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From: Gaelynn Wall <>
Subject: Thomas Gay Smith
Date: Tue, 03 Apr 2001 09:20:52 -0600
I've recently found information on Thomas Gay Smith who I believe is related to my tree. I'm wondering if there is anyone else out there who may be related to him. Here is what I've found out:
Thomas Gay Smith born Oct 19, 1825, bapt. Sept 20, 1825 by Rev. James Way at Welcombe, Devonshire. Parents (this is not proven, but the dates and other info fit) Philip Smith and Eleanor Gay. There is a record for these three being buried in Morwenstow, Cornwall which is not all that far from Welcombe.
Thomas ended up in South Australia in 1850 after being a sailor. While in Australia he was married twice, first wife unknown, second wife Mrs. E. Davey nee Botham. There is much more in his obituary at http://genconnect.rootsweb.com/gc/England/DevonObits/28 if you would like some interesting reading.
The reason I want to trace him is someone connected to my Sanders line which connects to my Gay line had a death notice for him in their family papers here in Canada. I believe his mother Eleanor Gay is the sister of my ggggrandmother Mary Gay. I've listed the Gay family below.
If this looks familiar to anyone, I'd appreciate hearing from you.
Descendants of John Gay
1 John Gay b: Abt. 1770
. +Elizabeth Father: Mother:
... 2 Elenor Gay b: Jan 21, 1792 d: Feb 26, 1882 in Morwenstowe, Cornwall
....... +Philip Smith m: Mar 27, 1814 in Morwenstowe, Cornwall Father: Mother:
... 2 Elizabeth Gay b: Feb 16, 1794
... 2 John Gay b: May 24, 1795
... 2 Mary Gay b: Dec 31, 1797
... 2 Mary Gay b: May 15, 1803 in Welcomb, Devon, England d: Aft. 1881 Occupation: Dress Maker
....... +John Sanders b: Abt. 1801 in of Parish of Cookbury, Devon, England d: Bef. 1881 m: Feb 05, 1827 in Cookbury, Devon, England Father: Mother: Internment: 1871 Reach Twp Census - wheelright, Church of England Lot/Concession: Marsh Hill, Ontario Immigrated : 1850 not on the 1851 Devon Census - only Mary
& son Joseph Occupation: Carpenter