Hays Family Tree

(Hay, Hays, Hayes)

The original name of this clan was HAY. They came from Scotland to Ireland probably around 1610 or slightly later. They went from Creeslough to Dunfanaghy. The Hay homestead is about three miles out of Dunfanaghy on the road to Horn Head Point. This is about 30 miles west northwest of Londonderry. Three sons of William John Hay, Sr and his wife Martha came to America in 1854. William J. Hay, Robert Hay and Frederick Hay and their families changed their name to Hays, except part of Robert Hay's family changed their name to Hayes. Some clan members went to New York and remained Hay. (Hay existed in Scotland, Hay and Hayes existed in Ireland but Hays was only found in this country.

William J. Hays and his wife Letitia (Morrow) Hays came to this country about 1854 and settled on a farm in Madison township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania where William J. Hays followed agricultural pursuits and ran a distillery.

Origin of the name Hay is Scottish, from the word haga or later haia meaning hedge. Reference source is Burke's "General Armory" 471b. Leith 1685. The coat of arms is Blazon, Argent, three escutcheons gules each charged with a garb or banded gules. Crest, an ox's head couped proper, Motto, Nec Abest Jugum meaning, "There is always some yoke".

Hays Coat of Arms



William John Hays * 1805-1892 m Letitia Morrow * xxxx-1866

William Hays * 1838-1908 m. Catherine Ann John 1843-1916*
great granddaughter of Martin John *.

Susannah Hays 1843-1913 m. David W. Morrow.

Mary Jane Hays 1866-1941 * (Family Pictures) 1866-1941 m. Joseph Leigh Barber * 1859-1899

Fred Hays brother of William J. Hays, m. Martha McKinley.

Robert Hays 1816-1892, brother of William J. Hays and Fred Hays, m. Margaret Alcorn.

* My line.


Cousins found on Internet: Carolyn Raham, Carolyn's email NEW as of Aug 2010, Nancy Hidinger, and Shelby Wilson.

HAYS FAMILY REUNION is held each year on the first Sunday in August at noon at the park past the Hays road. Hope to have a better description of the location soon, like country, state, county etc.

Armstrong Co., PA

Pennsylvania Counties


Original 7/15/97
Last updated 8/2/2010
Page by F. L. Preston