In receipt of 50 pages of probate records for Frank E Fay 1869-1959 of McHenry Twp, McHenry Co, Illinois (IL). Several surprises were contained in the document regarding this generation from David2.
No record was found in McHenry County, IL for the death or divorce of the wife of Frank E Fay, Mary Carr; no burial site was found. Between the birth of namesake son, Frank E Fay Jr. 1901-1990, and the marriage to a second wife in 1907, something happened to Mary Carr.
Through probate records of Frank E Fay 1959, it was learned Frank E Fay had another child by Mary Carr not listed in any record within McHenry County. A male child was born to Frank E and Mary (Carr) Fay ca 1904/5 who is listed as a son/legatee of Frank E Fay Sr in 1959. His name is listed as James Carr Fay aka James Carr on probate records.
It becomes apparent Mary Carr may have died in childbirth in 1904/1905. This infant child, James Carr Fay, appears in the census of 1910 under the head of household of Frank Carr in Wauconda, IL, aged 5; Frank is his uncle (Mary's brother). He appears again under the same household in the next census; he lives his life out in Wauconda, IL; his address is listed on his father's probate in 1959. James signed his name James Carr Fay but apparently dropped FAY to relate closer to his maternal family who raised him.
A confirming record appears as to the age of Frank E Fay Jr. born 1900-1902. He signed his name Frank Elmer Fay on court documents when he declared himself 21 years of age in 1922. Social Security Index gives 1901 as his birth year. His father filed a birth record for his son, Frank, in 1941 giving the birth year 1900.
Real estate for Frank E Fay Sr at Ringwood, McHenry County, IL was a lot sub-divided. One of the sub lots became the residence of Jennie (Simmons) Fay Spaulding, Frank's mother. They show living next door to one another in a census when in fact, it was the same property (Frank's) sub-divided for family. Jennie's gravesite is in close proximity to Frank's site at Ringwood Cemetery, 1/2 mile of where Frank lived on Ringwood Rd. Frank lived on Barnard Mill Road, Ringwood, IL.
Frank Sr and Jr middle initial was E. Jr wrote out his name in a court document as Frank Elmer Fay and since he is namesake of his father, it becomes further evident Elmer Fay is the father of Frank Sr and grandfather to Jr.
Elmer's middle initial is "W" and may stand for Warren.
Should anyone have additional information regarding this line of FAY in McHenry County, please respond.