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6. Martin HAYS was born about 1828 in North Carolina. He died before 1860 at the age of 32 in Arkansas.

1850 Tippah Co MS Dwelling #1073. Martin Hays, age 21, born NC. Margaret R. age 21, born TN

Martin HAYS and Margaret R. [HAYS] were married about 1850. Margaret R. [HAYS] was born in 1829 in Tennessee.

1860 Census. Johnson Co AR, Hh 341.
Delitha Hays age 58, b. NC. Margaret Hays age 28, b. TN. Parthena, age 20, b. MS
Ardenia age 9 and Arkansas age 7, both born in AR. [I believe this is probably Martin's widow living with this mother - the two young girls would be hers] However, descendants of Ardena have the family story that their parents were both killed in a tornado and they do not have names for those parents. Possibly old Arkansas newspapers would have an article about a killer tornado sometime in the late 1850's, but I have not yet found that. That would also raise the question of who Margaret Hays in this census was, if she was not the mother of the two little girls.

I did find in Goodspeed that on 12 Apr 1858, a tornado totally destroyed the courthouse, and half the town, in Springfield, county seat of Conway County, AR. The new courthouse was burned during the Civil War but many of the record books saved by Clerk, Joshua Moses.

In the Arkansas Marriages 1837-1957 on FamilySearch. Margarett Hays married Smith Brown on 26 Jun 1862, Johnson Co, AR. Both of lawful age. V. Wallace, Elder of ME Church, S. Filed 7 Jun 1862.

Martin HAYS and Margaret R. [HAYS] had the following children:

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i.

Ardena Frances HAYS.

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ii.

Elizabeth Arenas Arkansas HAYS.