HAYES FAMILY HISTORY
Last Revised May 30, 2010
Richard Hayes Phillips, Ph.D.
Grandson of Estella Hayes
Great-Grandson of Michael Hayes
Estella Hayes was my maternal grandmother. Born in Colton, New York on
30 November 1890, she was the only child of Michael Hayes and Harriett Salls.
A graduate of the Potsdam Normal School, she taught at the High Flats school
and the Colton school. After that she accepted a teaching position in
Atlantic City, New Jersey, where she met Louis Lee Sharrock, whom she married
in about 1915. His lineage is presented in a separate study. HERE
According to family tradition, Estella Hayes ran away from home, seeking a
new life. She had a second cousin in Atlantic City – Anna Hayes, daughter of
James D. and Ellen Hayes of Colton, New York, granddaughter of Daniel and
Catharine Hayes. The probate records for Ellen Hayes, who died 12 February
1917, list Atlantic City as the residence of her daughter Anna.
After their wedding, Estella taught school almost everywhere they moved – in
Birmingham, Alabama; Augusta, Maine; and Kittery Point, Maine. Late in 1937
they moved to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where Estella died on 11 April 1938
after a brief illness. She is buried in Pleasant Mound Cemetery, Colton, New
York, with her parents. Obituaries were published in the Watertown Daily
Times (13 April 1938) and the Potsdam Courier-Freeman (20 April 1938).
Louis Lee Sharrock and Estella Hayes had two daughters: Shirley Jane, my
mother (born 23 August 1924, Ogdensburg, New York; married Robert Arthur
Phillips, 10 July 1948, Colton, New York; died 22 August 2000, Schenectady,
New York); and Sally Ann, my aunt, born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, twice
married (to Peter Osborne Garner and to Cornelius Moynihan), who survives.
Michael Hayes was born on 26 September 1867 in Colton, New York, the fifth
child and third son of Cornelius Hayes and Honora Hourihan, both natives of
Ireland. Michael Hayes was married on 25 December 1889 in Pierrepont, New
York to Harriet Salls. Her lineage is presented in a separate study. HERE
Note: According to the 1900 United States census, Honora Hayes gave birth
to twelve children, only six of whom survived.
According to family tradition, Michael was disowned by his family for not
having married an Irish Catholic. His own mother refused to sign the wedding
guest register. Michael thereafter denied being related to others named
Hayes in Colton and South Colton, but census records and obituaries prove
that he had two brothers and three sisters (see below). For many years,
Michael was owner and proprietor of the Island House, later known as the
Michael Hayes Hotel, in the village of Colton. Here were located his barber
shop, and a tavern of which the Salls family, being Wesleyan Methodists,
disapproved. Michael was the Democratic Party Chairman for the Village of
Colton for many years. Harriett died on 24 April 1951 in Colton, at the home
of her niece, Mrs. Bernard McCarthy (the former Beulah McEwen). Michael died
on 10 June 1957 in Canton, New York, at a nursing home into which he had
moved in 1955. His obituary was published in the Watertown Daily Times.