B. D. Hays, who is successfully engaged in general farming and stock raising in Wayne Township, is a substantial
citizen of Columbiana County. He was born in Industry Township, Beaver County, Pa., May 28, 1887, the son of Benjamin
D. and Virginia P. (Althor) Hays.
Benjamin D. Hays, deceased, was a native of Beaver County, Pa., and a farmer during his active career. About 1898
he settled in Columbiana County, where he died Dec. 27, 1919. His wife lives at West Point, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs.
Hays had seven children, as follows: John A., lives in Wayne Township, Columbiana County; Ralph P., lives at West
Point, Ohio; Hessie, married Harry Hartley, lives at Sebring, Ohio; Clive V., lives at East Liverpool; B. D., the
subject of this sketch; Marie H., married Thurman Bentley, lives at East Liverpool; and Thomas R., lives in Wayne
Township, Columbiana County.
B. D. Hays was educated in the schools of Beaver County and spent his boyhood in Pennsylvania and Ohio. He worked
at various occupations, but has always been especially interested in farming. He has owned his present farm of
80 acres since 1920 and it is well improved. Mr. Hays has a fine team of oxen on his place.
On June 23, 1920, Mr. Hays was united in marriage with Mrs. Edith V. Desellem, who was born in Madison Township,
Columbiana County, Dec. 2, 1890, the daughter of David and Myrtle (Goodwell) Williams, residents of Madison Township.
Mr. and Mrs. Williams are the parents of eight children, as follows: Mrs. Hays; William, lives in Madison Township,
Columbiana County; Ethel, married Earl Studdraff, lives in Madison Township; Olive, married Thomas Ross, lives
in Wayne Township; Carl, lives in Madison Township; Victor, lives at Lisbon; Marie, married Alex Jenkins, lives
at Wellsville; and George, at home. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Hays: Edith Marie, born March 27,
1921; and Clarence E. Desellem, born Oct. 22, 1923.
Mr. Hays is a Republican, a member of the Bethel Presbyterian Church, and is highly esteemed in the community.
History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Columbiana County, Ohio Biographies
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