Bible Records of The Family of Robert Samuel Hayward and Martha Gates Hayward

(Hayward Family Bible now in possession of daughter, Mrs. Charles Abner, nee Miss Sara Louise Hayward.)


R. S. Hayward of Coldwater, Mississippi
Miss Martha Gates of Marks, Mississippi
were united by me in Bonds of Holy Matrimony
at Marks Baptist Church on 24 day of November 1909.
—-Rev. Tom Tomlinson”

Family Record

R. S. Hayward, born Coldwater, Mississippi, November 8, 1869, married November 24, 1909.

Martha Gates Hayward, born Jonestown, Mississippi, November 8, 1875, married November 24, 1909, died March 22, 1993.

Sara Louise Hayward, born Ebony, Arkansas, September 10, 1910.     Married May 7, 1942.

Mildred Hayward, born Belen, Mississippi, December 13, 1911.  Married February 2, 1943.

Elizabeth Hayward, born Jonestown, Mississippi, October 20, 1913.  Married December 1, 1941.

Marina Gates Hayward, born Jonestown, Mississippi, January 22, 1916.  Married June 4, 1936.

Barbara Sue Magee, born Batesville, Mississippi, August 23, 1939.

Martha Leone Magee, born Batesville, Mississippi, October 9, 1941.

Charlene Magee, born Batesville, Mississippi, February 16, 1944.

Mary Frances Harmon, born Batesville, Mississippi, October 17, 1943.


Marina Gates Hayward to Rupert Magee on June 4, 1936.

Elizabeth Hayward to Irvin W. West on December 1, 1941.

Sara Louise Hayward to C. B. Abner on May 7, 1942.

Mildred Hayward to Russell Harmon on February 3, 1943.


On May 28, 1918, Mary Aileen Watkins, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Watkins died.  She was 1 year, 8 months, 14 days old.
“She leaves a mother, father and one little brother.”

January 20, 1920, Mrs. Marina V. Pittman — member of Baptist Church.
Funeral Services by W. O. Blount — (mentions devoted children, gives no names.

Clarksdale, Mississippi, May 14
Mrs. W. M. Watkins ill for 3 years.  Funeral took place family residence on School Street.  In bed 3 months.  Survived by husband and 11 year old son, W. M., Jr.  Besides these, she leaves Luther Gates, of Marks and Frank Gates of Arkansas, brothers and Mrs. Robert Samuel Hayward, Marks, a sister.  She was born in Quitman County near Belen.  She had made her home in Clarksdale for the past 11 years.


Sara Louise Hayward married Sergeant Charles Abner, son of Mrs. Nancy Barger of Sauls, Kentucky.  The wedding was at Sanford, Florida.  Bride graduate Marks High School and Sergeant Abner is a machine gunner in Army Air Corps and stationed at Orlando, Florida.

Elizabeth Hayward became bride of Mr. Irving W. West, home of parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Samuel Hayward, December 1 — Sister, Mildred, only attendant.  Carried lace handkerchief which was carried 69 years ago by her grandmother.  Has been living in Marks since early childhood.  Groom is son of Mrs. Elizabeth West, is a machine gunner in the Air Corps stationed at Orlando, Florida.


Cemetery and Bible Records of Quitman County, Mississippi, 1945-1951, James Gilliam Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution

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