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Judah Hays

Judah Hays[1, 2]

Male 1770 - 1832  (62 years)

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  • Name Judah Hays  [3, 4
    Born 16 Apr 1770  Newport, Newport, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Cause of Death Drowning  [3
    Reference Number 1691 
    Died 1 May 1832  St Augustine, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 6
    Buried Colonial Jewish Burial Ground, Newport, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I1691  aojd
    Last Modified 11 Nov 2011 

    Mother Rachel Myers,   b. 1738,   d. 29 Sep 1810, Boston, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Family ID F232  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • PORTRAIT IN SCRAPBOOK ------------------------ The Gilbert Stuart portrait of Judah Hays is reported upon by Hannah London in her 1926 book Portrait of Jews. At that time it was owned by Mrs. William C. Preston of Richmond, Virginia. The portrait was painted in Boston in about 1810, and measures about 18 x 23 inches. This portrait was partially destroyed, but has been restored. Mrs. Richard Frothingham O'Neil of Boston owns a copy of the original.

      Judah received a good education, which was further enhanced by the study of French in Europe, whither he set out in 1796. Subsequent trips were made there on business, and on the death of his father he inherited a fortune representing large real estate holdings. To him belongs the dinstinction of being one of the founders of the Boston Athenaeum. Possessed of wealth and culture, it is unfortunate that he did not live longer to enjoy its benefits; his life was cut short, while on a pleasure trip to Florida, by an accidental drowning. His portrait represents a handsome young man of romantic countenance, with wavy brown hair and blue eyes and regular features.

      Source: Hannah London ------------------------ Once again, there is a discrepancy in the dates of birth. Hannah London has him born in 1772, whereas Stern says two years earlier. Both agree that he died in 1832, which would have made him 60 or 62.

  • Sources 
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    3. [S4] PG. 104 HAYS (1) (Reliability: 3).
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    4. [S335] (Reliability: 3).

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    6. [S336] PG. 1 (Reliability: 3).