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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Surname Saturday -- LAY (From Connecticut to Vermont to Michigan)


My Lay line below begins with the 4th generation, the first three generations of Robert Lays are all in Saybrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut.  Some cemetery stones have already been posted for a Tombstone Tuesday blog. For the longest time, this line was my "brick wall" partly because it was so difficult finding information for a LAY in google or anywhere.  Then a meeting with Gary Boyd Roberts, who solved it all, and he knew exactly where I could get the entire line! Turns out this line leads back to my only Mayflower connection. Another post will cover that.  Currently, I have 267 Lay names in my genealogy software.

Descendant Register, Generation No. 1

1. DANIEL LAY (ROBERT LAY, ROBERT LAY, ROBERT LAY) was born 3 OCT 1712 in Saybrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, and died 28 DEC 1781 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut. He was buried in Old Cemetery, Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut. He married ANNE BULL ABT 1737, daughter of EDWARD BULL and MARY POST. She was born 15 MAR 1711/12 in Saybrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, and died 5 MAR 1790 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut. She was buried in Old Cemetery, Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut.

 Children of DANIEL LAY and ANNE BULL are:

+ 2 i. DANIEL LAY was born ABT 17 FEB 1738/39 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, and died 1825 in At Sea (Was living in Georgia, Vermont).
+ 3 ii. James LAY was born ABT 1745 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, and died 17 MAY 1833 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut.
+ 4 iii. Asa LAY was born 11 APR 1749 in Saybrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, and died 23 FEB 1813 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut.
5 iv. Anna Bull LAY was born ABT 1753 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, and died 19 AUG 1830 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut. She married Joseph DENISON 5 MAY 1771 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, son of George DENISON and Jemima POST. He was born 13 OCT 1744, and died 11 OCT 1830.
6 v. Christopher LAY was born ABT 31 MAY 1761.

Descendant Register, Generation No. 2

2. DANIEL LAY (DANIEL LAY, ROBERT LAY, ROBERT LAY, ROBERT LAY) was born ABT 17 FEB 1738/39 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, and died 1825 in At Sea (Was living in Georgia, Vermont). He married Mercy CHAPMAN 15 MAY 1763 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, daughter of Nathaniel CHAPMAN and Marcy\Mary DENISON. She was born 27 DEC 1742 in Saybrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, and died 29 DEC 1775 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut. He married HANNAH STANNARD 14 JAN 1779 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, daughter of ABNER STANNARD and ELIZABETH w\o Abner STANNARD. She was born 1752, and died AFT 1827 in Wilson, Niagara Co., New York.

Children of DANIEL LAY and Mercy CHAPMAN are:
7 i. Infant LAY died 29 FEB 1772.
8 ii. Ann LAY was born in Saybrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, and died 26 NOV 1769.
9 iii. Nancy LAY was born in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, and died 15 MAR 1771.
10 iv. Infant LAY died 22 FEB 1773.
11 v. Nathaniel LAY was born ABT 1 APR 1764 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, and died 27 JUL 1844 in East Evans, Erie Co., New York. He married Phebe WILLARD 22 JUL 1789 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, daughter of Billy WILLARD and Phebe POST. She was born 5 OCT 1771 in Guiliford, New Haven Co., Connecticut, and died 18 APR 1853 in East Evans, Erie Co., New York.
+ 12 vi. Jerusha LAY was born 9 OCT 1767 in Saybrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, and died 14 APR 1862 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut.
13 vii. Mercy LAY was born ABT 6 NOV 1774 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut.
14 viii. Anne LAY was born ABT 29 DEC 1775, and died 13 FEB 1777.


Children of DANIEL LAY and HANNAH STANNARD are:

15 i. Anna LAY was born ABT 2 JUN 1780 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut.
16 ii. Hannah LAY was born 16 DEC 1781 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut.
17 iii. Elizabeth LAY was born 25 MAY 1783 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut.
+ 18 iv. DANIEL LAY was born 21 OCT 1784 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, and died 21 OCT 1861 in Leroy, Calhoun Co., Michigan.
19 v. Lewis Abner LAY was born ABT 24 SEP 1786 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut.
+ 20 vi. Abner LAY was born ABT 21 SEP 1788 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, and died 12 JUN 1867 in Edinboro, Washington Twp., Erie Co., Pennsylvania.
21 vii. Lovina LAY was born ABT 23 JAN 1791 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut.
+ 22 viii. Benjamin LAY was born ABT 9 DEC 1792 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, and died 1844 in of West LeRoy, Calhoun Co., Michigan.
23 ix. John LAY was born ABT 14 DEC 1794 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut.
24 x. Matilda LAY was born 2 MAY 1797 in Georgia, Franklin Co., Vermont.

3. James LAY (DANIEL LAY, ROBERT LAY, ROBERT LAY, ROBERT LAY) was born ABT 1745 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, and died 17 MAY 1833 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut. He was buried in Old Cemetery, Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut. He married Abigail BUSHNELL 19 NOV 1767 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut. She was born 31 DEC 1748 in Saybrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, and died 8 OCT 1825 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut. She was buried in Old Cemetery, Westbrook.

Child of James LAY and Abigail BUSHNELL is:
+ 25 i. Abigail LAY was born ABT 1771.

4. Asa LAY (DANIEL LAY4, ROBERT LAY3, ROBERT LAY2, ROBERT LAY1) was born 11 APR 1749 in Saybrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, and died 23 FEB 1813 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut. He was buried in Old Cemetery, Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut. He married Sarah WOLCOTT 18 APR 1770 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, daughter of Josiah WOLCOTT and Lucy WHITE. She was born 26 MAR 1752, and died 4 OCT 1840.

Children of Asa LAY and Sarah WOLCOTT are:
26 i. Asa Wolcott LAY was born 1 NOV 1770, and died 20 AUG 1799 in New York.
27 ii. Sarah LAY was born 13 JAN 1773, and died 17 JUL 1852. She married Eber BUSHNELL 4 JUN 1794.
28 iii. Richard LAY was born 1 JAN 1775. He married Anna WOODWARD.
29 iv. Phebe LAY was born 15 MAY 1777. She married John Hart FOWLER 1 JUL 1797.
30 v. Catharine LAY was born 13 JUL 1779, and died 28 APR 1863. She married Peter FARNHAM.
31 vi. Uru LAY was born 4 NOV 1783, and died 16 DEC 1868. She married Hiel HULL.
32 vii. Theodora LAY was born 9 APR 1786, and died 3 JAN 1787 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut.
+ 33 viii. Steuben LAY was born 4 MAR 1787 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, and died 25 FEB 1869.
34 ix. Theodora LAY was born 3 JUN 1789, and died 12 FEB 1851.
35 x. Edward Bliss LAY was born 14 AUG 1792 in Connecticut, and died 4 FEB 1865. He married Lucy N. (__) LAY. She was born ABT 1797 in Connecticut.
36 xi. Alfred French LAY was born 23 JAN 1794, and died 11 AUG 1810 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut.
37 xii. Lucy White LAY was born 9 MAY 1797, and died 11 AUG 1884.


Descendant Register, Generation No. 3

12. Jerusha LAY (DANIEL LAY, DANIEL LAY, ROBERT LAY, ROBERT LAY, ROBERT LAY) was born 9 OCT 1767 in Saybrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, and died 14 APR 1862 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut. She married Richard T. STOKES ABT 1786, son of Jonathan STOKES and Hannah GOODRICH. He was born 20 JAN 1762 in Branford, New Haven Co., Connecticut, and died 8 NOV 1848 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut. He was buried in Westbrook Cemetery, Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut.

Children of Jerusha LAY and Richard T. STOKES are:
38 i. Richard STOKES was born 25 JAN 1787.
39 ii. Henry STOKES was born 4 JUL 1789.
40 iii. John STOKES was born 25 OCT 1791.
41 iv. Fanny STOKES was born 21 OCT 1793.
42 v. William STOKES was born 20 MAY 1796.
43 vi. Eliza STOKES was born 8 MAY 1798 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut. She married Joseph Bolles JONES 9 SEP 1818. He died 9 SEP 1836.
44 vii. Charles STOKES was born 7 NOV 1801.
45 viii. Nancy STOKES was born 10 SEP 1804.
46 ix. Edward STOKES was born 20 FEB 1806.

18. DANIEL LAY (DANIEL LAY5 DANIEL LAY, ROBERT LAY, ROBERT LAY, ROBERT LAY was born 21 OCT 1784 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, and died 21 OCT 1861 in Leroy, Calhoun Co., Michigan. He was buried in W. Leroy Cemetery, Leroy Twp., Calhoun, Michigan. He married ANNA BROWN ABT 1815 in Prob. New York, daughter of ANDREW \ JOSEPH BROWN?. She was born 30 JUN 1792 in New York, and died 30 JUN 1873 in LeRoy, Calhoun Co., Michigan. She was buried in W. Leroy Cemetery, Leroy Twp., Calhoun, Michigan.

Children of DANIEL LAY and ANNA BROWN are:

+ 47 i. John M. LAY was born 18 FEB 1815 in Chenago Co., New York, and died 19 JUL 1896 in Galesburg, Kalamazoo Co., Michigan.
+ 48 ii. Charles H. LAY was born 25 FEB 1816 in Connecticut, and died 18 SEP 1872 in Gilmore, Isabella Co., Michigan.
+ 49 iii. HULDAH S. LAY was born 5 SEP 1817 in Niagara Co., New York, and died 11 SEP 1902 in LeRoy, Calhoun Co., Michigan.  Note: She married ALEXANDER FARMER.
+ 50 iv. Louisa LAY was born 1820 in New York, and died 1885 in (Prob.) Allegan Co., Michigan.
+ 51 v. Adaline LAY was born ABT 1825 in New York, and died AFT 1895 in of Holton, Jackson Co., Kansas.
52 vi. William LAY was born ABT 1828 in New York.
+ 53 vii. Darius W. LAY was born 22 NOV 1829 in New York, and died 19 NOV 1909 in LeRoy, Calhoun Co., Michigan.
+ 54 viii. Darwin E. LAY was born OCT 1834 in New York, and died AFT 1900 in of Surrey, Clare Co., Michigan.

20. Abner LAY (DANIEL LAY, DANIEL LAY, ROBERT LAY, ROBERT LAY, ROBERT LAY) was born ABT 21 SEP 1788 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, and died 12 JUN 1867 in Edinboro, Washington Twp., Erie Co., Pennsylvania. He was buried in Lakeside Cemetery, Edinboro, Washington Twp., Erie Co., Pennsylvania. He married Lavina HOPKINS 3 JUL 1818. She was born 26 JUN 1791, and died BET 1820 AND 1821. He married Mehitable TALBOT 19 AUG 1821. She was born 6 MAR 1794 in Massachusetts, and died 19 OCT 1874 in Erie Co., Pennsylvania. She was buried in Lakeside Cemetery, Edinboro, Washington Twp., Erie Co., Pennsylvania.

Children of Abner LAY and Lavina HOPKINS are:
55 i. son LAY was born ABT 1815.
56 ii. Mary M. LAY was born ABT 1818, and died 3 MAY 1848.

Children of Abner LAY and Mehitable TALBOT are:
+ 57 i. George Talbot LAY was born 28 OCT 1822 in Lockport, Niagara Co., New York, and died 13 MAR 1901 in Allegan, Allegan Co., Michigan.
+ 58 ii. Darwin LAY was born DEC 1823 in New York, and died 23 OCT 1918 in Edinboro, Washington Twp., Erie Co., Pennsylvania.
59 iii. Daniel Walter LAY was born 9 MAY 1825 in Niagara Co., New York, and died 9 SEP 1828 in (Prob.) Niagara Co., New York.
60 iv. Lavina Hopkins LAY was born 5 FEB 1827 in Niagara Co., New York, and died 25 DEC 1828 in (Prob.) Niagara Co., New York.
61 v. Horatio Samuel LAY was born 18 JUL 1828 in Niagara Co., New York, and died 25 FEB 1900. He married Julia M. BARBER, daughter of Chester BARBER and Nancy (__) w\o Chester BARNES. She was born 1831.
62 vi. Edward Payson LAY was born 26 SEP 1830 in Niagara Co., New York, and died 29 SEP 1847 in Edinboro, Washington Twp., Erie Co., Pennsylvania.
+ 63 vii. Elizabeth Ward LAY was born 3 SEP 1832 in Niagara Co., New York, and died 3 SEP 1905.
64 viii. Julia Ann LAY was born 17 AUG 1834 in Washington Twp., Erie Co., Pennsylvania, and died 18 JUN 1912.
65 ix. Josiah Albert LAY was born MAR 1836 in Washington Twp., Erie Co., Pennsylvania, and died 25 APR 1854 in Edinboro, Washington Twp., Erie Co., Pennsylvania.
66 x. Sarah Almira LAY was born 28 JAN 1838 in Washington Twp., Erie Co., Pennsylvania, and died 7 MAR 1912.

22. Benjamin LAY (DANIEL LAY, DANIEL LAY, ROBERT LAY, ROBERT LAY, ROBERT LAY) was born ABT 9 DEC 1792 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, and died 1844 in of West LeRoy, Calhoun Co., Michigan. He was buried in West Leroy Cemetery, LeRoy, Calhoun Co., Michigan. He married Mary TURNER ABT 1824 in Iowa, daughter of Joseph TURNER. She was born 1796 in New York, and died 1851 in of LeRoy, Calhoun Co., Michigan. She was buried in West Leroy Cemetery, LeRoy, Calhoun, Michigan.

Children of Benjamin LAY and Mary TURNER are:
67 i. Joe LAY was born 5 JAN 1817.
+ 68 ii. Marrietta A. LAY was born ABT 1820 in New York, and died AFT 1900.
+ 69 iii. Nancy Maria LAY was born 3 FEB 1824 in Schoharie, Schoharie Co., New York, and died 25 DEC 1847 in Monterey Twp., Allegan, Michigan.
+ 70 iv. Elizabeth (Betsey) Jane LAY was born 21 DEC 1826 in Middleburg, Schoharie, New York, and died 3 APR 1916 in Monterey Twp., Allegan, Michigan.
+ 71 v. Lewis Abner LAY was born 16 NOV 1828 in New York, and died 7 SEP 1907 in LeRoy Twp., Calhoun, Michigan.
72 vi. Jane LAY was born ABT 1832 in New York. She married Mr. JONES.
73 vii. Aliza LAY was born 1832, and died 1842.
74 viii. Pauline LAY was born 1834, and died 1843.
75 ix. Anna LAY was born ABT 1836 in New York.
76 x. Abner Lee LAY was born ABT 1839 in Michigan, and died 1913.
+ 77 xi. Luther Caleb LAY was born 26 MAR 1841 in Battle Creek (near), Calhoun Co., Michigan, and died 3 MAR 1933 in Ringgold Co., Iowa.

25. Abigail LAY (James LAY, DANIEL LAY, ROBERT LAY, ROBERT LAY, ROBERT LAY) was born ABT 1771. She married Jedediah POST 1 APR 1790, son of John POST and Chloe CHAPMAN. He was born ABT 29 DEC 1771, and died 16 APR 1863.

Children of Abigail LAY and Jedediah POST are:
78 i. Abigail POST.
79 ii. Dency POST. She married Elbert STANNARD, son of Lay STANNARD and Mercy DEE. He was born ABT 1792.
80 iii. Woolcott POST was born 19 APR 1789.
81 iv. Lydia POST was born 1790.
+ 82 v. Catherine POST was born 15 MAY 1792 in Saybrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, and died 4 SEP 1884.
83 vi. Richard POST was born 1799, and died 22 MAY 1823 in At sea.
84 vii. Henry Lay POST was born 17 MAR 1803.
85 viii. Chloe POST was born 1804.
86 ix. Jedediah POST was born 7 APR 1807.
87 x. Temperance POST was born 1 MAR 1809.
88 xi. Cornelia POST was born 9 JAN 1813.
89 xii. Samuel POST was born 11 OCT 1819.

Children of Steuben LAY and Martha WRIGHT are:
+ 90 i. Mary Helen LAY was born 22 AUG 1815 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, and died 13 AUG 1872.
1 ii. Sarah Ann LAY was born 7 OCT 1817 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, and died 2 FEB 1891. She married Ralph TYLER 1839. He was born in of New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut.
92 iii. Lydia Austin LAY was born 6 SEP 1819 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut. She married John S. STARR 7 APR 1842 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut.
93 iv. Martha Hubbard LAY was born 6 OCT 1821 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut. She married Charles F. LEETE 14 MAR 1845. He was born in of Guilford, New Haven Co., Connecticut.
94 v. Asa Steuben LAY was born 21 OCT 1823 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, and died SEP 1824.
95 vi. Jonathan LAY was born 23 SEP 1825 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, and died 15 MAR 1893. He married Ann Jeannette BULKLEY 5 NOV 1848. She was born in of Winthrop.
96 vii. Emmie Elizabeth LAY was born 28 APR 1828 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, and died 14 JUN 1903.
+ 97 viii. Lucy Rebecca LAY was born 8 OCT 1831 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, and died 15 MAR 1891.
33. Steuben LAY (Asa LAY, DANIEL LAY, ROBERT LAY, ROBERT LAY, ROBERT LAY) was born 4 MAR 1787 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, and died 25 FEB 1869. He married Martha WRIGHT 8 SEP 1813, daughter of David WRIGHT and Martha HUBBARD. She was born ABT 1786 in of New London, Connecticut, and died 29 DEC 1850 in Westbrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut.