The Fay Family and the Fay School

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Peter Fay's discussion of Southborough Fays
--from The Town of Southborough
The school is in the foreground; to the right of the old church, among the trees, is the old cemetery; the library is on the far right, almost at the center.
John Fay
David Fay (OPF #2) (4/23/1679 - 4/10/1738) son of John and Susannah Shattuck
Aaron Fay (OPF #10) (4/18/1719 - 1/1798) son of David and Sarah Larkin
Francis Fay (OPF #118) (10/13/1760 - 11/27/1830) son of Aaron and Eunice Bradish
Dexter Fay (OPF #420) (6/16/1784 - 10/20/1865) son of Francis and Visa Ball
Sylvester Chamberlin Fay (OPF page 262) (5/23/1825 - 6/23/1891)
son of Dexter and Sophia Chamberlain
Waldo Burnett Fay (OPF page 262) (12/15/1858 - )
son of Sylvester Chamberlin and Eliza B. Burnett
Edward W. Fay (OPF page 262) (9/9/1886 - )
son of Waldo Burnett and Mary Elizabeth Winchester
Sylvester Chamberlin Fay married Eliza Bell Burnett on February 16, 1858. They were not cousins, but Eliza was the ward of Sylvester's uncle, Sullivan Fay. Sylvester was related to Peter Fay who wrote of Southborough, and to me. The relationships are complicated; I am attaching a diagram showing just how they are related, and through whom. Waldo, the son of Sylvester and Eliza, married Mary Elizabeth Winchester, who was also a cousin.
The next items of interest are the census documents for 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880. In 1850, Eliza and Harriet are living with their mother Dolly and her second husband Nicholas Little in Boston. Eliza and Sylvester were married in 1858. In 1860, Sylvester, Eliza, and baby Waldo, Eliza's mother Dolly Little, and her sister Harriett Burnett, live together. We know there are day students, if not quite so early, at least soon after that, but there are no boarders yet. The school marks its official start in 1866, and by 1870, there are two boarders; and by 1880, many. Note that in 1870, the school is not specifically named, while in 1880, it still carries the name "Mrs. Fay's Boarding School."