Gazlay Family History

FamilyBenjamin ‘Uncle Ben’ Warner


FatherAsahel ‘Axel’ Warner (ca. 1779 - ca. 1863)
MotherMary Kimball ( - 1808)

Personal Information

Record Created: 12 December 2010; Last Edited: 2 December 2012 
NameBenjamin ‘Uncle Ben’ Warner
Born 22 July 1805 in Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Married 18 October 1832 to Sarah Sallie Gazlay3, 7
Died 8 May 1907 in Woodstock, Windham County, Connecticut8
Buried in Grove Street Cemetery, Putnam, Windham County, Connecticut8


Benjamin was the second oldest of nine children of Axel and Mary (Kimball) Warner. He and his wife Sarah Gazlay lived to celebrate their seventieth wedding anniversary. Benjamin was a tanner for over forty years, as well as being a farmer. He was a contemporary of every president after Washington. At the time of his death at the age of 102, Benjamin was the oldest voter in the State of Connecticut.8


Spouse 1FamilySarah Sallie Gazlay (daughter of Aaron Gazlay and Abigail Sutton)
Born April 1810 in Columbus, Chenango County, New York
Married 18 October 1832 to Benjamin ‘Uncle Ben’ Warner
Died 22 November 1902 in Woodstock, Windham County, Connecticut
Children of Benjamin ‘Uncle Ben’ Warner and Sarah Sallie Gazlay:
+1.FamilyAddison Gazlay Warner
Born ca. 1836 in New York
Married to Angeline Elizabeth Gleason
Died 1 June 1864 in Ashland, Hanover County, Virginia
+2.FamilyHarriet Augusta Warner
Born 14 May 1842 in New Berlin, Chenango County, New York
Married 28 September 1858 in New Berlin, Chenango County, New York to William Williams Mathewson


  1. U.S. Federal Census, 1850, New York, Chenango County, Town of New Berlin, page 172, family of Benjamin Warner (age 45), Sarah Warner (age 39), Addison J. Warner (age 14), and Harriet A. Warner (age 8).
  2. U.S. Federal Census, 1860, New York, Otsego County, Edmeston, Page No. 146, family of Benjamin (age 55) and Sarah Warner (age 52), with Harley Gasley (age 60, listed as deaf and dumb).
  3. New York State Census, 1865, Chenango County, New Berlin, Page 681, family of Benjamin Warner (59, RI, laborer), Sarah Warner (55, Otsego County, 1 child), and border Montross Gasley (67, Dutchess County). This is undoubtedly David M. Gazlay, son of Aaron and Abigail Gazlay, living with his sister Sarah (Gazlay) Warner and her husband. This is the only known public record where he is listed as Montross, which is understood to be his middle name based on an unpublished family history.
  4. U.S. Federal Census, 1870, Connecticut, Windham County, Woodstock, page 7, Benjamin (age 64) and Sarah Warner (age 59).
  5. U.S. Federal Census, 1880, Connecticut, Windham County, Woodstock, Enumeration District 132, Page No. 24, family of William W. Mathewson, age 51, wife Hattie, age 38, son Bertie (initials unclear), age 19, daughter Nellie T., age 18, father-in-law Benj Warner, age 74, and mother-in-law Sallie Warner, age 70.
  6. U.S. Federal Census, 1900, Connecticut, Windham County, Woodstock, Enumeration District 522, Sheet No. 6B, family of William W. (age 41, born Feb 1829) and wife Harriet A. Mathewson (age 58, born May 1842), married 41 years, with Benjamin Warner (age 94, born Jul 1805) and Sarah Warner (age 90, born Apr 1810), married 67 years.
  7. Obituary, Hartford Courant, Hartford, Connecticut, Mrs. Benjamin Warner [Sarah Gazlay Warner], 26 November 1902.
  8. Obituary, Hartford Courant, Hartford, Connecticut, Benjamin Warner, 8 May 1907.