(Following are Sections VI and VII of a genealogy of actor Gabby Hayes' family that has been posted to the Hayes Family Genealogy Forum.)
Olive E. Ireland, wife of actor George "Gabby" Hayes, was the youngest child of John and Emma (Corson) Ireland of Bridgeton, Cumberland Co, New Jersey. John was born Jun 1848 NJ. In 1900 his occupation was glass finisher. He married in Cumberland Co NJ on 9 Mar 1868 Emma Corson, born 15 May 1851. (See "300 Years with the Corson Families in America", Vol. II, page 125.)
John and Emma were the parents of seven children, five of whom were living in 1900. The names of six children were Wilhelmina, Edward, Oscar, Adolphus, Burley(?) and Olive Ireland.
1. Wilhelmina B. Ireland, b 11 Dec 1869 NJ, d 15 Mar 1959 Los Angeles CA, married Christoph Laich, b ca 1862 NJ, and had a daughter, Katherine Laich, b 1910, d 1992 North Hollywood CA apparently unmarried.
2. Edward Ireland, b Jul 1871 NJ, married Ellen or Ella and had children Myrtle b Dec 1895, Wilhelmina b Feb 1898, John E. and Ella Ireland.
3. Oscar H. Ireland, b Dec 1872 NJ, m Maude ----. There were no children in their household in the 1920 Cumberland Co census.
4. Adolphus Ireland, b ca 1877 NJ
5. (Berlin? R., "Burley"?) Ireland, b Dec 1883 NJ (Name difficult to decipher on 1910 and 1920 censuses.)
6. Olive E. Ireland (1892-1957), m 4 Mar 1914 George F. Hayes. =============================================
VII.OLIVE E. "DOT" IRELAND, WIFE OF GEORGE "GABBY" HAYES
Olive E. Ireland was born 4 Sep 1892 in New Jersey, probably in Bridgeton, Cumberland County. She died 5 Jul 1957 in Los Angeles Co CA and was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills. In her late teens she was a salesgirl in a dry goods store in Bridgeton. Not long after that she went into show business.[I haven't been able to verifyreports that she took the stage name of Dorothy Earle.Apparently another performer used the same name around the same time or later.]
Olive met George Hayes when they worked in the same touring company. She was a dancer as well as an actress and performed in the Ziegfeld Follies, according to nephew Clark Hayes, Jr.He said she was called "Aunt Dot" by the Hayes side of the family and "Aunt Olive" by the Ireland side.
Olive and George were married on 4 Mar 1914.She was 21 and he was 27. Sometime after that she gave up her show business career, but helped supplement their income by working in a five-and-dime store.According to George, her advice was immensely helpful in his career.He said she told him the stage was no longer the place for him and urged him to concentrate his efforts on talking pictures. He had tried his hand at silent pictures earlier, but had returned to the stage.
In 1928 they made the decision to sell their Long Island home and move to California.
George would have been content to stay in California and enjoy the fruits of his movie success, but in 1950 Olive urged him to accept the offer of his own television show in New York at a salary of $125,000 a year.He said, "My wife talked me into it.When it comes to knowing just what's best for me, my wife is the darndest woman you ever saw. She's psychic."
California was a long way from Olive's family at Bridgeton NJ, so it may have been at her urging that her widowed sister, Wilhelmina Laich, and niece, Katherine Laich, moved to Los Angeles.
George honored his wife by making a personal appearance at an event in Bridgeton in the early 1950's.They were together for 43 years, until her death in 1957 at the age of 65.