The Fay Family: Frank Hathaway Fay

Frank Hathaway Fay (1874 - 1960)
And his Ancestors
Frank Hathaway Fay and his Descendants
John Fay
Samuel Fay (OPF #3) (10/11/1673 - 11/10/1732) son of John and Mary Brigham
Ebenezer Fay (OPF #15) (4/12/1713 - 10/13/1790) son of Samuel Fay and Tabitha Ward
Levi Fay (OPF page 175) (3/28/1753 - 5/15/1833) son of Ebenezer Fay and Thankful Hyde
The development of this page started with an obituary that made me wonder if Lorren H. Fay was one of the descendants of John Fay of Marlborough. My research quickly led me back to 1900 and Frank Hathaway Fay. Further research took me down a false path, and I traced a connection which proved to be completely wrong. Then I found Susan Jones' research on the Deupree family. This, and subsequent communication with Susan, provided considerable information about Frank Hathaway's wife, and also put me on the right track for tracing Frank Hathaway back to John. After that, I was lucky enough to reach Tracey Willson Fay, who is mentioned in the obituary, and who herself proved to be the family genealogist for that branch of the family. She confirmed and added to the database I was building.
First, the obituary and a variant:
Lorren H. Fay
Fay, Lorren H. (Larry) Larry Fay died Thursday, February 19, 2004 in Laramie, WY. He was born in Denver in l928, married Georgia (Dodie) Story in l954, after serving in the Korean Conflict. He is survived by his wife; daughter, Leslie (David), Utah; two sons: Lorren "Tripp" (Tracey), Littleton; Lowell, Arizona and sister, Diane Fay of Denver. Also survived by five grandchildren and one great grandchild. A celebration of Larrys life will be held Monday, February 23 at 11 a.m. at the United Presbyterian Church, 11th and Grand, Laramie, Wyoming. In lieu of donation in Larrys memory, buy something frivolous and fun, plant a flower or share a joke.
--Published in the Denver Newspaper Agency on 2/22/2004
LARAMIE - Memorial services for Laramie resident Lorren H. "Larry" Fay, 75, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 23, at the United Presbyterian Church in Laramie by the Rev. James DeSmidt.
He died Feb. 19, 2004, at Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie.
Born Sept. 21, 1928, in Denver, he was the son of Lorren H. Sr. and Margaret (Lorenz) Fay; and graduated from East High School in 1946 and the University of Denver in 1950.
He served in the military during the Korean War.
Following his honorable discharge, he began a long professional career in the automobile business in Denver and Laramie. He had a lifelong love of cars.
Known for his commitment to family, he enjoyed reading; playing the piano; watching all sports, especially the University of Wyoming Cowboys and Denver Broncos; gardening; and working crossword puzzles. He was a member of United Presbyterian Church, Lions Club, and American Legion; a lifetime member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity; and a 32nd degree Mason.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Georgia "Dodie" Fay of Laramie; daughter, Leslie Dee Frederick, and her husband of Clinton, Utah; two sons, Lorren H. "Tripp" Fay and his wife of Littleton, Colo., and Lowell G. Fay of Grand Canyon, Ariz.; five grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; sister, Diane Fay of Denver; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Memorials may be made to United Presbyterian Church, 215 S. 11th St., Laramie, WY 82070; Meredith and Jeanne Ray Cancer Center, 255 N. 30th St., Laramie 82072; or Anne Foley Memorial Scholarship, 1400 E. College Drive, Cheyenne, WY 82007.
Rocky Mountain Funeral Home of Laramie is in charge of arrangements.
--Billings Gazette, Billings, MT, 3/5/2004, and Casper Star-Tribune
It was easy to trace Loren back to 1900 and the first year of marriage for Loren's father Frank Hathaway Fay and Edith Deupree (see Frank Hathaway Fay and his Descendants). To determine the father of Frank Hathaway was more difficult, and it was here that Susan and Tracey came to the rescue. Frank's father was Frederick William Fay, and he appears with his father Levi in the census of 1870. Once I had Levi's name, it was easy to trace further back to John of Marlborough. The first four generations are given above.
Orlin doesn't have much information about Levi, born 1753, great-grandson of John of Marlborough. He reports Levi's marriage to Abigail Gould, and the names of eight children. Levi, the son who interests us, is reported at the end of the list without a birthdate. Orlin has made a mistake in reporting these children. If, however, one looks at the Vital Records of Brimfield and of Brookfield, where these things are reported, one sees a slightly different story.
FAY births to Levi and Abigail (Nabby) in Brimfield ordered by birthdate:
Fanny, d. Levy and Nabby, Feb. 14, 1787
Nabby, d. Levy and Nabby, Sept. 6, 1789
Levy, s. Levy and Nabby, July 4, 1792
Francis, s. Levy and Nabby, Nov. 1, 1794
Ann Maria (Faye), Feb. 16, 1797
Joseph G. (Faye), s. Levi and Nabby, Dec. 5, 1799
Charlotte (Faye), d. Levi and Nabby, Feb. 11, 1806
That is only seven children. The eighth included by Orlin is "Lucy" whose birthdate is given by him as July 4, 1792. It seems clear that this is a mistake; there are four Lucy records in Brimfield, one Lucette and one Lucius; I think Orlin's eye just slipped. Lucy does NOT belong in the list of children of Levi and Abigail, and Levi Jr.'s birth can be entered as July 4, 1792.
It is this Levi whom we are following now. Born in Brimfield, he married in Brookfield, and his marriage is recorded there and in Sturbridge. Note that Levi Sr.'s marriage is also recorded in both places.
Levi of Sturbridge and Abigail Gould, Dec. 22, 1785.
Levi Jr. and Anna Maria Morris, April 24, 1817.
Levi Jr. of Brimfield, and Anna Maria Morris, int. Mar. 25, 1817.
Levi and Abigail Gould of Brookfield, Dec. 22, 1785, in Brookfield.
No children are recorded for Levi and Anna in any of the Massachusetts places. LDS reports the birth of several children to Levi and Anna, with the first birth occurring in 1819 in De Peyster, St Lawrence, New York. The census records for 1830 through 1860 (in 1850, family reported as "Fary" and in 1860, Levi reported as "Lewis") show Levi living in De Peyster.
In 1840 there are six children still at home, two boys and four girls. By 1850, only three are still there: Frederick (18); Jane M. (15); and Adelade (10).
By 1860, Levi is 68, Anna is 64, and only Adelaide is home, and Frederick has established his own household, next door to Levy's. The 1860 census has a difficult handwriting to decipher, but according to the indexer, Frederick's household consists of Mesta, age 23, Nelly B., age 2, and Fenny L., age 4 months. I agree with the "Nelly B." but the other two are questionable; I think I see "Jenny L". And that is NOT how the censustaker writes "M" (I have included an example of his "M" beside the entry. I think Frederick's wife's name is Alcesta. Note the "Alice" from another entry. Something interesting: Frederick's entry is at the bottom of one page, Levi's the very next entry at the top of the next page. But note the difference in handwriting! The name signed at the top of the page and the date given there are identical on both pages; but there was obviously more than one person doing the entries!
1860, De Peyster, Saint Lawrence, NY
With 1870, we come to one of the harder transitions. It is apparent that Anna Morris is gone; that is not surprising considering her age. It is not known when Frederick and Levi decided to leave for Illinois; it is my guess that Frederick made the decision, and after Anna's death, Levi decided to go along. Here is the entry.
1870, Illiopolis, Sangamon, IL
With the ages, places of birth, and presence of Levi, there can be little doubt that this is the same family we have been looking at. The two girls who were alive in 1860, and would now be 10 and 13, apparently died young. And this census does not show any other children. We know, however, from the census of 1900 and family records, that Frederick had a daughter Carrie E., who was born in 1862 and would be 8 in 1870. Where is she? She is not shown in this census at all. Frank Hathaway Fay was not born until 1874.

4  Levi Fay (3/28/1753 - 5/15/1833)
...+Abigail Gould (10/31/1762 - 3/18/1837)

........5  Levy Fay, Jr. (7/4/1792 - after 1870)
.........  +Anna Maria Morris  (6/26/1796 - 5/24/1865)

................6  Frederick William Fay (1/1853 - 5/20/1909)
.................  +Alcesta Elesta Wilson (1/20/1837 - 4/6/1892)

.........................7  Carrie E. Fay (3/20/1862 - )
..........................  +Charlie Cantrell

.........................7  Frank Hathaway Fay (3/2/1874 - 4/28/1960)
..........................  +Edith DeuPree (7/11/1870 - 2/1979)
With the marriage of Frank and Edith in 1898, a new chapter is started in this line. His story is continued here.