Elias Johnsson Toy (Tay) (1664 - 1720)

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Nicknames: "Elias Jansen Tay"
Birthplace: The Netherlands
Death: Died in Chester, NJ, USA
Managed by: Stephen Joseph Snyder
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About Elias Johnsson Toy (Tay)

Elias Tay, alias Toy, had two wives. His first wife, Gertrude, died about 1706. To replace her household services, Elias hired Maria Gästenberg, born 18 January 1690, the daughter of the late Nils Gästenberg and Maria Danielson, as his housekeeper. On 22 November 1708, Elias Tay conveyed to her part of his lands. They married soon thereafter. Throughout his life, Elias Tay remained a very active member of Gloria Dei Church in Philadelphia. He was among the top contributors to the new church’s construction, giving £15 for this purpose. He pledged £3 annually for the pastors’ salaries and gave another £3 for the addition of the church porches in 1704. He served as both a churchwarden and vestryman under Pastor Andreas Sandel and accompanied Sandel on his trips to Great Egg Harbor in 1704 and 1710, staying overnight at the house of his brother in-law James Steelman. After his death in February 1720, the estate of Elias Tay was inventoried under the name of Elias Toy. His personal property was valued at £112 and included a trunk full of books. By his two wives, Elias Tay had nine known children:


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Elias Johnsson Toy // Elias Jansen Tay's Timeline

October, 1664
The Netherlands
February, 1690
Age 25
July 30, 1690
Age 25
Burlington, NJ, USA
December 14, 1691
Age 27
Chester, New Jersey, United States
September 4, 1693
Age 28
Age 29
June 20, 1697
Age 32
Burlington, New Jersey, United States
Age 34
Chester, New Jersey, United States
Age 46
Chester, New Jersey, United States
Age 46