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Scotland, Ulster Ireland, Augusta County, Rockbridge County, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Hannibal Missouri, Barry, Illinois, Montana
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My direct paternal ancestor, the "Ulsterman" (aka Ulster-Scot) John Hays (1674-1751) married Rebecca (1680-1752) in the year 1715 in the Province of Ulster, Ireland. After purchasing land in 1740 in Augusta Virginia, this John & Rebecca Hays built their plantation just two miles north of Rockbridge Baths. It was there on a natural mill site, where Hays Creek and Moffett's Creek ran together, that John Hays built the first fulling mill in what later become Rockbridge County (est. 1778). He died in the early part of 1751 leaving a last will & testament. On 29 May 1751, the Augusta justice, William Lusk "ordered that a road be cleared from Hays' Fulling Mill to Timber Ridge Meeting House" (Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church). Then, Moffett's Creek was changed to Hays Creek and Hays Creek became Walker Creek, thus the original mill site along with the John Hays family settlement, is located on what today is known as Walker Creek, along East Field Road, Route 731.
Military records show that the sons and grandsons of John Hays (1674-1751) fought for our freedom in the American War of Independence and in the War of 1812. His Hays descendants were many and soon they spread from Virginia to Tennessee and Kentucky, then into Missouri, Iowa and further into the Western United States.
The proof of our direct Hays lineage is in our y-DNA. Any Hay, Hays, or Hayes surname male who comes from the same direct paternal lineage as "the Ulsterman" John Hays (1674-1751), and who has ordered the Y-DNA67 test (and the L2 SNP) at www.FTDNA.com will prove to be of the haplogroup R1b1b2a1b4c (R-L2) and will also most likely have a value of 13 at DYS492, which is very rare for the R-L2 haplogroup. Anyone interested in comparing all 67 of their Y-DNA markers with several direct descendants of this same paternal lineage can visit www.ftdna.com/public/hayes and click on the "Y-DNA Results" link. Then, you must view "Group K." These "Group K" participants are the direct descendants of the same paternal lineage as the above Ulsterman, John Hays (1674-1751).
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