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The following is a transcription of a front page article, published in the Manchester Daily Union on March 9, 1905 concerning the death of John Hayes. John Hayes was born November 23, 1819 and is the youngest child of John Hayes and Hanora Leahey of Killarney, Ireland. He is the brother to my great x2 grandfather, Jeremiah Hayes of Manchester, NH. There is so much to write about him, but this article provides a grand overview of things we would never have known about him. The detail is extraordinary

Died at home last evening

John Hayes, leading businessman is no more

Cause was pneumonia

Had been connected with Manchester’s history for over 40 years — was born in Ireland 86 years ago — was a cabinet maker in his youth — his life, a busy one.


John Hayes, for over 40 years one of Manchester’s leading business men and staunch Irish citizens, rightly termed, “the fine old Irish gentleman,” died last evening. Death came to him at his family home, corner of Oak and Harrison streets, at 9:30 o’clock, from an attack of pneumonia, against which he put up a gallant battle. For days, he had been slowly sinking, only his indomitable will and nerve, which had so characterized his whole life work, keeping a hold on life. He was in his 86th year.

He is survived by two sons, Samuel J Hayes of Tampa, Florida and Joseph J Hayes of this city, and several grandsons.

Mr. Hayes belonged to no secret societies, but was one of the oldest members of St. Joseph’s church and an honorary member of the Ancient Order of the Hibernians. When the New Hampshire Catholic club was in existence, he was a prominent worker in that.

He was a man of very career and had among his personal acquaintances many of the best known Irish statesman and workers in the Irish cause. When in the old country he was in close touch with the nobility and once baked “Sally-Luns” for the King of England.

John Hayes was born in Ireland on November 23, 1819, and it was amid these historic surroundings of the Lakes of Killarney that he was reared. his ancestors were all well to do farmers, some of them owning large possessions and cultivating large acres of land. It was here on his father’s farm that he spent his boyhood days, romping the fields in play and turning the sods in work, building that robust constitution and untiring energy which permitted him to be so active in his declining years.

This education was the best that could be given him in those times of oppression by the English nobility. At the age of 10 years he attended the town school at Killarney, but only for about 18 months, as he then entered the employ of his uncle, a cabinetmaker, to learn that trade.

His first carving was on a cabinet which was afterwards presented to Dwarkanath Tagore, the Prince of India, who founded several of the universities in the old country.

After becoming an adept at his trade in getting together a little money by hard work and prudent living he started a baking business in a moderate way in County Kerry. This was in 1846. He was 50 and success followed him. He prospered and his business grew until he owned a large mill and dealt in corn, grain, stock feed and some kinds of agricultural products. He supplied the nobility and the garrisons and was rated as a wealthy man. But his wealth was all in his business property.

Like many men, who have stared success in the face, however, fortune ceased to smile upon him. The seasons of 61, 62 and 63 were wet ones and the crops failed. Mr. Hayes, instead of calling in his loans to the farmers, renewed them, paying interest on the notes and depending upon the future crops to receive his reimbursement. Even with this he would have survived the hard times had he not lost heavily in a gigantic tea swindle. This involved $65,000 and he was not alone, for it was perpetrated on merchants throughout Ireland.


By fine paper and smooth agents, different merchants were induced to purchase large invoices of tea by sample, the goods being left in the custom house in bond. Mr. Hayes released the tea bond and was afterwards informed that the tea was the property of other parties than represented. He declined to give it up and law proceedings were instituted. Sir Colin O’Loughlin was his counsel. The decision was against Mr. Hayes, although it is said that the justice remarked that it pained him greatly to make the decree for he believed that Mr. Hayes had been defrauded.

This swindle ruin Mr. Hayes and when his affairs were settled he had but little to show for his former wealth.

His baking business, until this crash came, was eminently successful. He had carried it on for 18 years watching it grow from a modest industry to one of the largest in the country. His customers included such as the family of Daniel O’Connell, the great Irish statesman.

When Prince Edward, now Edward VII, King of England, was making one of the tours through Ireland, Mr. Hayes prepared some gems, which he called “Sally Luns,” from a very fine flour mill in Paris, and presented them to His Highness at breakfast (a Sally Lunn is a large bun or teacake made with a yeast dough including cream, eggs, and spice, similar to the sweet brioche breads of France.) Although forbidden by general Faulkner, who was in charge of the prince’s tour, to eat anything save that prepared by his own sweet, the dish was so appetizing and so tempting that he broke one of the gems open and ate it. He afterwards commended Mr. Hayes on his cooking and the preparation of the dish.

It was in 1864, that Mr. Hayes decided to come to America and begin his endeavors to build up a fortune a new. Accordingly, he and his family came to New York. His brother was then located in Manchester, and it was this that brought him to the city.

The rebellion was at its height, and he found a ready demand for Baker’s. For several months he was employed by A G Fairbanks at the Soldiers Hospital on the old fairground. The buildings are those which now lie just south of the locomotive works.

For two years following, he was in the grocery business, after which he went into business for himself, opening the wine and liquor store on Concorde Street, under the firm name of John Hayes & Company. His son David M Hayes was associated with him until his death. The old sign was still kept up over the door, and hangs there to this day. There are few places of business that have occupied the same stand for 30 years.

In 1868 he built a house on the corner of Harrison and Polk streets, at the southwest corner of the Amoskeag reservoir. It was then a full half mile from the nearest habitation, but his good judgment and long sightedness was shown again, for this is now the very center of a splendid residential section and his property is a valuable one.

When Mr. Hayes came to Manchester there was but one Catholic Church and but one priest to minister to the faithful. He watched the church grow to its present strength and influence. He too saw the remarkable growth of the city. From a population of about 16,000, when he first came here, it has grown to one of the leading cities in New England, with a population today up nearly 70,000.

In the career of John Hayes, whose life for nearly 40 years is familiar to all of the old residents of Manchester, no one thing stands out so predominantly as the friendship he has enjoyed with the leading men of his nationality. John Hayes by birth was an Irishman, built by heart he was an American. A faithful citizen of his adopted country, no man was ever more anxious or willing to serve her.

He was a hard and earnest worker, and above all prudent. Had he not had so generous a heart, he might have been a wealthy man. He was modest and not assuming. There was no bluster about John Hayes, and for this reason little had been heard of what he had done for his people, for Manchester and for the church. There is in all probability, however, no man in Manchester who was done more in the real charity.

Mr. Hayes was a man of wide acquaintance, not only in Manchester, but in Boston, New York and the old country. He had entertained some of the most prominent men in Ireland’s affairs and history during his time, and many of those he has memorials in the form of their autographs in an album which now lies on his library table, valuable from its associations and from a literary standpoint. Such names as J  O’Donovan Rossa (the so-called Irish dynamiter and a lecturer for the benefit of the land league); John Boyle O’Reilly (Irish-born poet, journalist and fiction writer.), the Reverent Father Abraham Joseph Ryan (the poet priest of the South); Patrick Egan (land reformer and diplomat), Thomas Brennan (Irish Land League) and Charles Stewart Parnell ( Irish nationalist politician and one of the most powerful figures in the British House of Commons in the 1880s).

At one big gathering of the land league in Philadelphia upon Mr. Hayes, who attended, was conferred the honor of escorting the mother of Charles Stuart Parnell to the banquet table.

Nearly all of those noted workers in the Irish cause had been guests in times gone by at Mr. Hayes’s home in the city. His doors always stood wide open to one of his native birth.

Mr Hayes was a personal friend of John Boyle O’Reilly, one of the leading workers in the Irish cause.

He was one of the oldest parishioners of St. Joseph’s parish.

Mr. Hayes was twice married. His first wife was Anna Huggard, whom he married in the old country. To them, six children were born, two daughters, Mary and Anna, who died in childhood, and four sons, the late John J, state senator from Massachusetts; Samuel J of Tampa, Florida, David M, who for so many years associated with him in business and Joseph J, who was still alive and resides here. His wife died October 2, 1877.

In 1881, he married Annie M Tynan of Baltimore, a sister of Mary G Tynan, principal of the Pearl Street school. She died in May, 1892. Since her death and at her request, her sister has lived at the Hayes home and care for Mr. Hayes until the last. Ms. Tynan has been a Manchester school teacher for about 15 years.

Jim Hayes highlights the current state of affairs and the need for a coherent response. Is there a singular answer to our problems? He encourages us to look to the power of education and younger generations to respond to our most pressing issues.

The other day I received a notice that my subscription had expired. is generally a large newspaper collection, but they have other related content too.  As this is a website I use often, I decided to renew it.

I am not sure why I chose my great x2 grandfather as the subject of my test search after renewing, but I did. His name was Jeremiah Hayes and he had settled in Manchester, New Hampshire after leaving Ireland at a young age and stopping over in England for a handful of years.  While living in England, he was married to Catherine / Margaret Ahern and had two children… John J Hayes (my great x1 grandfather) and William M Hayes.

I have been able to find birth records for his children in England as well as tracking him through Manchester for more than a decade using additional birth records of children born in the United States, census records and Manchester City Directories.  According to numerous records, he was “grocer”.  But then his trail went cold in 1869 when he last appears in the City Directory.  Two years later, Catherine, his wife,  appears in the City Directory as his widow, but still running a “grocer” business.  This pretty much told me that he had died Circa 1870… but where, how and when?

I have been looking for proof of his death since I started researching the Hayes family many years ago. The death records in the Manchester, New Hampshire area, are quite extensive and available on multiple websites. I have searched through them numerous times, trying many different strategies that included variables on the spelling of his last name, but turned up nothing.

He also does not appear in the burial database of St Joseph’s Cemetery in Manchester where his son and many other relatives were buried.

So, last week, when I renewed my subscription to, he was the first person I searched for.  An BOOM!  There is was… The seventh item in the list of search results.


This turned out to be a detailed obituary and funeral description.  The obituary tells me when he was born and where. It also tells me where he died and when…. Boston.  The only odd thing missing from the obituary was the name of his wife and children.  Odd, but not suspicious of any problem there.

Jeremiah Hayes Obit

So based on his obituary, we know that our Hayes family name comes from Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland.  His obituary certainly makes him sound like a hard working, well respected man.  Pretty cool!

Jeremiah Hayes FuneralJeremiah Hayes Burial

Two more articles about his funeral tell us about his burial at St Joseph’s Cemetery.  It appears, over 300 people were in attendance.  Pretty impressive.

And now for the sad news. After discovering he died in Boston, I was able to find his death record in Massachusetts records.

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Jeremiah Hayes (Hays) died in City Hospital on May 7, 1869 of Disease of the Liver (Cirrhosis) and “Drunkeness”.

How sad.  After reading how well respected he was, this was a bit of a let down.  But then again, times were tough back then, and our family line survived.  Jeremiah successfully immigrated to the United States and established a family here.  There is something to be said for that.  Many were not as fortunate.

So.. why did these articles suddenly appear?  These websites are constantly adding new content.  They probably just recently added some new content from the Manchester, NH newspapers.  So the lesson is… you need to keep trying… don’t give up.  There is so much more content out there that is yet to be indexed.

By the way… I already new his father’s name was John from his marriage record in England.  But I did not know that is Mom’s name was Hanorah.  Guess what I discovered when I plugged those names into the search… more to come on that later.

Jonathan J Foley, Sr, – Saturday afternoon, March 4, 1967, at a local infirmary. Survived by son, Jonathan J Foley, Jr; granddaughter Ms. Betty Foley; grandson Jonathan J Foley III. Remains are at the Chapel of Martin’s and Bracey-Walsh, 209 Louise Ave. where services will be held Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Conducted by Rev. Robert S Hayden. Interment Woodlawn. Pallbearers announced later. Martins & Bracey=Welsh Inc., 209 Louise Ave. 291-0610

Nashville Tennessean
05 Mar. 1967


Jonathan J Foley III, a businessman from Atlanta, died of heart failure Friday at the Nashville home of his mother, Harriet Foley.

A private memorial service will be held at St. George’s Episcopal Church.

Mr. Foley graduated from Montgomery Bell Academy and Mercer University, where he was president of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

He attended graduate school at the University of Tennessee, Nashville, studying business law and finance. Mr. Foley worked here for his father’s law firm, Foley and Weiss, and Third National Mortgage company before moving to Atlanta.

He was the founder and president of American National Financial Inc., in Atlanta.

In addition to his mother, survivors include his son Jonathan (Jay) Foley IV and Mitchell Foley, and a sister, Betty Wentworth. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Owen Christopher Foley, and his father J. J. Foley Jr.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Foundation or Montgomery Bell Academy.


Saturday morning, December 28, 1963, at her residence, 1618 Stokes Ln., Mrs. Mary Agnes Foley, widow of the late John Joseph Foley. She is survived by one son, Jonathan J Foley; one grandson, Jonathan J Foley J; two great grandchildren, Betty Bruce Foley and Jonathan J Foley three, all of Nashville; several nieces and nephews. Her remains are at Martin’s, 209 Louise Ave., funeral Monday morning, December 30, 1963, leaving at 9 o’clock for Requiem High Mass at Christ the King Church, at 9:30 o’clock. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. Nolan Wright, Merrill R Stone Jr, Charles E Lepley,A. D. Boensch, Walter Bracey Jr, William Day, Julian Taylor, and Albert Valiquette will serve as pallbearers. The Rosary will be recited Sunday evening at 730 o’clock. Martins, 209 Louise Ave.


Nashville Tennessean
30 Dec. 1963


Prominent Nashville attorney Jonathan (Jack) Foley, 75, died Saturday morning after a long illness.

Services for Mr. Foley are scheduled for 11 AM tomorrow at St. George’s Episcopal Church

Mr. Foley practice law in Nashville for 40 years, until his retirement in  1989. He was a senior partner in the Foley and Weiss law firm and former president of Tennessee title lawyers Association.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, who moved to Nashville in early childhood, Mr. Foley attended Montgomery University. He was then commissioned an Officer in the U.S. Navy and saw firsthand the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

He served throughout World War II in the Pacific and was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds received in combat and a Presidential Citation for bravery for his duty in battle on the USS San Francisco.

After the war, Mr. Foley was discharged with the rank of Commander and attended Vanderbilt Law School. He joined the Naval Reserve as a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, the Navy’s legal branch.

Mr. Foley served as a President of the Tennessee Council of Navy Leagues before he retired from the Reserves in 1979.

He was also an avid sportsman who founded the Middle Tennessee Field Trial Association and served as a president of the group.

Mr. Foley was a member of St. George’s Episcopal Church and was an active volunteer for St. Luke’s Community Center.

Survivors include his wife, Harriet, a daughter, Betty Wentworth, Nashville; a son, Jonathan Joseph Foley III, Atlanta; five grandchildren and two step grandchildren.

Visitation is 10 AM to 11 AM tomorrow at St. George’s Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels at St. Luke’s Community Center.





Jeremiah D Sheehan was born March 17, 1827 in County Kerry, Ireland.  According to immigration records Jeremiah arrived in Boston on June 7, 1846 and applied for naturalization on January 18, 1859.  He was married to Mary Sullivan, who was born circa 1829 in Ireland. There is no indication as to whether they were married before or after his immigration to America, although “after” seems more likely.

Around 1860, Jeremiah had moved his family from the outskirts of Manchester into the main city.  Over the next few decades, they lived in several houses in Manchester.

  • 1860:  6 Johnson’s Block
  • 1864 – 1866:   4 Mitchell’s Block
  • 1871 – 1875:  5 Merrimack (opposite the square)
  • 1873:  Rear of 44 Merrimack
  • 1875:   62 Auburn Street, Manchester, NH
  • 1877 – 1886:   62 Auburn Street, Manchester, NH
  • 1886 – 1891:  186 Auburn Street, Manchester, NH

Jeremiah D Sheehan was a proud member of several New Hampshire Volunteer Regiments during the civil war. He enlisted as a Private on 25 July 1861 at the age of 38.  His grave proudly indicates that he was a member of Co. K of the10th Regiment of the New Hampshire Volunteers. His Civil War history is as follows:

  • Enlisted in Company C, 3rd Infantry Regiment New Hampshire on 23 Aug 1861.
  • Received a disability discharge from Company C, 3rd Infantry Regiment New Hampshire on 19 Oct 1861 at Annapolis, MD.
  • Enlisted in Company K, 10th Infantry Regiment New Hampshire on 5 Sep 1862.
  • Received a disability discharge from Company K, 10th Infantry Regiment New Hampshire on 28 Apr 1863.
  • Enlisted in Company C, 11th Regiment U.S. Veteran Reserve Corps on 4 Jan 1864.
  • Received a final disability discharge from Company C, 11th Regiment U.S. Veteran Reserve Corps on 2 Dec 1864 at Point Lookout, MD.

In August of 1870, Jeremiah was treated at the U.S. National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Kennebec, Maine for his hernia that he developed during the Civil War.  It is not known how long he remained there.

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Abt. Tuesday, September 8th, 1906
Either, Manchester Union or The Ledger

Unconscious At His Post

John J Hayes Was Stricken With Apoplexy and Died

John J Hayes, a nightwatchman in the stocking mill in Amoskeag was found unconscious in the mill at 1 o’clock Monday morning, and died at 9 o’clock. The cause of the death was an apoplectic shock. Mr. Hayes was as well as ever on Sunday. He attended church as usual, at St. Patrick’s, and went to his work, apparently in good health.

Mr. Hayes was formally one of the most popular men of the South End. He was a graduate of the old Park Street school, and Bryant & Stratton Business College, and years ago was a principal of a night school.

He was a native of England and was 54 years of age. He lived at 35 Front St., Amoskeag. Mrs. Hayes survives him, and other survivors are a son, Jeremiah Hayes; and a daughter, Jenny Hayes, both of this city.


John J Hayes Found Unconscious

Thursday, May 10, 1906
Manchester Union
Page 4

John J Hayes

The funeral service of John J Hayes was held at St. Patrick’s Church on Wednesday morning, the Rev. Father Matthew Kramer celebrating a high mass of Requiem at 830 o’clock, assisted by the church choir. Interment was at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, where Father Creamer read the last prayers. Kean & Sheehan were the undertakers. J Arthur Kennedy was the Funeral Director, and the pallbearers were Patrick J Flynn, William J Kennedy, Michael Connor, Thomas Fahey and John F Sullivan.

In attendance from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. H A Fenner, Ms. Jenny Kelty and Mrs. Margaret Flynn of Providence Rhode Island; William H Hickey of Boston, and Mr. and Mrs. RH Hickey of Fitchburg, Mass.

The flowers were as follows: Pillow “Papa.” family; wreath of galax, Bert and Ella Tenner of Providence, R. I.; Standing wreath, “sleep” on base, Mr. and Mrs. John F Sullivan; standing crescent, “John,” an old-time friend, P J. Flynn; crescent, Joseph J Hayes; pinks, Walter S Holt; cut flowers, neighbors; pinks, William Burke and family; pinks, S. L. Flanders and family; standing cross, “rest,” and pinks, Manchester Stocking Company; pinks, Henry Dinnan and family; pinks, Nelllie Kilty; spiritual bouquet, Minnie McCarthy.


John J Hayes Obituary