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Hayhurst family letters and other material, 1862-1938

Identifier: MSS 7928 Series 2

Scope and Contents

Contains original letters from immediate family members to Edward and each other (father Isaac, brother Joseph, mother Louisa, aunt Esther, Captain Bullock, grandma Mary Forbes, descendant Paul Hayhurst), dated 1862-1934. Also included are Edward's original certificate of disability and an original newspaper from July 1863, genealogical manuscripts written by descendants of the family, genealogical research and correspondence of Paul Hayhurst, and a photograph and clipping about an old Pennsylvania Quaker meeting house, all dated 1864-1938. Finally, there are some historic Hayhurst family photographs and biographical and historical documents from approximately 1862, and the envelopes that the letters and transcriptions came in from the donor in 2011. They are not the original envelopes for the letters.


  • 1862-1938


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Edward M. Hayhurst family Civil War correspondence and papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

The Hayhurst family were descendants of Isaac W. Hayhurst (1813-1899) and Louisa W. Miller (1818-1880).

Biographical History

Edward M. Hayhurst (1842-1923) was a carpenter and joiner, and a soldier in the U.S. Civil War, serving in the 124th Ohio Volunteer Infantry from 1862 to 1865. Hayhurst married Ella Weeks in September 1870 and had two children. Edward Miller Hayhurst was born on December 20, 1842, to Louisa W. Miller and Isaac Wiggins Hayhurst, a Baptist preacher and school master of Marlton, New Jersey. When of age, Hayhurst was trained as a carpenter and joiner. On October 12, 1862, Hayhurst enlisted as a Private in the Union Army, and became a member of Company E of the 124th Ohio Volunteer Infantry for a term of three years. By the time of his discharge after the Civil War ended, Hayhurst had risen to Sergeant. He served as Head Quarters Clerk under General C. C. Gilbert, March to May 1863; as Color Bearer, August 1863 to May 1864; and as Company Clerk from about May 1863 to June 1864 (battle of Kennesaw Mountain), until he caught typhoid fever and spent the rest of the war recuperating from the resulting ulcers. During the course of his active service, Hayhurst's unit was involved in campaigns at Thompson's Station, Spring Hill, Tullahoma, Knoxville (relieving Burnside's Army, under siege by Longstreet), Strawberry Plains, Dandridge, and Chattanooga, Tenn.; and at Chickamauga, Poe's Tavern, Lee and Gordon's Mills, Brown's Ferry, Ringgold, Orchard Knob, Missionary Ridge, Rocky Face Ridge/Dalton, Resaca, Adairsville, Kingston, Cassville, Dallas/New Hope Church, Allatoona Hills, Marietta, and Kenesaw Mountain, Georgia. Hayhurst was mustered out while in the hospital at Camp Dennison, Cincinnati, Ohio, on May 18, 1865. He married Ella Evalina Weeks in Jackson, Kansas City, Missouri on September 18, 1870, and had two children, Paul and Miriam. During the course of his life (besides his time in the service), Hayhurst lived in Elyria, Ohio; Fredonia, New York; Boston, Massachussetts; Fayetteville, Arkansas; Waco, Texas; St. Joseph, Missouri; and Denver, Colorado. He died in Denver on February 2, 1923, and was buried at Crown Hill Cemetery in Wheatridge, Colorado.

Biographical History

Isaac W. Hayhurst (1813-1899) was a Baptist minister and school teacher in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Missouri.


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