Francis Marion Hays (known as Marion) was born, raised and lived in Raccoon Township, Marion County, Illinois. He is buried at Mt Moriah Cemetery in Marion County, Illinois. His grandfather was Samuel Hays who was born in Virginia, lived in Tennessee and for a short time in Alabama. Marion's father was Stephen Decatur Hays who was born in Tennessee, but lived his life in Illinois also. Fancis Marion Hays was my great-grandfather.