Gazlay Family History

FamilyEsther Floretta Gazlay


FatherRalph Leavenworth Gazlay (14 May 1808 - 27 January 1884)
MotherHarriet Elizabeth Hart (2 January 1818 - 26 February 1896)

Personal Information

Record Created: 6 November 2010; Last Edited: 4 September 2014 
NameEsther Floretta Gazlay
Born 10 February 1854 in South Edmeston, Otsego County, New York1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Married to Ira Luce7
Married 31 August 1910 in New Berlin, Chenango County, New York to Elijah E. Parker7, 9
Died 14 February 1934 in New Berlin, Chenango County, New York1, 7
Buried in Hillington Cemetery, Morris, Otsego County, New York1


Esther lived in Bainbridge, Edmeston, Garrettsville, Hamilton, and New Berlin. Her brother Judah Gazlay wrote of Esther Floretta: "the flower of the family has followed Father, Mother, Sister, and two husbands to the grave, and is now caring for Susannah L. who has not walked for four long years. The New Berlin people have been good to her as far as I know." She died in New Berlin as a result of burns.7


Spouse 1FamilyIra Luce
Born 1852 in Herkimer County, New York
Married to Esther Floretta Gazlay
Died 1901
Spouse 2FamilyElijah E. Parker (son of Elisha Parker and Ursilla Hubbard)
Born 24 June 1841 in New Lisbon, Otsego County, New York
Married 31 August 1910 in New Berlin, Chenango County, New York to Esther Floretta Gazlay
Died 7 July 1912


  1. Find a Grave (website). Hillington Cemetery, Morris, Otsego County, New York, shared headstone: Ira A. Luce / 1851-1901 / Esther F. Gazlay / His wife / 1854-1934. Their records provide more details: 1. Ira A. Luce, born: 1851; died: 1901; plus the name and link to his wife Esther. 2. Esther Floretta Gazlay Luce Parker, born: 10 February 1854 in South Edmeston, Otsego County, New York; died: 14 February 1934 in New Berlin, Chenango County, New York; plus names and links to her parents, spouse (first) and one sibling.
  2. U.S. Federal Census, 1860, New York, Otsego County, New Lisbon, Page 5, family of Walter Rundell (66, CT, farmer), R. L. Gazeley (52, NY, shoemaker), Harriett Gazeley (41, NY), Suzannah Gazeley (22, NY), Celia O. Gazeley (18, NY), Esther F. Gazeley (16, NY).
  3. New York State Census, 1875, Madison County, Brookfield, Page 1, family of Ralph L. Gazlay (67, Chenango, farmer); wife Harriet E. Gazlay (67, Conn); daughter Susan L. Gazlay (36, Ohio); daughter Eddie G. Luce (21, Otsego, dressmaker); son [sic, son-in-law] Ira A. Luce (24, Herkimer, farm laborer).
  4. U.S. Federal Census, 1880, New York, Oneida County, Bridgewater, Enumeration District 86, Page No. 5A, family of Ira Luce (28, N.Y., farm laborer); wife Ettie Luce (26, N.Y.); sister-in-law Susie Luce ([age not discernible], Ohio, listed as maimed, crippled, bedridden, or otherwise disabled); mother-in-law Gazlay (71, Conn.).
  5. New York State Census, 1905, Otsego County, 1st Election District, Edmeston, Page 13, family of Esther F. Luce (51, dressmaker at home); sister Susana Gazley [sic] (66).
  6. U.S. Federal Census, 1920, New York, Chenango County, New Berlin, Enumeration District 122, Sheet No. 2B, family of Esther Parker (60, New York, widow); sister Susanna Gazeley [sic] (81, Ohio, single).
  7. Gazlay History, compiled by Margaret Howe in 1955-1956 (copy available at Gazlay Family History - Sources). Margaret Howe indicated that the document is "based on material my mother Inez L. Gazlay collected, but never lived to edit. Her material has just been copied and explains the more extensive material on generation V and VI. Other information has been added which I found from numerous sources." Unpublished, 29 pages. Several differences in dates have been found between this document and others, especially A Genealogy of the Leavenworth Family; the latter is considered the more accurate source.
  8. A Genealogy of the Leavenworth Family in the United States, by Elias Warner Leavenworth, L.L.D. Syracuse, New York, S. G. Hitchcock and Company, 1873. Digitized copy available at Google Books. Pages 88, 89, and 131, entries for Amos Leavenworth, his wife Esther Warner, and their children, especially Susanna who married Daniel Gazly (Gazlay).
  9. New York County Marriages, 1908-1935, Elijah E. Parker, age 69, born in New Lisbon; father: Elisha Parker; mother: Ursilla Hubbard; widower, 2nd marriage; Esther F. Luce, age 56, born in South Edmeston; father; Ralph Gazlay; mother: Harriet Hart; widow, 2nd marriage; married on 31 August 1910 in New Berlin.