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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
Yuma county and located at Wray, then composed of the depot, a sod hotel,
section house and a small store building in course of erection. Major
and his son took up a pre-emption and timber claim, each, amounting to
acres, within one-half mile of Wray, which the gentleman still owns.
Hays erected a livery stable and engaged in the business and, also,
land for settlers. Subsequently he engaged in the hotel business, first
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
conducted for four years. In the mean time, he was appointed justice of
peace to fill a vacancy, and he discharged the duties so admirably that
was elected for another term to succeed himself. At the beginning of
President Harrison's administration Major Hays was appointed postmaster
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
an appointee of President Cleveland's second administration. In
1892 Major Hays sold his hotel and livery stable, after which he moved on
section of land situated on Black Wolf Creek, thirteen miles south of
which he and his wife homesteaded. In addition to the 625 acres of
homestead land the major has 320 acres of leased land adjoining, all
enclosed by a good wire fence. This ranch which is known as the "Hays
Ranch," extends down Black Wolf creek for three miles, with a fine belt
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
includes the valley, water and timber of Black Wolf creek, which obtains
supply from living springs. This is a very desirable ranch and offers a
opportunity to secure one of the best natural cattle ranches in the
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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