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William Leo "Little Willie" Hayden

Male 1785 - 1867  (81 years)


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  • Name William Leo "Little Willie" Hayden 
    Born 16 Dec 1785  Washington, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 6 Dec 1867  Owensboro, Daviess, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Person ID I3445  Nielsen Hayden genealogy
    Last Modified 20 May 2016 

    Father Charles Ewing,   b. Abt 1744 
    Mother Henrietta Cole,   b. 2 Jul 1754, St. Mary's, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1837, Marion, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 19 Feb 1805  Springfield, Washington, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Divorced 3 Feb 1808  Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F4311  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Anastasia "Anna" Pike,   b. 1790, Washington, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jan 1811, Washington, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 21 years) 
    Married 27 Jan 1810  Washington, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6
    Children 
     1. Jerome Hayden,   b. 1 Jan 1811, Washington, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 1847, Daviess, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years)
    Last Modified 20 Mar 2017 06:35:07 
    Family ID F428  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary Hayden,   b. 4 Jun 1794, Washington, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jul 1866, West Louisville, Daviess, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 31 Dec 1812  Washington, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 7, 8
    Children 
    +1. Delphina Hayden,   b. 29 Oct 1813, Washington, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1866, Daviess, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
     2. Helena M Hayden,   b. 5 Mar 1815, Washington, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Martha Hayden,   b. 8 Feb 1817, Washington, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location
    +4. J. Raymond Hayden,   b. 13 Apr 1819, Washington, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Feb 1856  (Age 36 years)
    +5. Urban Hayden,   b. 13 Apr 1819, Washington, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 1888, Daviess, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    +6. William C. Hayden,   b. 14 Mar 1821, Washington, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Dec 1876, Daviess, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
    +7. Marcellus Hayden,   b. 16 Jan 1823, Washington, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1852, Daviess, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 28 years)
     8. Louisa Ann Hayden,   b. 16 Jun 1825, Washington, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1849, West Louisville, Daviess, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years)
    +9. Mary Angela "May" Hayden,   b. 15 Jan 1829, Washington, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jul 1898, Daviess, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     10. James Addison Hayden,   b. 7 Jul 1832, Washington, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1850, West Louisville, Daviess, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 17 years)
    +11. Charles Leo Hayden,   b. 9 Oct 1834, Daviess, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1879, Daviess, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
    Last Modified 20 Mar 2017 06:35:07 
    Family ID F1102  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • William Leo Hayden (1785-1866) was the natural son of Henrietta Hayden neĆ© 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."

      Information on the multiple marriages of Charles Ewing.

      More about Charles Ewing.

      More on Henrietta's affair and the effect of illegitimacy on the life of William Leo Hayden.

      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".

  • Sources 
    1. [S312] John Medley (1615-1660) St. Mary's County Maryland His Descendants, by Mary Louise Donnelly. Ennis, Texas: Mary Louise Donnelly, 1995.

    2. [S258] Hayden/Rapier and Allied Families: Colonial Maryland, Kentucky, U.S.A., by Mary Louise Donnelly. Ennis, Texas: MLD Genealogy Company, 1991.

    3. [S10] Kentucky Marriages, 1802-1850, compiled by Jordan Dodd, on Ancestry.com.

    4. [S1290] 100 Years of Marriages, 1792-1892: Washington County, Kentucky by Phyllis Brown. Kentucky Kindred Genealogical Research, 2012.

    5. [S312] John Medley (1615-1660) St. Mary's County Maryland His Descendants, by Mary Louise Donnelly. Ennis, Texas: Mary Louise Donnelly, 1995., says 5 Feb 1810.

    6. [S258] Hayden/Rapier and Allied Families: Colonial Maryland, Kentucky, U.S.A., by Mary Louise Donnelly. Ennis, Texas: MLD Genealogy Company, 1991., says 5 Feb 1810.

    7. [S312] John Medley (1615-1660) St. Mary's County Maryland His Descendants, by Mary Louise Donnelly. Ennis, Texas: Mary Louise Donnelly, 1995., says 4 Jan 1813.

    8. [S258] Hayden/Rapier and Allied Families: Colonial Maryland, Kentucky, U.S.A., by Mary Louise Donnelly. Ennis, Texas: MLD Genealogy Company, 1991., says 4 Jan 1813.