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John Freeman Hays
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Birth: Sep. 16, 1850
Fernbank
Lamar County
Alabama, USA
Death: Jul. 11, 1939
Fernbank
Lamar County
Alabama, USA

John Freeman Hays was the second son of Andrew Jackson Hays (1827-1904) and Evalina W. Brewer (1829-1883) (the location of his parents' burial is unknown, but they are probably in no-longer-marked graves either at Old Asbury Cemetery or the nearby Brewer family graveyard). John Freeman was father of fourteen children, thirteen of whom lived to adulthood. All are linked below.

Nicknamed Square John from his reputation for square dealing, he was the neighborhood "bank" to many in need of an advance to make a crop. The front room of his house on what is now County Road 9 in Star Community was long the local post office.

He provided each of his children with land from his extensive holdings, or the option of further education if they didn't choose farming for an occupation. Some attended school at Shiloh Church near Sulligent, several marrying into families from the north end of the county. As a result, it's been said that his descendants are related to everyone in Lamar County. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Andrew Jackson Hays (1828 - 1904)
  Evalina W Brewer Hays (1829 - 1883)
 
 Spouse:
  Sarah Jane Brown Hays (1858 - 1922)
 
 Children:
  Eunice Esther Hays Seay (1878 - 1937)*
  Margaret Evalina Hays Woods (1880 - 1949)*
  William Clarence Valentine Hays (1882 - 1959)*
  Sidney Jackson Hays (1884 - 1969)*
  Thomas Brown Hays (1885 - 1964)*
  John Birch Hays (1887 - 1949)*
  Ozie Jane Hays Hydrick (1888 - 1963)*
  Martha Canzada Hays Stokes (1890 - 1966)*
  Samuel Spartan Hays (1892 - 1957)*
  Woodford Redus Hays (1894 - 1935)*
  Dow Bradley Hays (1896 - 1957)*
  Lura Mae Hays Thomas (1898 - 1992)*
  Voy Hays (1900 - 1900)*
  Sarah Milner Hays Younger (1902 - 1923)*
 
 Siblings:
  Thomas Lafayette Hays (1849 - 1930)*
  John Freeman Hays (1850 - 1939)
  Isabella A Hays Beasley (1853 - 1941)*
  Alabama Jane Hays Falkner (1855 - 1934)*
  Columbus Valentine Hays (1856 - 1939)*
  Sarah Elizabeth Hays Wood (1861 - 1899)*
  Andrew Jackson Hays (1863 - 1916)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Asbury Cemetery
Lamar County
Alabama, USA
 
Maintained by: Paul Hays
Originally Created by: nut4genealogy
Record added: Mar 15, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34853874
John Freeman Hays
Added by: Paul Hays
 
John Freeman Hays
Added by: Paul Hays
 
John Freeman Hays
Added by: Paul Hays
 
 
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Father: Andrew Jackson Hays Sr. (Find A Grave Memorial# 104686425)
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