John Gilbert Gay

30 June 1843–20 April 1912 (Age 68)
Weston, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States

The Life of John Gilbert

When John Gilbert Gay was born on 30 June 1843, in Weston, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States, his father, John Gay, was 40 and his mother, Alina Julia Nichols, was 31. He married Emily Aurelia Fairchild on 4 May 1897, in Litchfield, Connecticut, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He died on 20 April 1912, in Newtown, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States, at the age of 68, and was buried in Newtown, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States.

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John Gilbert Gay
Emily Aurelia Fairchild
Marriage: 4 May 1897
Alfred J Dorman

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4 May 1897
Litchfield, Connecticut, United States


    Alfred J Dorman


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World Events (8)


Age 3

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1848 · Slavery is Abolished

Age 5

In 1840, the American Anti-Slavery Society split and slavery started being outlawed in the state. In Canterbury, Connecticut, Prudence Crandall started a school for young African American girls. The people got mad and Crandall was taken to court. The case was lost and that was the beginning of many other cases that would be lost, but it was also the start of having slavery abolished.

Age 20

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

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)

  • John G Gay, "United States Census, 1910"
  • John Gay, "United States Census, 1900"
  • John G. in entry for Elena G. Robinson Gay, "Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934"

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