ADAM HAY, b 1733, Alsace, Germany.  It's not clear whether Adam was the Johann Adam baptised in 1738 in Gerhardsbrunn, near Zweibrucken, Germany, which would mean that he was a brother of Valentine, Simon & Francis of Brothers Valley, Pa.  Adam emigrated to America with his father and 4 brothers and first settled in PA.   

1763, Northhampton Co, PA - letter signed by Adam Hay

He married Anna Marie (Mary) Boyer, 1770, Northampton, PA. She came to America as a young girl.  

For some reason, in the 1770's Adam left his siblings in Pennsylvania and moved to Berkley County, Virginia.  Adam’s service in the Revolutionary War was “non-military Revolutionary service” in Berkeley Co., Va.  He sold wheat to the army and "served" under George Washington.  Gen. Washington and was an acquaintance and friend of his. (See History of Sangamon County, IL)  A letter by Washington to Thomas Jefferson in 1780 mentions Maj. Adam Hay.

Adam and Mary bought piece of land Sept. 27, 1796 in Berkeley County, Va.

April 27, 1801 Adam and Mary sold their 184 acres for 500 pounds and moved to Fairfield County, Ohio.  Adam died there in 1803.


In  the  name of God amen.  I Adam Hay of Fairfield County and state of Ohio being well in health and in sound  mind  and  memory thanks  be to Almighty God for it.  But calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is  appointed for all men once to die  I recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it and my body to the  earth to be buried in a decent  and  Christian like manner at the discretion of my executors hereafter named and as to  such worldly goods and estate as it hath pleased God to indue me with I dispose of in the following manner and form. Viz.....And first it is my will that my just debts and funeral charges be paid out of my estate.

Item.  I  bequeath to my well-beloved wife Mary,  my four horse craters? and wagon and all the gear and tarklin? that belongeth to the team.   Likewise my two working oxen and furthermore I leave my beloved wife all my household  furniture.  After the decease of my beloved wife the horses and wagon and the two oxen to be left to my two youngest  sons Jonathan and Peter.

Item. I bequeath to my beloved wife four milk cows.  My money must be laid out for land by my executors as the ___see propper? and my wife to hold the land as her sole property till her decease, then the land to be equally  divided amongst all my children.

Item.  I bequeath to my son-in-law Luke Ingman forty dollars in cash.  

And lastly I appoint my wife and son-in-law Luke Ingman my sole executors of this my last will and testament,  revoking all other wills heretofore made.    Ratifying,  confirming this and  none other to be my last will and testament in witness ____  share? of I have hear unto   set my hand and seal this 22nd day of April,  one thousand eight hundred and three.

signed — Adam Höh          

witnesses present — Jeremiah Strode, Jesse Hedges

The state of Ohio,  Fairfield County: Court of Common Pleas September Term 1803 at which the last will and  testament of Adam Hays of Amanda township in Fairfield county is procured, proven and admitted to record.

Mary died about 1815 in Amanda twp, Fairfield Co, Ohio.  Most of the children moved away, but son Peter stayed and died in Fairfield Co., Ohio.

 Children (6 girls, 3 boys; all born in Berkley Co, Va):

1. Barbara Hay was born abt 1772, Va; m John Hartong (Harton) in Berkeley Co., Va.  They moved to Steubenville, Ohio; then in 1815/16 to Jefferson Co., Ind.  Sometime before 1820 John drowned in a river (in Ohio or Ind.).  [Perhaps she moved back home to Ohio after her husband's death because there was a Barbary (sic) Hay who married George Shitterly, Nov. 21, 1819 in Fairfield Co., Ohio. Her brother Peter still lived there and maybe some sisters.]  However, Barbara died May 1874 (age 103) and was buried near Madison, Ind.

2. John Hay was born Apr 13, 1775, Va.  In 1793 at the age of 18 he moved (with a group of Quakers) to Fayette Co, Ky where he married about 1799 to Jemima Coulter.  More on him in the History of Sangamon Co (IL). They lived there 39 years and had 13 children (6 sons/7 daugs).  

In 1832 at the age of 57, he, Jemima and their 11 children moved to Sangamon Co, Ill. settling in Springfield.  They left Ky. because he was opposed to slavery. He manufactured bricks in Ill. and was involved in many important community affairs.  They were Baptists and John was a trustee of the First Baptist Church of Springfield. Jemima died in 1843 and John died May 20, 1865 (age 90; a few weeks after Abraham Lincoln, who was a neighbor and a personal friend of his).  One of his grandsons, John Milton Hay (1838-1905), was Secretary of State under presidents McKinley & Roosevelt.  

Children: (13 or 14)

. . . 2a) Charles Hay, was a physician, father of John M. Hay (Secretary of State)

. . . 2b) Joseph Hay, was a physician

. . . 2c) Theodore Hay, was a physician

. . . 2d) Milton Hay, was a lawyer. His had an law office on the same floor as Lincoln. He heard Lincoln say, “You can fool

some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people ALL of the time."

And he passed it on.

    Milton's nephew was John M. Hay (1838-1905), (son of Charles) born in Ind, moved to IL. In 1859 he worked in his uncle's

law office next door to Abe Lincoln's, was Asst Private Secretary to President Abraham Lincoln, was at Lincoln's bedside when

he died, wrote a ten-volume book entitled, Abraham Lincoln: A History, appointed Ambassador to Great Britain in 1897 under

William McKinley, became Secretary of State in 1898 under McKinley & Roosevelt, negotiated the Treaty of Paris 1899

following the Spanish-American War, and was involved in preparations for the Panama Canal, established the Open Door policy 

with China.

3. Elizabeth Hay was born abt 1777, Va; married Luke Ingman, Jan 20, 1801, Berkeley Co, (W)Va; probably moved to Fairfield Co, OH with her parents in April 1801, since Luke is listed an the executor of Adam Hay’s will in April 1803; Elizabeth died June 7, 1853, Ashland Co, Ohio

4. Catherine Hay was born 1779, Va. She married Thomas Selby; died Aug 9, 1830, Ashland Co, Ohio

5. Eve Ann Hay was born 1780, Va; married abt 1802-3, in Fairfield Co., OH to Jacob LEATHERS. They moved to Wayne Co. (northern Ohio) about 1817; then moved to IL after 1840.  Children:

. . . 5a) Susannah Leathers, b Ohio; m John Harpster

. . . 5b) John Leathers, b 1806 Ohio; m Elizabeth Slater

. . . 5c) Jacob L. Leathers, b 1810; m Mary Ewing

. . . 5d) William Leathers, b 1811; m Nancy Orum

. . . 5e) Elizabeth Leathers, b abt 1815; m Jacob S. Baker

. . . 5f) Silas Leathers, b 1821 Ohio; Marinda Ransom

. . . 5g) Mary Ann Leathers, b 1824 Ohio; m David Heral 

. . . . . . . . 5g2) Mary Elizabeth Heral (m John VonAllmen) -- I wonder if Mary knew her 2nd cousin was the Secretary of State in 1898? Her granddaughter said that she remembers her having an old book about Abraham Lincoln, and she wonders if it was the one written by John Hay.

6. Susannah Hay was born July 6, 1781, Va; married Tunis Newkirk, Apr 9, 1801, Berkley Co, Va (her father, Adam was the bondsman); died July 4, 1843, bur Greenfield, Fairfield Co, OH. Children (all born in Fairfield Co, Ohio):

. . . 6a) Anna Newkirk, b 1802; d 1882, Hamilton Co, Oh

. . . 6b) Jeptha Newkirk, b 1807; d 1881 Fairfield Co, Oh; m Nancy Ann Michael

. . . 6c) John W. Newkirk, b 1813; d 1864 Fairfield Co, Oh; m Julianne Stansberry

. . . 6d) Virginia Newkirk, b 1817;  d 1902 Cambria, Mich; m John Lamb

. . . 6e) Jane Perty Newkirk, b 1820; d 1889, Cambria, Hillsdale Co, Michigan; m Daniel Lincoln Pratt

7. Rosanna Hay was born abt 1783-4,(May be daughter of Adam or Peter): married Orin Abbott, May 27, 1824; he was Justice of the Peace for 15 years.  Orin ran a store at the Rock Mill and had two distilleries, one on the Peter Hay farm where he married Rosannah.  She died Sept. 7, 1852; he died 1862.  Children: (2 sons and 3 daughters)

. . . 7a) John Abbott, b Oct. 1, 1828

. . . 7b) Lafayette Abbott, b Sept. 24, 1830; m ? Lysinger; was in 73rd Ohio infantry in the Civil War and was in “Sherman’s raid to the sea.”  He had an arm amputated during the War.  After the War he was a merchant at Clearport with “one of the best stores in the country.”

8. Jonathan Hay was born maybe 1786, or was twin of Peter; married Elizabeth Hooker, May 4, 1809, Fairfield Co, Ohio; moved to Wisconsin. 

The following may be Peter the son of Adam, or Peter the son of Peter the son of Adam: Leander’s autobiographical sketch in History of Fairfield County says he (Leander) was the son of Peter (& Christiana) who was the son of Peter.  But I am going to assume here that this Peter is the son of Adam & Mary:

9. Peter Hay (Esq.), b 1788, Berkeley Co., Va; d Oct 27, 1853, Fairfield Co, Ohio; m Aug 25, 1819 to Christiana Platter (she was born in Ross Co., Ohio and moved to Fairfield Co. when she was young).  He ran a mill—the “Peter Hay Mill”; it was sold in 1830 and years later torn down.  They were member of the Presbyterian Church, and were buried in Amanda twp., Fairfield Co., Ohio.  Children:

. . . 9a) Joseph Hay

. . . 9b) Margaret Hay, m Col. Schleich

. . . 9c) Catherine Hay, m Levi Burgeon 9- 2-1861

. . . 9d) Peter Hay

. . . 9e) Edwin R. Hay

. . . 9f) Edward Hay

. . . 9g) Sarah Jane Hay “Jennie”; m Oct. 22, 1863, Daniel J. Schleich (b 1834).  He was a Captain in the Civil War before he married, but had to resign because of illness. He was a farmer (until 1881 when they moved into Amanda), a Democrat, member of the Presbyterian Church, Township Treasurer, member of the School Board.  5 Children:

. . . . . . . 9g1) Thomas Frederick Schleich

. . . . . . . 9g2) Edward Schleich

. . . . . . . 9g3) Augustus Taylor Schleich

. . . . . . . 9g4) Ellen Schleich

. . . . . . . 9g5) Walter Schleich

. . . 9h) Zelda Hay

. . . 9i) Leander Hay (youngest), b Apr. 14, 1841, Amanda twp., Fairfield Co., Ohio; attended Ohio University but became a farmer, owning 300 acres.  He m Jan 1866 Malinda C. Strickler.  He was a Democrat, Justice of the Peace, Township Clerk, and member of the Reformed church.  One child: Frank Edwin (m Rose Hanaway and d Aug. 29, 1894)


Hay family in America

Adam Hay

1st American generation

See also:

John Hay (on right) with Lincoln

John as Secretary of State 

John Hay cigar box cover