John Gay

March 1803–29 November 1867 (Age 64)
Dutchess, New York, United States

The Life of John

When John Gay was born in March 1803, in Dutchess, New York, United States, his father, John Banks Gay, was 35 and his mother, Mehitable Waterous, was 32. He married Alina Julia Nichols in 1830, in Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Danbury, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States in 1850. He died on 29 November 1867, in Bethel, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States, at the age of 64, and was buried in Connecticut, United States.

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John Gay
Alina Julia Nichols
Marriage: 1830
Julia Gay
Abigail N. Gay
Ophelia Gay
Charles H. Gay
John Gilbert Gay

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Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 1

Lewis and Clark set out from St. Louis, MO to explore the West.
1804 · The Twelfth Amendment

Age 1

With not having a very clear statement in the Constitution about Presidents and Vice Presidents, the Twelfth Amendment was Born. Before the Electoral College could cast two votes for those that they saw fit for President. This was changed to just one electoral vote for President and one electoral vote for Vice President. With the amount of people even allowed to vote, there was no way for there to be a tie during the elections.
1820 · Making States Equal

Age 17

The Missouri Compromise helped provide the entrance of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state into the United States. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri.

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 Gay, "United States Census, 1850"
  • John Gay, "Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934"
  • John Gay, "Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934"

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