Physician, Civil War Veteran
Birth: April 9, 1840, Ireland
Burial: Vienna Township Cemetery
Military Service: Private, 148th Regiment, Company E, Ohio Infantry (National Guard)
Robert P. Hays appears on the 1863 Civil War draft registration list for Oakland, Venango County, Pennsylvania. Born to Irish immigrant parents, Hays some time after the War settled in Vienna. He is listed as a physician in the 1880 Federal Census.
From Biographical History of Northeastern Ohio Embracing the Counties of Ashtabula, Trumbull and Mahoning. … (Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1893), p. 442:
DR. ROBERT P. HAYS, a physician and surgeon of Vienna, was born April 9, 1840, a son of John G. and Jane (McKnight) Hays, natives of the North of Ireland. The father came with his parents to America at the age of ten tears, was reared to manhood in Venango county, Pennsylvania, and was a farmer by occupation. The mother of our subject was eight years of age when she came with her parents to Pennsylvania, and was reared in Crawford county, that State. Both are now deceased.
Dr. R. P. Hays, the only one of his parents’ eight children in Ohio, attended the public schools of his native place and the college at Meadville. At the age of seventeen years he began teaching school, following that occupation during the winter months for eight years, and during a part of that time was also engaged in the study of medicine. He read with Dr. Robert Crawford, of Cooperstown, Pennsylvania, and in the spring of 1866 was graduated at the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia. Since that time Dr. Hays has followed his profession at Vienna, Trumbull county, Ohio, and enjoys an extensive practice. In 1887 he spent about three months in Philadelphia, taking a private course in special diseases of women. He is thoroughly posted in his profession, and is one of the leading physicians of this part of Ohio.
In Vienna, January 2, 1876, Dr. Hays was united in marriage with Lovenia C. Bacon, a native of this city and a daughter of Frank and Sylvia (Lewis) Bacon. Our subject and wife have one child, Francis B., born February 19, 1879. The Doctor is a member of the F. & A. M., Mahoning Lodge, No. 394, also of the State and Trumbull County Medical Societies; is an active worker in the Prohibition party, and is a Presbyterian in his religious belief.
Regimental History, 148th Ohio Volunteer Infantry
Organized at Marietta, Ohio, and mustered in May 17, 1864. Left State for Harper's Ferry, W. Va., May 23; thence moved to Washington, D. C., June 1, and to White House Landing, Va., June 9. Moved to Bermuda Hundred, Va., June 11, and to City Point June 15. Attached to 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 10th Army Corps, Army of the James. Duty at City Point till August 29. Moved to Marietta September 5, and mustered out September 14, 1864.
Lost during service 2 Officers and 37 Enlisted men by disease. Total 39.
Read more about the 148th Regiment at the Ohio Civil War Central Encyclopedia.