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Council Grove in Morris County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Seth Hays Home

 
 
Seth Hays Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 19, 2011
1. Seth Hays Home Marker
Inscription.
Seth M. Hays was a shrewd, colorful, and successful trader, rancher, tavern owner, and publisher.

He built this house in 1867; it was elaborate for Council Grove at that time. Though he was a life-long bachelor, Hays adopted five-year-old Kittie Parker Robbins the same day he recorded the deed to this home.

Hays, a great-grandson of Daniel Boone, first came here to trade with the area's Indians in 1847. He witnessed many changes in Council Grove over his 25 years as a community leader: the Kaw (Kansa) Indians were relocated to their reservation in this area; the settlement he started grew into a town; and Kansas evolved into a territory, and then achieved statehood.

Hays lived in this home until his death in 1873.

[Photo inset caption reads] Hays' adopted daughter, "Miss Kittie," was the child of James and Caroline Robbins. Hays took her into his home as a foster child while she was still an infant, after her mother died during childbirth. Hays died when she was only 11 years old, leaving her as his sole heir. She completed boarding school in Westport, Missouri; married; and settled in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

Sarah Taylor, "Aunt Sally," came to Council Grove with Seth Hays as his slave. With the admission of Kansas to the Union in 1861, she was freed, but chose to remain in the Hays household.
Seth Hays Home and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 19, 2011
2. Seth Hays Home and Marker
She lived in her basement quarters and cared for her "family" until her death in 1872. She is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery, close to Seth Hays.
 
Erected by National Park Service , City of Council Grove, and Morris County Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Santa Fe Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 39.553′ N, 96° 29.312′ W. Marker is in Council Grove, Kansas, in Morris County. Click for map. Marker is on the north side of the Seth Hays House, visible from the south parking lot of Council Grove High School. Marker is at or near this postal address: 203 Wood Street, Council Grove KS 66846, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Seth Hays Home (here, next to this marker); Council Grove (approx. 0.2 miles away); Malcolm Conn Store (approx. 0.2 miles away); Farmers & Drovers Bank (approx. 0.2 miles away); Masonic Lodge Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hays House (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Well-furnished Store (approx. 0.2 miles away); Conn Store (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Council Grove.
 
Also see . . .
1. Seth Hays Family History. (Submitted on July 28, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Seth Hays Home image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 19, 2011
3. Seth Hays Home
Looking southwest

2. Seth Hays Home National Register Nomination. (Submitted on July 28, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Santa Fe National Historic Trail. (Submitted on July 28, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Santa Fe Trail Association. (Submitted on July 28, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. Council Grove, Kansas. (Submitted on July 28, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Seth Hays Portrait on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa 1860s
4. Seth Hays Portrait on Marker
"Miss Kittie" Portrait on Hays Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, undated
5. "Miss Kittie" Portrait on Hays Home Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 415 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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