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Hayes and McNeill Families Papers

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The Hayes and McNeill families were first joined with the marriage of Sarah Julia McNeil and John Lee Hays in the mid-1800s. In the twentieth century, the majority of the Hayes and McNeill families resided in Wilkes County, North Carolina. Notable members of the families include Judge Johnson Jay Hayes, state legislator James Madison Hayes, Jr., Esquire editor and writer Harold T. P. Hayes, and local businessman Kyle Hayes.