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22. Benjamin McClure HAYS17,26,61,62 was born in September 1861 in Arkansas.7,63 He died on 13 June 1936 at the age of 74 in Sebastian County, Arkansas.

1900 Census gave his birthdate as Sep 1865, but this seems improbable. 1870 Census indicates more likely circa 1861.

According to Freda Hays Barnett, Ben had eleven children. A grandson listed 1 son by the first wife Sarah Stevens, 8 children by Lizzy Murphy.

In 1880 Benjamin and Sarah [age 18] were living with his mother in Jasper Twp, Crawford Co, AR. Married by John Q. West, Elder, on 25 Feb 1880 - both gave their ages as 18.

1900 Census. Ben & Lizzie still living in Jasper Twp, Crawford Co AR. Children in the home were Gola [sic-Golda] b. Aug 1890, age 9, Roy, b. Jul 1892 age 7, and Perry, b. Jun 1899 age 1. [Although a grandson states that Benjamin & Sarah had a son Walter, he is not listed with the family here. He could have been about 20 years old.]
John Coppel, boarder, b. Mar 1880, age 20, b. IL as were his parents, farm labor

1910 Census. Dora Twp, Crawford Co AR.
Ben M. Hays, age 49, married 2 times, 21 years present marriage
Lizzie, wife, age 35, married 1 time, had 8 children, 6 are living, b. MO
Roy, son, age 17, b. AR as were all the children in this census
Perry, son, age 11
Velda, dau, age 9
Cecil, dau, age 5
Arvil, son, age 11 months
Manda Turner, boarder, age 47

1920 Census. The family was living in PawPaw Township, Sequoyah Co OK. Ben age 54, b. AR, says both parents b. MS. Lizzie, age 45, b. MO, father b. LA, mother b. AR [there will be different places of birth for her parents in each census]
Perry, son, age 20, Velda, son age 18 - born in Arkansas
Cecile, dau, age 15, born in Oklahoma
Arvil/Orvil, age 10, Lucy age 6, both born in Arkansas
[The family has done considerable moving back and forth across the AR/OK border.]

1930 Census. Ben. M. Hayes lived in Ft. Smith, Sebastian Co AR. Gave his age as 66, married at age 25. He was born in AR, both parents b. in Mississippi. He was a farmer. Lizzie M., wife, age 55, married at age 16. b. AR. She didn't know where her father was born, her mother born in AR. Living next door was "Prairie" Hayes, obviously a misunderstanding of the name Perry.

Arkansas Death Index. Ben M. Hays, died 06/13/1936 Sebastian County.

Benjamin McClure HAYS and Sarah STEVENS were married on 25 February 1880 in Crawford County, Arkansas.64,65 Sarah STEVENS was born about 1862.64

William C. Stevens testified for Elias Hays on 5 Apr 1875, that Hays had lived for five years on his homestead.

Sarah and Benjamin may have divorced. I found this marriage record:
Arkansas, 1850-1900 Marriage Index
Gender: The gender of Mrs. Sarah M. Hays is female.
Spouse: Samuel H. Weaver
Marriage Date: Nov 28, 1889
County: Crawford
More About: This record can be found in the County Court Records, Film # 1028048 - 1028050.

Benjamin McClure HAYS and Sarah STEVENS had the following children:

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Walter HAYS was born (date unknown).

Said to have been one child from this marriage, Walter, he was not with Benjamin and Lizzy in 1900.

Benjamin McClure HAYS and Elizabeth "Lizzy" MURPHY were married on 29 December 1888 in Crawford County, Arkansas.61,63 Elizabeth "Lizzy" MURPHY61 was born in January 1875 in Arkansas.63

If Lizzy's birth year was given correctly to the census enumerator, she was only thirteen when she married.

Benjamin McClure HAYS and Elizabeth "Lizzy" MURPHY had the following children:

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Golda HAYS was born on 1 August 1890 in Arkansas.63 She died in September 1975 at the age of 85 in Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas.38

Golda may have married Newton J. Black. They are in the 1910 census, Van Buren, Crawford co, AR.
Newton was 21, b. MO, Golda E. Black, age 19, b. OK, parents b. TN - they had been married 2 years and had one child, Flossie, age 8 months.
They were next door to James L. Black and family - likely Newton's family.

G. "Newt" Black has a picture of his grave marker on FindAGrave.com;, buried Gracelawn Cemetery, Van Buren, with the dates 1889-1963. Goldie Black 1889-1975
Married 55 years.

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Roy Lee HAYS was born in July 1892 in Arkansas.63

Roy is said to have died 1918.

Roy married Sarah Knight. She was born about 1892, died 1982.

World War I Draft Card for
Roy Lee Hays, age 24, living at Dora, AR
Natural born citizen; born in Arkansas.
Farmer by occupation.
Has dependants - wife and 3 children.
Married; Caucasian
Claims Exemption because of wife and 3 children
He was tall with blue eyes, black hair.
Completer 5 Jun 1917, Dora Precinct, Crawford Co, AR.

I believe this is Roy's widow in 1920. Living in Dora, Crawford Co AR, Hh 61
Essie Hays, head of household, widow, age 28, b. AR, parents b. AR
Charley, son, age 8. Harrold, son, age 6. Leovie/Leorie, dau, age 4 years, 1 month.
Roy L, daughter, age 1 year 6 months. [Birth is given as 16 Aug 1918 - Ancestry FamilyTree. I suspect she was born soon after her father died.]

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iii.

Perry Victor HAYS.

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Velda HAYS61 was born in 1902 in Arkansas.26

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Cecile HAYS was born in 1905 in Oklahoma.26

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Arvil Joseph HAYS61 was born on 31 May 1909 in Arkansas.26 He died on 14 October 1951 at the age of 42 in Tulare County, California.

Arvil Joseph Hays is listed in the California Death Index as having died in Tulare Co, CA, 14 Oct 1951. His birthplace given as Arkansas, born 31 May 1909. Mother's maiden name given as Murphy, father's name as Hays.

This could have been the man still in Arkansas in 1930:
Walnut Grove, Perry Co, AR, Hh 42
"Orville" Hays, age 21, married at age 20, b. AR, farming
Mable, wife, age 17, married at 16, b. AR.

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Lucille "Lucy" HAYS61 was born in 1914 in Arkansas.26

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Ben Floyd HAYS61,62,66 was born in 1920.66 He died in 1965 at the age of 45.66

William Wayne Hays, son of Perry, states that Benjamin Hays had a son Ben Floyd. Freda Barnet, Hays researcher, stated that Benjamin had a son Ben Floyd. He was not listed with the family in the 1920 census. Also not there in 1930. He is listed as buried Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren. Born 1920, died 1965. Next to him is Kathryn Taylor Hays, b. 1923, d. 1946, presumably his wife.