The Gay, Culpepper. Sasser, Layfield, Poole, Welch Familes:Information about William Franklin Gay
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William Franklin Gay (b. 17 Sep 1850, d. 21 Oct 1916)William Franklin Gay (son of Columbus Gay and Martha Jane Sasser) was born 17 Sep 1850 in Gay, Georgia, and died 21 Oct 1916 in Gay, Georgia.He married Annira J Culpepper on 19 Aug 1869 in Meriwether County, Georgia, daughter of Charles William Culpepper and Mary Jane English.
Notes for William Franklin Gay:
In the obituary printed in the Atlanta Constitution, November 12,1916. It states:
When the Civil War broke and the Confederacy sent out its call for men, it fell to him to do his part, since he was only 11 years of age, to young to go to the front, to remain at home on the family farm and care for his mother and his sister Sarah Elizabeth Gay. This part he did well.
Mr Gay possessed a an impressive character. All who knew him believed in,trusted, admired and loved him. He was a man of high ideals, moral courage, strong will, personal honor, deep human sympathy, unfailing Christian spirit, and a most becoming spirit of modesty, He was also very public spirited.
He served as commissioners of roads and revenues. While Chairman the present county courthouse
was constructed.Always a friend to the cause of education only recently he was the biggest donator
to the cause of establishing a high school in his hometown.
In excerpts in the Brief History of the Hunt close Property:
In 1882, William F. Gay, the grandson of William and Elizabeth Sasser, built the first General Merchandise Store in Gay. In the same year he applied for a post office, afterbeing granted the town was renamed Gay.W. F. Gay was a successful businessman and he began acquiring land throughout the eastern section of the county.
More About William Franklin Gay and Annira J Culpepper:
Marriage: 19 Aug 1869, Meriwether County, Georgia.
Children of William Franklin Gay and Annira J Culpepper are:
- +Joseph Roswell Gay, b. 05 Dec 1880, Gay, Georgia, d. 10 Jan 1968, Gay, Geeorgia.
- John Franklin Gay, b. 25 May 1870, Gay, Georgia, d. 20 Mar 1954.
- Emma Rebeca Gay, b. 17 Sep 1871, Gay, Georgia, d. 20 Mar 1954, Gay, Georgia.
- Mary Lula Gay, b. 29 Aug 1872, Gay, Georgia, d. 25 Sep 1938.
- Martha Jane Gay, b. 04 Mar 1875, Gay, Georgia, d. 10 Jul 1966, Macon, Georgia.
- William Henry Gay, b. 11 Nov 1878, Gay, Georgia, d. 20 Oct 1918.
- Leila Gay, b. 26 Dec 1879, Gay, Georgia, d. Feb 1962, Dekalb County, GA.
- Dallie May Gay, b. 01 Feb 1883, Gay, Georgia, d. 11 Apr 1972, Gay, Georgia.
- Benjamin Walton Gay III, b. 06 Jul 1885, Gay, Georgia, d. 1944.
- Sara Elizabeth Gay, b. 09 Jun 1887, Gay, Georgia, d. 02 Aug 1957, Gay, Georgia.
- +Annira Culpepper Gay, b. 23 Nov 1889, Gay, Georgia, d. 08 Mar 1976, Gay, Georgia.