The Hayman Family Tree

Henry Hayman, his wife Ellinor, and their son Henry Junior were first settlers of Somerset County Maryland when it was established in 1666. Successive generations became landowners like Henry, who was granted patents by Lord Baltimore as an inducement to immigrating from Virginia. The tax list of 1783 named fifteen families headed by Haymans, owning nearly fifteen hundred acres in a small area then called "Hayman's Savannah" between the towns of Salisbury and Princess Anne. Most made their living by agriculture raising crops such as tobacco. Some could write their names, but many signed by mark. Some among the third generation began to own slaves by 1748, and all the families combined owned twenty-seven slaves by 1783, which made up the greatest part of their taxable property. Several among the fourth generation gave their slaves their freedom, long before the Civil War. Nine Haymans served near home in the Maryland Militia during the Revolutionary War, while at least three others were vigorously loyal to the King. Three of the fourth generation's eleven Hayman families with children moved westward. With few exceptions, all Haymans were typical members of their time and place.

Henry Hayman was probably born in Devon, England about 1634, and came to Gloucester County Virginia about 1650. In Maryland he acquired lands called "Second Choice", "Castle Haven", and "Shapleigh's Neglect". He had either five or six children, and died in 1685. James Hayman, his fourth son, lived from about 1673 to 1717. He made a brief trip to North Carolina, where he apparently salvaged material from ships driven aground, and then returned to Maryland to marry Sarah Dorman. They had at least seven children, and acquired 350 acres called "Hopewell" for two thousand pounds of tobacco. Their third son, John Hayman, lived from about 1709 to 1761. He married Rachel Dorman, his first cousin, about 1733 or 1734 and they had thirteen children. He was part owner of a parcel of land called "Hayman's Purchase", which today is the name of a housing development in Princess Anne. John thus owned almost 400 acres plus three slaves, making him the wealthiest grandson of Henry. On 15 October 1780, Rachel supplied one-fifth of a barrel of pork for the Continental army. Rachel's will named three maiden daughters, Charity, Rachel, and Elizabeth, who shared one Negro woman called Abigal and a Negro boy called Obad.

James Hayman, Jr., John and Rachel's first son, was called James Jr. to distinguish him from an uncle named James. He lived from about 1730 to 1770, marrying Margaret Tilghman in 1755. John, their first son, was born about 1766. John's first wife was Esther Harris, who bore him seven sons and one daughter. John, Esther, all their children, and his mother Margaret moved westward and are named among the early settlers of Meigs County, Ohio. Esther died in January 1808. John went back to Maryland in 1809, married Nancy Tilghman, and took her to Ohio. Why did John, his mother Margaret, and wife Nancy go to Ohio since they all had significant land holdings in Maryland? One belief is that he stood by a brother Hezekiah who had financial difficulties, and was tempted to try his fortune in the newly-developing lands of Ohio. Crop prices had fallen due to an embargo placed on exports to Britain and France by President Jefferson; wheat fell from two dollars a bushel to seventy-five cents. Another belief is that he may have been seized with a missionary zeal, since family tradition holds that in Ohio he was a Methodist circuit riding preacher. John had four children with his second wife Nancy, and all of them as well as Esther's children grew up in Letart Township. Margaret, his mother, died in 1822 at the age of 93; Nancy died in 1845 at the age of 71; and, a grandson said John died by drowning in the Ohio River.

John and Esther's fifth child was Spencer Harrison Hayman, 1795 to 1861. In 1816 he married Jerusha Chapman, a daughter of Ezra Chapman, an old settler in Letart Township, and Betsey Jones Chapman, and had five sons and seven daughters. Spencer was County Surveyor when Meigs County was established and served several terms in that office. He was also a Justice of the Peace and first Postmaster at Apple Grove. Their fourth son and eleventh child, George W. Hayman, 1838 to 1890, married Isabelle (Aunt Belle) Parr, daughter of Hamilton Parr. They lived in Apple Grove, less than a mile below the former U.S. Lock and Dam 23, on the riverbank overlooking the Ohio River. During the Civil War Aunt Belle fed some hungry Confederate soldiers. Expressing their appreciation, one said "Lady, I hope you live to be one hundred," and she almost did, reaching the age of 95 when she died in 1934. Her grandchildren remembered her stories of her mischievous ways as a girl; she was an excellent skater but pretended not to be, so the boys would hold her up.

(Note: George’s mother was Jerusha, Jerusha’s mother was Betsey, and Betsey’s father was Seth Jones. Per Meigs County History Book, 1979: Seth Jones, born in New England, was a Revolutionary War soldier, having been at Lexington when Paul Revere made his historic ride. He was in the first battles of the war for freedom at Lexington and Bunker Hill. He crossed the Delaware with Gen. George Washington to capture the Hessians. He also saw the surrender of Burgoyne at Saratoga. He still carried British lead in his body at his death. He is buried in Letart Falls Cemetery.)

George W. and "Aunt Belle" lost their first five children; Spencer at the age of four, twins stillborn, and another set of twins at birth or infancy. Their next four children were Margaret "Aunt Magg" who married Hiram Sharpnack, a riverboat captain; Kathryn "Aunt Kate" who cared for her mother and never married; John who married Gertrude Blake; and, George Roselle who married Vira Mae Crawford, the daughter of Reuben H. Crawford and Annora V. Roush.

George and Mae Hayman’s children are the ninth generation descendants of Henry Hayman who came from England to Virginia and then Maryland in 1666. George and Mae Hayman reared ten children: Gerald Hiram, 1906 to 1988, married Focie Leona Stover in 1932, the youngest daughter of Elisha Dunham Stover and Lillie Mae Casto; Ruth married Lewis Ours; Harry married Vera Swan; Waid married Vera's sister Donna; Ruby married Beryl Wolfe; Marge married Sid Carpenter and then Bill Packman; George "Dub", an Army Air Corps Lieutenant, was killed over Munich Germany as a B-24 Liberator bombardier in World War II; Gladys married Milo "Rich" Richardson; Doris first married Darrel Sayre, an Air Force F82 Twin Mustang fighter pilot who was killed in the Korean War, and then Andrew “Buck” Rogers; and, Dan first married Norma Jean Sellers and then Faith Carney.

Further history is still being made, and there is a lot more documented if you are interested and want to know more. I, Don Hayman, son of Gerald Hayman, extracted a lot of this information from a book called "Haymans of the Eastern Shore of Maryland" by Douglass F. Hayman, Jr. of Annapolis, Maryland. Credit goes to him and those who helped him do the research, as documented in his book. He and I are half-fourth cousins, descending from different wives of John Hayman, the Meigs County pioneer. His ancestors continued westward to Nebraska, and Douglass is a United States Naval Academy graduate and retired career officer. Thank you Douglass for a wealth of Hayman history.