The Fay Family: Horace Amsden Fay

Horace Amsden Fay (1827 - 1905)
And his Descendants
John Fay
John, Jr. (OPF #2) (1669 - 1747) son of John and Mary Brigham
Dea. James (OPF #32) (1707 - 1777) son of John Jr. and Elizabeth Wellington
James, Jr. (OPF #67) (1735- "died in the army") son of Deacon James and Lydia Child
Barnabas (OPF #390) (1758- d. in Lebanon, N.H.) son of James, Jr. and Mary Winslow
Joseph Packard (OPF #1125) (1792 - 1872) son of Barnabas and Chloe Packard
Horace Amsden (OPF p. 89) (1827 - 1905) son of Joseph Packard and Charlotte Hyde
Iowa in 1879
Descendants of Horace Amsden Fay
(Seventh Generation)
Contributed by John Foster Fay
Mary McGinn Vickers
Darrah Fay Rorrer
Horace Amsden Fay
Born: Dec. 7, 1827 in Lebanon, NH
Married: Sept. 15, 1857 to Calista Jane Darrah in Manchester, NH
Died: March 12, 1905 in DeWitt, IA
Calista Jane Darrah
Born: Oct. 18, 1834 in Bedford, NH
Married: Sept. 15, 1857 to Horace Amsden Fay in Manchester, NH
..........June 18, 1859 Clarence Amsden Fay born
..........Sept. 15, 1861 Louis Elwyn Fay born
Died: Jan. 16, 1910 in Clinton, IA
Clarence Fay		b: 6/18/1859	
Louis Elwyn Fay		b: 9/21/1861	d: 7/2/1949
+Amelia Gottlob	m: 2/1/1888	b: 6/26/1870	d: 8/2/1954
........3  Horace Amsden Fay		b: 11/12/1888 d: 9/21/1922
........   +Gladys Elizabeth Holmes
See the discussion of the ancestors of Gladys Elizabeth Holmes
.............	4  Holmes Amsden Fay	b: 1912	d: 1954
..................	5  Robert Polzin Fay (son by adoption)
..................	5  Richard Polzin (son by adoption, did not take name)
.............	4  David Darrah Fay	b: 9/29/1913	d: 2/24/1994
.............	   +Edith Cheatwood
..................	5  David Daniel Fay
..................	....... [line continues]
..................	5  Darrah Fay
..................	....... [line continues]
..................	5  Robert Cheatwood Fay
..................	....... [line continues] 
........3  Carl Harding Fay		b: 11/28/1890	d: 1/2/1953
........   +Edith
........3  Louis Elwyn Fay Jr.		b: 1/5/1903	d: 1/20/1980
........   +Mildred M. Foster	m: 7/15/1925	b: 10/14/1901	d: 12/27/1974
.............	4  Louis Elwyn Fay III		b: 7/19/1928	
.............	   +Alice Dickinson Awtrey	m: 6/26/1954	b: 11/14/1926	
..................	5  Louis Elwyn Fay IV		b: 6/13/1955	
..................	5  Anne Meredith Fay		b: 12/21/1956	
..................	5  Robert Awtrey Fay		b: 1/19/1958	
..................	5  John Foster Fay		b: 11/6/1959	
..................	5  Susan Delia Fay		b: 8/24/1963	
.............	4  Jane Fay		b: 2/20/1930
.............	   +William Junior Ecklund
..................	5  David Ecklund
..................	5  Donna Ecklund
..................	   +William Sutton
..................	5  Douglas Ecklund	
.............	4  Susan Fay		b: 11/18/1934
.............	   +James McGinn
..................	5  Michael McGinn
..................	5  Kelly McGinn
..................	5  Mary McGinn
..................	5  Peggy McGinn	
.............	4  Dolores Fay		b: 5/19/1936
.............	   +Ronald Rife
..................	5  Knute Rife
..................	5  Kirsten Rife
Geographical Associations and Locations
Marriage Certificate of Horace Amsden and Calista Darrah
Biography of Horace Amsden from Mr. Quigley
Short Biographical Note for Horace Amsden
Short Biographical Note for Horace Amsden
Short Biographical Note for Calista
Obituary of Horace Amsden
Marriage of Louis and Amelia
Short Notes for John Jr.
Marriage Records for James Fay and Lydia Child
Marriage Certificate:
This certifies that the Rite of HOLY MATRIMONY was celebrated between Mr. Horace A. Fay of Clinton Co. Iowa and Miss Calista J. Darrah of Bedford, N.H. on 15th of Sept. 1857 at Manchester, N.H. by Geo. Peirce [sic], Pastor, First Baptist Church.
Copy of pencil notation in a book compiled by Holmes Amsden Fay in the 1950's; copied by Mildred Foster Fay, May 1971.
marriage certificate
"Horace Amsden Fay, of DeWitt was born in Lebanon, Granton County, N.H. Dec. 7, 1827.

? (talks about his parents etc.) ?

Spring of 1857 Mr. Fay sold out his stock of goods (dishes and chinaware) and on election day, having first deposited his vote for the Democratic candidates, left for the West. At Chicago he met with his former townsman, Gov. Baker, and with him came to Clinton, crossing the Mississippi from Fulton to Lyons in a skiff and amid floating ice. A few weeks later in company with Hon. C.H. Toll, he purchased a raft of lumber and afterwards shipped it to DeWitt, as Clinton was not then a good market to sell lumber in. In latter part of July, Mr. Fay bought two lots opposite the Depot at DeWitt and immediately erected a two-story warehouse, one of the first build here. Sept. 15th of that year he was united in marriage with Miss Calista J. Daughter of Isaac and Rachel (Watts) Darrah, of N.H. and who held the esteem of all who knew them. The young couple came at once to Iowa, to DeWitt, and commenced housekeeping over their new warehouse, where they lived a year, when they moved to their present residence, corner of Jefferson and Third St.

Mr. Fay engaged in business of grain buying and afterwards included live stock. At that time there was no bank in DeWitt, and nearly all the money received here passed through his hands. He was the only one to take out a "Broker's License" and (in DeWitt) as such handled considerable coin, his entire business amounting some years to $500,000. In 1864 in company with W.H. Chardavoyne, he purchased a half section of land near DeWitt and in the following Spring purchased his partner's interests. In Spring of 1877 he entered the office of P.B. Wolfe (now Senator from this dist) and tacked up a sign as "Real Estate Agent." In a few weeks he was invited by J.C. Hopkins now County Recorder, then Editor and proprietor of the Clinton County Advertiser, published at Lyons, to become the DeWitt correspondent, which he accepted and partly through his influence, the circulation of the paper was so much increased, that the Board of Supervisors of the county, in the following Jan. elected the Advertiser as one of the official papers of the county. In 1883 the DeWitt office of the paper was moved to the new building erected by Mr. Fay for that purpose.

Mr. Fay was a memberof the School Board of DeWitt for several years, having first been chosen in 1864, and did his full share towards the erection of the present schoolhouse.

In politics, Mr. Fay has ever been an unwavering Democrat, whose patriotism is as broad as our land.

Mr. & Mrs. Fay have two sons--Clarence A., born June 18, 1859 and Louis E., born Sept. 21, 1861. Both are now associated together in business, under the firm of Fay Brothers, publishers of the Clinton County Advertiser."
From a page sent by Mr. E. Quigley of the Mockridge Agency in DeWitt, Iowa, to Mr. Louis E. Fay, Jr., some time in 1960. The source of his information is unknown to Mildred Foster Fay, who typed it up in November 1970.
For more information on the Clinton County Advertiser, see Newspapers of the County: Clinton County, Iowa.

History of Concord, NH (PUL 1171.142.253) 1903 v. 1, p. 630 - quotes "a town directory published in the early fifties" as saying that "among the well-known business places" was "H.A. Fay, crockery, paper hanging, Merchants' exchange."

History of Clinton County, IA (PUL 1135.206.46), 1879:

p. 553 - lists "H.A. Fay" as one of two Justices of Peace, DeWitt, Iowa, 1879
p. 552 - "Among the dealers in grain, etc., who established warehouses at the depot and dealt largely in stock, grain and lumber, may be mentioned the following: ? H.A. Fay, grain; ?" (The Depot in question is that of the Chicago, Iowa & Nebraska Railroad, built in 1857.)
The following obituary of the late H.A. Fay was prepared by the Rev. J.J. Mitchell, pastor of the Congregational Church. It is copied from an old clipping with no date or indication of what paper it came from. However, it is to be assumed that it is from the Clinton, Iowa paper.
(Mildred Foster Fay, May 1971)
Horace Amsden Fay was born Dec. 7th, 1827, near Lebanon, N.H. and died at his late residence in DeWitt, Iowa, March 12th, 1905. Mr. Fay's ancestors were of revolutionary stock and cherished in their families the memories of revolutionary heroes.

His childhood and school days were spent near the place of his birth. When sixteen years of age his school days were brought abruptly to a close by the removal of his father and family to Concord, N.H. Here he began mercantile life in a small way and laid the foundations for his successful career as a business man. He continued in various business ventures in Concord, making steady progress, till 1857, meanwhile taking a prominent part in the political movements of his day.

In the spring of 1857 he started for the great west, expecting to reach St. Anthony's Falls, now Minneapolis; but on the way he was led to change his plans and he came to Iowa and to the County seat then of Clinton County, the town of DeWitt, where he immediately embarked in business. In Sept. 1857, he returned to New Hampshire and at Manchester, N.H. was united in marriage with Miss Calista J. Darrah, and immediately with his bride started for their Iowa home.

Arriving at Clinton they tarried two weeks, then came to DeWitt, where they made their home and have ever since been identified with the interests of this town and county.

Mr. Fay has engaged in various lines of business, including the buying of grain, stock and real estate, also in farming and, for a short time, doing the banking business of the community. His energy was tireless in whatever he undertook: thrift, economy and patience won for him success in most of his investments.

In 1877 he gave up practical farming and established an office in town for the purpose of handling real estate and looking after his own farms. About this time he was solicited by the editor of the Clinton Advertiser to become the reporter and representative of that paper in this town. He accepted and sent his son Louis to learn the business of newspaper publishing in the Clinton office, while he continued to represent the paper in this community and made it well nigh indispensable to the people of the community.

While he has managed his large interests successfully, he has held a strong influence politically in the county, without becoming a professional politician, or sacrificing the friendship of his neighbors from whom he differed.

During all these years he has had a deep interest in the public schools of this place, has served as a member and as president of the school board. He encouraged and helped in the building of the present school building, and in recent years has donated valuable works to the school library. He also remembered St. Joseph's Academy with valuable volumes. From the beginning of our town library he has taken more than an ordinary interest in the success of this venture and for two years was president of the library board, declining another term. His attendance upon the meetings of the board were very faithful and always with evident desire to further the interests of the library with a view to its greater usefulness to the community. He contributed to its support and donated a number of books for its use. He had a strong desire to have a library building, suitable for its use and convenient for the community.

While strictly methodical, accurate and honest in all business transactions, he was invariably courteous and kindly in manner to all with whom he had dealings. His works of charity were numerous and usually private, but often he contributed liberally to public enterprises, encouraged the churches and pastors in efforts for the good of the community.

He was a man of refinement and clean habits, and though not a member of any church, manifested the Christian spirit largely in his relations with men. With his good wife he has long held the respect and esteem of this community, and now that his work is done, the sympathy of a very large portion of our people will go out to his beloved wife and sons, Louis E. Fay and Clarence A. Fay, of Clinton.

Until Friday last he was engaged as usual at his office and few knew that he was not well, but Friday night symptoms of pneumonia developed and rapidly indicated dangerous conditions. His sons and their wives came immediately and all that love and medical skill could do was done, but just before the midnight hour of Sunday the spirit of Horace A. Fay was released from its earthly temple and returned to God, who gave it. His life work is done and much of it remains as a monument of his industry, patience and thrift, but a larger legacy remains in the memory of his family, his friends and neighbors, who cherish the kind words and deeds of a good man.
Biographical note for Calista
History of Concord, NH (PUL 1171.142.253) v2 p1260 - from a list of public school teachers 1856-57 -

"Union district Nos. 9-11,...south section,... Calista J. Darrah".
Mr. Louis E. Fay and Miss Amelia G. Thomas were united in marriage at the home of the bride's parents two miles southwest of Lyons, at one o'clock P.M. yesterday. Rev. Oadams of the Congregational church officiating. The wedding ceremony was attended by only the near relatives of the contracting parties but a multitude of friends and well wishers of the bride and groom will extend hearty congratulations to the happy couple. The bride and groom were the recipients of elegant and useful presents from those in attendance. Refreshments were served by the host and hostess, and the two hearts that now beat as one are at the home, splendidly furnished and prepared for them, on Seventh street in this city. The good wishes of people from all parts of Clinton county will go out to Mr. and Mrs. Fay in their new relations."

This is from an old clipping with no date on it and no indication of the paper. However, it is to be assumed that is came from the Clinton, Iowa paper.
"Marriage Certificate

"This is to certify that Louis Elwyn Fay and Amelia Gottlob Thomas were united in Marriage by me, according to the Ordinance of God and the laws of the State of Iowa, on the 1st day of February, 1888.
(signed) Theo. S. Oadams  
Officiating clergyman        
Witnesses: Clarence A. Fay
W. T. Gottlob"                  

This is from a pencil copy of the original in the book compiled by Holmes A. Fay in the 1950's.
Note: Amelia's mother remarried, and Amelia, who was 8 at the time, took her stepfather's last name of Thomas.
Marriage Records for James Fay and Lydia Child
Watertown Records (PUL 1153.653.95) v2 Births, Marriages, and Deaths p82: "December 19th, 1727. James Fay of Westborough & Lydia Child of Watertown were Joined in Marriage by ye Revd mr Wareham Williams Minister of ye Gosple in Watertown."
Short Notes for John Jr.
Was a deacon in his church. Gets quite a bit of space in the Diary of the Rev. Ebenezer Parkman (see also the American Antiquarian Society preceedings, v7) p 104-441 and maybe more). New England Historical and Genealogical Register (PUL 10994.673) v3 p350 in a list of freemen, 18 April 1690, gives "john fay" of Marlboro.
Louis E. Fay, Jr. and Mildred Foster Fay lived in Tucson, Arizona, where Louis III was born; Atlanta, Georgia, where Jane was born; and Roswell, New Mexico, where Dolores and Susan were born. They also lived in Carroll, Iowa; Jefferson, Iowa; somewhere in Arkansas; and Los Fresnos, Texas (where Mildred died--actually she died in the hospital at Harlingen).

Louis III and Alice Awtrey continued the tradition of moving around. They lived in Ames, Iowa, where Wynnie (Louis IV) was born, and Oxford, Iowa (the other four children were born in close-by Pontiac, Michigan).

While the children were growing up, they lived for two years at Cuttington College near Gbarnga, Liberia, West Africa; one year in Swastika, Ontario, Canada; five years in St. Augustine, Trinidad, West Indies; one year in Travelers Rest, South Carolina (just north of Greenville); and the rest of the time in Anderson, South Carolina.

Their present home is in Milledgeville, Georgia.