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My Brick Walls



Brick Walls in Ireland

When and on what ship did my Hays/Hayes family sail to America

DAVID HAYES who was born in IRELAND about 1796 came to America sometime between 1816 and 1819. After his arrival in America he settled in Half Moon, Saratoga County, New York. I have another Irish relative in my file, William Hayes. I am not sure of my relationship to him. William was born in Ireland about 1776. He was living in Half Moon, Saratoga County, NY in 1800 when he married Sophia Terpening. Both David and William were living in Half Moon, Saratoga County at the time of the 1820 US Census.


Where did this family live in Ireland?

Based on a study of Ireland during the late 1700s and the early 1800s, I found that this family would have been leasing the land on which they farmed. They had sheep to provide the wool from which they made woolen cloth and they also grew the flax from which they made linen cloth. They were Protestants, most likely Baptists. Does anyone know where they lived in Ireland or Northern Ireland?




Other Unidentified Hayes Family Members.

Besides William and David I have come across two other family members that I can not identify. There is another David who may have been the father of the David I have mentioned. There is also a Hugh Hayes who was living in Broadalbin at the same time that David was living there. Hugh was born in Ireland also.


Saratoga County , NY 1817 to 1840

Who were Rachelís parents?

David Hayes married Rachel Sheldon in about 1822 in Saratoga County, NY. There are no records for their marriage at the Clifton Park Baptist Church, but there were other churches in the area in which they could have been married. Rachel and David had 8 children born in Saratoga County between 1824 and 1837. Because the family was probably Baptist, no baptismal records have been found for these children. Is there church in southern Saratoga County that they may have belonged to or were married in?





Fulton County, NY after 1840


Broadalbin Baptist Church

David moved his family to Fulton County, NY about 1840.

Volume 1 of the Mohawk contains the names of a few Hayes Family members who were baptized or married in the Broadalbin Baptist church. Does anyone have any information about this Hayes family while they were living in Broadalbin. David was a weaver of flax and woolen cloth.


Other Fulton County Families

Who was the first wife of Gideon G. Sanford?

Gideon was born in Sep 1809 in Easton, Washington County, NY. He lived much of his life in Rensselaer County, NY. I do not know in which county he was married, but he was married about 1833 and had 2 sons. One was George E. Sanford who was born in 1835 in Rensselaer County, NY. His brother was James Harvey Sanford was born about 1837 also in Rensselaer County, NY. Gideonís wife died before 1850. I would like to know what her name and where she is buried.


Gideon G. Sanfordís Second wife.

Gideon Van Slyke moved to Broadalbin before 1850. There he married Julia Ann Van Slyke as his 2nd wife on 18 Jul 1855 in the Northville Methodist Episcopal Church.


Julia Ann Vanís Mother

Julia Ann Van Slykeís father was Richard Van Slyke. Her mother was Gertrude Snyder. She was born about 1802 in Mayfield, Fulton County, NY. She and Richard were married about 1820 in Mayfield, Fulton County, NY. They had 6 children. Gertrude died about 1849. She is my 3rd Great grandmother. I would like to know who her ancestors were. Does anyone have any information about her? Her father may have been James Snyder.


Wife of John M. Hayes

The wife of John M. Hayes was Catharine Satterly or Satterlee. Catharine was born about 1827 in New York State. Catharine and John were married on 6 November 1849, in Broadalbin, Fulton County, NY. They had 10 children who were born between 1849 and 1868. Catharine died on 10 Sep 1899, in Fulton County, NY. She is buried in the Broadalbin-Mayfield Cemetery with her husband and many of her of her children. Catharine is my 2nd Great grandmother and I would like to know who her ancestors were.


Vermont Family


Timothy Harrington who is my 2nd great-grandfather was born about 1795 in Vermont. He married Mary about 1822. They had 3 children. They were living in Sheldon, Franklin County, VT at the time of the 1830 and 1840 Censuses. Their son Timothy was born about 1827. Their daughter Julia was born about 1832. Their son, Henry, who is my relative, was born 3 Oct 1833 in Melbourne, Franklin County, VT. The family moved to NY after 1840. I have found Timothy and Julia in Auburn, Cayuga County, NY. Henry married Mary Nellis Smith in Ogden Center, Monroe County, NY. They had 12 children. Henry died in Gloversville, Fulton County, NY on 17 Feb 1907. I am interested in the parents of both Timothy and his wife Mary.


Schoharie County Family


Jennie M. Salisbury is my Great-grandmother. Her father was William M. Saulsbury who was born in Fulton, Schoharie County, NY about 1811. His wife was Joanna who was born in Dutchess County, NY about 1806. William and Joanna were married about 1835 in Schoharie County, NY. They had 3 children born in Summit, Schoharie County, and 2 children in Fulton County, NY.

Jennie M. Salisbury was their 4th child. I would like to know who the parents of William and Joanna were.


There are many women listed on my list of Direct Ancestors for whom I do not have surnames. Please contact me if you know the surnames of any of these women.


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