Wednesday, June 08, 2016


The subject for week 21 of 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks is my 8x great grandfather Nathaniel Gay.
 Here's his biography in Frederick Lewis Gay's family genealogy:

3. Nathaniel2 (John1), b. Jan. 11, 1G43; admitted freeman, May 23, 1677; selectman, 1704 and other years. His father left to him a tract of land near Medfield, and confirmed a gift of lands in "Pecumtuck alies Derefeild in Hamshier." His wife was Lydia Lusher (dau. of Eleazer Lusher?). His will, dated Feb. 16, 1712, and proved March 20, 1712, appoints his wife Lydia and sons Nathaniel and Lusher executors. In it he says: "Whereas I have been att considerable expense in bringing up rny son Ebenezer Gay fitt for, and in placeing him at Harvard Colledge in Cambridge, where he now remains, I do appoint that ye charge of his further continuing there until the takeing of his first degree shall be payd and discharged out of my estate, which shall be reckoned and accounted unto him as his full share of my estate." His estate was valued in the inventory at £227 19s. 6d. He died Feb. 20, 1712. His wife Lydia died Aug. 6, 1744, aged 92. They had:
i. Benjamin, b. May 3, 1675; d. Aug. 1, 1675.
ii. Nathaniel, b. April 17, 1676; d. May 1, 1676.
iii. Mary, b. March 30, 1677; m. Jabez Pond, Jan. 11, 1699.
iv. Lydia, b. Aug. 12, 1679; m. Thomas Eaton, Oct. 5, 1697.
9. v. Nathaniel, b. April 2, 1682; d. May 25, 1750.
10. vi. Lusher, b. Sept. 26, 1685; d. Oct. 18, 1769.
vii. Joanna, b. Sept. 3, 1688; m. Ephraim Wilson, Dec. 19, 1706.
11. viii. Benjamin, b. April 20, 1691. ix. Abigail, b. Feb. 15, 169-1.
12. x. Ebenezer, b. Aug. 15, 1696; d. March 18, 1787.

John Gay of Dedham, Massachusetts: And Some of His Descendants  DAVID CLAPP & SON, PRINTERS. Boston, Ma. 1879

I get a kick out of the spelling of  "Derefeild in Hamshier" (Deerfield in Hampshire{county}) as well
as seeing it's original Native American name.

But this entry raises a question about the maiden name of Nathaniel's wife Lydia, which is given here as Lusher. That's not the information I had, so I wondered if what I had was wrong.

The answer will be in my next post.

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