Gazlay Family History

FamilyHelen Maria Gazlay


FatherWilliam C. Gazley (ca. 1781 - 27 September 1858)
MotherBetsey (née Plank) Phy (11 April 1802 - 11 September 1887)

Personal Information

Record Created: 16 October 2011; Last Edited: 26 November 2012 
NameHelen Maria Gazlay
Born 16 February 1835 in New York1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Married 2 January 1859 in Genesee County, Michigan to Leonard Sprague7, 8
Divorced from Leonard Sprague5
Married 30 June 1904 in Genesee County, Michigan to William Leon Ellis8
Died 13 January 1913 in Mundy, Genesee County, Michigan1, 8
Buried in Avondale Cemetery, Flint, Genesee County, Michigan1


Spouse 1FamilyLeonard Sprague (son of Orrin Sprague and Eunice Crooks)
Born 20 November 1838 in Troy, Oakland County, Michigan
Married 2 January 1859 in Genesee County, Michigan to Helen Maria Gazlay
Married 13 May 1886 in Genesee County, Michigan to Mary E. Worth
Died 17 July 1905 in Forest, Genesee County, Michigan
Spouse 2FamilyWilliam Leon Ellis
Born 11 July 1840 in McConnelsville, Morgan County, Ohio
Married 30 June 1904 in Genesee County, Michigan to Helen Maria Gazlay
Died 25 September 1924 in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois


  1. Find a Grave (website). Avondale Cemetery, Flint, Genesee County, Michigan; Helen M. Gazlay Ellis / born Feb. 16 1835 / died Jan. 13 1913 (from headstone). The record includes her obituary.
  2. U.S. Federal Census, 1850, Michigan, Genesee County, Gaines Township, page 249, family of William Gazley (69, N.York, farmer); Betsey Gazley (47, N.York); Mariah Gazley (15, N.York); Ira Gazley (13, Mich).
  3. U.S. Federal Census, 1860, Michigan, Genesee County, Town of Gaines, Page No. 357-8, family of Orrin Sprague (60, NY, farmer); Leonard Sprague (22, Mich, farmer labr); Maria Sprague (22, NY).
  4. U.S. Federal Census, 1870, Michigan, Genesee County, Gaines, Page No. 3, family of Orrin Sprague (72, New York, farmer); Leonard Sprague (31, Mich., farmer); Maria Sprague (34, New York); Betsy Gazley (63, New York); Wallace Keeler (16, Mich., farm laborer); Arthur Steggol (21, England, blacksmith).
  5. U.S. Federal Census, 1900, Michigan, Genesee County, Flint, Enumeration District 14, Sheet No. 14A; Helen M. Sprague (65, New York, Feby 1835, servant, divorced, no children).
  6. U.S. Federal Census, 1910, Michigan, Genesee County, Flint City, Enumeration District 12, Sheet No. 7A; Helen M. Ellis (74, New York, servant, second marriage of two years, no children).
  7. Michigan Marriages, 1822-1995; Leonard Sprague, age 23; Hellen Maria Gazlay, age 23; married on 2 January 1859 in Genesee Co., Michigan.
  8. Gazlay Family Tree, Ancestry (website); Owner: joanneweimer. This site includes numerous references, including US Census records and copies of death certificates and obituaries. The reliability of the information is excellent, although a few relationships are believed to be incorrect, probably because the correct information does not appear in the cited references.