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Samuel Gay, of the Little Calfpasture, Augusta County
b.bef. 1729
m. Bef. 1715
  1. John Gay, of the Little Calfpasture of Augusta CountyAbt 1715 - Abt 1776
  2. James Gay, of the Little Calfpasture and Cowpasture, Augusta CountyEst 1719-1723 - Bef 1776
  3. William Gay, of the Little Calfpasture of Augusta CountyABT 1720 - Bef 1755
  4. Robert Gay, of the Calfpasture, Augusta County, VAest 1722 - bef 1762
  5. Samuel Gay, of the Little Calfpasture, Augusta Countybef 1729 - 1799
  6. Eleanor Gay1740 - 1825
  • HSamuel Gay, of the Little Calfpasture, Augusta Countybef 1729 - 1799
  • WJean BrattonBef 1739 -
m. Bef. 1756
  1. William Gay1756 - 1789
  2. Alice GayAbt 1758 -
  3. Jane GayAbt 1761 - 1830
  4. Mary GayAbt 1762 -
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Name Samuel Gay, of the Little Calfpasture, Augusta County
Gender Male
Birth? bef. 1729
Marriage Bef. 1756 prob. Virginiato Jean Bratton
Death? 1799 Poss. York County, South Carolina

Samuel Gay was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia

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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Samuel Gay was an early settler of Augusta County, in the "Calfpasture" area, as referenced in the information, listed below:


Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:


  • Page 423.--16th August, 1753. Thomas Lewis to Samuel Gay, 489 acres. Jackson's River, cor. tract in possession of John Lewis. (Note: this appears to be this Samuel Gay. Jackson's River is in the vicinity of the Bullpasture and Calfpasture area).
  • Page 285.--15th May, 1754. Same (From William Beverley) to Samuel Gay, 354 acres in Calf Pasture on Little River; corner Wm. Elliot's land; corner Wm. Gay. (Note: the William Gay that owned land adjoining Samuel was his brother).


Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:


  • Page 516.--14th June, 1762. Samuel ( ) Gay, of Anson County, North Carolina, and Jean ( ) to James Gay, £70, 354 acres on Little River of Calfpasture in Beverley's patent. Cor. William Elliott; cor. William Gay. Teste: Samuel Crockett, Alex. Hamilton, Jno. Stinson. Proved by witnesses.

Advisory on Samuel Gay

Caution! There is another Samuel Gay, who lived in Beverley Manor, Augusta County, that has been sometimes confused with this Samuel.

There are many errors in research of the Gay family of Augusta County, Virginia. It is highly suggested that the following source be consulted before any changes are made to this family.

Gay Families of Augusta and Rockbridge Counties, Virginia Author(s): Robert H. Montgomery Source: The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 59, No. 2 (Apr., 1951), pp. 195-215 Published by: Virginia Historical Society



Records of Samuel Gay in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's:


  • Page 477.--27th February, 1749. Same (From William Beverley) to William Gay, of Calfpasture, 490 acres in Col. Beverley's part of Calfpasture. Little Calfpasture. Corner Samuel Gay. Corner James Stephenson; line of the patent. Teste: William Long, John Alexander, William Robinson.
  • Vol. 1 - 1751-1754, Pt. 1 - Thomas and Andrew Lewis enter 200 joining Horcklas Wilson on Cowpasture; 400 near John Shaw; 100 near head of Bullpasture; 400 North Side Bullpasture, near Bodkin; 200 joining George Wilson; ---- at ye Reed Hole, near Hicklin; 200 at a small meadow between ye Warm Spring and Jackson's land; 200 about five miles from Warm Springs, near the path from said Springs to Holden's land on the mountain; ---- on Seeder Run; 200 in Calfpasture joining Samuel Gay; 200 near Dunlops old place, where Meek made some improvements. February 28, 1754. Robert McClenachan.
  • Vol. 1 - 1753-1754, Pt. 2. - Petitioners for a road from William Wilson's mill, on Jackson's River, to Captain Ashton's mill, in the Bull Pasture, being direct road to market and also convenient for the head of Green Bryer settlers. John Miller, William Wilson, Stephen Wilson, Samuel Gay, Robert Gay, Robert Carlile, John Carlile, Hugh Hicklin, John Hicklin, Lostus Pullin, Thomas Hicklin. May, 1753.
  • Page 8.--28th February, 1754. Thos. and Andrew Lewis, 200 acres of land joining Harcklas Wilson on the cow pasture and two 200 surveys near John Shaw's land, two 200 acres joining Lewis' line near head of Bull Pasture, and two 200 surveys near foot of mountain, north side of Bull pasture not far from Bodkin's land, and 200 acres joining George Wilson, and a survey of the Reed Hole and towards Hicklin's land, and 200 acres at a small meadow between the Warm Springs and Jackson's land, and 200 acres about 5 miles from the Warm Springs near the path from said Spring to Harden's land on the mountain, and one survey on Cedar Run near a survey made on said Run, and 200 acres in the Calf Pasture joining the west and north lines of Samuel Gay, and 200 acres on a ridge near Dunlap's old place where Meek made some improvements. Robert McClenachan.
  • Page 8.--6th March, 1754. Andrew Lewis enters two 200 surveys on Bratton's Run in the Calf Pasture which runs through that place of Dunlap's where he last lived and 100 acres on the Little River between McCutchen's land and Clendenning's old place, and 200 acres joining south side of McCutchen's land below Wm. Smith's, and 200 acres at a meadow on a branch of the Great River of the Calf Pasture near a mile northwest from Saml. Tencher's. and 200 acres joining the southwest end of James Gay's land in the Cow Pasture, and 200 acres on the Glady land at the sulfer mine on south side Warm Spring Mountain Gap on both sides the path, and 100 at the foot of the Warm Spring Mountain, north side, about two miles from said Spring, northeast course, and 200 acres joining the survey at the Warm Spring and down the branch, and 200 acres about two miles, more or less, from the Warm Springs, southwest course, and 200 acres in the Cow Pasture side of the Warm Springs Mountain at the foot of said mountain about three miles near a west course from James Gay's. (Note: the James Gay listed here was the brother of Samuel Gay. Also note that the Bratton's (Brattons' Run) were living nearby in the Calfpasture).
  • Page 241.--19th April, 1763. James Gay to David Martin, £116.10, 354 acres on Little River of Calf Pasture; corner William Elliot's land; corner Wm. Gay; same purchased by said James from Samuel Gay, who purchased from William Beverley.

Information on Samuel Gay of the Little Calfpasture

(II) Samuel Gay of the Little Calfpasture.

A Samuel Gay had land in Colonel Beverley's part of the Calfpasture (the Little Calfpasture) as early as February 27, 1749-[50], when "corner Samuel Gay" was named as a bound in a deed from Beverley to William Gay of 490 acres; also "corner James Stephenson; corner of the patent" (Chalkley, III, p. 279). We find a Samuel Gay, Calf Pasture, in the fee book in 1751 (id., II, p. 387), and named in a list of Calf Pasture men in I752 (id., I, p. 50). On May '5, I754, Beverley conveyed to Samuel Gay, 354 acres in the Calf Pasture on Little River; "corner Wm. Elliott's land; corner William Gay (id., III, p. 325). On February 28, I754-[5], Samuel Gay was named as a bound in the Calfpasture (id., 1, 442; id., III, 32). On August 24, I76i, Sam'l Gay was returned no inhabitant (id., I, 93), and on June 14, 1762, Samuel Gay of the County of Anson, province of North Carolina, planter, and Jean his wife conveyed 354 acres in Colonel Beverley's part of the Calf Pasture lying on both sides of the Little River to James Gay of Augusta (Augusta Deeds 10:5I6). James did not keep this land long, conveying it to David Martin in 1763 (Chalkley, III, 398).

In May 1753, a Samuel Gay was a petitioner for a road from William Wilson's mill on Jackson's River to Captain Ashton's mill in the Bull Pas- ture, and August 16, 1753, Thomas Lewis conveyed to Samuel Gay 489 acres on Jackson's River, corner tract in possession of John Lewis (Chalkley, I, 441; id., III, p. 3I6). I think that this was Samuel Gay of the Calf Pasture, but he may have been another man.

The possibility that the two Samuel Gays named above, i.e., Capt. Samuel and Samuel of the Calf Pasture, were one and the same exists but seems to be remote. Against it is the location of their lands, the names of the wives, and the official statement in 1748 that Capt. Samuel Gay had removed to Carolina. I think it probable that they were related but find no evidence of it. Nor have I been able to identify either of them with any Samuel Gay of Pennsylvania. All of those in the family of John Gay of Sadsbury are accounted for or were too young to be in Virginia before 1750.

The relationship of Samuel Gay of the Calfpasture to the other settlers there of the Gay name seems extremely probable though there is no direct evidence. I am willing to believe that William, Robert, John, James and Samuel were brothers, and that Henry was a relative though not a brother. The following scraps of evidence have some weight:

In a list of fifteen road workers in the Calfpasture of May 20, 1752, we find William, Robert, John and Samuel, and there is much evidence that they were neighbors (Chalkley, I, p. 50, and passim). Samuel was wi'tness to the deed of February 26-27, I749, Beverley to William Gay (Augusta Deeds 2:486), in which he was named as a bound. 

The name Samuel appears in other Gay families and there are also Samuel Gays whom I am unable to identify, but I have found no evidence that any descendant of either Capt. Samuel or Samuel of the Calf Pasture re- mained in Virginia.



Samuel Gay that married Jean Bratton and migrated to Carolina:

From Genforum.com posts:

July 12, 1770: “PETER JOHNSTON of Mecklenburg Co., to SAMUEL GAY of Tryon Co., for £20 proc. Money…land on waters of S fork Fishing Creek adj. BENJAMIN PHILIPS, JAMES MURPHREY, granted to sd. JOHNSTON 16 Dec 1769-..PETER JOHNSTON (SEAL), Wit: HUGH BRATTON, Jurate; WILLIAM PARICK. Rec. July term 1771.” (Tryon County Deed Book 1:473-474, abstracted in Holcomb, Deed Abstracts of Tryon, Lincoln and Rutherford Counties, 34)


Re: George Dale and Jane Guy/Gay - SC Posted by: Betty McMillan Date: February 13, 2002 at 13:34:38 In Reply to: Re: George Dale and Jane Guy/Gay - SC by Maryse Dale of 2461

Maryse, I think we're working on the same Samuel although I'm uncertain about all the facts. There were a lot of Gay/Guys in Orange/Augusta Co VA in the 1700's. I've based a lot of my theory about Samuel and his children on Samuel Guy/Gay's LWT, on the petition for pension on William Gay/Guy's Rev. War service and on some Bratton family history that I uncovered in SC.

I'm a descendant of Samuel's son, William and Prudence Wood/Woods thru their son, James G. Hall Guy as follows: Samuel Gay/Guy > William Gay/Guy > James G. Hall Guy > John L. Guy >Agnes Hannet Guy. Agnes was my great-grandmother.

I'd like to exchange info. on this line. Email me direct please. Betty



  • June 13, 1767: “Edward Lacy Junr. & wife Jane of Meck., to Robert Bratton of same, for £62 NC money…land on S side Cataba River on the head waters of Turkey Creek near Robert Ewarts, 200 A granted to Lacey 28 Oct. 1765…Edward Lacey (Seal), Jane Lacey (Seal). Wit: Samuel Gay (.), David Reed, Ralph Crofer (?), Prov. July term 1767.” (Mecklenburg County Deed Book 4:292-293, abstracted in Holcomb, Mecklenburg County Deed Abstracts, 107)
  • December 14, 1767: “Samuel Gay of Meck., planter, to Thomas Rayne of same, for £10…200 A on Fishing Creek, adj. McNaub, granted to Thomas Rayne 21 April 1764…Samuel Gay (S) (Seal), Wit: John Taggert, Hugh Brattain.” (Mecklenburg County Deed Book 3:36-37, abstracted in Holcomb, Mecklenburg County Deed Abstracts, 71)
  • June 11, 1768: “Plat: Surveyed for Wm. Bratton 200 A on waters of the south fork of Fishing Creek, joining Robert Kers land…James Williamsons corner…joining McLans land…Peter Johnson Survr. Thomas Bratton & Samuel Gay, C B.” (North Carolina Land Grant No. 112, File No. 91, Book 20:438, issued May 4, 1769, abstracted in Holcomb, NC Land Grants, 128. Copy of original grant and survey plat at York County Historical Center. This is the property where Hightower Hall now stands.)
  • July 12, 1770: “PETER JOHNSTON of Mecklenburg Co., to SAMUEL GAY of Tryon Co., for £20 proc. Money…land on waters of S fork Fishing Creek adj. BENJAMIN PHILIPS, JAMES MURPHREY, granted to sd. JOHNSTON 16 Dec 1769-..PETER JOHNSTON (SEAL), Wit: HUGH BRATTON, Jurate; WILLIAM PARICK. Rec. July term 1771.” (Tryon County Deed Book 1:473-474, abstracted in Holcomb, Deed Abstracts of Tryon, Lincoln and Rutherford Counties, 34)