Gazlay Family History

FamilyHenry Willis Gazlay


FatherDr. Henry Champion Gazlay (1 August 1818 - 19 March 1900)
MotherSabra Elvira Cornwall (5 April 1821 - 14 August 1859)

Personal Information

Record Created: 14 November 2009; Last Edited: 17 March 2014 
NameHenry Willis Gazlay
Born 26 November 18541, 2, 3, 4
Married 21 December 1882 in Normal, Illinois to Alice Carrie Johnston3, 5, 6
Married 31 March 1909 in Benton, Iowa to Kate K. (née Child) Kiplinger7
Married ca. 1925 to May Foster8, 9
Died 22 February 1934 in Dayton, Texas1, 10, 11
Buried in Linney Cemetery, Dayton, Liberty County, Texas10


Spouse 1FamilyAlice Carrie Johnston (daughter of John Johnston and Eleanor Gibson Cairns)
Born 21 June 1857 in Bloomington, Illinois
Married 21 December 1882 in Normal, Illinois to Henry Willis Gazlay
Died 8 March 1901
Children of Henry Willis Gazlay and Alice Carrie Johnston:
1.FamilyPearl Alice Gazlay
Born 13 October 1884 in Bloomington, Illinois
Died 6 August 1950 in Kingston, Ulster County, New York
2.FamilyPercival Willis ‘Percy’ Gazlay
Born 31 July 1886 in Erie, Kansas
Married 27 February 1907 to Jennie Anderson
Died 10 October 1970 in Accord, New York
+3.FamilyHenry Johnston ‘Harry’ Gazlay
Born 13 June 1888 in Cortland, New York
Married 10 November 1909 in Accord, New York to Jessie Freer
Died 10 May 1967 in Flushing, Michigan
+4.FamilyHerman Champion Gazlay
Born 12 July 1890 in Cortland, New York
Married 1914 to Florence Smith
Died 20 October 1980 in Kerhonkson, New York
+5.FamilyLeo Cornwall Gazlay
Born 7 October 1892 in Cornwall, Dutchess County, New York
Married 30 November 1915 in Accord, New York to Maude Gertrude Bush
Died 18 May 1956 in Kerhonkson, New York
+6.FamilyCarl Morton Gazlay
Born 23 February 1895
Married 7 October 1925 to Clio Lois Quick
Died 17 October 1989
Spouse 2FamilyKate K. (née Child) Kiplinger (daughter of Aaron P. Child and Emily L. Babcock)
Born 6 June 1868 in Illinois
Married ca. 1893 to Lawrence Irwin Kiplinger
Married 31 March 1909 in Benton, Iowa to Henry Willis Gazlay
Died 10 November 1937 in Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado
Spouse 3FamilyMay Foster
Married ca. 1925 to Henry Willis Gazlay


  1. In Memoriam, booklet, H. W. Gazlay. Original in possession of Lee Gazlay.
  2. New York State Census, 1892, Cortland County, Cortlandville, 6th ED, Page 10, family of H. Willis Gazlay (38, tin smith); Alice C. Gazlay (35); Pearl A. Gazlay (9); Percy Gazlay (6); Harry J. Gazlay (4); Herman Gazlay (2).
  3. U.S. Federal Census, 1900, New York, Cortland County, Enumeration District 90, Sheet 5
  4. Genealogy, The Champion Genealogy: A History of the Descendants of Henry Champion, by Francis Bacon Trowbridge, New Haven, 1891. Library of Congress Local History and Genealogy Reading Room.
  5. Marriage Certificate, Illinois, H. W. Gazlay and Alice C. Johnston, 21 December 1882, Normal, Illinois. Copy in possession of Lee Gazlay.
  6. Wedding invitation from Mr. and Mrs. John Johnston for their daughter Alice C. Johnston to H. W. Willis, 21 December 1882. Original in possession of Lee Gazlay.
  7. Obituary, Adams County Free Press, Corning, Iowa; Access Newspaper Archive (website), 7 April, 1909.
  8. Marriage License, Liberty County, Texas (website).
  9. Last Will and Testament, H. W. Gazlay, handwritten will dated 2 April, 1926, signed and witnessed 10 May 1926. Original in possession of Lee Gazlay.
  10. Death Certificate, Texas, H. W. Gazlay, issued by Texas State Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, 22 February 1934. Copy in possession of Lee Gazlay.
  11. Deaths, The Kingston Daily Freeman, Kingston, New York. Available at 24 February 1934, H. Willis Gazlay, died 22 February in Dayton Texas. The article provides the names of five sons and one daughter.