William Gay

28 August 1760–3 July 1827 (Age 66)
Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of William

When William Gay was born on 28 August 1760, in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States, his father, John Gay, was 25 and his mother, Sarah Ross, was 25. He married Dorothy Willard on 7 April 1791, in Holden, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He died on 3 July 1827, in New Lebanon, New Lebanon, Columbia, New York, United States, at the age of 66, and was buried in New Lebanon, New Lebanon, Columbia, New York, United States.

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William Gay
Dorothy Willard
Marriage: 7 April 1791
Willard Gay
Thomas Gay

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7 April 1791
Holden, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States



    Thomas Gay


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World Events (8)


Age 16

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

Age 16

New York is the 11th state.
1781 · The First Constitution

Age 21

Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.

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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  • William Gay, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • William Gay, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • William in entry for Willard Gay, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915"

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