Gazlay Family History

FamilyAlice Carrie Johnston


FatherJohn Johnston (24 June 1815 - 30 October 1899)
MotherEleanor Gibson Cairns (31 July 1823 - 4 April 1906)

Personal Information

Record Created: 7 November 2009; Last Edited: 17 March 2014 
NameAlice Carrie Johnston
Born 21 June 1857 in Bloomington, Illinois1, 2, 3, 4
Married 21 December 1882 in Normal, Illinois to Henry Willis Gazlay3, 5, 6
Died 8 March 19011, 7
Buried in Cortland Rural Cemetery, Cortland, Cortland County, New York1


Spouse 1FamilyHenry Willis Gazlay (son of Dr. Henry Champion Gazlay and Sabra Elvira Cornwall)
Born 26 November 1854
Married 21 December 1882 in Normal, Illinois to Alice Carrie Johnston
Married 31 March 1909 in Benton, Iowa to Kate K. (née Child) Kiplinger
Married ca. 1925 to May Foster
Died 22 February 1934 in Dayton, Texas
Children of Alice Carrie Johnston and Henry Willis Gazlay:
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


  1. Email from Mark Morrison Johnston, 6-8 November 2011, with information regarding Alice Carrie Johnston and her parents John and Eleanor (Cairns) Johnston, and a photo of their common gravestone that shows all of their birth and death dates.
  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. 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.