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THE FAY FAMILY HOMEPAGE

VERMONT FAY FAMILY LINE
   
"VERMONT'S SACRED ACRE"
OLD BENNINGTON CEMETERY
BENNINGTON, VT
   
Bennington and Vermont Directory
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OLD FIRST CHURCH

FIRST CHURCH IN VERMONT DEDICATED TO
SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. CONGREGATION
FOUNDED BY THOSE SEEKING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.
VERMONT'S LEGISLATURE DESIGNATED THIS CHURCH
"VERMONT'S COLONIAL SHRINE"; ADJACENT
CEMETERY "VERMONT'S SACRED ACRE".
   
Congregation Organized 1762
Sanctuary Dedicated 1806
Seating Capacity 650
Lavius Fillmore, Architect
Georgian Federal
Cost $7,793.20
(Plaque on Congregational Church at Bennington, VT)
   
   
To the side of the Church, behind a well known fence, is the cemetery, the resting place of many of the earliest settlers of Vermont, among them members of the Fay family. Beginning with Captain Stephen Fay, whose grave lies under the church he helped to make possible, while his tombstone lies near the gate entrance, and following down the years, many Fays have found peace here in the shadows of the Green Mountains.

Below is a list of Fays and their close relatives in "God's Sacred Acre." Following the list is a much shorter compilation of inscriptions.
NAMEDatePlot MapPlot MapLot
Addie L. Lewis, second wife of Hiland 10/6/1846-4/13/1894    D-15 13
Albert D. Robinson, husband of Helen Fay Robinson 9/3/1814-7/25/1883        39
Albert Fay Robinson, son of Helen and Albert D. 1845-1883        39
Alice Robinson Fay, born Merrill, wife of John, dau of O.C.Merrill 7/26/1811-12/20/1878    L-15 14
Anna Fay, born Botthof, wife of Leo E. Fay 9/11/1902-3/26/1987        13
Benjamin Fay, son of Capt. Stephen Fay c. 1745-6/19/1786 ae 36 [sic] #227 F-2    
Benjamin Fay c. 1806-2/15/1858 ae 52    J-18 58
Bertha B. Fay, wife of Walter P. Fay 1894-1971        31
Calvin Fay 2/18/1815-12/31/1885    L-8 31
Catherine F. Fay, born Farrell, third wife of Hiland 9/28/1878-1/13/1954        13
Charles Albert Fay, son of Samuel L Fay c 1839-9/19/1840 AE 1 1/2 #532 H-9 0000
David Fay (Hon.) D. 1827 AE 66 #242 D-3    
David T. Robinson 11/22/1754-12/11/1843         0000
Deborah fay, wf. of Elijah Fay D. 1825 AE 77 #119 C-7    
Delia A. Fay, born Nichols, first wife of Hiland 5/9/1836-11/4/1877    D-15 13
Elijah Fay c. 1774-2/13/1849 AE 75 #529 H-9 0000
Elijah Fay D. 1835 AE 87 #118 C-7    
Eliza M. Fay, born Wilcox, wife of Calvin Fay 10/10/1825-5/26/1903    L-8 31
Fay Edgerton, son of Uriah and Lydia Edgerton d. 4/18/1832        0000
Fay Robinson c. 1763-12/29/1815        0000
Helen F. Fay 1887-1961        31
Helen Fay Robinson, wife of Albert D. Robinson 2/8/1821-6/29/1892        39
Henry H. Fassett c. 1786-10/26/1834         0000
Hiland, son of Calvin & Eliza Wilcox 2/11/1847-3/11/1924    D-15 13
Hiram, son of John & Mary Fay D. 1777 AE 5 #239 G-1    
Jessie R. Parker, wf. of Loren T. Fay & dau. Henry & Margaret Guild Parker 1/10/1857-3/27/1920    L-8 31
John Fay D. 1777 AE 43 #238 G-1    
John Fay, husband of Alice Merrill 2/1/1815-2/23/1866    L-15 14
John Nichols 1877-1944        0000
Jonas, Dr. D. 1818 AE 82 #230 F-2    
Joseph (infant) son of John & Mary Fay D. 1777 #239 G-1    
Leo E. Fay 8/26/1904-5/12/1976        13
Loren T. 10/21/1853-4/6/1896    L-8 31
Lydia, wf. of Elijah Fay c. 1798-4/26/1854 AE 76 #530 H-9 0000
Margaret L. Fay, born Hyde, wife of Benjamin c. 1811-4/18/1884 AE 73    J-18 58
Margaret, Mrs., wf. of Col. Joseph Fay & dau. Rev. Jedediah Dewey D. 1786 AE 29
(First Slab)
#231 F-2    
Mary, Mrs., consort of John Fay D. 1777 AE 39 #237 G-1    
Mary, Mrs., wf. of David Fay D. 1828 AE 63 #241 D-3    
Mary Haswell, born Fay, dau. of William and Catherine E. (Fassett) Haswell 1860-1942         0000
Mary Fay Fassett, born Robinson 1797-1871         0000
Ruth (Fassett), consort of Samuel Fay, dau. of Col. Benj. Fassett & granddaughter of Rev. Jedediah Dewey 4/7/1781-8/15/1862 #253 F-2    
Ruth Godfrey, wife of John S. Godfrey; daughter of Elijah and Lydia Fay c. 1808-3/14/1832        0000
Samuel, son of Benj. & Sarah Fay, grandson of Capt. Stephen & Ruth Childs Fay, great grandson of John & Elizabeth Wilmington Day, husband of Ruth Fassett 8/16/1772-12/25/1863 #252 F-2    
Samuel R. Fay, son of Samuel & Ruth Fay 1802-1860 #254 F-2    
Sarah Robinson, born Fay c. 1757-1/25/1801        0000
Seraph Robinson, born Howe c. 1788-2/15/1824        0000
Stephen, Capt. D. 1781 AE 67 #213 D-2    
Truman E. Fay, son of Benj. & Maria Fay c. 1814-12/4/1818, AE 4 #533 H-9 0000
Walter Parker Fay, Veteran World War I, son of Loren L Fay & Jessie Parker 1889-1945    L-8 31
William H. Fay d. 11/27/1944        0000
In Memory
of
Capt Stephen
FAY who died
In the morning
Of the 17th of
May 1781 - Aged
67 Years
Doct Jonas Fay
Author of the Declaration
of Independence of the
State of Vermont
Member and Secretary
of the Council of Safety
AD 1777
Died March 6, 1818
AE 82
Sacred to the Memory
of the
Hon David Fay
Who departed this
Life June 5th 1827
In the 66th year
of his age
This Stone
is raised in
remembrance of
Mrs. Mary Fay
Wife of the
Hon David Fay
who died Decembr
_____1828 Aged
____Years
In Memory of
John Fay Esqr
Who Fell fighting for the
Freedom of his Country in
The Battle Fought between
Genr Stark and Colo Baum
Falling Bennington
Battle on the 16th of August
1777
In the 45 Year of his Age

The sweet remembrance of the Just
Shall Floweth while they sleep in dust.
Mrs. Mary Fay
Consort of
John Fay Esqr who
Departed this life on the 31
Day of Aug AD X777
In the 39th year
Of Her Age

Peace to the sacred relicts of the Dead
Who more than conquer Death
Through CHRIST their head
In Memory of
JOSEPHHIRAM
Children of John and Mary Fay
Died Sept 1 _ 1777
Aged 5 years
And nine days
Died August 24
1777 Aged 4
Months & 24 days
Cropped down in early Life our Joys are fled
And die intombed among the silent dead
Sleep on sweet babes your work on earth is done
And you are gone to seek an heavenly Home