The farmhouse, showing the front lawn and orchard

Emanuel Taylor Hays (1907-1972)

Another post in my series on people who have been connected to my late father-in-law’s farm In Pilsley, Derbyshire. Emanuel was born on the 28th January 1907 in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire to parents Anthony and Jane (née Taylor).1 He had three half-siblings from Anthony’s first marriage to Rachel Flint; Hannah, Sarah Ellen and William Anthony. At the time of his birth, he had one older full … Continue reading Emanuel Taylor Hays (1907-1972)

A Mysterious Dime …

Many moons ago, when my future hubby and his family moved into their Derbyshire farmhouse, the original beams were covered by a false ceiling. During the course of renovations the false ceiling was taken down & they found a small American coin. A bit of cleaning revealed a dime, dating from 1876 that had been altered to make a small piece of jewellery. It could … Continue reading A Mysterious Dime …

Anthony Hays (1869-1945) This Is Your Life …

Anthony Hays was born in Pilsley, Derbyshire, in June 1869 the eldest child of of William Hays (1841-1911) and Mary Ann Lee (1844-1912). He already had two older half-brothers from his parents’ previous marriages; John Thomas Hays born 1864 in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire and James Riley born in 1866 in Lea, Derbyshire. I found Anthony living with his parents in the 1871 around Elm Walk in … Continue reading Anthony Hays (1869-1945) This Is Your Life …

William Hays – This Is Your Life….

I’ve decided to look further into the life of William Hays (1841-1911) my first cousin five times removed and the father of Anthony Hays (1869-1945) who owned my late father-in-law’s farm in Pilsley, Derbyshire from 1909 to 1939 . In my previous post I found out about his misdemeanours & brush with the law. Following his stay in Derby gaol in 1861 by the 1871 … Continue reading William Hays – This Is Your Life….

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Another Black Sheep – William Hays (1841-1911)

I’ve been looking at the family of Anthony Hays (1869-1945) who owned my father-in-law’s Derbyshire farm for part of the 1900s. I’ve managed to find Anthony in all the census returns, but I’m missing his father, William Hays in the 1861 returns. After quite a few searches on both Ancestry and Find My Past, I discovered the most likely candidate for William was resident in … Continue reading Another Black Sheep – William Hays (1841-1911)