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Enos and Columbia Corley Hayhurst Family

Updated November 6, 2005

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The First Annual Enos and Columbia Corley Hayhurst Family Reunion was held on Sunday, June 27, 2004 at the residence of James Wishart Hayhurst and Carol Simmons Hayhurst. Approximately 73 family members were in attendance. Games, Food and visiting were the main items of business.

Our family name, Hayhurst, is Anglo-Saxon-Jutish and as many as nineteen different spellings of the name can be found in early English records between 1598 and 1695. Hay was a Saxon name meaning Hedge, and Hurst is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word “hyrst” which means wood or grove. Burial of some of our direct ancestors, Cuthbert Hayhurst’s parents and other family members is at the Slaidburn Churchyard in York County, England.

Born to John and Margaret Hayhurst on the “Old Home Place" Enos Hayhurst was raised about five miles outside of Fairmont on a very little used rural road near Brunner’s ridge. The homestead is on a very rocky piece of land about a mile from Mount Nebo Church. He was the only son to survive infancy. His parents had 9 children , but only four survived to adulthood. Life was very basic and hard in those out of the way rural areas in the 1870’s and 1880’s.

Enos and Columbia Bell Corley Hayhurst, came to Antrim, Ohio from Fairmont, West Virginia in the year of 1905. Enos Hayhurst said he married the only person in the Fairmont area that was not related to his family so he moved to Ohio to avoid his children marrying someone who was related to them. Enos and Columbia brought with them their young son, Lester Allen Middleton John, Enos' parents, John and Margaret Hayhurst, his sister, Elva Hayhurst, and his sister Olive Hayhurst, her husband Thomas Wesley Hayhurst and their children, John, Pearl and Margaret Jane. They settled in the Antrim area and bought two farms. Both Enos Hayhurst and Columbia Bell Corley attended West Virginia State Normal College (where they met) and were teachers. My grandfather had another sister, Delphia Hayhurst Herndon Phillips, who stayed in the Fairmont, West Virginia area and raised her family/s there.

The original farm they settled on in the Antrim area was the 116 acre farm in Londonderry on township road #33 last owned by Perry Hayhurst. John and Margaret Hayhurst with their daughter Elva settled on this farm and Enos and Columbia with their small son Lester stayed there in a small 2 room house on the property that was later moved to the original house and attached to it. The original structure was thought to be a school house before being turned into a residence. Elsie Woodburn who with her husband Howard bought half the farm told us she was born over on the hillside in the two room house that was later attached to the main structure. There was also a race track on the flat above the house that apparently saw quite a bit of use in the early years but the Hayhurst family was affiliated with the Church of Christ and did not believe in using the race track.

The following quote is from a letter written by Alice Hayhurst Morton regarding the move and the Ohio ”Old Home Place”:
“The men came to Freeport in the boxcar with the horses and other goods. The women by passenger train to Barnesville. They were met by the people they bought the land from. It was after dark when the freight train got to Freeport. I hope it was moonlight, as they unloaded and started to Antrim as soon as they could. A search at Cambridge at the courthouse would give you the names of who the two farms were purchased from. Carl Robinson lives on the one Uncle Tom came to and you know the history of your birthplace better than I do. I don't know how and why they selected the farms they did. Mom and Dad lived in a small two room house down from the main house until he bought his first farm. I understand it was moved up to the main house to form the back two rooms where the kitchen and family room was located.

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  • Hayhurst Seven (25 KB)
    The seven brothers and sisters of Perry and Margaret Hayhurst
  • Plus One! (59 KB)
    Seven of us and Cousin Stuart
  • The Ohio "Old Home Place". (44 KB)
    This is the home John and Margaret Hayhurst brought their family to when they moved from West Virginia to Ohio. With them came their son, Enos and his family, their daughters Elva and Olive with her family.
  • Original 7 plus spouses (110 KB)
    This picture was taken at the Hayhurst second annual reunion at the James Hayhurst residence. It includes all seven brothers and sisters and most of their spouses.
  • Seven Brothers and Sisters (115 KB)
    Lois J. Hayhurst McPherson, James W. Hayhurst, Thomas R. Hayhurst, Ruth E. Tuttle, Martha E. Hammer, David P. Hayhurt, and John E. Hayhurst
  • Enos and Columbia Hayhurst Family (62 KB)
    Lester, Enos, Columbia, Alice, Perry and Wilson circa 1943 at Enos' Antrim Residence
  • Enos, Columbia and Children circa 1915 (107 KB)
    Columbia, Enos, Lester, Perry, Alice and Wilson in Locust grove on farm on Route #513.
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