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Rev Oliver Bliss Hayes
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Birth: May 21, 1783
South Hadley
Hampshire County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Nov. 1, 1858
Davidson County
Tennessee, USA

Oliver was born on May 21, 1783 in South Hadley, Mass. His father was Rev. Joel Hayes of Simsbury, CT, and pastor of the Congregational Church at South Hadley for forty-five years. Oliver's mother, Mary Bliss, of Wilbraham, Mass. is said to have been a direct descendant of Charles Chauncey, second president of Harvard.

Oliver received his education in New England and, for a short time after, practiced law in Baltimore MD. He settled in Nashville, TN in 1808 and became widely known and highly regarded in the law profession. On Feb 3, 1812, he married Sarah (Sallie) Clements Hightower in Williamson County, TN. Oliver was a Freemason and, in 1819, was elected Grand Master Mason of the Masonic fraternity in Tennessee. Later in life (at least as early as 1838), he was ordained a Presbyterian minister.

In the 1820's Oliver purchased the federal-style home, Rokeby, from Judge John Childress. The house, at 1908 Grand Ave., remained in the family until around the turn of the 20th century and was where Oliver and Sarah's great granddaughter, Laura Shields, stated to me that she was born in 1894. Rokeby was razed in the mid-1900's and is now the site of The Upper Room in the United Methodist Center.

Per Mt. Olivet Cemetery records, Oliver Bliss Hayes was interred on November 2, 1858. A funeral service was held two days later on November 4, 1858.


Nashville Union and American
November 4, 1858 - Thursday - page 3

Funeral Invitation.
The friends of the Rev. O.B. Hayes, are respectfully invited to attend his funeral this morning, at half past 10 o'clock, from the first Presbyterian Church. Divine service by Rev. J.T. Edgar.


Note: Additional information regarding three other children said to have also been Oliver and Sarah's children is given on her memorial.

Contributor note: Oliver was my 3rd great grandfather.

Family links: 
  Joel Hayes (1753 - 1827)
  Mary Bliss Hayes (1762 - 1825)
  Sarah Clements Hightower Hayes (1795 - 1871)
  Richard Hightower Hayes (1813 - 1838)*
  Joel Addison Hayes (1815 - 1890)*
  Adelicia Hayes Acklen (1817 - 1887)*
  Oliver Bliss Hayes (1825 - 1868)*
  Laura Hayes Shields (1829 - 1892)*
  Henry Martyn Hayes (1832 - 1884)*
  Corinne Hayes Lawrence (1836 - 1914)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Davidson County
Tennessee, USA
Plot: Section 2, Lot 211 - O.B. Hayes lot - monument
Created by: CB
Record added: Dec 14, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23395045
Rev Oliver Bliss Hayes
Added by: CB
Rev Oliver Bliss Hayes
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Rev Oliver Bliss Hayes
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