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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.[1] 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.


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 WURTSwas 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.


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”[1]. 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


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.[1] 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).[1] His father died of typhoid when Garrison was a child, and he was largely raised by his grandfather, Wendell.[2] 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.[2] He graduated from St. Paul’s School, a college-preparatory boarding school in New Hampshire.[1] He attended Harvard University, but quit school in 1917 to enlist in the United States Navy after the U.S. entered World War I.[3] 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.[3] He married Ellen Jay, a Boston socialite and direct descendant of Founding Father and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Jay, on June 22, 1921.[4][5] The couple had three children: Clarinda, Ellen, and Lloyd.[4]
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.[6] He was survived by his wife and three children.[6]

(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.


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.
For more than a decade, Strategic DatabaseMarketing has been a popular and authoritativehow-to on database marketing, referred to everyday by marketing practitioners around the world.Featuring dozens of innovative, workable strategies,it has shown marketers how to profitablymanage customer relationships, retain loyalty,increase the incremental profits from each customerin the database, and more.

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.

The Jay Cemetery: History of Trustees

History of The Jay Cemetery

The Jay Cemetery was established by John Jay in 1805. Before this family members, which included his wife Sarah Livingston Jay, were buried in a family vault, situated in the Orchard of Peter Stuyvesant, next to St Marks in the Bowerie on 10th St. and Second Ave. Several changes were happening in New York at this time. The new grid system organizing the City into Avenues and Streets meant the Orchard Burial site was to become 10th St. There was a need to remove the family vaults and this was obviously a reason the Jay Vault was moved to Rye in 1807. The decision to place the Cemetery in the East Meadow had been made in 1805, when the youngest son of John Jay’s daughter Maria died and was the first to be buried on the Rye Estate.
Why did the orchard of Peter Stuyvesant in the Bowery become the site for the family vault? I believe it goes back to the wife of Augustus Jay, the first Jay to settle in this country, Anna Maria Bayard. Her paternal grandmother was Anna Stuyvesant Bayard, the sister of Peter Stuyvesant, who had come to New Amsterdam as a widow with her four children to help her brother. She was buried with her brother in what now is St Marks on the Bowerie at 11th St. Burial of Augustus and Anna Maria was probably the start of the Jay Family vault
In 1815 John Jay, on inheriting the Rye property, set aside as a family cemetery the lot where the burials had occurred and named his eldest son Peter Augustus Jay and nephew Peter Jay Munro as Trustees. He stated that any descendant of his father Peter Jay was eligible for burial. (Also husbands, wives, and widows of such descendants)
Peter Jay Munro  died in 1833 and Peter Augustus Jay died in 1843. From 1843 to 1891 John Clarkson Jay became the owner of the property and, in trust, of the Cemetery as well. It was managed by him during this period. At the time of his death the property was inherited by his heirs and his son also John Clarkson Jay was involved with its upkeep. When the property was sold in 1905 it was necessary to formalize ownership of the Cemetery and a right of way from the Post Road to it. In 1906, The Jay Cemetery, incorporated under the laws of New York State, was started which was to be held and maintained by three trustees. The trustees designated were:

John Clarkson Jay II, the son of John Clarkson Jay to continue as President until his retirement  in 1920.

Banyer Clarkson, the son of Susan Matilda Jay who married Matthew Clarkson until his retirement in 1928.

John Jay, the youngest son of Rev Peter Augustus Jay who served until his death in 1928.

They all were involved with the incorporation, early financial planning and maintenance of the Cemetery.
At the time of their retirements new trustees were needed.
John Clarkson Jay III was named trustee in 1920 to replace his father. He served as Treasurer and was involved with increasing the endowment of the Cemetery until 1935.

DeLancey Kane Jay, the son of Augustus Jay replaced Banyer Clarkson in 1928. He served as secretary and was interested in the upkeep of the Cemetery. He also served until 1935.

Pierre Jay was named trustee after the death of his younger brother John Jay also in 1928. He served as treasurer after 1935 and continued as Trustee until 1945.

In 1935 new Trustees to replace John Clarkson Jay III and DeLancey Kane Jay were needed. John Clarkson Jay’s son also John Clarkson Jay IV replaced his father on the Board. The oldest son of Delancy Kane Jay was Peter Jay who became the third Trustee.
In 1938 World War II was brewing and both JCJ and PAJ were called to serve. In response to this in the early 1940’s it was decided to enlarge the number of Vice Presidents and appoint officers who were not Trustees. Also at this time it seemed necessary to enlarge the size of the Cemetery.
Pierre Jay would continue as Trustee until 1945.. His  sister Mary Rutherfurd  Jay had assumed a much more active role with the cemetery.  Starting in 1936, she prepared a genealogy table of the descendants of Peter Jay. One of these is on permanent exhibit in the Jay Heritage Center. Mary Rutherfurd  was appointed President about 1938 and became a trustee on the retirement of her brother in 1945. (Appointed Vice President was Sarah Jay Hughes and Elizabeth Jay Etnier, who served as interim Trustees during the War.)
Mary Rutherfurd  as president, took on three tasks. The first was to develop a genealogy of the family to include all related to John Jay’s father Peter Jay. This she completed in 1936. The second was to purchase property from the owners of the property, Mr and Mrs Walter Devereau, to enlarge the cemetery to its maximum of 2.85 acres. This took over two years to do, but in 1946 the purchase with approvals was completed. The third was to write and publish a book for the family on The Jay Cemetery. This was done in 1947.
She was also involved with her brother Pierre in increasing the endowment of the cemetery and raising funds for its enlargement. In 1947 the value of the Cemetery endowment fund was about $55,000. This was managed by the firm Pierre Jay had started now Fiduciary Trust.
By 1948 several other Vice Presidents had been appointed which included Dr Robert Ogden Du Bois, Elizabeth Jay Etnier, Alexander Duer Harvey, Rev William Dudley Hughes, Mrs Peter Augustus Jay, Seth Low Pierrepont, John Jay Ide, and Chauncey Devereux Stillman. Alexander Jay Bruen was appointed Treasurer and his sister Evelyn Bruen Trevor was made secretary.
In 1948, a new cemetery trustee and new officers were needed. Pierre Jay died in 1949 and Mary Rutherfurd  Jay wished to retire. At this time the two trustees were John Clarkson Jay IV and Peter Jay who had returned from the War. Alexander Jay Bruen who was serving as treasurer was appointed Trustee and he continued as treasurer of the Cemetery. Other officers were appointed. My Uncle, Dr. Robert Ogden Du Bois took over Mary Rutherfurds  role as president. He served as President until 1970, when I, his nephew was appointed. Evelyn Bruen Trevor became secretary. It was in her house, 15 East 90th Street, that all the annual meetings were held while she was secretary.
Under Alexander Jay Bruen guidance the legal framework of the Cemetery was strengthened and family sections for burial were defined. Increase in the Cemetery endowment came with his guidance. The Cemetery continued to use Fiduciary Trust for its investments.
The trustees at this time (1980) were:
Peter A Jay

John Clarkson Jay

Alexander Jay Bruen, Treasurer.

John Jay Du Bois, President

Evelyn Bruen Trevor, Secretary

With the retirement of the three trustees about 1980 a fourth group of trustees was needed.

John Jay Du Bois who became President when his Uncle retired in 1970 was appointed a Trustee.

Nicholas Jay Bruen was appointed Trustee and Treasurer to replace his Uncle.

Sybil Jay Baldwin was appointed Trustee and Secretary when her uncle Peter Jay retired.

Several Vice Presidents were also appointed that included Peter Jay, Charles Doane, Anne Patten Miliken, Edward Livingston Bruen,
This again was a period of property change. In 1965, the house and property owned by the Mr and Mrs Devereux since 1910 was to be sold. Very careful division of the land was planed by them. The bottom acreage was to be given to the County of Westchester to use for a Park. A side portion was to be sold in lots for housing to give tax revenue to the City of Rye. The Peter Augustus Jay House and surrounding property were to be given to the Methodist Church.
The upper portion of land including the Greek Revival house built by Peter Augustus Jay that had been given to the Methodist Church was found to be impossible for them to maintain. This was put on the market and in 1983 was bought for Real Estate development. This started a long process spear headed by “The Jay Coalition”. The Jay Cemetery supported the effort to restore the PAJ house and preserve the property around it. President John Jay Du Bois and his wife Sharon were active with others in the Jay Coalition. This was successful but was not finalized until 1990. At this time the house has been restored and is being successfully run as the Jay Heritage Center.
In 1990 there was another need for a change in Trustees. John Jay Du Bois retired as President and became a trustee ex officio. Nicholas Jay Bruen who had served as Trustee and with Fiduciary Trust had managed the Cemetery endowment retired with health issues. Sybil Jay Baldwin also retired as Secretary.
New Trustees were needed.

Dr Theodora Budnick was named President,

Houston Huffman, Treasurer

Peter A Jay.
Vice Presidents include Charles Doane, Susan Lodge, John Trevor IV, Sandy Trevor and Tielman Van Vieck.

This group continud to manage the Cemeter from 1990 to 2017.  During this time the maintainance of the cemetery was of primary importance.  The endowment fund under Huston Huffman watch continued to grow. Cleaning of the stones and need for stone maintainance became an issue. The stone of John Jay and the flat stone marking the family burial plot from New York were cleaned. In 2016 it was decided to increase the number of Trustees from 3 to 5.  Huston Huffman wished to resign as a trustee but agreed to stay as treasurer. Joining Dr Theodora Budnick and Peter Jay as trustee were Peter Doane, Charlie Doane and Susan Lodge.  Sarah Huffman who had acted as secretary wished to resign and Charlie Doane was appointed secretary.

In 2017 Dr Theodora Budnick retired as President. and a new group of trustees was appointed. She was replaced by Peter Doane as President. Also wishing to retire as trustees was Peter Jay and Susan Lodge. They were replaced by their children.


Peter Doane, President

Charlie Doane, Secretary

Sarah Jay

Vice Presidents

Houston Huffman, Treasurer

Alexander Trevor

John B Trevor IV

Tielman Van Vleck

Dr Theodora Budnick

Susan Lodge


John Jay Du Bois




The JAY CEMETERY: The FAMILY PLOT: The Jay Vault at St Mark’s in the Bowerie

JAY-STUYVESANT Relationships.

The Jay who first came to what was to become the United States was AUGUSTE in 1687. As a young man he had returned from an Asian tour on one of his fathers boats just after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes into the port of La Rochelle. His family had been forced to flee. He was saved by a half Huguenot/half Catholic Aunt and smuggled aboard a vessel bound for Charleston, South Carolina. He moved to New Amsterdam, settled as a trader and married ANNA MARIKA BAYARD in 1697.

Anna BAYARD’s paternal grandmother was ANNA STUYVESANT BAYARD, the sister of the early Mayor of New Amsterdam, PETER (Petrus) STUYVESANT. He had married Anna’s husband’s sister JUDITH BAYARD. Samuel BAYARD had died in Holland in 1646 and the next year Anna with her four children sailed to New Amsterdam to join her brother Peter. There was a strong connection between the BAYARD and  STUYVESANT family. Peter Stuyvesant had purchased for himself the area now called the Bowerie. His home and chapel where at third ave and 10th st. This family connection may be why a burial vault in the Stuyvesant Orchard at St Marks in the Bowerie became the resting place for JAY family members.

Anna Stuyvesant remarried but outlived her second husband. She died in 1683, ten years after her brother Peter. He had been buried in a vault under his family chapel in the Bowerie. This was to become the site of St Mark’s in the Bowerie church. She was buried in this vault. Her son Balthazar who died in 1705, was probably buried in the Stuyvesant vault but this is not documented. 

I am not sure when the decision to build the Jay Family vault in the garden near the chapel was made. Anna Stuyvesant BAYARD brought four children to New Amsterdam. Balthazar, Nicholas, Petrus, and Catherine. The  Question if this wtheoldest, Balthazar married in 1664, Marietje Lookermans. It was their daughter ANNA MARIE BAYARD who married AUGUSTE JAY in 1697. Anna Marie died in 1726 and was interred in a Vault in the Stuyvesant Orchard in the Bowerie. Her husband Auguste died in 1751 and was also buried in the “family” vault. I believe they were the first “JAYs” to be interred in the Stuyvesant garden. I am not sure what happened between 1750 and 1780. I have no record of burials.

During the Revolution, New York was occupied by English troops and no burials took place. PETER JAY, the only son of Auguste Jay and father of JOHN JAY, died in Pougkeepsie during this time and was buried in a vault owned by Gysbert Schenck near Fishkill with his wife MARY Van COURTLAND who had died a year before. The entire family had been forced to leave Rye during the revolution and stayed first in Fishkill and then in Poughkeepsie. 

After the Revolution the remaining  family moved back to the Rye house. In 1795 Jay became Governor of New York and moved in his second term to the new state Capitol in Albany. He retired from that post at the end of his second term to live in Bedford in 1801.

A Jay Family vault in the Stuyvesant garden was used during the period of 1780 and 1806. Children or wives of children of Peter and Mary were interred. In 1791 daughter Anna Marika Jay was buried. She with “blind” Peter were the two children blinded by small pox in their youth. In 1799 their youngest son Frederick Jay died. He was interred along with his first wife, Polly Barclay, who had died in 1791. Frederick had been involved in the care of the family during the period they had left Rye.  In 1801 Augustus Jay died. He was the son with a learning disability. Finally Sarah Livingston Jay, John Jay’s wife, died in 1802 and was interred in the family vault.

There were probable interments of children who died. This would include Jacobus (1731-1731) Frederick (1744-1744) and Mary (1749-1752). Also son Sir James Jay had a son Peter Augustus Jay that died in childhood. (1784-1786)

During this time the Stuyvesant property in the Bowerie underwent change. In 1793 the great grandson of Peter Stuyvesant, also Petrus, sold the family chapel and land to the Episcopal church for $1.00. A new church was designed and built on the same site as the family chapel. St Mark’s in the Bowerie was consecrated in 1799.

It was soon after that that the family decision was made to set aside a tract of land in the East Meadow on the Rye Estate as a burial plot. Changes were happening at St Mark’s which may have necessitated this. New York City was undergoing street planning grid changes and construction of 10th street was planned at St Mark’s for about 1810. The garden was going and the Jay Vault needed to be moved. Also all the other burial sites in the garden were moved. 

In 1804, Goldsboro Banyer, the infant son of Marie Jay Banyer died soon after childbirth and it was decided to have him buried in the East Meadow of the Rye Estate.This burial was followed by his father in 1806 and then young sister in 1808. The contents of the vault at St Mark’s was moved about 1806.

There is some question if there was one vault or two moved to Rye. AUGUSTE and his wife Anna Marie BAYARD may have been interred in a separate vault and children who died interred in this.  John Jay had declared the cemetery in Rye open to the descendants of his father, PETER JAY. Had Auguste and his wife been the original burials in a Jay Vault?  If so they would have been moved. Was there a second vault? This was moved. Were father Peter and Mary also moved to Rye from Gysbert Schenck vault? I can find no evidence for a vault from Gysbert Schenk in existence in the Fishkill area. It would seem that with the move of the contents of the Jay Vault from the Bowerie and the importance of the decendecy from Peter Jay to be eligible for cemetery burial that Peter and Mary  were also moved. 

Third Generation
Anna Maricka Jay. Died in Rye in 1791
Margaret “Polly” Barclay. Died in NY in 1791. First wife of Fady Jay.
Frederick Jay died 1799 in NY
Augustus Jay. Died in Rye in 1801
Sarah Livingston Jay. Died in Bedford in 1802

First Generation. Probably the first interments in the Stuyvesant garden.
Augustus Jay. Died New Rochelle in March 1751
Anna Maria BAYARD died New Rochelle in Feb 1726

Second Generation: Very likely moved.to Rye
Peter Jay. Died in Poughkeepsie in 1783. Buried in vault of Gysbert Schneck
Mary Van Courtlandt. Died in Fishkill 1777 Buried in vault of Gysbert Schneck.

Eva Van COURTLANDT, infant daughter of Frederick Van COURTLANDT and Frances JAY, Peter Jay’s sister in 1733. She was born in 1732.

The Revolution and Frederick Jay

Birth 19 Apr 1747 in New York City, New York
Death 14 Dec 1799 in New York City

FADY JAY, the youngest child of Peter Jay and Mary Van Courtland Jay, was born two years after the birth of hIs older brother John.

FREDERICK JAY(pj3/9), Peter and Mary Jay’s ninth child, was born and raised on the Rye farm. He followed his father’s profession and became a merchant. His first marriage was to Margaret Barclay, whose father was rector of St Peters church in Albany. She descended from the De Lancey family who were the political opposing group to the Livingston’s, and in New York were opposed to the Revolutionary movement. Frederick (Fady) was locally active during the time of the revolution. He served on the Committee for Safety for Rye, and was a member of the New York Battalion of Independent Foot Companies, known as “The Corsicans”. From 1777 to 1783 he was a member of the Assembly from New York. During the Revolution, when Rye was “no man’s land” he moved his parents and family from Rye to Fishkill to stay with him. His first wife died in 1791 after he had returned to New York. They had no children. He remarried the niece of brother “Blind” Peters wife Euphemia Dunscomb. He was probably buried in the family plot in the Bowery.

There is less information on his life than the other children. He played a leading family role during the Revolution period 1776 to 1783, when he became responsible for his mother and father and older sisters and brothers when Rye became very dangerous for them to live in and he needed to move them to a safer spot. His older brother John at this time was with his wife Sarah in Spain. Their oldest son Peter Augustus had been left with both Livingston and Jay grandparents.

Frederick Jay (1747–1799), the younger brother of John Jay, served a mercantile apprenticeship to his cousin James Abraham De Peyster, a New York city merchant, including a stint as De Peyster’s agent in the Dutch East Indies. After further experience in trade in Curaçao, he opened a mercantile firm in New York in 1773.

Before the Revolution he had been trained as a merchant and first worked in New York City with his cousin, and then in 1773 opened his own company. It was also in 1773 that he married Margaret (Polly) Barclay.

. His first marriage was to Margaret Barclay, whose father was rector of St Peters church in Albany. She descended from the De Lancey family who were the political opposing group to the Livingston’s, and in New York were opposed to the Revolutionary movement. Frederick (Fady) was locally active during the time of the revolution. He served on the Committee for Safety for Rye, and was a member of the New York Battalion of Independent Foot Companies, known as “The Corsicans”. From 1777 to 1783 he was a member of the Assembly from New York
New York City was captured by the British in 1777 and he and his wife were forced to leave. In a letter to his brother John in 1777 sent from Fishkill, he talks about being in Kent, CT to find a place for the family. John and Sarah had just had their first child Peter Augustus Jay that would be left with his grandparents while the Jay’s were sent to Spain and then Paris.

Fish Kill, 18th July, 1777. Dear John: Both your letters are come to hand—I have been to Kent & provided Accommodations for the Family in case of a retreat. I have done every thing in my power to get your Books removed, but in vain; not a waggon or Cart to be hired at any rate, the People here being busy in their Harvests. [148] I shall speak to Coll. Hughes to day for two Continental teams; if he has them, I make no doubt he ’ll be ready to assist us.—The peas are not yet come to hand. The Family as usual, except Peggy who has been ill with a fever ever since you left us, which is the reason of my not writing to you sooner. Genl. Sullivan with 2000 Continental Troops are now encamped in the Town of Fishkill; this affair makes the old Gentleman imagine that the Enemy will certainly attempt the River. I could wish he was as easy about the matter as myself—Mr. Platt of Kent informs me that there is a Farm of about 160 Acres with a Comfortable House to be sold near him for about £700, Lawful [money]. Would it not be better to purchase it than have the family in different houses; had I the money of my own, the farm should be mine. The old Gentleman I believe would soon come into the measure if you was to give him only a hint about it. I am Your Afft. Brother Fred Jay.

Fishkill was chosen as the initial place for the family to escape to and they were given room in the house owned by Theodore Van Wyck. In a letter to John he expresses his dismay at being then forced to move to Kent and very worried about the cost of such a move.

Fish Kill, 29 July, 1777. Dear Johnny, I have received your letter of the 21 Inst:—The evacuation of Ticonderoga is very alarming; I wish it may soon be made to appear in a less gloomy light. [157] Hitherto Fady has not been able to succeed in providing waggons to remove your Books to Kent.—My thoughts have been much imployed of late about removing from hence in case of need, but the more I consider of it the more I am perplexd., for my present state of health admits of my undergoing no fatigue. Besides I conceive my going to Kent will be attended with an immense expence, for there I can hire no Farm to raise necessarys for my numerous Family, but must lodge them in different Houses and buy daily food &c for them, I suppose at the same exorbitant rate that is extorted from the distressed in other parts of the Country; so that unless I can get a Farm in order to raise so much as will in some measure answer the expence of the Necessarys of life, I am very apprehensive it will have too great a tendency to our ruin, for we may long continue in our present distressed situation before a Peace takes place. I am indeed at a loss what steps to take and therefore I could wish you were nearer at hand to consult with you and Fady what to do. Hitherto my present abode appears to me as safe as elsewhere, and it may be most prudent to continue here till we know what rout the Regulars take & their success if any they have; but in the mean time it may be best to remove some of my most valuable things by way of precaution, which we’ll consider of when you come here. If we can purchase another Waggon it shall be done. Johnny Strang was here about a fortnight or three weeks ago when we was expectg. the Regulars were about coming up the River; he then proposed to send a box or two he has of yours at his Father’s to Salem, and promised to remove them from there in case of need & said he would be very careful of them. Nancy is now unwell & Peggy is very sick with an intermitting fever ever since her return from Albany. I am yr. affecte. Father Peter Jay.

They all stayed with Theodorus almost two years in his house near Fishkill.

Notes from Van Voorhis Book: _Born 1702_ _Lived in the old stone house down the lane at Swartoutville._ _Col. John Brinckerhoff. A promiment [sic] citizen of the colonies prior to the Revolution. He joined the American Army. A soldier & a patriot. He was the intimate friend of General Washington. His confidential adviser during the dark days of the War for Independence. His home was the head‑quarters of Gen Washington. Who spent a night & day there in secret correspondence with Comt_ Rochambeau the French minister. The time of the anxiety respecting the arrest of Major Andre. As soon as the darkness of the second night shielded them from observation; they departed upon horses. Through the Highlands. in time to arrest the ‑‑British Spy The Brinckerhoff house erected 1738. Was torn down.
Dr. Doros Van Wyck made it his home with his father-in-law, Co., John Brinckerhoff.During the Revolution, it was occupied jointly with the Jay family, including the distinguished partriot, Governor and Chief Justice John Jay. It was from this home that John Jay set off on his mission to France to aid in negotiating the Treaty of Peace with England.

It is hard to recognize now how difficult their life must have been. The revolt against England created extreme contrasts in living in the East. For those supportive of the Revolution, New York City had become dangerous for their lives. Fady had a growing merchant business which had to be left. Rye was in between the patriots and revolutionaries. Gangs of “Cowboys” and “Skinners” prowled the area and stole pillaged and burned whatever they wanted. The stable farm of Peter Jay had become an unsafe area to be in, and the provisions from the farm would end. Meanwhile the Revolution was on. The British had badly defeated the American forces on Brooklyn and had taken control of New York City. They had ships in the river and were on the verge of taking control of the Hudson from New York to Albany. Washington was fighting with a rag time untrained group. His basic strategy soon became to run and try and win fast battles. The dependency on British currency had ended and a new system of Banking was long off. Luckily for the Jays the troops and battles moved South and the military connection between New York and Albany did not happen. Also the large British force moving down Lake Champlain toward Albany died in Saratoga.

Fishkill was reasonably safe, in fact for a period it was the Capitol of New York State. What Fady was doing during this time we have little information. He unlike his brother wrote few letters, which JJ complained about.

Theodorus VanWyck had married the widow of Petrus Du Bois, my GGG Grandfather, Mary Coert Voorhes (Du Bois). I am descended from the youngest child of Petrus and Mary, Cornelius who moved to New York City and became a very successful merchant.

Mary Van Courtland Jay was very ill at the time of the move from Rye and she died in Fishkill in 1777. She was buried in the vault of Gysbert Schneck. In April of 1781 the family were robbed of all their possessions from the Fishkill house. This event was very disconcerting to father Peter and because of it Faddy decided to move the family to Poughkeepsie. It was in Poughkeepsie in 1782 that father Peter Jay died and he was also interred in the vault of Gysbert Schneck. We are still looking for the location of this vault!!

With the death of Peter, “Blind” Peter inherited the Rye house. It must have been soon after this that the family decided they could leave Poughkeepsie and move back to Rye. By 1783 the British had left New York City and it had become the Capitol of the new Union.
At the time of his father’s death in 1782 he inherited the Rye property. He lived in the house with his “retarded” older brother Augustus, his sister Eve Munro and her small child, and his blind sister Anna Maricka. To help him with the care of this family a happy marriage was arranged with Mary Duyckinck in 1789, when he was 55 and she was 53 years old. She was descended from a noted portrait painter and apparently was the original of the “aunt” in the spy story written by George Fenimore Cooper. In fact she was referred to as “Aunt Jay” in Coopers letters.

Eve Jay Munro, after the Revolution left Albany and moved with her son Peter Jay Munro back to Rye and lived with Peter et al. She was difficult for the family and John and Sarah took over the care of her son. He became a successful lawyer in New York.

John and Sarah Jay had moved back to New York City. He had inherited land from his mother’s family in Katonah which became the site of his retirement home into which they moved in 1803 when he had ended his second term as Governor. In 1783 he was Secretary for Foreign Affairs and in 1789 became the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. In 1795 he was elected Governor of the State of New York and moved to the Governors House in NYC and then in his second term moved to Albany.

Fady and his wife Polly Barclay also moved back to New York City. At the time of his fathers death Fady had inherited property in East Bay and they probably lived at 64 Pearl Street.

The house and lot of Peter Jay in “Dock Ward” is now No. 64 Pearl street. This was given by Jacobus Van Cortlandt, in his will, to his daughter Mary, who married Peter Jay. This was a water lot, which was extended by later grants from the city. The part left to Frederick Jay was south of Front street. —

Polly died in 1791 suddenly of a “stroke”. Her unanticipated death was very sudden and a matter of concern to all. Sir James had been sent for but arrived after she had died. In 1794 he married Euphame Dunscomb, the first cousin of his brother Peters wife. Letters from Sarah Jay show that this was not an “approved” marriage! Fady died in 1799 at age 52 and was probably buried in the family vault. His second wife lived until 1817 and was buried in the Jay Cemetery.

Where oh where is Peter Jay

Where oh Where is Peter Jay??

I have been questing the final resting place of Peter and his wife Mary Van Courtland the mother and father of John Jay with little success!

Peter JAY and his wife Mary Van COURTLANDT were buried in the private vault of Gysbert Schneck in Fishkill New York in 1782 (Peter) and 1777 (Mary). This we know from the book, “Memorials of Peter Augustus Jay”. But where oh where are they??

Peter Jay and family had left Rye in 1776, when it became no man’s land during the Revolution and unsafe with Cowboys and Skinners during the Revolution. They first moved to Fishkill and lived in the house of Theodore Van WYCK, MD who had married Mary Coert Voorhes, the widow of my GGGgrandfather Petrus Du Bois at that time.

(Mary and Petrous youngest son was Cornelius who moved to New York City and is my GGGrandfather. His son Henry Augustus married the daughter of Peter Augustus Jay, Catharine Helena Jay, which is how I get into the act!)

Mary VC Jay died in the house in Fishkill in 1777. The house in Fishkill was robbed soon after and the family lost most of their property. This caused Fady to move the family to Poughkeepsie where they stayed until the dangers in Rye were over. John and Sarah Jay were in Spain and Peter Augustus Jay was mostly in New Jersey with his Livingston grandparents, although he was a frequent visitor to Fishkill and Poughkeepsie.

“House of Col John Brinkerhoff/Theodore Van Wyck
Notes from Van Voorhis Book: _Born 1702__Col. John Brinckerhoff. A prominent [sic] citizen of the colonies prior to the Revolution. He joined the American Army. A soldier & a patriot. He was the intimate friend of General Washington. His confidential adviser during the dark days of the War for Independence. His home was the head‑quarters of Gen Washington. Who spent a night & day there in secret correspondence with Comt_ Rochambeau the French minister. The time of the anxiety respecting the arrest of Major Andre. As soon as the darkness of the second night shielded them from observation; they departed upon horses. Through the Highlands. in time to arrest the ‑‑British Spy The Brinckerhoff house erected 1738. Remains unaltered. At Swartoutville._”

“Dr. Doros Van Wyck made it his home with his father-in-law, Co., John Brinckerhoff.During the Revolution, it was occupied jointly with the Jay family, including the distinguished partriot, Governor and Chief Justice John Jay. It was from this home that John Jay set off on his mission to France to aid in negotiating the Treaty of Peace with England.”

I do not know where Fady or Frederick moved the family to in Poughkeepsie. The family at that time was father Peter Jay, the two blind children, Peter and Anna Marika, Augustus, and servants. Fady was married to Margaret “Polly” Barclay. Peter Jay was in declining health and he died in Poughkeepsie in 1782. There is documentation that he also was buried in the Vault of Gysbert Schenck but where is it!!!

With the death of Peter Jay, the Rye house was inherited by “Blind” Peter and the family must have returned to Rye about 1783.

Fady inherited property in the East Bay and probably left Poughkeepsie about the same time. His first wife Polly Barclay died in NYC in 1791. Faddy remarried in 1794, the first cousin of his older brother “Blind” Peter’s wife. This marriage was not popular with the family! Fady died in New York in 1799 and I do not have evidence of where he was buried. Probably the family vault.

This is a lot more information than the story probably needs, but the whereabouts of the Vault of Gysbert Schenck has been a family mystery.

My wife and I decided to take a trip to Fishkill this summer in part to see if we could find where they were buried.

It is just off the Taconic where it meets Interstate 84 and crosses the Hudson on the Hamilton Fish Bridge, (another cousin!,) at Newburgh. Still a quiet town with a strong sense of its history. It for a short while early in the Revolution was the capital of New York State, and as part of its history was a center where Washington, Jay and other of our Revolutionary leaders met. Spies et al. It has been changed by IBM, a prison, and a huge trucking storage center!

Much of my Du Bois ancestry is here. My original to this country ancestor was Peter Du Bois who immigrated to Fishkill from Leyden, Holland, and started the Dutch Reform Church there. He is buried in their cemetery! Also my mothers family go back to Van Wycks who were original settlers of Fishkill.

However no Gysbert Scheneck! Also the old house of Theodore Van Wyck had been torn down. It had badly deteriorated and was on property owned by IBM. We did find in Hopewell Junction which is an adjoining town a Vault, but full of Van Wycks! No Peter Jay.

We made contact with several people who had a big interest in Fishkill and it’s surroundings history which may give us some clues, but there seems to be no record of a vault of Gysbert Schneck. Could he be in Poughkeepsie?

So we are still looking! Another blog may follow!


JHC: JAY Genealogy Presentation

PRESENTATION AT PAJ HOUSE: Dedication of Family Genealogy Chart of Mary Rutherford JAY
John Jay Du Bois, MD. August 14, 2013

Thanks to Suzanne and her group and BOT for what they have been able to do to make this house so wonderful..

20 year history. Long struggle with several parts and individuals involved in this restoration. Memory of Dee Dee Paschal one of the original driving forces. Also to Diane Milstein our nemesis who died early this year.

Original group lead by Dee Dee, the SORE group with Rhoda Kornriech, Catherine Crane froM birds, Kitty Arresty who with Dee Dee had a huge desire to save this property. Suddenly the JAY Coalition and it was a large, committed and tough group.

Toady we are blessed to have Suzanne at the helm and she and her group have been able to bring to fruition what was started 20 years ago. These have been wonderful changes. The latest is an agreement with the State to manage and restore the property surrounding the house. Very exciting.

My purpose today is to dedicate the huge chart that was done by Mary Rutherford Jay in 1935 and then redone in 1965 tracing our JAY genealogy from Sylvester Jay, who was born in 1560! The Chart is full of wonderful names of our past heritage. Bayard, Van Courtland, DeVries, Astor, Livingston, Rutherfurd, Van Brugh, Pierpont, French,, Clarkson, McVikar. It shows the strong Hugenot and Dutch ancestry of our past with a touch of Scottish and quite a bit of English blood.

We had a very close tie with the Van Cortlands in our early geneaolgy. Peter Jay married Mary Van Cortland, the daughter of Mayor Jacobus Van Cortland and Eva De Vries and Peters sister, Frances married Mary’s brother, Frederick Van Courtland. These families continued to be intertwined in later generations.

Mary Rutherford Jay, was the unmarried daughter of the Reverand Peter Augustus Jay, a granddaughter of John Clarkson Jay. She was very interested in garden design and became a well respected garden architect. At the time of World War II, she served as president of the Jay Cemetery, and was responsible for negotiating sale of land from the Deveraux to enlarge the cemetery to its maximum size under NY State law. 2.85 acres.

She also wrote and published a small booklet on the history of the Jay Cemetery which was distributed to all members of the family in 1947.

One of William Jay’s granddaughters, Anna Jay, married the German Ambassador to the United States, Hans Lothar Von Sweinitz, and moved to Germany. One of her daughters married August Bodo Wilheim Von Trott zu Solz. Their son Frederick Adam Von Trott zu Solz was a member of a group, disenchanted with Hitler, planned his assassination. When this failed to kill Hitler he was tried as a traitor and hung with piano wire.

At the end of the war, granddaughter, Victoria Countess Hulenberg Von Schwieitz, was living in desperate shape in Germany. She received a note that a CARE package had arrived. She spent two days on bus to get it, and of course it was was MRJ book on the Jay Cemetery. Send food or I will join!

This was all confirmed when we had an unexpected visit from Michael Klausen several years ago. This tall man arrived at my office, and Eva Stern who was acting as secretary burst out, “It’s a cousin” and started to babble in German.
He had come to Rye to check on his ancestry.

So I am so glad that this tribute to our genealogy is here. Enjoy looking at it. There are so many stories that relate to it. Did you know that Eve Jay, JJ oldest sister, step-daughter married and moved to Canada having married a loyalist. Her family moved into the emerging territories of the mid west and Canada, married Indians and all sorts of other adventurmes.

At any rate, as Supreme Court Justice, Harry Blackman said during his visit to Rye.
“It must be a matter of great pride to be members of an old distinguished family that contributed so much to early America, that believes in education and leadership then and now, that has sensed the merits, almost the sacredness, of family ties and of what is expected of its members in each generation.”20140727-111550-40550281.jpg


1665. Birth of AUGUSTUS JAY in La Rochelle France. Father is Pierre Jay, a successful Huguenot Merchant in La Rochelle.

 1685. Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes, which gave protection to the Huguenots in France. 

 1685. Augustus family in La Rochelle had moved to Bristol, England, because of the fear of religious persecution.

1686. Augustus returned to La Rochelle on one of his fathers boats and was smuggled by a half Catholic/half Huguenot Aunt on board a ship that sailed to Charleston, SC to escape his being put to death. 

 1690 Augustus Settled in New Amsterdam/York. Dutch colony settled on the Southern tip of Manhatten 

 1697 Married ANNA MARIA BAYARD. Her family came to New Amsterdam from Holland. They had four children, three girls and a boy. 1698 Judith, 1700. Mary 1702. Frances. 

1704. Peter. Anna Maria BAYARD father was Balthazar BAYARD, her mother was Marietje Lookermans.

BAYARD STUYVESANT relationship. Balthazar father was Samuel BAYARD, his mother was the sister of Peter Stuyvesant, Anna Stuyvesant. Peter married the sister of Samuel BAYARD, Judith BAYARD. 

 1704 Birth of son PETER JAY. 

 1725: Peter educated in Bristol, England by his Uncle, Stephan Peloquin as a merchant.

 1726: ANNA MARIA BAYARD Dies. Buried in NY Bowerie. ?Vault of peter Styuvesant her grandfather. 

 1728. Peter Jay marries MARY Van COURTLANDT. Her father was Mayor of the City of New York. She lived in the Van Courtland Manor in Yonkers. They had seven children that lived to adulthood. 1728. Eve. 1730 Augustus, 1732 James, 1734. Peter, 1737. Anna Marika, 1745. JOHN. 1747. Frederick (Fady)

1730: Success as a merchant in New Amsterdam. 

 1740: Small pox epidemic sweeps NY? Peter and Anna Marika are left blinded. 

 1745: Peter Jay Purchased tract of land in Rye NY and built house there. Moved his family to Rye from New York as safer for them. 

 1745: JOHN JAY born and grows up in Rye. 

 1750: James Jay returns to Peloquin family in Bristol for education. 

 1751: Father AUGUSTUS JAY dies. Buried at church of St Marks in the Bowerie. Start of the Jay Vault? 

 1760: James Jay, MD degree from the Univ of Edinburgh 

 1763: Sir James Jay knighted by King George III for collecting funds for Kings College 

 1765: First Colonial Congress in NY re the recent taxation by the King. Growing unhappiness with taxation laws of the King. 

 1766: EVE Jay marries Rev Henry MUNRO and moves to Albany. He has one daughter, Elizabeth, by his first marriage. 

 1767: Peter Jay MUNRO born to Eve Jay Munro and Henry Munro in Rye. They are living in Albany where Henry is rector of St Peters Church. He is a Loyalist. 

 1774: John Jay marriage to SARAH Van BRUGH LIVINGSTON. Her father is governor of New Jersey and a strong supporter of the separation from England.
Five children are born. 1776 Peter Augustus, in Livingston, NJ, 1782 Maria (Nancy) in Spain, 1783 Anna in Paris, 1789 William in NY, 1792 Sarah Louisa in NY. 

 1775: Start of the Revolution in Massachusetts. 

 1776: Declaration of Independence is passed by New York. War Starts. Washington is almost defeated in Brooklyn. He retreats. New York City is controlled by the Loyalists 

 1776: Westchester becomes no mans land with Loyalist and Separatist feelings. Skinners and Cow Boys are creating dangers. Peter Jay decides he must leave with his wife, who has severe arthritis, his two blind children Peter and Anna Marika, Augustus, and servants and at least three slaves. Frederick arranges for them to Move to the house of Theodore Van WYCK in Fishkill.

1776 to 1800 during the war the family is split. Sir James has Loyalist background and unsuccessfully tries to develop a plan for Peace living in London and NY. Eve is in Albany with her Loyalist husband the Rev Harry Munro. He is forced to leave the country and she will return to Rye after the war with her son Peter Munro. John Jay is with his wife Sarah either in Spain or Paris. He becomes the major negotiator of the peace agreement with The King. Their oldest son Peter Augustus is either with his Livingston or Jay grandparents during the war. Fady is living in Fishkill and Poughkeepsie.

During this time the New Government is also in crises. The Capitol of New York shifts from NYC, loyalist controlled, to Fishkill, to Poughkeepsie, and eventually to Albany. 

 1777: Mary Van COURTLANDT Jay dies in Fishkill. She is buried there in the crypt of Gysbert Schenck, the location of which is unknown. 

1778: The Van Wyck house in Fishkill is robbed and the Jays loose most of their property.

1777: Articles of confederation passed. 

 1779: Frederick arranges for father Peter JAY and family to move from Fishkill to Poughkeepsie. 

 1780: John Jay with Sally go to Spain. Peter Jay Munro goes with them as secretary. 

 1780: “Sir” James Jay lives with Anne Erwin. they have one child who marries and has descendants 

 1782: Peter JAY dies in Poughkeepsie and is buried with his wife in the vault of Gysbert Schenck.

1783: Blind Peter inherits the Rye House and Property. Probably moves back to Rye about that time. 

 1783: Eve Jay Munro moves with her son Peter Jay Munro back to the Rye House from Albany. She continues to be a problem! 

 1783: Faddy Jay probably moves to property he inherited from his father in the East Bay in NYC with his wife, Polly. 

 1783: The British leave New York: George Washington makes a triumphal return 

 1785: John Jay is serving as Secretary of Foreign Affairs and living in New York.

1785 to 1790: New York serves as Capitol of the United States. 

1785: Constitutional Convention and need for ratification of the new Constitution. John Jay was one of the three authors, with Madison and Hamilton, of the Federalist Papers. 

 1785: Sir James Jay practices medicine in Springfield, New Jersey. Probably takes care of Gov. William Livingston. 

1788: New FEDERAL Constitution ratified. George Washington elected the first president of the United States.


789: JJ Appointed First Chief Justice of the Supreme Court 

 1789: “Blind” Peter Jay marries Mary Duyckinic, and continue to live in Rye 

 1790: Peter Jay Munro marries Margaret White, his second cousin. He is working in the law office of Aaron Burr

1790: Gov William Livingston dies in NJ at his home, Liberty Manor. Leaves PAJ his watch! 

 1791: Anna Marika died at the Rye House and is buried in the family vault at St Marks Church in the Bowerie.

1791: Margaret “Polly” Barclay Jay, wife of Faddy dies in New York. Probably buried in the Jay Vault. 

 1794: Peter Augustus goes as secretary to his father to London to draw the JAY treaty 

 1794: Fady Jay marries Euphame Dunscomb, the first cousin of his brother Peter’s wife. This marriage is not popular with the family. 

 1797: Albany is made Capitol of New York. 

 1797: John Adams elected second president of the United States. The French Revolution in progress. 

 1795 to 1801: John Jay elected Governor and lives in Albany. Leader of the Federalist Party. As Governor Is able to get NY to ratify the new Constitution. 

 1799: Frederick “Fady” Jay dies in New York and is buried there. The location is in the family Vault at St Marks. (With his first wife)

 1800: Peter Jay Munro completed his Manor House in Larchmont. He lives in NYC, but uses it in the summer. 1794 to 1814: PJM and MW have twelve children, ten live to adulthood. 

 1801: Thomas Jefferson elected third president of the United States. Louisiana Purchase. 

 1801: Anna Maria Jay marries Goldsborough Banyer 

 1802: JJ wife Sarah Livingston Jay dies and is buried in the family vault in New York. John Jay retires from public life. 

 1802: JJ moves into the new house built on Van COURTLANDT property in Bedford. 

 1803: Living at Bedford with JJ are his daughter Ana who took over the role of her mother, William, and Sarah Louise. Marie Jay Banyer moved in with them in 1808 after the death of her husband and young son. 

 1804: The start of the JAY cemetery in RYE. The son of Marie Jay Banyer who died at age 1 in 1804 was the first burial. Her husband died two years later. 

 1806: Contents of the family vault from the Bowerie in NY were brought to Rye and buried in the cemetery plot. 

1807: PAJ marries his second cousin Mary Rutherford CLARKSON. Her father was General Matthew Clarkson. 1808 to 1827 Eight children are born. John Clarkson JAY, Mary Rutherford, Sarah, Catharine Helena, Anna Maria, Peter Augustus, Elizabeth Clarkson, Susan Matilda. 

 1809: James Madison elected fourth President of the United States. War of 1812 with England. Burning of Washington. Star-Spangled Banner! 

 1810: Eve JAY dies in Rye and is buried in the Jay Cemetery. 

 1812: William JAY marries Hannah MCVICKER. 1813 to 1823 FIve children are born. Anna, Maria Banyer, John Jay II, Sarah Louisa, Eliza. 1833: last child, Augusta, “Fusty” is born. Five girls and one boy. 

 1813: “Blind” Peter Jay dies at Rye and is buried in the Cemetery. JJ inherits the Rye house, but Peter Jay’s widow Mary Duyckinck continues to live there. 

 1815: Sir James Jay dies and is buried in the Jay Cemetery 

 1817: Euphame Dunscomb Jay dies and is buried in the Jay Cemetery. 

1822: Rye house given by JJ to son PAJ 

 1824: Mary Duckynick widow of Blind Peter dies in Rye. House now used by PAJ and family as a summer house. The original house is in poor repair, and plans are started to tear it down and build new house on the same site. 

1825: John Quincey ADAMS elected president. Erie Canal is finished. 

 1829: JOHN JAY dies and is buried in the Jay Cemetery 

 1829: Andrew JACKSON elected president. Forced Indian migration and the Trail of TEARS 

 1829: Mary Rutherford Jay(PA) marries Frederick Prime. 1830 to 1835 they have three children. 1830 Mary Rutherford, 1832 Harriet, 1835 Helen Jay. 

 1830: William Jay inherits the Bedford retirement house. Lives there with his wife and children. 

 1831: John Clarkson Jay(PA) marries Laura Prime. Her brother, Frederick will marry his sister Mary Rutherford Jay. They live in New York, and will move to Rye in 1843.
1832 to 1848: They have eight children seven of whom live to adulthood. 1832 Laura, 1837 Mary Jane, 1839 Cornelia, 1841 Peter Augustus, 1844 John Clarkson II, 1846 Alice, and 1848 Sarah 

 1835: Mary Rutherford Jay Prime dies in childbirth with her third child. Very tragic death. A tall monument is placed in the Jay Cemetery. 

 1835: Catharine Helena Jay(PA) marries Henry Augustus Du BOIS. They live in New York, Newton Falls, Ohio, and New Haven, CT. 1836 to 1860 they have seven children that survive infancy. 1836 Cornelius, 1840 Henry Augustus, 1846 John Jay, 1849 Augustus, 1852 AlfredWagstaff, 1854 Mary Rutherford, 1860 Robert Ogden. 

 1836: PAJ tears down the original RYE house, the Locusts, and construction of new Greek Revival house on the original site takes place to be finished about 1838. 

 1836: Sarah Jay(PA) marries William Dawson. They have three children, two survive infancy and one marries and has issue. 

1843 Mary Jay Dawson marries Col Colwell FRANKLAND and live in England. 

 1837: John Jay II.(Wm) marries Eleanor Field. He was ambassador to Prussia, pres of American Bible Society, very involved in anti slavery. They had five children. 1839 Eleanor Kingsland, 1841 Col William Jay, 1844 Augusta, 1846 Mary, 1849 Anna 

 1838: Mary Rutherford Clarkson Jay, wife of PAJ, dies and is buried in the Jay Cemetery. She dies before the new house in Rye has been completed. 

 1839: Anna Jay(Wm) marries Rev Lewis BALCH. They have three children that survive infancy. 1839 Augusta Jay, 1843 Elizabeth, 1847 Lewis P. 

 1841: Anna Maria Jay(PA) marries Henry Evelyn Pierrpont. They have six children that survive infancy. 1842 Mary Rutherford, 1845 Henry Evelyn, 1849 John Jay, 1855 William Augustus, 1857 Julia Jay, 1861 Anna Jay. 

 1843: Peter Augustus Jay dies and is buried in the Jay Cemetery in Rye. Last words were: “Read the BIBLE and believe it” 

 1843: John Clarkson Jay (pa) inherits the Rye Property and lives in the new house. He is an original member of the New York Yacht Club. His sailing boat, La Coquille, is part of the NYYC racing fleet. He has also become an expert on sea shells and has developed an extensive collection. This was obtained after his death by the NY American Museum of Natural History. 

 1843: JCJ takes charge of running the Jay Cemetery plot. 

 1846: Sarah Jay Dawson(PA) dies and is buried in the Jay Cemetery. 

 1847: Maria Banyer Jay (Wj) marries John Butterworth. They have two children. 1848 Augusta Jay, 1851 Eliza Jay

1848: Peter Augustus Jay, II (PA) marries Josephine Pearson . They have one child, 1850, Augustus Jay. 

 1849: Anna Jay BALCH(WJ) dies and is buried in the Jay Cemetery. 

 1851: Hannah White JAY, wife of William Jay, dies and is buried in Bedford 

 1851: Maria Banyer Jay Butterworth(WJ) dies after childbirth 

 1852: Susan Matilda Jay(PA) marries Matthew Clarkson. They live in New York. They have one child 1853, Banyer.

1852: Josephine Pearson Jay dies, wife of PAJ II. Buried in Jay Cemetery. 

 1853: Laura Jay(JCJ) marries Charles Pemburton WURTS. They have six children. 1856. John, 1857 Rudolph, 1859. Charles, 1862. Alexander, 1863. Martha, 1869 Pierre. 

 1855: Peter Augustus JAY II (pa) dies at age 34 and is buried in the Jay Cemetery 

 1858: William Jay dies and is buried in Bedford. John Jay II inherits the Bedford house and property. 

 1861: Abraham Lincoln elected as president.. 

 1861: Mary Jane JAY (JCJ) marries Jonathen EDWARDS. They have one child 1862, Laura. 

 1861 to 1865: US CIVIL WAR Those serving
1861: Rev Peter Augustus Jay, 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.

1862. John Clarkson Jay II, 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. 1864: Served as acting Asst. Surgeon, US Army, in Armory Square Hosp., Washington, DC, and in Sedgwick General Hosp., Greenville, LA.

1863 Cornelius Jay Du Bois, Gettysburg, PA Served as Captain of Co D, 27 Reg Vol of Conn, in Tooks brigade under General Hanock. Wounded at the Gettysburg and saved by his brother, Henry. He was Decorated for his Bravery at Gettysburg
1864, Service in 40th Conn regiment under Gen Hooker Contiinued to serve as adjuvent

1861-1865: Henry Augustus Du BoisII Civil War: Surgeon Served under General Sheridan. Inspector of the hospitals of the Army of the Potomac. Was involved in Gettysburg where he saved his brothers life. He found his brother mortally injured after the second day. Was able to save him.
1867 Fort Union. New Mexico Surgeon involved with the Indian territory

1861-1865: Col William Jay. Civil War. An ardent patriot, he put aside his studies for the time and became a member of General Wool’s staff, and with the rank of 1st Lieutenant, and later serving on the staff of Generals George E. Morrell and George Sykes, and from January, 1863, to May, 1865, on the staff of General George G. Meade, and he took part in very many of the battles of the War. He was brevetted Major in April, 1864, “for faithful and meritorious services in the field,” and, later in the same year, was brevetted Lieutenant-Colonel “for gallant and meritorious services during the recent campaign, resulting in the fall of Richmond and the surrender of the insurgent army under General R. E. Lee.” 

 1865: Abraham Lincoln Assassinated. 

 1869: Rev Peter Augustus JAY marriage to Julia Post. They have four children.
1870 Pierre, 1872 Mary Rutherford, 1874. Laura Prime, 1875. John JAY 

 1872: John Clarkson Jay, II (JCJ) Marriage to Harriette Arnold VINTON. They had two children that lived to adulthood. 1875 Edith Van Courtlandt, 1880 John Clarkson III. 

 1875: Rev Peter Augustus JAY death suddenly at age 34. Buried in the Jay Cemetery. 

 1876: Augustus Jay marriage to Emily Astor Kane. They had two children. 1877 Peter Augustus Jay, 1881 DeLancey Kane Jay 

 1878: Col William JAY marriage to Lucy OELRICHS. They have one child who lives to adulthood and marries. 1882 Eleanor “Moppy” JAY. 

 1880: Henry Augustus Du BOISII Marriage to Emily Maria BLOIS in San Rafael, Marin, California. They had five children. 1881 Helen Jay, 1882 Henry Augustus III, 1884 Ernest Blois, 1886 Hannah L., 1889. Emily Blois 

 1888: Laura Prime JAY, the wife of JCJ dies and is buried in the Jay Cemetery 

 1891: John Clarkson JAY dies and is buried in the Jay Cemetery. The Rye house and property are inherited by the children. 

 1894: Col William JAY Inherited the Bedford house from his father and lived there with his family. Col. Jay served in the Grand Army of the Potomac during the Civil War. Old Fred, the horse that carried him safely through such horrific battles as Gettysburg and Chancellorsville, is remembered on a stone marker at the entrance to a garden near the west end of the house. 

 1897: Mary Jay EDWARDS (JCJ) dies and is buried in the Jay Cemetery 

 1907: Cornelia JAY (JCJ) dies and buried in the Jay Cemetery. Unmarried. 

 1909: Peter Augustus Jay marriage to Susan McCook. They have two children. One lives to adulthood and marries. 1918 Susan Mary 

 1910: DeLANCEY Kane Jay marriage to Elizabeth Sarah Morgan. They have six children. 

 1910: Laura Jay WURTS (JCJ) dies and is buried in the Jay Cemetery. 

 1919: Augustus Jay dies and is buried in the Jay Cemetery.