David Hayes m Lydia Merrill 23 January 1782

David Hayes (sometimes written Hase) was born in 1756, the son on Samuel Liberty and Sarah (Robards) Hayes, in Danbury, CT.  David came to Hanover by boat on the river, and used to go to Charleston to mill. He settled on what is now called Hayes hill.

His Revolutionary War pension record shows that David enlisted in the army in May, 1776 at Royalton VT, and served about six months.  He was “employed in building a fort, and scouting”. The record does not name the fort.  David reenlisted in the New Hampshire militia in November and served another two months. The record says he went from Hanover to Ticonderoga.  In May 1777, he enlisted again in the New Hampshire militia, and marched from Hanover to Ticonderoga, and was stationed at Mount Independence, serving another two months there.   He was discharged shortly before Fort Ticonderoga was evacuated.  David’s pension was $25.55 per year. 

Lydia Merrill was born 6 January 1763 in Hampstead, NH, the daughter of Nathaniel and Anna (Gile) Merrill.  David and Lydia were married 23 Jan 1782 in Hanover NH. 

The Hanover Town Records indicate that David was an active member of the community:

March 11, 1788 voted that David Hase would be paid for one hundredweight of flour delivered to said militia.

March 10, 1789 sworn to office of Tithingman.  The job of the tithingman “to present the names of all single persons that live under family government, stubborn and disorderly children & servants, night walkers, typlers, saboath breakers, by night or by day, & such as absent themselves from the public worship of God on the Lords dayes, or whatever the course or practise of any person or persons whatsoeuer tending to debauchery, irreligion, prophaness, & atheisme among us, wherein by omission of family government, nurture, & religious duties, & instruction of children & servants, or idleness, profligat, uncivill, or rude practises of any sort.”  If such person was fined, the tithingman would collect a percentage of the fines. 

May 18, 1790 voted to allow Mr. David Hayes acc for moving Mrs. Cleaveland to Mr. Heaton

March 10, 1795 David Hayse sworn in as surveyor of highways, a person who was given the authority to “call out every Teeme and person fitt for labour, in their course, one day every yeare, to mend said highwayes wherein they are to have a spetiall to those Common wayes which are betwixt Towne and Towne.” This provided the main source of workers for road and bridge construction. 

March 14 1797 appointed Tythingman

1803 selected to serve as hog reeve.  Hogs were usually supposed to be yoked (wear collars) and have rings in their noses, which reduced the amount of damage they could do to gardens and crops by rooting. This was not a minor concern, because this food was necessary for human survival. If the owner of a hog had not ‘rung’ and ‘yoked’ their hogs, and they got loose and became a nuisance in the community, one or more of the men assigned as Hog Reeve would be responsible for capturing the animal and performing the necessary chore for the owner; who could legally be charged a small fee for the service.  “Reeve” derives from the same root as the “riff” in sheriff, and a hog reeve rounded up stray hogs. He turned them over to the pound keeper, who fed them until claimed by the owner, who paid set fees.  David was selected for this position again on 13 March 1810 and 8 March 1814. 

David and Lydia had eight children.  Lydia died 15 Aug 1802.  David married Martha (last name unknown), and she died 17 June 1833, age 67.  David died Aug 5, 1834, and all three are buried at Hanover Center, NH.


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