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 Alma Hayes

Alma Hayes

Birth
Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, USA
Death 5 Apr 1935 (aged 89)
Soda Springs, Caribou County, Idaho, USA
Burial Georgetown, Bear Lake County, Idaho, USA
Memorial ID 46080452 · View Source
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ID: 129441
Last Name: Hayes
First Name: Alma
Age:
Gender: M
Cemetery: Georgetown, Idaho
Birth Date: 11 Jan 1846
Birth Place: Nauvoo, Illinois
Date Died: 5 Apr 1935
Death Place: Soda Springs, Idaho
Father: Thomas Hayes
Mother: Polly Hess
Spouse: Annselina Thomas. Louisa Jane Sheffield.
Sources: Georgetown, Idaho, Cemetery Record. Sexton Record.
Remarks:

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Soda Springs
LDS Chapel for Alma Hayes, 89, who died Friday, April 5, from old age and general debility. He was born January
11, 1846 at Nauvoo, Illinois. With his parents, as a
boy, he crossed the plains to Utah where he lived for
many years prior to coming to Georgetown, making his
home there until 1925, when he moved to Soda Springs. He served in the Black Hawk war at the age of 21. In later years he filled a mission for the L. D. S. church to
New Zealand, then acted as bishop of the Georgetown
ward, and served in that capacity for 12 years, prior
to that time he was counselor to Bishop Henry Lewis
and W. W. Richards. At the time of his death he was patriarch for the Idaho Stake. He had two polygamist
wives; his first wife is now living, and from 22
Children, 13 are listed as survivors,252 grand and
great grand children also survive his loss. The ser-
vices were under the direction of Bishop Kenneth Balls. Singing was furnished by a double mixed quartet, and
his favorite L. D. S hymns were chosen. The first one being, "Shall We Meet Beyond the River." The opening
prayer was offered by Frank Harris, followed by a sel-ection from the quartet, "Come, Come Ye Saints." The speakers were Bishop Balls, Abel Smart, President H. H.
Hoff and Alonzo Gilbert. Mrs. Claud Tucker and Joseph Taggart sang a duet entitled "O My Father," followed by remarks from President Ed C. Rich and President Alma
Moser of the Montpelier and Idaho Stakes respectively.
The closing song, "God Be With You," benediction was pronounced by Daniel Lau. The grave was dedicated at the Georgetown cemetery by Bishop W. W. Clark.

Alma Hayes
By Ruth Adams
Alma Hayes was born in Nauvoo, Illinios, on January
11, 1846, a son of Thomas and Polly Hess Hayes. His
parents both died at Mt. Pigsah when Mr. Hayes was
very young.
Their deaths occured through the persecutions which
the Mormon people recieved. Alma came with strangers
to Utah in one of the earliest battalions. He located
with them in Farmington when it was in its first crude stages of settlement.
Alma Hayes well knowns the early pioneers perserved in their labors of founding a state under most unpromising conditions, and he came to manhood well fitted to con-
test with nature and to conquer in the fight. At an
early age he was taught to work and was employed as a herder and as a laborer on the farm until he was eigh-
teen years of age. The came the troublous times of the Blackhawk War in 1865, and Mr. Hayes joined the ranks
of the forces battling against the Indians. After the
war he turned his attention to ranching, and on Novem-
ber 9, 1867, he was united in marriage with Annselina Thomas, a naive of Missouri and a daughter of of Robert
and Catherine Lewis Thomas.
After his marrige, Mr. Hayes established his home in
Morgan City, Utah, and there resided for about six
years. Then in 1874 he came to Georgetown and was so pleased with the country that he was determined that
this should be his home.
He had no cause to regret in the chioce of his location
or in his financial success. He was prominent in all
the public affairs. He served as water master for a long term of years and held many offices in the church, His children were Mary E., John R., Alma H., Catherine,
Alice L., Margaret, Harriet A., Esther, Mary J., Edith, David and Robert.
Alma Hayes married Louisa Jane Sheffield July 1, 1872 at Salt Lake City. She was a daugther of Thomas and Jane Fowles Sheffield. Their children are as follows: Joseph
S., Polly Jane, Walter, Thomas, Ann Selina, Zina Ruth, Horace Alma, Wilford, Hattie and Lucy.
He was a bishop of Georgetown Ward for fourteen years.
He was greatly loved and respected by all who knew him
and was released to move to Soda Springs, Idaho. There
he was a patriarch of the stake. He was holding the position at the time of his death on April 5, 1935.
**HISTORY OF THE BEAR LAKE PIONEERS, Daugters of the
Utah Pioneers, Bear Lake County, Idaho; page 242-243.

LIFE SKETCH OF ALMA HAYES
compiled by Diana Hayes Wilcox

Alma Hayes, second son of Thomas and Polly Hess Parks Hayes, was born January 11, 1846 at Nauvoo, Hancock
County, Illinios.
Little is known about Alma's father Thomas Hayes, but records show that he participated in Zion's Camp on
their march from Kirkland, Ohio to redeem the Saints
in Missouri. He was one of the first men sticken with cholera during that march. After Zion's Camp was disband
he apparently settled near Rays County, Missouri. Some-where between 1839 and 1843 he and Polly Hess became acquainted. Polly Hess was the daughter or Jacob and Elizabeth Foutz Hess, who had moved to Missouri after joining the Mormon Church in Richland, Ohio. Before
that time they had lived in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Polly married Madison Parks in Ray County on February 20, 1839.
Thousands of Saints were driven out of Ray County and
other Northern areas of Missouri by persection of the
mobs. Many found refuge in the area of Quicncy, Illin-
ois. The Hess family moved to Bear Creek and built a home for their family. On May 23, 1843 Thomas Hayes and Polly Hess Parks were married at Hancock County, Illinois.
While living at Bear Creek their first child, a son,
Nephi was born January 18, 18844. Because the persecution and violence was so great in the area. The Saints were forced to leave their meager belongings and flee to Nau-voo. Thomas and Polly Moved to Nauvoo with the help of family and friends. While in Nauvoo their second son Alma was born January 11, 1846.

ALMA HAYES; Numbered among the leading and prosperous agriculturists of southeastern Idaho, where his finely improved and valuable ranch of 420 acres is located in close proximity to the postoffice of Georgetown in Bear Lake County, which is his address. Alma Hayes is now enjoying the prosperity and comfortable conditions which the intermountain section of the Great West offers to
all who seek them with the same faithfulness, attention
and determinate industry which Mr. Hayes has devoted to that object. The constancy, patience and heroism of those who settled on the new lands of this part of the west in the early days, have never been surpassed in the settle-ment of any portion of the country, and it is a worthy
act to record their experiences, so that coming genera-tions may know something of those who labored that
others might enjoy, who developed that their children
might have an easier life than fell to their lot.

Mr. Hayes was born in Nauvoo, Ill., on January 15, 1846,
a son of Thomas and Polly (Hess) Hayes, his parents both dying at Mt. Pisgah when Mr. Hayes was very young, their deaths occurring through the persecutions which the Mormon people received. Mr. Hayes came with strangers to Utah in one of the earliest battalions, with them locating in Farmington when it was in its first crude stages of settlement, and growing to manhood among the vicissitudes, trials and privations which were the common lot of the
new adventurers in these strange lands. The progress of
the years has changed all things, the sunlight of prosperity now shines where ill-omened hunger, savage beasts and hostile Indians were not infrequent visitors, and the trials of the past are held in memory as only a dark vision of the night.
Mr. Hayes well knows how the early pioneers persevered in their labors of founding a state under most unpromising conditions, and he came to manhood well fitted to contest with nature and to conquer in the fight. At an early age
he was taught to work and was employed as a herder and as
a laborer on the farm until he was eighteen years of age. Then came the troublous times of the Blackhawk war in
1865 and Mr. Hayes joined the ranks of the forces battl-
ing against the Indians. After the war he turned his attention to ranching, and on November 9, 1867, he was united in marriage with Miss Ann Selina Thomas, a native
of Missouri, and a daughter of Robert and Catherine (Lewis) Thomas, who emigrated from England and made their perman-
ent home at Farmington, where, after long lives of usefulness and piety they died, the father in 1896 and
the mother in 1899.
After his marriage Mr. Hayes established his home in
Morgan county, Utah, and there resided for about six
years, when, in 1874, he came to his present location and was so pleased with the country that he determined that this should be his home, and he has since wrought well in the formation and building up of the prosperity everywhere visible on his large estate, which is under most excellent improvement, 100 acres being devoted to general farming,
as it is under fine irrigation, the rest of the land being utilized as the grazing ground of a splendid band of superior cattle.
Surely he has no cause for regret in the choice of his location or in his financial success; he has been prominent in all public affairs, has served as water master for a long term of years, and has held many offices in the church, among them that of teacher of the ward and counselor to the bishop. Eight of his children are living, Mary E., John R., Alma H., Catherine, Alice L., Margaret, Harriet A. and Esther. The ones who have been called from earth are Mary J., Edith, David and Robert.


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  • Maintained by: In Memory of Margo & Jens
  • Originally Created by: Bruce J. Black
  • Added: 28 Dec 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 46080452
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alma Hayes (11 Jan 1846–5 Apr 1935), Find A Grave Memorial no. 46080452, citing Georgetown Cemetery, Georgetown, Bear Lake County, Idaho, USA ; Maintained by In Memory of Margo & Jens (contributor 47291843) .