Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Jewell Louetta Ann Hays

My Grandma Jewell  was a keeper of scrapbooks.  She is the reason I started blogging in the first place. She kept stacks of scrapbooks of anything she thought was pretty or interesting- old calendars, price tags, notes, letters.  She gave them to me as a young woman because she knew I had a love of the same thing.  I still have them and they are tattered and torn.

Jewell Louetta Ann Hayes born August 18, 1905 in Macomb, Missouri.  Daughter of Laura Jane Bennett and Andrew Hays.

Circa 1910

Circa 1915
Jewell and sister Goldie

Grandma Jewell's mother died when she was 14 years old. She raised her three younger sisters, her father never remarried.

She tells a story that needs to be written for a remberance.  After her Mothers funeral Grandma tells of arriving back at their farm and in the living room on the wall (the whole area of the wall) was a very large handprint.  She tried to find out where it was coming from, told her father and they moved everything in the room--every coal oil lamp-shut the curtains and it did not move.  The even tried washing the wall down.   It remained there for one week and then faded away. Her father told her it was her Mothers angel protecting them since the girls were so young.

Grandma did all of the cooking of the meals and cleaning of the home, doing the laundry while their father  worked  the farm. He did not hire anyone to come in and help.

Some pics of Grandma Jewell and her guitar. Don't know if this is her sister Bertha or Dorothy with her playing the banjo.

Jewell married Alva Raney on July 18, 1925 in  Fairfax, Oklahoma. 

The Family Register


  1. Great start to a wonderful genealogy sis. Love you Debbie

  2. Thank you for commenting over on my blog. This is one of the reasons I write, so we won't forget. So my children will know what I know and remember.

  3. A wonderful beginning and a perfect person in your Grandmother Jewell to open your Ancestry Blog. I'm pleased to have been an inspiration in your getting your Family story told. I know this will be a special place for your family.
    All My Best,

  4. Great to run into your blog. I have been researching the Hays family for a couple years. I found interesting your information on Laura Bennett Hays and her husband Andrew. I'm descended thru Andrew's sister Mary Isabelle Hays Findley.

    I am trying to connect the Hays children to their father, James Mortimer Hays, Jr. on findagrave.com http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Hays&GSiman=1&GScid=8414&GRid=115498395& Andrew Hays is one of James children. Would you happen to know where Andrew was buried? I know he died in CA. And do you know his full name? I have him as Drury Andrew Hays. And would you be opposed to copying your pictures to the family tree in Ancestry.com?

    Also, here is a link of someone who has started a Ancestry.com project on the Hays family of Whitley county Kentucky. http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/RSVP.aspx?dat=MjQ0NTE2NjM7OzAwMzg4NDJmLTAwMDEtMDAwMC0wMDAwLTAwMDAwMDAwMDAwMDtjbG91ZGxlc3NkYXk5MTFAeWFob28uY29tOzMyNzc1&mac=zvycezQT%20r71adBEg4F9DQ==