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Urban Hayden

Male 1819 - 1888  (69 years)


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  1. 1.  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.

    Notes:

    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]

    Children:
    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. 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 on 5 Oct 1854 in Kentucky; died on 7 Jul 1934 in Evansville, Vanderburgh, Indiana.
    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.

    Urban married Martha Ann Higdon on 4 Mar 1858 in St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Daviess, Kentucky. Martha died on 15 Jan 1892 in Daviess County, Kentucky. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Mary Delia Hayden was born on 24 Apr 1859.
    2. Sarah "Sallie" Hayden was born about 1860 in Daviess County, Kentucky.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  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.

    Notes:

    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. 3.  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.
    Children:
    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. 1. 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.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Charles Ewing was born between 1750 and 1753 (son of Charles Ewing and Martha Baker); died after 3 Feb 1808.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Between 1808 and 1810

    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.

    Alicia Towston (see excerpt later in this entry; citation details below) appears to not believe that our Charles Ewing is the same Charles Ewing who married, in Bardstown, 4 Feb 1786, Sarah Wickliffe. We think they were the same person. Several things notably line up:

    * The marriage of Charles Ewing to Sarah Wickliffe comes just a year after the liaison with Henrietta (Cole) Hayden which produced PNH ancestor William Leo Hayden.

    * Sarah Wickliffe died in 1804, just a year before Charles Ewing and Henrietta Hayden recommenced their affair and married.

    * The Charles Ewing in the 1823 case "Ewing v. Handley" (citation details below), which illuminates an entire universe of complex transactions in land and slaves between Ewing and his Wickliffe in-laws, was "absent from the country in 1791" (Towston: "In May 1790 he took a flatboat to Natchez, in company with Samuel Ewing"), was back in 1792 (Towston: "In 1792 he was Justice of the Peace for Washington County"), and was sued in 1808 by James Handley but died shortly thereafter (Ewing v. Handley: "after this suit was prepared for trial, Ewing died").

    From Alicia Towston (citation details below):

    He is probably the same Charles Ewing who is mentioned in the Draper Manuscripts as going on a hunting expedition in Kentucky with frontiersman Henry Skaggs in 1771.

    His activities during the Revolution included: 11 April 1781, carried a message to Governor Jefferson about Bedford militia movements; 1782, compensated for loss of a bay mare in public service; and 1783, obtained a Continental soldier rifle from Robert Ewing.

    About 1787, this Charles moved to Kentucky. There were at least two men named Charles Ewing in Kentucky at this time, so caution in interpreting records is necessary. I think the Charles Ewing in Nelson County and adjacent Washington County is likely the correct one, because this is the same area to which Mary (Ewing) Handley had migrated, as well as a Samuel Ewing who may be their younger brother.

    He served as a Nelson County Militia officer until June 1789. In May 1790 he took a flatboat to Natchez, in company with Samuel Ewing. In 1792 he was Justice of the Peace for Washington County. From 1792 through 1807 he surveyed and obtained grants for numerous land claims in Washington and Nelson Counties. There is no evidence of any marriage in his early years, but on 14 February 1805, in Washington County, he married Henrietta (Cole) Hayden (1754–1836), widow of Basil Hayden, and apparently a mother of twelve children. This was not a happy marriage, and Charles soon moved out and began living with Mary/Margaret Flint. Henrietta sued for divorce, which was granted on 3 February 1808. In the meantime Charles had married, on 3 February 1807, Mary/Margaret Flint in Nelson County. They apparently moved away, and possibly the 1810 census entry in Garrard County, Kentucky, for Charley Ewing is their household. There are no known children.

    Mentions of Charles Ewing in Hayden/Rapier and Allied Families by Mary Louise Donnelly (citation details below):

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


  2. 5.  Henrietta Cole was born on 2 Jul 1754 in St. Mary's, St. Mary's, Maryland (daughter of Robert Cole and Ann Greenwell); died on 6 Dec 1837 in Marion County, Kentucky; was buried in 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. 2. William Leo "Little Willie" Hayden was born on 16 Dec 1785 in Washington County, Kentucky; died on 6 Dec 1867 in Owensboro, Daviess, Kentucky; was buried in St. Raphael's Cemetery, West Louisville, Daviess, Kentucky.

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

    Notes:

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

    His will (citation details below) appoints his wife and his son-in-law, PNH ancestor William Leo Hayden, executors of his estate. It also gives William, among other bequests, "my negro man, Dennis".

    Charles married Eleanor "Molly" Elliott on 7 Sep 1793 in Nelson County, Kentucky. Eleanor (daughter of Matthew Elliott and Ann) was born before 1777 in St. Mary's County, Maryland; died after 26 Oct 1813 in Nelson County, Kentucky. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 7.  Eleanor "Molly" Elliott was born before 1777 in St. Mary's County, Maryland (daughter of Matthew Elliott and Ann); died after 26 Oct 1813 in 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. 3. Mary Hayden 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.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Charles Ewing was born about 1715 in Ulster, Ireland; died between 31 May 1770 and 24 Jul 1770 in Bedford County, Virginia.

    Notes:

    He is said to have been born in Coleraine, Londonderry, Northern Ireland. He was related in some way to Robert Ewing (~1718-1787), with whom he came to Virginia. Charles and Robert are recorded as having called one another "brother", which has led many to believe that they shared the same parents, but in fact what we actually know is that they were brothers-in-law, their wives (Robert's wife Mary Baker and Charles's wife Martha Baker) being sisters to one another. The earliest written account of their coming to America (set down shortly before his death by Nathaniel Ewing, 1772-1846, of Mount Clair, Knox, Indiana, and first published in the Louisville Courier-Journal on 28 Feb 1897) calls them only "two young men, cousins of my grandfather, Nathaniel Ewing"; had they been actual brothers, one would think this account would have said so.

    Charles Ewing and Martha Baker were GX5-grandparents of the American aviation pioneer, movie director, billionaire, and lunatic Howard Hughes, making Hughes and PNH sixth cousins once removed:

    Charles Ewing (~1715-1770) = Martha Baker
    Caleb Ewing (d. ~1780)
    Elizabeth Ewing (1779-1812) = Richard Montgomery Gano (1775-1815)
    John Allen Gano (1805-1887) = Mary Conn (b. 1807)
    Richard Montgomery Gano (1830-1913) = Martha Jane Welch (1832-1895)
    William Beriah Gano (1854-1913) = Jeanette de Lafayette Grissom (1857-1905)
    Allene Stone Gano (1883-1922) = Howard Robard Hughes, Sr. (1869-1924)
    Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. (1905-1976)

    (As a side note, the elder of the two men named Richard Montgomery Gano in the above was a son of John Gano (1727-1804), a Baptist minister and Revolutionary War chaplain who is widely, and almost certainly falsely, claimed to have baptized George Washington. The younger Richard Montgomery Gano (1830-1913) was a Confederate general from Texas in the Civil War.)

    From Clan Ewing of Scotland by Elbert William R. Ewing (citation details below):

    By no means least of the noted and splendidly influential families of our name were those founded by two brothers, Robert and Charles Ewing. All the evidence indicates and nothing disputes that they were close cousins of the other immigrants of our family. One tradition has it that they were born in Coleraine, Ireland; while another says they were born near Stirling Castle, Scotland, within the old clan bounds. Whichever be correct, it is certain they were near relatives to those who came from at least not far from Londonderry. A tradition, given me by Rowland D. Buford, of Bedford City, an aged man (in his eighty-sixth year at the time of his letter to me) who knew and respected their descendants, insists that they fled from Scotland because of some political difficulty, being staunch Covenanters who, no doubt, warmly espoused the cause of the Protestant claimants to the English throne. However, I am satisfied that they came, whether from Scotland or Ireland, because of the general unrest which prevailed in both countries, and which I have briefly narrated.

    An undisputed tradition says that on reaching America they visited their relations in Cecil County, Maryland, for a short time, and then pushed on for the new lands and broader opportunities in that section shortly to become Bedford County, Virginia, near where Samuel Ewing, James Ewing and other cousins then lived.

    The sketch of the Ewings left by Nathaniel Ewing of Mount Clair, Knox County, Indiana, and published in the Courier-Journal, February 28, 1897, after what I have elsewhere quoted continues: "Some time about the year 1735 or 1740 two young men, cousins of my grandfather, Nathaniel Ewing (the only son by the first wife of William Ewing, born in Scotland), came to America. Their names were Charles and Robert Ewing. Having gotten into an affray at a fair in Ireland they were so unfortunate as to kill a man, for which they were obliged to fly the country and came to my grandfather's, where they concealed themselves for a length of time until one of my grandfather's half brothers came from Virginia on a visit to his relations in Maryland. On his return they were put over the Susquehanna in the night and went with him to Virginia. It being a place less frequented by emigrants from Ireland than Maryland, and a proclamation having arrived offering a reward for their apprehension, their longer stay became dangerous.

    "Some time after their arrival in Prince Edward County a new settlement was founded further back, in what is now called Bedford County, near the Peaks of Otter. They joined the adventurers and finally settled there and married sisters, daughters of Mr. Baker, a Presbyterian minister, and lived there until death. They both left large families, who are now settled in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Missouri, some of whom I have seen, viz.: Baker Ewing, Young Ewing, Samuel Ewing and Finis Ewing. The last is a Presbyterian clergyman and resides in Missouri. I mention the family on account of their having become so numerous in the western country and to show the connection between them and my family."

    Exhaustive investigation leads me to the most decided opinion that the "affray at a fair" and its result is an error. Mr. Buford, who never heard of this fair story, was quite confident that the "trouble," whatever it may have been, was nothing other than a mere "political matter" which resulted in no physical encounter. He lived in the county where both Robert and Charles spent the most of their distinguished lives; and so had a better opportunity to know their pre-American history than had Nathaniel Ewing whose article was published in the Courier Journal. All the facts, aside from Nathaniel's statement, indicate that at that day Robert and Charles could have been as readily located where they settled in Virginia as had they re mained in Cecil County.

    That they had committed no grave crime in early life, even in the heat of an unpremeditated encounter, the prominence of their later lives attests. [...]

    Charles Ewing, whose will is dated May 31, 1770, and which was probated in Bedford County, Virginia, July 24, 1770, was the same splendid type of citizen as his brother, Robert. This is not mere theory. Nor is it simply family tradition. The positions these two brothers filled as well as those held by their children after them and the testimony of such men as R. D. Buford, who knew their neighbors and who spent years studying the family records of his county, furnish us undisputed proof.

    This Charles, the immigrant, and his son, Charles, were the only Ewings of that Christian name in all that part of Virginia in their day, so far as I can learn. So it is the more easy to identify them.

    Charles married Martha Baker about 1744. Martha (daughter of Caleb Baker and Martha Brooks) died after 24 Jul 1770. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 9.  Martha Baker (daughter of Caleb Baker and Martha Brooks); died after 24 Jul 1770.

    Notes:

    According to Alicia Towster (citation details below), they were probably married in Amelia County, Virginia.

    Children:
    1. William Ewing was born between 1745 and 1749; died in Apr 1810.
    2. Caleb Ewing was born between 1747 and 1753; died about 1780.
    3. Mary Ewing was born about 1750; died after 1790.
    4. 4. Charles Ewing was born between 1750 and 1753; died after 3 Feb 1808.
    5. Robert Ewing was born about 1753; died before 1810.
    6. Samuel Ewing was born before 1755 and 1760; died before 1792.
    7. George Ewing was born between 1765 and 1769; died on 31 Dec 1838; was buried in Bartleson Family Cemetery, Wayne County, Kentucky.
    8. David Ewing was born between 1765 and 1769; died between 1811 and 1820.
    9. Martha "Patsy" Ewing was born about 1766; died after 1810.

  3. 10.  Robert Cole was born about 1710 in St. Mary's County, Maryland (son of Robert Cole and Elizabeth Tant); died before 2 Dec 1771 in St. Mary's County, Maryland.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Bef 1719, St. Mary's County, Maryland

    Notes:

    Abstract of the will of Robert Cole, from Linda Reno's stmarysfamilies.com:

    Robert Cole, SMC 11/26/1771-12/2/1771. Wife: Sarah, alias Elizabeth. Children: Eleanor, Elizabeth, Mary. If any of these 3 die before marriage or not arrive at age, estate may go to survivors of these 4: Eleanor, Elizabeth, Mary, Henrietta Hayden. Son-in-law: Robert Mattingly. Granddaughter: Elizabeth Mattingly. Heirs of daughters: Jane Mattingly and Margaret Melton, both deceased. Execs: Sons-in-law, Robert Mattingly, Richard Melton, Basil Hayden. Wit: James Roach, Clement Hayden, William Hayden.

    From Mary Louise Donnelly, John Medley (1615-1660):

    "An inventory of Robert Cole's estate was made on 8/14/1772 with a value of nearly 445 pounds of sterling. He owned seven slaves and the usual items found on a plantation of that period, and some special items such as a desk, a seal skin trunk and a pair of spectacles and case. When the final account of Robert Cole's estate was made on 11/22/1773 his heirs received nearly 513 pounds of sterling (Acc't 69:205)."

    Robert married Ann Greenwell before 1743. Ann (daughter of Thomas Greenwell and Mary Medley) was born about 1730 in St. Mary's County, Maryland; died before 1771. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 11.  Ann Greenwell was born about 1730 in St. Mary's County, Maryland (daughter of Thomas Greenwell and Mary Medley); died before 1771.
    Children:
    1. Jane Cole was born in in St. Mary's County, Maryland; died before 1769.
    2. 5. Henrietta Cole was born on 2 Jul 1754 in St. Mary's, St. Mary's, Maryland; died on 6 Dec 1837 in Marion County, Kentucky; was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Holy Cross, Marion, Kentucky.
    3. Eleanor Cole was born between 1755 and 1760; died between 1830 and 1848.

  5. 12.  William Hayden was born about 1742 (son of George Hayden and Charity); died on 10 Apr 1794 in Washington County, Kentucky.

    Notes:

    Note attached by "stashyc" to William Hayden in her public ancestry.com tree:

    Basil Hayden Sr. and his brother William Hayden, sons of George Hayden (d. 1754) were living in Kentucky at the time of their mother Charity's death. Neither were mentioned in Charity's will of 1791. Elizabeth Hayden (d. 1761), the boys' grandmother, left [land to] just the two oldest children of her deceased son George [...]

    "Item I bequeath to my two grandsons William Hayden & Basil Hayden sons to George all that part or parcell of Land whereon William Morgan now lives known by the name of Shankes Resque containing 102 acres more or less to be divided Equally between my two grandsons as above mentioned". According to the Rent Rolls (43:105) Basil sold his share to his brother William on 9/17/1767.

    Accompanied his brother Basil to Kentucky in 1785.

    Deed recorded 3/31/1789 (Deed 2:59-60) in Nelson County, Virginia (became the state of Kentucky in 1792) records William Hayden['s] purchase of 400 acres of land "...beginning in James Cloyds line..." (on Pottinger's Creek).

    William Hayden's will was proved null and void in the case "Hayden Heirs vs Hayden Executors" files 1794. The names of all of William Hayden's heirs were given in the court case (A:191-192) in Washington County, on 2/22/1796. When the heirs sold William Hayden's land, Bennett Hayden was not named as he had given whatever was to come to him from his father's estate "to my sister Mary Hayden" - dated 4/10/1794 (Deed A:178 Washington Co., KY).

    Died:
    year only.

    William married Elizabeth Thompson. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  6. 13.  Elizabeth Thompson (daughter of Thomas Thompson and Mary Cole).
    Children:
    1. 6. Charles Hayden was born about 1766 in St. Mary's County, Maryland; died after 26 Oct 1813 in Washington County, Kentucky.
    2. Benedict "Bennett" Hayden was born in 1768 in St. Mary's, St. Mary's, Maryland; died on 3 Jul 1794 in Washington County, Kentucky.
    3. Henry Hayden was born in 1770 in St. Andrew's Parish, St. Mary's County, Maryland; died in 1828 in Washington County, Kentucky.
    4. Wilford Hayden was born on 25 Mar 1772 in St. Mary's County, Maryland; died on 10 Jul 1827 in Washington County, Kentucky; was buried in St. Rose's Cemetery, Springfield, Washington, Kentucky.
    5. George Hayden was born before 1776 in St. Mary's County, Maryland; died in 1859 in Springfield, Washington, Kentucky.
    6. Thomas Hayden was born about 1780 in St. Mary's County, Maryland; died between 9 Nov 1849 and 7 Jan 1850 in Hickman County, Kentucky; was buried in St. Jerome Cemetery, Fancy Farm, Graves, Kentucky.

  7. 14.  Matthew Elliott was born before 1746 in St. Mary's County, Maryland; died before 1785 in St. Mary's County, Maryland.

    Matthew married Ann. Ann was born before 1753; died after 1786. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  8. 15.  Ann was born before 1753; died after 1786.
    Children:
    1. Mary "Polly" Elliott was born between 1769-1774 in St. Mary's County, Maryland; died before 1818 in Washington County, Kentucky.
    2. 7. Eleanor "Molly" Elliott was born before 1777 in St. Mary's County, Maryland; died after 26 Oct 1813 in Nelson County, Kentucky.