Molly Hays McCauley

Molly Hays McCauley (HMQ05)

Location: Manalapan Township, NJ 07726 Monmouth County
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N 40° 16.855', W 74° 19.114'

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Mary Ludwig Hays

After the Battle of Monmouth, Molly basked in the glory of having fought here. At first, there was little recognition, as Molly Hays was only one of many women who had accompanied Continental armies. However, as Revolutionary War veterans become fewer and interest in the Revolution increased, Molly became a minor celebrity. When she died in 1832, at the age of 79, the town militia turned out to bury her with military honors.

Two years after the battle, a son, John was born to Mary and William Hays. Little else is known of Molly's life until 1783, when her husband was discharged from the army. The Hayses then settled in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. William Hays was a barber, and they were modestly prosperous. In 1785, they were taxed for two houses and a cow.

Molly outlived William Hays, and then a second husband, John McCauley. A strong, energetic woman, widowed Molly worked as a housekeeper, nurse, and janitor. In 1822, the Pennsylvania legislature granted her an annual pension of $40 for "her services rendered in the Revolutionary War." By 1830, she was living with her son.
HM NumberHMQ05
Placed ByNJ Department of Environmental Protection – Division of Parks & Forestry
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Date Added Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 1:30pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 557928 N 4459159
Decimal Degrees40.28091667, -74.31856667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 16.855', W 74° 19.114'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 16' 51.30" N, 74° 19' 6.84" W
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Area Code(s)732, 848, 908
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 418-498 History Hike (Monmouth Battlefield), Manalapan Township NJ 07726, US
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