Person:John Gay (2)

John Gay
b.abt 1613 England
m. by 1638
  1. Samuel Gay, I1639 - 1718
  2. Hezekiah Gay1640 - 1669
  3. Nathaniel Gay1643 - 1712
  4. Joanna Gay1645 - 1708
  5. Eleazer Gay1647 - 1724
  6. Judith Gay1649 - 1718
  7. Abiel Gay1649 - 1718
  8. John Gay1651 - 1731
  9. Jonathan Gay1653 - 1713
  10. Hannah Gay1656 - 1660
Facts and Events
Name[2] John Gay
Gender Male
Birth[5] abt 1613 England
Immigration? 1630 on the Mary and John
Marriage by 1638 MassachusettsProbably Dedham
to Joanna Hooker
Death[3][4] 4 Mar 1688/9 Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts
Burial? Old Village Cemetery, Dedham, Massachusetts

John GAY emigrated to America about 1630. He settled first at Watertown, and was a grantee in the Great Dividends and in the Beaver Brook plowlands, owning altogether 40 acres. He was admitted freeman May 6, 1635. With others of Watertown he was one of the founders of the plantation at Dedham, his name appearing on the petition for incorporation Sept. 6, 1636, and among the original proprietors of lands. He was one of the selectmen, 1654. He died March 4, 1688. Joanna, his wife, died Aug. 14, 1691. She is said in family tradition to have been widow Baldwicke before her marriage to John Gay. His will in the Suffolk records, dated, Dec. 18, 1686, was proved Dec. 17. 1689, his wife Joanna and son John being his executors. His estate was valued in the inventory at 91 pounds, 5s, 8d."[7]

John came to the New World in 1630 on the 'Mary & John'. The Old Village Cemetery is the oldest in Dedham. It is a very small cemetery and the graves are unmarked.[8]

  1.   Dedham History, New England History & Genealogy Reg., Vol. 33 p. 9 also p. 45.
  2. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society), 1879, p. 45.
  3. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society), Volume 110, Page 308.

    John, came in the "Mary and John" in 1630, and lived in Watertown and Dedham, Mass. He died 4 March 1688.

  4. Hanson, Robert Brand. Vital records of Dedham, Massachusetts 1635-1845. (Camden, Maine, United States: Picton Press, c1997), Volume 1, p. 21.

    [16]88 Deaths: John Gay, senr, deceased March 4.

  5. John Gay, in Anderson, Robert Charles; George F. Sanborn; and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635. (NEHGS, 1999-2011).

    Origin: Unknown: Migration 1634 (based on admission to freemanship). First Residence Watertown; Dedham 1637
    Birth: By abt 1613 (based on est date of marriage)
    Death: Dedham 4 March 1688/9 [DeVR 21]

  6.   Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England: Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer's Register. (Boston: Little, Brown, and Co, 1860-1862), Vol. 2:236-37.

    JOHN, Watertown, freem. 6 May 1635; rem. to Dedham, by w. Joanna (in fam. tradit. said to have been wid. Baldwicke, and to have had s. John by former h. perhaps in Eng.) had Samuel, b. 10 Mar. 1639; Hezekiah, 8 July 1640; perhaps Elizabeth wh. m. 1660, Richard Martin; certain. Nathaniel, 11 Jan. 1643, or as Geneal. Reg. VI. 373, perhaps wrong. gives the date 11 Nov. 1642; Joanna, 23 Mar. 1645; Eleazer, 25 Mar. 1647; Abiel, and Judith, tw. 23 Apr. 1649; John, 6 May 1651; Jonathan, 1 Aug. 1653; and Hannah, 16 Oct. 1656, wh. d. young. He d. 4 Mar. 1688; and his wid. d. 14 Aug. 1691. Hezekiah d. unm. 20 Nov. 1669, hav. in his nuncup. will 25 Oct. preced. rememb. f. mo. brs. and sis. Nathaniel, John, Jonathan, Samuel, Abigail, and Judith, and giv. especial. to "sis. Whiting that new book concerning Thomas Savage," for wh. I fear, all search in bibliograph. works will be vain. In the lists of freem. 1644 and 5 appears the name of John Gay, but it may well be feared, that one, if not both, is or are repetition only. Ano. fam. of Gay there was, indeed, in Dedham, or in that part wh. bec. Wrentham, who widely spread, but of wh. the progenit. is not kn. to me.

  7. From "John Gay, of Dedham, Massachusetts and some of his Descendants" by Frederick Lewis Gay of Boston for the NEHGS Register 1879
  8. Linda Taylor <>
Founders of Dedham, Massachusetts
Winthrop's Journal states that a town was formed on the banks of the Charles on September 1, 1635--a town that must have been Dedham. Twelve men attended the first town meeting held on that day. In November 1636, those 12 and 7 others petitioned the General Court for an enlargement of their grant for a township. In July 1637, twelve more men arrived, bringing the total to 31, at which time the town admitted freeman and established a church. [1] [2]
1636 Petitioners: Edward Allyne - Abraham Shaw - Samuel Morse - Phileman Dalton - Ezekiel Holliman - John Kingsbury - John Dwite - John Cooledge - Richard Ewed - John Howard - Lambert Genere - Nicholas Philips - Ralph Shepard - John Gay - Thomas Bartleet - Francis Austin - John Rogers - Joseph Shaw - William Bearstowe

Current Location: Norfolk County, Massachusetts   Parent Towns: Newton, Cambridge   Daughter Towns: Norwood, Westwood, Dover, Natick, Needham, Wellesley, Walpole, Medfield, Medway, Millis