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James Harden Hays
Born September 3, 1800
Mifflin Twp., Allegheny County
Died March 30, 1876
Becks Run
Resting place Allegheny Cemetery
Residence Becks Run, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Nationality United States
Known for Start of coal industry in Allegheny County
Spouse(s) Mary Cready, married April 12, 1821
Children Ann Eva Bughman, Mary Jane Wilson, Josephine Willock, Henry Blake Hays, Emmeline Davis, Sarah Watson, Agnes Wylie, James Harden Hays Jr., John Shoenberger Hays, Walter Forward Hays
Parents Jacob Hays, Jane Scott Harden

James Harden Hays was a pioneer of bituminous coal mining in Western Pennsylvania. His first mine was opened in 1828, at the mouth of Street's Run, where it empties into the Monongahela River.[1] He died in March 30, 1876, at his home near Beck's Run.

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