DESCENDANTS of PETER AUGUSTUS JAY and MARY RUTHERFURD CLARKSON :
JOHN CLARKSON JAY (1808-1891)
He was the son of Peter A. Jay and grandson of Founding Father John Jay, diplomat, first Chief Justice of the United States and two time Governor of New York State. J. C. Jay graduated from his father and grandfather’s alma mater Columbia in 1827, and from the College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1831. In addition to his practice of medicine, he made a specialty of conchology, and acquired the most complete and valuable collection of shells in the United States. This and his costly library on this branch of science were purchased by Catherine Wolfe and presented, in memory of her father, to the American Museum of Natural History, where it is known as the Jay Collection. In 1832 he became a member of the Lyceum of Natural History (now New York Academy of Sciences), and was its treasurer 1836-1843. He took an active part in the efforts that were made during that time to obtain subscriptions for a new building to house the society’s collection, and bore the principal burden in planning and superintending its construction.
Following the death of his father in 1843, he inherited the Jay family estate including the 1838 Peter Augustus Jay House in Rye, New York and lived there with his family until his death in 1891. Today his home is the centerpiece of the Boston Post Road Historic District a National Historic Landmark and managed by the Jay Heritage Center.
He was one of the original founders of New York Yacht Club in 1844, and for some time its secretary. From 1859 until 1880, he was a trustee of Columbia College. The shells collected by the expedition of Com. Matthew C. Perry to Japan were submitted to him for examination, and he wrote the article on that subject in the government reports. Jay wrote Catalogue of Recent Shells (New York, 1835), Description of New and Rare Shells (1836), and later editions of his catalogue, in which he enumerates about 11,000 well-marked varieties, and at least 7,000 well-established species. (Wikipedia)(Jay Heritage Center)
He married Laura Prime (1812-1888) and they had seven children that lived to adulthood. Laura Prime’s father was Nathaniel Prime, a prominent NY banker and one of the wealthiest men in the colony. Her brother Frederick Prime married Mary Rutherfurd Jay, John Clarkson Jay’s sister.
After the death of his father in 1848, when he was 35 years of age, he moved from his home in New York City on Bond Street to the house in Rye, that his father had rebuilt and lived there with his wife Laura for the rest of his life.
1830 his residence was 14 State street, and a year or two later the Bond street house was taken by Dr. John C. Jay, M.D., whose aunt, Mrs. Banyer, soon after came to live across the street at No. 20. He was the son of Peter Augustus Jay and grandson of Chief Justice John Jay. His wife was Laura Prime, a daughter of Nathaniel Prime, founder of Prime, Ward and King, and his sister Mary Jay married Frederick Prime, Mrs. Jay’s brother. Dr. Jay was deeply interested in conchology, and formed the finest collection of shells in America.
The Jays lived a very social life and John Clarkson became very involved and interested in sailing. He bought a large yacht, La Coquille, for $1,500 which he sailed in many races. According to Laura Jay Wells in her book The Jay Family they frequently entertained in New York at Delmonicos etc. Apparently after their death their daughters became shocked by this and destroyed all of his diaries, so there is little information of their life. He was secretary and an early active member of the New York Yacht Club.
SIXTH GENERATION: CHILDREN of JOHN CLARKSON JAY and LAURA PRIME
Laura Jay (1832-1910)
John Jay (1833-1841)
Mary Jane Jay (1837-1897)
Cornelia Jay (1839-1907)
Rev Peter Augustus Jay (1841-1875)
John Clarkson Jay II, MD (1844-1923)
Alice Jay (1846-1921)
Sarah Jay (1848-1883)
1. Sixth Generation Laura JAY+ Birth Aug 1832 in New York, Death 1910 in Carbondale, Lackawanna, Pennsylvania, Married Charles Pemberton WURTS+ Birth 4 Jan 1824 in Montville Morris, New Jersey Death 11 Aug 1892 in Bar Harbor, Hancock, Maine, They had six children. They are both buried in the Jay Cemetery. (6/1)
Seventh Generation. Children of Laura JAY+ and Charles Pemberton WURTS+ AJ-PJ-JJ-PAJ-JCJ-LJW-
1. Seventh Generation John WURST Brith 10 Jul 1855 in Pennsylvania Death 1936 in Jacksonville, St Johns, Florida, Married Florence LaTourette Birth May 1860 in Northfield, Staten Island, New York Death 1922 in Alachua, Florida, United States. They had six children.
John Wurts, B.A. 1878. Born July 10,1855, in Carbondale, Pa. Died August 6,1936, in Pasadena, Calif. Father, Charles Pemberton Wurts, general superintendent Delaware & Hudson Canal Company, Carbondale; son of George and Abigail (Pettit) Wurts of Boonton, N.J. Mother, Laura (Jay) Wurts; daughter of John Clarkson Jay (B.A. Columbia 1827, M.D. 1831) and Laura (Prime) Jay of Rye, N.Y. Yale relatives include: William Livingston (B A. 1741) (great-great-great-grandfather); Peter VanB. Livingston (B.A. 1731), John Livingston (B.A. 1733), and Philip Livingston (B.A. 1737) (great-great-great-great-uncles); Peter A. Jay (honorary M.A. J798) (great-grandfather); William Jay (B.A. 1807) (great-great- uncle), and Albert S. Wurts, ’64, Edward V. Wurts, ’92 S., Pierre Jay, ’92, and John Jay, ’98 (cousins). Hopkins Grammar School. On Class Football Team Freshman andSophomore years; member Delta Kappa; left college in Sophomore year; enrolled with graduates of Class of 1878 in 1905. Engaged in sheep farming in Fayetteville, W.Va., 1878-82; at- tended Yale School of Law 1882-84 (LL.B. 1884; won John Addison Porter Prize 1883); member of law firm of Wurts & Fletcher, Jackson- ville, Fla., 1884-95; instructor in elementary law and real property Yale School of Law 1895-96, assistant professor of law 1896-97, pro- fessor of elementary law, real property, and trusts 1897-1903, Lafa- yette S. Foster Professor of Common Law 1903-20, and professor emeritus since 1920; exchange professor at University of California 1914-15; lecturer on law of contracts U.S. Military Academy 1916 and of prerogative writs University of Florida 1922-23; had lived in New Haven, Conn., and Melrose, Fla., since retirement; LL.M. Yale 1889 and honorary M.A. 1897; author: The Anti-Slavery Movement wttb Relationto theFederalConstitution(1883), Casesin FederalPrac- tice (1905), and The Law of Habeas Corpus (1915); compiled Index- Digest of the Decisions of the Supreme Court of the State of Florida, Volumes 1-23 inclusive (1889 and subsequent editions); edited Washburn’s A ^treatise on the American Lavs of Real Property (190a); contributed to Tale Lavs Journal; member American Bar Association and American Social Science Association. Married (1) June 26,1878, in Bergen Point, N.J., Florence, daughter of Seguine and Lavinia (Young) LaTourette. Children: John Conrad, ex-’00 S. (died 1911); Bertha, the wife of James L. Boyce, *oi; Albert; Laura Jay; Burkhardt; and Eleanor (Yale School of the Fine Arts 1906-07), the wife of Thomas Wallace, 3d, ex-’14. Mrs. Wurts died March 27, 1922. Married (2) October 2, 1924, in New Haven, Louise Beverley Gue Johnson, daughter of Theron Rudd and Mary Josephine (Smith) Gue. Death due to chronic myocarditis. Buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Calif. Survived by wife, daughters, two sons, and a brother, P. Jay Wurts, ’91 S. His brothers Rudolf J. Wurts, ’78, Charles P. Wurts, ’80, and Alexander J. Wurts, ’83 S., died in 1935, 1930, and 1932 respectivelyn.
Eighth Generation. Children of John WURTS and Florence la TOURETTE. AJ-PJ-JJ-PAJ-JCJ-LJW-JW-
1. John Conrad WURTZ Birth 2 May 1879 in West Virginia Death 3 Jan1911
2. Bertha C WURTZ Birth 27 Jun 1880 in West Virginia Death 19 May 1959 in Monterey married James H. BOYCE Birth Apr 1875 in New York Death They had four children.
3. Albert WURTS+ Birth Dec 1881 in West Virginia Death 1949
Married Anna N BARRETT Birth 14 Jan 1887 in Pottstown, Pennsylvania Death 3 Jun 1965 in Springfield, Windsor, Vermont. He was buried in the Jay Cemetery.
4. Laura Prime Wurts + Birth Aug 1883 in Connecticut Death 1930 buried in The Jay Cemetery, Rye
5. Burkhardt WURTS Birth 27 Jan 1886 in Florida Death 13 Jul 1960 in San Mateo married Muriel LNUK Birth abt 1894 in England
Death They had four children.
6. Eleanor WURTS Birth 5 February 1889 in Jacksonville, Duval, Florida, Death 06/26/1971 in New Haven, Connecticut, married Thomas WALLACE III Birth 05/19/1888 in New Haven, Connecticut, Death 2/ /1972 in Castine, Maine, They had three children.
2. Seventh generation. Rudolph WURTS. (1856-1935)
When Rudolph Wurts was born on December 1, 1856, in Melbourne, Australia, his father, Charles, was 32 and his mother, Laura, was 24. He married Annie Lowther on February 12, 1887, in Melbourne, Australia. They had two children during their marriage. He died in 1935 in St Kilda, Victoria, at the age of 78.
3. Seventh generation. Charles Pemberton WURTS (1859-1930)
When Charles Pemberton Wurts was born in May 1859 in Pennsylvania, his father, Charles, was 35 and his mother, Laura, was 26. He married Henrietta Ogden Strong in 1894. They had two children during their marriage. He died on March 27, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois, at the age of 70.
4. Seventh Generation. Alexander Jay WURTS was born 03 Mar 1862 in Carbondale, Lackawanna, Pennsylvania, USA as the first child of Charles Pemberton WURTS and Laura JAY. He had three siblings, namely: Martha Haskins, Pierre Jay, and John. He died 21 Jan 1932 in Pittsburgh City, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. When he was 28, He married Jeanie Lowrie CHILDS 30 Jun 1890.
Hillhouse High School- New Haven, Connecticut: 13 Apr 1879 in Orange Street & Wall Street- New Haven, Connecticut (Site of Founding of Gamma Delta Psi Fraternity) He lived in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States 1880. He was educated at Graduate of Hillhouse High School, New Haven, Connecticut – Ph. B Degree- Yale University- 1883 – Post Grad Studies at Stevens Institute of Technology for M. E. Degree. Polytechnium, Hanover Germany- Electrical Engineer Studies under Professor Kohlrausc in Yale University – New Haven, Connecticut 1883. Electric Engineer: 1900 in Pittsburg, Pa (Professor at Carnegie Institute of Tech.) He lived in Pittsburgh City, Allegheny, Pennsylvania 1900.
EIGHTH GENERATION: Children of Alexander Jay WURTS and Jeanie Lowrie CHILDS
1. Thomas Howe Childs WURTS was born 02 May 1891 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He died Dec 1964.
2. Laura Jay WURTS was born 16 Sep 1895 in Pittsburg, Pa. She died 1941 in Germany. She married Douglas Chandler 27 Aug 1924 in Bar Harbor, Hancock, Maine, USA.
5. Seventh Generation. .Martha Haskins WURTS+
When Martha Haskins Wurts+ was born on June 17, 1863, in Carbondale, Penna, her father, Charles, was 39 and her mother, Laura, was 30. She had five brothers. She died on April 29, 1931, in Fulton, Georgia, at the age of 67, and was buried in Rye, New York.
6. Seventh Generation. Pierre Jay WURTS+
Pierre Jay WURTS+ was born on July 16, 1869, in Nice, France, He married Edith Maud BENEDIET about 1890. They had one child during their marriage. He died in 1953 at the age of 83. Both he and his wife were buried in the Jay Cemetery.
Eighth Generation. Children of Pierre Jay WURTS and Edith Maud BENEDICT.
1. Eighth Generation MIRIAM “JAY” ANDRUS married COWLES “COKE” ANDRUS,
(Obit)COWLES “COKE” ANDRUS, Med 1921, was a worldwide leader in cardiology and instrumental in its development as an independent medical discipline and major component of modern medicine. A faculty member at Hopkins for more than 50 years, he made significant contributions to heart research, teaching, and patient care. Dr. Andrus was the first director of the Cardiology Division, served as assistant dean of the medical faculty, and founded and directed the Cardiovascular Division.
President of the American Heart Association from 1954 to 1955, Dr. Andrus also held many federal government advisory positions, including chief of the Division of Medicine in the Office of Scientific Research and Development. His national and international standing in the field of cardiology was reflected in his appointment by President John F. Kennedy to chair the Second National Conference on Cardiovascular Disease in 1963. He remained an active clinician and teacher until his death in 1978 at the age of 82.
Dr. Andrus’ widow, MIRIAM “JAY” ANDRUS–whose formal education was in international law and government, languages, and music–pursued her avocation of photography. A world traveler, she concentrated on photographing people, animals, and natural forms. In addition to her endowment of this professorship, she also established a scholarship fund in her husband’s name and the Miriam Jay Wurts Andrus Center for Community Services at the Geriatrics Center located on the Hopkins Bayview campus. Mrs. Andrus died in 2000.
MARY JANE JAY
2. Sixth Generation. Mary Jane JAY+ Birth 3 Jun 1837 in Rye, New York Death 27 Jun 1897 married Jonathan EDWARDS+ Birth 6 Nov 1821 in New York City Death 30 May 1882 They had one children. Both were buried in the Jay Cemetery. (6/3)
Jonathen Edwards great grandfather was the Rev Jonathen EDWARDS.
Jonathan Edwards (October 5, 1703 – March 22, 1758) was a colonial American Congregational preacher, theologian, and missionary to Native Americans. Edwards “is widely acknowledged to be America’s most important and original philosophical theologian”. His work is very broad in scope, but he is often associated with his defense of Calvinist theology, the metaphysics of theological determinism, and the Puritan heritage. His famous sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” emphasized the just wrath of God against sin and contrasted it with the provision of God for salvation; the intensity of his preaching sometimes resulted in members of the audience fainting, swooning, and other more obtrusive reactions. The swooning and other behaviors in his audience caught him up in a controversy over “bodily effects” of the Holy Spirit’s presence.
Seventh Generation. Children of Mary Jane JAY and Jonathan EDWARDS+. AJ-PJ-JJ-PAJ-JCJ-MJE
1. Seventh Generation: Laura Jay EDWARDS+ Birth 20 Aug 1862 in New York City, New York Death 1937 . Unmarried. She was buried in the Jay Cemetery.
3. Sixth Generation. Cornelia JAY+ Birth 1839 in New York Death 1907 in Rye, Westchester, New York, Unmarried. Buried in the Jay Cemetery. Wrote diary during the Civil War.
In April 1861, three weeks after celebrating her 22nd birthday, Cornelia Jay, granddaughter of native New Yorker John Jay, began a diary that she would keep throughout America ’s bloodiest battle: the Civil War between the Union and the Confederacy. Her entries, written at her family’s Rye home and in Manhattan , are not grand or sweeping like the paragraphs of a historical novel; in fact it is often her unadulterated candor and brevity which gives the events she records greater clarity these 150 years later. The soldiers on her pages, depicted equally in all their heroism or frailty, feel like our contemporaries thanks to the unstudied poignancy of her writing. And because her voice is unique, Cornelia is an irresistible witness to our mid 19th century past particularly in this sesquicentennial year. Her accounts substantiate the political and personal turmoil that clashing North and South ideologies about the role of government and the issue of slavery created for all people of all races and genders – even the descendants of a man who advocated for emancipation his entire career. This makes her diary all the more fascinating as we grapple to understand modern incarnations of social inequity and civil war. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, JHC will share some of the entries from Cornelia’s diary with My Rye each week and put them in context of historic events. These excerpts will illustrate Cornelia’s fears and hopes for the fate of her family, friends and the town that she loved. In revealing these stories for the first time to the public, we open a very personal window into her life and the lives of the Jay Family in Rye . The Civil War stories of other Rye residents like the Van Rensselaers and the Wainwrights will also come to life and inspire us to picture what Rye looked like over a century and a half ago. Susanne Clary Article
Rev PETER AUGUSTUS JAY
Sixth Generation PETER AUGUSTUS JAY Birth 16 Jun 1841 in New York City, Death 11 Oct 1875 in Rye, Westchester, New York, married Julia POST+ Birth 21 Jan 1847 in New York City, New York, Death 18 Feb 1929 in New York City, New York, They were both buried in the Jay Cemetery. They had four children.
Peter became an Episcopal deacon and priest. Growing up as he did during the Civil War, a time when Rye was active securing volunteers, he raised a local militia for the Union and became its Captain. With several absences due to the war, he ultimately graduated #14 from Columbia College in 1863. The summer afterwards, he went with his company to Harrisburg, and to Fort Marshall near Baltimore and in 1864 could be found with his company at Fort Richmond, Staten Island. Later his company had the honor of attending Lincoln’s inaugural in 1865. After the war ended, from 1866-68 he pursued the ministry, graduating from General Theological Seminary in New York.
1868 was a momentous year — he accepted his first position at St. Thomas, Vernon and on March 30th, 1868, was married to Julia Post in the Church of the Covenant in Manhattan her family’s church (Park Avenue & 35th) by Dr. George L. Prentiss (Rector of Church of the Covenant) and Mr. Reese F. Alsop (Rector of Christ’s Church, Rye).
On May 23rd, 1868, he was ordained a deacon with his class on Trinity Sunday at the Church of the Transfiguration in New York with his mother and younger sister Alice in attendance (the ceremony had first been considered for June 20th at Christ’s Church in Rye but Peter wanted to graduate with his class). There are numerous records of his preaching in Rye after this at Christ’s Church when he was home visiting his parents and siblings. He accepted an “official call” extended to him on January 23rd, 1869 to be the Rector of Christ Church parish in Warwick following his ordination, and served as a lay reader on Sundays before that time.
On December 17, 1869 he was ordained a Presbyter at the Chapel of the Holy Saviour, NY (25th Street and Madison) by Bishop Horatio Potter and on April 24, 1870 he first officiated at St. Thomas’s, Vernon while also being Rector at Christ’s Church, Warwick.
He left Warwick in 1872 and through 1874, he was Rector of Grace Church in Fair Haven, Connecticut. Sadly on October 11, 1875 he died, far too young at 34, of a brain hemorrhage. His wife Julia moved back to Rye with their 4 young children to live with Peter’s family. Source:JayHeritageCenter
Seventh Generation. Children of Rev Peter Augustus JAY and Julia POST. AJ-PJ-JJ-PAJ-JCJ-PAJ-
1. Seventh Generation Pierre JAY+ Birth 4 May 1870 in Warwick, Orange, New York, Death 24 Nov 1949 in New York, New York, married Louisa Channing BARLOW+ Birth 27 Jul 1873 in Lenox, Massachusetts, Death 10 Sep 1965 in New York City, New York, They were both buried in the Jay Cemetery. They had five children.
(obit)PIERRE JAY, B A 1892 Born May 4, 1870, Warwick, N Y , died November 24, 1949, New York City Father, Rev Peter Augustus Jay (B A Columbia 1863), an Episcopal minister, son of John Clarkson and Laura (Prime) Jay Mother, Julia (Post) Jay, daughter of Alfred Charles Post, LL D , and Harriet (Beers) Post Yale relatives include William Livingston (B A 1741) (great-great-great-grandfather), Peter vanB Livingston (B A 1731), John Livingston (B A 1733), Philip Livingston (B A 1737) (great-great-great-great-uncles), William Jay (B A 1807) (great- great-great-uncle), Peter A Jay (M A Hon 1798) (great-grandfather), John Jay, ’98 (brother), Alexander Jay Bruen, ’78, Rudolf Wurts, ’78, John Wurts, ’78, Charles P Wurts, ’80, Alexander J Wurts, ’83 S , P Jay W urts, ’91 S (cousins) Groton School Second colloquy appointment Junior and Senior years, editor Yale Daily News Junior year (financial edifor Senior year) and Yale Courant Senior year, editor and business manager Yale Alumni Weekly, president Berkeley Association Senior year, He Boule, Psi Upsilon, Skull and Bones Traveled abroad 1892-93 and 1895, with New York Commercial Company 1893 and West Side Construction Company 1894, secretarypresident Second Avenue and Central Cross Town Railroad companies, New York City, 1897-99, with Strong, Sturges & Company, bankers and brokers, New York City, 1899-1900, in charge bond department Post & Flagg, New York City, 1899-1903, vice-president Old Colony Trust Company, Boston, 1903-06, Bank Commissioner of Massachusetts 1906- 09, vice-president Manhattan Company, New York City, 1909-14, Federal reserve agent and director Federal Reserve Bank of New York 1914-26, member transfer committee and deputy agent general for reparation pay- ments under Dawes Plan 1927-30, chairman board Fiduciary Trust Com- pany, New York City, 1930 until retirement 1945, honorary chairman 1945 until resignation 1949, M A Hon Yale 1917, commander Legion of Honor (France), trustee Groton School, Barnard College, American Aca- demy m Rome, president board of trustees Brearley School, vice-presi- dent finance committee Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America 1940, national treasurer Russian War Relief, Inc 1941, member Foreign Bondholders Protective Council, New York Board of Education, and New York National Guard Married November 23, 1897, New York City, Louisa Shaw, daughter of Francis Channing and Ellen (Shaw) Barlow Children Ellen (Bryn Mawr 1917-21, Mrs Lloyd Kirkham Garrison), Anna Maricka (B A Bryn Mawr 1922, Mrs Alexander Duer Harvey), Frances (B A Bryn Mawr 1926), Louisa (Bryn Mawr 1925-26, M rs Jay deVegh) Buried in Jay Cemetery, Rye, N Y Survived by wife, children, seven grandchildren, and a sister, Miss Mary Rutherford Jay
Eighth Generation. Children of Pierre JAY+ and Louisa Channing BARLOW+. AJ-PJ-JJ-PAJ-JCJ-PAJ-PJ-
1. Eighth Generation. Ellen JAY+ Birth 23 Aug 1898 in Lenox, Mass. Death 2 Jun 1995 in New York, married Lloyd Kirkham GARRISON+ Birth 19 Nov 1897 in New York City, Death 2 Oct 1991 in New York City, They were both buried in the Jay Cemetery,. They had three children.
(obit)Lloyd Kirkham Garrison (November 19, 1897 – October 2, 1991) was an American lawyer. He was Dean of the University of Wisconsin Law School, but also served as chairman of the “first” National Labor Relations Board, chairman of the National War Labor Board, and chair of the New York City Board of Education. He was active in a number of social causes, was a highly successful attorney on Wall Street, and for a short time was a special assistant to the United States Attorney General.
Garrison was born on November 19, 1897, in New York City to Lloyd McKim and Alice (Kirkham) Garrison. His great-grandfather was William Lloyd Garrison, the famous American abolitionist, and his grandfather was Wendell Phillips Garrison, who once was literary editor of The Nation (a left-wing magazine of politics and opinion). His father died of typhoid when Garrison was a child, and he was largely raised by his grandfather, Wendell. His grandfather, who knew many Civil War-era abolitionists (Frederick Douglass was a frequent guest in the Garrison home in Roxbury, Massachusetts, and Wendell Garrison knew him personally), regaled young Lloyd with many stories about the great struggles for civil rights and liberties of the 19th century. He graduated from St. Paul’s School, a college-preparatory boarding school in New Hampshire. He attended Harvard University, but quit school in 1917 to enlist in the United States Navy after the U.S. entered World War I. He returned to Harvard in 1919, and in 1922 he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a law degree from Harvard Law School. He married Ellen Jay, a Boston socialite and direct descendant of Founding Father and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Jay, on June 22, 1921. The couple had three children: Clarinda, Ellen, and Lloyd.
Garrison remained active in his law firm until the end of his life. He died at his home in Manhattan in New York City of a heart failure on October 2, 1991. He was survived by his wife and three children.
(Obit)Ellen Jay Garrison, the widow of the Manhattan attorney Lloyd K. Garrison and a featured performer in the Woody Allen film “Zelig” at the age of 83, died on Friday at her home in Manhattan. She was 96. Mrs. Garrison was born in Boston and attended the Brearley School. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1920. In the 1950’s she served as president of Women United for the United Nations. A direct descendant of John Jay, she was a longtime trustee of the John Jay Homestead in Bedford, N.Y. Her husband was a New York lawyer and civil rights advocate who served on numerous Federal agencies and commissions in the Roosevelt and Truman Administrations and was president of the New York City Board of Education in the mid-1960’s. He died in 1991. Mrs. Garrison, who had never acted, caught the attention of the critics with her performance as Dr. Eudora Fletcher, the eccentric psychiatrist whose younger self was played by Mia Farrow. During the film, she delivers a series of monologues ruminating on her tempestuous relationship with Zelig. She was recommended for the role by a friend who knew the film’s casting director.
Ninth Generation. Children of Ellen JAY+and Lloyd Kirkham GARRISON. AJ-PJ-JJ-PAJ-JCJ-PAJ-PJ-EJG-
1. Ninth Generation Clarinda GARRISON Birth 1923 in New York married Robert Weeks FERGUSON Jr Birth 23 Feb 1921 Death 1 Nov 1993 in Duval, Florida, and Andre BOUCHARD Birth 10 Oct 1919 in New Hampshire Death 18 Feb 1994 in Islip Terrace, Suffolk, New York,
2. Ninth Generation Ellen Shaw GARRISON Birth 1926 in New York married Hamilton Fish KEAN Birth 1920 in New York. This marriage brought together the Jay Livingston and Livingston Fish branches. Hamilton Fish Kean’s grandfather was Sen. Hamilton Fish KEAN who was a US senator from New Jersey. His great grand aunt Julia Ursin KEAN married Sen HAMILTON STUYVESANT FISH . Two generations back John KEAN married Susan Livingston whose fathers brother was William Livingston, the father of Sarah Livingston Jay.
3. Ninth Generation. Lloyd McKim GARRISON Birth 1931 in New York married Sarah S Garrison Birth 1935.
2. Eighth Generation Anna Maricka JAY+Birth Jun 1900 in Staten Island, New York City, Death Aug 1982 in Manhattan, New York City, married Alexander Duer HARVEY. Birth 05 SEP 1889 in Hoboken, Hudson County, New Jersey, Death 9 JAN 1968 in Manhattan, New York City, They had two children. They were both active with the management of the Cemetery and were buried there.
Alexander Duer Harvey was the great-grandson of John Van Buren, second son of President Martin Van Buren. John Van Buren (1810-1866), a lawyer and politician, was an active participant in the campaign for the exclusion of slavery from the territories. Widely known as an eloquent speaker, he earned high regard as a lawyer, appearing in the Edwin Forrest and other important court cases. John Van Buren died at sea in 1866 on a voyage from Liverpool to New York. Martin Van Buren, an ardent Jeffersonian and 8th president of the United States, played a pivotal role in creating the Democratic Party.
Ninth Generation. children of Anna Maricka JAY+ and Alexander Duer HARVEY. AJ-PJ-JJ-PAJ-JCJ-PAJ-PJ-AMJH-
1. Ninth Generation Phoebe Duer HARVEY Birth 27 DEC 1932 in Norwalk, Connecticut, Death in Yorktown Heights, New York, married Bertrand Faugeres BELL Birth 04 Aug 1906 in New York, Death May 1977 in New York, They had three children. Married Robert FRACKMAR Birth 1930 in New York, Death in Yorktown Heights, They had one child.
2 . Ninth Generation. Dereke Jay HARVEY Birth 03 Aug 1929 in Connecticut, Death 27 Jun 1999 in Brandon, Rutland, Vermont, Unmarried.
HARVEY-Dereke Died on June 27, 1999 in Brandon, Vermont in her 70th year. Daughter of the late Nancy Jay Harvey and the late Alexander Duer Harvey. Dear sister of Phoebe Harvey Frackman of Greenwich, CT. Devoted aunt of Daphne Jay Bell, Alexandra Bell Witten, Frederick T. Bell and David A. Frackman. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
3. Eighth Generation. Nancy JAY Birth abt 1901 in New York Death ?1925? Unmarried.
4. Eighth Generation. Frances JAY+ Birth 27 Dec 1904 in Boston, Massachusetts Death 25 Jan 1980 Unmarried. Buried in th Jay Cemetery.
career with the US Navy.
5. Eighth Generation, Louise JAY+ Birth abt 1909 in Massachusetts Death 23 Oct 1980 in Fort Lauderdale, Broward, Florida, married Imre deVEGH Birth abt 1906 in Budapest, Hungary Death abt 1962. They had two children. She married in 1962 Lawrence Webster FOX+ Jr Birth 5 Jan 1895 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Death 2 Nov 1969 in Coronado, San Diego, California, She is buried with her second husband in the Jay Cemetery.
Ninth Generation. Children of Louise JAY+ and Imre deVEGH AJ-PJ-JJ-PAJ-JCJ-PAJ-PJ-LJdV-
1. Ninth Generation Pierre DeVegh Birth 1934 in New York City Living Married ELLEN MacELREE. Advisory Committee to the Jay Heritage Center.
2. Ninth Generation. Dianna DeVegh Birth 1936 Living Divorced . Children.
2. Seventh Generation MARY RUTHERFURD JAY+* Birth 16 Aug 1872 in Fair Haven, New Haven. Connecticut, Death 4 Oct 1953 in Wilton, Fairfield, Connecticut, Unmarried. She was buried in the Jay Cemetery.
(Obit)Mary Rutherfurd JAY was born 16 Aug 1872 in Fair Haven, New Haven. Connecticut, United States as the second child of Rev Peter Augustus JAY and Julia Post. She had three siblings, namely: Pierre, Laura Prime, and John. She died 04 Oct 1953 in Wilton, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States.
She lived in Rye, Westchester, She studied drawing, painting and design in Europe before deciding to became a “garden architect.” Bef. 1908. She was employed as a Pioneering female landscape architect (she referred to herself as a “garden architect”). She studied architecture at MIT and Harvard’s Bussey Institute in Forest Hills, MA. Aft. 1908. She lived in Manhattan Author: 1940 in Wrote biography of the JAY family (Also wrote several books on architectural gardening) Jay Cemetery: 1940 (Enlarged the size of the cemetery) President Jay Cemetery: 1940 (WrotE book Jay Cemetery and genealogy chart)
3. Seventh Generation Laura Prime JAY+ Birth 30 Aug 1874 in Rye, Westchester, New York, Death 21 Jun 1938 in New Canaan, Fairfield, Connecticut, married Frederick DeWitt WELLS Birth 25 Mar 1874 in Brooklyn, New York City, Death 19 Dec 1929 in New York City, New York, They had three children.
The Man in Court. By Frederick Dewitt Wells. G. P. Putnam’s Sons.
This book -will be read with interest by the public at large, for whom it is evidently intended, but it is also not without value to the practicing lawyer. It presents the subject from a new point of view. One who approaches the courts of law from the angle of the lawyer does not receive the same impression- as the litigant, the juror, the witness, or the judge. Any criticism of legal procedure which tends to widen the horizon of the parties and the public generally is a public benefit. Many of his objections to the present system are not properly directed against the courts or their procedure, but against the policy of statutes enacted by the legislature, as, for instance, in bis chapter on the night courts and the treatment of the social evil. Of course, the courts have no discretion in these cases. The judge must enforce the law as it is
Eighth Generation. Children of Laura Prime JAY+ and Frederick DeWitt WELLS. AJ-PJ-JJ-PAJ-JCJ-PAJ-LPJW-
1. Eighth Generation Mary Valette WELLS+ Birth 1905 in New York Death Jun 30, 1961 in Baltimore, Md. Unmarried. Buried in the Jay Cemetery
2. Eighth Generation. Frederic Jay WELLS+ Birth 3 Feb 1901 in New York City, New York Death 17 Feb 1972 in Lawrence Memorial Hosp., New London, Connecticut,
Married Dorothy AULT Birth 11 December 1905 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Death 1 January 1955 in Nova Scotia, Canada They had three children. Divorce. Also married Ilona Agnes (Helen) TERINS Birth 17 August 1913 in New York City, New York, Death 29 Jun 2004 in Old Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut, He was buried in the new section of the Jay Cemetery.
Naval Officer. Graduate from Annapolis. Commander of a Minesweeper during WW II YMS “Large Wooden Minesweepers” or “Motor Minesweepers” ordered April 1941, under 1940 program, about 270 tons, 136 ft long, 1-3″ ,2-20mm, 2- depth charge throwers, 2 GM diesels, 15 kts, complement about 50. classified BYMS after? WW2. Were classified AMS prior 1955. Three kinds for recognition: two little funnels, one fat funnel ( including AMS 11-) and no funnel. Many built and many transferred to other navies, some still around in civilian use as small coasters etc. Feb 1955 reclassified “Minesweepers, Coastal (old)” MSC(O)
(obit)IIONA A. “Helen” WELLS, 90, of Otter Cove, Old Saybrook, wife of the late Frederic Wells, died Tuesday, (June 29, 2004) at Gladeview Health Care Center in Old Saybrook. Born in New York, NY, on August 17, 1913, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Mary Terins. Mrs. Wells was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Essex and the Essex Garden Club. She was artistic and painted. She enjoyed gardening, traveling and playing bridge. She supported the Acton Library (Old Saybrook), John Jay Heritage Center (Rye, NY), and US State Department Arts & Sculpture collections. She is survived by her daughter, Ilona Susan Sambasivan and her husband Sundaramurthy Sambasivan of New York, NY; two step sons, F. Hume Wells and John Jay Wells and their wives; 12 step grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. She was predeceased by two brothers, a stepson, Peter J. Wells and his wife. .
Ninth Generation. Children of Frederic Jay WELLS and Dorothy AULT AJ-PJ-JJ-PAJ-JCJ-PAJ-LPJW-FJW-
1. Ninth Generation Frederic Hume WELLS Birth 29 November 1926 in New York City, New York. Death 09/28/2008 Lived in Nova Scotia. Married with children.
2. Ninth Generation. John Jay WELLS+ Birth 1928 in Canada. Lived in Alberta Canada. Married with children.
3. Ninth Generation. Peter Augustus Jay WELLS Birth 30 May 1935 in New York Death 17 February 1967 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Married Mary Ann FINNEY Birth 5 November 1933 in Baltimore, Maryland, Death 18 March 1986 in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. They had SEVEN children. He died at age 31. All the children live in Canada.
I just stumbled across this thread; I am excited as this is a family branch that we know little about. My grandmother Ault (Dorothy) died Jan. 1, 1955, before I was born (also predeceasing all seven of my other siblings). To correct Michelle’s post, Dorothy married my grandfather, Frederic Jay Wells on Oct. 3, 1925 in Ontario and they went on to have three sons before divorcing: Frederic Hume (1926-2008), John Jay (1926- ) and my father, Peter Augustus Jay (1935-1967). Dorothy Ault Wells died Jan. 1, 1955. The Wells family resided in the USA (NY, MI and CT), where my grandfather was a naval officer. Each of these sons had families of their own and have expanded another two generations on top of that! Interestingly, all three Wells/Ault sons settled permanently in Canada (ours & Hume’s family in Nova Scotia, while John still resides in Alberta). .
3. Eighth Generation. Oliver Dimock WELLS+ Birth 6 Apr 1902 in New York City, New York, Death 7 Nov 1974 in New York City, New York, married Anne Lawrence WISNER. He was buried in the Jay Cemetery. They had three children.
Miss Wisner, who attended the Brearley School in Manhattan and Miss Porter’s School to Farming- ton, Conn., made her debut the season of 1938-39 at a tea-dance at the St. Regis Roof. She attended the Junior Assemblies and is a member of the New York Junior League. She is the granddaughter of Mrs; John Burling Lawrence and a direct descendant of Henry Wisner, who was a member of both the first and second Continental Congresses. •Mr. Wells attended Groton School and Cambridge in England. He is associated with the firm of Good- body & Co. He is a direct descendant of John Jay, first Chief Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court.
Ninth Generation. Children of Oliver Dimock WELLS+ and Anne Lawrence WISNER
1. Ninth Generation. Christopher Jay WELLS Birth Death Marriage
2. Ninth Generation. Oliver VanCortlandt WELLS Birth. Death. Marriage
3. Ninth Generation. Valerie Bayard WELLS. Birth. Death. Marriage
4. Seventh Generation. John JAY+ Birth 19 Nov 1875 in Rye, Westchester, New York, Death 28 Jul 1928 in Hyannis, Barnstable, Massachusetts, married Louise Tormey KILCLINE Birth 11 Oct 1898 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, Death 20 Jun 1967 in Fairfield, Connecticut, He worked as a stock broker. He was active as trustee of the Jay Cemetery. They are both buried there. No children.
JOHN CLARKSON JAY, II
4. Sixth Generation. John Clarkson JAY+ II MD Birth 20 Oct 1844 in Rye, Westchester, New York. Death 7 Nov 1923 in New York City, New York, married Harriette Arnold VINTON+ Birth 3 Oct 1849 in Brooklyn, Kings, New York, Death 8 May 1914 in Worcester, Massachusetts, He was a trustee of the Jay Cemetery. They had three children. Both were buried in the Jay Cemetery.
(obit)Educated at Lewis J. Dudley’s School, Northampton, MA; Charlier Institute, New York City; Grammar School of Columbia College, New York City; Columbia College (now University), New York City. During the Civil War served as a Pvt., Co. F., 71st Regt., New York State Militia (National Guard). Enlisted on 27 May and mustered out on 2 Sep 1862. Graduation 1863 M.D., Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons.1864 -1865 Served as acting Asst. Surgeon, US Army, in Armory Square Hosp., Washington, DC, and in Sedgwick General Hosp., Greenville, LA. 1865 -1866 Employed in the hospital on Randall’s Isl. and in Marion Street Lying-in-Asylum. 1867 -1869 — Spent two years studying medicine at the universities of Prague and Vienna. 1869 -1898 —Returned to the New York and entered private practice. Also served as attending physician to NY Hosp., Outpatient Dept.; the NY Dispensary; and the Northwestern Dispensary. Specialist in diseases of children. Marriage to Harriette Arnold VINTON+ 1872 12 Dec — Age: 28
Summer Residence. 1890 to 1904 — Rye, Westchester, New York Spent summers in the house built by his grandfather. Sale of PAJ House in Rye 1905 Family decision of the children of JCJ I to sell the house. House sold to VanOrden Trustee, The JAY Cemetery 1906 — Original trustee of the incorporation set up after the sale of the house. Other two trustees were Banyaer Clarkson and John Jay. He acted as treasurer. Death 1923 7 Nov — Age: 79 Burial The Jay Cemetery, Rye Plot G3 He was a supporter of Abolition, though he did not belong to the “radical” Garrisonian group of Abolitionists.He was one of the founders of the New York Free Dispensary for Children.
Seventh Generation Children of John Clarkson JAY+ II MD and Harriette Arnold VINTON+. AJ-PJ-JJ-PAJ-JCJ-PAJ-
1. Seventh Generation. Maria Arnold JAY+ Birth 18 Sep 1873 in New York City,
Death 2 Jan 1878 in New York City at age 5. Buried in the Jay Cemetery.
“Maria Arnold Jay, daughter of John C. Jay Jr. born in New York Sept. 18, 1873. Baptized in Trinity Chapel by Rev. Peter A. Jay. ”
2. Seventh Generation. Edith Van Cortland JAY+ Birth 2 Jun 1875 in New York City, New York, Death 13 Apr 1947 married Benjamin Haywood ADAMS+ Birth 22 Oct 1868 in Pottsville, Schuykill, Pennsylvania Death 21 Jul 1931 . Both were buried in the Jay Cemetery.
2. Seventh Generation. Edith Van Cortland JAY+ Birth 2 Jun 1875 in New York City, New York, Death 13 Apr 1947 married Benjamin Haywood ADAMS+ Birth 22 Oct 1868 in Pottsville, Schuykill, Pennsylvania Death 21 Jul 1931 . Both were buried in the Jay Cemetery.
Birth 1875, 2 Jun New York City, New York, Her family’s primary residence was in New York. Also Known As Edie Jay. Her family spent their summerS IN POMFRET, CT on the Gladwyn Estate, known simply as AT Gladwyn, since FROM about 1890 TO 1912, WHEN SHE BOUGHT A HOUSE ON POMFRET STREET, KNOWN BY 1896 AS “THE ACORNS.” SHE SOLD IT IN 1932, TO THE BIGELOW FAMILY, FOUNDERS OF THE RECTORY SCHOOL. IT REMAINS THE RECTORY HEADMASTER’S HOUSE, “BRITTAIN HOUSE.” Edith was residing [SUMMERS] there [POMFRET, NOT GLADWYN] in 1927. Marriage to Benjamin Haywood Adams+ 1920 16 Oct — Age: 45 New York City, 1930 — Age: 55
Trustee, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
Death 1947 13 Apr — Age: 71. Burial The Jay Cemetery, Rye Plot G6
HEr husband died of drowning in the Connecticut River in 1931
3. Seventh Generation. John Clarkson JAY+* III Birth 20 Jan 1880 in New York Death 22 Jan 1941 in New York, married Marguerite Montgomery SOLELIAC Birth 21 Jul 1877 in Paterson, Passaic, New Jersey, Death 28 Jun 1937 in New York, They were both buried in the Jay Cemetery. They had four children.
He was a Trustee of the JAY Cemetery 1924 -1940 with Delancy Kane Jay and Pierre Jay. (second group of trustees)
Eighth Generation. Children of John Clarkson JAY+* III and Marguerite Montgomery SOLELIAC. AJ-PJ-JJ-PAJ-JCJ-JCJII-JCJIII-
1. Eighth Generation, Sarah Livingston JAY+ Birth 13 Mar 1904 in New York Death 4 April 1997 in Madison, New Haven, Connecticut married Arthur Middleton Reeves HUGHES+ Birth 1904 in Pennsylvania Death 1980 . Both buried in the Jay cemetery. They had four children.
(obit)Sarah Livingston Jay Hughes, 93, of Madison, widow of Arthur M. R. Hughes, died Friday (April 4, 1997). The great, great, great-granddaughter of John Jay, first chief justice of the Supreme Court was born in New York City to John Clarkson and Marguerite Soleliac Jay. In 1926, she married Arthur Middleton Reeves Hughes, the son of the rector of Trinity Church in Newport, RI. A resident of New Canaan for many years while her husband commuted to the Marine Midland Trust Company in New York City, she appeared on the stage of the Blue Hill Troop singing Gilbert and Sullivan. In 1950, when Arthur became president of the Marine Midland Bank, she moved to Rochester, NY. She was active in the Landmark Society, National Society of Colonial Dames, the Garden Club of Rochester and many other service activities. In 1967, she and Arthur retired to Essex, where she maintained a gorgeous garden. For the past year and a half, she has been a resident of the Watrous Nursing Center, Madison. She is survived by her four children, Arthur Hughes of Arlington, VA, Sally Carr of Guilford, Paul Hughes of Bloomfield and Emily Page of Medford, MA, 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Jay House. IT was not supposed to be a family reunion, but on Monday night seven descendents of John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the United States, rallied at Rye City Hall. ”It was the crisis of the old Jay House that brought us all together,” said Dr. John Dubois, a great-great-great-grandson of the Chief Justice. Dr. Dubois had to come only from Briarcliff Manor, but one of his cousins, many times removed, Sarah Jay Hughes, came from Old Lyme, Conn.; Mrs. Hughes’s daughter, Sarah Hughes Carr, came in from Guilford, Conn., and her son, Paul Montgomery Hughes, from Bloomfield, Conn. Their cousin Ada Hastings arrived from West Hartford and Pierre Jay DeVegh traveled from Manhattan. All are descendants of John Jay’s son Peter. Guy Paschal, a descendant of John Jay’s other son, William, traveled from nearby Purchase. The house, which was built in 1838, is being threatened with demolition. It was erected on the site of John Jay’s boyhood home, which had been built in 1740 by the Chief Justice’s father. The property was owned by the Jay family until 1904, and the family cemetery is there. The property was bought by Edgar Palmer and owned by him and his daughter, Zilph Palmer Devereux, until 1967, when it was given to the Methodist Church, which sold it to a developer, Diane Millstein, in 1983. Mrs. Millstein had suggested several ways of developing the property, including an office complex or town houses, some involving use of the old mansion. Meanwhile, the mansion has been deteriorating, and last year Mrs. Millstein asked the Rye Board of Architectural Review for permission to tear it down. The request was rejected and on Monday night she appealed that decision to the City Council, saying she could not develop the property economically if she had to maintain the century-and-a-half old building. Relatives, all either great-great-great grandchildren or great-great-great-great grandchildren who knew each other but not very well, had gathered three weeks before the meeting to talk about saving the house. Mrs. Hughes, the matriarch of the group, said she had visited the house many times, ”and we all have possessions that came from it.” But the family generally has paid more attention to the John Jay homestead in Bedford, now a restoration open to visitors, which was built by John Jay himself and was his retirement home, she said. Mr. DeVegh said the family members have agreed to form a coalition with the other groups interested in the house – the Friends of the Marshlands, the Westchester Preservation League and the Rye Landmarks Commission – and try to restore it and find a nonprofit use for it. The City Council did not rule Monday on the developer’s request, and the Jay descendants said they were hopeful that the decision would be in their favor. ”I would cry bitterly if anything happened to it,” Mrs. Hughes said, ”but I don’t think it will.” (Rye Chronicle)
Ninth Generation. Children of Sarah Livingston JAY+ and Arthur Middleton Reeves HUGHES+. AJ-PJ-JJ-PAJ-JCJ-JCJII-JCJIII-SLJH
1. Ninth Generation. Arthur Middleton HUGHES, Jr. Birth 9 Mar 1928 in Pennsylvania married Helena ERRAZURUZ Birth abt 1930. married Nancy WEDGE Birth abt1930.
Wrote several text books and taught data based marketing principles
Hughes, Arthur Middleton. Strategic Database Marketing: The Masterplan for Starting and Managing a Profitable, Customer-based Marketing Program. 3rd ed. McGraw-Hill, 2005.
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2. Ninth Generation. Sarah Jay HUGHES Birth 1930 in New York married Richard Stewart CARR Jr. Birth 1927. She wrote several books, one on the Jay Family.
3. Ninth Generation. Emily Livingston HUGHES. Birth 1942 married John F PAGE Birth abt 1940
4. Ninth Generation. Paul Montgomery HUGHES. Birth 1942 married Diana PARKS Birth abt 1940.
2. Eighth Generation Marguerite Montgomery JAY Birth 5 May 1907 in New York, Death 26 Dec 1934 in New York, New York, married Rev. William Dudley Foulke HUGHES. 28 Apr 1898 in Richmond, Indiana Death 14 Jan 1964 in Newport, Rhode Island. They had three children.
(obit)The Rev. William Dudley Foulke Hughes, rector of St. Columba’s Protestant Episcopal Church in Middletown, died today in Newport Hospital. His age was 65. Mr. Hughes was born in Richmond, Ind. As an ambulance driver with the French Army in World War I, he won the Croix de Guerre for evacuating wounded men under heavy shell fire at the Battle of Verdun. He received A.B. degrees from Princeton University in 1919 and from Oxford University in 1922, a B. Litt. from Oxford in 1923 and an A.M. there in 1926. Mr. Hughes was ordained a deacon of his church in 1923 and a priest the next year. Subsequently he was a master at the Salisbury (Conn.) School, precentor (priest in charge of the music) at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York and headmaster of its choir school, rector of Grace Church, Hastings-on-Hudson, N. Y., and dean of St. Luke’s Cathedral, Portland, Me. He had been rector of S. Columba’s since 1956.
Mr. Hughes first wife, the former Miss Marguerite Montgomery Jay, a descendant of John Jay, first Chief Justice of the United States, died in 1934. In 1941 he married Mrs. Frances Lindon Smith Otis, widow of Raymond Otis. Surviving besides his widow are two sons by his first marriage, John J. and Dudley Hughes; a daughter by his first marriage, Mrs. Jane Gignoux; a daughter by his second, Miss Linden Hughes; three brothers and six grandchildren.
Ninth Generation. Children of Marguerite Montgomery JAY and Rev. William Dudley Foulke HUGHES.
1. Ninth Generation. Rev John Jay HUGHES. Birth 15 May 1929 in New York Death 6 July 2003 . Unmarried. Converted from an Anglican priest to a Catholic priest.
John Jay Hughes is a retired priest of the St. Louis archdiocese and a Church historian.
Though I am occasionally asked why I am a priest, most often the question is: “Why did you become a Catholic?” Forty-seven years after being received into the Catholic Church, I am still asked that, most often by lifelong Catholics. I can see the eager hope in their eyes. They are looking for confirmation from a one-time outsider that “Catholic is best.” How difficult it is to disappoint them.
For the truth is that there was little in the pre–Vatican II Church that was attractive to me, an Anglican for 32 years, the last six of them a happy priest in the American Episcopal Church. Nor was I ever disillusioned with Anglicanism. Had that been the case, my decision about the Catholic Church at Easter 1960 would have been far easier. >From the time I was old enough to think about such things, I realized that Anglicanism was a theological house of cards. But it was my house. It was where the Lord had put me. Moreover, at ordination I had made promises of obedience and fidelity no less solemn than those made by Catholic priests. Could it be right to break those promises? The least that could be said was that I must not leave the place the Lord had assigned me without truly compelling reasons. Anglicanism took me, as it had taken my father and grandfather before me, from the font to the altar. I loved it. I remain grateful to it. I am deeply saddened by its present disarray. Was Newman right in his view that, at bottom, Anglicanism is simply another version of Protestantism?.
Added to the theological perplexities were personal difficulties: dislike of the triumphalist Church of Pius XII, and the desire not to wound my beloved priest-father, widowed by the death of my mother when I was only six years old. His life and priestly ministry had kindled my desire to follow in his footsteps. Philo- and not anti-Catholic, on the subject of Anglican priests who “perverted to Rome” (his term), he was unyielding. Were I to take this step, he told me, I would no longer be welcome in the family home. In the event, I never saw him again. We shall meet again in heaven, where mutual hurt will be replaced by unending joy
Leaving the Episcopal Church was the hardest thing I have ever done. Only years later was I able to affirm, as I now do without hesitation, that entering the Catholic Church is the best thing I have ever done.
2. Ninth Generation. Jane HUGHES Birth abt 1931 in New York married Regis GIGNOUX. Birth abt 1930. Death 21 Jan 2005 in Bedford, Westchester, New York,
They were Divorced in 1979
3. Ninth Generation. Dudley HUGHES Birth abt 1933 in New Yorke
3. Eighth Generation. Alice JAY+ Birth 5 Nov 1908 in Pelham, Westchester, New York, Death 13 Mar 1951 in Mount Kisco, New York, married V. Wilshire HARCOURT. Birth 21 May 1905 in Ohio Death 18 Nov 1981 in Collier, Florida, Marriage ended in divorce. Married Gerald Houghton Taber Birth 31 May 1905 in Paris, France Death 2 Jul 1982 in Palm Beach, Florida. She had three children with her first marriage.
Ninth Generation. Children of Alice JAY+ and V. Wilshire HARCOURT AJ-PJ-JJ-PAJ-JCJ-JCJII-JCJIII-AJH-
1. NInth Generation Ada HARCOURT. Birth 22 Oct 1932 in Ohio Living married George Cassidy HASTINGS Birth 1928 in Vermont Death married George B Raymond At age 61. Birth abt 1934. Living.
She Inherited from her mother a portrait of Alice JAY, her great aunt, by Daniel Huntington. This was donated to the Jay Heritage Center in 2012.
2. Ninth Generation. Marguerite Jay HARCOURT Birth abt 1937 in New York Married Frederick Philip Braun Jr
3. Ninth Generation. Wendy HARCOURT Birth 1942 in New York
4. Eighth Generation John Clarkson JAY+* IV Birth abt 1916 in New York Death Dec 7, 2000 in San Diego, California married Lois GOODNOV Birth 13 Sep 1916 Death 25 Aug 1997 in Williamstown, Berkshire, Massachusetts. They were divorced. He married Mary M O’HARE Birth abt 1928 Living. He had two children with his first wife. He was buried in the Jay Cemetery.
John Jay, the inventor of the ski film in its modern form, has been sharing his unique humor and style in travel-adventure ski films, books, and magazine articles for over sixty years. Jay is recognized world-wide as a legendary ski-film maker who inspired many to try and to enjoy the passion of skiing. Jay began his ski adoration in the winters of 1933 and 1934 while studying at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire. In 1935, then a freshman at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, Jay spent weekends at the first U.S. rope tow at Woodstock, Vermont. Jay’s first ski film began here with the family camera and some entertaining shots of his winter skiing adventures. Jay projected his first footage for friends in his family home, narrating live over the console Victrola. During his undergraduate winters, Jay filmed numerous local events to include the Williams Winter Carnival, the Dartmouth Winter Carnival, the second Inferno Race down the Headwall of Tuckerman’s Ravine, and the Madison Square Garden’s Winter Sports Show. Time, Inc. hired Jay to write commentary for the prestigious March of Time. But Jay soon grew tired of the job that left him little time for skiing, so he applied and won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford College in England. With nine months to spare before he was to arrive to Oxford, Jay was asked to produce a film on the Canadian Rocky Mountain powder skiing. The result was Skis over Skoki, the first American film of its kind capturing skiers gliding through powdered wilderness Jay then set out to immortalize South America’s only ski resort, Farallones, located up the Andes outside of Santiago. By the time of his return to the States, World War II was on and the Oxford College Rhodes scholarship was postponed. So he put together his epic, Ski the Americas, North and South. The film packed in over 50,000 viewers during its tour and enlightened many to the thrills of traveling the world to ski. In January, 1942, Jay received his orders to report to 1st Battalion, 87th Regiment at Fort Lewis as the Second Lieutenant to the ski troops. Jay led an eight-man detachment of the 1st Battalion on the first winter ascent of Mount Rainier and won a commendation for his troops’ success. That year, now Captain Jay married Lois Goodnow, published Day in the Life of a Ski Trooper in the Boston Globe, and began what became known as the 10th Mountain Division. Jay soon began putting together his second film, Ski Patrol, finishing it in the fall of 1943. The film drew 75,000 viewers and helped produce a wealth of recruits. As the war came to an end in 1945, Jay with Lois produced the postwar lecture film Hickory Holiday. Memorably, at the end of an 18,000 mile tour, the film was shown to 3,800 applauding members of the National Geographic Society in Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. Jay went on to make a film a year for an exciting 25 years. Equally successful was Jay’s 1947 guide book and travel epic, Skiing the Americas, North and South. Over 20,000 copies of the book have been sold. Holiday on Skis was completed by Jay in 1956, and Los Angeles film critics applauded the witty results. Jay’s 1958 Ski to Adventure showed Japanese skiers on the slopes colliding and bumbling into each other as Jay commentated over the scene as if it where the play by play of a football game. His coverage of the 1960 Olympics at Squaw Valley required the help of San Francisco film maker Marvin Becker and a 24-man crew. The much praised result was a one hour long jam-packed action sequence called Olympic Holiday. Jay’s popularity soared as he appeared in hundreds of cities presenting to millions of enthralled viewers. ABC network television picked up Jay’s Olympic footage for presentation during the previews to the Innsbruck Games. Jay went on to produce 1965’s Persian Powder, 1966’s An Evening with John Jay, sold two of his past films to Westinghouse’s Four Winds to Adventure, and pushed his second book Ski Down the Years. Ski Down the Years broke records, selling 40,000 copies, more than any other ski book. In 1968 Head for the Hills presented footage of Japan, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Mauna Kea, Hawaii. In 1970, Jay’s World of Skiing captured shots of French Olympian Guy Perillat skiing at La Clusaz. Jay had the honor to receive the Lifetime “Jerry,” the Crested Butte International Ski Film Festival Ski Film Maker Legend Award, in January of 1996. In 1997 Jay received his greatest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Ski History Association. Recognizing him for his outstanding record at preserving the history of skiing, the association introduced Jay as a “towering figure in the history of skiing who effectively communicates, records, and popularizes his love of the skiing life to countless thousands with his ski films.” Since 1939 Jay shared his talent and humor as a historian, capturing so cleverly the golden years of American alpine skiing. We are fortunate to have had such an adventurer as John Jay in our midst and such a picturesque record of skiing past. John, born December 11, 1915, died December 7, 2000 just four days from celebrating his 85th birthday.
Ninth Generation. Children of John Clarkson JAY+* IV and Lois GOODNOV. AJ-PJ-JJ-PAJ-JCJ-JCJII-JCJIII-JCJIV-
1. Ninth Generation. John Clarkson JAY, V. Birth 1944 in Massachusettes Living
Married to Emily W Jay. They have three sons and six grandchildren. Live in Manchester, Ma. They are both members of the JHC advisory board.
5. Sixth Generation Alice JAY+ Birth 1846 in New York, Death 19 Jun 1921 . Unmarried. She was buried in the Jay Cemetery.
Suzanne Clarey in Jay Heritage News Letter
The young subject of the painting, Alice Jay, along with her parents and siblings, lived both in New York and at the Rye estate during the mid and late 19th century. Windows into Alice’s life and times, particularly during the Civil War, are well documented in family letters and diaries. Alice’s father, Dr. John Clarkson Jay, was John Jay’s grandson and a vocal opponent of slavery like his grandfather and father before him. Through the local Episcopal church where he served on the vestry, he was instrumental in spearheading efforts in Rye to recruit volunteers for the Union efforts during the Civil War, a campaign which drew enlistments from Alice’s two older brothers, Peter, who became Captain of a local militia, and John, who served as an assistant surgeon. Alice’s sister kept a diary in which she wrote proudly in 1862, “Rye is called the banner town of the county for she has raised more men by volunteering than any of the other towns.” The artist of the painting, New Yorker Daniel Huntington (1816 – 1906), trained with Jay family friends and esteemed colleagues like John Trumbull (who accompanied Jay as his secretary to Europe during treaty negotiations but also achieved renown as a painter, most notably for his grand scale Declaration of Independence now at the Capitol Rotunda) and Samuel F. B. Morse (whose successful career as an artist preceded his renown as an inventor and earned him the nickname of “America’s Da Vinci.”) Under the tutelage of men like these, Huntington rose to prominence both during and after the Civil War. He was a member of the National Academy of Design for most of his life and acted as its President for 22 years; he was also Vice-President of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for 33 years and helped that institution expand and grow in stature.
6. Sixth Generation. Sarah JAY+ Birth 1848 in New York, United States Death 1883
Died at age 34. She was Unmarried.