NATHAN N. HAYES, of Vinton, a native of Ross County, Ohio, was born on the 1st day of March, 1829, and is a son of Nathan and Mary (Meyers) Hayes, natives of Virginia. The father was a soldier in the War of 1812. They emigrated to Ohio when it was but sparsely settled, and the redmen still quite numerous in that portion of the country. They became the parents of twelve children, the subject of this sketch being the youngest. He received his education in a log schoolhouse, which was two miles distant from his home.
Nathan N. Hayes was married, in 1849, to Miss Susan Mahan, born in Ross County, Ohio, in 1828. They became the parents of eight children, of whom the following are living: Francis M., George Byron, Charles W. and Ella. Mr. Hayes came to this State in 1850, locating in this county, where he commenced farming in Monroe Township. In the spring of 1862 he removed to Vinton, where he has since resided. Mrs. Hayes died in 1868. She was a member of the Christian Church, and was highly respected in the community in which she resided. He was again married, in 1870, to Mary E. Wence, a native of Indiana. By this union there are two children — James W. and Albert.Mr. Hayes is a Republican and a strong temperance supporter, and has done much in his town to promote prohibition. He is a Master Mason, and also belongs to the A. O. U. W.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 325-326.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on February 13th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.