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Nancy A. McClung , Beecher Island.

In 1880 Tama County Iowa James 54 is a lumber dealer, Nancy 45, Fannie B. 21, BUrt 15, Edith 6, and Florence 3.

They're still there for the 1885 census.

Nancy (Widow of James McClung, deceased) made three-year proof for land in 7 and  of 2S 43W in 1914.  Witnesses were Harry F. Strangways, Ernest Smith, William R. Hays, Richard K. Hays, all of Wray.

In 1900 Dubuque County, Iowa James July 1826 in New York, Nancy Dec 1834 Ohio, have Florence Jan 1877, Curtis W. Mar 1865, and Edith M June 1874, all Iowa

August 26 1904 "Richard Kirk Hays, of Denver, who grew up in Yuma county, was married last Tuesday to Miss Edith McClung of Epworth, Iowa, the ceremony occurring at the home of the bride's parents.  Many former Wray friends extend congratulations to Dick and his bride.

One tree said James died July 1908 in Dubuque County,

In 1910 Vernon Nancy J. McClung was with her daughter Edith May Hays, 35 and Richard Kirk Haye, 34 and their son Richard Gregg Hays 4.  Nancy is 75, born in Ohio.  So it appears Nancy moved out because of her daughter.

In 1880 Nodaway County, Missouri William R. Hayes is 45, Lucy 39.  They have Grant A. 16, Mary J 12, Ada M 10, M.H. 7, and Richard K. 4.

Wm. R. Hays had proved up on 160 acres in 7, 2S 43W in 1895, Mary Ada Hays 160 acres in 7 and 8 in 1898,  Harriet M. (probably Madeline H.)  a quarter in 7 in 1899, W.R.H 40 acres cash claim in 17 in 1914, and Richard K. a quarter in 8 and 17 in 1902. 

Major William R. Hays
The Successful Career of a Gallant Veteran and Pioneer Citizen. (Photo - View
of Hays' Park) Among the early pioneers of Yuma county who rendered valuable service in developing the resources of the county and promoting its welfare, the above gentleman occupies a most conspicuous and honorable position.  In the early history of Wray, especially, he was not only an active business factor but, perhaps, did more than any other individual towards the growth of the town.  He had faith in the future of the then hamlet and subsequent years established the wisdom of his judgment. Major Hays is a native of McDonough
county, Illinois, where he was born on a farm on September 27, 1834.  He received a liberal education> and spent the early years of his manhood teaching school and acting as clerk and bookkeeper in his father's mercantile establishment.  On August 20, 1861, he enlisted in Company I, Eleventh Illinois Cavalry, of which he was elected second lieutenant.  His first
experience in battle was gained at Shiloh, in which desperate struggle on April 6 and 7,1862, his regiment took a heroic part.  His gallantry in the battle won for Lieutenant Hays promotion to first lieutenant and in the following September, his work and fidelity as a brave soldier was further recognized by being awarded a commission as captain of his company.
 In January, 1863, Captain Hays and a detachment of his command were captured by the troops of Gen. Forrest, and he was sent to Libby prison, where he endured four months of the utmost hardship, which greatly affected his health.  Then he was exchanged and returned to his command with which he fought in the army of Tennessee until the close of the war.  On July 1, 1865, the gallant gentleman was mustered out of the service with a rank of major, a well merited recognition of his distinguished services in behalf of his country.  

While on a furlough to his home, on December 30, 1863, Major Hays married Miss Lucy E. Kirk, an estimable and accomplished lady, the union being blessed with five children, of whom one son and three daughters survive.  The faithful wife and devoted mother was called to the spirit world in April, 1903. After returning from the army Major Hays and his wife went to northwestern Missouri, to which place his father and other relatives had moved.  There the major engaged in farming pursuits which he continued until 1871, when he engaged in the grocery business at Maryville, the firm name being Evans & Hays and, later, Hays, Craynor & Co.  After a few years Major Hays sold his interest in the business to Mr. Craynor, and was elected marshal of the city.  Subsequently he returned to the farm and engaged in the cattle business for five years meeting with gratifying success.  

In 1885 he came to Yuma county and located at Wray, then composed of the depot, a sod hotel, the section house and a small store building in course of erection.  Major Hays and his son took up a pre-emption and timber claim, each, amounting to 640 acres, within one-half mile of Wray, which the gentleman still owns.  Major Hays erected a livery stable and engaged in the business and, also, locating land for settlers.  Subsequently he engaged in the hotel business, first in the old Wray House, north of the railway tracks.  In February, 1888, he completed the erection of the Commercial Hotel and moved into that, which he conducted for four years.  In the mean time, he was appointed justice of the peace to fill a vacancy, and he discharged the duties so admirably that he was elected for another term to succeed himself.  At the beginning of President Harrison's administration Major Hays was appointed postmaster of Wray, and he discharged the duties with marked ability and to the entire satisfaction of the public for more than four years, when he was relieved by an appointee of President Cleveland's second administration. In 1892 Major Hays sold his hotel and livery stable, after which he moved on a section of land situated on Black Wolf Creek, thirteen miles south of Wray, which he and his wife homesteaded.  In addition to the 625 acres of deeded homestead land the major has 320 acres of leased land adjoining, all being enclosed by a good wire fence.  This ranch which is known as the "Hays Park Ranch," extends down Black Wolf creek for three miles, with a fine belt of large trees on each bank of the stream the entire length.  Buffalo and grama grass furnish grazing for the stock during the entire year.  This ranch includes the valley, water and timber of Black Wolf creek, which obtains its supply from living springs.  This is a very desirable ranch and offers a fine opportunity to secure one of the best natural cattle ranches in the county.
 Owing to his advancing years Major Hays would sell this ranch for a reasonable figure as he is desirous of freeing himself from so many business cares. Major Hays engaged in the cattle business on this ranch in 1893 and met with fine success.  In 1899, however, he decided to lead a less strenuous life and after leasing the ranch he and his family moved to Denver, where they now live.  The gentleman is a charter member of the Wray Masonic lodge and,
also, of the Wray Grand Army Post, having held several offices in each when he lived here. While Major Hays is modest and unassuming, his brilliant and well stored intellect, which is unimpaired by age, renders him one of the most genial and companionable of gentlemen.  He keeps well posted on the current affairs of life, and he displays more activity than the average man does at sixty.  While his career presents wonderful energy in the various
pursuits of life, the laudable ambition of the gallant gentleman has ever been governed by sterling integrity.  Enjoying the confidence and esteem of this community, in which he was such a useful and honored factor, Major Hays retired to Denver, where he can spend the evening of earth's pilgrimage in that ease and comfort which his life of activity and rectitude so richly merit.

He was the treasurer of the Wray Masonic lodge.

In 1900 Denver William R. and Lucie E. have May J, Mary A, Madeline H, and Richard K.

In 1910 Denver William is widowed, with May, Ada, and Madeline.

There's a Maj William R. Hays - Sep 27, 184 - Mar 17, 1918 and Lucy E -May 9, 1840 - Apr 10, 1902 in Denver Fairmount cemetery.

Ada Hays estate was probated in Denver in 1962

Commissioned an officer in Company I, Illinois 11th Cavalry Regiment on 20 Dec 1861.

Promoted to Full 1st Lieutenant on 18 Apr 1862.

Promoted to Full Captain on 23 Sep 1862.Mustered out on 01 Jul 1865.

Promoted to Full Major on 10 May 1865.

In 1914 Nancy slipped on icy pavement and broke a shoulder bone.

In 1920 Wray Richard is a secretary for the Widfields Oil Company, and beside Richard G they have Harold K. 8 and Herbert M. 7.

In 1930 Denver Richard is proprietor of a flour mill, with Harold and Macdonald H., and have added Joy F. 8.

Edith is widowed in 1940 Des Moines, Iowa, and Joy, 18 is with her.

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