1857 - Yes, date unknown
||William Gay [1, 2] |
||Yes, date unknown
- Mark Tracey Gay, on "The Mark Gay Ancestry Page" updated September 6, 2000, writes that:
William David Gay born March 11, 1857. He couldn't really remember
his birthday. I wrote down what was on his grave. He died March 17,
1931. He married Mary Morgan in MS. January 17, 1878. She died after
falling off a horse. She was pregnant at the time and the baby also
died. He then married Amelia Jane Counts December 25, 1885 [12/24/1882] in MS.
His parents were William Gay (c 1828 - 1864) born in GA and Rose Anna
Murray(c 1832 - ????) born in GA.
He also has the following fragment of his obituary, supplied by Rhodene Frederick:
I have a very old and damaged obit for William [David] Gay (1857-1931). - Rhodene
[???]could do was done but nothing could relieve the suffering.
A sweet peaceful smile settled on the worn face and the soul seemed to float out
to eternity with the sweet calm that goes with a christian soul.
Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church in Walters. Rev. Geo C.
Hutto said a fitting tribute to ?????? the services at the church the Masons
took charge of the body but owing to the down pour of rain the services were
omitted at the cemetery.
In 1884 [12-24-1882] he was married to Miss Amelia Counts of Bannie [Banner] Miss.
To this union eight children were born. Six of which [???? were still alive at the time of ???] his death.
Mr. Gay professed faith in Christ, in August 1893 and united with the Methodist
church. In 1910 he joined the Baptist church. He was also a charter member of
the Emerson Baptist church of which he remained a member until his death. Not
only being a charter member of the little country church of his community but
was also a charter member of the Masonic lodge of Walters. In 1929 he was made
honorary member of the lodge.
He also participated in the laying of the corner stone of the Walters High
He came to this country [Cotton County, Okla(Indian Territory)] in 1901 and settled
on a claim northwest of Walters in the Elm Grove district.
He was well and favorably known in and around Walters.
He was a true Christian character, a loving and devoted husband, father,
grandfather and great-grandfather.
One Less at Home
One less at home,
The charmed circle broken, a dear
face missed day by day from its
But cleansed and saved and perfected
One more in Heaven!
Card of Thanks
We wish to thank our many friends and neighbors who so kindly helped us during
the sickness and death of our loving husband and devoted father, grandfather and
great grandfather also the beautiful flowers. Thanks to the Masons for their
loyalty. Mrs. W. D. Gay, Mrs. J. A. Ellis and family, Mr. Z. R. Gay and
children, Mr. and Mrs. F. M. DeSpain, Mrs. Effie Williams and son, Mr. and Mrs.
A. M. Gay and family.
Indian Territory, Chickasaw Nation, Township 2 North Range 4 East
SD 73 ED 133 Sheet 20B
Gay, William Head W M Mch 1857 43 M15 Ga Ga Ga Farmer
Gay, Melia Wf W F Nov 1866 ?3 M 15 6/5 Miss NC SC
Gay, Mary G Dtr W F Oct 1886 13 S Miss Ga Miss
Gay, Minnie G Dtr W f May 1889 11 S Miss Ga Miss
Gay, Zetta R Son W M Jul 1891 8 S Tx Ga Miss
Gay, Bonnie D Dtr W F May 1893 7 S IT Ga Miss
Gay, Nellie G Dtr W F Jun 1898 1 S IT Ga Miss
Oklahoma. Comanche Couty, Strauss Twp
Enumerated 25 Apr 1910
SD --- ED 62 Sheet 5A
Gay, William D Head M W 53 N2 25 Ga SC SC Farmer
Gay, Mela J Wf F W 44 m1 8/7 Miss NC SC Farm Wife
Gay, Getty R Son M W 17 S Tx Ga Miss Helsp on Farm
Gay, Bonnie B Dtr F W 15 S Tx Ga Miss Going School
Gay, Nellie G Dtr F W 11 S Ok Gs Miss
Gay, Effie F Dtr F W 9 S Ok Ga Miss
Gay, Alva M Son M W 5 S Ok Ga Miss
Strong, Agnes I Grddtr F W 3 S Ok Miss Miss
||Strong Family Tree
||17 Aug 2014 |
||Amelia J. "Melia" Counts, b. Nov 1866, Mississippi , d. Yes, date unknown |
- The 1900 Census shows they had been married 15 years, and that Amelia was the mother of 6 children, 5 of whom were living. By 1910, it was shown she had 8 children, 7 of whom were living.
| ||1. Mary Gertrude Gay, b. Oct 1886, Water Valley, Yalobusha County, Mississippi , d. 1955, Chickasha, Grady County, Oklahoma (Age ~ 68 years)|
| ||2. Minnie G. Gay, b. Mar 1889, Water Valley, Yalobusha County, Mississippi , d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||3. Zettie Radford Gay, b. 14 Jul 1892, McKinney, Collin County, Texas , d. 2 Nov 1954, Tulia, Swisher County, Texas (Age 62 years)|
| ||4. Bonnie Gay, b. May 1893, Texas , d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||5. Nellie G. Gay, b. Jun 1898, Indian Territory |
| ||6. Effie F. Gay, b. Abt 1901, Indian Territory |
| ||7. Alva M. Gay, b. Abt 1905, Indian Territory |
||4 Jan 2013 |
||Group Sheet, Family chart
|Born - Mar 1857 - Georgia
- [S94] Frederick, Rhodene--Email Correspondence, Spring 2005 [firstname.lastname@example.org].
- [S384] 1900 United States Federal Census [Ancestry.com database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004, (Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls. This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1900 United States Federal Census, the Twelfth Census of the United States. Census takers recorded many details including each person's name, address, relationship to the head of household, color or race, sex, month and year of birth, age at last birthday, marital status, number of years married, the total number of children born of the mother, the number of those children living, birthplace, birthplace of father and mother, if the individual was foreign born, the year of immigration and the number of years in the United States, the citizenship status of foreign-born individuals over age twenty-one, occupation, and more. Additionally, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1900 Federal Census.), Indian Territory, Chickasaw Nation, Township 2 North Range 4 East SD 73 ED 133 Sheet 20B 280-306 (Reliability: 3).