James Hayes was born 10 February 1831 in County Cork, Ireland to Henry Hayes (1801-1881) and Mary Smithers (1809-1899) and died 24 May 1908 in Stanmore, New South Wales, Australia of unspecified causes. He married Frances Foott Besnard (1841-1929) 19 June 1861 at Kangiaroo in Yass, New South Wales, Australia. Ancestors are from Ireland.

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.


Offspring of James Hayes and Frances Foott Besnard (1841-1929)
Name Birth Death Joined with
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-)

Footnotes (including sources)

‡ General
₪ Wedding
  • BDM Index ref for marriage: 3184/1861
  • 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
Yass Courier 3.7.1861

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