Gazlay Family History

FamilyAddison Mandel Gazlay


FatherAaron Gazlay (16 May 1773 - 29 September 1830)
MotherAbigail Sutton (1 February 1780 - 29 May 1855)

Personal Information

Record Created: 10 November 2010; Last Edited: 8 July 2013 
NameAddison Mandel Gazlay
Born 31 December 1818 in Edmeston, Otsego County, New York1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Married 11 February 1851 in Oldham County, Kentucky to Sallie Louise Wheeler8
Died 17 July 1881 in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky2, 7, 9
Buried in Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky10


The History of the Ohio Falls cities and their counties provides a comprehensive biography of Addison:11

Addison W. Gazley [sic, Addison M. Gazlay] was born at Edmiston [sic], Otsego county, New York, December 31, 1818. He was educated in the public schools and an academy near Rochester till his fourteenth year, when for five years he was a clerk in a store at Binghampton. In 1837 he borrowed $100 from his brother and started west. After visiting a number of the larger cities he came to Louisville, and soon found employment with Mr. A. Bayless, with whom he remained three years. Between 1840 and 1845 he divided his time between commercial affairs and the study of law, at the latter date was admitted to the bar, and one year later began practice in Louisville, where he has since labored. His professional life has been a success, affording him the means of discharging long-standing, burdensome debts, some of them contracted while a student, and one to his older brother dating back to his twelfth year. In 1874 he organized the Louisville Plate Glass company, and refusing the presidency, he accepted the vice-presidency. He has long been identified with the order of Masons. On the 11th of February, 1851, he was married to Miss Sallie L. Wheeler, daughter of Josiah Wheeler, of Oldham county, Kentucky. They have five living children. Mr. Gazley has had a busy and laborious life, but his pecuniary success and the eminence he has gained in his profession have given him ease and competency, with the esteem of all who know him, for his old age.

Addison’s obituary provides additional details of his professional life:9

Death of Addison M. Gazlay

Addison M. Gazlay died at Louisville July 17, aged 61 years. He was an old an reputable lawyer of Louisville, and well known to the members of the bar and prominent commercial houses of the Eastern cities, among the latter of which he had a large clientage. He was for many years the attorney for A. T. Stewart & Co., of this city, and a number of other large drygoods houses in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. His many friends will regret to hear of his death.


Spouse 1FamilySallie Louise Wheeler (daughter of Josiah H. Wheeler and Malvia Russell)
Born 25 February 1834 in Simpsonville, Shelby County, Kentucky
Married 11 February 1851 in Oldham County, Kentucky to Addison Mandel Gazlay
Died 2 January 1917 in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky
Children of Addison Mandel Gazlay and Sallie Louise Wheeler:
+1.FamilyAddison Madison Gazlay
Born 28 January 1852 in LaGrange, Kentucky
Married 10 May 1876 in Henderson, Kentucky to Maria Alves Soaper
Died 13 September 1926 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
+2.FamilySallie Malvina Gazlay
Born 14 April 1858 in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky
Married 10 May 1877 in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky to William Gazlay Hamilton
Died 7 March 1928 in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky
+3.FamilyWebster Gazlay
Born 17 February 1862 in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky
Married 8 April 1893 in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky to Annie P. S. Duvall
Married 6 November 1906 in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky to Eliza Emily ‘Lida’ Hampton
Died 17 February 1914 in Jefferson County, Kentucky
4.FamilyReginald Gazlay
Born ca. 1866 in Kentucky
Died 25 August 1893 in Siasconset, Nantucket Island, Massachusetts
+5.FamilyUnadilla Gazlay
Born 11 May 1872 in Kentucky
Married ca. 1903 to Omar C. Mead
Died 1 August 1957 in Jefferson County, Kentucky


  1. Last Will and Testament, David M. Gazlay, will written September 8, 1876. Summary of will provided by Adine Wakefield in a posting at The will names the following individuals: widow Angeline E. Gazlay; brother Henry M. Gazlay, Putnam CT; A. M. Gazlay, Louisville, KY; sister Sally Warner, Woodstock, NY; brother Charles M. Gazlay, Jefferson County, KY; brother Albert S. Gazlay; deceased brother Oroville Gazlay; Renu (sp?) C. Gazlay, daughter of Oroville Gazlay; Ellen A. Palmer (formerly Ellen A. Gazlay), daughter of Oroville Gazlay, lived in Ruttum (?) Vermont; Abbie (Abby) A. Miller (formerly Abbie A. Gazlay), daughter of Oroville Gazlay, lived in State of Florida, San Mateso. [Note: the family members in this Will match nearly exactly the composition of children of Aaron and Abigail Gazlay named in at least one other record, so this David M. Gazlay is strongly believed to be their eldest son.]
  2. Correspondence from Dr. Lida G. Chase to Lee Gazlay, January 2012, including photos, biographical data and vital statistics of various family members.
  3. U.S. Federal Census, 1850, Kentucky, Oldham County, Division No. 1, Page 74, Ad. Gazlay (35, N. York, atty at law).
  4. U.S. Federal Census, 1860, Kentucky, Jefferson County, Louisville, Page No. 185, (in the National Hotel): family of Addi M. Gazeler [sic] (40 N.Y., lawyer); Sarah Gazeler (26, Ky.); Addison Gazeler (8, Ky.); Sallie Gazeler (2, Ky.).
  5. U.S. Federal Census, 1870, Kentucky, Jefferson County, Louisville, Page No. 223, family of A. M. Gazley (51, New York, lawyer); Sallie Gazley (36, Kentucky); Addison Gazley (18, Kentucky, student); Sallie M. Gazley (12, Kentucky); Webster Gazley (8, Kentucky); Reginald Gazley (4, Kentucky); plus 4 servants.
  6. U.S. Federal Census, 1880, Kentucky, Jefferson County, Louisville, Enumeration District 129, Page No. 19, Family of M. Gazlay (62, NY, lawyer), wife Sallie (47, Ky), son Addison (28, Ky, lawyer) and his wife Maria (27, Ky), son Webster (18, Ky), daughter Reginald (14, Ky, and is actually a son, not a daughter, based on other records), and daughter Unidilla (8, Ky). Also, daughter Sallie Hamilton (22, Ky) and her husband Wm. G. Hamilton (35, La, mdse broker).
  7. The Gazlay Family in America, with sections titled "Ten Generations of American Gazlays" for several branches of the Gazlay family. Document is marked on one page, "From Gerard Gazlay, Jr. Jan. 1980." Unpublished, nine unnumbered pages. Photocopy in possession of Lee Gazlay.
  8. Oldham County [Kentucky] Marriages 1824-Early 1900s. Available at Marriage of Addison M. Gazlay and Sallie L. Wheeler 11 February 1861.
  9. Obituary, The New York Evening Express, New York. Available at 20 July 1881, Death of Addison M. Gazlay on 17 July 1881. The article provides brief details of his professional life.
  10. Cemetery Record, Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky (website); Section O Lot 340, includes the following people, presumed to be related (burial dates shown): A. M. Gazlay (8/9/1881); Lida Hampton Gazlay (1/17/1968); Reginald Gazlay (8/29/1893); Sallie Josephine Gazlay (11/7/1920); Sallie L. Gazlay (1/4/1917); Webster II Gazlay (2/6/1969); Webster Gazlay (2/19/1914).
  11. History of the Ohio Falls cities and their counties. Mt. Vernon, Ind.: Windmill Publications, 1882. Authors: Howard Steamboat Museum. Pages 509-510: biographical sketch of Addison M. Gazlay.