William Jasper HAYES Mini tree diagram
Mary Jane Lierecan PITTS

Mary Jane Lierecan PITTS1,5,2,3

5th Jan 18461,2,3 - 23rd Mar 18782,4,3

Life History

5th Jan 1846

Born in South Carolina.1,2,3

25th Mar 1860

Married William Jasper HAYES in Habersham County, Georgia.5

23rd Mar 1878

Died in Gassville, Baxter, Arkansas.2,4,3

about 1879

Buried in Baxter County, Arkansas.2


  • Georgia, Marriage Records From Select Counties, 1828-1978
    William Jasper Hayes
    Marriage 25 Mar 1860 Habersham, Georgia, USA
    Spouse Mary Jane Lierecan Pitts
    Habersham Marriages, Book B, 1841-1874, p 399

    Several genealogies have her third name as Leman, but cite no documentation.  The name "Lierecan" could be a mistranscription of a handwritten Leman.  They also have an additional name of Orpha, likewise with no documentation.  The information carries some credibility, because they also have a fiull, exact date and place of birth and death, as well as the names of her parents.  But they all have the exact same strange form of William's nmae William DudeJasper Hayes, with no documentation.

    Mary Jane Orpha Leman Pitts
    Birth 5 JAN 1846 South Carolina
    Death 23 Mar 1878 Gassville, Baxter, Arkansas
    Henry Martin Pitts 1826-1905
    Susan Leathers 1819-
    Married William DudeJasper [sic] Hayes
    Birth 14 SEP 1842 Pickens, Habersham, Georgia
    Death 11 DEC 1928 Wewoka, Seminole, Oklahoma
    --  Stewart Family Tree, http://person.ancestry.com/tree/11874617/person/-380415155/facts?ftm=1

    In the 1860 census, recently-married 17-year-old Jasper is enumerated as William J Hays, and his 14-year-old wife is named Mary J L A.

    1860 Federal Census, Habersham County, Georgia, 27 June, PO Clarksville, page 56, Hse/Fam #410
    William J Hays 20 M Farmer $0 Real Estate $25 Personal  born GA
    Mary J L A Hays 14 F Housekeeper born SC

    I found Jasper and his second wife, reported as Rachael T, in Baxter County, where his parents and the others were living in 1880.  The T matches Tennessee.  Later censuses report Racheal Tennessee as born in Arkansas with her parents both born in Tennessee.   The census dates would support the idea that Jasper's first wife is the mother of his children, and he married Rachael (Tennessee) after he was in Arkansas.  William's burial in Oklahoma also has a headstone memorial right against it for Mary Jane Hayes, but it is inscribed "Barried in Arkansas."

    The 1880 census for William with his second wife reports that he and Rachael have been married 20 years, or married about 1879.  This would give us a time before which Mary Jane died in Arkansas, and indicates she probably died in Baxter County.

    Mary Jane Hayes
    Birth 1846
    Death 1879
    Stone is butted up as to appear as a double headstone I am sure to husband William Jasper Hayes.
    Not sure if she is in this grave because in the cement that holds her stone in place was drawn in by finger these words: "Barried in ARK"
    Spouse William Jasper Hayes (1842 - 1928)
    Burial Oakdale Cemetery, Paden, Okfuskee County, Oklahoma
    Created by Stephanie Naney Apr 11, 2002
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #6336867, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6336867


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