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355. William Henry "Will" HAYS196,231 was born on 12 March 1878 in Arkansas.22 He died on 10 December 1922 at the age of 44 in Crawford County, Arkansas.148,232 He was buried in Peevyhouse Cemetery, Crawford County, Arkansas.

Hays, W. H. age 19 - West, Ettie age 16. June 2, 1897 by B. M. Curtis, MG.

Wife was Etta. Had 15 children - names remembered by JoEllen McKim are Eugene, Bud, Paul, Russell, Clara, Sue. Russell moved to Blytheville where he was a very successful businessman. Paul remained in Crawford County - his son Paul, Jr. went to church camp at Lake Ft. Smith with Kay. Clara's married name was Kilgore; she worked at Ira & Minnie's store in Van Buren. Her daughter's name was Donna Kay who was a friend of Kay Haden during her growing up years.
Jane Lumsden refers to her grandfather as "Will" - my grandmother, mother, & uncles always called him "Willie". The letter from Freda Hays Barnett explains that Nora & Minnie always called him Willie, to differentiate from their Uncle Will Hays.

1900 Census. Van Buren Twp, outside city, Crawford, AR, Hh 143
William H. Hays, b. Mar 1878, 22, married 3 years
Etta, wife, b. Jul 1880, 19, 1 child
Ugene S., son, b. Sep 1898, age 1

World War I Draft Card. 12 Sep 1918. William Henry Hays lived Rural Route 2, Van Buren Ark. He was age 40, born 12 Mar 1878. A Farmer. Nearest relative was his wife Etta Hays. He was of medium height, medium build, blue eyes and brown hair.

1910 Census. Van Buren Twp, Crawford, AR, Hh 346
William H. Hays, 32, married once for 12 years
Etta, wife, 30, 8 children - 7 are living
Eugene S., son, 11
Clara V., dau, 7
William C., son, 6
Benjamin R., son, 5
John O., son, 4
Paul W., son, 2
Reba E., dau, age one month

Crawford Co AR 1920 Census: "Bill" Hays, wife Etta, and all the children except Anna Ruth who died as an infant and Dorothy, the youngest. All born in Arkansas. Lived on Lee's Creek Road. The Census Taken listed "none" for an occupation, but he was a farmer.

Funeral Card of William H. Hays: Born Mar. 12, 1878. Died Dec. 10, 1922. Age 44 yrs. 8 mos. 22 d. "He has gone from his dear ones, His children, his wife, Whom he willingly toiled for, and loved as his life; Oh, God! how mysterious and how strange are Thy ways, To take from us this loved one in the best of his days."

Buried in Pevehouse Cemetery. On his stone the same quote from his Funeral Card. There is also an emblem of chain links with the initials F L T - Faith, Love and Truth. He was a member of the Independent Order of Oddfellows.

William Henry "Will" HAYS and Etta WEST were married on 2 June 1897 in Crawford County, Arkansas.233,234 Etta WEST, daughter of John Quincy WEST and Mary E. CAMPBELL, was born on 13 July 1880 in Arkansas.196,233 She died on 11 August 1951 at the age of 71 in Crawford County, Arkansas.148 She was buried in Peevyhouse Cemetery, Crawford County, Arkansas.235

1930 Census. Van Buren Twp, Crawford Co, AR, Hh 359
Etta Hays, age 49, widow, b. AR as were her parents
Bennie R., son 25, farmer
Paul W., son, 22, farmer
Josie B., dau, 18. Donald E., son 17. Clinton E., son, 16. Champ H., son, 14. Mary M., dau, 12, Archie T., son, age 10 and Dorothy U., dau, age 8.

Blytheville Courier News, Blytheville, AR, 11 Aug 1951, p.8
Russell Hays' Mother Dies in Van Buren
Mrs. Etta Hays, mother of Russell Hays, Hadley Hays and Archie Hays of Blytheville, died this morning at her home near Van Buren. The 71-year-old woman had been ill for about two months but was thought to be improving when she suddenly became worse and died.
Her husband, W. H. Hays, died several years ago and a son had made his some with Mrs. Hays since that time.
She leaves eight sons, W. C. Hays of Van Buren, Dr. John Q. Hays of College Station, TX, Paul Hays of Van Buren, Donald Hays of the Navy, Earl Hays of Van Buren, and the three sons who live in Blytheville; and four daughters, Mrs. Jim Kilgore of Van Buren, Mrs. W. W. Flavens of Tulsa, Okla., and Mrs. Edwin Diffenbaugh and Mrs. Charles Vines of Van Buren.
Services will be conducted in Van Buren but arrangements are incomplete pending the arrival of relatives.

Buried in Pevehouse Cemetery.
On her grave marker: "She Was the Sunshine of Our Home"

William Henry "Will" HAYS and Etta WEST had the following children:



Eugene Sanford HAYS.



Clara Vivian HAYS.



William Clarence "Bud" HAYS.



Bennie Russell HAYS.



John Quincy HAYS.



Paul West HAYS.



Anna Ruth HAYS was born on 7 March 1909 in Crawford County, Arkansas.236,237 She died on 4 April 1909 at the age of 0 in Crawford County, Arkansas.237,238

Although the family says she is buried Pevehouse Cemetery, her grave is marked at Sarah's Grove Cemetery in Crawford Co. There is a picture of the marker on - it says, "Annie Ruth, daughter of W. H. and Etta Hays", with the dates and a dove engraved at the top. There was a memorial on FindAGrave in the Pevehouse Cemetery, since removed.



Reba Elizabeth HAYS.



Josie Blanche HAYS.



Donald Edwin Wallace HAYS.



Clinton Earl HAYS.



Hadley Champ HAYS.



Mary Margaret HAYS.



Archie Theodore HAYS.



Dorothy Euldine HAYS.