Name: Francois LaHay
Birth: 1832 in Missouri
Death: 9 APR 1862 in Missouri
Burial: LaHay Family Cemetery, reinterred in Clinton Cemetery, Clinton, KS
Francois "Frank" LaHay was the son of Touissant LaHay. The family originally came from Canada and settled in St. Genevieve, MO.
REMINISCENCES OF HENRY HIATT OF TWIN MOUND (Excerpt)
Kansas State Historical Society
February 6, 1897
Toussaint La Hay settled in Douglas County before I came to Kansas and built a nicely finished pine house of three or four rooms, plastered, painted, and on a raised foundation. His claim was half a mile east of what is now known as Sigil Bridge, a little post office at the crossing of the Wakarusa, eight miles from Lawrence. Gabriel Markle, who married a daughter of La Hay, still lives on this place. The house was one of the nicest ones in the country at that time, and was perhaps put up in 1855. Mr. La Hay had a wife, two sons, and two or more daughters. His boys were pro-slavery and rough and always ready to fight. I think he owned one or two slaves. His boys were both large enough to hold claims, and I think there must have been two or three quarter sections of land in the family, good bottomland. La Hay was a man of wealth and influence among his people.
Sometime in 1856 a party of free-state men, supposed to have been residents of the vicinity, but whose identity I never learned, robbed his house of furniture, clothing, etc., and burned it to the ground. La Hay was not intimidated by this outrage, but immediately put up a log-pole hut with dirt floor, when he lived for some time and until he built a better frame house than the first. I think he left our neighborhood shortly before the war, going south. I think his daughter married Mr. Markle about the time he left.
I felt indignant when I heard of the robbing and burning of La Hay's house, although I was a free-state man and had come to Kansas with the intention of doing my part in the struggle. I remember of calling on La Hay early in our acquaintance and expressing my desire that we should be neighborly. I told him that it was only the circumstances of our bringing up that made me an abolitionist and him proslavery; had he been residing north and I south, our views would have accorded with our environments. He seemed greatly pleased with my overtures of friendship, and we always got on well together. My wife and I attended the marriage of one of his daughters during the time the family lived in the log house. The young man whom she married worked in my saw mill. (Claims, 1861, p. 1536).
DEATH OF FRANK LAHAY
Lawrence Republican: 17 Apr 1862:
Francois LaHay, 31 years, 3 mos. of Clinton Twp., Douglas County, died on 9th inst. in Missouri of lung fever. Missouri Republican please copy.
BURIAL - LA HAY FAMILY CEMETERY
On the base of a tombstone originally on Toussaint LaHays farm is inscribed "T. LaHay reserved this acre of land during his lifetime for his family cemetery." Buried in that cemetery are Touissant, daughter Martha Thomas, wife of Thomas, daughter Eugenie LaHay, Frank LaHay, and Ollie and Ella, children of Frank and Nancy LaHay.
Lawrence Daily Journal World, August 4, 1972
Cemetery Shift Done by Dec. 1
"The bodies from the LaHay Cemetery probably will be moved to the Clinton Cemetery by Dec. 1, federal officials said today. The moving is necessitated because the one-acre tract where several persons were buried during the last century will be covered by the waters of the Clinton Reservoir.
Edward Johnson, engineering technician of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Kansas City, MO said today that the LaHay Cemetery is the only recroded burial plot which will be covered by the reservoir's water.
The transferral of bodies will be done by a private contractor, and Johnson said that invitations for bids aon the work will be issued soon, although he is unable to give a definite timetable on this...
The transferrals from the LaHay Cemetery to Clinton was authorized by an order in the U.S. District Court at Topeka, said Kent Weatherbee, of the U. S. Attorney's office there...
The cemetery, located on a one-acre tract of land about four miles west of U.S. 59 and about one mile south of Lawrence was established before 1870, according to records in the Douglas County register of deeds office. The records which the U. S. Attorney's ffice in Topeka found disclosed that several members of the William Coker, William Matney and John D. LaHay families were buried in the cemetery....
Federal regulations provide that all cemeteries which will be covered by waters impounded by dams must be moved -- that the cemeteries not be covered by the flood waters."
DOUGLAS COUNTY PROBATE RECORDS
Nancy LaHay as principal and James P. Corel and John J. McGhee ( her brother and brother-in-law) as sureties were appointed to administer Frank LaHay's estate on 26 July 1862.
Nancy Maryland Corel b: 27 MAR 1834 in Tazewell County, Virginia
19 DEC 1856
in Lawrence, Douglas Co., KS
MARRIAGE OF FRANCOIS "FRANK" LAHAY AND NANCY COREL
Civil War Widow's Pension File #597571 (Widow of James S. Dobbins, 11th Kansas Cavalry)
Claimant's Affidavit - U. S. Pension Office Sept. 24, 1904
"...I was prior to my marriage to James S. Dobbins married to Frank E. Lahay on December 19, 1856 near Lawrence, Kansas. Mr. Frank E. Lahay died on February 13th 1861 and was buried on his father's place near Lawrence, Kansas. Frank E. Lahay did not serve in the Army or Navy..."
- Oliver "Olla" LaHay b: JAN 1858 in Douglas County, KS
- Ella LaHay b: SEP 1861 in Douglas County, KS