Jesse Franklin Gay

9 September 1850–15 August 1900 (Age 49)
Boon Township, Warrick, Indiana, United States

The Life of Jesse Franklin

When Jesse Franklin Gay was born on 9 September 1850, in Boon Township, Warrick, Indiana, United States, his father, Timothy Gay, was 21 and his mother, Eliza Bailey Barton, was 21. He married Elizabeth Meeks Abshire Partridge on 16 April 1874, in Rockport, Spencer, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Pigeon Township, Warrick, Indiana, United States in 1870. He died on 15 August 1900, in Bellmont, Bellmont Precinct, Wabash, Illinois, United States, at the age of 49.

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Jesse Franklin Gay
Elizabeth Meeks Abshire Partridge
Marriage: 16 April 1874
Harrison Franklin Gay
William Barton Gay
Nellie Anna Gay
Nettie Elnora Gay
Robert Elmer Gay
Elbert Eugene Gay
Edith Gay
Lola Gay

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16 April 1874
Rockport, Spencer, Indiana, United States


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World Events (8)

1851 · Constitution of 1851

Age 1

Due to the state’s financial crisis during the previous decade and growing criticism toward state government. Voters approve the Constitution of 1851 which forbade the state government from going into debt.

Age 13

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Age 15

Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

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.

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Sources (3)

  • Jesse L Gay in household of Timothy Gay, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Jessee Gay in household of Timothy Gay, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Frank Gay, "United States Census, 1900"

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