The Fay Family: Mabel Fay Humphrey
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Dudley Sherman HUMPHREY and Mabel FAY
Short Overview of Descendant Line
Census Records 1850 and 1860
Biography: Dudley Sherman Humphrey I
Biography: Dudley Sherman Humphrey II
Photographs of Gravestones from Highland Park Cemetery
Researched, transcribed, photographed and contributed by Jim Shreve, Sr.
Descendants of Mabel Fay and Dudley Sherman Humphrey
1  Benajah F Fay B: 28 Jul 1773 M: Abt. 1816 D: 15 Apr 1860
 + Ruth Wilcox B: 20 Oct 1781 M: Abt. 1816 D: 16 Sep 1831
...... 2  Mabel Truman Fay B: 26 Jan 1820 M: 11 Mar 1847
......  + Dudley Sherman Humphrey B: 21 Nov 1814 D: 19 Oct 1876
............ 3  Minah Sherman Humphrey B: Feb 1848 D: 19 Jul 1914
............  + Alexander D Scott B: Apr 1841 
.................. 4  Dudley Humphrey Scott B: Jan 1887 D: 04 Mar 1938
..................  + Louise Carpenter B: Abt. 1897 D: 30 Jan 1933
........................ 5  Marion Scott B: Abt. 1920 
........................ 5  David Scott
........................ 5  Carol Scott
............ 3  Harlow Humphrey B: Nov 1849 D: 25 Nov  1918 
............ 3  Dudley Sherman Humphrey II B: 19 May 1852 D: 7 Sep 1933
............  + Effie Deetta Shannon B: Abt. 1858 M: 03 Sep 1879 D: Abt. 1945
.................. 4  Mabel Elizabeth Humphrey B: Abt. 1885 D: 25 Sep 1958
..................  + Percy McDonald Killaly B:Abt.1886 D: 30 Aug 1950
........................ 5  Baby Killaly  B&D: 1912 
.................. 4  Harvey John Humphrey B: 07 Jan 1884 M: 08 Aug 1906 D: Abt. 1959 
..................  + Kathryn R Fuldauer B: Abt. 1887 M: 08 Aug 1906 D: Sep 1974
........................ 5  Doris H Humphrey
........................  + Fred Mackley
........................ 5  Dudley Sherman Humphrey B: Abt.1918 D: 18 May 2000
........................  + Gertrude G 
.................. 4  H. Louise Humphrey B: Abt. 1899 D: 10 May 1942
..................  + J E Lambie Jr.
.................. 4  David Humphrey
............ 3  David H Humphrey B: Abt. 1855 D: 19 Apr 1923
............ 3  Mary Malinda Humphrey B: Abt. 1862 
............  + J C Bright
From the 1850 Townsend Township, Huron County, Ohio Federal census
Family 805
Dudley HUMPHREY 35 M Lawyer 8000 Connecticut
Mabel 30 F Ohio
Minah 2 F Ohio
Harlow 5/12 M Ohio
Lucinda BURDINE 19 New York?
From 1860 Townsend Township, Huron County, Ohio Federal Census
Dwelling 1105 Family 1100
Dudley HUMPHREY 46 M Sawmill Farmer Connecticut
Mabel 40 F Ohio
Minah 12 F Ohio (this entry looks like Miriam)
Harlow 10 M Ohio
Dudley 8 F Ohio (Dudley is obviously not a female)
George 5 F Ohio (George is also not a female. )
Harriet FAY 18 F Wisconsin
James 24 M Ohio
William WILCOX 18 M Michigan
William CALL 20 M Ohio
Eliza FAY 26 F Ohio
NOTE: Mabel above was a daughter of Benajah FAY. I do not know for certain how Harriet & James FAY fit into the family right now, but it would stand to reason they are related in some way. From records, at least two of Benajah's children relocated to Wisconsin. Eliza FAY, I believe is a child of Benajah FAY, and his third wife, Rhoda EDWARDS RHODES.
Dudley Sherman HUMPHREY, husband of Mabel FAY
(OPF page 175 and page 182.)
Mabel FAY is the first white child born in Parma, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. She's the daughter of Benajah F FAY (OPF 95) & Ruth WILCOX.
The following bio appeared opposite page 246. Also included was a portrait of D.S.Humphrey.
--Jim Shreve, Sr.
DUDLEY S. HUMPHREY was the eighth child of Dudley Humphrey and Polly M. Sherman. He was born in Goshen, Conn., Nov. 21, 1814. His early life was spent among the hills of New England. In the winter of 1834-35 he, with his brother William, engaged in a lumber speculation which resulted in the purchase of a large number of clocks. To dispose of these clocks, the brothers decided that the West offered the most inviting and promising field not only for the sale of their clocks, but for future enterprises. During the year 1835 they came to Ohio and settled in Parma, near Cleveland, where they remained about fourteen years. Their first venture in the lumber business having proved remunerative, together with their natural fitness for the business, both of them having a taste for mechanics, they again embarked in the lumber and clock business, built a water, afterward a steam, saw- mill in Parma, and developed a large trade.
Our subject married Mabel F. Fay, of Parma, Ohio, March 10, 1847, by whom he had five children: Mina S., married A. D. Scott, of Wakeman, and is now living in Hartland. Harlow, Dudley S., David, and Linnie are unmarried and live in Townsend.
The scarcity of timber in Parma induced the brothers to come to Townsend, which they did in the year 1849, and purchased a large tract of land. They built mills and opened business on a large scale. During the partnership of the brothers they built over forty steam and water saw-mills through the West. They were the first to introduce and use the "Mulay Gang-Saws," and "Cone Pulley-Feed." In January, 1851, while working with a circular siding-saw, an accident occurred which resulted in the amputation of his right hand. Serious as was this accident, press of business, ingenuity, and ambition made the better use of his remaining hand, as well as the machinery; in fact, he is said to have handled tools and machinery more skillfully with one hand than most persons would with two.
In 1855, Mr. Humphrey moved to the southeast part of the township, where they owned a tract of land and a mill. He divided his attention between the mill and farm.
In 1860 he returned to Townsend Centre and remained until 1863, when he returned to the farm on the townline road, and gave his attention to its improvement and embellishment. He was an enthusiastic admirer of fruit - and forest - trees, as the large orchards and many shade-trees on the farm will attest. He planted out over five miles of maple-trees along the roadway, which gave the name of Maple Street to the road so improved. His admiration for shade-trees will he seen from the following circumstance:
In opening a public highway on one side of his farm, a number of thrifty maples stood in what was to be the centre roadway. The supervisor attempted to cut them down, but our subject defended them so vigorously that the supervisor was forced to desist at the time, and, to make the protection complete, served an injunction on the supervisors, which was made perpetual by the courts. More than four hundred of his friends and neighbors joined him, it is said, with affidavits in defense of the trees. These trees still stand as monuments to the memory and fidelity of him who so nobly defended them.
His school-room education ended with his thirteenth year, as the financial condition of his parents was such as to oblige the sons to commence their business life early. He was temperate in his habits and industrious always, - as might be expected of a New England boy,- which may explain the force and vigor of his later life. He took a deep interest in the welfare of others, and in building up for the comfort of those who were to follow. Was public-spirited and generous to a fault. It has been said that he and his brother William did more to relieve the township from draft during the late war than all the rest of the township combined. His education, like his brother's, was self-acquired for the most part, and few men in the country read more, and fewer still were more successful in business.
In 1872 he indorsed paper for some manufacturers in Wakeman, and in 1878, when the financial crash came, these manufacturers failed, and he to save himself took the mill property, which required a still greater outlay of money. He never recovered this loss, as prices declined with the demand for manufactured goods as well as grains and stock.
He gave generously to all church organizations seeking aid, but his belief and sympathies were with the Universalists. He was a man of great courage, fine presence, and wonderful nerve. When he met with an accident requiring a surgical operation, - he broke a leg two or three times badly, lost a toe and a hand, - he refused all anesthetics, preferring to be in perfect command of his senses during the painful operation. He died of typhoid pneumonia, Oct.19, 1876, after an illness of several months.
His wife, who so nobly sustained him in his efforts, still survives him. She was ever faithful in seconding the efforts of her husband, and is a loving and affectionate mother. The two older sons, Harlow and Dudley S., though up to the time of the death of their father unaccustomed to care and responsibility, with a courage and determination rarely equaled, have shouldered the indebtedness of the estate, and hope, by application to business and strict economy, to discharge the incumbrances.
Dudley Sherman HUMPHREY II, son of Mabel FAY
HUMPHREY, DUDLEY SHERMAN II (19 May 1852-7 Sept. 1933) was owner and operator (with his family) of EUCLID BEACH PARK. One of 5 children, Dudley Sherman II was born on the family farm in Wakeman Township, Huron County, the son of Dudley Sherman I and Mabel Fay Humphrey. After completing his education at local schools, he attended Buchtel University in Akron. He and his brothers Harlow and David helped operate the family farm. After their father died in 1876, the brothers were unable to make it profitable, and the property was sold in 1890 to satisfy creditors. In 1891 the family moved to GLENVILLE where Dudley invented and patented a new type of popcorn popper which seasoned the corn as it popped. Beginning in June 1893, the family opened popcorn stands throughout the city. From 1896-99 they operated a concession stand at Euclid Beach Park amid the honky-tonk atmosphere and drunkenness that prevailed. When the park failed the Humphrey family leased it in 1901. Dudley and the family set strict rules in their renovated park. The bar and beer garden were abolished and admission refused to those not properly dressed or who had been drinking. In 1908, Humphrey and his brothers also built the ELYSIUM, an indoor ice-skating rink. Humphrey married Effie DeEtta Shannon in Wakeman, Ohio 3 Sept. 1879, and they had 3 children Mabel (Killaly), Harvey John, and H. Louise (Lambie). He died at his residence in Euclid Beach Park and was buried at Highland Park Cemetery.
from The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History
Highland Park Cemetery, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
The Humphrey Lot, Lotmarker and Monument
as well as individual stone markers
Posted Jul 16 2000
Expanded August 2008