William Henry Gay

12 September 1840–25 February 1903 (Age 62)
Hubbardston, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States

The Life Summary of William Henry

When William Henry Gay was born on 12 September 1840, in Hubbardston, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Moses Gay, was 36 and his mother, Lucretia Davis, was 31. He married Sarah Coltrin on 7 August 1876, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. He died on 25 February 1903, in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States, at the age of 62, and was buried in Spanish Fork City Cemetery, Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States.

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William Henry Gay
Sarah Coltrin
Marriage: 7 August 1876
Sarah Etta Gay
Henry Helaman Gay
William Harvey Gay
Hugh Elmer Gay

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    7 August 1876Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
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    World Events (7)

    Age 6
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    Age 23
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
    1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg
    Age 23
    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 (26)

    • William Gay in entry for Hugh Elmer Gay, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • Henry Gay in household of Mosel Gay, "United States Census, 1850"
    • W H Gay in entry for Hugh Elmer Gay and Beatrice Gordon Dudley, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"

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