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THE FAY FAMILY HOMEPAGE
   
FAY Graves from Parma Heights Historical Cemetery
Contributed by Jim Shreve, Sr.
These pictures were taken by Jim and Elicia Shreve and are copyrighted. The winter pictures were taken on February 12, 2000; and the summer pictures were taken on August 5, 2008.
The Fay Lot
One large group stone like a tower.
   
Left Face of the Monument:
BENNAJAR FAY*
DIED APR. 15, 1860
AGED 85 YRS.
RUTH FAY
DIED SEPT. 16, 1831
AGED 50 YRS
LOVINA FAY
DIED MAR. 17, 1872
AGED 93 YRS
GEORGE W FAY
DIED MAR. 20, 1846
AGED 11 YRS


* This is how it is spelled.
   
Front Face of the Monument:
JEREMIAH W
1822 - 1913
MARY A
1836 - 1912

   
Right Face of the Monument:
ALBERT W FAY
SON OF J.W. & M.A. FAY
DIED JUNE 6, 1861
AGED 1 YEAR 7 5 MOS.
WILLIAM N FAY
SON OF J.W. & M.A. FAY
DIED JULY 14, 1906
AGED 51 YRS


Jeremiah's inscription can barely be seen
on the left side of the image.
   
There is nothing written on the back side of the monument.
I found around this central monument two individual gravestones
   
One for GEORGE W FAY (no dates on it, just the name. If this is the FAY mentioned on the monument, someone paid and put a fresh stone on it. Dr. Dudley FAY would be my guess as to who.)
   
Another for B F FAY (dates could not be read, but the stone was obviously one of the older ones in the cemetery). This is the original stone for Benahah Fay Sr.

   
In the row directly in front of the FAY monument we found, we found two more individual FAY stones.
   
BENEJAH FAY JR.
BORN
AUG. 6, 1806
Died (these lines were in a different script)
JULY 24, 1849
This stone was very readable, except for the death date which had some wear.
   
LOVELL B
SON OF
B & L FAY
BORN
AUG. 23, 1848
DIED
OCT 15, 1866
   
Lovina FAY is probably Benejah FAY's sister, though in no references I've seen so far is she mentioned as coming to Parma. Perhaps someone else on the list can find other evidence of that. Just the same, the age of her death matches that of his sister within 2 years.

The George W FAY on the same side as Lovina, Bennajah, and Ruth FAY intrigues me. He had to have been born in 1835 by my math. He, therefore had to be a son of either Lovina FAY or Benejah FAY. If he is the son of Lovina, he was born out of wedlock. Possible, but unlikely considering the day and age. If he was the son of Benejah FAY his mother would have to be Rhoda EDWARDS. That's more likely. He could also very well be the son of one of the older FAY boys. I doubt that however, as the monument itself was probably placed there by Jeremiah Wilcox FAY, evidenced by the fact that it his name on the front of it.

Lovell B FAY has got to be the son of Benejah FAY Jr., as there are no other B. FAY's born to Benejah Sr.

Just my take on things.

   
The Parma Heights Cemetery (=Original Parma Cemetery)
was read by
The Parma Historical Society

The results were published in "The Certified Copy", vol. 20, number 4, p. 89, 1992. The Certified Copy is published by the Cleveland Genealogical Society. The Cleveland Public Library or Fairview Park Library should have a copy of back issues.

The Humphreys listed are:

Dudley, dob 1770, dod 1848, row 4B
Henry,dod 1866, row 4B, age 60 years, Husb of Martha
Hiram, dod 1864, row 7B, age 41 years
Hiram, dod 1891, row 7B, age 78 years
Julia A., dod ?, row 7B, Daug of J & J
Sylvester B., dod 1866, row 7B, 9 years, son of H/J. A.

Fays listed:

Albert W., dod 1861, 9B, 1 year, son of J. W./M.A.
Benajah, Jr., 1806, 1890, 8B
Bennajar, dod 1860, 9B, 85 yr
George W., dod 1816, 9B, 11 yr, son of B & R
George W., dod 1846, 9B, 11 yr
Jeremiah W., 1822, 1913, 9B
Lovell B., 1848, 1866, 8B, son of B&L
Lovina, dod 1872, 9B, 93 yr
Mary A., 1836, 1912, 9B
Ruth, dod 1831, 9B, 50 yr
William N., dod 1906, 9B, 51 yr, son of J.W./M.A.

I have proofed the above names and the spellings are correct as published.

Posted February 2000
Changed August 2008