20. JOHN JEFFERSON HAYS3,14,17,26,43,44,45,46 was born on 5 August 1856 in Clarksville, Johnson County, Arkansas.33 He died on 26 June 1950 at the age of 93 in Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas.33,47 He was buried at Fairview Cemetery in Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas.
On 14 Apr 1880, John J. Hays received the following land patent which had been forfeited in 1870/1871. NE 1/4 of NW Qtr of S36, 10N, 32W - 40 acres in Crawford Co. Issued by the Commissioner of State Lands in Little Rock and filed for record 29 Oct 1880. Certificate #12800 dated 24 Apr 1879. States that he has furnished proof of his improvements as required by law. (Copy in my files.) This land was near Figure Five and the property patented by his father Elias.
1880 census in Jasper Twp, Crawford Co, p.510d. John, age 24, born in Arkansas, both parents born in Tennessee. Josephine age 23, her parents born in Indiana [they were not, they were born in NY]. William H. Hays, age 1.
1900 Census. Mattie, Nora, Minnie & Arthur at home.
Obituaries, Death Notices & News Items Extracted from the Van Buren Press 1906 Fran Alverson Warren, p.10
1910 Census. Listed with Josie, married 34 years. Minnie & Arthur still at home.
Warranty Deed dated 21 Mar 1918. Lots 7 and 8, Block 6, GrandView Addition to City of Van Buren. Sold by J. A. and Emma Housley to John J. Hayes for $800. Filed 13 Apr 1918 and recorded Book 91, page 154 by C. M. Bledsoe, Clerk, Crawford Co AR. Emma Housley relinquished dower rights. [no mention of any buildings on these lots]
1920 Census. John and Josie have Kenney & Nora and four of their children living with them (or vice versa). Road, or street, was listed as Mt. Vista. They are renting.
Played the violin which JoEllen still has. Lived out his later years in the home of Ira and Minnie Hays Comstock. Became quite deaf; had no teeth but ate everything anyway. Called "John John" by younger generations.
Told Joe McKim that he remembered while his daddy was away in the Civil War, Union soldiers came and burned them out. They piled everything up in the middle of the floor and then torched the house while the family stood in the yard and watched it burn. Grandson Ike Comstock remembers the story this way....John's father Elias was in the Federal Troops and the Rebels burned the house in retailiation. Either way, it was Martha and the children who suffered.
Northwest Arkansas Times, Fayetteville, AR
Obituary from Fayetteville, AR, newpaper, The Northwest Arkansas Times; 30 Jun 1950:
Buried in Fairview Cemetery, Van Buren, under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.
Another obituary of John J. Hays states that he had lived in Crawford County for 84 years. He was born at Clarksville and moved to Crawford County at age nine (1865).
JOHN JEFFERSON HAYS and PHILENA JOSEPHINE "JOSIE" ALLEN were married on 1 January 1876 in Cove, Polk County, Arkansas. PHILENA JOSEPHINE "JOSIE" ALLEN, daughter of PETER BUELL/BENTON ALLEN and MARY ROWENA HOSKINS, was born on 4 November 1856 in Cove, Polk County, Arkansas.33 She died on 30 May 1935 at the age of 78 in Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas.33,47 She was buried at Fairview Cemetery in Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas.
Marriage records in Polk Co do not contain this one. Crawford Co records begin with 1877, after the fire. I have found it recorded as Jun 1 1876, but I have reason to suspect it was instead, January 1, 1876. A photo of John and Josie in front of their house - he has on a jacket and she is wearing a sweater, has written across the top in Nora Hays Comstock's handwriting "59th Wedding Anniversary, Jan. 2". The 59th year would be 1935. The picture was obviously not taken in June and Josie had died in May of 1935.
Peter & Mary Allen named their children after various people they had known. I spent many years wondering where the name "Philena" might have originated. Her grandfather, Peter B. Allen, had a sister who had married into the Durfee family in New York. The sister, Mary Allen, married Stephen Durfee. I discovered in a database online that Stephen Durfee's brother Edward had a daughter named Philena Durfee born 1819 in Massachusetts, died 1869 in Philadelphia; she would have been born about the time the Allens left New York for Indiana. Philena is a name of Greek origin which means "lover of mankind".
I have her membership badge for Ruby Rebekah Lodge No. 99, I.O.O.F., Uniontown, AR. Daughters of Rebekah, is the women's association affiliated with the International Order of Odd Fellows.
My grand-aunt Minnie Hays Comstock, Josie's youngest daughter, told my mother that Josie lived thirteen years after having radium treatments for cancer of the uterus.
Buried Fairview Cemetery, Van Buren. Services at Wood Memorial Christian church, Rev. Alfred B. Cromwell, pastor.
The name Philena is distinctive. I discovered the presence of this name in the Durfee family. Philena's great-aunt Mary Allen had married Stephen Durfee in New York. There is a will in Wayne Co where this family lived.
Online databases confirm that Stephen Durfee and Edward Durfee were brothers. The name Amanda also occurs in the Allen family following the union of the Durfee and Allen families.
JOHN JEFFERSON HAYS and PHILENA JOSEPHINE "JOSIE" ALLEN had the following children:
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