Francis Hayden was born at the Grove in Watford, Hertfordshire, England to Edward Haydon and Eleanor Whitehead Haydon. He was baptized at St. Mary's Church, Watford, England on 14 August 1628. Francis had two brothers, Samuel Haden (Hayden) (c.1657 - 1699) and William Hayden (b. - 1704) who immigrated to St. Mary's County, Maryland and are also buried in St. Mary's Co.
In the year 1535 a Haydon family friend, Sir Thomas More, was beheaded, because he wouldn't denounce his Catholic faith. The Haydon family were devout Catholics, and feared for their lives. They and many other Catholic families had to worship in secret or probably be put to death..
Of eighty-five martyrs, eighty were Englishmen, born in various parts of the country, three were from Wales, one from Scotland and one from Ireland. They were put to death in cities and towns throughout the land between 1584 and 1679.
Four generations later Francis Hayden, in the year of about 1669 landed on the shore of St. Mary's Maryland, seeking religious freedom..
He immigrated to St. Mary's Maryland, about 1669 and married Thomasine Butler in St. Mary's Co., Maryland about 1673. When Francis arrived in America he changed his name from Haydon (de Haydon) to Hayden He received 200 acres in St. Mary's Co.in 1678. He received several land grants that are recorded. Their home "Small Hopes" is recorded in St. Mary's County Land records in Annapolis, Maryland. Francis and Thomasine had known children:
Mary HAYDEN (c.1665 - 1734), who married John Reeder
Robert Hayden (1666 - d.)
Penelope HAYDEN (c.1670 - 1696), she married Thomas Allman
William H Hayden, Sr. (1674 - 1733), he marreied Elizabeth Thomas in 1706; and Reeder HAYDEN (c.1675 - d.)
Francis and his family all died in St. Mary's County. MD. (Research and bio by Audrey DeCamp Hoffman)