Capt. Ezekiel Hayes

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Capt. Ezekiel Hayes

Birthdate: (82)
Birthplace: Salmon Brook, Hartford County, Connecticut
Death: October 17, 1807 (82)
New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
Place of Burial: Grove Street, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Daniel George Hayes, I and Sarah Hayes
Husband of Rebecca Hayes and Abigail Hayes
Father of Rebecca Frisbie; Ezekiel Hayes; Rutherford Hayes, Sr.; Sarah Hayes; Abigail Hayes and 5 others
Brother of Elizabeth Hayes; Sarah Hayes; Lt. Joel Hayes, Sr.; Ezekiel Hayes; Benoni Hayes and 5 others
Half brother of Daniel Hayes, II

Occupation: Blacksmith
Managed by: Private User
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About Capt. Ezekiel Hayes

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


Source: 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.
McCracken notes he was a blacksmith, scythe-maker, innholder and prominent citizen of both Branford and New Haven, CT. He was second child to bear this name. His reason for moving from Simsbury to Branford is not apparent.
Ancestor #: A052670

1st. Wife Rebecca Russell

2nd Wife Abigail Hitchcock Brown

The SAR have identifed Ezekiel Hayes as a patriot. He is also the Great Grandfather of President Rutherford B. Hayes.

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Capt. Ezekiel Hayes's Timeline

November 21, 1724
Salmon Brook, Hartford County, Connecticut
October 30, 1750
Age 25
Branford, New Haven County, Connecticut
February 19, 1753
Age 28
New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut Colony
July 29, 1756
Age 31
Branford, New Haven Co., CT
Age 33
Connecticut, United States
May 13, 1761
Age 36
January 15, 1764
Age 39
June 12, 1775
Age 50