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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 1 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1885.  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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THOMAS D. HAYS was born June 8, 1854, in Weakley County, Tenn. He is the second of the six children now living born to John P. and Elizabeth C. (Vincent) Hays, natives of Weakley and Wilson Counties, Tenn., of Scotch-Irish origin. The grandparents on the mother’s side were Orren and Pollie (Ezell) Vincent, natives of North Carolina. Those on the father’s side were William and Jennie (Adams) Hays, natives of North Carolina. The grandfather Vincent was a soldier in the war of 1812; the grandfather Hays was a soldier in the Mexican war. John P. Hays was a wagon-maker and farmer; he was one of the first to enlist in the Confederate States Army, under Gen. Buford. Thomas D. was reared on a farm; he received a good English education, and after he was eighteen years of age, attended McKenzie College, Tenn. Three years after, he engaged as a salesman for Martin, of Martin, Tenn., where he remained two years. In November, 1877, he moved to Fulton County and clerked for Patterson & McDowell one year; thence he moved to Hickman, Ky., and clerked in Buchanan’s dry goods store one year; thence to Texarkana, where he clerked for J. H. Draughon until May, 1881. He next engaged in the saw-mill business, near Texarkana, for one year. He then went to Dallas, Texas, where he was engaged as general agent for insurance. November, 1882, he returned to Fulton, Ky., and engaged as salesman with S. G. Patterson & Co., in the dry goods business. May 8, 1883, he purchased a half interest in a grocery, hardware and queensware business, with M. L. Carter, in which he is still engaged. He has met with good success in his enterprises. Mr. Hays is a member of the K. of H., A. O. U. W. and K. of P. fraternities.

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This family biography is one of 114 biographies included in the Fulton County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 1 published in 1885 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 1

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