Lewis GAY Alvaro GAY Lucina Anna GAY George GAY Ivanhoe Sylvester GAY Orren Lenard GAY Alonzo GAY Frances Carolina GAY Asa GAY William GAY Elsie Ann GAY Laura Nancy Lucy FARRINGTON Lorena Jane TURMIRE Elizabeth TAPPING Mini tree diagram

Volney Ephraim GAY2,1,10,3,4,5,6,7,7,8,9

9th Jan 18171,2,3,4,5,6,7,7,8,9 - 28th Feb 18893,5

Life History

9th Jan 1817

Born in Franklin County, Ohio.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,7,8,9

27th Sep 1841

Married Laura Nancy Lucy FARRINGTON in Rushville, Schuyler, Illinois.5

about 1843

Birth of son Alvaro GAY in Minnesota.1,6,2

about 1845

Birth of daughter Lucina Anna GAY in Minnesota.6,1,2

about 1847

Birth of son George GAY in Minnesota.6,1,2

about 1849

Birth of son Ivanhoe Sylvester GAY in Illinois.11,1,2,6,10,9

16th Feb 1854

Birth of son Orren Lenard GAY in McLeod County, Minnesota.3,12,13,1,3,3,9

1855

Birth of son Alonzo GAY in Minnesota.14,10,1,7,4,3,8,9

about Jul 1857

Birth of daughter Frances Carolina GAY in Minnesota.13,10,1,8

about 1858

Birth of son Asa GAY in Minnesota.13,9

about 1863

Birth of son William GAY in Minnesota.10,7,8,9

about 1866

Birth of daughter Elsie Ann GAY in Meeker County, Minnesota.8,9

after 1873

Married Lorena Jane TURMIRE in Dassel, Meeker, Minnesota

20th Mar 1873

Death of Laura Nancy Lucy FARRINGTON in Dassel, Meeker, Minnesota.5,3

after 1889

Death of son Ivanhoe Sylvester GAY in Oklahoma.3

28th Feb 1889

Died in Dassel, Meeker, Minnesota.3,5

after 28th Feb 1889

Buried in Seventh Day Adventist Cemetery, Dassel, Meeker County, Minnesota.3,5

Notes

  • In the 1850 U S census, Volney's wife is reported as Laura.  Her ageof 27 would indicate she was born about 1823.  But in the 1857 statecensus and the 1860 U S census, the name is Laura.  Her age in 1857makes her birth in about 1833, and 36 in 1860 would be about 1834.

    1850 Federal Census, Schuyler County, Illinois, 9 September, AshlandTownship, page 15, Hse #60, Fam #62
    Gay, Volney 33 M Carpenter b Ohio [b abt 1817]
    Gay, Lucy 27 F b Ohio [b abt 1823]
    Gay, Alvaro 7 M b Minnesota [b abt 1853]
    Gay, Lucina 5 M b Minnesota [b abt 1845]
    Gay, George 3 M b Minnesota [b abt 1847]
    Gay, Ivano 1 M b Minnesota [b abt 1849]

    In 1857 and 1860, Volney's wife is listed under the name of Laura.  Acouple of genealogies report that Volney married Lucy Farrington in1841.  And his wife in 1850 is reported as Lucy.  One reports herproper name was Laura and Lucy was her nickname.

    Volney Ephraim Gay
    Birth 9 Jan 1817 in Franklin County, Ohio
    Death 28 Feb 1889 in Dassel, Meeker County, Minnesota
    Marriage 27 Sep 1841 Rushville, Schuyler, Illinois to Lucy Farrington
    Birth 13 Dec 1822 in Meigs, Ohio, Death 20 Mar 1873 in Swan Lake,Meeker, Minnesota
    --  Bellamy,http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/7103511/person/-1137285552?ssrc=&ml_rpos=11

    1857 Minnesota State Census, Carver County, 19 October, Township 116,Hse #324, Fam #325
    Gay, Volney 40 M b Ohio Farmer [b abt 1817]
    Gay, Laura 24 F b Ohio [b abt 1833]
    Gay, Oliver 15 M b Illinois [b abt 1842]
    Gay, Losiney 13 F b Illinois [b abt 1844]
    Gay, George 11 M b Illinois [b abt 1846]
    Gay, Sylivester [sic] 8 M b Illinois [b abt 1849]
    Gay, Orrin 4 M b Minnesota [b abt 1853]
    Gay, Alois 3 M b Minnesota [b abt 1854]
    Gay, Francis 2 months M b Minnesota [b abt 1856]

    The child in 1857 reported as Oliver matches the first child Alvaro inthe 1850 census.  The same child is reported in 1860 with the nameAlfield.

    1860 Federal Census, Carver County, Minnesota, 18 July, Camden, POYoung America, page 104-105 (scan 396-397), Hse #1015, Fam #877
    Volney Gay 42 F Carpenter $0 Real Estate declared $150 Personal bornOhio [b abt 1818]
    Laura Gay 36 M born Ohio [b abt 1824]
    Alfield [Oliver] Gay 18 M Farm Laborer born Illinois [b abt 1842]
    Louisa Anna Gay 16 M servant born Illinois [b abt 1844]
    George Gay 14 F born Illinois [b abt 1846]
    Ivenhal [Ivanhoe] Gay 12 M born Illinois [b abt 1848]
    - page 105 -
    Orin Gay 8 M born Minnesota [b abt 1852]
    Alonzo Gay 6 M born Minnesota [b abt 1854]
    Carolina Gay 4 M born Minnesota [b abt 1856]
    Asa Gay 2 M born Minnesota [b abt 1858]

    1865 Minnesota State Census, McLeod County, 1 June, Penn Township,Hse/Fam #21
    Volney Gay M [no ages or birth states rptd in this census]
    Lucy Gay F
    Sylvester Gay M
    Orrin Gay M
    Alonzo Gay 11 M
    Carolin Gay F
    Asa Gay M
    William Gay M

    In the 1870 Federal census, Volney is reported living in Bates County,Missouri.  It is the first census outside of Minnesota since theymoved there from Illinois after the 1850 census.  This might not be sounusual, except that by the time of the 1875 state census, Volney wasback in Meeker County, Minnesota, where he had been for several years. Another odd thing about the Missouri record is that his wife intehcensus is reported as Nancy.

    We might think this was an odd error by the enumerator, but her agediffers from Lucy's also.  She and Volney are both reported as 45years old, so born about 1825, close to the ages for Lucy or Laura inother censuses.  Lucy's gravestone reports that she died in 1873.  sothe wife Nancy in 1870 is a mystery, but perhaps this is a third namefor her.

    All the children in 1870 are reported born in Illinois.

    1870 Federal Census, Bates County, Missouri, 27 July, PO Butler, GrandRiver, page 7, Hse/Fam #45
    Gay, Volney 45 M W Farmer $0 declared Real Estate $0 declared Personalborn Ohio [b abt 1825]
    Gay, Nancy 45 F W Home b Ohio Cannot read [b abt 1825]
    Gay, Ivanhoe 22  M W Farmer born Illinois [b abt 1848]
    Gay, Orin 17 M W Farmer born Illinois [b abt 1853]
    Gay, Alfred [Alonzo] 15 M W Farmer born Illinois Attended School,Idiot [b abt Jan 1855]
    Gay, Asa 8 M W Farmer born Illinois [b abt 1862]
    Gay, William 6 M W born Illinois [b abt 1864]
    Gay, Elsey 4 F W home born Illinois [b abt 1866]

    In 1875, Volney is alone with no wife, and several children in thehousehold.  There is one new child, Ann, age 9.

    1875 Minnesota State Census, Meeker County, 1 May 1875, Swan Lake,page 983, Fam #142
    Gay, Volney 60 M W born Ohio Parents both b Maine [b abt 1815]
    Gay, Alonzo 20 M W born Minn Ohio Ohio [b abt 1855]
    Gay, Caroline 18 F W born Minn Ohio Ohio [b abt 1857]
    Gay, Wm 12 M W Minn Ohio Ohio [b abt Jan 1863]
    Gay, Ann 9 F W Minn Ohio Ohio [b abt 1866]

    John William Sellards' grave says he died in 1870.  The Bellamygenealogy cited above reports that Volney's first wife Lucy died in1873.  Volney married Lorena Jane some time after 1873.

    In 1880, Volney's wife is reported as Jane, reported in 1885 as JaneL.  This name Jane and initial L match Lorena Jane Turmire Sellards,reported as Volney's second wife in his memorial on Find a Grave.  Intheir household are Volney's sons Alonzo, along with two of Jane'ssons from a previous marriage, Armstrong and Jasper Selards(Sellards).

    Jane's first husband William Sellards died in 1870.  Volney's firstwife Laura/Lucy died in 1873.  He married Jane some time after the1875 census above when he had no wife in the home.

    The 1880 enumerator erred in reporting Jane's sons with the name Gay.This error is corrected in the 1885 census, where they are reportedwith their correct last name.

    1880 Federal Census, Meeker County, Minnesota, 12 June, Ladys SpringDistrict 3, Enumeration District 144, page 10, Hse/Fam #53
    Gay, Volney W M 64 Head Farmer Ohio Scotland Scotland [b abt 1826]
    Gay, Jane  W F 43 Wife Keeping House Has Consumption KY OH KY [abt1837]
    Gay, Alonzo  W M 25 Son Works on Farm idiotic Minnesota Ohio Kentucky[b abt 1855]
    Gay, Willie  W M 18 Son Works on Farm Minnesota Ohio Kentucky [b abt1862]
    Gay [Sellards], Armstrong  W M 15 Son Works on Farm KY OH KY [b abt1865]
    Gay [Sellards], Jasper W M 12 Son Works on Farm Minn OH KY [b abt1868]

    In 1885, Volney's name is misreported as Valery.

    1885 Minnesota State Census, Meeker County, 2 June, Dassel, page 15,Hse/Fam #120
    Gay, Valery 67 M b Ohio [b abt 1818]
    Gay, Jane L 47 F b Kentucky [b abt 1838]
    Gay, Alanzo 30 M b Minnesota [b abt 1855]
    Selards, Armstrong 20 M b Kentucky [b abt 1865]
    Selards, Jasper 17 M b Minnesota [b abt 1868]

    Volney's two wives are reported on Volney's memorial on Find a Grave.

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    Volney Ephraim Gay
    Birth Jan. 9, 1817 Franklin County, Ohio
    Death Feb. 28, 1889 Dassel, Meeker County, Minnesota

    Son of Elizabeth Tapping Gay
    Father Lewis Gay (____ - 1845)

    Spouses:
    Lucy Farrington Gay (1822 - 1873)
    Lorena Jane Turmire Sellards (1837 - 1891)
    Son  Orren Lenard Gay (1854 - 1921)
    Sibling Vixon P. Gay (1814 - 1877)

    Burial Seventh Day Adventist Cemetery, Dassel, Meeker County,Minnesota

    Created by D W Jun 01, 2011
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #70712154,    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=70712154
    -------------------

Sources

  • 1. 1857 Minnesota State Census, Carver County
    • 19 October, Township 116, Hse #324, Fam #325
  • 2. 1860 Federal Census, Carver County, Minnesota
    • 18 July, Camden, PO Young America, page 104-105 (scan 396-397), Hse
  • 3. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
  • 4. 1885 Minnesota State Census, Meeker County
    • 2 June, Dassel, page 15, Hse/Fam #120
  • 5. Ancestry Trees
  • 6. 1850 Federal Census, Schuyler County, Illinois
    • 9 September, Ashland Township, page 15, Hse #60, Fam #62
  • 7. 1880 Federal Census, Meeker County, Minnesota
    • 12 June, Ladys Spring District 3, Enumeraton District 144, page 10,
  • 8. 1875 Minnesota State Census, Meeker County
    • 1 May 1875, Swan Lake, page 983, Fam #142
  • 9. 1870 Federal Census, Bates County, Missouri
    • 27 July, PO Butler, Grand River, page 7, Hse/Fam #45
  • 10. 1865 Minnesota State Census, McLeod County
    • 1 June, Penn Township, Hse/Fam #21
  • 11. 1880 Federal Census, Tarrant County, Texas
    • 15 June, Fort Worth, District 90, page 48, Hse #418, Fam #431
  • 12. 1865 Minnesota State Census, McLeod County
    • 1 June, Township 116, Hse #324, Fam #325
  • 13. 1860 Federal Census, Carver County, Minnesota
    • 18 July, Camden, PO Young America, page 105, Hse #1015, Fam #877
  • 14. 1850 Federal Census, Schuyler County, Illinois
    • 18 July, Camden, PO Young America, page 104-105 (scan 396-397), Hse

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