The Fay Family: Significant Links

Personal and Genealogical Pages
Entry Points for Genealogical Research
Cyndi's List
The following sites all contain significant material about one branch or another of the Fay Family. In addition to consulting these sites, the visitor is invited to consult our ONLINE original material, which is slowly growing. There are selections from Orlin; from the Early History of Bennington, Vermont; from History of Marlborough.

By far the most significant site of which I have any personal knowledge is the one put up by Mac Crawford. What makes this one stand out is that it begins at the beginning: it contains the material covered in Orlin's book, and presents it in easy to use format. His work can be found at and is entitled:
Descendants of John Fay I     [note dated 10/31/2002: Mac's site is no longer to be found. If you try to pull it up, you get the statement "site moved or deleted." Nothing further is known at this time.]

Based on Orlin P. Fay's work, it is not limited to it, but draws on many other sources, and is updated for his own branch of the family. No one should attempt to post any early material without checking this site.

Huge thanks are due to John Rhinehart for his work entering data from Orlin (and that's WORK!!!!!!!!!!!) which made possible the creation of a GEDCOM to serve as base for further genealogical material such as that added by Mac, by Laura Greene and by myself, and as source for web publications.

The John Fay Homepage
Another excellent comprehensive site is the one posted by Dave Fay, whose unexpected death on November 2, 1999, so affected us all. Because it is not clear how long that original site will survive, his work has been reposted at RootsWeb. This site carries on at least two, and eventually three, lines of descent beyond Orlin's material. Dic Carnes has been correcting and updating it.

Benajah F Fay (OPF 95)
The line of descent from Benejah F Fay (OPF 95) has been extensively researched by Jim SHREVE Sr.

The Vermont Fay Line
Stephen Fay (1714-1781) on down.

The Michigan Line
Jonathan Fay (11/21/1724-3/3/1800) on down.

Ancestry of Dr. Fay Perry Greene, Jr.
Laura Greene's masterpiece, which includes a great deal of Fay material; see, for example, Cyrus and James, Cyrus (b.1749), Ebenezer, Samuel.

Robert Kline's Genealogy Page
Extensive material on the Ward and Shattuck families, which frequently married into the Fay family.

There is further information on the Shattuck family at the site of Stephen M. Lawson.

Also connected to us through Shattuck is The Morse Family into which Susannah Shattuck took her first husband.

The lineage of Emily Dickinson shows Fays in her ancestry.

The Grassman Family Genealogy contains many Fays.

I am a ninth generation descendant of John through his son David:

John + Susannah Shattuck
David + Sarah Larkin
Robert + Elizabeth JoslinAaron + Eunice Bradish
David + Jane WardJeremiah + Lydia Bemis
David Fay + Rhoda Fay
Otis + Eliza Weston
Foster + Ethel Rogers
Wilbur + Mary Alden
Linda + Stanley Kaufman

People interested in the westward movement of the Fays can find a tremendous amount of information at Genealogy Exchange & Surname Registry. The material is organized by state, and within that, by county. There are many hyperlinks and search possibilities. For example, there is one for Iowa, whose state coordinator is Mona Knight. She recently posted a biography of Wooster Fay to our list. The one for Wisconsin is headed by our own Cathy Kubly. The one for Michigan is presently without a coordinator.

A similar project is underway at RootsWeb itself under the heading USGenWeb Project. See, for example, the pages dedicated to Cattaraugus County, NY. Once there, look especially for the many biographies including members of the Fay Family. This is run by Laura Greene, who is listed as Cattaraugus County Bios Team Coordinator, but who seems to have her very creative finger in about all the pies!

GENDEX(in italics) -- WWW Genealogical INdex.. otherwise called Gene Stark's Index of Names for all GenWeb Sites. This index has both a paid and a free entry; it looks as if it would really pay to consult this index for missing people. Note that the source for many of the people are the authors WE have listed in the genealogies section of this site.

Mail List Archives

To perform an interactive search in the FAY archives, see Search the Archive of Messages for FAY Mailing List.

To browse the archives chronologically, see Browse the Archives.

To find other FAY resources at Rootsweb, see FAY (F000) at RootsWeb.
There are several major entry points for genealogical research. Of these, perhaps the three best known are:




All of these services have a great deal of free material available, and all of them offer subscription plans that permit access to further databases., for example, offers their subscriptions at $59.95/year.

For anyone researching the Fays, Massachusetts is the geographical starting point. Because of this, the Massachusetts Genealogy, part of the USGenWeb Project, provides an excellent resource. The statement of purpose says it all: "to provide a single entry point for all counties and towns in Massachusetts, where collected data will be stored." The material is divided into counties, and within counties, into towns. It is somewhat spotty in places, but does help.

Another MUST VISIT site is the one devoted to the History of Marlborough, Massachusetts, created by John G. Phillips Buczek. It is filled with information about Marlborough and its original settlers, including Fay families. Maps, early photos, vital statistics - one could spend hours there and just begin.
While these are among the most important, they by no means exhaust the possibilities: there are thousands of genealogy links on the internet. Rather than trying to pick out a few, it is our opinion that the best thing for the researcher to do is to consult
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet

This is a remarkable piece of work listing more than 58,300 genealogical sites on the internet, and constantly updated.

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites
                on the Internet
There are two major forums where people post inquiries and answers.

Fay Family Genealogy Forum which is sponsored by GenForum.

The Fay Surname Message Board, a production of, which in turn is sponsored by which has now joined with RootsWeb.