My name is Elizabeth Quay Beach, and I, too, am doing Quay research.In particular my ggggf, Samuel Quay, emigrated "from the Susquehanna" before 1790 to the Erie Triangle in Pennsylvania.I am searching for Samuel's parents, and have come upon the name Alexander Quay as the original immigrant to PA which founded the line of Quays that lived in Chester County.
I would love to know whether your New York Quays produced this line, too.My source for most of this biographical information is Sen. Matthew Stanley Quay, who in his political speeches often made use of the fact that he was descended from two Alexanders (like yours).Only in his speeches he said that they had come in from Canada, and came from the Isle of Man.
I am working hard on this project right now, and don't have much source material yet, but am planning to hire a genealogist in NW PA to document at least the part of the line I am sure about.I am also planning to visit the DAR library and the Library of Congress next month.I would love to share data with your genealogist, most especially so that I don't duplicate the work someone else has done.
MSQ's ancestor and his father lived on the other side of the Susquehanna, as cited in this newspaper article (Presumably the Philadelphia Ledger, but will get citation): "The first Quay in Pennsylvania, Alexander, bought 151 acres of land in Horsham township, Montgomery county , in 1729.His son, Alexander, was a soldier in Captain DeemerÕs company in the French and Indian war.Another son was Seth Quay, a Judge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.After the Revolutionary war the Quays crossed the Schuylkill into Chester county."
Please let me know what you have, any of you! I am serious about this quest, and am trying to source every statement that is made about these Quays, so please, please contact me so that I can try to solve this mystery!