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Linda Reno column about Basil Hayden, Henrietta Cole, Charles Ewing, and William Leo Hayden

A good write-up in the St. Mary's County Times, incorrect in only some minor particulars:

Although a distiller, Basil Hayden didn't create Old Grand-Dad; that brand was devised by his grandson Raymond B. Hayden, who put what was alleged to be his grandfather's face on the bottle.

Mary Hayden was a granddaughter, not a daughter, of William Hayden and Elizabeth Thompson.

And we're pretty sure that the nickname "Little Willie" wasn't from the childhood of William Leo Hayden; rather, according to family lore taken by PNH's mother from his grandfather James Delbert Hayden, William Leo was called "Little Willie" in his adulthood to distinguish him from the other William Hayden in Daviess County at the time, his second cousin once removed William "Big Willie" Hayden (1794-1851). In his childhood, William Leo Hayden's nickname was, appallingly enough, simply "Not Blood."


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