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21. William Richard HAYS10,43,49,50,51,52 was born on 22 March 1859 in Johnson County, Arkansas.7,14,17,53,54 He died on 23 January 1937 at the age of 77 in Crawford County, Arkansas.12,54 He was buried at Fairview Cemetery in Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas.

Married by John Q. West, Elder. The family Bible states that they were married 17 Jun 1883, maybe John West was slow in recording the marriage.

Paid his Poll Tax in Crawford County AR in 1892
Found in Dora Township in 1910 Crawford Co Census, age 51 born in AR, parents born in MS. Listed as a Merchant. Rosco, Fred and Eula still at home.
JoEllen remembers him as "Uncle Will"; "Aunt Ollie" was his wife. Marriage record found online lists wife as Ollie Wheeler. JoEllen thought he was probably older than John, but he married several years later.
From Freda Hays Barnett: Will was postmaster at Dora, farmed and had a cotton gin near Rena, owned two different stores in Van Buren & one in Muldrow, OK, had the strawberry patch on Mount Vista in partnership with his brother John.

1900 Census. Van Buren Twp, outside City, Crawford, AR, Hh

1930 Census. Burnett, Pottawatomie Co, OK, Hh146
William R. Hays, age 71, married at age 25, b. AR, parents b. MS, Works in Retail - grocery store.
Ollie, wife, age 66, married at 19, b. Kansas, parents b. IN

Buried in Fairview Cemetery, Van Buren, Hh 281
William R. Hays, b. Mar 1859, age 41, married 17 years, b. AR, parents b. MS
Ollie, wife, b. Sep 1863, age 36, 6 children - 4 are living, b. Kansas, father b. AR, mother b. IN
Stella, dau, b. Mar 1884, 16, b. AR
Rosco, son, b. Mar 1866, 14, b. AR
Fredrick, son, b. Nov 1891, 8, b. AR
Eula, dau, b. May 1894, age 6, b. AR

William Richard HAYS and Oliva "Ollie" WHEELER were married on 28 June 1883 in Crawford County, Arkansas.54,55,56 Oliva "Ollie" WHEELER10, daughter of Nathaniel WHEELER and Jane [WHEELER], was born on 1 April 1863 in Fort Scott, Bourbon County, Kansas.10,12,57 She died on 11 May 1959 at the age of 96 in Crawford County, Arkansas.10,54,58 She was buried at Fairview Cemetery in Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas.

The Bible record of Ollie Hays states that she was born 1 Sep of 1863. [Or has been misread or mistranscribed.]

"Funeral for Mrs. Olie Hays, 94, of 1505 NW 39, who died Tuesday, will be Wednesday in First Christian Church, Van Buren, Ark., with burial in Fairview Cemetery there. A native of Fort Scott, Kan., Mrs. Hays had lived with a son here for 20 years. She is survived by her son, R. C., with whom whe lived; a daughter, Mrs. Eula Tabor, Albuquerque, N. M.,; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-greandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Local arrangements are being handled by Guardian funeral home." [probably from an Oklahoma City newspaper]

Buried in Fairview Cemetery, Van Buren

William Richard HAYS and Oliva "Ollie" WHEELER had the following children:



Stella Mersade HAYS.



Rosco Conklin HAYS.



Charles Benjiman HAYS40 was born on 10 July 1888.54 He died on 18 November 1891 at the age of 3.54,59

Died the day his brother Fred was born. The Bible record actually gives his death the day before Fred was born.



Lulla HAYS was born on 24 September 1890.54 She died on 24 October 1890 at the age of 0.54



Fredrick Nathaniel HAYS.



Eula Mae HAYS.