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Male 1857 - Yes, date unknown


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  • Name William Gay  [1, 2
    Born Mar 1857  Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Notes 
    • 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
      school building.

      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
      accustomed place;
      But cleansed and saved and perfected
      by grace.
      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.
    • (Research):

      Census Listings:

      1900 Census
      Indian Territory, Chickasaw Nation, Township 2 North Range 4 East
      SD 73 ED 133 Sheet 20B
      280-306
      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

      1910 Census
      Oklahoma. Comanche Couty, Strauss Twp
      Enumerated 25 Apr 1910
      SD --- ED 62 Sheet 5A
      56-56
      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
    Person ID I20935  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Family Amelia J. "Melia" Counts,   b. Nov 1866, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Abt 1885 
    • 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.
    Children 
     1. Mary Gertrude Gay,   b. Oct 1886, Water Valley, Yalobusha County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1955, Chickasha, Grady County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years)
     2. Minnie G. Gay,   b. Mar 1889, Water Valley, Yalobusha County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Zettie Radford Gay,   b. 14 Jul 1892, McKinney, Collin County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Nov 1954, Tulia, Swisher County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     4. Bonnie Gay,   b. May 1893, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Nellie G. Gay,   b. Jun 1898, Indian Territory Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Effie F. Gay,   b. Abt 1901, Indian Territory Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Alva M. Gay,   b. Abt 1905, Indian Territory Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 4 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F888  Group Sheet,  Family chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S94] Frederick, Rhodene--Email Correspondence, Spring 2005 [unique6689@earthlink.net].

    2. [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).