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     Very little is known about the Hayes Family line.  The focal point for this lineage is my 2nd great-grandmother Sarah Hayes who was born 1847 in York County, Pennsylvania and married William Henry Silar. The couple had thirteen children of which 12 are known of at this time.  Sarah lived her life in York County, where she died in 1917 at age 70 years.

     Census records show that Sarah’s father was born in England as such one may assume that he immigrated to America sometime in the first half of the nineteenth century prior to the birth of his first known child in 1843.  There is speculation that his name may be William, born c. 1809, the son of Abraham (born c.1774) and Hannah (born c.1778) Hayes.  Immigration records show this family arriving in Philadelphia, March 31, 1828.  They traveled from Liverpool aboard the "Governor Douglass".  Other members of this family group appear to be daughters Eliza (born c.1812) and Phoebe (born c.1819).  Sons Oliver (born c.1800) and the aforementioned William.  Also traveling with this group was another William Hayes (born c.1789) who may be Abraham's younger brother.

     The family of Sarah Hayes, mother of the Sarah, is found living in Lower Chanceford Township in 1850.  Grandfather Hayes is absent from this household.  Based upon his absence and the fact that he has a child listed as age one it is most probable that he passed away sometime around 1848.  Other information that may lend some credence to the speculation as to the name and origin of Grandfather Hayes is the fact that his eldest son was named Abraham (born c.1844) thus could have been named after the Abraham Hayes the father of William Hayes.

     There is little or no evidence to link William Hayes to the area of southeastern Pennsylvania except his brother Oliver Hayes, born c. 1805 in England, and living in Chester County, Pennsylvania in 1850.

Origins of the surname


Origins of the Surname

Research into the record of this Hayes family line indicates that the meaning and history of this surname is most likely linked to that area of Europe where the English* language is commonly spoken. 


Meaning of the Name

Hayes is an English name having both patronymic and habitational meanings.  The patronymic meaning comes from Hay.  The habitational or locational name probably came from any one of a number of places called "Hayes".  For example Hayes in Devon and Worcestershire, is the plural of the Olde English "(ge)horg" for an enclosure, then the plural of  the Middle English hay also meaning  ‘enclosure’ or "hege" for hedge.  In Dorset, Greater London (formerly in Kent and Middlesex), and Worcestershire, the name was derived from the Olde English pre 7th Century "haes", for brushwood or underwood,  or a topographic name from the same word.  Locational surnames were developed when former inhabitants of a place moved to another area, usually to seek work, and were best identified by the name of their birthplace.



History of the Name

This ancient Anglo-Saxon name is found in Sussex where they were seated from very early times.   The name is recorded as "Hesa" in the Domesday Book of 1086.  Hayes in Kent, is recorded as "Hese" in the 1168 Pipe Rolls, and in Middlesex.  The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Hugh de la Heise, which was dated 1197, in the "Eynsham Cartulary of Oxfordshire".  Hayes can also be found as Heyes and Hease. Henry Heyse is noted in the Chartulary of Ramsey Abbey, Cambridgeshire dated 1240.  Agnes Hayes married Willmus Smallrydge on October 18th 1543, in Devon. One Martin Hayes, together with his wife and child, is recorded as living in the Barbados in 1680; he was one of the earliest settlers in the New World. There are no less than nineteen Coats of Arms granted to this illustrious family. One granted to the Hayes family in Middlesex is blue, on a gold pale three black bull’s heads couped. 


Early Immigrants to North America

During the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries hundreds of thousands of Europeans made the perilous ocean voyage to North America.  For many it was an escape from economic hardship and religious persecution.  For most it was an opportunity for to start over, own their own land, and make a better future for their descendents. Immigration records show a number of people bearing the name of Hayes, or one of its variants, as arriving in North America between the 17th and 20th centuries.    Some early known settlers of this family name or some of its variants were:  David Hayes settled in Virginia in 1638; Francis Hayes also in Virginia in 1653; Mary Hayes in Virginia in 1637 with Peter her husband; Richard Hayes settled in Virginia in 1635.


*English Surname Meanings & Origins

Although the Domesday Book compiled by William the Conqueror required surnames, the use of them in the British Isles did not become fixed until the time period between 1250 and 1450.  The broad range of ethnic and linguistic roots for British surnames reflects the history of Britain as an oft-invaded land. These roots include, but are not limited to, Old English, Middle English, Old French, Old Norse, Irish, Gaelic, Celtic, Pictish, Welsh, Gaulish, Germanic, Latin, Greek and Hebrew.  Throughout the British Isles, there are basically five types of native surnames. Some surnames were derived from a man's occupation (Carpenter, Taylor, Brewer, Mason), a practice that was commonplace by the end of the 14th century.  Place names reflected a location of residence and were also commonly used (Hill, Brook, Forrest, Dale) as a basis for the surname, for reasons that can be easily understood.  Nicknames that stuck also became surnames.  About one-third of all US surnames in the United States are Patronymic in origin, and identified the first bearer of the name by his father (or grandfather in the case of some Irish names).  Acquired ornamental names were simply made up, and had no specific reflection on the first who bore the name. They simply sounded nice, or were made up as a means of identification, generally much later than most surnames were adopted.  Source:


Variations of the surname



Variations of
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Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to unfold and expand often leading to an overwhelming number of variants.  As such one can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames because in early times, spelling in general and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized.  Later on spellings would change with the branching and movement of families.  Spelling variations of this family name include: Hayes, Hayse, Hays, and many others.


The complexity of researching records is compounded by the fact that in many cases an ancestors surname may also have been misspelled.  This is especially true when searching census documents. The Soundex system was developed in an effort to assist with identifying spelling variations for a given surname.  Soundex is a method of indexing names in the 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920 US Census, and can aid genealogists in their research.  The Soundex Code for Hayes is H200.  Other surnames sharing this Soundex Code: HAACK | HAAG | HAAKE | HAAS | HAASE | HACK | HAGA | HAGEY | HAGUE | HAGY | HAIG | HAKE | HASH | HASS | HAUCK | HAUG | HAUGH | HAUK | HAUS | HAUSE | HAWES | HAWK | HAWKE | HAWKS | HAWS | HAWSE | HAYES | HAYS | HECK | HEGGIE | HEISE | HESCH | HESS | HESSE | HEUS | HEWES | HICKEY | HICKS | HIGGS | HIGH | HISE | HIX | HOAG | HOCH | HOCK | HOGE | HOGG | HOGGE | HOGUE | HOKE | HOOK | HOOKS | HOSEY | HOSS | HOUCK | HOUGH | HOUK | HOUSE | HOUSH | HOUX | HOWES | HOWSE | HOXIE | HUCK | HUCKS | HUG | HUGG | HUGHEY | HUGO | HUSK | HUSKEY | HUSKIE | HUSS | HUSSEY | HUX . 

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Generation 1

? William Hayes-1 was born on Abt. 1809 in England. He died on Abt. 1848 in York County, Pennsylvania?. He married Sarah Hayes (Nee?) on Abt. 1842. She was born on Abt. 1824 in Pennsylvania.


Children of  ?William Hayes and Sarah Hayes (Nee ?) are:

1.        Caroline Hayes, B: Abt. 1843 in Pennsylvania.

2.           Abraham Hayes, B: Abt. 1844 in Pennsylvania.

3.           Henry Hayes, B: Abt. 1845 in Pennsylvania.

4.           Sarah Hayes, B: 13 Jan 1847 in Lower Chanceford Twp. York Co., Pennsylvania, D: 20 Jun 1917 in Pennsylvania.


Generation 2

Sarah Hayes-2(? William Hayes-1) was born on 13 Jan 1847 in Lower Chanceford Twp. York Co., Pennsylvania. She died on 20 Jun 1917 in Pennsylvania. She married William Henry Silar, son of George W. Silar Sr. and Magdalena Gilbert. He was born on 14 May 1844 in Windsor Twp., York Co., Pennsylvania. He died on 04 Feb 1915 in Lower Windsor Twp., York Co., Pennsylvania.


Children of Sarah Hayes and William Henry Silar are:

i.             Mary Elizabeth Silar, B: 04 Dec 1867 in Lower Windsor Twp., York Co., Pennsylvania, D: 1885 in Lower Windsor Twp., York Co., Pennsylvania.

ii.            Ettie Silar, B: Abt. 1869 in Lower Windsor Twp., York Co., Pennsylvania, D: Bef.  1880 in Lower Windsor Twp., York Co., Pennsylvania.

iii.          George J. Silar, B: Oct 1868 in Long Level, Lower Windsor Twp., York Co.,   Pennsylvania, D: 01 Sep 1943 in Mt. Pisgah, Lower Windsor Twp., York Co.,  Pennsylvania, M: 07 Feb 1892 in Yorkana, York Co., Pennsylvania. 

iv.          William A. Silar, B: 16 Jul 1871 in Lower Windsor Twp., York Co., Pennsylvania,  D: 16 Apr 1901 in Lower Windsor Twp., York Co., Pennsylvania, M: 21 Apr 1892  in York County, Pennsylvania.

v.           Wilimina Silar, B: 30 Mar 1873 in Lower Windsor Twp., York Co., Pennsylvania,  D: 29 Sep 1921 in East Pennsboro, Cumberland Co., Pennsylvania.

vi.          Ervin Silar, B: 13 Jan 1875 in Lower Windsor Twp., York Co., Pennsylvania, D: 30 Jun 1963 in Wrightsville, York Co., Pennsylvania, M: 08 Dec 1895 in York County, Pennsylvania.

vii.         Alice Silar, B: 06 Jun 1877 in Long Level, Lower Windsor Twp., York Co., PA, D:  13 Nov 1964 in East Prospect, York Co., Pennsylvania.

viii.       Katie Silar, B: Apr 1880 in Pennsylvania, D: Bet. 1896-1900.

ix.        Clara E. Silar, B: Jun 1881 in Lower Windsor Twp., York Co., Pennsylvania, D: 27 Nov 1909 in Lower Windsor Twp., York Co., Pennsylvania, M: 29 Dec 1904 in York County, Pennsylvania.

x.          Harry Benjamin Silar, B: 05 Feb 1885 in Lower Windsor Twp., York Co., Pennsylvania, D: 1951 in York County, Pennsylvania, M: 06 Dec 1903 in East Prospect, York Co., Pennsylvania.

xi.        Mattie Silar, B: Jul 1886 in Lower Windsor Twp., York Co., Pennsylvania, M: 17 Mar 1906 in York County, Pennsylvania.

xii.       Homer E. Silar Sr., B: 06 Sep 1890 in Lower Windsor Twp. York Co., Pennsylvania, D: 17 Nov 1918 in East Prospect, Lower Windsor Twp., York Co., Pennsylvania?, M: 07 Oct 1911 in York County, Pennsylvania.



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SOURCE:  Greenwood, Val D., The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy, 2nd edition, Genealogical Publishing  Co., Baltimore, MD 21202, 1990, pgs. 62-63


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