On 5 Oct 1861, J M Hays joined the Confederate Army and stated that he was 19 years old.
Jessie Hays paid taxes in Parker County, Texas in 1877.
In the 1867 Titus County, Texas Voter Registration files, J M Hays said that he was from Alabama, that he had been in Texas 10 years, that he had been in Titus County 6 years.
The 1900 Ellis County, Texas census lists J M Hays, Robert Hays, and Birdie Hays living with the C P Biggs family. They are listed as the father, brother, and sister of R B Biggs. It lists Jessie as being born in Alabama.
The 1910 Ellis County, Texas census lists Jessie Hays living with son Robert L Hays and his family. It lists Jessie as being born in Texas.