Patrick Hayes (mariner)

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Patrick Hayes (October 9, 1770 – August 30, 1856), was an Irish-born American seaman and businessman.


Patrick Hayes was born to Thomas Hayes and Eleanor Barry in County Wexford, Ireland, most likely in or near Tacumshane. His parents died in the 1780s and he immigrated to Philadelphia circa 1786, where his uncle, Commodore John Barry took him in; Hayes eventually inherited Commodore Barry's estate.


Hayes was a merchant and a seafarer, eventually becoming a ship's captain. One of his more memorable naval trips involved a 1787 voyage to China on the Asia.[1][2]

Hayes held several positions in the commercial and political spheres in Philadelphia. In 1834 he was listed as a director in both the Marine Insurance Company and the Captains' Society.[3] Other societies that Hayes belonged to included the State Society of the Cincinnati. He was appointed Harbor Master for the Port of Philadelphia by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, David Rittenhouse Porter, on February 9, 1839, a position which he held until April 1842.[4][5] In 1843 Hayes was appointed Master Warden for the Port of Philadelphia and remained in that position until 1849.[6]

Hayes married Elizabeth Keen, descendant of Swedish immigrant Jöran Kyn and daughter of William Keen and Dorothy Gaylor, on April 8, 1795 in what is now Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in a ceremony performed by the Reverend William White, an Episcopalian bishop. The couple had five children: John Barry Hayes, Sarah Barry Hayes, Thomas Hayes, Isaac Austin Hayes, and Patrick Barry Hayes.[6] A Roman Catholic, Hayes was a member of the Hibernian Society for the Relief of Emigrants from Ireland.[7]

Hayes died on August 30, 1856 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, being 85 years old, and was buried in the cemetery beside Old St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Center City, Philadelphia.[1]


  1. ^ a b Biographical Sketches, Finding Aid for Barry-Hayes Papers, Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  2. ^ Griffin, Martin I.J. (1903). Commodore John Barry: "The Father of the American Navy". The Record of his Services for our Country. Philadelphia
  3. ^ Philadelphia As It Is, and Citizens' Advertising Directory; containing a general description of the city and environs, list of officers, public institutions, and other useful information; for the convenience of citizens, as a book of reference, and a guide to strangers. With a new map of the city. Philadelphia: P.J. Gray, 1834. pp. 46, 112
  4. ^ "Index to the Year 1856. Necrological. The Distinguished Dead of Europe, the United States, Central." The New York [NY] Herald, December 26, 1856 issue, p. 2
  5. ^ Martin, John Hill (1883). Martin's Bench and Bar of Philadelphia: Together with other Lists of persons appointed to Administer the Laws in the City and County of Philadelphia, and the Province and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: Rees Welsh & Co. p. 115
  6. ^ a b Keen, Gregory B. (1913). The Descendants of Jöran Kyn of New Sweden. Philadelphia: The Swedish Colonial Society. pp. 145-6
  7. ^ Campbell, John H. (1892). History of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and the Hibernian Society for the Relief of Emigrants from Ireland. Philadelphia: Hibernian Society. p. 63

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