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Re: Marriage Bonds/Marriage Register

Thank You. My gg grandparents were Cherry Hayes/Hays and Mary Hayes/Hays. My great-grandmother was Mary Hayes Johnson. She died January 25, 1958 in Cumberland County. The informant on the death certificate was Alice Shipman my gg Aunt and it also list a Cherry and Mary Hayes as her parents and it stated that she was born in Cumberland County. On my great-grandmother's marriage certificate it list her name as Mary Hays. I remember something in the paper about her death. Could you please see if they have an obit on her. I did see some Hayes/Hays listed in Cumberland Co in the 1850 and 1860 census, but could not connect them. I know that in doing family research people have "nicknames" or other names that they used. My grandmother appeared to be (Indian) and she told us children that she was (Indian) a "free slave" not a "slave". I know by 1910 she was widowed on the census. I have tried to find her in the 1870 and 1880 census as well, but I could not find her in either census. Now Mary could be her middle name as well. My great-grandmother was married in 1880 in Cumberland County to a Richard Johnson, I saw this on their marriage and register certificate. My mother who was raised by my great-granmother in her early childhood stated that she recalled Mary Hayes/Hays's husband was a John Johnson, I cannot connect this either. John Johnson could be related somehow. Also on all the census Mary Hayes ages are different and I know that this happens from census to census in doing research. My great-grandmother also told us that she was living when President Lincoln freed the "slaves". We use to sit at her knee and listen to the stories she would tell, we were in awe.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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