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25. Silas N. HAYS71,72 was born on 23 February 1872 in Crawford County, Arkansas.12,14,17 He died on 4 January 1942 at the age of 69 in Crawford County, Arkansas.18 He was buried at Sarah's Grove Cemetery in Crawford County, Arkansas.

His middle name may have been Newton.

1900 Census has birth year as 1871. George, Silas, William, & John J. all give both their parents birth place as Mississippi.

1900 Census. Van Buren Twp, Crawford Co AR. Hh 282
Silas Hays, b. Feb 1871, age 29, married 9 years, b. AR, parents b. MS
Betty, b. Mar 1873, age 27, had 4 children - 2 living, b. MS as were her parents
Sons: Sammy, b. Jan 1892, age 8. Burly, b. Aug 1895, age 5
George Hasket, brother-in-law, b. May 1845, age 65, Widowed, Pensioner, b. TN as were his parents.

The 1910 Census gives the wife's name as Mary E. [Elizabeth?], married only 1 time. She is 36, born in MS; father born in MS, mother born in GA. They state 4 children, 3 living and list only Samuel, James, and Emma. No occupation given for Silas.

The 1920 Census shows his spouse is Mayme, age 41, born in Oklahoma as were both her parents [could this have been a 2nd wife?]. Silas lived in Van Buren and was listed as a Cotton Buyer. Child Eunice born in 1907 was not there in 1910 - perhaps a stepdaughter?
Silas gave his age as 47. Burl was 24; Emma 15, Eunice 13 [their mother listed as born OK].
They were on Mt. Vista road, or street, a couple of doors from his brother John, my great grandfather; on the next page, three households away, is my grandfather Kenney Comstock and family.
The Arkansas Marriage Index has S. N. Hays, b. about 1872, as having married Maggie Williams, 3 Dec 1916, Crawford Co. I can't make the name in 1920 as anything but Mayme, but perhaps is this the second wife.
It's also strange that Burl is there without his wife - he had married in January of 1920. The license and marriage certificate in Sebastian Co is dated 23 Jan 1920. J. B. of Van Buren was age 23 - Avice Nixon of Ft. Smith was age 18.

1928 Fort Smith City Directory
Hayes, Silas N. (Maggie) cotton buyer, residence: 211 No. 12th

1940 Census. Ft. Smith, Sebastian Co. AR, Hh 244
Living at 814 So 10th, a two-family household - lived in the same place in 1935
Sallis N. Hayes, age 67, b. AR, Cotton buyer, Broker
Margaret R. E., wife, 65, b. AR [Is this Maggie - that would be the nickname for Margaret?]
Orvil J. Hayes, 30, Truck Driver, WPA [nephew - son of brother Benjamin]
Cecilia T., wife, 26
Evelyn L. child, 8
Edna E., dau, 5

Although Silas is buried Sarah's Grove Cemetery in Crawford Co; the Arkansas Death Index gives his place of death as neighboring Sebastian Co. Perhaps he died in Ft. Smith. The Arkansas Death Index has truncated his middle name, but it begans with "New..." - was it perhaps Newton?

Silas N. HAYS and Mary Elizabeth "Bettie" WINN were married on 14 December 1890 in Crawford County, Arkansas.40,72,73 Mary Elizabeth "Bettie" WINN was born in March 1873 in Mississippi.14,72

This would seem to be her family in 1880, living in Van Buren, Crawford Co, AR
Hh 584
F. M. Wynn, age37, b. TN, parents b. TN
Victoria, wife, 37, b. GA, parents b. TA
John G., 18, Son. Violia, 13, dau. Louisa, 12, dau. Victoria A., 11, dau. Agustine, 9, son.
Mary E., 8, dau. Buster B., 4, son - all born in Mississippi
Hattie M., 1, Dau, born in Arkansas

1870, Desoto Co, MS, Hh 213
F. M. Wynn, age 26, b. TN
Victoria, 26, b. GA
John F. 8, Violla, 5. Louisa J. 3, Victoria A., age 2 - all born in Mississippi

Silas N. HAYS and Mary Elizabeth "Bettie" WINN had the following children:



Samuel P. HAYS60 was born on 29 January 1892 in Arkansas.14,72

World War 1 Draft Registration at Haskell, OK
6 June 1917
Sam P. Hays, age 25, b. 29 Jan 1892, farm laborer, single



James Burl HAYS.



Emma Myrtle HAYS.



Eunice ?HAYS72 was born in 1907.71

Although she is listed in the Census without a separate surname, Eunice may be a stepdaughter. She was not with the family in 1910, and her father seems to have a new wife.

Silas N. HAYS and Maggie WILLIAMS were married on 3 December 1916 in Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas. Maggie WILLIAMS was born in 1879 in Oklahoma.