Thomas Hayward

23 September 1702–12 February 1789 (Age 86)
West Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Thomas

When Thomas Hayward was born on 23 September 1702, in West Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Joseph Hayward, was 32 and his mother, Mehitable Dunham, was 33. He married Constant Keith in 1728, in Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. He died on 12 February 1789, at the age of 86, and was buried in Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States.

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Thomas Hayward
Constant Keith
Marriage: 1728
Amos Hayward
John Hayward
Eliab Hayward
Robert Hayward
Mehetable Hayward

Spouse and Children

Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States


    Amos Hayward


    John Hayward


    Eliab Hayward



    Mehetable Hayward


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+4 More Children

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Age 74

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 74

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""

Name Meaning

English: occupational name for an official who was responsible for protecting land or enclosed forest from damage by animals, poachers, or vandals, from Middle English hay ‘enclosure’ ( see Hay 1) + ward ‘guardian’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Thomas Hayward, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001;
  • Thomas Hayward in entry for Amos Hayward, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"

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