Saturday, July 23, 2016


PROF. WILLIAM BRAMWELL HAYWARD, Ohio County, may be justly classed among the efficient and prominent educators of the State of Kentucky. He was born June 20, 1832, in Monroe County, N. Y., and in 1852 removed to Louisville, Ky., since which time he has been principally engaged in promoting the educational interests of the State. He has taught in Jefferson, Shelby, Daviess, Grayson, Hardin, Meade, Ohio, Breckinridge, and Hart Counties; was president of Salem College and also of Cloverport High School, both chartered institutions; was assistant elector for the State at large in the campaigns of 1868 and 1884, on the Democratic side, having served in his district in the same capacity in 1860, on the Douglas ticket; was a prominent candidate for superintendent of public instruction in 1883, being endorsed by every county, in which he canvassed, and many others. His father, Rev. Asahel Hayward, born July 6, 1802, in New York, was long a member of the Genesee Conference, located in McHenry County, Ill., in 1843, and died in Lyle, Mower Co., Minn., February 12, 1859. He was the son of a Revolutionary soldier, who was the father of ten children. Asahel Hayward married Eliza Wildman, of Truxton, N. Y., born August 16, 1805, of Revolutionary stock from Massachusetts, and died September 27, 1848, in Millville, Orleans Co., N. Y.; their union was blessed by the birth of Prof. William B., Hon. Wilbur M. and Henry W. (died in the army from Illinois). Asahel's second wife was Hannah M. Strickland, and their offspring are Alma L. and Alice E. (Ivison). Prof. Hayward was educated at Millville Academy, Orleans County, N, Y., Albion and Holly Academies, New York, and completed his course of studies at Beloit College, Wisconsin. He has instructed more than 4,000 students in Kentucky, many of whom have become prominent in the learned professions and in the various walks of life. He has been twice married; first May 13, 1858, to Priscilla Isabel, daughter of Mandeville and Eliza (Houseworth) Elston, of Simpsonville, Shelby County; born in 1837, of Virginia ancestry; died in 1862. Prof. Hayward married, January 18, 1863, as his second wife, Mary, daughter of Luther J. and Lucy M. (Clarkson) Talbott, of Grayson Springs, Ky., born February 14, 1840, and to them has been born one son, Wilbur Talbott Hayward, February 24, 1865. He is a student at law. During the past five years Prof. Hayward has been engaged in farming and stock raising, owning a fine farm of 500 acres of well-improved land in a good state of cultivation. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and in politics is identified with the Democratic party.

Source: J. H. BATTLE, W H. PERRIN, & G. C. KNIFFIN 1895

Note:  Prof. Hayward dies 22 December 1906 in Arlington, VA at age 74. It is not known where he is buried, although his wife is buried in the Elizabethtown City Cemetery, Elizabethtown, Hardin County, KY.

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