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1850 1880 1900 1920
  
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Census information for Joel Henry Fay and his family
   
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1850
   
In 1850, Joel Henry and his brother Charles T. are living in Shrewsbury, very close to each other. Both are working as shoemakers. Charles is married to Susan C.
   
   
Emily Maynard, Joel's fiancee, is still with her father Benjamin at the time the census was taken. Emily's older sister, Sarah B. Maynard, and her husband, Hiram C. Reed, are also living with the family.
   
   
Joel and Charles had a sister, Mariah. No mention of her has yet been found in the census, with one possible exception. In 1850, there is a 13 year old Mariam Fay living in Worcester with a group of people in one household. "Mariam" is not a usual name; there is a slight chance this is she. This Mariam would have been born in 1837, which would make her the daughter of Joel's second wife, Mariam Bigelow. But this is far from certain. This was a close knit family, and it would be surprising if a 13 year old were sent off alone. And this is "Mariam" and not "Mariah."
   
   
1870
   
Joel and his family, by now including 7 children, have reached Claquato.
   
   
   
Joel, age 17 (born 1853), is working as a farm laborer on a neighboring farm.
   
   
   
1880
   
The 1880 census shows Joel Henry's family in Washington, Lewis County. Joel is using his middle name. 9 children are listed, including the twins Henry and Horace.

Not listed here is William R., who was one or two years younger than his brother Joel. In 1880, there is a William, born in Illinois, listed in the census in Nebraska. He is 26 and is listed with wife Martha and daughter Emiley (2 months). Did Martha die young and Emily marry? with William returning to his parents in Washington in time to be recorded by the 1900 census there? It is certainly possible. It may also be significant that his first daughter's name is Emily.
   
	Census Place:	Lewis, Washington
	Source:	FHL Film 1255397  National Archives Film T9-1397     Page 402B     
	Relation	Sex	Marr	Race	Age	Birthplace
Henry FAY	Self	M	M	W	52	MA
	Occ:	Farmer	Fa: MA	Mo: MA
Emily FAY	Wife	F	M	W	45	MA
	Occ:	Keeping House	Fa: MA	Mo: MA
Joel FAY	Son	M	S	W	26	MA
	Occ:	Laborer	Fa: MA	Mo: MA
Alice FAY	Dau	F	S	W	20	MA
	Occ:	Teacher	Fa: MA	Mo: MA
Charles FAY	Son	M		W	15	MA
	Occ:	Attends School	Fa: MA	Mo: MA
Lucy FAY	Dau	F	S	W	13	WA
	Occ:	Attends School	Fa: MA	Mo: MA
Benjamin FAY	Son	M	S	W	11	WA
	Occ:	Attends School	Fa: MA	Mo: MA
David FAY	Son	M	S	W	10	WA
	Occ:	Attends School	Fa: MA	Mo: MA
Edmund FAY	Son	M	S	W	7	WA
	Occ:	Attends School	Fa: MA	Mo: MA
Henry FAY	Son	M	S	W	5	WA
			Fa: MA	Mo: MA
Horace FAY	Son	M	S	W	5	WA
			Fa: MA	Mo: MA
   
	Census Place:	Liberty, Nuckolls, Nebraska
	Source:	FHL Film 1254753  National Archives Film T9-0753     Page 229D     
	Relation	Sex	Marr	Race	Age	Birthplace
William FAY	Self	M	M	W	26	IL
	Occ:	Farmer	Fa: ---	Mo: ---
Martha FAY	Wife	F	M	W	20	MO
	Occ:	Keeping House	Fa: NC	Mo: NC
Emiley FAY	Dau	F	S	W	2M	NE
			Fa: IL	Mo: MO
   
Helen Maria, Joel's oldest daughter, is living in Lewis County with her husband.
   
	Census Place:	Lewis, Washington
	Source:	FHL Film 1255397  National Archives Film T9-1397     Page 397C     
	Relation	Sex	Marr	Race	Age	Birthplace
Frank MELOY	Self	M	M	W	26	OR
	Occ:	Farmer	Fa: PA	Mo: CAN
Helen MELOY	Wife	F	M	W	21	IL
	Occ:	Keeping House	Fa: MA	Mo: MA
   
Charles Taylor, Joel's brother, is also in Washington. It is not known where Mariah is.
   
	Census Place:	Steilacoom, Pierce, Washington
	Source:	FHL Film 1255397  National Archives Film T9-1397     Page 464C     
	Relation	Sex	Marr	Race	Age	Birthplace
Charles T. FAY	Self	M	M	W	51	MA
	Occ:	Gardener	Fa: MA	Mo: MA
Susan C. FAY	Wife	F	M	W	49	MA
	Occ:	Keeps House	Fa: MA	Mo: MA
   
   
1900
   
In 1900, Joel, the head of the family, is living in Claquato Precinct, Lewis County, Washington. In his household are:

Joel H. Fay, born April 1827; age 73; married 49 years to Emily, born Jan 1834, she is 66. She bore 12 children, of whom 9 are living.

Both Joel and Emily were born in Massachusetts, as were their parents.

Joel, son, March 1853 age 47, born in Massachusetts
Henry B. August 1875, age 24, born in Washington
Mary E., granddaughter, 1885, age 14, born in Washington [she is the daughter of Charles Taylor and Olive Joy]
William R. son March 1855 age 45, born in Illinois
   
Next door to Joel lives his son Edmund. Edmund was born in Washington in November, 1872. He is now age 27 and has been married one year to Wealthy Annie Ashmore, who was born January 1880. They do not yet have children.
   
Just a few dwellings away lives Charles T[aylor] Fay, born September 1864 in Washington. His wife's name is Ida M. They have been married for two years. Ida was born about 1879, since she is 22 here. She has borne one child and he lives with them. His name is Benjamin [D.] Fay and he was born November 1897.

We know that Charles was married to Olive Joy in 1885, and had one daughter Mary by her. After Olive's death (9/26/1886), Charles married a second time in December of 1897. Mary is living with her grandfather in 1900.
   
   
1920
   
Joel (age 66) and William (age 64), two of the sons of Joel, are living together, not far from Charles and Edmund.
   
Charles Taylor (age 55) and Ida M. (age 42) are living with their children, Benjamin D. (age 21), Elmer T. (age 12), Charlotte M. (age 7), and Agnes D. (age indeterminable from the census).
   
Edmund (age 47) is living with Wealthy Annie (she is called Annie W. here)(age 39), and children Joel (age 19), Eleanor (age 17), Nelson (age 15), and Meriel (age 12).
   
Emily is now 86, and living in the household of her son, Horace N. He is 44.
   
Henry (age 44) is living in a separate household next door to his mother and brother, and just a few doors down from Charles Taylor.