as a widow.
1880 United States Federal Census
about Aby Dikes
Name: Aby Dikes
Home in 1880: Haskell, Texas
Age: 36
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1844
Birthplace: Indiana
Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
Father's birthplace: Indiana
Mother's birthplace: Indiana
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Keeping House
Marital Status: Widowed
Race: White
Gender: Female
Household Members: Name Age
Aby Dikes 36
Wm. M. Dikes 20
James V. Dikes 18
Lauretta Dikes 15
Charley Dikes 13
Robt Dikes 9
John Maibin Dikes 6

Next Source of Information

Source Information: Texas Land Title Abstracts [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000. Original data: Texas General Land Office. Abstracts of all original Texas Land Titles comprising Grants and Locations. Austin, TX, USA.

Grantee: A. C. Dikes
Certificate: 26/1553
Patentee: A. C. Dikes
Patent Date: 27 Jul 1890
Acres: 160
District: Milam; Travis
County: Eastland
File: 6857
Survey/Blk/Tsp: NE 1/4 36 H & TC 4-
Patent #: 594
Patent Volume: 10
Class: School

William Dikes Family Group Looks like this
William Dikes

B: abt 1837
Texas, United States
D: before 1880
FATHER: Joseph D Johnson 1812 - 1851 MOTHER: Charrity Dixson 1812 - 1846
Wife Abigail C Johnson
Abigail C Johnson

B: 27 March 1842 Carlisle, Sullivan, Indiana, United States
D: Eastland, Texas, United States

Children of William and Abigail include:

William M Dikes
Sep 8 1859
Texas, United States

died 1954
Oklahoma, United States

James E. Dikes
16 Jan 1861

Lauretta A Dikes
27 Feb 1864

Charles Bell Dikes
Mar 1867 (16 Feb 1867 per E.M. Hayley)
Lots of the records show Charles birthday March 1867 but according to my grandmother's Bible his birthday is 16 Feb 1867. Charles was my Grandmother's father.
Lousianna, USA

died 11 Nov 1946
Los Angeles, California

Lucy Dikes
11 Aug 1869

Robert Boone Dikes
6 Dec 1870
died 21 Oct 1956
Napa, California

John Marvin Dikes
abt 1874

Lutie Lee Dikes
19 June 1880

Several of these children also named their children William ergo it does get confusing

Could this be him????
Name: William Dikes
Side Served: Confederacy
State Served: Texas
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private.
Enlisted in Company C, 19th Cavalry Regiment Texas.

Sources: 425

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Ima Eula Mewborn

Today is 12 September 2009

I met a lovely lady today her name is

Ima Eula Mewborn
She was born 30 May 1912 in , Greene, North Carolina, USA
She died 5 Feb 2002 in Farmville, Pitt, North Carolina, USA

She was a genealogist before computers, before Internet, and displayed dedication and patience over a number of years.

I have been researching our surnames in the Family History Catalogue of films, microfiche and books. I found this Microfilm #1711458 that mentioned several surnames and amongst them was Mooring. (i. e. Eliza Jane Mooring married to John William Hayley in 1850.)

The title of the film is Ima Eula Mewborn studies, Magna Charta to 1990.
This film had fine formed entries, handwritten pedigrees, several different types of papers, three ring holed sheets, patches, and very large certificates with Calligraphy writing, lots of stamps and signatures.

I have ordered many films to review and most of the time there is nothing in the films that relate to our family. I was searching this long film of notes, hand written pedigrees, random maps, stories and very official looking certificates. Nothing was clicking whatsoever until I did find our mutual connection with the Moorings.

She is very important to our family. Her dedication and true love of her family and country are another "key" to our direct lineage to the brave men and women who created and developed this fine country. Her studies includes her documentation and validation in the Daughters of the American Revolution.

It was a delight to view her "studies". She doodled!!! Yes, doodles on her research papers, very integrated circles and lines that I am very familiar. They looked just like doodles I have on some of my genealogy papers. She had the same amateure poorly constructed shapes and lines that I have done in the past. Shapes that start so structured (much like lovely IRISH ART) and then wind back on themselves with no where to go.......just like me!

I once saw an exhibit of Irish art and many of the filigree style type shapes reminded me of my "own doodling". So I surmised that perhaps it was just collective conscience of an art type.

As I compile all my works (some on dot matrix printer paper, some typed, loads handwritten.) I have to fight the urge to clean up all my notes, or just go forward with new discoveries. Of course new discoveries often wins and create another pile of notes, newspaper articles, correspondences for me to organize later (when I have time). I have been secretly fearful of people seeing my crazy notes, doodlings, funny notes! and bizarre hand written pedigrees as I go through my studies.

But now I see my "mess" as delightful and fun. And a shared trait with another lovely dedicated "family" member whom loved her family and loved her country!!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Our Earliest Ancestor Found So Far

Our Earliest Ancestor Found So Far IS Gerd Gymersdotter
Gerd Gymersdotter is found in Grandma Etta Mae's hertiage.

Dear Family
Please do not be discouraged, I heard you all screaming to me but what about the Chapins and the Moorings. I do believe I will be able to establish lineage further back in these families. Please remember I have barely started my genealogy studies. There could truly possibly be ancestors documented from other lineages.

Born: abt 239 Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden
Died: 267 Svitjod, Sweden

Gerd Gymerdotter is a direct relative to Queen Anne of Russia but I have not been able to establish a direct lineage to Queen Anne and our lineage yet. I hope the family starts getting the concept that this genealogy study does take enormous amounts of time.

The documentation for this person and lineage can be found on the internet via OneWorldTree

The OneWorldTree Score is created by comparing all the source records (tree, records, etc.) and community input and determining the most likely choice based on the available information.

OneWorldTree Choice

Where OneWorldTree Choice feel the score is high enough to indicate a piece of information is probably accurate (at least 4 stars), they make that item their "recommended" choice.
The information shown here is created by comparing all the source records (tree, records, etc.) and community input and determining the most likely choice based on the available information.

Often that information does not have enough evidence to be reliable. When that is the case ONEWORLDTREE CHOICE hides that information. None of the questionable data was added to this blog

Therefore OneWorldTree Choice information included 34 spellings of the name but is rather confident based on research that these 34 names are actually the same person being submitted to the ONEWORLDTREE internet website.
The 34 possible spellings and entries for this person's name are as follows. The number following the name indicates how many people submitted the same name. I am always suspicious of 26 User-submitted trees because sometimes these are just complete copy paste with no validation nor verification of the information. When this happens you result in 500 year old relatives or children being their own great great grandparents.
The 34 possible spellings and entries for this person's name:
Gerd Gymersdotter 26 User-submitted trees

Gard Gymersdottir 9 User-submitted trees

Gerd Gymersdottir Of Uppsala 2 User-submitted trees

Gerd Gymersdotter Sweden 4 User-submitted trees

Gerd Gymersdotttir 1 User-submitted trees

Gerd Gymer 7 User-submitted trees

Gerd Gymersdotter Sverige 3 User-submitted trees

Gerd Gymersdottir Scandinavia 2 User-submitted trees

Gerd Gymersdottir Of Uppsala 2 User-submitted trees

Gerth Gymirsdotter 5 User-submitted trees

Gerd V Gymersdottir 1 User-submitted trees

Gerd Gymerson 4 User-submitted trees

Queen Gerd Gymersdottir 1 User-submitted trees

Gerth Queen Gymirsdotter 1 User-submitted trees

Unknown Gerd Gymersson 4 User-submitted trees

Gymersdotter Gerd 3 User-submitted trees

Gerd Gymirsdatter 3 User-submitted trees

Gerd Gymerdottir 3 User-submitted trees

Gerd Gynersson 3 User-submitted trees

Gerd Gymersdattter 2 User-submitted trees

Gerd Gymerssdotter 2 User-submitted trees

Gerd Gymers 2 User-submitted trees

Gerd Gymersdóttir 1 User-submitted trees

Gerd Gymarsson 1 User-submitted trees

Gerd Gymmersson 1 User-submitted trees

Gerd Gymesdatter 1 User-submitted trees

Gard Gymersdotter 1 User-submitted trees

Gerðr Gymersdottir 1 User-submitted trees

Gerda Gymersdottir 1 User-submitted trees

Gerd Gymirsdottir 1 User-submitted trees

Gerd Gylmersson 1 User-submitted trees

Gerd Gynersdottir 1 User-submitted trees

Gerd Gymersdtr 1 User-submitted trees

Gerd Gmersdotter 1 User-submitted trees

Gerd Gymersdotttir 1 User-submitted trees

Female 26 User-submitted trees

The birth date and place of birth for this person also varies---which is not unusual even for very current relatives.

abt 239 26 User-submitted trees

239 26 User-submitted trees

Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden 26 User-submitted trees

Uppsala, Sweden 26 User-submitted trees

Like wise The death date and place of death for this person also varies---which is not unusual even for very current relatives.

267 3 User-submitted trees

256 3 User-submitted trees

abt 256 3 User-submitted trees

abt 340 1 User-submitted trees

abt 266 1 User-submitted trees

Death Place(s)

Svitjod, Sweden 3 User-submitted trees

Uppsala, Sweden 3 User-submitted trees

Uppsala, Uppland, [country] 1 User-submitted trees

Sweden 12 User-submitted trees

Uppsala Queen Frey, [country] 5 User-submitted trees

Y, [country] 3 User-submitted trees

But as you can see the dates and places are very simular. Sometimes the places have changed names over the years. There are many incidents of this throughout our family tree history. As I write the migration section of the Hayley Family History I speak of this quite a bit --- the rule of thumb used by some genealogist is to use the name of the location as it was when the life event happened but then in notes whenever possible add an explanation and source for future genealogist.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Richard Bagot

Richard Bagot Birth 1227 in Bagots Bromley, Staffordshire, , England Death
Jun 1271 in , , , England

Yes I have been following the male lines in our Hayley line ; but I decided (I forgot why??!!??) to start following the Alice Luella Baggett 1865 - 1954 She would be Grandma Etta Mae Hayley's father's mother:

William M Dikes 1859 - 1954 Alice Luella Baggett 1865 - 1954

had a son----Charles Bell Dikes (among more children) Grandma Etta Mae's father

B: Mar 1867 (16 Feb 1867 per E.M. Hayley) Louisiana, USA D: 11 Nov 1946 Los Angeles, California

Grandma Etta Mae's Mother Susan Birdie Parks
Susan Birdie Parks

B: Mar 1872 Texas D: 1920 Arkansas

wow wow as you know I have been educating myself on the Civil War and the Revolutionary War Now I am in the Crusades and the Hundred Years Wars of England. I can not believe this true accounts I am reading regarding Etta Mae's family ---- therefore our family.

I am sure you probably could easily believe the ancestors fought in the Crusades of the Holy Lands, was part of the WAR of the Roses and participated in some rather scandalous behavior. The Baggots were knights; they were Earls etc.

One of my favorite authoress is Norah Lofts --- I have read all her books --- and never would I have believed at the time that I would find family history that rivaled even the most adventurous of these novels!!

One such scoundrel was the before mentioned Richard's g-g-g- grandson ---

Ralph DeStafford, 1st Earl of Stafford, 2nd Baron Stafford
24 Sep 1301 in Tunbridge, Staffordshire, , England
31 Aug 1372 in Tunbridge, Kent, , England

Ralph de Stafford abducts Margaret de Audley Added by rehiman on 2 Sep 2009
Originally submitted by RickGill52 to Pitman Family Tree on 24 Jul 2009

Lord Stafford married firstly, before 1326, Katherine, daughter of Sir John de Hastang, Knt., of Chebsey, Staffordshire, and they had two daughters: Margaret, who married Sir John of Bramshall (or Wickham) de Stafford, Knight, and Joan, who married Sir Nicholas de Beke, Knight.

He later sensationally abducted Margaret de Audley (1318-1347), daughter of Hugh de Audley, 1st Earl of Gloucester and Margaret de Clare. They filed a complaint to the King, but King Edward III of England supported Stafford. He appeased Hugh and Margaret by creating Hugh Earl of Gloucester. Margaret de Audley and Stafford married before 6 July 1336 and they subsequently had three sons and four daughters, of whom: Hugh, born circa 1336 in Staffordshire, England; Katherine, (1348 - 1361), married Sir John de Sutton, Knt., Baron of Dudley, Staffs; Elizabeth, (d. 1375), married, secondly, John de Ferrers, 4th Lord Ferrers of Chartley; Beatrice, (d. 1415), married, secondly, Thomas de Ros, 4th Lord Ros of Helmsley; and Joan, (d. 1397), married, firstly, John Charleton, 3rd Baron Cherleton.

and so the research goes and goes and never lets up!!! I only have 3000 more stories to go unless of course they lead me to more stories!!!!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Offensive Subject Matters

History is history, Opinions are opinions, When I label something Soap Box anytime during my blogs, I am giving Opinion only. The only constant in life is---change. And AMERICA has changed. Many of the post, letters, court records will be very offensive for many people in the 2000 century.
There were accepted norms, morals, and child rearing practices that would be criminal today. It is my hopes that as I compile this data, that it is in no way perceived as my opinions, beliefs, norm or convictions. Many things that happened in our family history past, I do not condone or agree. But also I am not going to censor, apologize, nor debate these beliefs and actions. I am writing about a time and place.
When possible I will include the history leading up to the thinking of these people. Not everything was as clear cut and presented to the public in the same way our history now teaches about early American History. I am also feeling an obligation to my living relatives to be as considerate as possible. Therefore in the labels for blogs I will indicate the subject matter. Examples of labels to watch for would be Child Abuse, Slavery, War, etc. I will post these labels in my other blogs but I do not anticipate to post as much detail as has been recorded in the Hayley family.

There are definitely distinct characteristics that to me define the Hayley Family of the past:

1. Past Hayley's were "God-fearing" protestants.
2. Past Hayley's were musical (many played musical instruments by ear).
3. Hayley's were confederates.
4. Hayley's suffered terribly after the civil war.
5. Hayley's were well thought of by local and state officials.
6. Hayley's were ferociously independent.
7. Hayley's have always been inventors in the realm of mechanical design.
8. Hayley's had slaves.
9. Hayley's believed in harsh child discipline.
10. Although many times ill, weak, Hayley's were always able to work harder and longer than others, as if by sure might and will.

IMHO----It always seemed to me the Hayley's had kind of a curse "very dark side" on the family. There were often times a riff with family members, lots of illness, and sadness. But again in my "Pollyanna" perspective, I think as we unravel some of these family issues. Put "light" to them. We can lift this darkness and unleash the special talents and characteristic of the HAYLEY's.

Excuse me as I adjust my rose colored glasses.

Love Aunt Ruth

Thursday, July 16, 2009

July 16, 2009

Sometimes I travel, network, and read about Hayley ancestry. I have been busy doing all the above for the last two weeks. This blog is more about the process of writing the history of the Hayley's.

I also have a blog titled Genealogy is Ruthless without Me and it is more the networking, technical issues of genealogy. There have been several new software packages coming, old sites folding, Internet sites, speakers, presentations, books that updates nearly everyday. It is those generic issues I blog about on the other blog.

So just to catch up on my research involved with the Hayley's ---- I now have a little over 3,000 names--- on ancestry. I have 92 people with hints to review and about 124 "problems" on my chart to be corrected, researched etc. This I have been told can be referred to in genealogy jargon "as weeding".

I am coming up with a book list to request from the Mormon's Family Center. Aunt Helen will be able to help me obtain these books, films etc.

In particular I am seeking and hope to find soon microfilm compiled by ADAH (no I do not know what that stands for yet) Gen Society of Utah 1987, 1 roll, FHL film #1411532 (Item 15, Tennessee soldier) for Captain John William Hayley (1823-1870) Confederate Service Records (for Tennessee soldiers who served in Alabama Units)

also series M268, 1959, 359 rolls, FHL film starting alphabetical with #880055 (A-AN) that is stated to be a very good resource of wounded soldiers. with 359 films and H being the 8th letter of the alphabet I will start looking at about roll #880225

I also have located a possible Indian Choctaw Genealogy Specialist --- Grandma Etta Mae Dikes Hayley left me her Indian Blood, tribe, degree and reference name. Cecelia Svinth Carpenter wrote a book published in 1986 by Tacoma Research Service regarding the History of Indian and British interaction before the 1780s. It is here and the Treaty of April 1824, that I hope to find our names amongst the 5 civilized tribes as Grandmother stated.

More books regarding Hayley I will be ordering"

Genealogical memorandum relating chiefly to the Hayley, Piper, Neal and Ricker families of Maine and New Hampshire is available from

Tennessee Twigs and Branches

Goodspeed books

HILL & HAYLEY, Cotton Factors, Memphis is available from The Olden Times

Along with some court records and newspaper clippings.

I also have a list for the Moorings ---- The wife of John William Hayley (mother of John Christopher Hayley) comes from a well published family in Tennessee and that is where I got some of the photos for her ---

so just to give you a short update on my research. I am also using this blog as a kind of diary of my research.

This week , I have added 50 names updated 157 people, gedcomed my ancestry file, and uploaded to My Heritage and a new software program RootsMagic 4, Wednesday I attended a genealogy class on the new Windows 7 (replacing VISTA everyone hopes), and attended a evening class where I received some of the data and read resources for the Civil War. Saturday July 18th I will attend a class for this new RootMagic4 software program. That is why I was anxious to populate the databases.

Dad continues to recover from his respiratory infection, and then I am hoping to get him to start scanning more photos. Also I am having Deb Sue go through my storage to send me more data.

So I will be working on step by step to put this together.

By the way I have done some work on Jo Ellen's family and Susan Corbin's family also.

Let me know what you think-----OBTW Dean I found Kaydance and Venice records also and will be adding them -----sorry if I did not spell correct right now but it has been since 6 am and now 11:30 pm and I am too tired to look at my bundle of papers right now lol lol lol This blog was the last thing I was going to do before I hit the shower!! Good Night Sweet Family I love you all Aunt Ruth

Monday, July 6, 2009

An Olympic Hopeful 1940-1944

Many of our ancestors have been athletical and great sportsmen in many arena. This is a blog about a direct relative working toward the 1940s Olympics. When the Tokyo Olympics were cancelled, this was a great disappointment to many Olympic Hopefuls.

The statement below is the official account of the 1940 Olympics.

Digital Archiv
from the amateur athletic foundation of Los Angeles:
The AAF has obtained permission from the I.O.C. and all relevant National Olympic Committees to web publish all Official Olympic Reports through 2004. All of the digital publications are available at no cost to website visitors.
Read the full text of the 1940 Official Olympic Report:


The hopes for the XIIth Olympic Games in Tokyo which were anxiously
anticipated not only by the public of Japan, but also by the peoples of foreign
countries, came to an abrupt end with the announcement of cancellation.
Although the cancellation was inevitably due to the national policy in
the present emergency, the return to the International Olympic Committee
of the right to celebrate the Games was not only a great grief to sports fans
themselves, but also to the whole nation of Japan. At the twenty-eighth
meeting of the Organizing Committee, which was held on July 16, 1938, the
advice of Marquis Kido, Minister for Public Welfare, pointing out the issue
as follows, was considered.
" Although the Government has been desirous for the holding of the Olympic
Games, there seems to be no alternative but to forfeit the right to celebrate
the XIIth Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo under the present circumstances
when the nation is confronted with the necessity of requiring both spiritual and
material mobilization in order to realize the ultimate object of the present
The discussion invited several inquiries, but a unanimous decision was
reached by the Organizing Committee to the effect that to cancel the Games
was the best solution in line with the national policy.
The following telegram was immediately sent to Count de Baillet-Latour:
" We regret that, owing to protracted hostilities with no prospect of
immediate peace, we have decided to cancel the Tokyo and Sapporo Games.
We intend to apply for 1944 Games. The members of the Organizing Committee
are unanimous in their appreciation of your unfailing kindness. Tokugawa,
In view of the national mobilization required for the termination of the
present Japan-China incident which was felt to be still in the distant future,
the Japanese Government requested the abandonment of all preparations for
the Olympic Games. Protracted hostilities call for forbearance and every
possible preparation, on the part of the people, for concentrated efforts in every
direction. Consequently, it was desired to cancel all large scale international
projects and the Olympic Games had to be reconsidered.

But our Olympic Hopeful continued his perfection of the high dive. Diving has evolved a lot since the 1940s. Ergo, no this person could not do double layouts finished by a reversal. But again this Olympic Hopefuls dreams were dashed again when the 1944 Olympics were cancelled.
See statement below:

The anticipated 1944 Summer Olympics, which were to be officially known as the Games of the XIII Olympiad, were cancelled due to World War II. They were to have been held in London, United Kingdom, which won the bid in a June 1939 IOC election over Rome, Detroit, Lausanne, Athens, Budapest, Helsinki and Montreal on the first ballot.

Because of the cancellation, London went on to host the 1948 Summer Olympics, awarded without election.

In spite of the war, the IOC organized many events to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of its foundation at its headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. Held from 17 June to 19 June 1944, this celebration was referred to as the "The Jubilee Celebrations of IOC" by Carl Diem, the originator of the modern tradition of the Olympic torch relay.

Polish Prisoners of War (POWs) in the Woldenberg (Dobiegniew) Oflag II-C POW camp were granted permission by their German captors to stage an unofficial POW Olympics during July 23 to August 13, 1944 and an Olympic Flag made with a bed sheet and pieces of colored scarves was raised. The event has been considered to be a demonstration of the Olympic spirit transcending war.[1]

So have you figured who this Diving Olympic Hopeful is????

It is Grandpa Wild Bill Hayley !!!!! Grandpa continued to pursue his love of sports with auto racing and water skiing. But circumstances of world politics, beyond his control, dashed his dreams of participating in an Olympic Year.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Where's Ruth?

It was not that I meant to be so self absorbed. In fact if you asked me I would have told you I was a very thoughtful caring person. But the truth I thought summers were to get everything done, go everywhere and try to not miss anything. Actually my summers started about Easter Time. I tried to buy "my bathing suit" just before Easter Vacation. My bathing suit was always a big deal to me. Long before 2 pieces, and high cuts, low cuts, I wanted my suit to be of beautiful color, and durable because it was going to get a lot of use. It was always a big joke because the first day I would wear my suit all day and even sleep in my suit. Easter vacation was to start your tan. My best friend, Eva and I, would walk down to San Jose City College each day of vacation, dip in the pool, slather on baby oil and lay out working on our tan. Every summer was the same......the Friday before Easter Sunday I went to Girl Scouts camp and cleaned the cabins. (The name of the camp is on the tip of my brain). We swept out cob webs and wooden floors of the cabins, disinfected outhouses, scrubbed kitchens. And we thought this was fun.

Memorial week end as the 4th of July and Labor week end was spent with my family.
About 15 families, 20 ski boats gathered at the same campground for a weekend of water skiing. We made a big circle with our tents, the out door kitchen would reside in the middle of the camp. We had people of all ages, babies, small children, pre teens, teens, young single men, parents, grandparents. It was the best!!

My father did all the boat driving when his kids water-skied. I had two older brothers. I remember while my brothers slept in I would have to wait patiently while my dad ate breakfast because my turn to ski was before the boys woke up. Mom would try to get dad fed his breakfast and off on his way. I would catch them looking at each other with smiles in their eyes. They were enjoying my efforts to stay calm and wait for dad to start up the boat engine and call for me.

Just after Memorial week end, I had Girl Scout Camp to attend for a week, then church camp for a week, When I became a teen I also went to Church Family Camp as a worker in the ice cream parlor and to sing in the choir.

When I was not gone from home --- I was across the street at the recreation program. There were always planned activities. A new theme each week, and lots of things to keep kids busy. A typical week end would be Indian Week, or Circus Week, Monday we would start making crafts for the week. Macaroni beads for Indian week, Animal masks for Circus week. We would learn a new game each week ---same game just theme oriented----Indian tag, Circus tag, Indian bingo, Circus Wednesday we would work on costumes, Thursday we had a themed party complete with theme art, theme costumes, playing theme games and the greatest of all a 5 cent snow cone. Fridays we cleaned up, put things away, took art and stuff home, had chess, checker, tournaments and start again the next week.

Sometimes I would go out to the field to hang around the Mc Donald boys, They were named Hughie, Louie, Dewey and Donald (no lie) and those boys were baseball crazy --everyday they played in the field. Sometimes I would go up and ask to play and they would say ok but my position was always out out field. Meaning if the ball was an automatic double or homerun it was my job to go find the ball. They would continue to play with a spare ball. Sometimes they remembered to say thank you when I would retrieve the out out ball!!

I seldom wore shoes all summer. It was not uncommon for me to have blood blisters (from walking barefoot on the asphalt), callouses on my feet, and basically rather disgusting darkened gross feet. For that reason, when it was time for school, it was always an ordeal and sure to produce heel blisters when I had to wear new shoes for school.

Civil War Pension Records

Military Records are a very good resource to gather information on your family. In our family we have many Enlistment Records, War records etc. These have all been used to document the family tree. As you will be interested to note: Many of these records misspell names, are misfiled, in rather dismal condition after all these years. Working along side other genealogist you learn to use *wild cards, soundex, and searches to reach obscure data. These records are then second referenced to support the information.
After the Civil War, there were so many widows and orphans, an attempt was made to provide for these families. Congress set up petitions for "pardons" and pensions. Congress made no promises, but encouraged families to petition for these pensions. These petitions are packed full of family history. This is a great find for genealogist. The trick is to get the index card number. Without the index card number, there is little hope to find your data. The families were encouraged to complete two petitions one for the federal government and one for the state government. After many years, Congress did pass law and pensions only the Union solidiers. Confederate solidiers were compensated by their own individual states only.

Following is a copy of the email I sent to Tenneessee. I was able to find index card number, by the index card number, they will be able to locate her pension records. Sometimes these pension records include pages and pages (I have heard of up to 80 pages) of information on the family, Maybe we will see samples of Eliza's handwriting. Sometimes it takes a long time for the Tenn officials to process the request, find the records, and send a copy. But these records will be included in the book I write about Eliza Jane set to publish in 2010.

Following a copy of my Email to request copy of her pension records.
I found a "close match" for my direct g-g-grandfather John William Hayley (other spellings include Haley, Hyley, Heley) who was married to Eliza Jane Mooring in 1850. Eliza Jane Mooring
Spouse: John W Hayley
Marriage: 1 Apr 1850 - Madison

I think he enlisted in the 9th regiment of Tenn originally and then was commissioned as a Captain, his regiment joined a regiment in Alabama. In this battle in Alabama,
Captain John William (Haley) Hayley was mortally wounded

I found what I believe is Eliza's Pension Application Index Card
Name: Eliza J. Haley
Soldier Name: J. S. Haley
State Served: TN
Application Type: Widow
Application Numbers: W3387
Application Location: Smith, TN
Note: The name Haley, Eliza J. appears on a Tennesse Confederate Application
Info: A photocopy of this pension application may be obtained from the Tennessee State Library and Archives. Please contact the Tennessee State Library and Archives for pricing and availability

Anything you can help me with will be greatly appreciated.

Warmest Regards,
Ruth Himan
address: 350 Third Ave #205
Chula Vista, Calif 91910

AS you can see Hayley is misspelt, It indicates J.S. Haley etc. Because of these errors it would have been easy to conclude that this record does not apply. But I will send for the information, and "if" the data is available I will be able to review it for second resources to be able in fact declare this is a document of our family member.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Another story from the archives of the HAYLEYS

Again these are direct relatives and you will see them on the "family tree" I have included this story attached to James W Hayley (The father of John William Hayley). This is the account reported in this book based on some court documents. There are more documents to review----but it is finds like this ---- That peaks my curiousity and I want to dig more.

By Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith
Copyright, Jonathan K. T. Smith, 2003

Slave woman sentenced to be hanged for murdering "young Haley," Madison Co., Tennessee

It would appear from the documentation that has survived regarding this long-ago tragedy that the slave woman, LUCY, was charged in murdering one of the children of James W. and Eliza M. Hayley (more properly so spelled), Madison Countians. The ADVOCATE mentions that she had been charged with murdering a "young" Haley, i.e. Hayley which is substantiated by the fact that no one of the pertinent Hayleys, among the adults, died in this period. (A James Haley had died in 1842 and left two children of another local family.) See, below, from the Execution Docket of the Circuit Court in this case where the two major witnesses, who were paid fees for their testimony, really appearance in court, in April, were James W. and Eliza M. Hayley, for which the former signed a voucher as having been paid these fees and so signed by him, June 21, 1844. (Madison County Execution Docket, 1840-1844, April term of court, 1844):

James W. Hayley, born in February 1804, was a stepson of Matthias Deberry, one of the most prominent citizens of early Madison County, an early sheriff, and builder of the old brick mansion still standing about four miles east of Jackson, Tennessee, the plantation first known as Rose Green but later named Rose Hill, which name it still bears. (Letters in possession of Betty Young Hopper, of Jackson, among members of the Deberry family reveal the initial name of this plantation.)

The 1840 U.S. census of Madison Co. (page 79) indicates that James Hayley had at least six surviving children at that time; there were probably more before his death a few years after the death of his unfortunate child. Matthias Deberry had provided a modest acreage for the Hayleys but being in an unhealthy location it was swapped out for another tract, just about the time of the homicide in question; as plainly explained in Madison County Circuit Court Minute Book, 1840-1844, pages 544-545.

The Circuit Court overruled Lucy's move for a new trial and as the jury had sentenced her guilty of murder, it was ordered by the court that she be "taken to the jail of Madison County from whence she came and there be securely kept until the Friday, the twenty-first day of June next and that on that date she be taken hence to the common gallows of said county and there between the hours of ten o'clock in the forenoon and two o'clock in the afternoon of the same day, be hanged by the neck until she be dead and that the sheriff of Madison County do execution of this sentence."

The evidence presented in this case must have been overwhelming against Lucy because in most instances involving capital punishment of slaves in this county those cases were referred for review by the western division of the state supreme court, in Jackson; all of which were, as well as the present writer can recall, later affirmed by the higher court and dates established for execution definitely established. It is a sad, sad horror that a child had to die and that a slave had to die for supposedly causing the former's death, but we in a later age are left with only historical regrets, for the most part, because the records which would have informed us better of "what happened" seem to have disappeared forever.

This is written by one witness but there are other accounts and will be included in the 5 generations. I am writing. But then the Hayley's continue on to before 1770 in the USA. Their military records and migration records ---- a chapter in itself to report.

This blog will be more about the references, and trails I am going through to write this first book ---- I just wanted family to know --- I am researching the "Hayley" story.

Eliza Jane Mooring Hayley Works

This is Eliza Jane Mooring (my great great grandmother) She is the mother of John Christopher Hayley (my great Grandfather), My grandfather, Claude William Hayley's father. Her legacy is a true testament of the strong willed, heartbreaking, women of her time. I plan to write a book just of her and her sisters. This book I plan to release the end of 2010. I have already set goals for 2009 and early 2010. I will be traveling back to her families land and her families cemetery. Her family already has been recorded. The information I entered on the Moorings, I read in a book titled Families of Wyatt Mooring past and present written by Isabelle Algee. The picture you find attached above also came from this book.

So how can I be so sure this woman is indeed my great great grandmother?? How can I be sure that she and all her other family is indeed related to the children of Claude William Hayley Jr born in 1924?? I will now follow, in this blog, with my back up documentation. But genealogy is not just a bunch of library reference number or names, dates and locations. This woman has a rich and exciting life to share. Reading these stories are like reading novels but only they are true and happened to your family.

27 Nov Birth
Madison County, Tennessee2 source citations 1900 United States Federal Census 1880 United States Federal Census1850

1 AprAge: 20 Marriage to John William Haley
Madison County, Tennessee1875

Age: 46 Marriage to Ephraim Elijah Work 1880

Age: 51 Residence
Johnsons Station, Tarrant, Texas, United States1 source citation 1880 United States Federal Census1900

Age: 71 Residence (with her oldest daughter and family)
Whitewright, Grayson, Texas1 source citation 1900 United States Federal Census1905

AprAge: 75 Death (in her families plot with her two small children, and parents, along with other Moorings) I, Ruth Himan, received a list of all Moorings buried in this cemetery from the cemetery itself.
Lake County, TennesseeBurial
Mooring Cemetery, Lake County, Tennessee

These are the children Eliza and John William Hayley born 1829 – died 1874) reported in the census:

Martha J Haley 1853 – (Later in life Elza goes to live with this daughter and her husband)
Wyatt A. Haley 1857 – 1867 (the circumstances of his death and burial is sad)
Josephine Haley 1860 – 1868 (the circumstances of her death,only one year later, and burial is also sad)
James Hayley 1863 – 1934
Charles Hayley 1868 –
John Christopher Hayley 1870- Our Great Great Grandfather was the baby of the family. His father dies when he is 4 years old after years of suffering and pain, from a mortal wound received in the war.

IN 1874 Mr. John William Hayley passes away. This is a story of sacrifice, heroism, courage and extraordinary sadness. John William Hayley's military service records are documented in Civil War Books, Articles, in Eliza Jane's pension petition, I am including copies of all these publications in the family history I am writing.

But I like to believe that when John and Eliza were first married on April 1, 1850 that it was a very joyful union, because the
Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002
about Eliza Jane Mooring
Name: Eliza Jane Mooring
Spouse: John W Hayley
Marriage Date: 1 Apr 1850
Marriage County: Madison
Marriage State: Tennessee

Source Information:

Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2008. Original data: Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002. Nashville, TN, USA: Tennessee State Library and Archives. Microfilm.

This database contains marriage records from the state of Tennessee from 1780-2002. Information that may be found in this database for each entry includes bride and groom's names, marriage date, and marriage county

has their names take up a whole page in the ledger and a little after scribble to their names.

In 1880 Eliza marries Mr Works (this copy of his photo was emailed to me.)

This family study has me reading Civil War Records, Land Deeds, Indian Treaties, along with newspaper articles, court records, etc.

Thank you for allowing me to share a little bit of the work with you. I now have over 3000 names, over 1000 resources, 300 photos,

I am opening a new blog for the Cancimillas, I have one on the Himans, and then I have a more technical blog regarding genealogy in general.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Census 1930 USA

ON Tuesday, April 2, 2002 12:44 PM, My Dad, Grandpa Hayley, Mud Grandpa sent me this email...........

From: "Bill Hayley" View contact detailsTo: "Ruth Himan" us census bureau released at midnight april 1st. the 1930 census records in which 32 questions were asked pertaining to households; most of them more or less would be quite personal. this is the only time questions like this were asked; such as who lived in the household and there relationships. this data was held from public view under law for 70 yrs. and so was released the first minute it was available under the law. don't know if this will be of any help to you, but you might try it.
LOve dad

With this email ---- my genealogy work took on new wings -- so in 1930 this is where and with whom my dad was living at the age of 5 years old.

Name: John C Hayley
Home in 1930: Las Cruces, Dona Ana, New Mexico
Age: 58
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1872
Birthplace: Tennessee
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name: Celia M
Race: White

Name Age
John C Hayley 58
Celia M Hayley 50
Claude W Hayley 26
Maytta Hayley 24
Claude W Hayley 5
Flora E Hayley 3 5/12
Forrest Hayley 1

So in this home in New Mexico lived 3 generations. But a very important piece of data was available in this document John Christopher's approximate year of birth and the state he was born in ........I knew definitely this was the correct John Christopher Hayley based on the names of the family members he was living with......

Based on this data I researched John Christopher Hayley....... This is the Great Grandfather that couldn't or wouldn't reveal the details of his mother and/or father. The family lore has been repeated many times and the story goes:

"The Hayley Family Tree was poorly documented and difficult to find because Claude William Hayley Sr.'s father, (John Christopher Hayley) ran away from his home at a very young age. The story goes, his father hung him by his feet upside down in a well. As soon as he was free of the well, John Christopher ran away and never returned.

So I had a birth date and a state, also I have Cecil Melinda Carter's personal Bible in my possesion. So that was a good place for me to start my investigation.....

I found documentation on John Christopher Hayley in the following records:
All of these documents are available on-line to view the original. It is by viewing the originals that the names and data can be verified:

This is a picture of John Christopher Hayley and Cecil Melinda Carter.
They are the parents of Grandpa Claude William Hayley Senior who later marries Etta Mae Hayley.

■Year: 1880; Census Place: Johnsons Station, Tarrant, Texas; Roll: T9_1328; Family History Film: 1255328; Page: 102.4000; Enumeration District: 93; Image: . (Residence)
■Year: 1880; Census Place: Johnsons Station, Tarrant, Texas; Roll: T9_1328; Family History Film: 1255328; Page: 102.4000; Enumeration District: 93; Image: . (Birth)

■Year: 1910; Census Place: Elgin, Grand, Utah; Roll: T624_1603; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 50; Image: 675. (Name)
■Year: 1910; Census Place: Elgin, Grand, Utah; Roll: T624_1603; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 50; Image: 675. (Birth)
■Year: 1910; Census Place: Elgin, Grand, Utah; Roll: T624_1603; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 50; Image: 675. (Residence)

1920 United States Federal Census
■Year: 1920; Census Place: Hutchinson Ward 6, Reno, Kansas; Roll: T625_546; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 180; Image: 848. (Name)
■Year: 1920; Census Place: Hutchinson Ward 6, Reno, Kansas; Roll: T625_546; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 180; Image: 848. (Birth)
■Year: 1920; Census Place: Hutchinson Ward 6, Reno, Kansas; Roll: T625_546; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 180; Image: 848. (Residence)

1930 United States Federal Census
■Year: 1930; Census Place: Las Cruces, Dona Ana, New Mexico; Roll: 1394; Page: 13B; Enumeration District: 5; Image: 632.0. (Name)
■Year: 1930; Census Place: Las Cruces, Dona Ana, New Mexico; Roll: 1394; Page: 13B; Enumeration District: 5; Image: 632.0. (Birth)
■Year: 1930; Census Place: Las Cruces, Dona Ana, New Mexico; Roll: 1394; Page: 13B; Enumeration District: 5; Image: 632.0. (Residence)

In the 1880 census ----- we learn that John Christopher's father (JOHN WILLIAM HAYLEY) has already passed away and his mother (Elisa J. born in Tennesse) has remarried a Ephriam Elias Work. We know this because his relationship to the head of household is a step-son. He is only 10 years old and he and his brothers James (age 17) and Charles (age 12) are reported as working on the farm and they can not read nor write. They live with their step-father, mother, two step-brothers and a step sister.
ERGO if there was a "father" who disciplined John C in this harsh way --it would have been this step-father Eli Works
1880 United States Federal Census
about John C. Hayley
Name: John C. Hayley
Home in 1880: Johnsons Station, Tarrant, Texas
Age: 10
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1870
Birthplace: Tennessee
Relation to Head of Household: Stepson
Father's birthplace: Tennessee
Mother's Name: Elisa J.
Mother's birthplace: Tennessee
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Works On Farm
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Male
Cannot read/write:

Household Members: Name Age
Ephr. E. Work 53
Elisa J. Work 51
John K. Work 19
Eph. A. Work 15
Poucohontos Work 9
Jas. Hayley 17
Chas. Haley 12
John C. Hayley 10

So now I can investigate John Christopher Hayley's parents John William and Elisa J, Hayley. Next Blog ----

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Motivation for working on my genealogy. I have several reasons that my work on genealogy is important to me. My first and foremost reason is a desire to record my mother's family. My mother was always very proud of her heritage and she always asked me to research and record our family history. My mother loved her grandchildren. It was important to my mother that her grandchildren knew her family. In particular her grandmother, Armenita Clementine Chapin. Armenita was quite a character.

But there is a more compelling reason to motivate me to continue to record and share "our story". That reason is to educate our younger generation on American History!!

I am feeling very strongly about doing this genealogy work. I think my education and dedication to this work has led me to research and preserve this data. I feel so strongly about it because American History is being rewritten for the next generation of American children by people and interest groups that were not here!!
In order to preserve our country we must keep the ideals of America alive. If these special interest groups felt so strongly about Americas ideals why did they not try it in their own country. I will tell you why because it takes sacrifice, heroism, and a vision.

This country may not be perfect but it is the best country in the world. My personal profession at Working to move industry to China, India, Iraq, Israel --- reminds me of how much "growing" these countries are going to need. America went through our Industrial Revolution, the Great Reform and the establishment of public education.
Just like these countries are now-------Until the 1840s, school systems were localized and available only to wealthy people. The Great Reformers (mostly Protestant) who wanted all children to benefit the education process opposed this. These reformers fought for the case that public schooling could create good citizens, unite society and prevent crime and poverty. Seems to me those should be the goals of schools today. The efforts and work of the GREAT REFORMERS are not taught in school today). As a result of their efforts, free public education at the elementary level was available for all American children by the end of the nineteenth century. By 1918 all states had passed laws requiring children to attend at least elementary school (Great School Staff, 2003). The first publicly supported secondary school in the United States was founded in 1635. The attendance in secondary schools was very little because the curriculum was specialized and difficult. A demand for more intelligence and skills within the labor force (the industrial revolution which India, China, and so many other countries are experiencing now) led Benjamin Franklin to start a new kind of secondary school. Franklin established, the American Academy which was established in Philadelphia in 1751. American high schools eventually became more prominent. The rise in American high school attendance was one of the most shocking developments in the U.S. education system during the twentieth century. As the twentieth century progressed, high school was becoming more and more important to society. The effects that the history of public education took on shaping America in the early years of the twentieth century are often overlooked. Likewise, things like The Great Depression, wars with other countries, civil rights movement, student protests and the numerous political events within the country all had their effects on the education system. All of these, plus more were key ingredients to the efforts in shaping the American public school (Thattai, 1999). American public schools are built around the beliefs of everyone is welcome and no child will be left behind. Public schools are schools that are provided by state and federal funding. Ninety percent of the children in America attend a public school. Until 1951 the "Protestant" Lord's Prayer was said in Public schools each day.
As the world evolves, these lessons are going to help make better decisions in the future. Education is key to create good citizens, unite society and prevent crime and poverty.
Bringing that part of history to our grand kids is very important to me.

I do believe there is an anti-American wave of thinking being popularized. But for me and my family I will try to keep the story (or at least this side of it) straight.

So off to work on setting the records straight. More later, Ruth

Ok I will jump off my soap box and get focused on my research.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Family Lore

One of my interests in Genealogy is that I am trying to prove or disprove "Family Lore".
The Hayley Lore I first tackled is:

"The Hayley Family Tree was poorly documented and difficult to find because Claude William Hayley Sr.'s father, (John Christopher Hayley) ran away from his home at a very young age. The story goes, his father hung him by his feet upside down in a well. As soon as he was free of the well, John Christopher ran away and never returned.

Another Family Lore is that we are related to the Carter Family that includes June Carter who later marries Johnny Cash. My interest is to prove this, if possible.

Also to document our Daughters of the American Revolution lineage for any females now or in the future will be a direct relative.

Also there are rumors (amongst the genealogist) we may or may not be related to our ninth president Harrison and be a distant relative to Thomas Jefferson (meaning not direct to Thomas but perhaps a direct relative to one of his siblings).

These are but a few of the hypothesis I am working on presently. I am taking this project as a scientific experiment (hee hee) ---Another words using the lores and myths as hypothesis and seeing if I or anyone else can duplicate the results.

This study will actually take years to the end of my life as I document each step of the way. My goal is to present everyone with a 5 generation double side family tree by Christmas 2009. and then to update everyone with new data each Christmas. Those that follow my blog will get the bits and pieces, work, documentation explanations to develope these "trees" in details. Because without the research, documentation, verification and validation required the tree may not have foundation to stand the test of time.

So more Later Aunt Ruth ncw

Welcome to ReedHayley Blog

Hello Family!!! This is a announcement that I have declared myself "Family Historian" at least for now. You may ask me what are my qualifications well number:
1 I have a computer (with spell check!)
2 I enjoy it.
3. I have some resources that I will be able to refer to and expand upon.

These resources I have or have copies of include but are not limited to:
Cecil M. Carters personal Bible with her notes of family dates and locations added.
A copy (photographed by Bill Hayley) of Etta Mae Hayley's family Bible.
Also Josephine Hayley hand copied all the data from the Bible and I have a copy of this data.
A copy of "THE FAMILY OF JOHN ARNETT CHAPIN" compiled by Helen Evelyn Cox Mills, July 1983, Owasso, Oklahoma.
An interesting family tree regarding the Dearman's found in Alta Vay Cook Reed's closet after her death with some notes in her handwriting.
A letter from Jeanette Reed

and of course my panel of experts
Helen Roberta Reed (for the Reed, Chapin, and Dearman Families)
Wild Bill Hayley for the (Hayleys and Dikes Families)
When ever I reference these resources I will do so in the notes of the genealogy.

This blog was going to be entitled HayleyReed but that name was not available so it is ReedHayley. I still hope all will be able to find it.

Even tho I have declared this title "family historian" for myself ---- if at anytime you decide on a better candidate or wish to assist, add, comment and correct anything on this blog ----please do so!!!

More soon.......... Sincerely Ruth, ncw (no credentials whatsoever)