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Allen Gay

Male 1765 - 1847  (82 years)


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  • Name Allen Gay 
    Born 15 Mar 1765  Rockingham Co, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Biography The son of Thomas Gay and Frances Patience McDaniel Gay, Allen Gay began his Revolutionary War service when only sixteen years of age, volunteering to act as a substitute for his father, who had been summoned to appear at the high hills of Santee for twelve months' service in the North Carolina Militia. He was attached to a battalion belonging to General Nathaniel Greene's army. At the battle of Eutaw Springs, the company to which he was attached was a part of the advance, and he displayed courage which would have done honor to veterans. Upon this occasion, he actually took five of the enemy as prisoners. After the war, he moved to Georgia: first to Washington County, next to Hancock, County and finally to Coweta County. He married three times: first to Celia Rae Elbert in 1785; second to Abigail Castleberry on September 5, 1787, and then on October 1, 1824, to Ann Pickron Barton. Allen Gay died in Coweta County at the age of eighty-two. He was a worthy member of the Baptist Church and records indicate that the Macedonia Baptist Church was founded in his home in 1828. 
    Property, Real 20 Dec 1780  Greene Co, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Indenture between Richard Castleberry of Wilkes Co., Grantor, and Allen Gay of Washington Co., Grantee, for £100 current money; 287-1/2 acres in Greene, formerly Washington Co., on Rocky Creek, bounded by John McClean, Joseph Walker, David Young, and vacant land, and granted in the name of John Perkins on 31 Dec 1780. Wit: Gilbert Gay, John Robeson, Jeremiah Castleberry, John Mitchell, J.P. Recorded 5 May 1792. 
    • Freda R. Turner, abst. Greene Co, Georgia, Land Records: Deeds 1785-1810 (Fernandina Beach, FL: Wolfe Pub., 1997), 13. [Deed Book A-70]
    Military 1781-1783  Revolutionary War Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Private, North Carolina Militia, Revolutionary War. 
    Property, Real 25 Dec 1789  Greene Co, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Richard Castleberry of Wilkes County to Allen Gay of Washington. Deed dated 25 Dec 1789, for 287 1/2 acres in Greene formerly Washington County, on Rocky Creek granted John Pickens, 15 Dec 1785. Witness: Jeremiah Castleberry, Gilbert Gay. 
    • (1) Freda R. Turner, abst. Greene Co, Georgia, Land Records: Deeds 1785-1810 (Fernandina Beach, FL: Wolfe Pub., 1997), 13. [Greene Co, GA Deed Book A-70] (2) Lois Helmers, ed. Early Records of Greene County, Georgia (n.p.: Lois Helmers, 2014), 97. [Greene Co, GA Deed Book A-70]
    Property, Real 28 Oct 1791  Greene Co, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Indenture between Allen Gay of Greene Co, Grantor, and Henry Castleberry of Greene Co, Grantee, for £50 current money; 118 acres in Greene Co. Witness: Theodosius Turk, John Mitchell, J.P., Jeremiah Castlebury. Recorded 24 April 1792. 
    • (1) Freda R. Turner, abst. Greene Co, Georgia, Land Records: Deeds 1785-1810 (Fernandina Beach, FL: Wolfe Pub., 1997), 11. [Deed Book A-64] (2) Lois Helmers, ed. Early Records of Greene County, Georgia (n.c.: Badgley Publishing Co, 2014), 94 [Deed Book A-64].
    Died 18 Jun 1847  Coweta Co, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery, Coweta Co, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Allen Gay
    Allen Gay
    Private, North Carolina Militia
    Revolutionary War
    Allen Gay
    Allen Gay
    Husband of Abigail Castleberry. Son of Thomas & Patience (McDaniel) Gay
    Person ID I4243  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 23 Dec 2019 

    Father Thomas Gay,   b. ca 1740, Isle of Wright Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Patience McDaniel,   b. ca 1742, Isle of Wright Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F5618  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Abigail Castleberry,   b. 24 Aug 1767, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1824, Jasper Co, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Married 5 Sep 1787  Hancock Co, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. John William Gay,   b. 6 Oct 1788, Washington Co, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 1860, Tallapoosa Co, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    +2. Elizabeth Gay,   b. 23 Jan 1790, Washington Co, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Sep 1878, Wilkinson Co, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     3. Temperance Ann Gay,   b. Apr 1791, Greene Co, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jul 1869, Coweta Co, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years)
    +4. Thomas Boling Gay,   b. 14 Feb 1795, Hancock Co, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. ca 1866, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     5. Martha Elizabeth Gay,   b. 27 Feb 1797, Hancock Co, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. ca 1860, Calhoun Co, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    +6. James Gay,   b. 24 Mar 1801, Hancock Co, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. ca 1860, Coweta Co, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
    +7. Gilbert S. Gay,   b. 17 May 1803, Hancock Co, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 1880, Indian Creek, Carroll Co, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    +8. Elias Gay,   b. 4 Mar 1807, Hancock Co, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1848, Carroll Co, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)
    +9. Matilda Gay,   b. 4 May 1809, Wilkinson Co, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. ca 1870, Heard Co, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    Last Modified 17 Dec 2019 
    Family ID F257  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Anna Pickron Benton,   b. ca 1765, Henry Co, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 10 Oct 1824  Kerry, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 23 Oct 2016 
    Family ID F1998  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsProperty, Real - Indenture between Richard Castleberry of Wilkes Co., Grantor, and Allen Gay of Washington Co., Grantee, for £100 current money; 287-1/2 acres in Greene, formerly Washington Co., on Rocky Creek, bounded by John McClean, Joseph Walker, David Young, and vacant land, and granted in the name of John Perkins on 31 Dec 1780. Wit: Gilbert Gay, John Robeson, Jeremiah Castleberry, John Mitchell, J.P. Recorded 5 May 1792. - 20 Dec 1780 - Greene Co, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 5 Sep 1787 - Hancock Co, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProperty, Real - Richard Castleberry of Wilkes County to Allen Gay of Washington. Deed dated 25 Dec 1789, for 287 1/2 acres in Greene formerly Washington County, on Rocky Creek granted John Pickens, 15 Dec 1785. Witness: Jeremiah Castleberry, Gilbert Gay. - 25 Dec 1789 - Greene Co, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProperty, Real - Indenture between Allen Gay of Greene Co, Grantor, and Henry Castleberry of Greene Co, Grantee, for £50 current money; 118 acres in Greene Co. Witness: Theodosius Turk, John Mitchell, J.P., Jeremiah Castlebury. Recorded 24 April 1792. - 28 Oct 1791 - Greene Co, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 18 Jun 1847 - Coweta Co, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Allen Gay was born in Northampton County, N. C., in 1765. He died in Coweta County, Ga., June 18, 1847, having settled there in the early twenties. He enlisted for service in the Revolutionary War June 3, 1781, serving nine months as private in Captain Raiford's Company, Colonel Dickson's First Regiment, North Carolina militia. Was in the battle of Eutaw Springs. Allowed a pension on application September 3, 1832, while a resident of Coweta County. Allen Gay married, first, Celia Rae Elbert, of Savannah, Ga., September 5, 1787. To them were born John William, October, 1788; Elizabeth, November, 1790; and Gilbert, January, 1793. His second wife was Abigail Castleberry, whom he married after coming to Georgia. To them were born Thomas, James, Temperance, Martha, Elias, and Matilda. Elizabeth married an Eady; Temperance (called Tempie Ann Brock in will of Allen Gay), married William Brock; Martha married a Wright; and Matilda married a Dyer. His third wife was Mrs. Ann Benton, of Henry County, Ga., whom he married October 10, 1824. She was granted a pension in 1853, when seventy-six years old. The third wife and all of his his children are mentioned in Allen Gay's will, which is dated March 5, 1847, and was probated and recorded in Will Book A, pages 118 and 119, of the Coweta County records. Letters testamentary issued to Washington Dyer, November 6, 1848. Allen Gay is buried in Macedonie church yard, about five miles northwest off Newnan, Ga. That church was constituted August 20, 1827, Allen Gay, Ann Gay, and other members of his family, being charter members. On September 7, 1912, the Sarah Dickson Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, of Newnan, placed a tablet at his grave. [See Coweta County Chronicles, pages 52, 406, 727 and 814; also, Roster of Soldiers in the American Revolution published by the N. C. Daughters of the American Revolution, in Library of Congress, E 263-N 8 D 17.]

      Coweta County, Georgia Will Book "A" p. 118 - - Will of Allen Gay dated March 5, 1847

      I, Allen Gay, of Coweta County, State of Geogia, do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following to wit:

      Item 1st - - It is my will that all my just debts be paid

      2nd - - I give and ordain unto my beloved wife Ann Gay fifty acres of land in the South East corner of Lot No. 187, one hundred and eighty seven in the fifth district of said county on which my dwelling house is situated, during her natural life, also my horse, one cow and calf, one sow and pig and three first choice pork hogs, all my household and kitchen furniture except the bed and furniture that stands in the room; also my plantation tools of every description and a sufficient supply of provisions for her
      maintenance one year after my decease, and the rent of my farm one year during her natural lifetime, then to be sold by my executors and the proceeds to be applied as herein after stated.

      Item 3rd -- It is my will that after my decease all my stock and furniture not before disposed of and the balance of my land be sold and the proceeds distributed among my children in the following manner to wit: I give unto my son John Gay one dollar in addition to what I have heretofore given him which was a full portion of my estate;

      I give unto my daughter Elizabeth Eady one dollar as her separate estate not withstanding her coverture in addition to what I have heretofore given her husband Henry Eady which was the full portion of my estate that I allotted him;

      I give unto my son Thomas Gay one dollar in addition to what I have heretofore given him which was his portion of my estate; I give unto my son James Gay one dollar in addition to what I have
      heretofore given him;

      I give unto my son Gilbert Gay one dollar in addition to what I have heretofore given him.

      The balance of my estate as well what reverts after the death of my wife Ann Gay to be equally divided among the rest of my children to wit: Temperance Brock, Martha Wright, Elias Gay and Matilda Dyer.

      Item 4th -- I constitute and appoint Elias Gay and Washington Dyer executors to this my Last Will and Testament.

      In ___? whereof I have hereunto set my hand, affixed my seal this 5th day of March 1847 Allen Gay

      Signed, sealed in presence of:
      Reuben Lee
      Susan Granade
      James H. Smith
      David Moseley

      Transcript: from Coweta County Chronicles by Mary G. Jones

      Macedonia Baptist Church was constituted August 20, 1827, by Rev. James Reeves and Rev. Cyrus White, with Allen Gay, Revolutionary Soldier, Ann Gay, Nicholas Dyer, Moses Kelly, Moses Shelley, Wm. Bullard, Deborah Doster, Elizabeth Dyer, Sarah Jennings, Martha Haney and Harriet Dyer, members.

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      The son of Thomas Gay and Frances Patience McDaniel Gay, Allen Gay began his Revolutionary War service when only sixteen years of age, volunteering to act as a substitute for his father, who had been summoned to appear at the high hills of Santee for twelve months' service in the North Carolina Militia. He was attached to a battalion belonging to General Nathaniel Greene's army. At the battle of Eutaw Springs, the company to which he was attached was a part of the advance, and he displayed a courage which would have done honor to veterans. Upon this occasion he actually took five of the enemy as prisoners.

      After the war he moved to Georgia: first to Washington County, next to Hancock, County and finally to Coweta County. He married three times: first to Celia Rae Elbert in 1785; second to Abigail Castleberry on September 5, 1787 and then on October 1, 1824 to Ann Pickron Barton. Allen Gay died in Coweta County at the age of eighty-two. He was a worthy member of the Baptist Church and records indicate that the Macedonia Baptist Church was founded in his home in 1828.


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