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Mary Elizabeth Slack Hays
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Birth: 1757
Cumberland County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: 1821
Hardin County
Kentucky, USA

William Hercules HAYS was a Methodist Episcopal minister, a circuit-riding preacher, and the founder of the Mt. Zion Methodist Church which is located near Mooresville, KY.


"It is a known fact that William HAYS, Sr., with his wife Mary and son William, then eighteen months of age, were in Harrod's Station in 1779...." (From the Litsey Family by David Randolph LITSEY).

An indenture made 7 September 1821 indicated that William HAYS was living in Hardin Co., KY.
Married about 1777.

Other dates for marriage given as before 1778.

1930 Slack Book gives her as Elizabeth.

Mary married Reverend William Hercules Hays about 1777. William was born about 1750 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland. He died about 1822 in Hardin County, Kentucky.

Served in the Lincoln Co, Kentucky, Militia. Founder of the Mt Zion Methodist Church in 1792. Lived in Hardin Co, Kentucky, in 1810.

They had the following children.

William Hays was born on 18 Mar 1778. He died about 1866.
James Hays was born in 1780 in Kentucky.
Margaret Hays was born on 2 Feb 1784. She died on 29 Mar 1857.

Hercules Hays was born on 8 Jan 1786 in Kentucky. He died on 4 Mar 1855 in Hardin County, Kentucky. He was buried in Mill Creek Cemetery, Hardin County, Kentucky. Hercules married Elizabeth Lusk on 18 Mar 1809 in Hardin County, Kentucky.

Elizabeth Hays was born on 6 Dec 1789 in Hardin County, Kentucky.

Randall Porter Hays was born on 22 Jan 1794 in Hardin County, Kentucky. He died on 26 Aug 1884.
Randall married Sarah Colvin on 26 Dec 1822 in Hardin County, Kentucky.

Mary Hays was born about 1795. She died in 1845.
John Porter Hays was born on 1 Jan 1798 in Hardin County, Kentucky. He died on 16 Jan 1868 in Hardin County, Kentucky. He was buried in Hays Cemetery, Hardin County, Kentucky.
John married Evaline Dorsey on 8 Jan 1833 in Hardin County, Kentucky.

Susan Hays was born on 13 Aug 1801. She died on 25 Feb 1871.

Sarah J Hays was born on 3 Mar 1804. She died on 3 Jul 1865.
Census Research.

1810 Hardin Co, KY, Census, p. 303
HAYS, (Rev) William (Hercules)
2 males age 10 and under 16
1 male age +45
2 females under age 10
1 female age 26 and under45
1 age +45 .

1820 Hardin Co., KY, Census, p. 30
HAYS, (Rev) William (Sr)
2 males between 18 and 26
1 male +45
1 females 1 between 10 and 16
1 female between 16 and 26.

Family links: 
  Randolph Slack (1720 - 1795)
  Sara Penn Slack (1735 - 1795)
  William Hercules Hays (1750 - 1822)
  Susannah Slack Litsey (1745 - ____)*
  Catherine Slack Penn (1748 - 1798)*
  William G. Slack (1753 - 1830)*
  John Slack (1755 - 1822)*
  Mary Elizabeth Slack Hays (1757 - 1821)
  Randolph (Randall) Slack (1765 - 1807)*
  Richard Slack (1770 - 1812)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Thought to be buried here with her husband.
Mount Zion Cemetery
Hardin County
Kentucky, USA
Created by: John Early Andrews
Record added: Feb 11, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 84837819


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