Friday, September 5, 2014

George Washington Hayward (1836 - 1864)

Two of the most interesting tombstones in the Leeper Cemetery in Livingston County, Kentucky are those of George Washington Hayward and his first wife, Martha "Mattie" McCarter.  These tombstones rest under a tree, surrounded by an iron fence.

Front of monument of G.W. Hayward

Reverse side of monument of G.W. Hayward

E.J.H. - initials of Edward J. Hayward (1864-1940),
 who most likely had these monuments erected.

Front of tombstone of Mattie Hayward

Reverse of monument of Mattie Hayward

George Washington Hayward was the son of James Hayward and Sarah Beverly, who left Jefferson County, Kentucky and settled in Smithland, Livingston County. G.W. was not the only member of his family to be involved in the steamboat business. His brother, Napoleon B. Hayward and his brother in law, Nathaniel F. Drew, were both steamboat captains on the Ohio River.

G.W. Hayward married Martha McCarter 31 December 1856 Livingston County, Kentucky and she died 25 July 1857 at the age of 24 years. On 4 November 1863, Hayward married Emma Shelby in Henderson, Kentucky. To this union was born one child, Edward J. Hayward, who was a banker for many years in Marion, Crittenden County. Emma Shelby Hayward died 25 January 1930. Emma, her son, Edward, and other members of his family are buried in Mapleview Cemetery in Marion.

Published 5 September 2014, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

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