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Seth Hays--Council Grove on the Santa Fe Trail


The Kansas Heritage Server would like to thank Stephen Chinn for providing this information.


 9-Dec-2000              Family Group Sheet

Husband: John HAYS #9230  
       Born: BEF 1740        in: IRL                                       
       Died:                 in:                                           
Father:
Mother:

Wife: Unknown HAYS #9231  
Married:                 in: OrangeCo, VA                              
       Born: BEF 1740        in:                                           
       Died:                 in:                                           
Father:
Mother:

M Child 1  William HAYS #7313  died at age: 50 
Born:        1754            in: NC                                        
Died:        13-Dec-1804     in: Femme Osage, St. CharlesCo, MO            
Spouse:   Susannah BOONE  #7311  b.  2-Nov-1760  d. 19-Oct-1800  
Married:  Mar 1775        in: Blackmore's Station, VA                   



 9-Dec-2000              Family Group Sheet

Husband: William HAYS #7313  died at age: 50 
       Born: 1754            in: NC                                        
       Died: 13-Dec-1804     in: Femme Osage, St. CharlesCo, MO            
Father: John HAYS #9230
Mother: Unknown HAYS #9231

Wife: Susannah BOONE #7311  died at age: 39 
Married: Mar 1775        in: Blackmore's Station, VA his age: 21   her age: 14 
       Born:  2-Nov-1760     in: Yadkin River, RowanCo, NC                 
       Died: 19-Oct-1800     in: St. CharlesCo, MO                         
Father: Daniel BOONE #7309
Mother: Rebecca BRYAN #7310

F Child 1  Elizabeth HAYS #10102  died at age: 52 
Born:        12-Jun-1776     in: Fort Boonesborough, KY                    
Died:         3-Aug-1828     in:                                           
Spouse:   Isaac VAN BIBBER  #10103  
Married:  1797            in: KY                                        
F Child 2  Jemima HAYS #10104  died at age: 65 
Born:        31-Aug-1778     in: Fort Boonesborough, KY                    
Died:         6-Nov-1843     in:                                           
Spouse:   James DAVIS  #25219  b. 1761-1781  d. 1795-1867  
Married:  1792-1823       in:                                           
M Child 3  William HAYS #7335  died at age: 65 
Born:        1780            in: Boone Station, KY                         
Died:        Mar 1845        in: Williamsburg, CallawayCo, MO              
Spouse:   Phoebe STEVENS  #9229  b. 1791  d. 1848-1886  
Married:  1811-1812       in: CallawayCo, MO                            
F Child 4  Susannah HAYS #10105  died at age: 102 
Born:        1782            in: KY                                        
Died:        1809-1884       in:                                           
Spouse:   Joshua DODSON  #10106  
Married:  1809-1841       in:                                           
M Child 5  Daniel Boone HAYS #10109  died at age: 67 
Born:        1783            in: KY                                        
Died:        1850            in: Marysville, CA                            
Spouse:   Lydia Ann SCHOLL  #25222  
Married:   3-Jun-1807     in: ClarkCo, KY                               
F Child 6  Delinda HAYS #10107  died at age: 89 
Born:        1778-1798       in: KY                                        
Died:        1820-1887       in:                                           
Spouse:   Lewis JONES  #10108  
Married:   6-Apr-1815     in:                                           
M Child 7  Daniel HAYS #10110  died at age: 82 
Born:        1776-1798       in: KY                                        
Died:        1782-1880       in:                                           
M Child 8  Greenup HAYS #10111  died at age: 82 
Born:        1776-1798       in: KY                                        
Died:        1782-1880       in:                                           
M Child 9  Jesse HAYS #10112  died at age: 19 
Born:        1778-1798       in: KY                                        
Died:        1817            in:                                           
F Child 10  Mahala HAYS #10113  died at age: 85 
Born:        1776-1798       in: KY                                        
Died:        1792-1883       in:                                           
Spouse:   Jonathan DAVIS  #10114  
Married:  1792-1834       in:                                           

 9-Dec-2000              Family Group Sheet

Husband: William HAYS #7335  died at age: 65 
       Born: 1780            in: Boone Station, KY                         
       Died: Mar 1845        in: Williamsburg, CallawayCo, MO              
Father: William HAYS #7313
Mother: Susannah BOONE #7311

Wife: Phoebe STEVENS #9229  died at age: 95 
Married: 1811-1812       in: CallawayCo, MO  his age: 32   her age: 21 
       Born: 1791            in: KY                                        
       Died: 1848-1886       in: Williamsburg, CallawayCo, MO              
Father:
Mother:

M Child 1  Seth M. HAYS #7336  died at age: 61 
Born:        23-Apr-1811     in: CallawayCo, MO                            
Died:        1873            in: Council Grove, MorrisCo, KS               
  Buried:    1873            in: Greenwood Cemetery, MorrisCo, KS          
     Ref:                      Occupation:    trader/store&saloon keep   
F Child 2  Eliza Wilcox HAYS #25217  died at age: 79 
Born:        1824            in: MO                                        
Died:        1903            in: Ft. Smith, AR                             
Spouse:   Orville Crawford WORD  #25218  b. 12-Oct-1813  d. 25-Jul-1867  
Married:  13-Jan-1845     in: Mexico, CallawayCo, MO                    
M Child 3  William "Will" HAYS #25216  died at age: 81 
Born:        1804-1831       in:                                           
Died:        1810-1912       in:                                           


 9-Dec-2000              Family Group Sheet

Seth M. HAYS #7336  died at age: 61 
       Born: 23-Apr-1811     in: CallawayCo, MO                            
       Died: 1873            in: Council Grove, MorrisCo, KS               
     Buried: 1873            in: Greenwood Cemetery, MorrisCo, KS          
        Ref:                     Occupation: trader/store&saloon keep    
Father: William HAYS #7335
Mother: Phoebe STEVENS #9229
Seth M. HAYS

Seth M. Hays was a great grandson of Daniel Boone.

1839-1844 Seth M. HAYS was living in Westport, now part of Kansas City,
Missouri.

1844-1845 Seth HAYS, about thirty-three years old, followed the Kansas River
west into present-day Kansas.

April 1845 Charles B. Chouteau and Seth M. HAYS were in charge of Frederick
Chouteau's trading post (located on what is now Mission Creek in the
westernmost part of Shawnee County, west of Topeka, about two miles from the
Kansa Indian Mission that Methodist missionaries had founded in 1835).

In the spring of 1846 the Kansa signed a treaty with the government, ceding
their land along the Kansas River in exchange for a new but smaller
reservation located along the upper valley of the Neosho River, in what is now
Morris County, Kansas. Seth HAYS, perhaps sensing that Chouteau's trading post
would soon close its doors, returned to Westport.

April 1847 At Council Grove on the Santa Fe Trail, Albert G. BOONE (grandson
of Daniel BOONE and cousin of Seth HAYS) and James G. HAMILTON, of Westport,
Missouri, (by virtue of their Kansa Indian trading license) established a
trading post on the Kaw reservation. Boone and Hamilton placed bachelor Seth
M. HAYS in charge. Seth M. HAYS, a citizen of Westport, Missouri, having
obtained a license from the Government to trade with the Indians in "Kansas."

April 1847 Seth M. HAYS was the first permanent white settler in Council
Grove. When he arrived in 1847, he brought with him a Mexican teamster, who
also was a handyman and interpreter, and a freed black slave (Aunt Sallie).

Seth M. HAYS built a log cabin (trading post) near the west bank of the Neosho
River near where the Commercial House later stood.  He lived there with Aunt
Sallie, his housekeeper.

Mid-May 1853 At Council Grove, there is a large, well-furnished store (run by
Seth M. HAYS), where a constant supply of everything required for the road is
kept.

Soon after Kansas Territory was organized in 1854, the government ordered a
census of the territory. When census taker James R. McClure arrived in Council
Grove the following year, he reported that there were thirty-nine people
living there aside from the Indians. He also noted that Seth HAYS operated a
well-furnished store and "kept for sale all kinds of goods needed by the
constant stream of teamsters" who passed through the settlement following the
Santa Fe Trail.

1857 The HAYS House, said to be the oldest continuously operating restaurant
west of the Mississippi River, was founded by Seth M. HAYS.

The Council Grove Town Company was organized in 1857, with Seth HAYS, Thomas
Huffaker, the Chouteau brothers, and a few other residents as stockholders;
and in 1858 the territorial legislature approved the incorporation of the
town.

February 2, 1858 Hezekiah Brake, Mr A., Louis Boyse reached Council Grove that
night, and began our arrangements for the trip to New Mexico. Seth M. HAYS
kept a store and an outfitting station at Council Grove at this time.  He had
in keeping now six small Mexican mules, a good pony, a large wagon, and
various other necessary acquisitions to our outfit.  It took us four days to
get the animals ready and lay in a supply of everything needful for our
journey.  An freed slave who worked for Mr. HAYS roasted coffee, made cakes,
and gave us a keg of pickles and sauerkraut as relishes.

October 1858 The first term of the court was held, and the place of holding it
was in the old log cabin built by Seth M. HAYS. The court officers were:
William Weir, of Wyandotte County, was prosecuting attorney; L. McCarthy,
clerk, and W. B. Harrold acted as Sheriff.  The place where the jury
deliberated upon their verdict was under the shade of a tree that stood in the
yard.

1867 Seth Hays adopted a daughter.  This is the same time frame that the
Quaker Manual Labor School closed (reopened 1869-1873).  His daughter was not
Kaw (Morris County Historical Society).

1867 The Seth HAYS home was built of bricks from a local factory and native
lumber.  Hays slave, Aunt Sallie, lived in the basement and cared for the
family until her death in 1872.

1868 The Missouri, Kansas, and Texas (Katy) Railroad, built through Morris
County in 1868, passed through and brought citizens to Council Grove. Wagon
freighting over the Santa Fe Trail began to decline. Seth HAYS sold out and
started a saloon called the Brown Jug. To attract attention in the growing
community, HAYS hired a man with a bagpipe to entertain customers. His
business prospered, and when members of a church were without a meeting hall,
HAYS let them use his saloon. When the church held services, he would remove
all evidence of his business and would cover some of the walls and the bar
with wagon canvas.  The Brown Jug was the first school in Council Grove.

1872 Seth HAYS's housekeeper, Aunt Sallie, died. Her funeral was held in
HAYS's home.

1873 Seth Hays died and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery at Council Grove,
Morris County, Kansas.

SOURCES:

[Ref. Barry, Louise. The Beginning of the West - Annals of the Kansas Gateway
to the American West (1540-1854). Topeka: Kansas State Historical Society,
1972. Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 78-172252] [Ref. Dary, David. More
True Tales of Old-Time Kansas. University Press of Kansas. 1984]

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