Reverend
John W. Hayes
Biography

From: "Biographical  Review of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois; page 579-580; a reprinted by Stevens Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
  Rev. John W. Hayes, general farmer on section 7, township 17, range 11, was born in Clark county, Missouri, but was reared in Schuyler county, Illinois.  He is the son of George W. Hayes, a native of Kentucky, and own cousin of ex-President Hayes {see President's bios}.  His mother was a relative of J. Q. Adams (see President's bios}.  Mr. George Hayes came to Indiana when a young man, and followed his trade of general mechanic and cooper carpenter.  Here he married to Martha Fifier, of Jennings county.  Here he lived for a few years, and then moved to Missouri, coming to Schuyler county, Illinois, in 1862, and began life as a farmer.  Later he settled in Rushville, and there the wife and mother died, in 1886, when {then} in middle life.  Mr. Hayes still lives in Rushville, and is sixty-six years of age.  He is a Methodist, as is his wife.  He was a Democrat.  He has three living children: Nancy, wife of Mr. Lee of Rushville; L. Jennie, wife of M. B. Woods, living at Havana, Illinois, and John W.
  John W. Hayes has been in this place only a short time, formerly living in Schuyler county, Illinois, where he had lived the most of his life after he was five years old.
  He was married in Schuyler county, to Annie Horton, who bore him no children.  He was married a second time, in Cass county, to Mrs. Martha E. Buck, nee Wegle, born in Cass county, where she has since lived.  She is the daughter of Jephta and Phebe (Tood {Todd?} Wegle, natives of Kentucky, where they were reared and married.  They came to Illinois in the '30's {1830's} and settled in Brown county.  Later they came to Cass county, and settled on a farm, where Mr. Wegle died, in 1861, in middle life, being born in 1812.  He was a farmer, a Republican, and a member of the Union Baptist Church.  His wife makes her home with her daughter, Mrs. John Hayes.  She is quite old, being born in 1812.  She is a Baptist, and was the mother of twelve children.  Mrs. Hayes is the youngest of the nine now living, all married with families.
  Mrs. Hayes was married for the first time in Cass county, to Stephen D. Buck, who was born on the farm he lived to own and improve.  Here he died, September 16, 1890.  He was then fifty-seven years old, being born of a family of pioneers, who came here at an early date from North Carolina.  Mr. Buck was a kind husband and a good citizen, a Democrat in politics, but not an office seeker.  He was the father of ten children, two deceased.  Those living are: Flora, wife of Elza Merrot, of Cass county, a farmer; Julius H. works for a farmer in this county;  Stephen D. and Ella, at home; Edith M., Lillian M., and Walter A. are triplets, and are bright healthy children.  Mr. Hayes is a minister of the Church of God, and has been the pastor of the church for several years.  He is a forcible speaker, and prominent minister.  His wife is a member of the Baptist Church.  Both are worthy people.



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