Kent County Biographies
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Railway Officials in America 1906
Joseph F Hayes, a leading farmer of Courtland, was born in Albany Co., N. Y., March 7, 1820; is a son of Joseph
F. and Sarah (Snyder) Hayes. His grandfather, on his mother's side, served in both the Revolutionary war and the
war of 1812. Our subject was reared on a farm, and has always followed that avocation. In February, 1854, he came
to Courtland, and purchased 160 acres of land on sec. 22. He was married in Jackson Co., Mich., February, 1843,
to Betsey Snyder, by whom he had five children, three of whom are living, viz.: Ora A., Adelbert J. and Catharine
A. (wife of Albert Ganung). Chas. L. and Minnie are deceased. Mr. Hayes left the parental roof at the tender age
of 14, his father having died several years previous, lie started in life alone and with nothing but his own energy.
He now owns 200 acres of valuable land on sees. 22 and 3, and ranks with the enterprising citizens of Courtland.
He is a member of the Rockford Masonic order, also of the Chapter. Politically he is Democratic.
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