Hayes was born in Cork, Ireland and arrived with parents in New South Wales in 1837. He was educated at a private school near Parramatta and became a miller. He married Frances Foott Besnard in June 1861 and had four daughters and six sons. Hayes was elected as a member for the seat of Hume of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1885 and was re-elected each election until 1894, when he switched to the seat of Murray, which he held until 1904. He died in the Sydney suburb of Stanmore.
Henry John Besnard Hayes (1862-1931)+Franc … Henry John Besnard Hayes (1862-1931)+Frances M L Hayes (1863-)+Frederic W Hayes (1865-)+James Hayes (1867-1867)+Nicholas R Hayes (1867-)+Alice E P Hayes (1869-1888)+Julius Stanley Herbert Hayes (1872-1934)+Eleanor Maude Isabel Hayes (1873-1942)+Florence Augusta May Hayes (1881-1957)+Mary I Hayes (1884-)May Hayes (1881-1957)+Mary I Hayes (1884-)
<new … BDM Index ref for marriage: 3184/1861
<new note>Hayes - Besnard. James Hayes Esq JP of Borowa married Frances Foott Besnard second daughter of Nicholas R Besnard Esq of Kangiaroo on 19.6.1861 at Kangiaroo