252. Russell Hayes was born on 31 May 1784 in West Brattleboro, Windham Co., VT. He died on 28 July 1856 in West Brattleboro, Windham Co., VT. Farmer; He inherited his father's place, the "Hayes Tavern" in W. Brattleboro, which for a long time was the family gathering place. The old residence was kept in the family until its destruction in 1960.
"Uncle Russell's little girls are very pretty indeed."
"September 10, 1817. My brother Rutherford set out today for Ohio. I found it difficult to part with him. I see no probability that I shall ever have more acquaintance with him, and I know not how to reconcile myself to it. But I must console myself with the hope that it is for his good, and for the glory of God..."
Russell Hayes and Hannah Laurinda "Laura" Forbes were married on 24 August 1831 in Townsend, Windham Co., VT. Hannah Laurinda "Laura" Forbes was born on 22 August 1798 in Westborough, Worchester, MA. She died on 5 October 1836 in West Brattleboro, Windham Co., VT.
Russell Hayes and Hannah Laurinda "Laura" Forbes had the following children:
Russell Hayes and Martha Billings were married on 13 June 1837 in Feeding Hills, Hampden Co., MA. Martha Billings was born on 16 April 1800 in Northampton, Hampshire Co., MA. She died on 2 August 1872 in W. Brattleboro, Windham Co., VT. "Aunt Martha had a severe attack of pleurisy, but had somewhat recovered and all thought she would soon be well... The first that we were really alarmed about her was July 28th. I called there then and found that she had not left her bed for two days and had failed greatly since we last saw her. I called at the Doc's close by and asked him if he had not better send a telegram to Mary... Her death occurred Aug. 2, 10 1/2 o'clock, p.m. We (my wife and I) being the only relatives now living in town, attended to the funeral ceremonies... Aunt M's age was 72. She had a brother and two sisters living who were at the funeral"
Russell Hayes and Martha Billings had the following children:
Russell Hayes and Rhoda F Moody were married in October 1814 or November 1814 in Granby, Hampshire Co., MA. Rhoda F Moody was born in 1790 in Granby, Hampshire Co., MA. She died on 7 January 1828 in West Brattleboro, Windham Co., VT. Letter at the Hayes Presidential Center from Rhoda Hayes to her mother Mary Moody, dated Nov. 5, 1814, W. Brattleboro, VT. - describes her new home.