Tombstone Tuesday ~ LaHay

Francois E. LaHay

Francois E. LaHay

Francois E. LaHay was born to Marie Aubuchon and Toussaint LaHay about 1829 in St. Genevieve, Missouri.  By 1855 Toussaint and his children moved to Douglas County, Kansas, to do their part in seeing that Kansas became a Pro Slavery state1

Nancy Maryland Corel married “Frank” LaHay on December 19, 1856 in Douglas County, Kansas2.  In 1858 the couple had their first child, Oliver “Ollie”.  A couple of years later in 1861 their daughter Ella was born.

The happiness of this young family was not meant to be.  On April 17, 1862 the Lawrence Republican newspaper ran a notice that Francois LaHay of Clinton Township, Douglas County, Kansas died on the 9th of April in Missouri from lung fever.

Oliver "Ollie" and Ella LaHay

Oliver "Ollie" and Ella LaHay

Two years later, in the Thursday, February 11, 1864 edition of the Kansas Weekly Tribune, a notice was printed that Ella LaHay had died at the age of 2 years, 5 months, 9 days.  Three weeks later on March 3, the Kansas Weekly Tribune reported that Olla LaHay, son of Nancy LaHay, died on March 1, aged 6 years, 1 month.

The three LaHay’s were laid to rest on the family plot on the land of Toussaint LaHay.  In 1972 the family was moved to the Clinton Cemetery to make way for the Clinton Dam and Resevoir3.

  1. Kansas State Historical Society. Reminiscences of Henry Hiatt of Twin Mound. Feb 6, 1897.  Transcribed by Bobby Dobbins Title.
  2. US Pension Office. Civil War Widow’s Pension File #597571 Claimant’s Affidavit, Sep 24, 1904. Transcribed by Bobby Dobbins Title.
  3. Lawrence Daily Journal World. “Cemetery Shift Done by Dec. 1.” Aug 4, 1972.
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2 Responses to Tombstone Tuesday ~ LaHay

  1. Michelle Spiess says:

    What is Lung Fever? :)

    • Paula says:

      Well, I just Googled it and it said (1) a severe lung infection like pneumonia and (2) tuberculosis. Either way, sounds bad! ;)