Nielsen Hayden genealogy

Melissa E. Hayden

Female Abt 1847 -


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Melissa E. Hayden was born Abt 1847, Kentucky (daughter of J. Raymond Hayden and Mary Ann).

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  J. Raymond Hayden was born 13 Apr 1819, Washington, Kentucky (son of William Leo "Little Willie" Hayden and Mary Hayden); died 1 Feb 1856.

    Notes:

    Twin brother of Urban Hayden (1813-1888).

    J. married Mary Ann. Mary was born Abt 1829, Kentucky; died 18 Dec 1876. [Group Sheet]


  2. 3.  Mary Ann was born Abt 1829, Kentucky; died 18 Dec 1876.
    Children:
    1. Susan C. Hayden was born Abt 1844, Daviess County, Kentucky; died Jan 1870, Daviess County, Kentucky.
    2. Virgil C. Hayden was born Abt 1846, Kentucky.
    3. 1. Melissa E. Hayden was born Abt 1847, Kentucky.
    4. Mary E. Hayden was born Abt 1850, Kentucky.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  William Leo "Little Willie" Hayden was born 16 Dec 1785, Washington, Kentucky (son of Charles Ewing and Henrietta Cole); died 6 Dec 1867, Owensboro, Daviess, Kentucky; was buried , St. Raphael's Cemetery, West Louisville, Daviess, Kentucky.

    Notes:

    William Leo Hayden (1785-1866) was the natural son of Henrietta Hayden neƩ Cole, by Charles Ewing (b. 1744).

    When Henrietta confessed the liaison to her husband Basil Hayden (1744-1804), he publicly denounced her but they did not divorce; Henrietta and Basil later had several more children. William Leo was raised alongside Basil and Henrietta's legitimate children, although one of his nicknames (along with "Little Willie") was "Not Blood." Basil's will provided William Leo with half the amount he gave to each of his surviving legitimate children.

    After Basil's death, Henrietta married Charles Ewing. But in 1807 he separated from her and married Margaret (or Mary) Flint. In 1808 Henrietta successfully divorced him--which required an act of the Kentucky legislature.

    From Littel's Laws of Kentucky, Volume 3:

    "[Page 446] An act concerning the marriage of HENRIETTA EWING. approved Feb. 3, 1808 This act authorised her to sue CHARLES EWING, for a divorce, in the Nelson court, and to obtain it on a jury's finding that he had seperated from her and intermarried with MARY FLINT, and continued to live in adultery with said Mary."

    More about Charles Ewing.

    Linda Reno's newspaper column from 2011 on this entire story (page 23). [Note that Basil Hayden didn't, in fact, create the "Old Grand-Dad" brand of bourbon whiskey; the brand was devised by his grandson Raymond B. Hayden. Allegedly the patriarch shown on the label is an image of Basil.]

    From John Medley (1615-1660) by Mary Louise Donnelly (citation details below):

    William Leo "Little Willie" Hayden was born 12/16/1785 in Washington Co Ky, the son of Henrietta Cole Hayden. The account of William Leo Hayden's birth is told in letters written by Rev Stephen Badin to Bishop Carroll.

    "The widow Hayden who had disgraced herself in marriage, has renewed her past scandals and finished by marrying heterodoxum corum heterodoxo (a protestant by a protestant - in 2/4/1805 letter). Mr Rohan who is keeping school on my land has among his school-boys a subject that might become a clergyman were not the illegitimacy of his birth an obstacle to it. I thought proper to inform you of his virtue & talents, & also that the parents are willing & in some degree able to procure him a liberal education. He belongs to Mr Hayden's family, tho he be not his father: he is twelve or thirteen years of age."

    William Hayden, mentioned in Basil Hayden, Sr's will as "Henrietta's son", might be the illegitimate son of Charles Ewing whom Henrietta married seven months after Basil Hayden, Sr's death. In Washington Co Ky, on 2/5/1810 William Leo Hayden married first Anna Pike (d. 1/8/1811), the daughter of John Pike. In Washington Co on 1/4/1813 he married secondly Mary Hayden the daughter of Charles Hayden and Eleanor Elliott. The information on his birth and marriages was recorded in his family Bible.

    William Leo Hayden was well educated and was the teacher of his own children. In 1835 he moved with his family to Daviess Co Ky. On 11/16/1841 William Hayden purchased 1523 acres of land on the south bank of Panther Creek from William R Griffith and Philip and Eliza H. Triplett (Deed F: 554-555). For a time Court was held in his home. In 5/1866 William and Mary Hayden deeded to Charles Leo Hayden, "...who supported said William and Mary last 10 years ...," 206 acres (Deed T: 306-307). Mary died 7/14/1866 and William Leo Hayden died 12/6/1867 in Owensboro, Ky.

    From The Immigration of William "Little Willie" Leo Hayden, quoting a letter written in January 1886 by Richard R. Coomes to the Hon. B.J. Webb:

    [A]s some of St Raphael's congregation appear to show some dissatisfaction of the short and, in truth, unjust reference to said congregation, I feel bound to give some items concerning it.

    The facts concerning its settlement are these. In 1834 a man well known about Holy Cross [Catholic Church in Calvary, Marion County, Kentucky] as "Little Willie" Hayden, son of Basil Hayden, sold his farm near the church and immigrated to Daviess County, Kentucky to look for better situations for himself and his sons. With him came his brother, Lewis Hayden. The two selected land adjoining the St. Raphael farm, with "Little Willie" agreeing to purchase 1,500 acres adjoining the 200 acres that he had selected for the church. Lewis selected a like amount adjoining that of "Little Willie"'s if William R. Griffith, the owner, would donated 200 acres to the church. Griffith willingly gave the 200 acres and, by doing so, made a sale of the 3,000 acres to the two brothers. The sale of the land that he owned in that part of he county benefited himself, the Hayden brothers, and the Catholic Church. The above purchase was made in 1833 or 1834. At the time, there was not a Catholic living nearer than ten miles from Owensboro, in Daviess County, Kentucky.

    "Little Willie"'s family came in 1835 as the first settlers in St. Alphonso's congregation, his house being the first and only station for church until the first log church was built in 1844. He was the principal head of Catholic affairs so long as he was able to get about. He died on December 6, 1867, aged 82 years. There was another William Hayden who settled near St Raphaels but moved within the bounds of St Alfonsus before 1840.

    In 1841 when I moved within the bounds of the then St Raphael's, now St Martin's, there was living in the St Raphael's congregation Randall Blandford, William Sims, Reson Cravens, John Livers, Charles Clayton, John Hayden, John Mattingly, Sylvester Hayden, James M Hayden, Phillip Hayden's widow and family, Thadius Coomes, and others whose names I can't now recall. But this I can say, that after 1845, by marriages and imigration the county filled up very fast so that it was soon necessary to build the church of St Alfonso within seven miles of St Raphael's and a few years thereafter that of St Martin's both principally within the original boundry of St Raphael's all of which may be said to be a fairly prosperous farming country so that the Hayden purchase gave to the Catholics of Kentucky a chance for homes without having to go so far west, and as a general thing, to do better nearer home, not that I am opposed to going West by any means, some of my own brothers & a sister went and did better.

    I hope this will give you a better idea of the St Raphael country.

    Abstract of the will of William Leo Hayden, written 21 Dec 1866, probated 6 Jan 1868 (source: Donnelly, above):

    Granddaughter, Helen Marion Pike a bed and furniture (mentions Melissa Hayden her aunt, who has in her possession this bed and furniture) Son, Charles L Hayden, an equal share with other heirs in estate (mentions James Eubank, Alvin Hayden, Urban Hayden in relation to land and a road to be built)

    Mentions whichever of my children I may be be living with at the time of my demise, bed and furniture, wearing apparel, a large demijohn or glass bottle and other bottles and convenient articles unnecessary to mention.

    Ex: my son William C Hayden

    Signed: William Hayden

    Wit: James Hayden, Edwin C Hayden, James S Hayden

    *****

    The family bible of William Leo Hayden is supposedly now at St. Joseph's, Maple Mount, Daviess, Kentucky. Its transcription, "Bible records of Basil Hayden (Basil Robert Hayden, 1774-1833)", in Kentucky Genealogical Records Book, GRC Book Series 1, volume 319, pp. 84-87, lists, among the children of Basil and Henrietta (Cole) Hayden, "Milly Hayden 12/16/1785." William Leo Hayden was born 16 Dec 1785; "Milly" is very likely a mistranscription of "Willy".

    William married Mary Hayden 4 Jan 1813, Washington, Kentucky. Mary (daughter of Charles Hayden and Eleanor "Molly" Elliott) was born 4 Jun 1794; died 14 Jul 1866, West Louisville, Daviess, Kentucky; was buried , St. Raphael's Cemetery, West Louisville, Daviess, Kentucky. [Group Sheet]


  2. 5.  Mary Hayden was born 4 Jun 1794 (daughter of Charles Hayden and Eleanor "Molly" Elliott); died 14 Jul 1866, West Louisville, Daviess, Kentucky; was buried , St. Raphael's Cemetery, West Louisville, Daviess, Kentucky.
    Children:
    1. Delphina Hayden was born 29 Oct 1813, Washington, Kentucky; died 1866, Daviess County, Kentucky.
    2. Helena M Hayden was born 5 Mar 1815, Washington, Kentucky.
    3. Martha Hayden was born 8 Feb 1817, Washington, Kentucky.
    4. 2. J. Raymond Hayden was born 13 Apr 1819, Washington, Kentucky; died 1 Feb 1856.
    5. Urban Hayden was born 13 Apr 1819, Washington, Kentucky; died 19 Aug 1888, Daviess County, Kentucky; was buried , Mater Dolorosa Cemetery, Owensboro, Daviess, Kentucky.
    6. William C. Hayden was born 14 Mar 1821, Washington, Kentucky; died 18 Dec 1876, Daviess County, Kentucky.
    7. Marcellus Hayden was born 16 Jan 1823, Washington, Kentucky; died 1852, Daviess County, Kentucky.
    8. Louisa Ann Hayden was born 16 Jun 1825, Washington, Kentucky; died 16 Dec 1849, West Louisville, Daviess, Kentucky.
    9. Mary Angela "May" Hayden was born 15 Jan 1829, Washington, Kentucky; died 9 Jul 1898, Daviess County, Kentucky.
    10. James Addison Hayden was born 7 Jul 1832, Washington, Kentucky; died 26 Mar 1850, West Louisville, Daviess, Kentucky.
    11. Charles Leo Hayden was born 9 Oct 1834, Daviess County, Kentucky; died 11 Feb 1879, Daviess County, Kentucky.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Charles Ewing was born Abt 1744 (son of Charles Ewing and Martha Baker); died Aft 1808.

    Notes:

    Described by Paul Nordberg in his monograph on Joseph Clayton as "a land investor with many doings in Nelson and nearby Washington Counties", which only begins to illuminate the energetic sketchiness of this particular individual.

    Mentions of Charles Ewing in Hayden/Rapier and Allied Families by Mary Louise Donnelly:

    "Early records in the State of Virginia show speculators named William Oldham, Charles Ewing, Peter and Adam Shepherd, and others secured thousands of acres of land in the region of Pottinger's Creek, Rolling Fork Creek, Cartright's Creek, Hardin's Creek, etc., in what is now Nelson, Washington, and Marion Counties in Kentucky. The Catholic pioneers purchased their property from these speculators." [pp. 17-18]

    "The deed (Book 3:77) for Basil Hayden's property was recorded on [3 Dec 1785] in Nelson County, Kentucky and reads as follows: 'Know all men by these presents that we Isaac Morrison and Charles Ewing both of Nelson County and State of Virginia are held and firmly bound to BASIL HEYDON of the State of Maryland in the penal form of two hundred and fifty pounds current money of Virginia to be paid to the said BASIL HEYDON his heirs Ex. or Admin. and to the true payment whereof we bind ourselves our heirs and Executors firmly by these presents sealed with our Seales and dated this third day of Dec. one thousand seven hundred and Eighty five - The condition of the above obligation is such that if the above bounded Isaac Morrison and Charles Ewing their heirs Ex. or Adm. or either of them do and Shall will and truly convey or cause to be Conveyed unto the above mentioned BASIL HEYDEN his heirs Exs. or Adm. a certain tract of Land situate on the north side of Pottingers Creek adjoining Phillimon Lee (Phillip Lee) on the East Containing three hundred acres of land by a good and Sufficient deed a good Sure and Indefeasible estate of Inheritance in Fee Simple on or before the twenty fifth day of December one thousand Seven hundred and Eighty seven and that without further Delay then the above obligation to be void otherwise to remain in full force and virtue in same.' (The deed was signed by Isaac Morrison and Charles Ewing and the witnesses present were Philip Lee and Charles Hayden.) Then the following was recorded: 'This Bond from Isaac Morrison and Charles Ewing to BASIL HEYDEN was acknowledged by the said Morrison and ordered to record' (Signed Ben Grayson Cl. C.)" [p. 40]

    "BASIL purchased additional land on Pottinger's Creek. By the 1799 taxes he owned 525 acres of land and 24 slaves. He purchased additional land from Charles Ewing and Nicholas Woods." [p. 42]

    "HENRIETTA HAYDEN, 'the widow of BASIL HAYDEN,' married secondly on 2/4/1805 Charles Ewing (Nelson County Marriages 1:63). Concerning this Father Badin writes to Bishop Carroll on 2/20/1805, 'The widow HAYDEN who has disgraced herself in marriage, has renewed her past scandals and finished by marrying heterodoxum coram heterodoxo (a protestant by a protestant).'" [p. 43]

    "Probably an earlier letter of Father Badin written to Bishop Carroll on 8/13/1798 refers to her previous scandal, 'Mr. Rohan who is keeping school on my land has among his school-boys a subject that might become a clergyman were not the illegitimacy of his birth an obstacle to it. I thought proper to inform you of his virtue & talents, & also that the parents are willing & in some degree able to procure him a liberal education. He belongs to MR. HAYDEN's family, tho he be not his father: he is twelve or thirteen years of age.' This refers to William Hayden, mentioned in BASIL HAYDEN, SR.'s will as Henrietta's son. Whether he was the son of Charles Ewing, whom Henrietta immediately married seven months after BASIL's death, can be surmised." [p. 43]

    "The marriage of HENRIETTA HAYDEN and Charles Ewing did not last long. In a Judgement in Nelson County for 1808 and 1809 HENRIETTA EWING vs Charles Ewing and Mary Flint. 'Since Charles Ewing continued to live in a State of adultery with said Mary in shameful violation of his marriage vow & agreement with Henrietta, Henrietta asks for a divorce.'" [p. 43]

    "From EARLY TIMES IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, KENTUCKY by Orval W. Baylor (p 9) 'Charles Ewing came to Kentucky around 1785. He was a well-bred, well educated and cultured gentleman.' Charles Ewing first owned 600 acres on the north side of Hardin's Creek which he sold to Jereboam Beauchamp. In 1787 he purchased a 500 acre tract lying on the north side of the Rolling Fork. 'On a knoll overlooking a big bend in the river he erected a large two story log house; and there he lived to a ripe old age.' Charles Ewing was one of the first justices of Washington County. He served two terms as a legislator from Washington County and then retired from public affairs. According to the 1799 tax lists Charles Ewing owned 8,748 acres of land in Washington, Nelson, Green and Lincoln counties in Kentucky." [pp. 43-44]

    From Clan Ewing of Scotland by Elbert William R. Ewing [citation details below]:

    "When Charles II Ewing was in his prime the county west of the Alleghenies and (to the southwest) the Cumberlands was an unsettled wild. Game was abundant; pelts were valuable. Hunters, in parties large and small, often spent an entire hunting season, camping, far beyond the frontier line. Land was examined, incidentally; and many a Kentucky home owes its original location to the intelligent eye of one of the early Virginia hunters. Charles (II) Ewing was such a pioneer."

    Charles married Henrietta Cole 19 Feb 1805, Springfield, Washington, Kentucky; divorced 3 Feb 1808, Kentucky. Henrietta (daughter of Robert Cole and Ann Greenwell) was born 2 Jul 1754, St. Mary's, St. Mary's County, Maryland; died 6 Dec 1837, Marion County, Kentucky; was buried , Holy Cross Cemetery, Holy Cross, Marion, Kentucky. [Group Sheet]


  2. 9.  Henrietta Cole was born 2 Jul 1754, St. Mary's, St. Mary's County, Maryland (daughter of Robert Cole and Ann Greenwell); died 6 Dec 1837, Marion County, Kentucky; was buried , Holy Cross Cemetery, Holy Cross, Marion, Kentucky.

    Notes:

    See the notes for her son William Leo Hayden for the story of William Leo's birth and of Henrietta Cole's complicated relationship with Charles Ewing.

    From Abstract of Early Kentucky Wills and Inventories: Copied from Original and Recorded Wills and Inventories, by Junie Estelle Stewart King (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2010):

    HAYDEN, HENRIETTA. "To worshipful Court of Washington County, I, Henrietta Hayden of said county do hereby declare that I will not take or accept the provision made for me by Will of my late husband, Basil Hayden, dec'd., or any part thereof and I do hereby renounce all Benefit which I might claim by said Will, and I hereby claim Dower as the law directs. As witness my hand and seal this 9 day of February, 1805. Wit: William Hayden, Lewis Hayden." Recorded April Court, 1805.

    Children:
    1. 4. William Leo "Little Willie" Hayden was born 16 Dec 1785, Washington, Kentucky; died 6 Dec 1867, Owensboro, Daviess, Kentucky; was buried , St. Raphael's Cemetery, West Louisville, Daviess, Kentucky.

  3. 10.  Charles Hayden was born Abt 1766, St. Mary's County, Maryland (son of William Hayden and Elizabeth Thompson); died 26 Oct 1813, Washington, Kentucky.

    Notes:

    Linda Reno gives Charles Hayden's dates as 'b. Bef. 1772, St. Mary's Co., MD; d. Aft. 1811, Nelson Co., KY.'

    Charles married Eleanor "Molly" Elliott 7 Sep 1793, Nelson County, Kentucky. Eleanor (daughter of Matthew Elliott and Ann) was born Bef 1777, St. Mary's County, Maryland; died , Nelson County, Kentucky. [Group Sheet]


  4. 11.  Eleanor "Molly" Elliott was born Bef 1777, St. Mary's County, Maryland (daughter of Matthew Elliott and Ann); died , Nelson County, Kentucky.

    Notes:

    Linda Reno, in this post to MDSTMARY-L, has Charles and Eleanor's marriage date as 23 Jun 1792.

    Notes:

    Married:
    003

    Children:
    1. James Hayden died Bef 1 Oct 1830.
    2. 5. Mary Hayden was born 4 Jun 1794; died 14 Jul 1866, West Louisville, Daviess, Kentucky; was buried , St. Raphael's Cemetery, West Louisville, Daviess, Kentucky.
    3. Thomas Hayden was born 1795, Washington, Kentucky.
    4. Charles Hayden was born 1800, Nelson County, Kentucky; died 14 Aug 1838, Breckinridge County, Kentucky.
    5. Benjamin Hayden was born Abt 1802, Washington, Kentucky; died 15 Aug 1841, Kentucky.
    6. William Hayden was born 1805, Washington, Kentucky; died 8 Mar 1841.
    7. John Hayden was born Abt 1810, Washington, Kentucky; died 15 May 1879, Daviess County, Kentucky.