The first formal school for girls and young women in the city was the Nashville Female Academy. Founded on July 4, 1816, a year before Adelicia Hayes' birth, her father, O.B. Hayes, did not buy shares in the Academy on that day but was one of the owners by the end of the month. In 1819, he added the role of board member to his capacity as a shareholder in the Academy that would eventually serve his children. By 819 he was father to the first of what would be four daughters.