Gazlay Family History

FamilyAchsa Malvina 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: 28 February 2015 
NameAchsa Malvina Gazlay
Born 3 October 1843 in New York1, 2
Died ca. 19183


Achsah was a dressmaker, and she had an establishment on North Church Street in Cortland.4

She was an active member of the First Presbyterian church of Cortland, New York. She was one of the organizers and a past president of the Cortland County Home Department Union of the Sunday-school.3

A longer obituary provides additional details:5


Death of Miss A. M. Gazlay

A Life Long Resident of Cortland Passed Away at the Home

Miss Achsa M. Gazlay, who has been a resident of the Home for Aged Women since last May, died at the home at 7 o’clock this morning, aged 75 years. She was a daughter of Dr. and Mrs. H. C. Gazlay, late of Cortland. Since coming to the Home she has been in frail health, though until quite recently, able to be about and occasionally to visit Cortland friends. A rather sudden weakening of the heart was the immediate cause of her death. A nephew survives her.

Miss Gazlay had been since 1867 a member of the First Presbyterian church of Cortland, from which she has received much thoughtful consideration. She was one of the organizers and was president till her death of the Cortland County Home Department union of the Sunday-school, and was the superintendent of the Home department of her own church from its beginning till the day of her death. Her pastor, the Rev. Carl W. Scovel, will conduct the funeral services, at the Home Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock.


  1. U.S. Federal Census, 1850, New York, Cortland County, Truxton, Page Nos. 131, 132, family of Elihu Cornwell (60, Conn., farmer); Lydia Cornwell (53, Conn.); H. C. Gazley (31, NY, b. physician); Sabury [sic] Gazley (29, NY); Ann Cornwell (13, NY); Achsey [sic] Gazley (6, NY); Mary Gazley (4, NY); Sarah Gazlay (1, NY).
  2. 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.
  3. Obituary, Unidentified and undated newspaper clipping, Achsa M. Gazlay, died aged 75 years. Clipping in possession of Lee Gazlay.
  4. 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.
  5. Obituary, Cortland Standard, Cortland, New York, available at, 22 March 1919, Death of Miss Achsa M. Gazlay. The article provides vital and biographical details.