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Wooster FAY, b. 1819, VT>OH>IA, and descendants
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FAY, Wooster

Submitted by: Mona Sarratt Knight to Pottawattamie Co IAGenExchange

Wooster FAY, of Lewis Twp., is a native of Franklin Co., Vermont, born Nov 18, 1819, the son of Jonathan and Ruth (Elsworth) Fay. The parents were natives of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and of Scotch and English origin.

They had three children: Addison, a resident of Bowling Green, Ohio; Wooster, our subject; and Hollis, deceased in 1868. WOOSTER FAY, our subject, was reared in his native state until he was 15 years of age, when his family removed to Wood Co., Ohio. He was reared to farm life and received his education in the common schools. When the family went to Wood County it was a new country, they being among the pioneers. They improved a farm which they entered from the Government, and here he lost his parents. He remained in Wood Co. 21 years, and in 1855 came west to Iowa. In the spring of 1856 he came to Pottawattamie Co. and purchased a farm of 200 acres of partially improved land, in what is now Keg Creek Township. In the fall of 1856 he removed with his family to Pottawattamie County where they commenced life again in a new country and for the second time became a pioneer. He remained in Keg Creek Township until April 1889, when he removed to his present home on section 4, Lewis Township. He has a comfortable little home with three acres of land and here he expects to spend his remaining days. He has labored hard in assisting in the development of Pottawattamie County, having improved 176 acres of prairie land, which he disposed of at various times, and has also purchased other land. The home farm is on sections 20, 28, and 29, Keg Creek. This he improved and made his home until he removed to his present place. He dealt in stock principally, in connection with his farming and the last 12 or 13 years he has taken special pride in the rearing of a better grade of stock, in the short-horn class. Politically he is a Republican and has represented his county as a member of the Board of Supervisors for six years from 1874 to 1880. He represented his township in the state legislature for three terms and a half, and in all of his political career he has never asked a man to vote for him. Mr. Fay was married in wood Co., Ohio, November 9, 1846, to CHARLOTTE M. McMILLAN, who was born in Seneca Co., Ohio, March 10, 1826. She was the daughter of Morrison and Clarissa (Brown) McMillan, natives of New York and Canada and of Scotch origin. Mr. and Mrs. FAY have four children: Emma, born Oct 15, 1847, is the wife of Samuel H. Hopkins residing in Macedonia, Pottawattamie County, Iowa; Morrison M., a resident of Franklin Co., Nebraska, born August 27, 1849; Jane, born July 10, 1851, wife of Logan Reynolds; Isoletta, born June 8, 1866, wife of James Pershell, residing in Lincoln Co., Washington. The family are among the most worthy and respected citizens of the county and have, by their honesty and integrity, won a large circle of friends.
1891 Biographical History of Pottawattamie County Iowa, by The Lewis Publishing Co
Posted 27 Jun 2000