'Gay1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Gay of Aldborough (Alborough), Gay of Frithelstock, Gay of Goldsworthy, Gay of Matlask

(1) We are not aware of any connection between the 2 families shown below. They share the page for our convenience.
(2) BLG1862 reports that "This family came orginally from Normandy, and were settled, temp Elizabeth, at Marlask and Thurgarton".
William Gay of Matlask, Norfolk
1. Philip Gay of Matlask & Alborough (Aldborough), Norfolk (b 1560, a 1613)
  m. Margaret Parker (dau of Richard Parker of Aldborough)
  A. William Gay of Alborough (Aldborough) (d 11.1638)
  BLG1862 & BLG1886, which do not name William's mother, identify his wife as Alice, dau of Thomas Parker. BLG1952 identifies her just as ...
  m. (1624) Alice (d 1670)
  i. William Gay of Aldborough (d 1670)
  m. (1665) Margaret Daines (d 1707, dau of Thomas Daines of Gunthorpe)
  a. John Gay of Adlborough (d 1700)
  m. (04.1695) Elizabeth Bell (d 1759, dau of Thomas Bell of Oulton Hall, m2. Bartholomew Bell)
  (1) John Gay of Calthorpe (b 1696, d 1734)
  m. (14.01.1716) Curteis Springall (d 1764, dau of James Springall of Calthorpe)
  (A) John Gay of Aldborough (b 1717, d 14.02.1792)
  m1. (11.1741) Frances Copeman (dau of Rev. Francis Copeman of Gresham)
  (i) John Gay of Aldborough (b 27.01.1749, d 08/14.11.1814)
  m. (08/9.11.1772) Frances Johnson (d 18.08.1838, dau/heir of Richard Johnson of Cley)
  (a) John Johnson Gay of Aldborough (b 25.03.1782, d 05.01.1852) had issue
  m. (08.08.1805) Martha Covert (d 15.05.1862, dau/heir of John Covert of Sussex)
  (b) James Gay of Thurning Hall & Upwell, Sheriff of Cambridgeshire & Huntingdonshire (b 28.01.1784, d 20.04.1874) had issue
  m. (01.01.1822) Mary Lee (d 15.04.1875, dau/coheir of William Lee of Upwell)
(c) Harriet Gay
  m. Robert Child of Russell Square
  (d)+ other issue - Mary Frances (d unm 1824), Sarah (d 1786)
  (ii) James Gay of Champion Hill (London) & Gimingham (Norfolk) (b 1756, d 06.02.1824)
  m. Susannah Jennings (d 1848, dau of William Jennings)
  (a) James Gay of Highgate (b 10.10.1791, d 14.03.185) had issue
  m. (05.05.1827) Anna Benthall (d 20.01.1874, dau of William Searle Benthall of Buckfast Abbey)
  (b) William Gay (b 27.02.1793, d 11.11.1846, rector of Bidborough, Kent) had issue
  m. Elizabeth Chippendale (d 24.04.1882)
  (c) George Gay (b 12.05.1800) had issue
  m1. Mary Anne Moseley (dau of R. Moseley of Champion Hill)
  m2. Susannah Key (d 1889, dau of John Key, sister of Sir John, 1st Bart)
(d)+ other issue
  (iii) Alice Gay
  m. John Whateley
  (iv) Elizabeth Gay
  m. Luke Alder
  (v)+ other issue - William of Aylsham (bpt 10.04.1768, d unm 1793), Susannah (d 1759)
  m2. (1767) Ellen Peach of Ashbourne
  (B) James Gay of North Walsham (b 12.1719, dsp 1769)
  BLG1886 identifies James's wife as a daughter of Sir Robert Kemp, Bart. BL1952 identifies her as ...
  m. Elizabeth Kemp (sister of Sir William Kemp, 8th Bart, of Gissing)
  (C) Elizabeth Gay
  m. John Cook of Wickmere
  (2) Thomas Gay of Bale, Norfolk (b 1698, d 1774)
  m. Deborah (d 1763)
  (A)+ 2 sons + 2 daughters
  (3) William Gay (bpt 1699)
  (4) Dorcas Gay
  m. _ Williams of Bayfield
  (5) Elizabeth Gay
  m. _ Soames of Aylsham
  (6) Margaret Gay
  m. William Lee (son/heir of William of Burnham)
  (7) Deborah Gay
  m. _ Temple of Burnham
  b. Dorcas Gay
  m. (1709) _ Howse of Gresham
  c.+ other issue - Edward (bpt 20.12.1670, dsp 1717), Deborah (d unm 1719)
  ii.+ other issue - John (d young), Rose, Margaret, Hannah
2. John Gay of Thurgaston (d 1636)



John Gay of Goldsworthy, Parkham, Devon
m. Alice
1. John Gay of Goldsworthy (a 1420)
  m. Agnes Gambon (dau/heir of John Gambon (Gomonde) of Marston)
  A. William Gay of Goldsworthy (d 14.09.1509)
m. Alice Fleere (dau of William Fleere of Dunsland)
  i. John Gay (b c1487, dsp 10.03.1544-5)
  m. Alice Millington (dau of John Millington of Pengersick, relict of Oates Worth of Barnstaple)
  ii. Anthony Gay (b c1495, 1545)
  m. Jane Inett
a. Thomas Gay of Goldsworthy (a 1566)
  m. Alice Pollard (a 1566, dau of Anthony Pollard of Horwood)
  (1) John Gay of Goldsworthy (bpt 16.07.1548, bur 21.11.1625)
  m. (07.10.1574) Margaret Welsh (bur 22.10.1629, dau of John Welsh of Barnstable)
  (A) Anthony Gay 'of Goldsworthy' (bpt 08.01.1577-8, a 1620)
m. (06.06.1609) Elizabeth Beauple (dau/heir of Richard Beauple of Barstable)
  (i) John Gay of Frithelstock (bpt 30.11.1613, bur 30.07.1678)
  m. Joane Smith (bur 22.11.1679, dau of John Smith of Torrington)
  (a) John Gay 'of Frithelstock' (bpt 24.11.1639, bur 25.01.1716-7)
  m. Tryphena Huish (d 06.05.1731, dau of James Huish of Sand)
((1))+ issue - John (b 17.07.1678, d 29.06.172), James (b 11.07.1680, d 30.10.1743), Richard (b 22.03.1682, bur 21.01.1755, rector of Frithelstock), Deborah (b 16.02.1675, d 07.09.1691), Elizabeth (b 21.03.1683-4, bur 30.04.1735), Joanna 9b 29.10.1686, d 28.04.1719), Tryphena (b 17.03.1687, d 02.1738)
  (b) William Gay 'of Barnstaple' (bpt 30.01.1648-9, bur 30.06.1695, 4th son)
  m. (05.10.1673) Katherine Hanmer (bur 02.06.1694, dau of Rev. Jonathan Hanmer of Barnstaple)
  ((1)) Katherine Gay (bpt 24.12.1676, a 1732)
  m. Anthony Baller (d by 1732)
  ((2)) Joanna Gay (bpt 06.04.1682, a 1732)
  m. Joseph (not John) Fortescue of Filleigh (d by 1732)
((3))+ other issue (d unm) - Jonathan (b 10.11.1679, d 1709, Captain), John (b 30.06.1685, d 04.12.1732, poet), Elizabeth (bpt 06.03.1674-5, bur 16.10.1685)
  (c) James Gay (b 31.10.1655, d 01.06.1720, rector of Upton Pyne, 7th son)
  m1. (04.05.1680) Mary Braund (dau of John Braund)
  m2. (12.11.1694) Elizabeth Hooper (bur 14.10.1732, dau of Nicholas Hooper of Fulbrook)
  ((1)) John Gay (b c1699, d 18.07.1745, vicar of Wilshamptstead, 2nd son)
  m. Elizabeth (a 03.1795)
  ((A)) James Gay (b 07.07.1735, d 05.10.1794, vicar of Coldridge)
  m. (05.03.1761) Jane Gay (dau of Nicholas Gay) @@ below
  ((i)) Elizabeth Gay (b 01.04.1769, d 29.06.1844)
  m. John Hiern of Torrington (b 22.05.1764, d 04.06.1828)
  ((ii))+ other issue - James (bpt 01.10.1767, bur 29.01.1768), Jane (bpt 20.03.1762, bur 28.03.1762), Jane (b 19.03.1764, bur 25.04.1840)
  ((B)) Grace Gay (b 25.11.1736)
  m. Joseph Carter
  ((C))+ other issue - Nicholas (b 08.09.1742), Elizabeth (b 20.12.1737), Jane (bpt 26.01.1739-40, bur 03.12.1742), Ann (b 06.10.1740)
  ((2)) Nicholas Gay (b 14.05.1701, bur 09.09.1775, vicar of Newton St. Cyres)
  m1. Sarah (bur 07.02.1724-5)
((A)) Henry Gay (bur 18.02.1724-5)
  m2. (29.07.1735) Penelope Quick (bur 06.6.1737, dau of Andrew Quick)
  m3. Jane (bur 12.10.1739)
  ((B)) Jane Gay (b 11.09.1739, d 08.08.1823)
  m. (05.03.1761) James Gay @@ above
  m4. Margaret (bur 06.03.1792)
  ((C)) Margaret Gay (b 29.06.1747, d 03.01.1839)
  m. John Bedford Copleston (rector of Offwell)
((D))+ other issue - John (b 22.10.1743, d 11.12.1763), Richard (b 26.05.1746), Nicholas (b 28.02.1753, d unm 1815, vicar of Up-Ottery & St. Breward), Penelope (b 25.03.1744-5, bur 06.01.1832), Elizabeth (b 02.05.1750, bur 29.10.1807), Frances (b 07.01.1752), Dorothy (b 17.02.1755, bur 24.07.1798)
  ((3))+ other issue - James (b 08.05.1698, bur 25.07.1702), Elizabeth (bpt 03.04.1696)
  (d)+ other issue - Richard (bpt 18.12.1643, bur 19.07.1707), Anthony (b 1644, d 1674 in London), Lawrence (bpt 29.01.1650-1, d 1687), Thomas (b 18.12.1653, bur 25.07.1702), Matthew (b 1657, d 1687 in Barbados), Samuel (b 1660, d 1679), Elizabeth (b 1646, bur 16.05.1660)
(ii) William Gay of Hedd, Chittlehampton (bpt 07.07.1615, bur 30.07.1651)
  m. (24.08.1648) Elizabeth Coffyn (dau of John Coffyn of Porthledge)
  (a) Elizabeth Gay (bpt 14.06.1649, bur 15.03.1652-3)
  (iii) Anthony Gay of Bristol (bpt 27.05.1621, a 1641, 4th son)
  m. Martha Sherman (dau of Gabriel Sherman, alderman of Bristol)
  (a) Elizabeth Gay
  m. Jacob Beele of Plymouth
  (b) Margaret Gay
  m. (02.02.1677-8) Arthur Northcott
  (c)+ other issue - Martha, Ann, Mary, Naomi, Ester
  (iv) Lawrence Gay (bpt 22.11.1624, bur 03.08.1693, 6th son)
  m1. Thomasin (bur 03.05.1660)
  m2. (12.02.1662-3) Grace Fryane (bur 11.02.1719-20)
  (a) Anthony Gay (bpt 16.02.1663-4)
  m. (16.09.1686) Ann Eastchurch
  ((1)) Anthony Gay (bpt 12.01.1708, youngest son?)
  m. (17.09.1739) Patience Johns
  ((2))+ other issue - John (bpt 16.07.1687, bur 14.02.1688-9), Elizabeth (bpt 09.01.1701-2), Ann (bpt 25.03.1704, bur 23.07.1705), Mary (bpt 16.10.1706, bur 09.04.1735), Ann (bpt 16.04.1711, bur 27.03.1716)
  (b)+ other issue - Laurence (bpt 02.03.1666-7, bur 15.04.1667), John (bpt 03.02.1669-70, bur 04.04.1672), Alexander (bur 14.02.1676-7), Elizabeth (bpt 11.03.1665-6, bur 03.04.1666), Grace (bpt 12.06.1668, bur 14.06.1668)
  (v) Thomas Gay (bpt 22.11.1624) had issue
  m. (21.09.1669) Sarah Dowrish (bur 06.03.1671-2)
  (vi) Elizabeth Gay (bpt 06.03.1610-1, bur 17.11.1678?)
  m. (30.03.1636) John Horwood
  (vii) Mary Gay (bpt 21.03.1618-9)
  m. John Palmer of Barnstaple
  (viii) Anne Gay (bpt 26.02.1626-7)
  m. (09.11.1648) Thomas Godswill of Taunton
  (ix)+ other issue - Richard (bpt 28.05.1617, a 1688), Robert (bpt 27.07.1623, bur 07.09.1624), Sara (bpt 30.03.1610, d young)
  (B) Mathew Gay of Southmolton (bpt 24.03.1583-4, d before 16.02.1658-9, cleric)
  m1. Thomasine
(i) Thomas Gay (youngest son?) had issue
  m. (02.02.1630-1) Johanna (widow of _ Potter)
  (ii) Anne Gay
  m. _ Kelland
  (iii)+ other issue - John (dsp), John (b c1624, a 1643), Martha, Thomazin (bur 22.10.1623)
  m2. Thomazine
  (C) Presella Gay
  m. John Cuttin of Torrington (draper)
(D) Margaret Gay (bpt 01.09.1596)
  m. (11.12.1615) Henry Davey of Bowford (Beauford)
  (2) Edward Gay
  m1. _ Montjoy (dau of Hugh Montjoy)
  (A) Tristram Gay
  m2. _ Vace
  (B) John Gay
(3) William Gay (bpt 12.02.1552-3)
  m. (12.06.1587) Julyan Knill (dau of Robert Knill of Brampton)
  (4) Gregory Gay of Whitchurch (b[t 21.09.1553, dsp bur 24.03.1642-3)
  m. (02.01.1604-5) Dorothea Carie (bur 25.07.1633, dau of Robert Carie of Ladford, widow of ?? Bartlett)
  (5) Elianor Gay (bpt 04.05.1544)
  m. (15.09.1573) John Savage
  (6)+ other issue - James (bpt 24.01.1551-2, bur 20.04.1552), Robert (bpt 08.06.1558), Mathey (bpt 10.01.1563-4), hilip (bpt 08.03.1565-6, dsp), Johan (bur 01.02.1543-4), Christian, Prudence (bpt 04.08.1549), Martha (bpt 26.11.1554, bur 29.12.1562), Mary (bpt 13.08.1559, bur 27.09.1559), Katherine (bpt 26.10.1560), Petronell (bpt 25.01.1561-2)
b. Joan Gay
  m. John Wiat
  iii. Richard Gay 'of Barnstaple'
  m1. Margaret
  m2. Julian Berry (dau of Nicholas Berry of Eastleigh, m2. John Peard)
  a. Lettice Gay
  m. William Salisbury of Barnstaple
  b. Tamyn Gay (bpt 25.06.1541)
  m. (10.07.1564) William Marcombe
  c.+ other issue - William (bpt 07.07.1539), William (bpt 07.07.1544), Eleanor (bpt 05.07.1540)
  iv. Thomas Gay (youngest son)
  a. Thomas Gay
  v.+ other issue - Andrew, Elizabeth
  B. Joan Gay
  m. John Garland of Whitfield

Main source(s):
(1) For upper section : BLG1862/BLG1886 (Gay of Alborough), BLG1952 (Lilly (formerly Gay) of Aldborough Hall)
(2) For lower section : Visitation (J.L. Vivian (1895), Devon, 1531+1564+1620+additions, 'Gay of Goldsworthy', p392+)
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