Betsey Fay

1808–
New York City, New York, United States

The Life of Betsey

When Betsey Fay was born in 1808, in New York City, New York, United States, her father, John Fay, was 24 and her mother, Elizabeth Noyes, was 19.

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John Fay
1784–
Elizabeth Noyes
1789–1810
Betsey Fay
1808–
Henry Fay
1809–

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World Events (3)

1808

Age 0

Atlantic slave trade abolished.
1812

Age 4

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
1913 · The Woolworth Building Opens as the Tallest Building in the World

Age 105

At 792 feet above Broadway, the Woolworth Building became the tallest building in the world and held the record for 17 years. The Woolworth Building was overshadowed by the Chrysler Building at 1,046 feet in 1930 and the Empire State Building at 1,454 feet in 1931. Retailer and mogul Frank W. Woolworth commissioned the Woolworth Building in 1910 with the intent of his namesake building to be the tallest in the world. The 13 million dollar project was financed in cash by Woolworth which allowed him freedoms in the design and construction of the ornate, gothic building. An opening ceremony was held on April 24, 1913 at which President Woodrow Wilson pressed a button from the White House and lit the historic building in New York City.

Name Meaning

1 English: nickname for a person believed to have supernatural qualities, from Middle English, Old French faie ‘fairy’ (Late Latin fata ‘fate’, ‘destiny’).2 English: nickname for a trustworthy person, from Middle English, Old French fei ‘loyalty’, ‘trust’.3 English (of Norman origin) and French: habitational name from any of various places in France named with Old French faie ‘beech’, or a topographic name from someone living by a beech wood. Compare Lafayette .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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