From the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F. A. Battey & CO., Publishers. 1883." page 269, Prairie Township, White County, Indiana.
"J. GAY, Sr., was born in Ohio, in 1812, and is the son of WILLIAM and MARY A. (HAYES) GAY, who came to this township in 1831, and here ended their days. MR. GAY came here with his parents and remained on the home farm until his marriage, in Tippecanoe County, to MISS ELIZABETH BECKER, daughter of JOHN BECKER, a native of North Carolina, and a pioneer of Tippecanoe. Since his marriage, MR. GAY has lived on his present farm on Section 29, this township. He has here 390 acres, of which 250 are under cultivation; he is also owner of seventy acres in Carroll County, Indiana. MR. GAY has served his townsmen as Trustee three terms, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Their children are ten in number - WILLIAM H., ANSOLINA, ELMINA, ELIZA J., ALVIN, SARAH A., CHARLES A., KEZIAH, MILTON and JOHN B."