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Tragedy may have made the Hayes Family from Bibb County cross the Alabama-Tennessee Line

Hayes Family Crosses the Alabama-Tennessee Line

(Posted in Public Pages of  by Sharon Hayes December 20, 2009)

It was 1861, the outset of the Civil War when Edmond Hayes came into the world. He was born in Bibb County Alabama to James Richard Hayes and his second wife Nancy. Ancestry records show James was a resident of Bibb County as early as 1840. In 1850, James & family along with his father Jesse lived on the West side of the Cahaba River, an area of pioneer settlements in the early 1800s.

Cahaba River in Bibb County, Alabama

cahaba river

Moved to Tennessee

In 1883, Edmond & Millie Spivey were married in Bibb County, where they started their family. The growing household ultimately ended up in the hills of Northern Alabama with nine children in all. Under circumstances lost with the passage of time, the family loaded the wagons sometime around 1918 and moved from Lawrence County, Alabama to Lawrence County, Tennessee, which became their home for more than a decade.lawrence county, tenn map

At some point in the 1930s, during the midst of the Great Depression, Edmond & Millie returned to Alabama. All of the children were now grown. Some stayed in Tennessee, some returned to Alabama, while others journeyed on to California. The branches had spread.

A parting of ways in Tennessee a defining moment

The parting of ways at the Lawrenceburg, Tennessee crossroads had to be a defining moment for this close family. Moreover, the painful loss with the untimely death in 1936 of daughter/sister Alice, mother of eleven, would have brought the family even closer in their shared sadness.

The farewells certainly would not have gone without planning for a future family gathering. So with little doubt, the tradition of Hayes family reunions would have been borne with a parting promise to always come back together.

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  1. We are related to the Hayes family.through Emily Turner Hayes.

    1. My great-grandmother was Sephronia Theodosia Hayes (Hays) who was raised by Henry F. Fancher and his wife Charlotte McGuire Fancher in Bibb County. Sephronia married my great-grandfather, Henry Alfred Chadbourne. I would like to find information on the birth parents of Sephronia Theodosia Hayes (Hays). I would appreciate any help in researching her background.

      1. Nancy
        Not sure the date of this comment….

        Did you find our any more information about Sephronia?
        Daughter of Charles B S Hays b 1800?

  2. I am Millie and Edmond Hayes’s great granddaughter. I love this story! If you have any more info I would love to have it.
    Thank you,
    Deanna Hayes Stephenson

  3. I recently discovered this site. As a native Alabamian, I greatly enjoy the Storied of my native state.
    I would respectively ask that when you refer to the “War”, please use the more accurate title for the war — The “War for Southern Independence” or better “The War of Northern Aggression”. We Southerners must correct the Lie that has been put on us by the victors. For a better understanding of those times read “The South Was Right” by the Kennedy Brothers. Also, “Sacred Conviction ” by Joseph Jay.
    Thank you
    Jim Steeley

  4. my name is Richard Hayes I live in Gary,Indiana because of the death of both my mother and father my brothers sister have lost track of our family history. MY FATHER is Clayborn Hayes born 10-27-1895 and his father’s name is Loney C Hayes and his wife Jannie moore. My mother is Mary Pickett -hayes born on 03-08-1916 father George Pickett and her mother is Emma Ardis. All mentioned are deceased! I my history begins somewhere in that area! Please help with any info possible.

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