John Flavel Gay

7 May 1838–13 February 1917 (Age 78)
Hubbardston, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States

The Life Summary of John Flavel

When John Flavel Gay was born on 7 May 1838, in Hubbardston, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Moses Gay, was 34 and his mother, Lucretia Davis, was 28. He married Jóhanna Sigríður Árnadóttir on 4 October 1883, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States in 1880 and Utah, Utah, United States in 1900. He died on 13 February 1917, in South Salt Lake, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Spanish Fork City Cemetery, Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Flavel Gay
Jóhanna Sigríður Árnadóttir
Marriage: 4 October 1883
Sarah Ann Lucretia Gay
John Abner Gay
William Flavel Gay
Louise Rebecca Gay
Elbridge Washington Gay
Fera Elvina Gay
Thomas Gay
Julianne Gay

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    4 October 1883Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
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    World Events (7)

    Age 8
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    Age 25
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
    1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg
    Age 25
    The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.

    Name Meaning

    English (southwestern), French, and Catalan: nickname for a lighthearted or cheerful person, from Middle English, Old French gai, Catalan gay ‘cheerful’. In Middle English the term could also mean ‘wanton, lascivious’ and this sense may lie behind the surname in some instances.English (of Norman origin): habitational name from any of the places in Normandy called Gaye, from an early proprietor bearing an ancient Germanic personal name cognate with Wade .Catalan: probably also from the personal name Gai (from Latin Gaius).

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

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    Sources (19)

    • John F Gay in entry for Sarah Mondik, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • John F Gay in household of Lucretia Gay, "United States Census, 1860"
    • John Gay in entry for Leary Mondik and Fara Gay, "Montana, County Marriages, 1865-1950"

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