Gazlay Family History
 

FamilyTheodore Gazlay

Parents

FatherJames Gazlay (23 January 1758 - 6 August 1823)
MotherHuldah Carter (11 February 1767 - 21 September 1844)

Personal Information

Record Created: 24 November 2009; Last Edited: 5 September 2012 
NameTheodore Gazlay
GenderMale
Born 27 August 1815 in Cairo, Greene County, New York1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Married 23 December 1845 in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn County, Indiana to Jane Eliza Fitch5, 6, 8
Died 19 January 1899 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio9, 10
Buried in Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio9

Biography

The following biographical sketch of Theodore Gazlay appears in the History of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio, Their Past and Present, S. B. Nelson and Co., publishers; S. B. Nelson and J. M. Runk, 1894.6

Theodore Gazlay, attorney at law, was born in Cairo, a small village near the Hudson river, in Greene county, N. Y., in 1815, the youngest in a family of twelve children. His brothers were James W., for many years a prominent attorney of Cincinnati; Sayres, a Presbyterian minister, and Aribert, an Indiana merchant. The father, James Gazlay, and the mother, Huldah (Carter) Gazlay, were born in this country, and both were of English descent. The father came to this city with his family in 1822, and here in the public schools Theodore Gazlay laid the foundation of his education.

As a lad, he learned the printing business in the office of the Independent Press, a weekly newspaper published and edited for a few years by his brother James W. He then formed a partnership and conducted a job printing business with James A. James for a period of three years. His health failing him in this employment, he abandoned it, and repaired to his father’s farm near Lawrenceburg, where he began the study of law, which he subsequently pursued in Lawrenceburg, Rising Sun, and Patriot, Ind. He was admitted to practice in 1841, removed to Cincinnati shortly thereafter, and continued in the practice of his profession until 1885, when he abandoned it, now devoting his time to the management of his estate. Mr. Gazlay was for twelve years associated with the Ohio & Mississippi Railway Company, as its managing attorney. He acquired a competency from the practice of his profession, and is, with his children, by inheritance from his nephew, Allen W. Gazlay, eldest son of James W. Gazlay, the possessor of more than a half million dollars’ worth of real estate in the heart of Cincinnati.

In Lawrenceburg, Ind., in 1844, Mr. Gazlay was married to Jane E. Fitch, whose parents, Harris and Hannah Fitch, were of English and Irish descent, respectively. Of the children born of this marriage, one son and five daughters survive, viz.: William H. Gazlay, the Cincinnati agent of the Chrome Steel Works, of New York; Hannah F. Gazlay; Mrs. Huldah Miller, wife of Albert W. Miller, now, and for some years past, city clerk of Sandusky, Ohio; Mrs. Emma G. Donaldson, wife of Andrew Donaldson, one of the vice-presidents of the New York & Erie railroad; Julia D. Gazlay, a talented vocalist, and Mrs. Clara J. Kuhn, wife of Oscar W. Kuhn, an attorney of Cincinnati. Mr. and Mrs. Gazlay, son and unmarried daughters reside at No. 105 Park avenue, Walnut Hills; Mr. and Mrs. Kuhn at North Ingleside, Walnut Hills; Mr. and Mrs. Miller, at Sandusky, Ohio, and Mr. and Mrs. Donaldson, in New York City. Mr. Gazlay is a Republican, but has never had any aspirations for political preferment. His wife is a member of the Methodist Church.

Family

Spouse 1FamilyJane Eliza Fitch (daughter of Harris Fitch and Hannah Biggs)
Born 27 August 1826 in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn County, Indiana
Married 23 December 1845 in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn County, Indiana to Theodore Gazlay
Died 2 September 1896 in New York, New York
  
Children of Theodore Gazlay and Jane Eliza Fitch:
  
1.FamilyWilliam Henry Gazlay
Born 11 November 1846 in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn County, Indiana
Died 17 November 1911 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio
  
2.FamilyHannah Fitch Gazlay
Born 12 February 1848 in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn County, Indiana
Died 1 January 1930 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio
  
3.FamilyAllen W. Gazlay
Born 28 May 1851 in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn County, Indiana
Died 1 August 1879 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio
  
+4.FamilyHuldah Gazlay
Born 11 September 1853 in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn County, Indiana
Married 15 October 1879 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio to Albert William Miller
Died 12 May 1934 in Clifton Springs, New York
  
+5.FamilyEmma Jane Gazlay
Born 11 November 1855 in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn County, Indiana
Married 19 February 1891 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio to Andrew Donaldson
Died 15 November 1951 in New York, New York
  
+6.FamilyJulia Dora Gazlay
Born 27 August 1857 in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn County, Indiana
Married 10 October 1894 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio to Elwin Kane Stewart
Died 1 July 1937 in New York, New York
  
+7.FamilyClara Virginia Gazlay
Born 8 September 1863 in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn County, Indiana
Married 12 June 1889 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio to Oscar William Kuhn
Died 10 April 1940 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio
  

Sources

  1. U.S. Federal Census, 1850, Indiana, Dearborn County, Lawrenceburg, Page 266, family of Theodore Gazlay (35, New York, attorney); Jane E. Gazlay (24, Ind.); William C. Gazlay (3, Ind.); Hannah Gazlay (2, Ind.); Margaret Gazlay (24, Germany) [the identity of Margaret has not been ascertained; she could be a servant who assumed the Gazlay surname, or the surname could be an enumerator error].
  2. U.S. Federal Census, 1860, Indiana, Dearborn County, Lawrenceburg, family of Theodore Gazlay (46, N York, attorney); Jane E. Gazlay (33, Inda.); Wm. H. Gazlay (13, Inda.); Hannah Gazlay (12, Inda.); Allen W. Gazlay (9, Inda.); Huldah Gazlay (6, Inda.); Emma J. Gazlay (4, Inda.); Julia D. Gazlay (2, Inda.); Kate Murphy (22, Ireland, domestic).
  3. U.S. Federal Census, 1870, Ohio, Hamilton County, Cincinnati, Page 100, family of Theodore Gazlay (55, New York, lawyer); Jane Gazlay (40, Indiana); William H. Gazlay (23, Indiana, R.R. clerk); Hannah Gazlay (21, Indiana); Allen W. Gazlay (18, Indiana); Huldah Gazlay (16, Indiana); Emma Gazlay (13, Indiana); Julia D. Gazlay (12, Indiana); Clara Gazlay (8, Indiana); Sallie Sullivan (23, Indiana, domestic servant).
  4. U.S. Federal Census, 1880, Ohio, Hamilton County, Cincinnati, Enumeration District 175, Page No. 39, family of Theodore Gazlay (65, N.Y., lawyer); wife Jane Gazlay (45, Indiana); son H. William Gazlay (32, Indiana, bookkeeper); daughter Hannah Gazlay (29, Indiana); daughter Emma Gazlay (25, Indiana); daughter Julia Gazlay (20, Indiana); daughter Clara Gazlay (16, Indiana); servant Mary Jones (21, Ohio); plus several borders.
  5. The Mayflower Descendant, Volume 40, No. 2, July 1990, Page 179, File# 1519, information from a family bible in a typed affidavit by Hannah F. Gazlay notarized at Hamilton Co., Ohio, on 27 November 1899.
  6. History of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio, Their Past and Present, Cincinnati, Ohio: S. B. Nelson and Co., publishers; S. B. Nelson and J. M. Runk. 1894, pages 550-551.
  7. Genealogy of the Gazlay Family, collated by Theodore Gazlay, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1890; unpublished. Transcription available at Gazlay Family History (website).
  8. The Gazlay Family in America, with sections titled "Ten Generations of American Gazlays" for several branches of the Gazlay family. Document is marked on one page, "From Gerard Gazlay, Jr. Jan. 1980." Unpublished, nine unnumbered pages. Photocopy in possession of Lee Gazlay.
  9. Cemetery Record, Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio (website); Gazley, Theo., card no. 62880, age 88 yrs. 5 mos., died 19 Jan. 1899, parents James & Hulda Gazley, Sec. 88 Lot 103.
  10. Gazlay History, written by Spencer G. Kuhn, a grandchild of Theodore Gazlay; undated. This is a typewritten re-compilation of the earlier Genealogy of the Gazlay Family, compiled by Theodore Gazlay in 1890, including the 1852 statement of the family history by Reverend Sayers Gazlay, an elder brother of Theodore. This document re-formats the information in the 1890 work. For example, facts originally shown in list form, such as birth and death dates, are incorporated in the narrative of this later work. Two post-1890 sections are unique to this document: one with additional details about Theodore Gazlay’s family, with dates as late as 1951; and another on the Donaldson family, featuring Jean Gazlay Donaldson and her six marriages, with several dates in 1965.