EDWARD A. HAY, mechanic, Mound City, was born July 31, 1839, in Baltimore, Md., son of William H. Hay, born in 1800 in St. Mary's County, Md., a butcher by occupation. He died in Baltimore in June, 1844. He married Jane Moran, born 1798 in Maryland; she died, 1862 in Athens, Menard Co., Ill. She was of French descent, and the mother of five boys and four girls, of whom four boys and three girls are now living. Our subject was educated in Baltimore. In 1854, he came West, settling in Athens, Menard Co., Ill., where he learned his trade with his brother James C. In the fall of 1861, he enlisted in the Twenty-eighth Illinois Volunteers, Company F, serving till close of war. He was a drummer most of the time. He participated in the battles of Fort Henry, Shiloh Corinth, siege of Vicksburg, Hatchee River, Jackson, Miss., and Spanish Fort, Ala. In February, 1865, he crossed the Gulf of Mexico with his regiment. After the war, he came to Mound City, where he has followed his trade. He was married here to Caroline Wilson, born December 7, 1846, in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a daughter of Jacob and America (Murphy) Wilson. Mrs. Caroline Hay is the mother of three children, viz.: Estella, deceased; Willie, born June 14, 1870, and Pearl May, born May 28, 1877. Mr. Hay is a Republican, also a member of the I. O. O. F., and a Knight of Honor. He has been School Director, and also a member of the City Council for two terms.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 266.