Daisy Gay

17 September 1908–17 May 2002 (Age 93)
Edgecombe, North Carolina, United States

The Life of Daisy

When Daisy Gay was born on 17 September 1908, in Edgecombe, North Carolina, United States, her father, Elisha Cromwell Gay, was 29 and her mother, Margaret Webb, was 29. She married William Rufus Felton about 1926, in Edgecombe, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She lived in Macclesfield, Edgecombe, North Carolina, United States in 1930. She died on 17 May 2002, in Tarboro, Edgecombe, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 93, and was buried in Macclesfield Cemetery, Macclesfield, Edgecombe, North Carolina, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Rufus Felton
Daisy Gay
Marriage: about 1926
Mary Grace Felton
James Rufus "Bill" Felton
Peggy Clark Felton

Spouse and Children

about 1926
Edgecombe, North Carolina, United States


    Mary Grace Felton


    James Rufus "Bill" Felton


    Peggy Clark Felton


Parents and Siblings



    Guy Bunyon Gay



    Margaret Beatrice Gay


World Events (8)

1909 · The NAACP is formed

Age 1

Organized as a civil rights organization, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a bi-racial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans. It is one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the nation.
1918 · Fort Bragg Established

Age 10

Named after Confederate General Braxton Bragg, Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina was established on September 4, 1918. It was used as one of three training camps used during WWI.
1935 · The FBI is Established

Age 27

The Bureau of Investigation's name was changed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to help citizens know that the Government is helping protect from threats both domestically and abroad.

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)

  • Daisy Gay in household of Cromwell Gay, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Daisy Felton in household of Rufus Felton, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Daisy Gay in entry for Robert Lee Norville and Peggy Clark Felton, "Virginia, Marriage Certificates, 1936-1988"

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