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Biography of Cyrus W. Hayward

Hayward, Cyrus W. - A continuous and permanent resident of Ladore township, Neosho county, since 1885, is C. W. Hayward whose name heads this article. He is one of the esteemed and prosperous citizens of his locality and was born in Upper Alton, Madison county, Illinois, January 1, 1842. His father, Cyrus T. Hayward, was a native of Massachusetts and was a son of Ansel Hayward who was a pattern maker for Ames, the celebrated shovel maker of the Old Bay state. Cyrus T. Hayward married Elizabeth Olmstead and, about 1840, came west to Illinois and settled in Madison county where, in Alton, he worked at his trade of cabinet maker. He lost his wife by death in 1855 but himself survives in Macoupin county, Illinois, at the age of eighty-seven years. He married Mary A. Johnson for his second wife and by each marriage he was the father of eight children. Of the first family of children four survive, viz., William O., Cyrus W., Caroline and Jane S., and of the second family the living are Lillian O., Herbert M., Mary E., and Horace.

The subject of this notice was reared in Madison and Macoupin counties, Illinois, and made his home with his parents till his enlistment in the army for service in the war of the rebellion. December 30, 1863, he joined Company F, Twelfth Illinois cavalry and served along the Mississippi river to New Orleans, helped capture Fort Donelson, fought guerrilla bands in Tennessee, and went with General Banks' army on its expedition up Red River. The regiment was at Memphis, Tennessee, when the war was declared over but it was ordered up Red River again, this time under command of General Custer. At Alexandria, Louisiana, the command started across the country for San Antonio, Texas, but was detained somewhat at Houston where Mr. Hayward's regiment, which was commanded by Col. Davis, of Chicago, defied the orders of General Custer, who had tied some of the Twelfth Illinois up by the thumbs as a punishment for misdeeds, and released the men and thus earned the displeasure of their somewhat inhuman commander. When the expedition again started this regiment was left behind with General Gregory in command of the post. The latter officer made a detail to escort him about over the state of Texas, and Mr. Hayward, being a sergeant, was placed in command of this detail. A year was spent in this kind of service in the state and in May, 1866, the regiment was ordered to Springfield, Illinois, to be discharged, which order was carried into effect on the 29th of the same month. While in the service Mr. Hayward lost the sight of one eye as a result of the measles for which injury he draws a pension of $17 a month.

As an officer General Custer achieved the reputation, in this instance, of being most cruel and brutal. He seemed to have little sympathy with the common soldier and punishment was meted out to them greatly in excess of that merited by offense. Of two men whom our subject saw condemned to be shot by the General one was released at the last moment and the other paid the penalty with his life.

August 18, 1866, Mr. Hayward married Mary Ann O'Dell, born in Jersey county, Illinois, on the 2nd of April, 1848. In 1873 he made his first move to Kansas, settling near Wichita where he built a "dugout" and began the work of improving a claim. One year of this experience sufficed to discourage the couple in their new home and they returned to civilization in Illinois. In 1885 they returned to Kansas again and this time settled in Neosho county, eight miles north of Parsons where they are comfortably situated on their farm of two hundred acres, well improved, well stocked and well tilled. Mr. and Mrs. Hayward's family numbers seven children, as follows. Eva Leona, wife of John F. Maupin, of Parsons, Kansas, with one surviving child; Arthur E. and Rosa May, both deceased; Artemus Ward, who married Telvia A. Hixon and has two children; Elmer L., deceased; and Minnie E. and Fannie Adelia. Mrs. Hayward's parents were John and Frances A. (Metcalf) Odell. The father died in 1880 and the mother resides with her daughter Mary. The Odell children were Mary A., William P., Richard W., Thomas N., Luella J. and Martha S. Mr. Hayward started in life $1500 in debt, has drunk all the "ups and downs" of life and has come out on the right side at last.

[Source: History of Neosho and Wilson Counties, Kansas, Pub. by L. Wallace Duncan, Fort Scott, Kansas, Monitor Printing Co., 1902; transcribed by Vicki Bryan]