Gazlay Family History

FamilyCharles Timothy Senay, Jr.


FatherCharles Timothy Senay (February 1871 - )
MotherLuella Mabel Tefft (15 September 1873 - 12 August 1960)

Personal Information

Record Created: 11 April 2010; Last Edited: 3 April 2015 
NameCharles Timothy Senay, Jr.
Born 5 February 1892 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Married 25 June 1921 in Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina to Ellen Brent Pearson Myatt6
Died 2 August 1969 in Newington, Hartford County, Connecticut1, 2, 7
Buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia7


Charles was born in Norwich and lived there during his early life. He graduated from Trinity College in 1915, having previously attended the University of Connecticut. In 1915, earned his masters degree in biology from the University of Illinois. He taught school in Massachusetts until he joined the army in November 1916 as a second lieutenant. During his 31 years in the Army, he attained the rank of colonel and earned numerous American and foreign decorations, including the Distinguished Service Cross, Bronze Star, Silver Star, Purple Heart, World War I Victory Medal with four battle clasps and the Defensive Sector clasp. Among his assignments during World War II, he organized the 2694th Technical Supervision Regiment which was in charge of guarding all Italian prisoners of war in North Africa. He retired in 1947 due to a physical disability. His survivors included his wife, Ellen Brent Senay, a daughter, Ellen B. Jones, a son, Lt. Col. David C. Senay, five grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. He was interred in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.7


Spouse 1FamilyEllen Brent Pearson Myatt (daughter of John Walter Myatt and Martha Fowle)
Born 25 March 1903
Married 25 June 1921 in Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina to Charles Timothy Senay, Jr.
Died 13 January 1985 in Fulton County, Georgia
Children of Charles Timothy Senay, Jr. and Ellen Brent Pearson Myatt:
+1.FamilyEllen Brent Senay
Born 7 February 1927 in Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina
Married ca. 1946 to John M. Jones
Married 11 May 1974 in Harwinton, Litchfield County, Connecticut to Robert Graeme Smith
Died 19 September 2000 in Naples, Collier County, Florida
2.FamilyDavid Charles Senay
Born ca. January 1930 in Kansas


  1. Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Rootsweb (website). Charles Senay, no. 042-30-9409
  2. Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2001, available at Charles T. Senay, 2 August 1969
  3. U.S. Federal Census, 1900, Connecticut, Windham County, Enumeration District 512, Sheet 2A. Charles is living with Elizabeth (Chapman) Weaver, the step-sister of his mother Luella (Tefft) Senay.
  4. U.S. Federal Census, 1910, Connecticut, New London County, New London, Enumeration District 515, Sheet 2B.
  5. U.S. Federal Census, 1930, Kansas, Leavenworth County, Fort Leavenworth Military Reservation, Enumeration District 52-13, Sheet 95B, family of Charles and Ellen Senay.
  6. The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia, Engagements, 15 May 1921, available at; Myatt-Senay. Mrs. Martha Fowle Myatt announces the engagement of her daughter, Ellen Brent Pearson, to Captain Charles T. Senay, United States infantry, The wedding to take place June 25, at Christ church, Raleigh, N. C.
  7. Obituary, Hartford Courant, Hartford, Connecticut, Charles T. Senay, 3 August 1969