Fifth Generation


255. Sarah "Sally" Hayes was born on 11 April 1793 in W. Brattleboro, Windham Co., VT. Birthdate may have been May 1793. She died on 31 August 1882 in Chesterfield, Hampshire Co., MA. "Sally was the only very handsome one of the family, but she was a magnificent large blonde woman with a very brilliant expression. I remember her perfectly. Mother is somewhat like her. She is living now [1876] and not long ago visited the old homestead in West Brattleboro"
Elinor Mead Howells "Hayes Ancestry"

"She was a woman of great force of character and uncommon intelligence, an insatiate reader, yet very choice in her selection of authors. She ...read the Bible many times from cover to cover, of which she was never weary; a frequent reader and great admirer of Sir Walter Scott whose Talisman she read for the last time ten days before her death; She was a devoted and constant Christian, always foremost in all church work, with a bright, tenacious memory, which made her a treasury of information for years past, retaining her mental facilities until death..."
William Bancroft, in "Descendants of Lt. Samuel Smith of Hadley, Mass. (manuscript) edited by M. Emily Eastman, Roswell T. Smith and Lucius Smith.

"Aunt Bancroft died after a brief suffering at 3:40 this a.m., Aug. 31, 1882, after almost 90 years of uncommon activity and usefulness."
RBH (Diary ?)

Sarah "Sally" Hayes and Dyer Bancroft were married on 25 May 1815 in West Brattleboro, Windham Co., VT.4 Dyer Bancroft17 was born on 12 April 1786 in Torrington, Litchfield Co., CT. He graduated in 1809.4 He graduated in 1809 in Williams College. Dyer lived in Chesterfield, Hampshire Co., MA in 1815. He died on 13 September 1866 in Chesterfield, Hampshire Co., MA. He was a tutor and lawyer.4 He was a tutor, a farmer, and a lawyer of marked ability in his profession. For many years, he was a member of the Massachusetts legislature. He was genial, humorous, witty and a thorough gentleman.

"Uncle Bancroft is a curious old philosopher. I was amazingly pleased with him. Somehow, with the exception of Uncle Austin [Birchard], who is the first in my regard, our Yankee relatives by marriage are nearer kin than our blood relatives...
Uncle Bancroft and the whole family were in high spirits and our visit was as happy a one as any we had made..."
RBH (at age 25) to his sister, Fanny Hayes Platt, Aug. 8, 1847.

Sarah "Sally" Hayes and Dyer Bancroft had the following children:

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Helen Bancroft.

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Talcott Bancroft was born on 24 December 1821. He died on 7 November 1899. He was a veteran of the Civil War and a farmer.

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William Bancroft.

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Edward Bancroft was born on 8 December 1830. He died on 1 October 1873 in Chesterfield, Hampshire Co., MA. "Died after an illness of 20 years at Chesterfield, MA. He never married, or pursued any regular business," - R.B. Hayes, Diary .