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GENEALOGIES
   
John Burris Fay directory
   
Joseph and Catherine Fay
And their Descendants
   
digging up the past
brick by brick and stone by stone
   
   
   
Researching this family began with a biography, that of Frank Huges Fay, published in COURTS and LAWYERS OF PENNSYLVANIA: A HISTORY 1623-1923. Frank Huges Fay was a son of George Fay and his second wife and a half-brother of Orville J. Fay. Both Orville and George are the subjects of biographies in the Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Blair Co, PA. These three biographies provided a foundation for the search.
"George Fay...was born at Williamsburg, Blair county, January 16, 1829, where also his father, Joseph, was born, in 1800, and there also died in 1876. Joseph had six sons: George, John, William, James, David and Robert. Joseph Fay, the elder, married Catharine, daughter of John Miller, a cabinet maker of Williamsburg. She died in 1872."
"Orville J. Fay,...a son of George and Martha (Fluke) Fay...was born in the borough of Williamsburg, Woodbury township, Blair county, Pennsylvania, March 14, 1861. The Fay family is of Scotch-Irish descent, and Joseph Fay, the paternal grandfather of Orville J. Fay, at ten years of age was brought to the old Fay homestead, a part of which is now within the borough limits of Williamsburg. He was a farmer by occupation, and a Presbyterian in religious faith and church membership, and died at the age of seventy-five years. His son, George Fay (father), was born in 1829, on the old homestead, where he has always resided."
Both accounts agree that the family goes back to Joseph, but they differ slightly: in the first, Joseph is said to have been born in Williamsburg; the second seems to say that Joseph did not come to Williamsburg until he was ten. It is the second biography which uses the term "Scotch-Irish." Neither account indicates where Joseph's parents came from or who they were. Joseph was born about 1800.
There is a long article in Wikipedia on Scotch-Irish American, and that and other articles agree that it is a technical term, used in the United States and in Canada, referring to a specific group of people who left Scotland to settle in Ulster, Ireland, and from there emigrated to the United States and Canada. Many remained in New England, many settled elsewhere, including Pennsylvania, where they had a very large group.
Tracing Joseph is difficult, in part because of a change in residence county, since Blair County was cut off from Huntingdon and Bedford Counties in 1846.
Tracing Joseph further is also complicated by the spelling of the last name. In 1850, the census taker spelled Joseph's name FEAY; but in 1860, George is listed under FAY. After that, the name is usually listed as FAY. In 1840, Joseph is listed in 'Woodberry' under FEAY; in 1830 in 'Woodbury' under FAY. Then comes the interesting year.
1820
George Feay Woodberry,Huntington,PA
Joseph Feay Woodberry,Huntington,PA
Joseph is older; one male over 45, one female over 45; and one female 16-26, perhaps an unmarried daughter. George has a younger family: one male 16-18, three males 18-26, one male 26-45; two females under ten; one female 26-45.
It is my belief that 'our' Joseph was the son of George who was the son of Joseph. This would mean that this family followed the naming conventions exactly:
--Joseph; George; Joseph about 1800; George 1829; Joseph 1854; George 1877.
This is far too precise to be coincidence in my mind. And it would imply that the father of the first Joseph was a George.
   
DESCENDANTS OF JOSEPH FAY AND CATHERINE MILLER
George 1829  |  John 1830  |  William 1834  |  James 1836  |  David 1837  |  Robert 1844
   
....2  George Fay  b: 1/16/1829 at Williamsburg, Blair
...... +(1) Martha K. Fluke  b: 1829  m: 1852  d: 1863
......... 3  Allice Fay  b: 1/1852
......... 3  Joseph Fay  b: 1854
.............+Evaline M. Patterson  b: 4/1858
............... 4  George B. Fay  b: 1/1877
............... 4  Alice Fay  b: 4/1878
............... 4  Archibald Dean Fay 1/25/1880
...................+Daisy Pearl Snively 12/2/1881 m:1/1915 d:10/15/1955
............... 4  Anderson Patterson Fay  b: 11/24/1881  d: 12/27/1962
...................+Blanche Gertrude Snively b: 6/13/1878  m: 6/30/1906
....................  5  Joseph Snively Fay  b: 10/10/1908
....................  5  James Byron Fay  b: 3/5/1910  d: 5/1/1978
....................  5  Archibald Dean Fay  b: 8/2/1912
....................  5  Frances Gertrude Fay  b: 1/12/1914
......... 3  William Fay  b: 2/1859
.............+Bertha I.  b: 12/1869
............... 4  Mary I. Fay  b: 2/1900
...................+Joseph L. Norris  b: 1902
....................  5  Joseph Norris  b: 1915
......... 3  Orville J. Fay  b: 3/14/1861
.............+Alice Elliott  m: 1885
............... 4  Lillian E. Fay
............... 4  Orville Crawford Fay  b: 10/8/1887
...................+Edith C.
....................  5  Orville C. Fay  b: 1/4/1917  d: 2/10/2006
...... +(2) Sarah Catherine McCoy  b: 6/1841  m: 1866
......... 3  Frank H. Fay  b: 11/10/1869
.............+Ann Milliken
......... 3  Charles R. Fay  b: 4/1871
.............+Georgia B.  b: 9/1871 
............... 4  Donald V. Fay  b: 9/1897
............... 4  Elizabeth Fay  b: 8/28/1902  d: 5/1973
...................+unknown Degaris   
....................  5  Fay Degaris  b: 1924
....................  5  Martha S. Degaris b: 11/8/1924  d: 9/1994
............... 4  Charles R. Fay Jr.  b: 1907
....2  John Fay  b: 12/14/1830  d: 12/6/1907
...... +Sarah Catherine Royer   b: 1/1837
......... 3  Robert H. Fay  b: 1/1857
.............+Patty L.  b: 1879
............... 4  Patty Lane Fay  b: 1911
......... 3  Ella R. Fay  b: 2/1866
......... 3  Harry / Henry Fay  b: 1868
....2  William Fay  b: 4/3/1834  d: 2/20/1899
...... +Sarah Frances Rhule  b: 11/1838  m: 1857
......... 3  Anna C. Fay  b: 1858
......... 3  Calvin D. Fay  b: 5/1860
......... 3  William E. Fay  b: 1862
......... 3  James R. Fay  b: 9/1865
.............+Minnie S. Keysberry  b: 10/16/1866  d: 1/6/1947
......... 3  Maxwell K. Fay  b: 1868
......... 3  Jesse M. Fay  b: 1870
.............+(1) Elizabeth B. 1873
............... 4  Sarah E. Fay  b: 1899
............... 4  Martha L. Fay  b: 1904
............... 4  Robert R. Fay  b: 1905
............... 4  Harriet B. Fay  b: 1908
.............+(2) Bertha R. Russell  b: 9/24/1886  d: 12/20/1963
......... 3  Margaret D. Fay  b: 1872
......... 3  Clara P. Fay  b: 11/1875
......... 3  Harry Joseph Fay  b: 10/1877
.............+Mary C.  b: 1879
............... 4  Joseph C. Fay  b: 1912
............... 4  Richard T. Fay  b: 1913
............... 4  Louise D. Fay  b: 1915
............... 4  John M. Fay  b: 1918
............... 4  Margaret D. Fay  b: 1920
......... 3  Howard C. Fay  b: 1/1879
......... 3  Herman W. Fay  b: 3/1881
......... 3  Frances M. Fay  b: 9/1883
.............+Russell E. Shellenberger  b: 1882
............... 4  Edmund F. Shellenberger  b: 1908
............... 4  Russell J. Shellenberger  b: 1915
....2  James Fay  b: 1836
...... +Jane Elizabeth  b: 7/1837
......... 3  Samuel D. Fay  b: 11/1857  d: 9/20/1899
......... 3  Joseph Millard Fay  b: 12/1860
.............+Mollie [Mary A] Kirch  b: 2/1860
............... 4  Edwin Joseph Fay  10/15/1892
............... 4  Walter James Fay 4/14/1894
............... 4  Edith Fay  b: 4/1896
............... 4  Joseph Millard Fay, Jr.  b: 9/8/1899
......... 3  Robert J. Fay  3/1862
.............+Leona  1870
............... 4  Robert Willard Fay  b: 1/12/1890
............... 4  Leonard Alexis Fay  b: 10/8/1895 
............... 4  Austin Fay  b: 1904
......... 3  Jane Fay  b: b: 10/1866
......... 3  James D. Fay  b: 1869
......... 3  John Edgar Fay  b: 1871
.............+Angie A.  b: 1872
............... 4  John E. Fay  b: 1908
....2  David Fay  b: about 1837
...... +Ellen R.  10/1840
......... 3  Ida Fay  b: 10/1865
.............+Joseph Roller  b: 5/1863
............... 4  Fay H. Roller  b: 5/1888
....2  Robert Fay  b: 3/1844
...... +Mary E.  b: 4/1852
......... 3  Aden Fay  b: 1870
......... 3  Aldus N. Fay  b: 8/1872
.............+(1) Charlotte S. b: 8/1866
............... 4  Helen E. Fay  b: 1/1897
............... 4  Marion Rebekah Fay  b: 12/1899
............... 4  Charlotte Fay  b: 1901
.............+(2) Louise  b: 1893
......... 3  Mary Fay  b: 1875
......... 3  Bertha Fay  b: 11/1877
......... 3  George Riley Fay  b: 11/25/1879
.............+Marjorie
............... 4  Robert G. Fay  b: 1915
............... 4  Alma L. Fay  b: 1917
......... 3  Nellie  10/1881
......... 3  John Fay  b: 1/21/1883
.............+Celia Agnes
............... 4  Lenora Fay  b: 1913
............... 4  Joseph Fay  b: 1918
............... 4  Adan Fay  b: 1923
......... 3  Chester J. Fay  b: 4/1885  d: before 1920
.............+Lottie B. Fox  b: 1881
............... 4  Ethel Fay  b: 1906
......... 3  Fred Geissinger Fay  b: 8/19/1889
.............+Eva  b: 1889   
............... 4  John B. Fay  b: 11/27/1912
...................+Eleanor R.  d: 2004
....................  5  John B. Fay, Jr.   
............... 4  May Fay  b: 1915
......... 3  Catharine Fay  b: 3/1892