WILLIAM T. HAYDEN, farmer, P. O. Mound City, was born November 1, 1839, in Montgomery County, Ind., son of Jonah T. Hayden, a native of Pennsylvania. He died in Champaign County, Ill.; he was a farmer. The mother of our subject was Mary (Peters) Hayden, a native of Pennsylvania. She was the mother of nine children, of whom five are now living, viz.: Rebecca, Sarah A., James, Samuel and William T., our subject, who went to school in Champaign County, Ill. He devoted himself to farming. He was married, September 20, 1860, to Miss Maria James, born February, 1842, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Durham) James; she is the mother of nine children, viz.: Douglas A., born November 24, 1862; George W., born October 15, 1864; Mary E., born March 21, 1867; William T., born October 24, 1869; Maria C. born October 27, 1871; John T., born November 2, 1873; Romantha A., born December 10, 1875; Ida M., born July 21, 1878, and Samuel J., born December 11, 1882. Mr. and Mrs. Hayden are religiously connected with the Southern M. E. Church. He has a farm of 110 acres. He has served the people in his neighborhood in the capacity of School Director. In politics, he is Democratic, but votes for the best man.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 266.