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Below is a family biography included in The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois published by Biographical Publishing Co. in 1894.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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JOHN D. HAYS, one of the representative and enterprising citizens of Elkville, who occupies a prominent place in social, business and official circles, well deserves representation in this volume, for he has aided materially in the growth and progress of the county and in its upbuilding and advancement. His birth occurred in Washington County, Ohio, in 1852. He is a son of William Hays, who in 1860 removed with his family to Perry County, Ill. Our subject, who was then a youth of eight summers, acquired his education and was reared to manhood in that county.

In the year 1880, Mr. Hays was united in marriage with Miss Ellen Schwartz, daughter of William and Sarah (Kimmel) Schwartz. Two children have been born of this union, Herbert and William. The parents are well known people of this community and have a large circle of friends and acquaintances throughout the county.

In 1881, Mr. Hays removed with his family to Elkville and established a general store, which he still carries on. He is doing a lucrative business along that line, having secured an excellent trade. He carries a full and complete stock of general merchandise, and by his earnest endeavors to please his customers and by his fair and upright dealing, he has won the confidence and good will of all. In addition to this enterprise he also owns and manages a good farm, comprising one hundred and sixty acres of valuable land. The place is stocked with fine horses, many of which receive mention in the American Trotting Register. He is a lover of the noble steed, and takes great delight in the fine animals upon his place.

Mr. Hays has been frequently called upon to serve in positions of public trust, for his worth and ability are recognized by his fellow-towns-men. He is now serving as Town Clerk and also as Treasurer. He has also filled the office of Postmaster, but when President Cleveland became chief magistrate he resigned the position. He has ever proved a capable and efficient officer, discharging his duties with a promptness and fidelity which have won him high commendation. His residence, which is situated away from the heart of the town, is regarded as the finest in Elkville, and was secured by that indefatigable industry which was a distinguishing trait of his ancestors.

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This family biography is one of 679 biographies included in The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois published in 1894.  View the complete description here: The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois

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