Ivanhoe Sylvester GAY Arley B GAY Sylvia Catherine GAY Preston Clifton GAY Bertha Lee GAY Kelly Caroline PALMER Clara GAY Lucy RICHARDSON Oscar B GAY Catherine WATSON Mini tree diagram
Headrick Walter GAY

Headrick Walter GAY1,1,2,3,4,5

14th Jun 18751,2,3,4,5 - 15th Apr 19501

Life History

14th Jun 1875

Born in Dassel, Meeker, Minnesota.1,2,3,4,5

Jul 1898

Birth of son Arley B GAY in Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory.3

about 1899

Married Kelly Caroline PALMER in Coalgate, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory.1

13th Mar 1900

Birth of daughter Sylvia Catherine GAY in Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory.3,4,1

24th Aug 1901

Birth of son Preston Clifton GAY in Pauls Valley, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory.6,1,4,5

28th Jul 1907

Birth of daughter Bertha Lee GAY in Oklahoma.4,5,1


Death of Kelly Caroline PALMER in Oklahoma.1

25th May 1911

Married Lucy RICHARDSON in McClain County, Oklahoma.1

about 1912

Birth of daughter Clara GAY in Oklahoma.5


Death of Lucy RICHARDSON in Pauls Valley, Garvin, Oklahoma.1

15th Apr 1950

Died in Garvin County, Oklahoma.1

after 15th Apr 1950

Buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Pauls Valley, Garvin County, Oklahoma.1


  • The 1880 census of Hedrick's family reports his name as Frederick onthe Ancestry.com transcription.  But the original entry seems to beHeadrick.  One genealogist made a comment on the census correcting thetranscription.

    1880 Federal Census, Tarrant County, Texas, 15 June, Fort Worth,District 90, page 48, Hse #418, Fam #431
    Gay, Ivanhoe  W M 28 Head Laborer MN OH OH [b abt 1852]
    Gay, Catherine W F 28 Wife Keeping House KY VA KY [abt 1852]
    Gay, Hedrick [sic  W M 6 Son Works on Farm MN MN KY [b abt 1874]
    Gay, Oscar B  W F 2 Son Works on Farm TX MN KY [abt 1878]

    "Correction due to an error in transcription.  The 'H' kinda lookslike an 'F'.. but this is the family of Ivanoe n Catherine Gay.. sonsHeadrick Walter and Vernon Oscar Gay."
    --  Rhonda Smith, Comment on an Ancestry census record, 4 June 2007

    1900 Federal Census, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory, 29 June,Township 4, District 134, Page 17B, House #295, Family #303
    Gay, Headreak Head W M May 1873  27 Married 3 yrs MN MO IL FarmerRents Farm
    Gay, Caroline Dau Ind F June 1879 20 Married 3 yrs 2 children/2 livingInd Terr Ind Terr Ind Terr
    Gay, Arley B Dau Ind F July 1898  1 Single Ind Terr Ind Minn Terr
    Gay, Sylvia Katy Dau Ind F Single Mar 1900  3mos Ind Terr Minn IndTerr

    1910 Federal Census, Garvin County, Oklahoma, 21 May, Stratford,District 82, Page 17B, Hse/Fam #231
    Gay, Headrick Head M W 33 Widowed Married 10 years MN IL KY RetiredFarmer Owns [b abt 1877]
    Gay, Katy S Dau F W 9 yrs 7 children/7 living OK MN OK [b abt 1901]
    Gay, Presley Son M W 6 Single OK MN OK [b abt 1903]
    Gay, Bertha L Dau F W 2 Single OK MN OK [b abt 1908]
    Brown, Susan S Mother-in-law F W 69 Single KY VA IL [b abt 1841]

    Susan Brown is Headrick's mother-in-law, the mother of Caroline(Kelly) Palmer.  After the death of Kelly's father, Susan marriedagain.  Brown is her second married name.  In the 1900 census, Susanis  a widow living next door to Headrick and Caroline.

    1920 Federal Census, Garvin County, Oklahoma, -- February, Whitebead,District 33, page 2B, 111 S Pearl St, Hse #37, Fam #39
    Gay, Headrick Head Owns M W 42 Married MN MN MN Garage Mechanic [b abt1877]
    Gay, Lucy Wife F Ind 26 Married OK TN TN [b abt 1893]
    Gay, Press Son M Ind 17 Single OK MN OK [b abt 1902, but see 1902census card, age 1]
    Gay, Bertha Dau F Ind 12 Single OK MN OK [b abt 1907]
    Gay, Clara Dau F Ind 7 Single OK MN OK [b abt 1912]

    The memorial for Headrick on Find a Grave includes a wonderfulpersonal report by Headrick, recorded by a RootsWeb field worker,Maurice R Anderson, on 18 March 1937.

    Headrick Walter Gay
    Birth Jun. 14, 1875 Dassel, Meeker County, Minnesota
    Death Apr. 15, 1950 Garvin County, Oklahoma

    Interview #1115
    Field Worker Maurice R. Anderson
    March 18, 1937
    Name Mr. H.W. Gay
    Residence Pauls Valley, Oklahoma
    Birth 1877 Minnesota
    Father Iveno [Ivanhoe] Gay
    Mother Kate [Catherine] Watson

    I was four years old when my father and mother left Minnesota. Wepassed through the Indian Territory. There were three wagons, twoother families were with us. I was small but I can remember somethings that happened. I remember we stopped in Muskogee, IndianTerritory for three days. There was a big celebration going on thereat the time. The Indians, I guess, were putting this on. Everywhere Ilooked there would be Indians, all dressed up with beads and paint ontheir faces. There were lots of cowboys in roping and riding contests.I don't know what trail we took from there.

    My father was driving the head wagon. My father was working two horsesand I think that was what the other two wagons were working. I know westopped and stayed two days at Cherokee Town, Indian Territory. Ofcourse, I did not know that it was Cherokee Town at that time. Afterleaving Cherokee Town, my father took his wagon train on into Texas,near Austin. And in 1886 we moved from Austin, Texas, to CherokeeTown, Indian Territory.

    My father owned at that time, four horses and ten milk cows. We livedon milk, butter and cornbread. Of course, we had plenty of squirrel,turkey, rabbit, quail and fish. After settling near Cherokee Town onthe Washita River, we lived in a tent.

    My job was to look after the cows in the day time. Grass was waisthigh and I would graze them near the Washita River where they couldget plenty of water and so I could fish. I made me a hook out of apiece of stiff wire, crooked it and filed a barb on it. I would turnover a log and get me some worms. There were lots of fish in theWashita River. In the evening I would take the cows home, or to ourtent, which was a good home in those days because there weren't verymany houses. As I said, in bringing the cows home in the evening, Ihave brought home 8 to 10 pounds of fish that I had caught during theday.

    I have caught lots of o'possum and skunks, (there wasn't any mink ormuskrat then), lots of beaver, but I never did catch any. I would skinthe o'possums and skunks I caught and take green sticks and bend themand tie the two ends together and stretch my furs on these sticks. Isold my furs to a man that had a store at Cherokee Town. I think hisname was John Walner.

    At Cherokee Town there were two stores and a log house made into ahotel. I remember they had a sign hanging out on the porch which said"Hotel". I was never inside of this place. There was a stage barn andtwo or three houses. I have been at the store lots of times and haveseen men come and stop at Cherokee Town. Some of them would be ridingfine horses and some would be riding poor looking horses. I rememberone time a man rode up on a big fine horse. He wore a high top hat,and two big pistols on each side of his saddle horn.

    This man didn't stay very long. He talked to this man who ran thestore awhile, then this man that wore the high top hat got on hishorse and rode off. The man that ran the store told some of the menstanding around then that this man with the high hat was a greatgambler. He talked as if he had known him for a long time. I said hewore two guns - that wasn't what attracted my attention for nearly allthe men wore guns in that time. That high top hat was what I waslooking at. It was the first time I ever saw anybody wear that kind ofa hat.

    My father sold milk and butter to this hotel and store at CherokeeTown and when there was a bull calf born, my father would fatten it upand he usually got from twenty to twenty-five dollars for it.

    I always carried my father's pistol with me when I was herding themilk cows, on account of so many wolves. But I was never bothered bythem, but I have shot many a rattlesnake's head off. There was lots oftimber in this country then. My father did some farm work after wesettled at Cherokee Town. He raised lots of corn for feeding purposesand for bread.

    In 1888, I believe it was, Cherokee Town was moved to where Wynnewoodis now. The Santa Fe Railroad was put through there in 1887 and itmissed Cherokee Town, so that was why they moved and settled where therailroad was. Of course, they didn't move all of Cherokee Town rightthen. I think someone at Pauls Valley bought one of the buildings andmoved it to Pauls Valley.

    We left there in 1889 and moved to the Choctaw Nation in the east partof the Indian Territory near Coalgate, Indian Territory. My fathersold some of his milk cows before we left. We farmed near Coalgate[This is in the western part of Choctaw Nation, near the border withChickasaw Nation], raised some cotton and lots of corn.

    I was married to Miss Kelly Palmer, a half Choctaw Indian. She didn'tknow much about her father, as he died when she was very small. Hermother now lives in the east part of Garvin County. In those days whena white man married an Indian woman, he was called squaw man andsometimes called galvanized citizen. I lived around Coalgate untilafter statehood. I now live in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma.

    Caroline Palmer Gay (1879 - 1908)
    Lucy Richardson Gay (1893 - 1925)

    Sylvia Katy Gay Richardson (1900 - 1960)
    Bertha Lee Gay Garland (1907 - 1980)

    Burial Mount Olivet Cemetery, Pauls Valley, Garvin County, Oklahoma

    Created by ivygeni Jun 28, 2012
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #92708077,http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=92708077

    Note that in this auto-biography, Headrick refers to his wife as KellyPalmer.  She is referred to in records, including her grave, asCaroline Palmer.  It is not clear if Kelly was another name (KellyCaroline, or Caroline Kelly) or a nickname.

    He also refers to Kelly as a half Choctaw.  However, when their1-year-old son was registered as a Choctaw citizen in 1901, he wasreported as 1/32 blood Choctaw,  This means his mother was only 1/16Choctaw, unless there is some error in the family or tribal records.

    "Coalgate was founded in 1889 as a coal mining camp named Liddle inthe Pushmataha District of the Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory. Itwas named for William "Bill" Liddle, a superintendent for the AtokaCoal and Mining Company, who had arrived in the fall of 1888 to locatea site for a new coal mine."
    --  "Coalgate, Oklahoma," Wikipedia,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coalgate,_Oklahoma


  • 1. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
  • 2. 1880 Federal Census, Tarrant County, Texas
    • 15 June, Fort Worth, District 90, page 48, Hse #418, Fam #431
  • 3. 1900 Federal Census, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory
    • 29 June, Township 4, District 134, Page 17B, House #295, Family #303
  • 4. 1910 Federal Census, Garvin County, Oklahoma
    • 21 May, Stratford, District 82, Page 17B, Hse/Fam #231
  • 5. 1920 Federal Census, Garvin County, Oklahoma
    • -- February, Whitebead, District 33, page 2B, 111 S Pearl St, Hse #37,
  • 6. U.S., Native American Enrollment Cards for the Five Civilized Tribes,1898-1914
    • 25 Sep 1902, Choctaw By Blood

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