William Clark Gay

26 February 1833–18 January 1908 (Age 74)
Vermont, United States

The Life of William Clark

When William Clark Gay was born on 26 February 1833, in Vermont, United States, his father, Mace Gay, was 29 and his mother, Sarah Gould, was 25. He married Mary Etta Hopkins on 19 November 1874, in Suisun City, Solano, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in California, United States in 1870 and Maine Prairie, Solano, California, United States in 1880. He died on 18 January 1908, in Coleman, Texas, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Coleman, Coleman, Texas, United States.

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William Clark Gay
Mary Etta Hopkins
Marriage: 19 November 1874
William Clark Gay
Florence Mary Gay

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    Mary Etta Hopkins


19 November 1874
Suisun City, Solano, California, United States


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World Events (8)

1834 · Vermont Anti-Slavery Society is Formed

Age 1

The Anti-Slavery Society of Vermont was established in 1834. 100 people from different towns were at the first meeting, with the intent to abolish slavery. 
1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 3

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.
1857 · 7.9 Earthquake In Fort Tejon

Age 24

The Fort Tejon earthquake, on January 9, 1857, registered at 7.9, making it one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded in the United States. Only two people were killed, largely due to the sparse population in the area where the earthquake occurred. As a result of the large scale shaking, the Kern River was turned upstream and fish were stranded miles from Tulare Lake as the waters were rocked so far from its banks.

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)

  • William C Gay in household of Mace Gay, "United States Census, 1850"
  • William C Gay, "United States Census, 1870"
  • William C Gay, "United States Census, 1900"

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