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Sarah Stone Hayward
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Birth: unknown, England
Death: unknown
Hartford County
Connecticut, USA

Henry Hayward married in Hartford CT, 28 September 1648, Sarah Stone, sister of SAMUEL STONE {1633, Cambridge}. She was still living on 4 December 1716 .
They had 8 children: Mary (probably married, but almost certainly was not the "Mary _____" who married at Wethersfield on 28 November 1672 Thomas Griswold), Sarah Adgett, Elizabeth, Lydia Barnard & John (twins), another daughter, Samuel & Rebecca.
Information on the births of the children of Henry Hayward and his wife comes from two sources, the Wethersfield town vital records and the medical journal of John Winthrop Jr., and there are some differences between these two records.
The names of five of the children of this couple are entered in the first volume of Wethersfield records devoted solely to vital events. This volume was apparently begun on 20 February 1678/9, for that date appears at the top left corner of the first page, and for many years the date of recording was included in each entry along with the dates of the vital events themselves. The Hayward family records were entered as a group on 26 March 1683, twenty years after the family had moved to Hartford. Each entry had the same form: "Mary the daughter of Henry Hayward and of Sarah his wife was born in the year 1651" [WetVR 1:54]. The other four children listed in this group, and the stated years of their births, were Sarah (1653), Elizabeth (1656), John (1661) and Lydia (1661). The use of year dates only, and the recording twenty to thirty years after the events, indicate that these dates were based on memory and not a written record.
Several of the entries from Winthrop's medical journal which pertain to this family are given above under the accounts of the individual children. In addition, Winthrop on a number of occasions treated Sarah (Stone) Hayward for obstetrical problems. On 3 May 1658, Winthrop recorded that "Hayward Henry his wife miscarried this day." On 20 March 1658/9, he saw her again, because she "fears again miscarrying"; there were followup treatments on 22 March and on 30 March, and then, on 2 April 1659, "Hayward Hen[ry] his wife ... she miscarried 4 days since." Finally, on 6 June 1660, Winthrop noted that "Hayward [blank] his wife delivered of 2 children last Friday & hath soreness about navel & is outwardly black as if bruised." We rarely have so precise and intimate a view of the difficulties of childbearing at this time. Sarah (Stone) Hayward must have been a very strong woman, for she continued to bear children after this sequence of events, and lived for at least another half a century.
These two sources agree with respect to the ages of daughters Sarah and Elizabeth. They differ by one year on the birth of the twins. Since Winthrop treated the mother just a few days after this double birth, we accept the evidence of the medical journal over that of the town records. The two sources also differ on the year of birth of the eldest surviving child, Mary. In this case both sources were created many years after the event, and so, although Winthrop was slightly closer in time, we split the difference and assign to this daughter a year of birth of 1650.
These records assist us in following the migrations of this family. The children listed in the Wethersfield vital records, even though placed there many years after the births, are precisely those who were born in that town, and not any of those who were born later in Hartford. Other records place Henry Hayward in Wethersfield during these same years. For example, Henry Hayward was involved in three civil suits, on 2 December 1652 (against John Westall), 6 September 1655 (against "Edward Scoole" [probably Edward Scott]), and 5 June 1656 (against John Sadler). These opponents were all Wethersfield men.
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  Henry Hayward (1627 - 1708)*
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Linda Mac
Record added: May 14, 2009
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