This Old House #2 ~ William Hamilton Hayes 1846-1916

Once again I was searching through my family trees and I noticed that there were quite a few photos of the homes that my ancestors had lived in. Some of them were built way back in the early 1600s. They varied in size, style, and construction material. They are all as equally unique as each of my ancestors!

William Hamilton “Ham” Hayes was born on February 2, 1846, in Claiborne County, Tennessee. His family moved to Jackson County , Missouri when he was 4 years old. In 1882, he moved his growing family to Barber County, Kansas where the resided until the 1889 Land Rush in Oklahoma. After securing his 160 acre claim in what would become Richmond, Woodard County, Oklahoma, Ham made two dugouts for living quarters for his family which consisted of 14 children. After living in the dugouts for a year, he then built this house. It had 3 bedrooms with a living room, and a dining room and it was made of cedar logs. He also built a frame lean-to kitchen and screened-in porch. The logs for the house were cut in the cedar canyons, hauled to the building site, then hewned by hand. The cracks between the logs were filled with mud and plaster.

This photo was taken sometime after 1901, and it includes Ham, his wife Cornelia and their 12 surviving children 4 sons-in-law, 1 daughter-in-law, and 4 grandchildren.

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

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