Daughter of William Hays and Catherine Lewis, Millie’s sister. Millie and Catherine were daughters of Joshua Lewis and Martha Marston. From my last post on this family, the previous documents suggest William Hays and Catherine Lewis died at or near the same time and left behind five or seven children.
Now we know William Hays had a “considerable personal estate” upon his death but died intestate. The document states Winifred was entitled to one-seventh part of her father’s estate. On a side note, I find it interesting Winifred Hays went on to marry a man named William Hays.
I’ve been looking for a way the families paths could have crossed and think it may have been in Virginia. I’ll get back to this point later.
The first match, Nancy’s descendant, mentioned a letter from her maternal line ancestor, Nancy Morrison (married Samuel Mize) from 1910. The letter states, “you want to know about Grand Mother [sic], her maiden name was Evans, her mother’s name was Sarah Hayes. Grand Mother was born in 1795, her father was a soldier in the Revolutionary war…”
Credit to RossEddy1 for the family letter on Ancestry.
Since I didn’t find mention of Henry Evans prior to 1810 in Northampton County, North Carolina so I spoke with a local professional genealogist at the McClelland Irish Library. She told me to keep an open mind and also search Virginia records since Northampton was on the highly porous border. She also told me to search for marriage records for Sarah Hayes, which I finally did today.
From microfilm of the book “Register of Marriages, Greensville County, Virginia1781-1853” page 25 near the bottom, “Evans Henry and Salley Hayes 21 Sep 1790; b- John Goodwyn wit- J Parks min-William Andrews (Methodist) 30Sep1790
Page 25 also mentions a couple from Northampton County getting married in Greensville County, so there’s that.
Now, this part is just speculation, but I couldn’t help notice Greensville County isn’t terribly far from Isle of Wight County. According to online trees (I know, I know), Darling Drewry/Drury’s mother Mildred Lewis was born in Isle of Wight County, Virginia.
My uncle appears as a closer match to cousins from the Sauceda and Garza side of the family than my mother does, so I decided to focus on his genetic communities instead of hers. I think Ancestry did very well with this feature.
Grandma Dolores didn’t speak much of her father, she said she didn’t remember him very well. When I was a child I didn’t think much of it. She did always claim her middle name was Salomé though, but no one on her mother Domitila Gonzales’ side of the family had that name.
After she passed I took another look at her birth certificate and saw she didn’t have a middle name, though she did use the middle initial “S” on some of her important documents, such as on the affidavit for her marriage license. She insisted that it stood for Salomé.
Her parents Manuel Romero and Domitila Gonzales were married in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1924. On the application for the marriage license, Manuel says his birthday is February 11, 1891.
In the book, New Mexico Baptisms, Santa Fe, NM, January 1884-December 1899 there is a record for Manuel Romero born February 20, 1892. The day and the year are off, but the month is the same. His parents were Luciano Romero and Salomé Montoya. I believe this Manuel is my grandmother’s father. I had seen them on the Santa Fe census in the past and wondered if they were Manuel’s family, but I didn’t have any clue about Manuel’s birthday back then. The scanned page of the baptism book was provided to me by Denver Public Library.
Luciano Romero and Salomé Montoya were married November 27, 1886, at St. Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe. Their parents were Desiderio Romero and Guadalupe Lujan, and Baltazar Montoya and Eleanor Ribera. On other documents, she is written as Leonor Ribera. From the book Santa Fe Marriages, St. Francis Church/Cathedral January 1858-October 1889
After Salomé died, Luciano married Ursula Rodriguez.
On some census records, Manuel’s birthday is in May, but the names all match up so I’m sure this is the correct family.
My maternal uncle’s DNA kit is being processed after a six-week wait.
This small update is a great excuse to share this song from Moana, which I have recently seen for the first time this past weekend. It was so good! Definitely one of my favorite ancestor movies right along with The Book of Life and Kubo and the Two Strings. Disney and Pixar have another Dia de los Muertos movie, Coco, that is scheduled for release November 2017.
I loved this song, “I am Moana (Song of the Ancestors)”.
Ancestry now has a record of my paternal grandparents’ marriage in Yuma, Pinal County, 1958. I was surprised by this because I always assumed they met and married in Texas and because my grandmother was 16 years old (!) when she married my mysterious grandfather. Remember, he shed his name when he came to the United States and Amelia lent him a name from her family tree. I wonder why they went all the way to Yuma to get married? They lived in Mesa at the time.
One of the witnesses was Maria Rangel, I think that was her mother who appears on the 1940 census in Cameron County, Texas, right outside of San Benito. The other witness was someone named Federico Partida who I was able to find on the same 1940 census of Cameron County, Texas, right outside of San Benito. Interesting.