Franklin Hall (1803–1873) was a prominent early religious
leader in North Texas. He married Dorinda
Chisholm in 1827, and they had twin daughters in 1829. Dorinda died in
1831. Hall is buried in Van Alstyne Cemetery in Grayson County, Texas.
two daughters were Martha Foster Hall (1829–1885) and Mary Chisholm
Ridley Hay (1825–1904) married Mary Chisholm Hall in
Nashville, Tennessee, in 1849. At the time, Samuel was teaching at
College, a short-lived religious institution near Nashville. He and
to organize the Christian Church of Cami in White County, Illinois, in
enlisted in the Union Army in 1863, giving his occupation as merchant,
died in 1864.
In 1868, Samuel remarried, to
twin sister, Martha Foster Hall Peabody, a widow. By 1880, the family
to Grayson County, Texas, with Samuel listed as a farmer. Samuel was
postmaster at Cairo, Illinois, in 1870; and postmaster at Mormon Grove,
County, Texas, in 1891. Between 1900 and his death in 1904, he was an
agent in Denison, Texas, living with the family of his son Alex. He is
in West Hill Cemetery in Sherman.
had eight children. Two
sons were Alexander Dobbins Hay (1862–1906)
and William Lynn Hay (1871–1933). Alexander
is known to history as A. D. Hay of Denison, Texas; and William became
attorney in nearby Sherman, Texas. Another of Samuel's sons was Samuel
R. Hay (1855–?), not to be
confused with Samuel Ross Hay (1865–1944), who became a noted Methodist
and pastor of churches in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston.
D. Hay was about two years
old when his mother, Mary, died. His father married his aunt Martha
was about eight. At age 18, he was in Grayson County, Texas (1880). He
Mary Alice "Allie" Stobie (1870–1957) in 1887. They had some seven
children. Alex was a clerk for the Railway Mail Service in Denison. In
the Denison City Directory listed the family at 509 West Johnson
1900 Census, however, found them occupying a fine home at 614 West
Street. In addition to Alex, Alice, and three sons (Samuel R., William
Lynn D.), the house accommodated Alex's father, Samuel R. Hay, now 74.
614 West Sears Street, Denison
Source: "Residence of A. D. Hay." Robinson, Frank M., comp. Industrial Denison.
[N.p.]: Means-Moore Co., [ca. 1909]. Page 31.
Sears Street house had been
built by a local merchant, Lazarus Bernheim,
around 1895, but he left Denison
in 1900, moving to Shawnee, Oklahoma. It seems probable that Alex
home from him. Industrial
pictorial book published around 1909, carried a photograph of the
captioned ""Residence of A. D. Hay."
baby girls were born in 1901
and 1902. The elderly Samuel passed away in 1904. Alex apparently
too, as the City Directory for 1905 listed him with no occupation. That
Alice was operating a boarding house in the home at 614 West Sears.
in 1906 and was buried in West Hill
Cemetery in Sherman.
1908, Alice married James Edwin
Cawthon and moved to El Paso, taking her younger children—Lynn,
Helen. Alice was eleven years older than her new husband. She died in
A. D. Hay
[Sunday Gazetteer, Denison TX, February
A. D. Hay tired of life,
tried the pistol route, presumably last Saturday, but one or two persons state
that they saw Hay last Sunday. Hay has been rooming at the Simpson place, and
his lifeless body was found there Monday night in room No. 34. The porter of the
hotel first called attention to the room of Hay, as he had several times
attempted to enter the room but found it locked. He saw a key on the inside of
the lock and notified Mr. Crumpton, the proprietor of the hotel. Suspecting
something was wrong, he requested the porter to procure a chair and enter the
room over the transom. Hay was discovered dead in bed when the porter turned on
the light. He had placed the pistol close to his breast and sent a bullet
through his heart, which passed through the body and lodged in the mattress. The
powder explosion had set fire to the undershirt of the suicide. The police force
were notified and took charge of the situation. The body was removed to the
undertakers and Justice French summoned. The suicide had been a resident of
Denison for a number of years. He was for some time in the service of the
government as postal clerk but resigned owing to declining health. Several
months ago, he had gone west for his health but did not say long. He said that
he eventually expected to make California his future home. He was in the Denison
Sanitarium for some time. For the past week or so, he ha been despondent. He
ordered the Gazetteer stopped to his
address, as he remarked that he did not know where fate would cast his lot. The
deceased was about forty years of age. He leaves a wife and five children. He
has a brother in Sherman, who took charge of the body.
Meanwhile, William Lynn Hay,
half-brother of Alex, had a very different life, as described in his
mother, Martha, had been married to Samuel Hay for three years before
was born. The family moved to Texas, and Martha died when William was
twelve years old. He was thereafter raised and mentored by his
Peabody Muse (1854–1932),
husband, a judge, Philander
That couple lived in Sherman and McKinney, Texas. With the
support of the Muse family, William attended law school at the
Texas and became a prominent lawyer in Sherman. He was married to Mary Aileen Slaughter (1874–1885) and
had two daughters, Dorothy
Mary Cornelia Hay
W. L. Hay
Suddenly at Home
Years in Legal, Political and Church Affairs
(Obituary from files at
Sherman, Texas Public
William Lynn Hay, for 39
years a prominent
member of the Grayson county bar, and active during that time in civic
religious affairs of Sherman and North Texas, died suddenly at his
South Crockett street, Tuesday at 5:20 p.m., on his sixty-second
Funeral services were to be
held Wednesday at 5
p.m. from the residence, conducted by Dr. Roy H. Biser, pastor of
Christian church, and Dr. George P. Cuthrell of Tyler, former pastor.
was to be in the Sherman mausoleum with Dannel-Scott Company in charge
arrangements. Pallbearers were Roy Finley, Sam Wolfe, Barlow Roberts,
Holt, W. H. Lucas, and Will H. Evans.
Mr. Hay had been in ill
health for the past two
years, but was thought to be only slightly indisposed while confined to
for the last two days. A stroke of apoplexy at 4 p.m. Tuesday ended his
little more than an hour later. At his bedside were his daughters,
Dorothy Lynn and Cornelia Hay and Miss Dorothy Slaughter, a
Hay died May 16, 1932.
Mr. Hay was a member of the
Sherman law firm of
Hay, Finley, Wolfe and Barron at the time of his death, and had had a
honorable career as a civil attorney in North Texas.
BORN IN ILLINOIS
He was born in Cairo, Ill.,
the son of Samuel
R. Hay and Martha Hall Hay, July 4, 1871. His family moved to Texas
when he was
a small boy, and his mother died when he was 12 years old. He was
reared by a
half-sister, the late Mrs. Belle P. [Peabody, from Martha's first
of Sherman. He was educated in the schools of McKinney and at the
Texas by his aunt and his uncle, the late Judge P. B. Muse. He was
from the University School of Law in 1894.
Soon after graduation Mr.
Hay became a law
partner of the late Frank L. Montgomery. In 1900 he married Miss Mary
Slaughter of Union Springs, Ala., and they made their home in Sherman.
death of Judge J. A. L. Wolfe, Mr. Hay became a partner in the firm
Freeman, McReynolds and Hay, which later united with another firm, the
combination being Head, Dillard, Maxey, Smith, Freeman, McReynolds and
withdrew from this firm last year to form a partnership with Mr.
Wolfe and Elbert M. Barron.
Mr. Hay was a member of the
Woodmen of the
World and was chairman of the local advisory board of the Supreme
Woodmen Circle. He was made chairman of a special committee appointed
chamber of commerce to conduct a campaign for location in Sherman of
Circle home for the aged and orphans, and it was due largely to his
that this objective was reached, it is stated.
He was a past chancellor of
the grand lodge of
Knights of Phythias. He was for some time a member of the board of
the Sherman Y.M.C.A. and was chairman of the organization during the
was known as the "minute men" [missing] speakers in this county for
war loans, as well as chairman for the first two liberty loan drives
in 1917. Mr. Hay was in politics a Democrat and served as
elector for the party in 1912. He was chairman of the Democratic
Committee in the state in 1916-18.
Mr. Hay served for some time
district and county judge by appointment. He was attorney for the
railroad for a number of years. A member of the Christian church all
he was superintendent of the Sunday school in the Central
Christian church for
a number of years.
Besides his daughters, Mr.
Hay is survived by
two nieces, Miss Margie Muse of Galveston and Mrs. W. S. Adkins of
former Miss Mary Grace Muse.
At a called meeting
of the Grayson County Bar association Wednesday morning, a committee
Judge G. P. Webb, J. F. Holt and C. B. Randell was appointed to draft
resolutions on the death of Mr. Hay, and a floral offering from the
was sent to the residence.