Gazlay Family History
 

FamilyJohn Furman Gazlay

Parents

FatherJohn Gazlay (11 January 1750 - 26 February 1813)
MotherSarah Furman (ca. 1754 - 7 June 1821)

Personal Information

Record Created: 16 March 2010; Last Edited: 26 February 2011 
NameJohn Furman Gazlay
GenderMale
Born 23 February 1788 in Clinton, Dutchess County, New York: (a few sources indicate he was born in Edmeston, Otsego County, New York, but it is more likely he was born in Clinton, Dutchess County).1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Married 17 August 1811 in Glens Falls, Warren County, New York to Polly Haight6
Died 31 December 1875 in Evans, Erie County, New York1, 6
Buried in North Collins Quaker Meeting House Cemetery, North Collins, Erie County, New York1

Biography

Some sources say John was born in Edmeston, Otsego County, New York, but his obituary indicates he was born in Clinton, Duchess County, New York. He removed to the town of Glens Falls, Warren County, New York at age 17, along with Judge Spencer, his brother-in-law, to learn the harness and saddlers trade. He became a Mason at the age of 21. Two years later, he married Polly Haight, and subsequently settled in the village of Esperance, Schoharie County, west of Albany, New York. He joined the Royal Arch Masons when he was 27 years old. He was identified with the Masonic Order throughout his life. In 1847 he removed to Brant, Erie County, New York, and six years later he moved to Evans, in the same county.6

Family

Spouse 1FamilyPolly Haight
Born 25 July 1788
Married 17 August 1811 in Glens Falls, Warren County, New York to John Furman Gazlay
Died 16 August 1862 in Evans, Erie County, New York
  
Children of John Furman Gazlay and Polly Haight:
  
+1.FamilyArvin Haight Gazlay
Born 25 September 1815 in Esperence, Schoharie County, New York
Married 19 December 1838 in Saratoga Springs, Saratoga County, New York to Charlotte Luther
Married 13 June 1843 in Saratoga Springs, Saratoga County, New York to Charlotte (née Seeman) Bradley
Died 5 November 1849 in Mormon Island, California Gold Fields, California
  
2.FamilyJane Ann Gazlay
Born 28 March 1819 in New York
Married 7 May 1865 in Evans, Erie County, New York to Hamilton Spaulding
Died 27 October 1897
  
+3.FamilyJohn Gazlay
Born 7 June 1820 in Esperence, Schoharie County, New York
Married to Phebe Haight
Died 31 December 1883
  
+4.FamilyHenry Denton Gazlay
Born 13 April 1825 in Warren County, New York
Married 6 October 1847 to Emily M. Peck
Died 1901 in Angola, Erie County, New York
  

Sources

  1. Find a Grave (website). North Collins Quaker Meeting House Cemetery, North Collins, Erie County, New York. John F. Gazley, born Feb. 23, 1788; died Dec. 31, 1875.
  2. U.S. Federal Census, 1850, New York, Erie County, Brant, page 672, family of John F. Gazlay (62, NY, farmer), Polly Gazlay (61, NY), Jane A. Gazlay (30, NY), John Gazlay (29, NY, physician), and Phebe Gazlay (25, NY).
  3. U.S. Federal Census, 1860, New York, Erie County, Evans, Page 31, family of John F. Gazley (62, NY, farmer), Polly Gazley (60, NY), J. A. Gazley (41, NY).
  4. New York State Census, 1865, Erie County, Evans, Page 31, family of John F. Gazley (77, Dutchess County, widowed, farmer), child Jane A. Spaulding (47, Schoharie County, married), Henry D. Gazley (40, Warren County, farmer), wife Emily M. Gazley (37, Erie County, 3 children), child Mary I Gazley (12, Erie County).
  5. U.S. Federal Census, 1870, New York, Erie County, Evans, Page 53, family of Ham Spaulding (50, NY, farmer), Jane Spaulding (50, NY), John F. Gazley (82, NY), Sarah S. Boise (70, NY)
  6. Obituary, Buffalo Evening Republic, Buffalo, New York. Available at www.fultonhistory.com. John F. Gazlay, 28 February, 1876. Died 31 December 1875. The article is both an obituary and a tribute to the memory of the late worthy Bro. John F. Gazlay by the Evans Lodge No. 281, F. & A. M., Angola, New York.
  7. Genealogy of the Gazlay Family, collated by Theodore Gazlay, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1890; unpublished. Transcription available at Gazlay Family History (website).
  8. Gazlay History, compiled by Margaret Howe in 1955-1956 (copy available at Gazlay Family History - Sources). Margaret Howe indicated that the document is "based on material my mother Inez L. Gazlay collected, but never lived to edit. Her material has just been copied and explains the more extensive material on generation V and VI. Other information has been added which I found from numerous sources." Unpublished, 29 pages. Several differences in dates have been found between this document and others, especially A Genealogy of the Leavenworth Family; the latter is considered the more accurate source.
  9. The Gazlay Family in America, with sections titled "Ten Generations of American Gazlays" for several branches of the Gazlay family. Document is marked on one page, "From Gerard Gazlay, Jr. Jan. 1980." Unpublished, nine unnumbered pages. Photocopy in possession of Lee Gazlay.
  10. Gazlay Family Tree, Henry Willis Gazlay 1854-1934 Ancestors & Descendants, by Francis P. Gazlay, Northville, Mich., 1978