My James Hayner was born about 1750 place unknown. The very first records we have of him are in 1806 in Kentucky and he is then in every census from 1810 through 1840 and died at almost 100 years old in 1849 all in Washington Co., Kentucky.I am unable to locate him in 1790 or 1800 censuses.
I have found a James Hayner listed in a book called "Loyalists in the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution."He is on a muster roll of NY Volunteers, Captain William Gray's company, commanded by Lt. Col. George Turnbull in Feb and April 1781.
Through DNA testing I know this James Hayner's line is closely connected to the larger Hayner family in NY, therefore I suspect he may have been born there.There is also some evidence that he was in the Carolinas before coming to Kentucky but it is sketchy.
Because the years before Kentucky (from birth 1750 until 1806) are totally missing, and because I understand that ex-Loyalists many times tried to hide their past, I am wondering if my James may have been a Loyalist.Can anyone help me find out what the men who were in Captain Gray's company in February thru April 1781 did, where they went, are there other documents relating to them such as some kind of enlistement papers where they would list next of kin, or some kind of papers where they were prosecuted or their property taken away after the war?
I would also just be interested in knowing the battles that this particular company fought in.Thanks!