The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised

Uriah Seabury Hayden


JULY 8, 1810

JAN. 41, 1879

68 YS. 6 MS. 23 DS.

Date Name Age Stature Forehead Eyes Nose Mouth Chin Hair Complex. Face
Jany. 29
Uriah S. Hayden 38 5'10½" high blue medium regular long brown dark oval
Register of Passports Issued by James Buchanan, Secretary of State,

    When Uriah Seabury HAYDEN was born in 1810 in Essex, Connecticut, his father, Ebenezer, was 48 and his mother, Sally, was 36. He had two brothers and five sisters:
Eliza Hayden 1802-1879
Lewis Porteus Hayden 1812-1847
Ebenezer Bilby Hayden 1813-1844
Sarah Hayden 1807-1818
Maynette Frances Hayden 1807-1870
Abigail Vail Hayden 1808-1845
Family tree of Debby (Patt) Margiotta,

    Saybrook,--George Pratt, Giles Blague, Asa H. King, John L. Whittlesey, William R. Clark, George Pearl, G. R. Bailey, William Bull, Richard P. Williams, Gurdon Smith, John Denison, Joseph Ellsworth, William C. Bull, Selden M. Pratt, Uriah S. Hayden, Jesse Platts, Jedediah Post, John Stannard, 2nd, Alexander Clark, Enoch L'Hommedieu.
Justices of the Peace, Middlesex County, Connecticut Annual Register, 1839, page 49

H. L. Champlin, Warden
    Burgesses--Timothy Starkey, Samuel Ingham, Joseph H. Hayden, Uriah Hayden, Elias Redfield, Asahel Arnold.
U. S. Hayden, Clerk and Treasurer.
N. F. Stevens, Bailiff.
Green's Connecticut Annual Register, East Windsor, 1841, page 119

Passengers of ship Panama, Capt. Goodspeed: . . . U. S. Hayden . . .
List of vessels that sailed for California in 1849, from C. W. Haskins, The Argonauts of California, New York 1890, page 449
  I've been unable to find any other reference for a ship named Panama captained by Goodspeed. The ship's or captain's names may be erroneous.

The A-1 fast-sailing Bark DRUMMOND will positively sail on the 15th inst.
She has superior accommodations for cabin passengers. Persons wishing to leave California during the rainy season, and return at the opening of the spring business, will find this an excellent opportunity. For freight or passage, apply to MELLUS, HOWARD & Co., Long Wharf; or R. BERFORD & Co., Ward House.
Daily Alta California, San Francisco, January 4, 1850, page 3

    List of Passengers on board of Barque Drummond, Thomas J. Pierce, master, from San Francisco, bound for Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands.
Uriah S. Hayden 35 U.S.A. Merchant
Geo. C. Burnham 22 " "
Gilbert Griswold 25 " Blacksmith
Henry Harris 30 " Merchant
Mary Harris & child 25 "
Robert Wise 32 " Shipmaster
Joseph Dewing 50 " "
Geo. E. Webster 22 " Merchant
Ebris Fox 41 " Trader
H. G. Gibson 22 " Lieut. U.S.N.
Wm. B. Brodnax 41 " Trader
Thos. E. Harding 21 " Physician
Henry T. Meyers 33 " Merchant
Francis Russell 27 " "
H. C. Page 45 " Farmer
Caspar W. Norcom 28 " Physician
V. D. Cornish 25 " Trader
Richd. Kanaka 17 Hawaiian Isls. Laborer
O. Soule 28 U.S.A. Shipwright
    Thos. J. Pierce, master of Barque Drummond, Honolulu, Oahu, H.I., January 30, 1850.

    We are indebted to Mr. Griswold, passenger in bark Drummond, for San Francisco papers of Jan. 15th, and also for late N. York and N. Orleans papers.
Polynesian, Honolulu, February 2, 1850, page 151

    In bk Drummond, from S.F.--U S Hayden, G C Burnham, G Griswold, H Harris, lady and child, R Wise, J Dewing, G E Webster, E Fox, H G Gibson, Brodnox, Hardin, Meyers, F Russell, H C Page, Norcom, V D Cornish, R Kanaka, O Soule.
Polynesian, Honolulu, February 2, 1850, page 151

NOTICE. It is with great pleasure, and with deep feelings of gratitude, that the passengers of the American bark "Drummond" return thanks to Captain PIERCE, Master, and Mr. CORNISH, Charterer of said vessel, for the superior accommodation and marked attention rendered to them during a short passage of eleven days from San Francisco to this port.
Polynesian, Honolulu, February 2, 1850, page 151

An ACT, to legalize the elections of certain persons as justices of the peace in the county of Jackson.
    WHEREAS, John R. Hardin, Chauncey Nye, U. S. Hayden, Clark Rogers and W. W. Fowler, have been informally elected justices of the peace for said county, or precincts of said county of Jackson, under the title of alcaldes, and doubts have arisen respecting the legality of their proceedings,
    Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Oregon, That the said John R. Hardin, Chauncey Nye, U. S. Hayden, Clark Rogers and W. W. Fowler, and each of them, be declared and deemed to have been legally elected and qualified to discharge the office and duties of a justice of the peace for said county; and that all their acts and proceedings in that capacity be deemed and declared to be valid--provided, that the same would have been valid if done by a justice of the peace duly elected and qualified.
    Passed, Dec. 21, 1853.
Oregon Territory Special Laws, 5th Session, 1853-54, page 12

    On the 29th March, 1859, by U. S. Hayden, Esq., Col. JAMES P. GOODALL, of Yreka, Cal., to Miss MARY J. JOHNSON, of Jackson County, Oregon.
Weekly Oregonian, Portland, April 23, 1859, page 2

    RETURNED.--We are
glad to see the genial face of U. S. Hayden, Esq., once more in our midst. He returned on Thursday evening from San Francisco--where he had been for some weeks past on business--looking all the better for a slight tinge of sunburn which pervades his countenance.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, June 24, 1865, page 2

    RECOVERING.--We are gratified to learn that our friend, U. S. Hayden, Esq., is recovering from a severe attack of rheumatism, which has confined him to his room for some time. The express office looks unnatural without the genial presence of the 'Squire.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, September 30, 1871, page 3

    Hayden got up and bucked furiously at the mode in which Dowell was attempting to force his delegates on the [Jackson County Republican] Convention--didn't want any sich newfangled notions in his, and after an excited speech, moved to reconsider the motion to adopt the report. Dowell replied to Hayden, whereupon the latter gentleman waxed intensely wroth, and went for Dowell. He didn't want things crowded through in this manner; he wouldn't be dictated to by anybody; he didn't want any stocking; everybody had a right to vote; intimated that the meeting was called to order before the time; said he had no personal objection to the ticket, but had an objection to the way it was gotten up; it looked as if somebody had concocted a ticket, and wanted to dictate; he didn't want any dictation. . . . Kilgore, Dowell, Hayden and Stanley all tried to bring order out of chaos, but only succeeded in making "confusion worse confounded."
"Let Us Have Peace," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 9, 1872, page 2

    THE DEAD AND WOUNDED.--The Express Office and Cobbler Shop Ring pile curses mountain high on Dowell's venerable wig, because he flaxed them out last Saturday, but he don't mind worth a cuss. He sits like a victorious general on the field of battle, and grimly counts the corpses of his slain enemies. There he beholds the cute and wily Beekman, dead as a mackerel; close beside him, the Political Cobbler, having at last seen the end of awl things, waxes cold in death. In life these two were united, and in death were not divided. In the vicinity the venerable but irascible Hayden, the mathematical definition of a straight line, length without breadth or thickness, lays with his "back to the field and his face to the foe." Near where the huge bulk of Mike Hanley cumbers the ground is seen the slender form and effeminate countenance of Prof. Robb. But a little distance off is John Bilger, whose last sigh was encumbered with a vigorous, elaborately turned, nine-cornered, German oath at his bad luck, and nearby is seen the diminutive corpse of Jimmy Wilson, wrapped in the last sleep of innocence. But while there is all this sweetness in Dowell's cup, there are some drops of bitterness. Some of his true and trusty champions have bitten the dust, and the briny drops, as big as turnips, roll from his overflowing eyes, as he sees that stalwart warrior, Smith, prone upon the earth, the silvery tongue of Kilgore stilled by the inexorable hand of death, and the toes of the No. 16 brogans of the intellectual and philosophical Kelly turned up to the zenith. Let General Dowell console himself, however, as other warriors have, for his list of casualties is less than that of his enemies.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 9, 1872, page 2  This paragraph refers to events at the Jackson County Republican convention. The "cobbler" is Nathaniel Langell, then operating a boot and shoe shop in Jacksonville.

    Butterfield & Co., of California, passed through Jacksonville last week with a large band of Angora goats, bound for the State Fair. U. S. Hayden invested in five head of the animals, which is quite an accession to the blooded stock of Jackson County.
"Oregon Items," Sacramento Daily Union, September 14, 1872, page 8

    G. W. Mace, of this place, has gone to California for the purpose of purchasing a number of Angora goats. He has already, in connection with 'Squire Hayden, a small band.
"Local Brevities," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 4, 1874, page 3

    We are pleased to see that U. S. Hayden, Esq., has so far recovered from his recent illness as to be about again.
"Local Brevities," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 16, 1876, page 3

    Squire Hayden has been quite indisposed during the week, but is now much improved.

"Personal Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 24, 1878, page 3

    NEW ENTERPRISE.--Another mining enterprise, which promises to be quite important, is under way. The company which proposes to conduct it is composed of C. C. Beekman, U. S. Hayden, Wm. Bybee, W. M. Turner and others. The gravel bed lies on Rogue River, a few miles from Wilderville, in Josephine County, and it is proposed to run a ditch taking the water from Slate Creek. This ditch will be about fifteen miles long, but plenty of dump and an inexhaustible supply of ground seems to be assured. A party consisting of J. S. Howard, Wm. M. Turner, Chas. Schultz and others, fully equipped, started for that section this week, intending to make a survey of the proposed ditch and take general observations. It is to be hoped that this enterprise will meet with a full measure of success.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, November 15, 1878, page 3

    Beekman, Hayden & Co. will thoroughly prospect their diggings situated on the banks of Rogue River, in Josephine County, and Joe Clough and J. C. Overbeck have gone to commence the work.

"Mining Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 24, 1879, page 3

    SERIOUSLY ILL.--We regret to announce that U. S. Hayden, Esq., an old and respected citizen of this place, is lying seriously ill with pleuro-pneumonia and is not expected to survive long.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 31, 1879, page 3

    Again the sickle of Death has thinned the social circle of this community. Neither the tender shoot, nor the blossoming stalk has been cut down; but a ripened ear, bending to the blast and ready for the harvest, has been gathered safely into the garner reared by the hand of the Omniscient.
    On last Friday, at 2:30 A.M., Uriah S. Hayden, one of Oregon's early pioneers, departed from among us to test the problem of the Great Unknown. He was ailing but a single week before his decease with pleuropneumonia, which from the first assumed a type that left little hope for his recovery.
    Mr. Hayden's residence in the state dates back to the fall of 1850, when he settled in the Willamette Valley and located a donation claim in Marion County. The fame of the gold fields of Southern Oregon attracted his attention, and in 1852 he forsook his pastoral avocation and came hither to try his fortune in the mines. Tiring of a miner's life, in 1857 he engaged in clerical duties, for which he was well qualified, first accepting a position in the store of Kenney & Hamlin, then doing business in Jacksonville. In these pursuits he continued until the time of his death, having retained the position of confidential clerk in C. C. Beekman's banking establishment for twenty years. As his means increased he invested in mining grounds and in mercantile interests with trusted friends, but continued to devote his personal attention to the duties of the post he had chosen, and, at the time of his death, he was possessed of an independent competence.
    During his residence here he held important public positions, the requirements of which he fulfilled with scrupulous honor and fidelity. He was chosen "alcalde" for this mining district before Jacksonville had attained sufficient importance to entitle it to the distinction of a town. At the time of his death he was Recorder of this municipality, in which capacity he officiated for fifteen years.
    Mr. Hayden was a native of Connecticut, which state he left at an early age. He had traveled extensively and possessed a mind stored with useful knowledge and powers of conversation, which rendered him an agreeable companion. In his religious convictions he was a believer in the forms and doctrines of the Episcopal
Church, and his funeral was conducted in accordance with the impressive rites of his faith, administered by Rev. M. A. Williams. His remains were interred in the Jacksonville Cemetery on Sunday last, whither they were followed by a procession seldom equaled in numbers in the history of this county. The pallbearers were L. J. C. Duncan, Peter Britt, Silas J. Day, J. B. Wrisley, M. Hanley and Thos. F. Beall, all members of the Southern Oregon Pioneer Association, of which deceased was secretary. T. G. Reames, K. Kubli, N. Langell, J. Nunan and David Linn, members of the [Jacksonville] Board of Trustees, with which Mr. Hayden had long been identified, attended the hearse.
    The last sad rites have been performed and the place that so lately knew the honored dead shall know him no more forever, but the memory of his noble qualities of mind and heart will linger long with those who knew him best.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 7, 1879, page 2

    C. C. Beekman has appointed John A. Boyer to fill the position in the express office made vacant by the death of U. S. Hayden.
"Brief Mention," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 7, 1879, page 3

HAYDEN--In Jacksonville, on Friday morning, January 31, 1879, at twenty-five minutes past 2 o'clock, of pleuro-pneumonia, U. S. Hayden, aged about seventy years.
Democratic Times,
Jacksonville, February 7, 1879, page 3


    In the County Court of Jackson County, State of Oregon, sitting for probate business on Dec. 7, 1880,
    In the matter of the estate of U. S. Hayden, deceased,
To the heirs of Eliza Tucker, deceased, Sarah E. Goodrich, Frances Caroline Dowd, Herbert M. Hayden, Julia L. Post, Emma E. M. Hull, and all other heirs, if any there be, of said estate:
    YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT Theo. Cameron and Wm. Hoffman, executors of the estate of U. S. Hayden, deceased, have filed a petition, praying for an order of said Court to sell the following real property belonging to said estate, to wit:
    The east half of the west half of lot No. 2 in block No. 2, in the town of Jacksonville.
    The undivided half of the N. ½ of the N.E. ¼ of section 36, township 36, S, of R. 1 W.
    The undivided half of lot No. 4 in section 23, township 36, S, of R. 5 W., containing 22.45 acres.
    Therefore, notice is hereby given that the prayer of said petition will be heard and determined at Jacksonville, in said county and State, on Tuesday, the 4th day of January, 1881, at 10 o'clock A.M., at which time all parties interested are notified to appear and show cause why an order of sale should not be made as prayed for in said petition,
    Published in the DEMOCRATIC TIMES for four consecutive weeks by order of Hon. Silas J. Day, County Judge.
HENRY KLIPPEL, County Clerk.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, December 15, 1880, page 4

    The house and lot belonging to the estate of U. S. Hayden, deceased, now occupied by James Drum as a store, will be offered at public sale by Theo. Cameron and Wm. Hoffman, executors, at the court house door on Saturday, March 5th.

"Brief Reference," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 25, 1881, page 3

    R. B. Bannister yesterday brought in a lot of coal oil for J. Nunan and some marble work for W. L. Record. The latter gentleman will put up an elegant monument over the last resting place of U. S. Hayden this week.
"Brief Reference," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 19, 1881, page 3

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