Update Anna Lay Edwards found
Anna (Lay) Edwards born abt 1869 turns out to be Sarah Anna (Lay) Edwards daughter of Luke Lay and Sarah Elizabeth Hale.
Some stated that Anna was some relation to Elliott Lay that married Cora. Which would be Elijah Elliott Lay, Sr. and Cora M. Atwood. That her sister married a Derringer, but they didn't know her name or who the Derringer was. So that was all I had to go on to find the missing Anna Lay Edwards. With all the mistakes in her death cert in hand writing and transcription errors it is a wonder I did find her. Looking for all the Derringers that I could find in Casey County, KY that married a Lay and was related to Elliott.
I finally found that Martha J. Lay married George Washington Derringer. Martha was the sister of Elijah C. Lay father of Elijah Elliott Lay, Sr. Martha J. Lay Derringer also had a sister Sarah A. Lay of about the right age transcribed records stated that she married and Edwins and died in Carter County, KY??? I decied to pull the photo copy to look at if I could find it.
I was able to pull up the photo copy of Sarah A. Ewinds so that I could see it and will attach a photo copy to this note. She did die of TB but did not have a Doctor at death. I thought that was probable what happened to her.
The hand writing is bad but if you look at it it is Edwards not Ewinds, (it looks more like Edwares). so who ever wrote it and who ever transcribed it didn't do a very good job.
The county is Casey even though the transcriptions stated it was Carter so that was another error, as it is closer to the spelling of Casey than Carter. All other info listed are places in Casey County, KY.
She was 44 years and 2 months old at time of death in 1911. It lists birth date as Aug of 1867. This could be due to age that others though she was but it is at least close, most ages are off a little.
She is listed as female, white and married.
Her parents are listed as Luke Lay and Lizzubeth Hale which is Luke Lay and Sarah Elizabeth Hale aka Lizzy.
Informant is G. W. Derringer address is Liberty, KY. George Washington Derringer married Martha J. Lay sister to Sarah Anna Lay.
It was filed Oct 15, 1911 by (looks like) Henry Thomas.
She died Oct 14, 1911 cause of death Tuberculosis (not sure if I spelled that right)
Place of burial or removal was Caney Fork, Dove, KY burial date is listed as Oct 15, 1911. Dove, KY was on Caney Fork Creek, Casey County, KY. It does not state that it was Caney Fork Cemetery, which was on Caney Fork Ridge but that may not have been part of the area listed as Dove KY not sure how big of an area was part of Dove, Casey County, KY. The post office at Dove was discontinued about 1913 and the name for that area was eventfully lost. But I find lots of records for family with the address listed as Dove, KY.
Undertaker was listed as George Burus (I am not sure of the last name it is hard to read could be Burse or any close form there of. His address listed is Dove, KY.
So this is Anna Lay, her info lost over time because of bad hand writing and bad transcriptions.
Anna is like a lot of other family members in that they used their nickname or middle name. To she may have used Anna because James Robert Edwards’s first wife was Sarah Ann Russell Lay. Her Mother’s first name was Sarah but she used her middle name Elizabeth or nick name Lizzy. We will never know the reason for that she used Anna.
I think the story of Anna Lay got a little distorted over time. She was sick and probable afraid that the kids would catch it. I don’t think she just left them for no reason. She probably was buried where she died, and not in a cemetery. Now if I could get a photo copy of the 1910 Census for George W. and Martha Lay Derringer we could see where they were living at the time. If he owned the property, we could get a copy of the deed and see where they were living at the time. So we would have a better idea where she was buried at.
The Census record for 1870 Census Bledsoe County TN shows that she was 1year old born 1869 in TN which would mean she was born in Bledsoe County, TN as the family is listed there in 1860-1870. They are listed in Casey County, KY in 1880. So they moved to Casey between 1870 and 1880. States of birth are often different on Census records along with birth years. Many could not read and write so things were not written down. If you lived in one place all your life you thought you were born there.
This is all I have for now but I am positive that this is Anna Lay Edwards aka Sarah Anna Lay Edwards daughter of Luck Lay and Sarah Elizabeth Hale.
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