William Gay SR. son of Henry Gay II d: 1735/6 IOW SOLVED
WILLIAM GAY SR. son of HENRY GAY II & Jane LAWRENCE of IOW.
This is indeed the son of Henry GAY II d: 1735/6 IOW and Jane Lawrence, this is William GAY that became the guardian for his brother Thomas GAY d: 1754 orphaned children.
1746 WILLIAM GAY sells to brother Joshua GAY of IOW the land William inherited from their father Henry GAY II d: 1735/6 IOW.
WITS: William BABB, CHARLES NORSWORTHY
QUESTION: did his sister marry CHARLES NORSWORTHY???WAS HER NAME ELIZABETH?
WAS WILLIS GAY WITNESSING THE WILL OF HIS "AUNT" ELIZABETH NORSWORTHY IN 1791 IOW?? William GAY SR Will dated 1792 probated 1783 died in 1782-1783 so this could be his sister, unless his widow remarried to a
NORSWORTHY.(NOTE: a close relative could witness a WILL of a family member, IF they were not a legatee or divisee, BUT my guess is she was Willis' AUNT.)
William GAY's will was dated 1782 and PROVEN 1783 IOW
William PIERCE JR.
THOMAS BOWDEN...(ELIAS BOWDEN was the father in law of ELIAS GAY who married Francis BOWDEN and moved to TN.The father of ELIAS BOWDEN was THOMAS BOWDEN. We also see ELIAS BOWDEN with ELIAS GAY on that deed of Elizabeth GAY selling some land and WILLIS GAY had land adjoining.I think it was NASH COUNTY....anyway where some of the FRANKLIN CO NC GAY's were moving back and forth to & from.SO that is telling me that this WILLIS GAY was indeed the son of the WILLIAM GAY SR. in the above will.WILLIS GAY m: Lucretia FAULK "Creasy" the FAULK's were of IOW also.
SO I AM NOW FEELING CONFIDENT THAT THIS WILL OF WILLIAM GAY 1782-1783 IS THE ONE MARRIED TO ELIZABETH PIERCE, AND HE HAD SONS WILLIAM, JAMES, AND WILLIS!ONLY WILLIS & JAMES NAMED IN HIS WILL. Who were his other children?
ELIZABETH (PIERCE) GAY's father was William PIERCE SR., her mother's name was MARTHA.
Elizabeth had a sister married an ALLEN, they had son John ALLEN.
Elizabeth had a brother named William Pierce JR. who probably had son John PIERCE.
Elizabeth had a sister that married a CRUMPLER, and they had KINCHEN CRUMPLER.
Elizabeth had a sister that married a COGGAN....probably John or William, OR SON OF WILLIAM & HIS SON JOHN IS ALSO A WITNESS TO THIS WILL? (PER LAW:a boy of 14 could witness).
Elizabeth's father's WILL =
William PIERCE SR. 1791 IOW
WAS WITNESSED BY WILLIAM & JOHN COGGAN.
William PIERCE SR. had a grandson JAMES GAY (HE IS SON OF WILLIAM GAY SR & ELIZABETH PIERCE who also had William GAY JR., and Willis GAY m: Lucretia FAULK, and son JAMES GAY.
WILLIAM GAY SR. & ELIZABETH WERE IN NEWPORT PARISH VA. I believe he had land on the W. Sd. of the Chowan River, he may NOT have made it his residence, but stayed in VA., but his sons William Gay JR. and James Gay (Sr) lived on that land and when Hertford Co was formed, their land became part of Hertford County and James NEVER MOVED off the 150 acres he had bought from Henry GAY!
AND .... KINCHEN CRUMPLER and one Charles BARNES and HARDY MURFREE and the WHITLEY'salso ended up in Hertford County for this same reason! I HAVE A STRONG FEELING THAT JAMES GAY SR. MARRIED A WHITLEY. THESE PEOPLE ARE ON THE 1790 CENSUS OF HERTFORD CO NC.)
William PIERCE SR. had a grandson John COGGAN....probably son of John or William COGGAN who witnessed the Will of William PIERCE SR. (or John IS the son of this William COGGAN.)
SECURITY: William COGGAN
WHO WERE THE OTHER CHILDREN OF WILLIAM GAY SR. & ELIZABETH?
WHO WERE ALL THE CHILDREN OF JAMES GAY SR. OF HERTFORD CO NC?WE SEE JAMES GAY JR. THERE WITH HIM, WHO WERE THE OTHERS?