Person:Robert Gay (15)

m. est. 1728
  1. Robert Gayest 1729 - 1791
  2. Isabel GayBEF 1739 - AFT 1760
  3. Joseph GayBEF 1739 - 1780
  4. Mary GayBEF 1739 - AFT 1760
  5. Thomas GayBEF 1739 - 1809
  6. John GayAFT 1738 - 1780
  7. Archilbald Gay1740 - ABT 1817
  8. Ann GayAFT 1741 -
  9. Sarah GayAFT 1741 - AFT 1760
m. bef. 1755
  1. Mary Elizabeth GayBef 1755 - bef 1784
Facts and Events
Name Robert Gay
Gender Male
Birth? est. 1729 Sadsbury Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Marriage bef. 1755 to Sarah Johnson
Death? 15 February 1791 Rockbridge County, Virginia

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


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Robert Gay's land (Borden Tract NE, 100 acres, 1765) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009.

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 65.--22d October, 1760. Robert Abercromby, of North Carolina, to Revert Gay (s/b Robert Gay), £__, 5 sh., 664 (646 ?) acres on West Fork of Jackson's River, parented to Robert Abercromby, 10th August, 1759. Delivered Benj. Estill. November, 1768.
  • Page 375.--10th October, 1765. John ( ) Roseman and Sarah to Robert Gay, £120, 380 acres, 20 p., on Moffet's Creek. Teste: Francis ( ) Railey. Delivered: Robt. Rhea, one of the devisees, 17th January, 1803.
  • Page 255.--14th October, 1765. Same (from Borden's Executors) to Robert Gay, 100 acres, part of 92,100, oak on Moffet's opposite John Rosemand's old survey, opposite George Henderson's land, post in the Barrens. Delivered to Robert and Archibald Rhea, devisees, 17th January, 1803. (This land was located in the Borden Tract).

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 378.--16th October, 1765. Robert Gay and Sarah ( ) to Samuel Vance and Wm. Hutcheson, £60, 364 acres on Back River, to Back Creek to Back River. (Note: Back Creek appears to be a tributary of the Jackson River).
  • Page 119.--19th November, 1766. Robert Gay and Sarah ( ) to John Vance, £50, 133 acres, part of 664 acres conveyed to Robert by Robert Abercrombie, 23d October, 1760, on Back Creek, a branch of Jackson's River; corner Samuel Vance's part. Delivered: Samuel Vance, devisee, 7th November, 1797.
  • Page 121.--19th November, 1766. Same (From Robert Gay and Sarah) to Samuel Vance, £50 to the said Henry and Gay paid, 180 acres, part of 664 acres above, mouth of Naps Creek.

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Vol. 1 - MAY, 1755 (A). - Ramsey vs. Jamesons and Gay.--John Ramsey, assignee of Charles Donnelly, who was assignee of John Handly, complains of John Jameson and Robert Gay, and Sarah, his wife, late Sarah Jameson. Bond dated 1754. Signed, Sarah Jameson.
  • Vol. 1 - MAY, 1756 (B). - Abercombie vs. Guy and wife.--Sarah Jameson, wife to William Jameson, deceased, in the Cowpasture. Bond dated 5th September, 1754. Sarah married Robert Guy. Suit brought March, 1756.

Will of Robert Gay

Rockbridge Co., Va. Will filed April 5, 1791.
wife Sarah
g.d. Agnes Keagher (s/b Rhea)
g.s. Robert Keagher
g.s. Archibald Keagher


  1. 101- ROCKBRIDGE CO., VIRGINIA WILL BOOK 1, 384-385.* Will of Robert Gay, father-in-law of William Rhea (Jr.). dated January 31, 1791, proved April 5, 1791. Among the witnesses were his former son-in-law William Rhea (Jr.) and William's second wife, Elizabeth (Brownlee, Nelson). Robert and Sarah Gay's daughter, whose name may have been Mary (see Morton's HISTORY OF ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY, VIRGINIA, 524),* was William's first wife and the mother of their children, Robert, Archibald and Agness. Robert Gay bequeathed his land on Moffet's Creek to grandsons Robert and Archibald "Reaghe," one-third of his movable estate to his wife, Sarah, and two-thirds to his granddaughter, Agness "Reaghe."
On July 7, 1795, William was appointed guardian to his daughter, Agness, "for the purpose of receiving a legacy devised to her by Robert Gay Decd." ROCKBRIDGE CO, VA ORDER BOOK 1795-1799, 69.* Shortly thereafter, William and Elizabeth moved to Green Co., Kentucky (Ref.98). They were there on Christmas Day, 1798, for the marriage of William's son, Robert, to Elizabeth Rhea, daughter of William's brother, James. In 1802, Agness, who had married William Wells, sued her father and former guardian for non-payment of her grandfather's legacy. In William's answer to the suit that was filed in the Green County Chancery Court (William Wells vs. William Rhea),* he gave February 15, 1791 as the date of Robert Gay's death. Also, that upon Robert and Sarah Gay's request, he had lived with them to support them and "to keep their stock and support it." Thus we find the reason why he left the Mill Creek property he had purchased from his father in 1775 (Ref.65), and sold in 1790 (Ref.94).
  1. 102- AUGUSTA CO., VA COURT JUDGMENTS, MAY, 1755, Ramsey vs. Jamesons & Gay.* See also, CHALKLEY, 1:315.* The complaint began, "John Ramsay Assignee of Charles Donelly who was assignee of John Hansly-Complains of John Jameson & Robt Gay & Sarah his wife late Sarah Jameson." The suit was over an unpaid note for fifteen pounds dated January, 1754, and signed by John Jameson and Satan (Her Mark) Jameson. The date on the front of the file is "1756 Mar." Chalkley, 1: 317.* "Abercombie vs. Guy and wife. -Sarah Jameson, wife to William Jameson, deceased, in the Cowpasture. Bond dated 5th September, 1754. Sarah married Robert Guy. Suit brought March, 1756." County Court Judgments, May, 1756 (B). The author was unable to locate the original file. According to a survey drawn in 1744, William Jameson owned 170 acres on the Calfpasture River (DRAPER MANUSCRIPTS COLLECTION, IQQ9).* He was captain of a company of militia by 1746 (Ibid., IQQ32), a "JustIice of ye Peace," 1747 (CHALKLEY 1:529*) and qualified as Coroner on August 19, 1752, only four months before writing his will (AUGUSTA CO, VA ORDER BOOK 2, 312). His will, dated December 20, 1752, and proved March 21, 1753, named his sons, John, George, Andrew and William Jameson. Wife, Sarah, was the executrix. (AUGUSTA CO., WILL BOOK 1, 472-474,* also a copy of the original will*). Oren F. Morton, referring to biographical and genealogical notes by Boutwell Dunlap, a descendant of the Augusta County Dunlaps, stated that Robert Gay first married Sarah Johnson in 1750, then Sarah Jameson, William's widow. Morton, Oren F., A CENTENNIAL HISTORY OF ALLEGHANY COUNTY VIRGINIA, (Dayton, VA: J.K. Ruebush Co. 1923, 201).* If true, which Sarah was the mother of William Rhea Jr.'s first wife? That she was the widow of William Jameson seems more plausable. George W. Cleek wrote about another Robert Gay, the son of Samuel Gay, who came to Orange County (later Augusta) in 1738. he was born about 1729, married Sarah Johnson in 1750, and died in 1816. Cleek, George W. EARLY WESTERN AUGUSTA PIONEERS, (Staunton, VA: G.W. Cleek, 1957), 352.* Copy at Washington & Lee University Library, Lexington, Virginia.