Ezekiel Hayes, Captain (c.1724 - 1807) MP

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Birthplace: Salmon Brook, Connecticut
Death: Died in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
Occupation: Blacksmith
Managed by: Steve Polson
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About Ezekiel Hayes, Captain

  • DAR Ancestor #: A052670
  • Birth: 11-21-1724 SALMON BROOK CONNECTICUT
  • Death: 10-17-1807 NEW HAVEN CONNECTICUT


Source: http://www.universityarchives.com/Find-an-Item/Results-List/Item-Detail.aspx?ItemID=52770 Headline: Capt. Ezekiel Hayes, great grandfather of President Rutherford B. Hayes, receives bounty “for making Guns & Locks” for soldiers in Capt. Benedict Arnold’s Second Company.

Description: Manuscript Document Signed: “Ezekiel Hayes” twice, one page, 7.75” x 10.5”. New Haven, June 17, 1777. On good quality watermarked laid paper. Lightly stained. Fine condition.

In part, “The State of Connecticut to Ezekiel Hayes … the Bounty of Making Gun Barrels & Gun Locks … five Guns & Locks made & sold Timothy Jones Jnr …one Gun 7 Lock sold Joel Bradley … two Gun Locks sold Pierpont Edwards … ten Guns & Locks sold Adam Babcock…” [signed] “Ezekiel Hayes.” Beneath which is a statement signed “sworn before me John Whiting Jus. Peace” whereby “Capt Ezekiel Hayes of New Haven … made oath to the Truth of the above charge, and that he has not received the Bounty allowed by the General Assembly for making the above mentioned Guns & Locks.” During the Battle of New Haven in 1779, John Whiting was taken prisoner. Followed by “Recd … the above sum of Seven Pounds thirteen Shillings, being for the Premium as allowed by the General Assembly for making Guns & Gun Locks. Recd by’ [signed] “Ezekiel Hayes.”

The son of New Haven blacksmith Ezekiel Hayes (1744-1807) was Rutherford Hayes (1756-1836) whose son, Rutherford Hayes II (1787-1822), died on July 2, 1822, in Delaware, Ohio. His son, Rutherford B. Hayes, was born on October 4, 1822, three months after his father died, and became the 19th President of the United States.

In 1764, New Haven merchants Benedict Arnold and Adam Babcock, both in their 20s, formed a partnership, bought three trading ships, and established a lucrative West Indies trade. Arnold, Timothy Jones, Jr., and Pierpont Edwards were three of the signers applying to the General Assembly of Connecticut, then sitting at New Haven, for a charter which was granted on March 2, 1775, forming “a district military company by the name of the Second Company of the Governor’s Guards.” The Company responded to the Lexington Alarm in April and marched to Boston to assist the patriots in Boston. Captain Benedict Arnold was commander of the Second Company. Edwards, later a member of the Continental Congress, was the youngest son of Rev. Jonathan Edwards. Joel Bradley was 2nd Lieutenant in the militia in North Haven in 1777 and was present at the burning of Danbury by the British, as was Arnold. -------------------- The SAR have identifed Ezekiel Hayes as a patriot. He is also the Great Grandfather of President Rutherford B. Hayes.

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Ezekiel Hayes, Captain's Timeline

November 21, 1724
December 26, 1749
Age 25
Branford, Connecticut, USA
October 30, 1750
Age 25
Branford, New Haven County, Connecticut
February 19, 1753
Age 28
New Haven, CT, USA
July 29, 1756
Age 31
Branford, New Haven Co., CT
May 13, 1761
Age 36
Age 49
October 22, 1780
Age 55
New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA
October 17, 1807
Age 82
New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut