Daniel Hayes was born in North Carolina in 1829 and died in Emanuel County, GA in 1899. His first wife's name was Rachel with whom he had six children:
Mary M. Hayes b. 1848, NC d. 1925 in Emanuel County, GA m.James Lovins then Rowan Johnson
Martha Jane Hayes b. 1850, GA
George W. b 1851, GA
Joseph A. b. 1852, GA
Ranson O. b. 1854, GA
Margaret Adeline Hayes b. 1855, GA
He lived in Union County, GA in 1850, Fannin County, GA in 1860 and Glascock County, GA in 1870.
After Rachel's decease, he married the widow of William Wilcher, Nancy Wilcher in 1866 in Glascock County, GA.
I have no record of him past 1874 where he is mentioned in Nancy's Disallowed Southern Claims Commission packet as her husband. Nancy died in 1880 in Glascock County but the Mortality Schedule lists her as a widow.
Daniel Hayes' headstone in the Johnson Family Cemetery in Emanuel County, GA has his birth April 14, 1829 - March 31, 1899. On it, he is given the title "Rev.(D. Hayes)" and there is a Freemasonic symbol engraved thereon.
I am searching for evidence as to what denomination he was a minister for and who his and his first wife's parents were and why there is a gap between 1874 and 1899 regarding records.