William Gay (c.1766 - 1852)

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Birthplace: North Carolina, United States
Death: Died in Fayette County, Georgia, United States
Managed by: Carol Hooper Childs
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About William Gay

Ref: Georgia Pioneers, by Jeannette Holland Austin

Served in Revolutionary War.

Married Mary Hunt.

William Gay (son of Thomas and Patience) and Mary Hunt Gay had a son William Gay who made his will  in Perry Co., Al 1870. Among heirs named is Thomas B. Gay. This

Thomas B. married Martha Nix in Perry Co., 1845.

   William Gay born 1764 (based on 1850 census Fayette Co., Ga) died 22
   May 1852 was the son of Thomas and Patience Gay. He is named in the
   will of Thomas in Franklin Co., NC in 1784.
   1785 Received bounty land in Franklin Co, NC based on Revolutionary
   War service; Land located on Little Creek;
   1785 Franklin Co., NC witnessed deed Elias Gay to James Massey (Elias
   Gay was the step-father of Mary "Polly" Hunt)
   1786 Franklin Co., NC tax list
   1788Franklin Co., NC deed William Gay to Hardy Hunt (land located on
   Little Creek);
   1788 Franklin Co., NC witnessed deed Joshua Gay to Hardy Hunt
   ca 1791 he married Mary "Polly" Hunt (the Hunts can be placed in
   Franklin Co., NC at this time)
   1794Hancock Co., Ga tax list
   1796 Hancock Co., Ga tax list
   1801Hancock Co., Ga tax list
   1802 Hancock Co., Ga estate settlement of Thomas Gay
   1804Hancock Co., Ga tax list
   1805Hancock Co., Ga land lottery
   1810 Hancock Co., Ga marriage of daughter Martha "Patsy" Gay to
   Benjamin McGee (from the settlement of the estate of Johann Sims,
   sister of William, in Clayton Co., Ga in 1860, we know that Mary
   Eason and Cynthia Osburn were heirs of William Gay. From the will of
   Penelope Overton Perry Co., AL 1860, bequests are made to her
   brothers (not named), any other legal heirs, and her sisters: Arpy
   McGee, Marina Pate; Cynthia Osburn, and Mary Eason; the estate
   settlement lists the heirs of Penelope Overton as: children of Martha
   McGee, Arpy McGee, widow of Richard, William Gay, Ann Gay, Marina
   Pate, Cynthia Osburn, Sherrod Gay, and Mary Eason);
   1812Hancock Co., Ga tax list
   1815Jasper Co., Ga. marriage of daughter Arpy to Richard McGee
   1815Jasper Co., Ga marriage of daughter Penelope to Henry Overton
   1816 Jasper Co., Ga marriage of son William to Lucy Wyatt
   1820Jasper Co., Ga. census
   1830Jasper Co., Ga census
   1839 Fayette Co., Ga marriage of son Sherrod Haywood to Annis Allen
   1840Fayette Co., Ga census
   1850Fayette Co., Ga census
   1852Fayette Co., death; buried on former site of plantation of
   Sherrod H. Gay in present day Clayton Co.
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William Gay's Timeline

1766
1766
North Carolina, United States
1794
1794
Age 28
Hancock, GA, USA

Georgia Tax List for Hancock County, Georgia:

Patiants GAY, Hancock County, 1794
Allen GAY, Hancock County, 1794
John GAY, Hancock County, 1794
Wm. GAY, Hancock County, 1794
William GAY, Hancock County, 1794

1852
May 22, 1852
Age 86
Fayette County, Georgia, United States
May 24, 1852
Age 86
Sherrod H. Gay Plantation, Clayton County, Georgia, United States
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