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  1. 1.  Urban Hayden was born in Aug 1878 (son of Lee Madison Hayden and Medora Clark).

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Lee Madison HaydenLee Madison Hayden was born about 5 Jun 1851 in Daviess County, Kentucky (son of Urban Hayden and Rosella Coomes); died on 30 Sep 1928 in West Louisville, Daviess, Kentucky; was buried on 2 Oct 1928 in Mater Dolorosa Cemetery, Owensboro, Daviess, Kentucky.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Abt 1850, Daviess County, Kentucky


    Sister Mary Donnelly (citation details below) points out that the 1900 census of Daviess County lists Dora Hayden as a widow, living with the five then-living children of her and Lee Madison Hayden. And yet we also have a 1928 death certificate for Lee Madison; it's clearly the same man, correctly listing his parents and his wife. We know from contemporary newspaper reports that he succeeded in divorcing her in November 1898; so she may have preferred to tell the 1900 census taker that she was a widow. The excerpts from the Owensboro Messenger reproduced below suggest some pretty plausible reasons why this might have been the case.

    It's also notable that on 16 Apr 1905, years after they divorced, "Mr. and Mrs. Lee Hayden" appear in the Owensboro Messenger, jointly announcing the impending marriage of their daughter Daisy Cecilia to Virgil Bowlds.

    Lee Madison Hayden's death certificate has problems. The date of death is given as 31 Sep 1928; there are of course only thirty days in September. The doctor's statement is that he last saw the deceased on 30 Sep at 12:10; whether this was 12:10 AM or PM is illegible. Our guess is that Lee Madison Hayden died on 30 September, but it could have been 1 October.

    The birth date we show for him, 5 Jun 1851, is derived from the age given on his death certificate: 77 years, three months, 26 days. This assumes he died on 30 Sep instead of 1 Oct.

    From 1889 to 1923, the archives of the Owensboro Messenger and Messenger-Inquirer contain literally dozens of references to Lee Hayden being arrested, held overnight, and/or fined for drunkenness. We forbear to reproduce them all. A few of them are notable for language that appears to wryly acknowledge Hayden's evident incorrigibility: "Lee Hayden, the old 'regular,' was again locked up for drunkenness last night" [Messenger, 5 May 1894]; "Lee Hayden got on his regular Saturday night drunk last night and occupied a bunk in the police station" [Messenger, 19 Aug 1894]. Later in life, notes of pathos creep in: "Lee Hayden, a grey haired white man, was arraigned for drunkenness. Judge Haskins apparently saw something familiar in the make-up of Hayden and gave him $3 and costs" [Messenger-Inquirer, 23 Sep 1909]. "Lee Hayden was gathered in at the Union Station during the noon hour by Railroad Officer G. W. Sanderfur and sent to the lockup on a charge of intoxication at a railroad depot. Hayden will explain to Judge Watkins in the morning" [Messenger-Inquirer, 18 Jan 1923].

    From 1900 on, it's not always clear whether a Lee Hayden referred to in newspaper reports is this Lee Hayden. For instance, the story on page 5 of the 19 Sep 1909 Messenger headlined "LEE HAYDEN WORSE", about Lee Hayden and two others being bitten by a mad dog, is probably not about our Lee Hayden, since it refers to another victim of the dog as a "little girl" who is his "daughter", and by then all of Lee Madison Hayden's daughters had grown up. Likewise, it's unclear that the Lee Hayden, farmer of Yelvington, mentioned several times in the early 1900s, is our Lee.

    Owensboro Messenger, 1 Oct 1889, p. 4:


    Henry Phillips, the Horse Trainer, Tries to Use a Brick but is Stopped by the Steel.

    A colored horse-trainer named Henry Phillips was stabbed and dangerously wounded Sunday afternoon by Lee Hayden.

    Hayden and some other white men were at Baer's and Price's saloons and had been drinking beer when Phillips came up. He went in to get beer and left his horse and cart in the street. Two of the men got into the cart and drove up the street, and when they came back Phillips got a brick and swore he intended to knock them out of the cart. Hayden remonstrated and Phillips cursed him and threatened him. Hayden then took hold of Phillips' coat and the latter struck at him with the brick. Hayden had his knife out, his friends say before the quarrel began, and with it he stabbed Phillips in the right breast. They were pulled apart at this time and no more blows were passed.

    Hayden was arrested and put under guard. He was taken before Esq. Adams yesterday and on account of the negro's condition the case was postponed until Thursday at 2 o'clock.

    The negro was resting well last night, but serious fears are entertained regarding him.

    [Henry Phillips survived this incident.]

    Owensboro Messenger, 22 Oct 1893, p. 8:


    Lee Hayden Peels an Officer's Head and in Turn Is Peeled.

    Lee Hayden got on a tear last night and drove his wife and children out of the house. His wife notified the police and Officers Grady and Myrick effected his arrest about 11 o'clock after a lively fight, in which Grady had his head peeled by an iron poker. Myrick then took a hand in the scrimmage and returned the compliment by skinning Hayden's head also. He was put in the lock-up. He is charged with disorderly conduct and breach of the peace.

    Owensboro Messenger, 4 Nov 1893, p. 5:

    Notice is hereby given by this article that I warn and forbid any person to give, sell, or convey in any manner any intoxicating drink to my husband, Lee M. Hayden, from this date on, as I will most positively prosecute any one so doing to the fullest extent of the law.

    Mrs. Lee M. Hayden
    Owensboro, Ky., Nov. 3, 1893

    Owensboro Messenger, 29 Nov 1893, p. 1:

    Lee Hayden's Wife Brings Suit for Divorce

    Madora C. Hayden sues Lee M. Hayden for divorce. She alleges cruelty, drunkenness and failure to provide. Hayden has featured in police court frequently of late for beating his wife and is now on the rock pile.

    Owensboro Messenger, 21 Aug 1894, p. 8:

    While being taken to the workhouse yesterday Lee Hayden managed to escape the officers by pretending to be changing shirts at his home on the way.

    Owensboro Messenger, 28 Feb 1895, p. 4:

    In the circuit court yesterday the petition for divorce of Mrs. M. C. Hayden vs. Lee M. Hayden, filed a few days ago, was dismissed, the couple having "made up."

    [This is clearly at least the second time that Madora sued for divorce, since we know she also did so in November 1893.]

    Owensboro Messenger, 24 Jul 1897, p. 5:


    On a Peace Warrant Sworn Out By His Wife.

    Lee Hayden, a market gardener, living just below the city on the Henderson road, was arrested and lodged in jail Friday on a peace warrant sworn out by Mrs. Hayden charging him with abuse of his family. Hayden and his wife have not lived together for about two years. One of Mrs. Hayden's daughters is ill at the father's house and she desired to go and nurse her, but he would not permit it. Hayden is a hard drinker, is of a quarrelsome disposition, and gives his family considerable trouble. When arrested he was too drunk to be tried and he was sent to jail till today when he will be brought out for trial on the warrant.

    Owensboro Messenger, 28 Oct 1897, p. 5:

    Suit for Divorce.

    A petition for divorce was filed with the circuit court clerk late yesterday afternoon by Little & Little, attorneys for the plaintiff, Lee Hayden, against Madora C. Hayden. The plaintiff says that he and the defendant were married on the 27th of October, 1875, and that they continued to live together as man and wife until July 1896, when, the plaintiff alleges, without fault of his own, his wife left him and they have since lived apart. Of the children born to the couple, five are under twenty-one years of age, and the plaintiff prays for custody of these.

    Owensboro Messenger, 23 Jun 1898, p. 3:


    Denies He Beat His Daughter and Talks of Family Affairs.

    Lee Hayden feels aggrieved at the paragraph in the Messenger of Tuesday which represented him as having beaten his daughter. He is sure his wife, who has not been living with him for three years, had it put in the paper. He says he didn't beat the girl, but that she refused to do certain work he had assigned her, and he slapped her four or five times, and then she left and went to her mother. He says the girl is now past sixteen, is thinking more of buggy-riding with the boys than attending to domestic duties, and he grew tired of it. Her elder sister also left the next day, taking with her the afflicted daughter, aged twelve, so only two of the children, both boys, now remain with the father, and when he dies he proposes to leave all he has to them. Lee says the Messenger is always writing him up unnecessarily, frequently attributing to him the misdeeds of another Lee Hayden. It was suggested to Lee that he was a hard-working, thrifty man and if he would [paper torn] let whisky alone he would not [paper torn] much trouble with his family, [paper torn] insisted that as long as whisky [paper torn] ade he intended to have his [paper torn] f it.

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    Owensboro Messenger, 13 Nov 1898, p. 7:

    Mary Mitchell was granted a divorce from Link Mitchell, and Fanny Houston was granted a divorce from Frank Houston, and Lee Hayden a divorce from Madora Hayden.

    Owensboro Messenger, 23 Nov 1898, p. 3:


    Lee Hayden Stabs a Man Perhaps Fatally at Henderson.

    Henderson, Ky., Nov. 22. — Several men who have been working for the new telephone company filled up on mean whisky Sunday and after returning to their rooms, upstairs in the Stanley building, on North Main street, they got into a general fight, resulting in black eyes, mashed noses, and bruised faces. One of the fighters, Will O. Hanback, was stabbed in the stomach and breast in a horrible manner by Lee Hayden, of Owensboro. The wounded man was taken to the sanitarium, where he is lying in a critical condition, but the indications are that he will pull through, provided that blood poison does not set in. Hayden, the man who did the stabbing, succeeded in making his escape. Tom Barrett and Will Hurbert, of Evansville, both of whom were engaged in the difficulty, were arrested and locked up as accessories to the stabbing. In the event that Hanback dies from the effects of the knife wounds Barret and Hurbert will have to answer for murder.

    Hayden was arrested in Evansville Monday night.

    [This would have been the evening of the day after the melee, Monday 21 Nov.]

    Owensboro Messenger, 24 Nov 1898, p. 2:

    Lineman Badly Stabbed.

    Henderson, Ky., Nov. 22. — W. O. Hanback was probably fatally stabbed by Lee Hayden at the Eblen hotel here, the result of a trivial quarrel. Both were linemen for the new telephone company, and lived in Evansville. Hayden has skipped. The victim was stabbed in the right breast. Physicians have no hope for him.

    Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, 24 Nov 1898, p. 4:

    Will Be Tried Next Monday.

    Lee Hayden, who cut William Handback at Henderson last Sunday, is still in jail awaiting the results of Handback's injuries. His case is set for hearing next Monday, but it will probably not be tried then.

    Owensboro Messenger, 25 Nov 1898, p. 7:


    The Man He Cut Still Unable to Appear in Court.

    Henderson, Ky., Nov. 24. — A sequel to the cutting scrape among the linemen of the new telephone company was a trial of three of the offenders yesterday in 'Squire Davis' court. W. Hubert, against whom the charge of cutting with intend to kill was made, was acquitted. Tom Barret was charged with striking with intent to kill, but the charge was reduced to breach of the peace. The trial of Lee Hayden, charged with cutting with intent to kill, was postponed until next Monday, the delay being made to await the results of the wounds of Hanback, who is at the sanitarium.

    Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, 30 Nov 1898, p. 2:

    Lee Hayden Fined.

    Lee Hayden, who stabbed William Handback, in Henderson, a week ago, was tried yesterday and fined $50, and not being able to pay, was returned to jail. He was arrested in Evansville, on a charge of malicious cutting and wounding, but the charge was reduced to cutting in sudden heat and passion.

    [One infers that William Hanback, or Handback, ultimately survived.]

    Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, 18 Dec 1900, p. 6:


    Negro Makes a Murderous Whack at Him With a Corn Knife.

    Lee Hayden was badly cut by a negro named Will Moorman at Stanley Monday afternoon. The weapon used was a corn knife. The two men had a quarrel, and Moorman struck at Hayden with the knife. Hayden raised his arm to avert the blow from his neck, and received a cut about six inches long on the forearm, which penetrated to the bone. But for this he would certainly have been killed. Moorman was arrested and brought to the city by Constable John Bowling and placed in jail.

    Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, 5 Feb 1904, p.7:


    Trial of General Row on Henderson Road Comes Off.

    The trial of Gus Hocker, George Bausch, Lee Hayden and B. A. Sandefur for having a general row on the Henderson Road one week ago last Sunday. According to Hocker the dispute arose over the price Hayden was to pay for a piece of meat. Hocker is the proprietor of a butcher shop. Hocker and Sandefur threw Bausch and Hayden out of the building. A day or so later Hayden told Officer Rhodes that "we had a hell of a fight, and me and George Bausch got knocked out." Bausch has never been arrested, having gone to Evansville immediately after the fight. Hayden was fined $20 for provoking a difficulty by attempting to force Hocker and Sadefur to sell him meat. Hocker was himself fined $10 for cursing Hayden. Sandefur was released.

    Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, 16 Apr 1905, p. 11:

    Mr. and Mrs. Lee Hayden announce the marriage of their daughter, Daisy Cecelia, to Mr. Virgil Bowlds, to take place on Wednesday, April 26, in the parsonage of St. Paul's Catholic Church, the ceremony to be performed by Rev. E. S. Fitzgerald. The attendants will be Miss Nina Clark and Mr. Tony Smith.

    Owensboro Messenger, 1 Sep 1905, p. 7:

    Mr. Lee Hayden recently happened to a very painful accident. He ran a nail in his foot, causing a painful but not serious wound.

    Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, 2 Mar 1906, p.3:

    Lee Hayden Hurt.

    Mr. Lee M. Hayden, an old man residing across the river, fell on the levee Wednesday evening and badly fractured the cap of his knee. He was walking down the path to the ferry when he slipped on the ice and fell. Men who witnessed the accident picked him up and Dr. C. C. Phillips was summoned to attend him. The ambulance of the Owensboro Undertaking association was called and the injured man was removed to the hospital. The accident will make him a cripple for life, as the use of the knee will never be fully regained.

    Owensboro Messenger, 14 Apr 1906, p.8:

    Mr. Lee Hayden, who has been at the city hospital for several weeks on account of a broken limb, is able to be out.

    Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, 26 Oct 1919, p. 13:


    Early Cutting Is Prepared For Market; Burley Growers Are Selling Crops

    Many farmers in the county, especially in the St. Raphael's neighborhood, were busy during the past week stripping tobacco. Most of this weed is of the early cutting, and it has cured up beautifully, with a heavy weight and nice color, the farmers in this section, who are experienced tobacco growers, say that the tobacco will keep in good order until the market opens in December. In this neighborhood James U. Hayden, Lee Hayden and others have stripped possibly 3,000 sticks.

    [James U. Hayden was James Urban Hayden (1856-1933), Lee Hayden's brother.]

    Owensboro Messenger, 4 Oct 1928, p. 7:


    Lee M. Hayden devised his entire estate to Joseph U. Hayden and his wife in his will admitted to probate in county court yesterday after it had been proven by the evidence of Theresa Clark and J. M. Vowells. He provided that $50 be paid to the pastor of St. Raphael's church for masses. Joseph Hayden was named executor, without bond, and he qualified. Judge McFarland appointed F. M. Shively, Tom Hayden and Roy Simmons as appraisers. The will was executed September 26, 1928.

    [Joseph U. Hayden was his nephew Joseph Urban Hayden (1889-1966), son of his brother Charles William Hayden (1845-1918). "J. M. Vowells" may have been his first cousin once removed James Madison Vowels (1863-1935). Theresa Clark was almost certainly his niece, PNH's great-great aunt Teresa McQuina Hayden (1875-1940), who married Philip Ernest Clark. The identity of "Tom Hayden" is unclear to us.]

    Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, 4 Oct 1928, p. 7:

    Mrs. Virgil Bowlds, who was called here by the death of her father, Lee M. Hayden, and who has visited the past few days in the home of J. M. Bowlds, returned to her home at Detroit yesterday.

    Lee married Medora Clark on 27 Oct 1874 in Daviess County, Kentucky, and was divorced on 12 Nov 1898 in Owensboro, Daviess, Kentucky. Medora (daughter of Pius Clark and Mary Marcella Wathen) was born on 10 Jun 1854 in Daviess County, Kentucky; died on 20 Feb 1926 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan; was buried on 23 Feb 1926 in Mater Dolorosa Cemetery, Owensboro, Daviess, Kentucky. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  2. 3.  Medora Clark was born on 10 Jun 1854 in Daviess County, Kentucky (daughter of Pius Clark and Mary Marcella Wathen); died on 20 Feb 1926 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan; was buried on 23 Feb 1926 in Mater Dolorosa Cemetery, Owensboro, Daviess, Kentucky.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 5 Jun 1854
    • Alternate birth: Jun 1855


    Also spelled Madora. The handwritten ledger of Daviess County births in 1854 gives her birth as 10 June of that year. The 1928 death certificate of her husband Lee Madison Hayden gives her birth as 5 June 1854. Her own death certificate gives her birth as 18 June 1854.

    She appears on the 1900 census as "widowed", along with her children Ervin, Daisy, Lillie, Emmett, and Lizzie, although in fact Lee Madison Hayden was alive and had divorced her in 1898. She is also called "widow" on her 1926 Michigan death certificate, even though Lee Madison Hayden (whom her death certificate identifies as her husband) was alive and would live another two and a half years. It is possible that conservative Catholic attitudes toward divorce played a part in this. (The death certificate is clearly hers and not that of some other Madora Hayden; not only does it call her husband "Lee M. Hayden", but the informant is her son-in-law Virgil Bowlds.)

    Her death certificate identifies her parents as Pius Clark and Marcella Wathen, not James Clark and Ann Hayden as stated on her Find a Grave page. Pius Clark and Mary Marcella Wathen married in Bardstown on 27 Aug 1850. Confusingly, though, the aforementioned handwritten ledger of Daviess County births in 1854, the one that says she was born on 10 June of that year, says her father was Pius Clark (mistranscribed by as "Jim" Clark, but comparing samples from the same hand on the same ledger, it's clearly Pius) and...Ann Hayden. So.

    1. Mary Rosa Hayden was born about 1875.
    2. 1. Urban Hayden was born in Aug 1878.
    3. Ervin Hayden was born in 1879.
    4. Daisy Cecilia Hayden was born in Mar 1879; died after 3 Apr 1945.
    5. Lilly Ann Hayden was born on 7 Nov 1880 in Owensboro, Daviess, Kentucky; died after Jul 1965.
    6. Emmett Hayden was born on 16 Nov 1882; died on 23 Mar 1918 in Owensboro, Daviess, Kentucky.
    7. Samuel Hayden was born in May 1884; died on 30 Jan 1901 in Daviess County, Kentucky.
    8. Lizzie Hayden was born in Sep 1887.

Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Urban Hayden was born on 13 Apr 1819 in Washington County, Kentucky (son of William Leo "Little Willie" Hayden and Mary Hayden); died on 19 Aug 1888 in Daviess County, Kentucky; was buried in Mater Dolorosa Cemetery, Owensboro, Daviess, Kentucky.


    Twin brother of J. Raymond Hayden (1813-1856).

    The Owensboro Messenger and Examiner for 13 Aug 1879, page 3, reports: "A hen belonging to Urban Hayden, Esq, rose up and cackled over an egg within an egg last week. The phenomenon can be seen at his office."

    The Owensboro Messenger for 16 May 1885, page 4, records under "Real Estate Transfers": "Urban Hayden to Jo Aud, parcel of land for love and affection." Urban Hayden's daughter Mary Drucilla Hayden (d. 1890) was the first wife of James S. Hayden. James S.'s second wife was Margaret Josephine Aud.

    The Owensboro Messenger for 9 Feb 1889, page 4, for 10 Feb 1889, page 5, and for 22 Feb 1889, page 4, reports: "COMMISSIONER'S NOTICE, Daviess Circuit Court. C. W. Hayden, &c., Plaintiff, vs. J. G. Medley, &c., Deft. In Equity. All persons having claims against Urban Hayden deceased, are hereby notified to present same properly proven, to the undersigned, on or before March 1st, 1889. GEO. F. HAYNES, Master Commissioner." C. W. Hayden is probably Urban's eldest son Charles William Hayden (1845-1919).

    The Owensboro Messenger for 10 Feb 1892, page 1, reports: "Jerome Hayden sues James Hayden for a settlement of the estate of Urban Hayden." The James Hayden mentioned here is probably not Urban's son-in-law James S. Hayden, but rather his son James Urban Hayden (1856-1933). The Jerome is probably Urban's son Jerome, born about 1854.

    Urban married Rosella Coomes on 14 Apr 1844 in Daviess County, Kentucky. Rosella (daughter of Charles William Coomes and Frances "Fannie" Dobbins) was born on 25 Jan 1825; died on 26 Nov 1857 in Daviess County, Kentucky; was buried on 27 Nov 1857 in St. Raphael's Cemetery, West Louisville, Daviess, Kentucky. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  2. 5.  Rosella Coomes was born on 25 Jan 1825 (daughter of Charles William Coomes and Frances "Fannie" Dobbins); died on 26 Nov 1857 in Daviess County, Kentucky; was buried on 27 Nov 1857 in St. Raphael's Cemetery, West Louisville, Daviess, Kentucky.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 27 Jan 1825
    • Alternate death: 27 Nov 1857, Daviess County, Kentucky


    Sometimes given as "Rosalie"; sometimes given as "Anna Rosella".

    1. Leander Hayden was buried in St. Raphael's Cemetery, West Louisville, Daviess, Kentucky.
    2. Charles William Hayden was born on 31 Dec 1845 in Daviess County, Kentucky; died on 17 Nov 1918 in Daviess County, Kentucky; was buried in St. Raphael's Cemetery, West Louisville, Daviess, Kentucky.
    3. Mary Drucilla Hayden was born on 4 Apr 1847 in Daviess County, Kentucky; died on 25 Apr 1890 in near West Louisville, Daviess, Kentucky; was buried in St. Alphonsus Cemetery, West Louisville, Daviess, Kentucky.
    4. Rosella Anna "Rosie" Hayden was born on 20 Nov 1848 in Daviess County, Kentucky; died on 1 May 1873 in Kentucky; was buried in St. John Baptist, Rineyville, Hardin, Kentucky.
    5. 2. Lee Madison Hayden was born about 5 Jun 1851 in Daviess County, Kentucky; died on 30 Sep 1928 in West Louisville, Daviess, Kentucky; was buried on 2 Oct 1928 in Mater Dolorosa Cemetery, Owensboro, Daviess, Kentucky.
    6. Francis Matilda 'Fannie' Hayden was born on 17 Apr 1853 in Daviess County, Kentucky; died on 12 Mar 1936; was buried in Mater Dolorosa Cemetery, Owensboro, Daviess, Kentucky.
    7. Jerome Hayden was born in Oct 1855 in Daviess County, Kentucky; died after 1900.
    8. James Urban Hayden was born on 3 Feb 1856 in Daviess County, Kentucky; died on 17 Apr 1933 in Rome, Daviess, Kentucky; was buried in St. Raphael's Cemetery, West Louisville, Daviess, Kentucky.

  3. 6.  Pius Clark was born in in Kentucky.

    Pius married Mary Marcella Wathen on 27 Aug 1850 in Bardstown, Nelson, Kentucky. Mary was born in in Kentucky. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  4. 7.  Mary Marcella Wathen was born in in Kentucky.


    Also called Mary Marceline.

    1. 3. Medora Clark was born on 10 Jun 1854 in Daviess County, Kentucky; died on 20 Feb 1926 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan; was buried on 23 Feb 1926 in Mater Dolorosa Cemetery, Owensboro, Daviess, Kentucky.

Generation: 4

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


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

    When the Hayden family arrived in north-central Kentucky in 1785, they and the rest of their migrant party were confined for some months inside a rough-and-ready fort for their protection. It's easy to imagine that this was hard on them all, and Henrietta (Cole) Hayden had further reason to be depressed; she had lost four children on the trek from southern Maryland. Whatever her reasons, she had an affair inside the fort with a sketchy land speculator named Charles Ewing, and became pregnant as a result. She subsequently confessed the liaison to her husband, who publicly denounced her but did not divorce her. Henrietta and Basil went on to have several more children. William Leo, son of Henrietta by Charles Ewing, was raised in Basil and Henrietta's family, where his nickname was "Not Blood." Basil's will provided William Leo with half the amount he gave to each of his own surviving children.

    After Basil's death in 1804, Henrietta immediately married Charles Ewing. Shortly afterward, she declared in court that she "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." But in 1807 Charles Ewing left her and bigamously married one Mary (or perhaps Margaret) Flint. In 1808 Henrietta managed to divorce Charles, 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.

    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" [sic — the actual phrase is "my wife's son" —PNH], 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.

    Will of William Leo Hayden, written 21 Dec 1866, probated 6 Jan 1868:

    In the name of God. Amen. I WILLIAM HAYDEN, of Daviess County, Kentucky, being of extreme old age but of sound mind and disposing memory and calling to mind that all men must die and wishing to arrange my temporal concerns before I am imposed by the call to appear before my God and Judge to determine my lot through all Eternity hereby revoking and annulling all other wills which I may have made heretofore do make and establish this as my last Will and Testament to wit.

    Item 1. I bequeath my soul to God who gave it me and my Body to the Earth from which it was taken to be decently interred in an ordinary and plain manner.

    Item 2. I will and bequeath unto my granddaughter, HELEN MARION PIKE, one bed and furniture, the same that she now uses, it being in the possession of my daughter-in-law (Melissa Hayden) who is entitled to use of the same until my granddaughter may find it to be her interest, or necessary to leave her Aunt Melissa in that event it is to be given up to her demand.

    Item 3. I will and bequeath unto my son, CHARLES L. HAYDEN an equal share with all my other heirs not named of all money or cash notes or other estate of which I die possessed first paying or settling all just dues or demands against me out of the sd. money and before distribution is made. I further bequeath to my sd son, CHARLES L, HAYDEN trundle bed stead and bedding attached thereof. Also other articles of household and kitchen furniture and farming implements as also my large Duoay bible all of which last mentioned articles I now deliver into his possession as being his own right and I further bequeath to my son CHARLES L. HAYDEN the right of a roadway one rod wide leading from his farm along the lines of a sixty acre tract which I formerly sold to James Eubank so as to enter at the south of the land dividing between Alvin Hayden's farm and the farm which I have sold to URBAN HAYDEN which road and land shall be one rod wide thru from end to end and unobstructed by any gates or fence also on other land intersecting the land by or at the southeast corner of the orchard on the sd. farm and running through the sd. farm passing by URBAN HAYDEN's farm in the direction of the Glenn Bridge as so called this lane shall be one rod wide from end to end with gates there planted, this described road and lanes are reserved in the contract and sale of the land and premises to URBAN HAYDEN unto the afsd CHARLES L. HAYDEN and his heirs forever.

    Item 4. I will and bequeath unto whichever of my children I may be living with at the time of my demise my bed and all its furniture attached, my wearing apparel, my big arm chair, and small chair also any articles of furniture which I term side board, a large demijohn or glass bottle, a few other small bottles and convenient articles unnecessary to mention.

    And lastly, I hereby nominate and appoint my son WILLIAM C. HAYDEN the executor of this my last will and Testament. Given under my hand this 21 st day of Dec. 1866 in my own writing.

    [Signed in the presence of James Hayden, Edwin C. Hayden and James S. Hayden; the latter presumably his grandson-in-law James S. Hayden, husband of his granddaughter Mary Drucilla 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 on 4 Jan 1813 in Washington County, Kentucky. Mary (daughter of Charles Hayden and Eleanor "Molly" Elliott) was born on 4 Jun 1794; died on 14 Jul 1866 in West Louisville, Daviess, Kentucky; was buried in St. Raphael's Cemetery, West Louisville, Daviess, Kentucky. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

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

  3. 10.  Charles William Coomes was born on 20 Jan 1799 in Nelson County, Kentucky (son of William Coomes and Rachel Coomes); died in 1849.

    Charles married Frances "Fannie" Dobbins on 29 Apr 1824 in Daviess County, Kentucky. Frances was born about 1795 in Ireland; died after 1870. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  4. 11.  Frances "Fannie" Dobbins was born about 1795 in Ireland; died after 1870.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 1798, Ireland


    Or perhaps Dollin.

    1. 5. Rosella Coomes was born on 25 Jan 1825; died on 26 Nov 1857 in Daviess County, Kentucky; was buried on 27 Nov 1857 in St. Raphael's Cemetery, West Louisville, Daviess, Kentucky.