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A GENEALOGICAL REPORT
The work of Osie Gay

HENRY GAY (I) February 22, 1663
TO
CHRISTOPHER WESLEY FOSTER May 2, 1991

Note: Parenthesis herein used are only around adopted names, numerals to distinguish between persons with identical names; and around unknown names (first, middle or last).

WHEREAS, by deed dated March 23, 1784, John Gay, conveyed to John Norsworthy 100 acres of land, more or less, on which land John Gay lived, and in said deed John Gay excepted from said conveyance the ancestral graveyard of the Gay family with the language therein, to wit: "...except for the graveyard and all other liberties and privileges thereunto contained...."; and this deed is recorded in the Clerk's Office of the Circuit Court of Isle of Wight County, Virginia, in Deed Book 15 at Page 347; and

WHEREAS, in the aforesaid deed John Gay recites that he inherited said land from his father, Thomas Gay (III); that Thomas Gay (III) died testate in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, between March 18, 1734 (the date he executed his will) and April 4, 1754, (the date said will was recorded in the aforesaid Clerk's Office in Will Book 6 at Page 169; and

WHEREAS, Thomas Gay (III) inherited said land from his father, Thomas Gay (II) who died testate in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, between October 28. 1750 (the date his executed his will) and December 6, 1750 (the date his will was recorded in the aforesaid Clerk's Office in Will Book 5 at Page 282); and

WHEREAS, Thomas Gay (II) inherited said land from his father, Henry H. Gay (II) who died in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, between February 3, 1738 (the date he executed his will) and April 25, 1737 (the date his will was recorded in the aforesaid Clerk's Office in Will Book 4, at Page 156); and

WHEREAS, Henry Gay (II) inherited said land from his father, Henry Gay (I) who was granted 400 acres of land of which this land is a part and which 400 acres as conveyed to Henry Gay (I) by Governor Berkley by land patent dated APRIL 22, 1669.

WHEREAS, four of Declarant's lineal ancestors (Henry Gay (I), Henry Gay (II), Joshua Gay (I), Joshua Gay (II), and their respective wives, in addition to other collateral relatives of Declarant) are buried in said ancient graveyard; and the Declarant is entitled to the liberties and privileges to that part of the land which was excepted by John Gay in his conveyance to said John Norsworthy.

NOW, THEREFORE, WITNESSETH that for an in consideration of the premises, I, Osie H. Gay, Jr., hereby declare that I am entitled to the liberties and privileges to the aforesaid ancient graveyard to which John Gay made an exception and which he excluded from his said conveyance to John Norsworthy; and that the chronology of documents which connect Henry Gay (I) lineally to the sons of Joshua Gay (III) and Sarah Babb, his wife (James J. Gay, John Mason Gay and Jeremiah M. Gay) are as follows:

1. By land patent dated February 22, 1663, Major Wm. Harris was conveyed 450 cres of land in Henrico County, Virginia, for paying the passage of 9 persons to Virginia, namely, Morgan Williams, Adam Rosse, Margary Forgott, Mary Bourne, Nich. Gyles, Tho. Deere, Wm. Blackman, Margt. Floyd and Ann Gay. This land patent is recorded in the Virginia State Library. Richmond, Virginia (hereinafter called "Virginia State Library") in Patent Book 5 at page 304 (278).

2. By land patent dated February 6, 1663, James Long was conveyed 300 acres of land in the Western Branch of Nansemond River for paying the passage of the following six persons: Henry Gay (I), Simon Lee, Jno. Ardy, Robt. Briggs, Elizabeth Collins, and Jno. Williams. This land patent is recorded in the Virginia State Library in Patent Book 5 at Page 302 (274).

3. By land patent dated April 22, 1669, Sir William Berkeley, Knight, Governor of Virginia, conveyed the following described property to Henry Gay (I), which patent is recorded in the Virginia State Library in Patent Book 6 at Page 242. A verbatim, line by line, recitation of said land patent is as follows:

"To all etc whereas etc not know yea that I the ad Wm Berkeley knt Governor etc give and grant unto Hen Gay four hundred acres of land lying in the upper parrish of the County of Nansemond beginning at a marked red oake at the mked end of James Collins land and soe running SW by S 200 po to a mked white oake and soe SE by E 320 po to a mked pine butting on the land of Phillip Dewell soe NE by N 200 poles to a mked pine butting on the land of James Collins so NW by W 320 po joyning to Collins his land to the first station the said land being due for trans of eight persons etc to have and to hold etc To be held etc yielding and paying etc provided etc Dated the 22th of Aprill 1669.

"Four 4 children assigned by Tho. Cullen Andrew Clawson Edw Jones Wm. Lucorkle Sarah Wake."

4. By deed dated February 1, 1688, Henry H. Gay (Henry Gay II), of Isle of Wight County conveyed to Lewis Brian "...the land and houses whereon Robert Lawrence now liveth..." said land "formerly belonging to Ms Henry Gay...". Henry Gay (II) signed this deed by making his mark which was witnessed by Jno. Brian and James Doughtie, and this deed is recorded in the Clerk's Office of the Circuit Court of Isle of Wight County, Virginia (hereinafter called "Isle of Wight Courthouse") in Deed Book 1 at Page 17.

5. On April 20, 1694, John NacKenny was granted 450 acres of land in Isle of Wight and Nansemond counties, Virginia,by inquisition of Col. Thomas Milner, Escheator, which land escheated from Michael MacKenny, Henry Gay (I) and John Plummer, deceased. This conveyance is recorded in the Virginia State Library in Patent Book 8 at Page 377.

6. On November 11, 1699, "...Thomas Gay (I) son of Joane Lawrence and Rebecca Page the daughter of Thomas Page both belonging to the County of Isle of Wight..." were married in the meeting house at Chuckatuck, Nansemond County, Virginia. Both Thomas and Rebecca signed. The witnesses at the wedding were Thomas Page, Mark Alesbury, Alce Page, Isaac Ricks, Nathan Nuby, Robert Lawrence, Jr., Henry Wilkinson, William Powell, Daniel Sanbourn, Joane Lawrence, Jane Sikes, Elizabeth Powell, and Sarah Sanbourn. Reference to this wedding is located in the record room of the Clerk's Office of the Circuit Court of Nansemond County. Virginia, (hereinafter called "Nansemond County Courthouse") in a book entitled Early History of the Quaker Society of Nansemond County which was presented to said County by Rev. Jas. B. Dunn, April 2, 1908.

[Nansemond County was merged with the City of Suffolk, Virginia, June 1, 1974, and the two were named "Suffolk".]

7. By land patent dated October 24, 1701, James Denson, was conveyed 17 acres of land in the lower parish of Isle of Wight County, Virginia, on the western branch of Indian Creek out of the western branch of the Nansemond River next to the land which he already owned and "along Henry Gayes land &c." which patent is recorded in the Virginia State Library in Patent Book 9 at Page 419.

8. On April 10, 1710, Michael MacQuinley (McKenny) and Rose, his wife, conveyed to Henry Gay (II) 150 acres, plus or minus, on the western branch of Nansemond River in Isle of Wight County. This deed recites that it is a part of the 450 acres conveyed to John MacKenney on April 20, 1694, as aforesaid and excepts 200 acres which was conveyed to Capt. Richard Exum and 100 acres conveyed to Lewis Brian. This deed is recorded in the Isle of Wight Courthouse in Deed Book 2 at Page 157.

9. The will of Robert Lawrence was recorded on January 23, 1721, in Will Book 2 at Page 59 in the Isle of Wight Courthouse. He signed his will on April 29, 1720. In his will he named as his legatees the following persons:

Robert Lawrence (Jr.), son
Henry Gay (II), son-in-law
John Gay (I), son-in-;law
Note: Jane Gay and Ambrose Sanders witnessed his will.

10. The will of Henry Gay (II) a/k/a/ Henry H. Gay was recorded in said Isle of Wight Courthouse on April 25, 1737, in Will Book 4 at Page 156. He signed his will on February 1, 1736. In is will he named the following persons as his children:

Henry Gay (III), son
Thomas GAy (II), son, Executor
William Gay, son
Joshua Gay (I), son
John Gay (II), son
Sarah Babb, daughter
Ann Lawrence, daughter

11. By deed dated December 1, 1746, William Gay conveyed to his brother, Joshua Gay (I), 50 acres of land, which land was devised to William Gay by his father, Henry Gay (II), and this deed is recorded in the Isle of Wight Courthouse in Deed Book 7 at Page 407.

12. The will of Mary Babb was recorded in Isle of Wight Courthouse on July 7, 1757 in Will Book 6 at Page 273. She signed her will on September 23, 1754. She named as her legatees the following persons:

William Babb, son
Mary Driver, daughter
Patience Pinner, daughter (husband: Thomas Pinner)
Sarah Gay, daughter (husband: Joshua Gay (I))
John Gay (II), grandson (father: Joshua Gay (I))
Martha Gay, granddaughter (husband: Lawrence

13. On April 20, 1782, Deputy Clerk Frances Young, on behalf of the Court of Claims, issued certificates to Joshua Gay (I) for provisions to be used against the enemy (the British) during the Revolutionary War. These certificates were issued to Joshua for the following provisions: (1) 185 pounds of fresh beef; (2) 713 pounds of fodder; and (3) 3 sheep. Joshua's name is listed alphabetically in the "Public Service Claims of Isle of Wight County Booklet", which Booklet is located in the Virginia State Library.

(Note: This document is essential for any descendant of Joshua Gay (I) desirous of membership in the DAR or SAR)

14. The will of Joshua Gay (I) is recorded in said Isle of Wight Courthouse on July 1, 1784, in Will Nook 9 at Page 241. He signed his will o n January 8, 1784. In his will he named the following persons as his children:

Jesse Gay, son
Martha Lawrence, daughter
Joshua Gay (II), son
Robert Gay, son
Henry Gay (IV), son, Executor
Ann Archer, daughter
Keziah Gay, daughter

The daughter of his son, Jesse (III), "if such (daughter) be found."

15. On January 31, 1786, Joshua Gay (II) married Amelia Bullock in Isle of Wight County, Virginia.

16. A bond dated December 21, 1785, which is recorded in the Isle of Wight Courthouse in Deed Book 16 at Page 324, was given to Joshua Gay (II) by Joshua Jordan for 400 pounds Joshua lent to him.

17. By deed dated February 1, 1788, which is recorded in is Isle of Wight Courthouse in 'Deed Book 16 at Page 136 Mourning Jordan (wife and Executrix of Josiah Jordan) conveyed 160 acres of land to Joshua Gay (II).

18. The 1790 United States Census for Isle of Wight County, Virginia lists Joshua Gay (II) as head hold with a family of three, including himself, and 6 slaves.

19. By deed dated January 22, 1791, and recorded in Isle of Wight Courthouse in Deed Book 16 at Page 305, Pleasant Jordan and Mary, his wife, conveyed 64 3/4 acres of land to Joshua Gay (II).

20. By deed dated February 5, 1792, which is recorded in the Isle of Wight Courthouse in Deed Book 16 at Page 306, Joshua Gay (II) and Mildred, his wife, conveyed 20 acres of land to John Coggan.

21. On January 5, 1793, Allen Gay married Elizabeth Powell in Isle of Wight County, Virginia.

22. The 1800 United States Census for Isle of Wight County, Virginia, was destroyed during the War of 1812.

23. The 1810 United States Census for Isle of Wight County, Virginia, lists Joshua Gay (II) as head of household and included the following:

  • 1 - white male over 45 years of age (Joshua himself)
  • 1 - white female between 26 and 45 years of age (Amelia, his wife)
  • 1 - white male at least 16 but under 26 years of age
  • 1 - white male at least 10 but under 16 years of age
  • 1 - white male under 10 years of age
  • 1 - white female under 10 years of age
  • 8 - slaves
  • 24. On January 21, 1813, Robert Gay married Sallie Brown in Isle of Wight County, Virginia.

    25. On January 7, 1817, Amelia Gay (Mealy) gay, widow of Joshua Gay (II) was appointed at 16 but under 26 years of age

  • 1 - white male at least 10 but under 16 years of age
  • 1 - white male under 10 years of age
  • 1 - white female under 10 years of age
  • 8 - slaves
  • 24. On January 21, 1813, Robert Gay married Sallie Brown in Isle of Wight County, Virginia.

    25. On January 7, 1817, Amelia Gay (Mealy) gay, widow of Joshua Gay (II) was appointed a Aurora Gay and Joshua Gay (III)]

    26. On May 3, 1819, the will of Alexander Gay is recorded in the Isle of Wight County Courthouse in Will Book 15 at Page 247. In his will he names the following legatees:

    Amelia Gay, mother
    Robert Gay, brother
    Joshua Gay (III), brother
    Aurora Gay, sister
    Allen Gay, nephew, son of his brother, Robert Gay

    27. The 1820 United States Census for Isle of Wight County, Virginia, lists Amelia Gay as head of household, which included the following:

  • 1 - white female 45 years of age or older (Amelia herself)
  • 1 - white male at least 16 but under 25 years of age
  • 2 - white males at least 10 but under 16 years of age
  • 1 - white female under 10 years of age
  • 28. On October 31, 1823, marriage bonds were signed by John Barrett and Aurora Gay, and they were married is Isle of Wight County, Virginia, on November 1, 1823.

    29. By deed dated July 4, 1825, Amelia Gay conveyed her dower interest to James Fletcher and James Holland, which deed is recorded in the Isle of Wight Courthouse in Deed Book 26 at Page 424.

    30. On October 2, 1826, Joshua Gay (III) and Silvy Babb signed their marriage bonds, and they were married in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, on October 6, 1826, by John Clark.

    31. On May 3, 1828, Joshua Gay (III) married Sarah Babb in GAtes County, North Carolina.

    32. By deed of trust dated September 26, 1828, Joshua Gay (III) conveyed to Benjamin Coggin, Trustee, and Jonas Edwards, creditor, 35 acres of land, which deed of trust is recorded in the Isle of Wight County Courthouse in Deed Book 28 at page 188.

    33. By chattel mortgage dated March 27, 1829, Joshua Gay (III) conveyed to Edwin I. Eley, Trustee, and Harrison J. King, personal property, which chattel mortgage is recorded in the Isle of Wight Courthouse in Deed Book 28 at pages 247-248.

    34. By deed dated March 28, 1829, Joshua Gay (III) and Sallie, his wife, and Robert Gay conveyed 30 acres of land to Harrison S. King, which deed is recorded in the Isle of Wight Courthouse in Deed Book 28 at Page 293.

    35. By release dated April 17, 1829, Benjamin Coggin released Joshua Gay (III) of any indebtedness secured by a deed of trust from Joshua Gay (III) dated November 26, 1828, which release is recorded in Isle of Wight Courthouse in Deed Book 28 at pages 225-227.

    36. The 1830 United States Census for Isle of Wight County, Virginia, lists two Gays in this particular lineage as heads of household, to wit:

  • Amelia Gay, head of household (page 237), which included the following:
  • 1 - white female between 60 and 70 years of age (Amelia herself)
    1 - white male between 30 and 40 years of age
    1 - white female under 5 years of age

  • Joshua Gay (III), head of household (Page 238) which included the following:
  • 2 - white males between 20 and 30 years of age (one of which is Joshua)
    1 - white female between 20 and 30 years of age (Sarah, his wife)

    37. On October 23, 1834, David Gay married Nancy Pierce in Isle of Wight County, Virginia.

    38. The 1840 United States Census for Isle of Wight County, Virginia, lists Joshua Gay (III) as head of household, which included the following:

  • 1 - white male between 30 and 49 years of age (Joshua himself)
  • 1 - white female between 30 and 40 years of age (Sarah, his wife)
  • 1 - white male at least 10 but under 15 years of age (James J. Gay)
  • 2 - white males under 5 years of age (James Mason Gay, and Jeremiah M. Gay)
  • 39. On June 3, 1844, Sarah Gay (nee: Sarah Babb), widow of Joshua Gay (III) married Benjamin Robert Johnson in Isle of Wight County, Virginia.

    40. The 1850 United States Census for Isle of Wight County, Virginia, lists Sallie Johnson as head of household and included the following by name and age:

    John M. Gay, age 14
    Jeremiah Gay, age 12
    Benjamin R. Johnson, Jr., age 5
    Sallie Edwards. age 71

    41. On July 2, 1854, James J. Gay married Margaret E. Bass in Halifax County, North Carolina.

    42. The will of Lemuel Babb was recorded in the Clerk's Office of the Circuit Court of Nansemond Court Courthouse in Will Book 1 at page 61-62 on March 13, 1866. He executed his will on July 29, 1865. and he died on or about September 27, 1865. His will was proved in the November, 1865, session of the Court. In his will he named his beneficiaries, their relationship to him, and the bequest to each, which are as follows:

    Sarah Johnson, sister, $800.00
    Willis Babb, brother, a bond he held against Willis
    James J. Gay, nephew, $200.00
    Jeremiah Gay, nephew, $200.00
    Benjamin R. Johnson, nephew, $500.00
    Henry C. Babb, nephew, $100.00
    John M. Gay, nephew. the rest and residue of his estate, and appointed him Executor

    The chronology of lineal descendants between Henry Gay (I) and the Declarant are as follows:

    HENRY GAY (I). He was born at an unknown place and on an unknown date. His name first appears in the Colony of Virginia in a land patent to James Long. In 1669 he was granted 400 acres of land in Nansemond and Isle of Wight Counties, Virginia for paying the passage of eight persons, 4 of which were children from England to Virginia. These eight persons were called "headlights." The names of his parents, paterna.l and maternal grandparents and siblings are unknown. He married a lady whose first name was Joane (probably called Ann or Jane) at an unknown place and on an unknown date, and they had 3 known children, namely Henry H. Gay (aka Henry Gay (II), John Gay and Thomas Gay. He died in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, and is buried on his land in the aforesaid graveyard.

    HENRY H. GAY (a/k/a HENRY GAY (II). He was born on his father's farm in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, on an unknown date. His immediate ancestors were: father, Henry Gay (I); mother, Joane (last name unknown); paternal and maternal grandparents, unknown. He married a lady whose last name was Lawrence, and there is a fifty-fifty chance her first name was Jane (daughter of Robert Lawrence);and he married her in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, on an unknown date. They had seven known children, five sons and two daughters, who in alphabetical order were Ann Gay (Lawrence), Henry Gay (III), John Gay (II), Joshua Gay (I), Sarah Gay (Babb), Thomas Gay (II), and William Gay. He died testate in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, and he left his land to his three sons, Thomas (II), William , and Joshua (I), with his son Joshua to have the manor plantation on which was located the house where he, Henry Gay (II), lived.

    Comments on Henry Gay (II), In his will, Robert Lawrence, who married the widow of Henry Gay (I), named Henry Gay (II) and John Gay (II) as his sons-in-law, therefore, these two Gay brothers married the daughters born to Robert Lawrence by a previous marriage. It is highly probable that Jane Gay who witnessed the will of Robert Lawrence was one of his daughters who married either Henry (II) or John (II). Jane was not a legatee or devisee of Robert Lawrence and therefore was eligible to witness her father's will. No instrument has yet been found indicating which of Robert Lawrence's daughters married Henry Gay(II) and which married John Gay (II).

    JOSHUA GAY (I). He was born in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, on an unknown date. His immediate ancestors were: father, Henry H. Gay; mother, (first name unknown) Lawrence; paternal grandfather, Henry Gay (I); paternal grandmother, Joane (last name unknown); maternal grandfather, Robert Lawrence; maternal grandmother, unknown. He married Sarah Babb (daughter of Mary Babb) in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, on an unknown date, and they had eight known children who, in alphabetical order were: Ann Gay, Henry GAy (IV), Jesse Gay, John Gay (II), Joshua Gay (II), Keziah Gay (a girl), Martha Gay, and Robert Gay. He died testate in said Isle of Wight County, Virginia between January 8, 1784 (the date his signed his will and July 1, 1784 (the date his will was recorded, and is buried on his father's farm in the aforesaid graveyard.

    JOSHUA GAY (II). He was born on his father's farm on Isle of Wight County, Virginia, on an unknown date> His immediate ancestors were: father, Joshua Gay (I); mother, Sarah Babb; paternal grandfather, Henry Gay (II); paternal grandmother, (first name unknown) Lawrence; maternal grandfather, Lemuel Babb; maternal grandmother, Mary (maiden name unknown), bur she is the Mary Babb whose will connected Sarah Babb Gay as the wife of Joshua Gay (I). He married Amelia Bullock in Isle of Wight County, Virginia on January 31, 1786, (this is the first recorded Gay marriage i n Isle of Wight County), and according to the count in the 1810 Census for Isle of Wight County, they had seven unnamed children, five of whom are known, and who in alphabetical order were Alexander Gay, Aurora Gay, David Gay, Joshua Gay (III), and Robert GAy (II). He died intestate during the first few days of January, 1817, and is buried in his paternal grandfather's land in the aforesaid graveyard. His wife, Amelia, qualified as his administratrix on January 17, 1817.

    JOSHUA GAY (III). He was born in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, on an unknown date. His immediate ancestors were: father, Joshua Gay (II); mother, Amelia Bullock; paternal grandfather, Joshua Gay (I); paternal grandmother, Sarah Babb; maternal grandparents, unknown. He married Silvy Babb in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, on October 6, 1826, and they had no children. After Sivly's death, he married her sister, Sarah Babb, in Gates County, North Carolina, on May 3, 1828, and they had 3 children, all sons, who in order of birth were James J. Gay, John Mason Gay, and Jeremiah M. Gay. He died sometime between the 1840 U.S. Census for Isle of Wight county and June 3, 1844 (the date his widowed wife, Sarah Gay, married Benjamin Robert Johnson)< and is buried at an unknown place in Isle of Wight County, Virginia.

    SARAH BABB (GAY) (JOHNSON). She was born in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, on June 18, 1810 (from her tombstone), and she was known as Salle, Salley and Sally. Her immediate ancestors were: father, Lemuel Babb; mother, Sarah (maiden name unknown); paternal and maternal grandparents unknown. The names of her parents are on her death certificate. She had four known siblings, Willis Babb, Silvy Babb, Lemuel Babb and Bennett Babb. She married Joshua Gay (III) and they had the three aforesaid children. She later married Benjamin Robert Johnson and they had one child, Benjamin Robert Johnson (Jr.), also known as Nathaniel Benjamin Robert Johnson. She died of cancer on March 17, 1881, in said Isle of Wight County and is buried in the Bradshaw-Johnson Cemetery on the farm presently owned (1963) by

    J.C. Griffin on Route 610 outside Windsor, Virginia, Two of her descendants, Mildred W. Steltzner and Osie H. Gay, Jr., visited her grave site in a wooded area on said farm in 1963. Her headstone was broken off at its base, laying face down, but her name and dates of birth and death were clear and intact.

    Note: In 1819 Jesse Edwards was appointed guardian of Willis Babb, Silvia Babb, Salley Babb,Lemuel Babb and Bennett Babb, orphans of their father, Lemuel Babb. This appointment is recorded in the Isle of Wight Courthouse in Guardian Book 1818-1826 at pages 110-111. Information passed down through the Gay family is that Sallie Edwards in Sarah Johnson's household in the 1850 Census was Jesse Edward's wife.

    JOHN MASON GAY. His name at birth was John Mason Gay and he was called "John". He was born February 19, 1835, on his father's farm in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. His immediate ancestors were: father Joshua Gay (III); mother Sarah Babb; paternal grandfather, Joshua Gay (II); paternal grandmother, Amelia Bullock; maternal grandfather, Lemuel Babb; maternal grandmother, Sarah (maiden name unknown). He had three siblings, two full-bloods and one half-blood. who in order of birth were James J. Gay, Jeremiah M. Gay, and Nathaniel Benjamin Robert Johnson. He married Emily Butler in Nansemond County, Virginia, o n March 16, 1854, and they had seven children, four sons and three daughters, who, in order of birth were Lucy Ann Gay. James Samuel Gay, John Letcher Gay, Benjamin Peachy Gay, Walter Shelton Gay, Sally Bettie Gay and Emma Balzora Gay. After Emily died on November 14, 1875, in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, he married Diana Whitley in said Isle of Wight County on april 8, 1878, and they has three children, two sons and one daughter, who, in order of birth, were Annie Maude Gay, Kenneth Floyd Gay and Zenas Alphonso Gay. Diana, his second wife, died in said Isle of Wight County on December 7, 1884, and he then married Eugenia Bruce Eley on October 27, 1885, and they had no children. He died on his farm in said Isle of Wight County on January 3, 1899, and is buried in the Gay plot in the Antioch Congregational Christian Church Cemetery in said County.

    Note: The dates and places of his marriages, maiden names of his wives, and the full names of his children were taken primarily from his bible and verified by his children and their descendants.

    EMILY BUTLER (GAY). She was born in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, on December 12, 1835. Her immediate ancestors were: father, Hezekiah Butler; mother, Fathia Jones' paternal grandparents, unknown; maternal grandfather, Author Jones; maternal grandmother, Sarah (maiden name unknown). She had two siblings, one maternal half-blood, Miles McClenny and one full-blood, James Madison Butler. She died of typhoid fever on her husband's farm in said Isle of Wight County on November 14, 1875, and is buried in the Gay plot of the Antioch Congregational Church Cemetery in said County.

    JOHN LETCHER GAY. He was born in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, on August 5, 1859, and was called "Letcher". His immediate ancestors were: father, John Mason Gay; mother, Emily Butler; paternal grandfather, Joshua Gay (III); paternal grandmother, Sarah Babb; maternal grandfather, Hezekiah Butler; maternal grandmother, Fathia Jones. He married Georgia Ophelia Munford, in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, and they had two children, both sons, who, in order of birth, were Osie Hurley Gay and John Letcher, Jr. He died in Norfolk, Virginia, on November 21, 1932, and is buried in the mausoleum in Forest lawn Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia, in Crypt 48, Tier D, Corridor B.

    GEORGIA OPHELIA MUNFORD (GAY). She was born in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, on November 23, 1861. Her immediate ancestors were: father, George Washington Munford; mother, Sarah (Sallie) Ann Stephenson; paternal grandparents, unknown; maternal grandfather, Gilbert Stephenson; paternal grandmother, Jincy (Gincy) (maiden name unknown). She had four siblings, one full blood sister, Virginia (Jennie) Ann Munford, and three half-blood, Martha (Mattie) L. Pierce (Turner), Eva Pierce (Carrol), and Stephen Jackson Pierce. She died in her home in Suffolk, Virginia, on Washington Street, November 4, 1905, and is buried in one of the ten grave sites of Lot 433, Block A, Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suffolk, Virginia.

    OSIE HURLEY GAY. He was born in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, June 3, 1883. His immediate ancestors were; father, John Letcher Gay; mother, Georgia Ophelia Munford; paternal grandfather, John Mason Gay; paternal grandmother, Emily Butler; maternal grandfather, George Washington Munford; maternal grandmother, Sarah (Sallie) Ann Stephenson. He married Mary Pearl Rhodes in Norfolk, Virginia, and they had two children, who, in order of birth, are: Martha Ophelia Gay (Davis) (Heins) and Osie H. Gay, Jr.. He died in Norfolk, Virginia, October 29, 1934, and is buried next to his mother in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suffolk, Virginia.

    MARY PEARL RHODES (GAY). She was born August 9, 1895, in Oakhill Township, Granville County, North Carolina. Her immediate ancestors were: father, Mark Alexander Rhodes; mother, Elizabeth (Bettie) Candis Rogers; paternal grandfather, John Willis Rhodes; paternal grandmother, Mary Daniel Glover; maternal grandfather, William Clinton Rogers; maternal grandmother, Rachel Stark Holeman. She had three siblings, all brothers, who, in order of birth were William Clinton Rhodes, John Frank Rhodes and Clem Oliver Rhodes. She died in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on August 26, 1962, enroute the Naval Dispensary at NAS Oceana, Virginia Beach. Virginia, and is buried in the 'Garden of the Masonic" section of Princess Anne Memorial Park in Site 2, Lot 14, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

    JOHN LETCHER GAY, JR.

    He was born in Suffolk, Virginia, on March 2, 1892. His immediate ancestors were; father, John Letcher Gay; mother, Georgia Ophelia Munford; paternal grandfather, John Mason Gay; paternal grandmother, Emily Butler; maternal grandfather, George Washington Munford; maternal grandmother, Sarah (Sallie) Ann Stephenson. He married Sammie Webber in Washington D.C. On February 24, 1919, and they had no children. He married Margie Nicholson Wessels in Norfolk, Virginia, and they had no children. He died in Norfolk, Virginia, on November 7, 1971 and is buried in Grave 50, Block 10, Locust Section of the Forest Lawn Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia.

    MARTHA OPHELIA GAY (DAVIS) (HEINS)

    Her name at birth was Martha Ophelia Gay,and she was born in Norfolk General Hospital, Norfolk, Virginia, on Washington's birthday, February 22, 1918.

    Her immediate ancestors were: father, Osie Hurley Gay; mother, Mary Pearl Rhodes; paternal grandfather, John Letcher Gay; paternal grandmother, Georgia Ophelia Munford; maternal grandfather, Mark Alexander Rhodes; maternal grandmother, Elizabeth (Bettie) Candis Rogers.

    She has one sibling, a younger brother, Osie Hurley Gay, Jr..

    She married William Adelbert Davis, Jr. in Norfolk, Virginia, on May 17, 1935 and they had one child, Bernard Lee Davis. She married her second husband, George (nmn) Heins in Norfolk, Virginia, on February 9, 1943, and they had two children, Diana Gay Heins and Tana Marie Heins.

    She died in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on July 18, 1991, and was buried on July 22, 1991, in that City in Gardem of Love Section, Site 1 of Lot 532 of Princess Anne Memorial Park.

    OSIE HURLEY GAY, JR.

    My birthday is April 4, 1920, an Easter Sunday. I was born in the Ocean View part of Norfolk County, Virginia, which was annexed by the City of Norfolk on January 1, 1923. My immediate ancestors are the same as those of my sister, Martha Ophelia Gay.

    BERNARD LEE DAVIS (HEINS)

    His name at birth was Bernard Lee Davis and he is called "Bird". He was born November 11, 1939, Norfolk, Virginia. His last name was changed to "Heins" by order of the Corporation Court entered October 16, 1944, which order is recorded in the Clerk's Office of that Court in Deed Book 430 at Page 209.

    His immediate ancestors are: father, William Adelbert Davis, Jr.; mother, Martha Ophelia Gay; paternal grandfather, William Adelbert Davis; paternal grandmother, Grace Edwards; maternal grandfather, Osie Hurley Gay; maternal grandmother, Mary Pearl Rhodes.

    He has two paternal half-blood sisters and two maternal half-blood sisters. All that is known about his two paternal blood sisters is that she is called "Cookie" and the youngest is Dena Alicia Davis. He also has two maternal half-blood sisters are Diana Gaye Heins and Tana marie Heins.

    He married Elizabeth Margie Forbes in Baltimore, Maryland, on February 10, 1962 and they had no children. After she was killed in an automobile accident he married Shirley Jean Gillespie on May 3, 1963, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and they had no children. They were divorced. He then married Katherine Louise Bare (Ciamarichello) in Virginia Beach,. Virginia on February 11, 1967, and they have one child, Lisa Gay Heins.

    DIANA GAYE HEINS (HENISH) (FOSTER)

    She was born Diana Gaye Heins in the Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Virginia, November 29, 1943.

    Her immediate ancestors were: father, George (nmn) Heins; mother, Martha Aphelia Gay; paternal grandfather, William A. Heins; paternal grandmother, Gertrude Dressler; maternal grandfather; Osie H. Gay; paternal grandmother, Mary Pearl Rhodes.

    She has two siblings, Bernard Lee Heins and Tana Marie Heins. She married Edison Louis Henish II, in Norfolk, Virginia, on December 2, 1961, and they had one child, Edison Louis Henish III (Foster). She married Charles Albert Foster in South Mills, North Carolina, on October 5, 1963, and they have two children, Steven Albert Foster and Charles Albert Foster II.

    TANA MARIE HEINS

    She was born Tana Marie Heins in the Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Virginia, February 22, 1946.

    Her immediate ancestors were: father, George (nmn) Heins; mother, Martha Aphelia Gay; paternal grandfather, William A. Heins; paternal grandmother, Gertrude Dressler; maternal grandfather; Osie H. Gay; paternal grandmother, Mary Pearl Rhodes.

    She has two siblings, Bernard Lee Heins and Diana Gaye Heins Foster.

    EDISON LOUIS HENISH III (FOSTER)

    He was born in the DePaul Hospital, Norfolk, Virginia, on November 6, 1962. His immediate ancestors were: father, Edison Louis Henish II, mother, Diana Gaye Heins; paternal grandfather, Edison Louis Henish; paternal grandmother, Hilda Kathleen Winter, maternal grandfather, George (nmn) Heins; maternal grandmother, Martha Ophelia Gay. His mother had his last name changed to "Foster" in the Circuit Court of the City of Virginia Beach, Virginia, soon after she had two sons from her second husband, Charles Albert Foster.

    STEVEN ALBERT FOSTER

    He was born as Steve Albert Foster on May 4, 1964, in the Depaul Hospital, Norfolk, Virginia. His immediate ancestors are: father, Charles Albert Foster; mother, Diana Gay Heins; paternal grandfather, Albert William Foster; maternal grandmother, Geraldine Ann Kinsey; maternal grandfather, George (nmn) Heins; maternal grandmother, Martha Ophelia Gay.

    He has one maternal half-brother, Edison Louis Henish III (Foster) and one full-blood brother, Charles Albert Foster.

    He married Betty Louise Van Noy in Appomattox, Virginia and they at present have three children, Jessica Nicole Foster, Jennifer Marie Foster and Brianna Gail Foster.

    CHARLES CHRISTOPHER FOSTER

    At birth he was named Charles Christopher Foster. He was born on January 24, 1968, in Virginia Beach, Virginia: His immediate ancestors are those of his brother Steven Albert Foster.

    He married Connie Lee Cox on September 29, 1990, in Lynchburg, Virginia, and they have one child, Christopher Wesley Foster.

    LISA GAY HEINS

    She was born April 3, 1971, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Her immediate ancestors are: father, Bernard Lee Davis (Heins); mother, Katherine Louise Bare; paternal grandfather, William Adelbert Davis, Jr.; paternal grandmother, Martha Aphelia Gay; maternal grandfather, Woodrow Wilson Bare; maternal grandmother, Ruth Katherine Watson.

    She has one sibling, a half-brother, Bernard Thomas Ciamarichello.

    JESSICA NICOLE FOSTER

    She was born Jessica Nicole Foster in the Virginia Baptist Hospital in Gladstone, Lynchburg, Virginia, on March 23, 1986.

    Her immediate ancestors are: father, Steven Albert Foster; mother, Betty Louise Van Noy; paternal grandfather, Charles Albert Foster; paternal grandmother, Diana Gaye Heins; maternal grandfather, John Edward Van Noy; maternal grandmother, Betty Jane Culler.

    JENNIFER MARIE FOSTER

    At birth she was named Jennifer Marie Foster. She was born October 23, 1987, in Appomattox, Virginia.

    He immediate ancestors are identical to those of her older sister, Jessica Nicole Foster.

    BRIANNA GAIL FOSTER

    At birth she was named Jennifer Marie Foster. She was born August 5, 1990, in Appomattox, Virginia.

    He immediate ancestors are identical to those of her oldest sister, Jessica Nicole Foster.

    CHRISTOPHER WESLEY FOSTER

    When his birth took place on May 2, 1991, in Lynchburg, Virginia he was named Christopher Wesley Foster. His immediate ancestors are: father, Charles Christopher Foster; mother, Connie Lee Cox; paternal grandfather, Charles Albert Foster; paternal grandmother, Diana Gaye Heins; maternal grandfather, George Wesley Cox; maternal grandmother, Gwendolyn Dare Davis

    AND ON AND ON AND ON

    Thanks to Craig Rhodes for sending this in


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