2th g-grandfather, John Willis Hays II (Hayes) (1834 - 1901) left journal of his life. His father, Dr John Willis Hays, died months before his birth. His mother moved from Halifax County, Virginia to Enfield and Granville Co, North Carolina. All he knows of his family is the little his mother told him.
He mentioned his father's brother, James, who went to Tennessee. His father's brother, Clayton, who was with Dr. Hays in Halifax but eventually went to Texas.
I researched "Willis" and "Clayton" surnames. James Hays-1197 married Elizabeth Clayton-971. Her mother was Elizabeth Willis-1046. They had many children including a John (b 1785), Clayton (b 1796) and James (b 1788)
Could this be my Hays family? Any DNA test available? Thanks in advance!