|Family Farm in Bonnie, IL|
Just a few weeks ago, for some reason I was looking at my father's ancestry, in particular his 3x great-grandfather Gilbert Hayes (Hayse) and bells started going off in my head!!! I opened up my photo program and sure enough, there was a picture of his headstone in Cubb Prairie Cemetery. My mouth just fell open in shock that I had been standing there in front of that grave and didn't even realize who that was! I have researched every cemetery in Jefferson County using the local genealogical society website and somehow have missed that. It just goes to show that you never know what you will find!
Now for a little background history - Gilbert Hayes born about 1783 North Carolina, married to Frances A. (unknown), came to Jefferson County, Ill from Rutherford County, TN with his wife and family sometime between 1840 and 1850. His son John, was the father of my civil war great-great-grandfather George Washington Hayes who I discussed in a previous post. Gilbert Hayse died 15 May 1854. I can't wait to go back to Illinois next summer and take another look at that cemetery!