George Gay

1814–
Holt, Wiltshire, England

The Life of George

When George Gay was born in 1814, in Holt, Wiltshire, England, his father, George Gay, was 38 and his mother, Margaret Sims, was 35. He married Mary Jane Barnes on 17 June 1839, in Holt, Wiltshire, England. He lived in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom in 1881 and Westwood, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom in 1891.

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Family Time Line

George Gay
1814–
Mary Jane Barnes
1815–1890
Marriage: 17 June 1839

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
17 June 1839
Holt, Wiltshire, England

Parents and Siblings

    George Gay

    Male1776–1851Male

    Margaret Sims

    Female1779–1854Female

siblings

(5)

    James Gay

    Male1805–1887Male

    Ann Gay

    Female1807–Female

    Rebecca Gay

    Female1813–Female

    Male1814–Male

    Harriet Gay

    Female1815–1905Female

World Events (7)

1815

Age 1

The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.
1833 · The Factory Act Restricts Child Labor

Age 19

The Factory Act restricted the hours women and children could work in textile mills. No child under the age of 9 were allowed to work, and children ages 9-13 could not work longer than 9 hours per day. Children up to the age of 13 were required to receive at least two hours of schooling, six days per week.
1854 · The Crimean War

Age 40

The Crimean War was fought between Russia and an alliance of Britain, France, Sardinia and Turkey on the Crimean Peninsula. Russia had put pressure on Turkey which threatened British interests in the Middle East.

Name Meaning

1 English and French: nickname for a lighthearted or cheerful person, from Middle English, Old French gai. In Middle English the term could also mean ‘wanton’, ‘lascivious’ and this sense may lie behind the surname in some instances.2 English (of Norman origin): habitational name from places in Normandy called Gaye, from an early proprietor bearing a Germanic personal name cognate with Wade .3 probably from the Catalan personal name Gai (Latin Gaius), or in some cases a nickname from Catalan gay ‘cheerful’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Giles Gay, "England and Wales Census, 1841"
  • George Gay, "England and Wales Census, 1861"
  • George Gay, "England and Wales Census, 1851"

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