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Joanna Gay (Unknown)

Also Known As: "Borden"
Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Headcorn, Kent, England
Death: August 14, 1691 (79)
Dedham, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Place of Burial: Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Wife of John Borden, I; John Borden and John Gay
Mother of John Borden; Matthew Borden; Elizabeth Martin; Samuel Gay; Hezekiah Gay and 8 others

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Immediate Family

About Joanna Gay

One story received concerning Joanna "Borden" reads as follows: "When Joanna left England, she was a widow and pregnant. Her brother, John Borden was also a widower. Probably for her protection on the voyage, he posed as her husband. Thus she is listed in the ship records as Joan Borden, wife. With them, were her two children, Mathew age 5 and Elizabeth age 3. Baby John was born at sea 21 April 1635, aboard the Elizabeth and Ann." However, nothing so far found in NEHGR mentions this story. Instead, an account by Robert C. Anderson in NEHGR vol. 130 (1976) seems more plausible. In short, John Borden arrived in New England the summer of 1635, with his wife and two or three children. Within a year John Borden had died, and a son, also named John, had been born. (The older son Matthew may have died young, as no further record of him has been found.) By 1638 the widow Joanna Borden had married John Gay, by whom she had ten children; the two surviving children by John Borden grew up in Dedham [MA] in this family. The younger John Borden was apprenticed to Charles Chadwick of Watertown during the mid-1650s, but by 1660 had removed to the New London area, where he married and had seven children. In 1660 Elizabeth Borden/Gay also married and had seven children in Boston. She died in 1673, and the younger John Borden in 1684, and thus Joanna Gay survived the children of her first marriage and remembered two of their children in her will in 1688. Her sons by the second marriage were the appointed guardians of these grandchildren. The web of connections seems to hold John, Elizabeth, the Bordens, and the Gays together as a family. _____

Came on Ship Elizabeth and Anne 13-4-1635. With Joanna were John, Matthew and Elizabeth Borden from Headcorn, Benenden, County Kent, Eng. 12-5-1635 John Borden, son was born at sea 24-4 1635. John Borden, adult, was brother but posing as husband of Joanna for sailing purposes. Also along was their brother Richard and family.


Resided in Dedham, Massachusetts
Citing This Record

"Pedigree Resource File", database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.2.1/9HVH-S49 : accessed 2013-07-30), entry for Joanna Baldwickie.

Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915

Joana Gay mentioned in the record of Samuell Gay Name: Joana Gay Gender: Female Husband: John Gay Son: Samuell Gay Other information in the record of Samuell Gay from Massachusetts, Births and Christenings Name: Samuell Gay Gender: Male Birth Date: 01 Mar 1639 Father's Name: John Gay Mother's Name: Joana Gay Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I00947-8 , System Origin: Massachusetts-EASy , GS Film number: 593353 , Reference ID: yr 1635-1853 p 1

"Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F4JC-R3R : accessed 19 March 2015), Joana Gay in entry for Samuell Gay, 01 Mar 1639; citing , yr 1635-1853 p 1; FHL microfilm 593,353. Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915

Joanna Gay mentioned in the record of Hirkiah Gay Name: Joanna Gay Gender: Female Husband: John Gay Son: Hirkiah Gay Other information in the record of Hirkiah Gay from Massachusetts, Births and Christenings Name: Hirkiah Gay Gender: Male Birth Date: 03 May 1640 Father's Name: John Gay Mother's Name: Joanna Gay Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I00947-8 , System Origin: Massachusetts-EASy , GS Film number: 593353 , Reference ID: yr 1635-1853 p 2

"Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F4JC-RK7 : accessed 19 March 2015), Joanna Gay in entry for Hirkiah Gay, 03 May 1640; citing , yr 1635-1853 p 2; FHL microfilm 593,353.

Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915

Joanna Gay mentioned in the record of Nathaniell Gay Name: Joanna Gay Gender: Female Husband: John Gay Son: Nathaniell Gay Other information in the record of Nathaniell Gay from Massachusetts, Births and Christenings Name: Nathaniell Gay Gender: Male Birth Date: 11 May 1642 Father's Name: John Gay Mother's Name: Joanna Gay Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I00947-8 , System Origin: Massachusetts-EASy , GS Film number: 593353 , Reference ID: yr 1635-1853 p 4

"Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F4JC-TM5 : accessed 19 March 2015), Joanna Gay in entry for Nathaniell Gay, 11 May 1642; citing , yr 1635-1853 p 4; FHL microfilm 593,353.

Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915

Joana Gay Massachusetts, Births and Christenings Name: Joana Gay Gender: Female Husband: John Gay Daughter: Joana Gay Other information in the record of Joana Gay from Massachusetts, Births and Christenings Name: Joana Gay Gender: Female Birth Date: 23 Jan 1645 Father's Name: John Gay Mother's Name: Joana Gay Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I00947-8 , System Origin: Massachusetts-EASy , GS Film number: 593353 , Reference ID: yr 1635-1853 p 6

"Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F4JC-TFK : accessed 19 March 2015), Joana Gay in entry for Joana Gay, 23 Jan 1645; citing , yr 1635-1853 p 6; FHL microfilm 593,353.

Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915

Joana Gay mentioned in the record of Eheken Gay Name: Joana Gay Gender: Female Husband: John Gay Son: Eheken Gay Other information in the record of Eheken Gay from Massachusetts, Births and Christenings Name: Eheken Gay Gender: Male Birth Date: 01 Feb 1647 Father's Name: John Gay Mother's Name: Joana Gay Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I00947-8 , System Origin: Massachusetts-EASy , GS Film number: 593353 , Reference ID: yr 1635-1853 p 8

"Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F4JC-B3G : accessed 19 March 2015), Joana Gay in entry for Eheken Gay, 01 Feb 1647; citing , yr 1635-1853 p 8; FHL microfilm 593,353.

Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915

Joana Gay mentioned in the record of Abigail Gay Name: Joana Gay Gender: Female Husband: John Gay Daughter: Abigail Gay Other information in the record of Abigail Gay from Massachusetts, Births and Christenings Name: Abigail Gay Gender: Female Birth Date: 25 Feb 1649 Father's Name: John Gay Mother's Name: Joana Gay Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I00947-8 , System Origin: Massachusetts-EASy , GS Film number: 593353 , Reference ID: yr 1635-1853 p 9

"Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F4JC-13K : accessed 19 March 2015), Joana Gay in entry for Abigail Gay, 25 Feb 1649; citing , yr 1635-1853 p 9; FHL microfilm 593,353.

Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915

Joana Gay mentioned in the record of Judith Gay Name: Joana Gay Gender: Female Husband: John Gay Daughter: Judith Gay Other information in the record of Judith Gay from Massachusetts, Births and Christenings Name: Judith Gay Gender: Female Birth Date: 25 Feb 1649 Father's Name: John Gay Mother's Name: Joana Gay Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I00947-8 , System Origin: Massachusetts-EASy , GS Film number: 593353 , Reference ID: yr 1635-1853 p 9

"Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F4JC-13G : accessed 19 March 2015), Joana Gay in entry for Judith Gay, 25 Feb 1649; citing , yr 1635-1853 p 9; FHL microfilm 593,353.

Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915

Joana Gay mentioned in the record of John Gay Name: Joana Gay Gender: Female Husband: John Gay Son: John Gay Other information in the record of John Gay from Massachusetts, Births and Christenings Name: John Gay Gender: Male Birth Date: 03 Mar 1651 Father's Name: John Gay Mother's Name: Joana Gay Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I00947-8 , System Origin: Massachusetts-EASy , GS Film number: 593353 , Reference ID: yr 1635-1853 p 12

"Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F4JZ-SMC : accessed 19 March 2015), Joana Gay in entry for John Gay, 03 Mar 1651; citing , yr 1635-1853 p 12; FHL microfilm 593,353.

Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915

Joana Gay mentioned in the record of Jonathan Gay Name: Joana Gay Gender: Female Husband: John Gay Son: Jonathan Gay Other information in the record of Jonathan Gay from Massachusetts, Births and Christenings Name: Jonathan Gay Gender: Male Birth Date: 01 Sep 1653 Father's Name: John Gay Mother's Name: Joana Gay Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I00947-8 , System Origin: Massachusetts-EASy , GS Film number: 593353 , Reference ID: yr 1635-1853 p 14

"Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F4JZ-S6B : accessed 19 March 2015), Joana Gay in entry for Jonathan Gay, 01 Sep 1653; citing , yr 1635-1853 p 14; FHL microfilm 593,353.

Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915

Joanna Gay mentioned in the record of Hannah Gay Name: Joanna Gay Gender: Female Husband: John Gay Daughter: Hannah Gay Other information in the record of Hannah Gay from Massachusetts, Births and Christenings Name: Hannah Gay Gender: Female Birth Date: 11 Aug 1656 Father's Name: John Gay Mother's Name: Joanna Gay Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I00947-8 , System Origin: Massachusetts-EASy , GS Film number: 593353 , Reference ID: yr 1635-1853 p 16

"Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F4JZ-325 : accessed 19 March 2015), Joanna Gay in entry for Hannah Gay, 11 Aug 1656; citing , yr 1635-1853 p 16; FHL microfilm 593,353.

Joanne Borden Gay Find A Grave Index

Name: Joanne Borden Gay Maiden Name: Borden Event Type: Burial Event Date: 1691 Event Place: Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States of America Birth Date: 12 Apr 1612 Death Date: 14 Aug 1691 Affiliate Record Identifier: 15500941 Cemetery: Old Village Cemetery

"Find A Grave Index," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QVVD-F3JX : accessed 19 March 2015), Joanne Borden Gay, 1691; Burial, Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States of America, Old Village Cemetery; citing record ID 15500941, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.

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Joanna Gay's Timeline

1612
August 14, 1612
Headcorn, Kent, England
1627
1627
Age 14
Headcorn, Kent, England
1632
1632
Age 19
Headcorn, Kent, England
1635
June 24, 1635
Age 22
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
1638
March 10, 1638
Age 25
Dedham, Massachusetts Bay Colony
1640
July 3, 1640
Age 27
Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts
1643
January 11, 1643
Age 30
Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
1645
January 25, 1645
Age 32
Dedham, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony