Name: Johann Adam HAY
Birth: ABT 1738 in Alsace, Germany (Gerhardsbrunn, Palatinate)
Death: 1803 in Amanda Twp, Fairfield Co, Ohio
Change Date: 16 JAN 2017
Adam is my gggg-grandfather.
Not completely sure who his father was, but surely he was one of these:
(from birth records of Germany)
--Johann Adam Hoeh, chr Feb 12, 1738, Wallhalben, son of Michael Hoeh
--Joh. Adam Hoh, b May 7, 1732, Thaleischweiler, Bayern, Germany, son of Hanss Adam Hoh & Anna Ottilia, died Aug 4, 1760
--Adam Hoeh, chr May 5, 1733, Wallhalben, Bayern, Germany, son of Hanss Velten Hoeh.
--Johann Adam Hoeh, chr Jul 18, 1736, Wallhalben, son of Hanss Jacob Hoeh
It's not completely certain whether Adam was the Johann Adam baptised in 1738 in Gerhardsbrunn, near Zweibrucken, Germany, which would mean that he was the son of Johann Michael Hay/Hoh and a brother of Valentine, Simon & Francis of Brothers Valley, Pa. If he was, then Adam went off to (W)Virginia by himself leaving the rest of his siblings in Pennsylvania. His wife, Mary, came from Pennsylvania, so evidently he was there when he met and married her, before going to Berkley Co, (W)Virginia.
Johann Adam Hay was probably born (or baptized) Feb 12, 1738, Gerhardsbrunn,
- emigrated to America in 1752, perhaps with some relatives. His brothers immigrated a few years later.
- spent some time in Pennsylvania where he met and married his wife in 1770,
- moved to Berkeley Co., (W)Va in the 1770's from where he participated in the Revolutionary War, and knew George Washington. (Berkley Co, WV is only about 60 miles W/SW from York, PA, just across the narrow western strip of Maryland.)
- he bought land there in 1796.
- Dec 1800, Fairfield Co, Oh was created.
- In 1801 Adam sold his land and moved to Amanda twp, Fairfield Co., OH where he died in 1803, Mary in 1815. They owned land just north of the village of Amanda.
It was a common German practice to give all the boys in a family the same name, and often all the girls had a common name also.
This source says J. Adam Hoh (b1738) came to Ameria in 1752, arriving on the Phoenix, Nov. 2. His brothers, J. Simon, J. Valentine & J. Francis came to America in 1767.
Since he was only 14 years old, he would surely have traveled with relatives. He would have had to make a 50-mile trek east from Gerhardsbrunn/Labach to the Rhine River, then taken a boat north to Rotterdam, Netherlands. A long, and strenuous trip at the time. His 3 brothers (Simon, Valentin & Francis) came to America in 1767 with some Mueller cousins.
In Oct, 1763, 39 men of Northampton Co formed a militia to repel the Indians. It was signed by Jacob Arndt, Peter Seip, Michael Lawall, Adam Hay, Paul Able, and thirty-four others. [from ?History of Northampton County, Pennsylvania?, chapter 20.]
Adam Hay is also listed in ?The Forks of the Delaware: Some of the First Settlers and Their Descendants, being a translation from the German of the Record Books of the First Reformed Church of Easton, Penna from 1560 to 1852.?
From "History of Sangamon County," IL
http://www.rootsweb.com/%7Eilsangam/1912/hay.htm (link no longer works)
HAY, JOHN, one of the early settlers of Springfield, and the son of Adam Hay, was born in Berkeley County, Va., April 13, 1775, and came of a sturdy race of men. His grandfather was the son of a Scottish soldier who left his own country near the close of the seventeenth century and entered service in the army of the elector of the Palatinate of the German empire.
About the middle of the eighteenth century the grandfather, who was also John Hay, with his four sons, emigrated from Germany to America. The family soon scattered and one son settled in Pennsylvania, where he acquired a considerable estate and filled several important offices. He served as a soldier of the Revolutionary War, attaining the rank of Colonel. His brother Adam went to Virginia. He, as well as his brothers, had received a military training in Europe, and he served with some distinction under General Washington in the War of Independence. He was an acquaintance and friend of the great General, and one of the early recollections of his son John, the subject of this sketch, was of meeting Washington on a country road. The boy was riding behind his father on the same horse when a carriage approached. They turned aside to let it pass, when it halted, and Washington greeting Adam Hay, directed some friendly remarks to the young lad, who was requested by his father to salute General Washington, which order was promptly obeyed. The mother of John Hay was Mary Boyer, who was born in Germany and came to America when a young girl. She has been described as an excellent woman, of independent spirit and strong personality.
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 was an acquaintance and friend of his.
A letter by Washington to Thomas Jefferson in 1780 mentions Adam Hay:
Adam and Mary bought land Sept. 27, 1796 in Berkeley County, Va.
April 27, 1801 Adam and Mary sold this same 184 acres for 500 pounds and moved to Fairfield County, Ohio.
Berkeley County, VA Deed, book 16, Page 555:
This Indenture made this 27th day of April in the year of our Lord 1801 Between Adam Hay and Mary his wife of the county of Berkeley and state of Virginia of the one part and Robert Nichols of the county and state aforesaid of the other part witnesseth that for and in consideration of the sum of 500 pounds current money of Pennsylvania to the said Adam Hay in hand paid by the said Robert Nichols .... Adam Hay and Mary his wife have granted bargained and sold and by these presents do grant bargain and sell unto the said Robert Nichols and his heirs a certain tract or parcel of land lying and being in the county and state aforesaid being a part of a greater tract of Land granted by Deed from Thomas Lord Fairfax to Frederick Unsel bearing the date 10th day of April 1751 and by the said Frederick Unsel and Ester his wife conveyed to Jacob Miller by Indenture bearing date 1st and 2d of May 1764 and by the said Jacob Miller and Susanah his wife conveyed to the said Adam Hay by Indenture bearing date the 27th day of Sept 1796 bying and being on thewaters of Back Creek and running so 73¥, Et 178 poles to a red oak on the side of a hill then So 17¥. Wt 147 poles to a white oak and a gum by the edge of the law grade then No 73¥ Wt 260 poles to a white oak on the ast bank of the said creek thence down the Creek to the Beginning Containing 184 acres and all houses buildings orchards ways waters water courses ....
Signed by Adam Hay, and Mary's mark.
Adam died a couple of years after their move from Virginia to Ohio.
Sept 9, 1804 Mary Hays is listed as the owner of 165 acres in the SW part of Sec 12, twp 13 (Amanda), Rng 20. (3 miles north of the village of Amanda). See map:
Looks like they lived halfway between Amanda Township Cemetery and Van Meter Cemetery.
Adam died in 1803.
WILL OF ADAM HAY:
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 HOH
witnesses present - Jeremiah Strode (Spade?), 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.
Those who signed Adam's will as children and heirs were: Luke & Elisabeth Ingmand, John Hay, Rosanna Hays, Thomas & Catherine Selby, Jonathan Hay, Barbary Hartong, Jacob & Eve Leathers, and Tunis & Susannah Newkirk. All but Barbara Hartong signed in Fairfield Co, Oh, though John Hay was living in Lexington, Fayette Co, Ky. Barbara was in Jefferson Co, Ind.
Mary died about 1815 in Amanda twp, Fairfield Co, Ohio. In March 1816 (after Mary died in 1815), Lancaster, Fairfield Co, OH, their children signed a quit-claim to the property their parents had owned.
There were many Hay/Hays relatives in Wayne Co, Ohio in 1830.
Most of the children moved away from Ohio, but son? Peter stayed and died in Fairfield Co., Ohio.
1820 census: Peter Hays, p85.
Children: 6 girls, 3 boys; all born in Berkley Co, (W)Va
Source: "Desc. & some Relatives of Adam and Mary Boyer Hay" (Ohio Genealogical Society-Oct 86)
*Find A Grave Memorial# 171765685
Father: Johann Michael (John) HAY b: 3 FEB 1711 in Gerhardsbrunn, Rhineland-Palatinate (Germany)
Mother: Anna Elizabeth SCHNEIDER b: 2 MAY 1710 in Gerhardsbrunn, Germany
Anna Maria "Mary" BOYER b: 1748 in Hellum Twp, York Co, Pa
in Northampton, PA
- Barbara HAY b: 1771 in Berkeley Co, (W)Va.
- John HAY b: 13 APR 1775 in Berkeley Co, (W)Va.
- Elisabeth HAY b: ABT 1777 in Berkeley Co, (W)Va.
- Catherine "Kitty" HAY b: 31 MAY 1780 in Berkeley Co, (W)Va.
- Susannah HAY b: 6 JUL 1781 in Berkeley Co, (W)Va.
- Eve Ann HAY b: 1782 in Berkeley Co, (W)Va.
- Rosanna HAY b: ABT 1783 in Berkeley Co, (W)Va.
- Jonathan HAY b: ABT 1786 in Berkeley Co, (W)Va.
- Peter HAY b: 1788 in Berkeley Co, (W)Va.