The family of which George C. Hayes is a representative is one of the most prominent and well known in
Oneida county, where it has been established since an early day. The first representative of the name to take up
his abode in this county was Henry Hayes, who served as a minuteman in the Revolutionary war; two of the direct
ancestors of our subject participated in the war of 1812, thereby entitling him to membership in the Society of
the War of 1812, of which he was one of the organizers. His grandfather, Jonas Hayes, who was born in Oppenheim,
New York, in September, 1810, came to Oneida county in 1823, and here passed away, in 1895. He was one of the most
substantial citizens of Oneida county; and, also, the most prominent farmer of the locality in which he resided.
The Hon. Albert L. Hayes, the father of George C. Hayes, was born in Boonville, New York, on the 17th of March,
1850. After acquiring his preparatory training in the public schools of this town and at the Fairfield Academy,
he pursued a course in law in the office of the Hon. Robert Earl, of Herkimer, New York; taking up his professional
studies in 1867. After his admission to the bar, in 1870, he practiced in Herkimer for a time. Later he opened
law offices in Boonville, in connection with Hon. Henry W. Bentley, of this city. He achieved great success in
the practice of his profession, and became one of the best known men of Oneida county. In the investigations and
reformatory legislation which marked the celebrated ninety fifth session of the assembly, he was a central figure
as one of the judiciary committee. He always took an active interest in the public affairs of the locality, and
served as a justice for many years. He belonged to the Oneida County and the New York State Bar Associations; and
was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, serving in the various offices of the grand lodge. He married
Miss Marguerite Addy, a daughter of Charles Addy, a merchant of Herkimer, New York. She was a prominent and helpful
member of the Presbyterian church, in the faith of which she passed away, in 1911.
George C. Hayes, the only surviving member of three children, was born in Boonville, New York, February 10, 1871,
and in the schools of this town acquired his preparatory training; passing through consecutive grades, until his
graduation from the high school. Two years were then spent in Hamilton College, and, in 1893, he graduated from
Columbia University with the degree of A. B. He, then, entered the law department of that institution, but, after
one year's study therein, was compelled to return home because of trouble with his eyes. He continued reading in
the office of his father for some time, but never sought admission to the state bar. For eight years, he filled
a position as tutor in New York city. He never made a business of the legal profession, but has given his attention
to his present field of activity, handling real estate and insurance. In this line of activity, he has been eminently
prosperous; his ability being the measure of his success, and those familiar with his career know that he has made,
and is making, continuous progress.
Mr. Hayes was married, in 1897, to Miss Susan E. Encks of New York city, who passed away in May, 1900, leaving
her husband and one son, Jonas A., who was born in August, 1898, and is now a student at school. In 1902, Mr. Hayes
was again married; wedding Miss Emily M. Edic, a daughter of Henry Edic, a well known farmer of Marcy, New York.
Mr. Hayes is a great student of American literature, being familiar with the works of the best authors of this
nation; and has, also, frequently indulged his own fondness for writing. He is a member of the American Society
of Authors and of the Genealogical Society; he also belongs to the Theta Delta Chi Society, presenting upon his
admission thereto a thesis on "Ideal and Ideals of America Poetry." His fraternal relations are with
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. During his college days, he formed many warm friendships which still exist;
and has a wide and valued acquaintance with many well known and leading literary men of the present day. There
is in his life, aside from the strong qualities which have been dominant in his business career, a marked strain
of sentiment; as manifest in his love for and appreciation of the best that can be found in the realms of literature.
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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