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THE FAY FAMILY HOMEPAGE

GENEALOGIES
   
IRISH GUESTS
   
Maud Fay
her family and her achievements
   
Irish Guest directory
Maud Fay: Showcase of Roles
Maud Fay: Family Obituaries
Maud Fay: Living in Awe
   
   
Maude Fay born in San Francisco on April 18, 1878 was a world renowned soprano. On the recommendation of Johanna Gadski she went to Dresden for study. Like many sopranos, she made her debut (1906) as Marguerite in Faust at the Munich Royal Opera, where she was a member of the company from 1906 to 1911. Her credentials included the Munich premieres of Tosca (1908), Feuersnot, and Ariadne auf Naxos. At the outbreak of World War I she remained in Germany doing Red Cross work but returned to America in 1916 to make her Metropolitan Opera debut as Sieglinde (Die Walküre). She was particularly distinguished in Wagnerian roles. She also appeared in Chicago and in San Francisco.
   
Powers Symington graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1892; he and Maud met in Germany. Maud tells the story in her memoirs, Living in Awe. They were married in 1922.
   
Maud's grandfather William Fay was born in Ireland about 1804. He married there, a woman named Bridget, also born about 1804. Together they had at least one child in Ireland, Edward, born in 1828. Shortly after that, the three of them immigrated to America, arriving here before the birth of their son John in New York in 1830.
It is possible that they arrived here on Aug 19, 1829, on the ship Meteor. There is a small family, William, Bridget and Patrick, of the right ages. It is quite possible that "Edward" was actually 'Patrick Edward,' but it is far from certain.
   
William and Bridget, the grandparents of Maud, are listed in the census of 1850 with six sons; and in the census of 1860, where Phillip and William Jr. are the only ones of the older children still at home. With them now, though, is a girl, Ellen, said to be 12. This would place her birth in 1848; but there is absolutely no sign of her in the census of 1850. She remains a mystery.
   
1850  NEW YORK
   
Bridget died between 1860 and 1870. William, and his sons Jeremiah, John and Phillip moved to California. Jeremiah and John worked on a ranch, and William was a farmer, boarding with a dairyman.
   
The oldest son of William, Edward, is listed in the census of 1850, but could not be traced after that. John disappears after 1870. William became a soldier, Thomas a broker, and both were living in 1880 and unmarried; Thomas at least was still living in 1900.
   
Phillip, Maud's father, was a stockbroker, living on Grove Street (which Maud was to know very well indeed) in San Francisco, California; in 1880 he is listed with his wife and 6 children including Maud, the youngest. Three more children were to be born in the next ten years. In 1880, Phillip's father William is also there.
   
1880  SAN FRANCISCO
   
One of the children born after 1880 was Paul Burgess Fay, born in 1884. It was his son Paul Jr. who became a close friend and shipmate of President John F. Kennedy. Paul served as Under Secretary of the U.S. Navy between 1961 and 1965. Some of Paul's papers are housed at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, and some at Stanford University.
   
Paul's book "The Pleasure of his Company" was published in 1966. There is a short review and an interesting anecdote published Friday, October 28, 1966, by time.com.
   
"This intimate glimpse of Jack Kennedy—and of his father—appears in a book that could only have been written by a close friend. There were few closer than Red Fay, who was an usher at Kennedy's wedding to Jacqueline Bouvier, a kay campaign aide in Kennedy's first race for the U.S. House of Representatives and, ultimately, President Kennedy's Under Secretary of the Navy—a title conferred entirely in the name of friendship.
   
Kennedy clearly enjoyed Fay's company, and saw to it that it was never in short supply. An uninhibited California Irishman, Fay was invariably good for a laugh, whether singing Hooray for Hollywood in a Morton Downey tenor or cheerfully playing straight man to the Kennedy wit. "Grand Old Lovable," was Kennedy's name for his pal, and Fay strove to deserve it. One day at church the President, who rarely carried any money, leaned over to his friend. "Slip me at least a ten," he whispered to Fay. "I want them to know this is a generous President." Grand Old Lovable obliged. "
   
It was Joanne Fay who became interested in Maud and her career. She and I researched Maud and her family. Much of the information came from census records, some from internet resources, and some from obituaries.
   
FAMILY OVERVIEW
   

1  William Fay born in Ireland about 1804  d: after 1880
...+Bridget born in Ireland about 1804  d: before 1880
.....2  Edward Fay  b: 1828 Ireland	
.....2  John Fay  b: 1830 NY
.....2  William Fay, Jr.  b: 1835 NY
.....2  Thomas Fay  b: 1838 NY
.....2  Jeremiah Fay  b: 1840 NY
........+Mary E. Fitzpatrick  b: 1852
..........3  Rosa Fay  b: 1974
..........3  Anna Fay  b: 1877
.....2  Philip Fay  b: 5/1/1842  d: 6/5/1901
........+Mary L. McSwiggen  b: 2/1855  m: 1868  d: 1909
..........3  Charles William Fay  b: 5/1869  d: 1951
.............+Estelle M.
...............4  Charles William Fay, Jr. b: 9/1/1903 d: 6/18/1972
..........3  Mary (Minnie) F. Fay  b: 10/1871  
..........3  Phillip J. Fay  b: 3/19/1872  d: 5/7/1945
.............+Belden Ladd  b: 7/9/1876  d: 6/21/1962
...............4  Phyllis M. Fay  b: 7/22/1906
..................+Arthur B. Stevenson  b: 1905  m: 1928
..........3  Stanley J. Fay  b: 6/1874
..........3  Estella A. Fay  b: 12/1876
.............+Kirby Chillenden  
..........3  Maud J. Fay  b: 4/18/1878  d: 10/7/1964
.............+Powers Symington  b: 10/9/1872  d: 11/15/1957
..........3  Edna Fay  b: 9/1881
.............+Marshall Dill
...............4  Marshall Dill, Jr.  b: 8/21/1916  d: 9/5/2000
..................+Pamela Frankau
....................5  Anthony Marshall Dill  b: 7/5/1946
..........3  Paul Burgess Fay  b: 5/1/1884  d: 4/22/1970
.............+Katherine Oliver  b: 10/17/1887  d: 11/29/1980
...............4  Molly Fay  b: 4/13/1913  d: 12/1995
..................+(1) Charles Carroll McGettigan  d: 1968
....................5  Patricia Oliver Vallejo McGettigan
....................5  Charles C. McGettigan jr.
....................5  Molly Fay Vallejo McGettigan Arthur
..................+(2) Eric Pedley  m: 1973
...............4  Jane Fay  b: 5/12/1914 
...............4  Patricia O Fay  b: 7/29/1916  d: 9/6/2000
..................+(1) Ward Woods
....................5  Wendy Woods
....................5  Cynthia Woods
....................5  Susan Woods
....................5  Ward Woods Jr.
..................+(2) Gordon Guiberson  
...............4  Paul Burgess Fay, Jr.  b: 7/8/1918 
..................+Anita Marcus
....................5  Katherine Finn Fay
....................5  Paul Burgess Fay, III  b: 5/13/1949
....................5  Sally Symington Fay  b: 7/5/1956  
.......................+William Stuart Cottingham  m: 10/9/1983
...............4  Nancy Fay  b: 5/2/1920  d: 4/4/2001
..................+Marten Barry  b: 12/28/1920  d: 4/8/1998
....................5  Joan Marten Barry  b: 12/16/1947   
....................5  Marten Barry  b: 8/19/1952   
...............4  Sarah Fay  b: 5/28/1925  d: 7/1996
..................+Michael Henry de Young Tobin
....................5  Joseph Oliver Tobin II
....................5  Katharine Oliver Tobin
....................5  Michael H. de Young Tobin II
....................5  Patricia Tobin		
..........3  Clarence A. Fay  b: 1/12/1886  d: 11/11/1949
.....2  Ellen Fay  b: 1848