Charles H. Gay

11 June 1843–5 July 1907 (Age 64)
Weston, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States

The Life of Charles H.

When Charles H. Gay was born on 11 June 1843, in Weston, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States, his father, John Gay, was 40 and his mother, Alina Julia Nichols, was 31. He married Martha Linsley in 1880, in Newtown, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States. He lived in Danbury, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States in 1850 and Bethel, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States in 1860. He died on 5 July 1907, in Newtown, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States, at the age of 64, and was buried in Newtown Village Cemetery, Newtown, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States.

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Charles H. Gay
Martha Linsley
Marriage: 1880

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    Martha Linsley


Newtown, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States

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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)

  • Charles Gay in household of John Gay, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Charles H Gay in household of John Gay, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Charles H Gay, "United States Census, 1880"

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