Louis Albert Gay

12 January 1851–15 February 1936 (Age 85)
Elk Grove Township, Cook, Illinois, United States

The Life of Louis Albert

When Louis Albert Gay was born on 12 January 1851, in Elk Grove Township, Cook, Illinois, United States, his father, Mace Gay, was 47 and his mother, Sarah Gould, was 43. He married Harriett Eleanor Scott on 20 November 1887, in Independence, Buchanan, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 6 daughters. He lived in Union Judicial Township, Humboldt, California, United States in 1900 and Puyallup, Pierce, Washington, United States in 1910. He died on 15 February 1936, in Seattle, King, Washington, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Louis Albert Gay
Harriett Eleanor Scott
Marriage: 20 November 1887
Clara Belle Gay
Frances Gay
Loraine Gay
Lillian Frances Gay
Mace Albert Gay
Gladys Olive Gay
Laura Adelaid Gay

Spouse and Children

20 November 1887
Independence, Buchanan, Iowa, United States


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World Events (8)

1857 · The State Capital moves to Des Moines

Age 6

The Capitol was located in Iowa City until the 1st General Assembly of Iowa recognized that the Capitol should be moved farther west than Iowa City. Land was found two miles from the Des Moines River to start construction of the new building. Today the Capitol building still stands on its original plot.

Age 12

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 24

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.

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)

  • Louis Gay in household of Maer Gay, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Lewis W Gay, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Louis H Gay, "United States Census, 1900"

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