Still holding the hammer, just in case it can come down....

by Silvana
(Rockford,Il,USA)

My brick wall would be practically anything relating to my great-grandmother and great-grandfather on my mothers side. I have tons of information beyond that but when it comes to Miss Mildred Gray and Henry Jess Hayes I find basically nothing.

The story goes that my great grandfather's name was "Henry Jess Hayes" but everyone called him Jess. Supposedly, Mildred took her three girls to say goodbye to him while he was in jail in California, then got on a train and went back home to Arkansas. That is all the information I have on Henry Jess Hayes.

I do have a little bit more on Mildred (not much though) I have census records from when she was living with her parents and obituary articles for her and her parents.

In two of the obituary records it does list Mildred as "Mrs. Hayes". I had always wondered if Mildred and Henry were ever married because on 1 of her daughters birth records it lists the mother's maiden name as "Smith". Even though they all had the same mother and father (Hayes and Gray).

I know when Mildred passed away but nothing on Henry. It has been suggested that he may have remarried and there are other family members floating around that we know nothing about.

I keep hoping I will find something and eventually I know I will. So I will just hold on to my little hammer for when the time comes to knock that wall down.

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Nov 29, 2011
Seen before
by: Silvana

Thank You! I have come across that before and it seems likely but still not 100% sure since it ends there. 2 of the trees you looked at are mine. 1 tree was when I had just started and another is my "confirmed tree". The "Barnes" tree that someone has up is no help, they never answer my messages even though they do have alot of overlapping info that I have. I thought public member trees are free to look at? I currently canceled my subscription for the month and when I click a "public tree" it prompts me to subscribe again.

Anyway, Thanks for you help! It is appreciated.

Nov 28, 2011
Maybe this could help?
by: Sue Fenn

Silvana, I see that there are 4 trees on Ancestry which contain the couple Henry Jess(e) Hayes and Mildred Gray. One of them had the following attached to it:

California Death Index, 1940-1997 about Henry J Hayes
Name: Henry J Hayes
Social Security #: 551127696
Sex: Male
Birth Date: 11 Apr 1909
Birthplace: Arkansas
Death Date: 4 Sep 1970
Death Place: Fresno

I don't know if that helps any. You might want to get in touch with the people who own the trees, and see if they might have any additional information. (You don't need a subscription to look at the public trees).

All the best,

Sue Fenn

Aug 11, 2011
Keep on Hammering Away!
by: Sue Fenn

Thanks for sharing your story! Keep that hammer busy, and sooner or later, those walls will come tumbling down!

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