John Hayes, retired farmer, is a son of Patrick and Catherine (Mahoney) Hayes, both of whom were natives of Ireland. He himself was born in Ireland in 1818, came to America in 1847, and located in Tazewell County in 1850. After receiving his education in private schools of his native town, he worked on his father’s farm for a number of years. He then emigrated to the United States, first locating in New York State, where he engaged in farming for three years. As stated, he removed to Tazewell County in 1850, where he conducted a rented farm until 1868, when he purchased land two miles southeast of Delavan, which he has since improved and still owns. In 1894 he moved to the city and built his present residence, at the corner of Third and Cedar streets.
Mr. Hayes is a member of the Catholic Church, and in politics is a Democrat. He has always been a very active, industrious and successful man. He was married at Peoria, April 15, 1855, to Miss Margaret Feehan, daughter of James and Anastasia (Keneally) Feehan, who was born in Kilkenny County, Ireland, September 20, 1834, and was brought to America by her parents in 1840. Of eight children born to them the following three survive: Mary Ellen, Margaret Louise, and James Edward.
Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Tazewell County - page 1016