Sunday, February 04, 2007

Samuel & Martha (Fox) Gay

Samuel Gay and Martha Fox both moved to Lewis County when they were small children. After they married they settled on Oil Creek in the late 1850s.

Both Samuel and Martha came from families that had come to the colonies in the 1700s. Samuel's great grandfather (his father's mother's father) Anthony Mustoe,was born in Whitechapel, London in 1748. He lost two wives and several children before making a life with Mary Dorothy Seiler and raising a family of seven children in Virgina. During the Revolutionary War, Anthony served in several Virginia regiments in the Continental Line, reaching the rank of Sergeant. He was at Valley Forge from Feb 27, 1778 to June 4, 1778.

Martha's line includes the Ratliffs which are easily traced to Louisa County, VA, in its pioneer days before the Revolutionary War.

Samuel and Martha raised nine children in Confluence/Orlando: seven boys and two girls.
To the left is one of their children, George Miles Gay, who married Lucinda Freeman.

Samuel Gay's Obituary
provided by Darrell Groves
(Ind. Tues. 24 Feb. 1920)
GAY, SAMUEL of Oil creek, died on the 18th. Born April 26, 1840, died February 18, 1920, aged 79. Married December 31, 1863 to Martha J. Fox. Nine children, all surviving. His wife died some twenty-two years ago. Children, John, Noah and George Gay of Kemper; Charley and Earl Gay of Weston; Robert Gay of Gaston; and J. L. Gay of Richwood; Miss Cora Gay, at home, and Mrs. J. F. Riffle of Kemper. Also survived by three sisters and two brothers. Died of influenza. (Ind. Tues. 24 Feb. 1920)

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