Gazlay Family History
 

FamilyDavid Montross Gazlay

Parents

FatherCharles M. Gazlay (ca. 1815 - before 1880)
MotherMartha Ann _____ (ca. September 1820 - )

Personal Information

Record Created: 7 December 2013; Last Edited: 1 February 2014 
NameDavid Montross Gazlay
GenderMale
Born 17 September 1835 in New York1, 2, 3, 4
Married 4 November 1858 in New York, New York to Anna Sophia _____5
Married 22 April 1861 in San Francisco, San Francisco County, California to Mary Jane Shepherd6
Married to Mary M. Jennings2
Died 31 May 18954
Buried in Hillside Cemetery, Stephentown, Rensselaer County, New York4

Biography

David Montross Gazlay led a fascinating life—publisher, printer, restaurateur, patriot, husband, father—and died at the early age of 59 years. He left a legacy of innovation in advertising in city directories. David published several noteworthy directories, periodicals, and other publications, and he played a key role in California’s decision to align with the Union on the brink of the Civil War. David left only one natural descendant who lived to adulthood, a daughter, and no natural grandchildren; his two adopted daughters both grew to adulthood and had descendants, some to present day.

A detailed biographical sketch is presented here: David Montross Gazlay

Family

Spouse 1FamilyAnna Sophia _____
Born ca. 1835
Married to David Masterton
Married 4 November 1858 in New York, New York to David Montross Gazlay
Died 29 October 1859 in San Francisco, San Francisco County, California
  
Children of David Montross Gazlay and Anna Sophia _____:
  
1.FamilyAnna Sophia Gazlay
Born 27 October 1859
Died 7 November 1859 in San Francisco, San Francisco County, California
  
Spouse 2FamilyMary Jane Shepherd (daughter of John Shepherd and Sarah Davis)
Born ca. 1829 in England
Married ca. 1849 to John William Bowker
Married 22 April 1861 in San Francisco, San Francisco County, California to David Montross Gazlay
Died 27 February 1864 in Kings County, New York
  
Spouse 3FamilyMary M. Jennings
Born ca. 1845 in New York
Married to David Montross Gazlay
  
Children of David Montross Gazlay and Mary M. Jennings:
  
1.FamilyDavid Montross Gazlay, Jr.
Born ca. October 1865 in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York
Died 2 May 1873 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
  
2.FamilyCarrie A. Gazlay
Born 13 March 1867 in Manhattan, New York City, New York
Married 25 February 1885 in Kings County, New York to Samuel J. Hamilton
Died before 15 July 1922
  

Sources

  1. U.S. Federal Census, 1850, New York, Chenango County, Town of New Berlin, page 150, family of Abigail Gazlay (age 68), Charles Gazlay (age 35), David M. Gazlay (age 13), and Mary C. Gazlay (age 8). Relationships are not indicated but Charles is probably the son of Abigail (who is probably the widow of Aaron Gazlay).
  2. U.S. Federal Census, 1870, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, District No. 30, Page No. 15, family of David Gaylay [sic] (30); Mary Gaylay (25); Carrie (1); Monte (5).
  3. New York State Census, 1892, Kings County, Brooklyn, 8th Election District, Eleventh Ward, Page 3, David M. Gazlay (56, US, retired); Marey [sic] M. Gazlay (34, US). [Either Mary’s age is low by over 10 years, or this is a different person than David’s third wife.]
  4. Stephentown Genealogy, Hillside Cemetery, Gazley, D. M., born 9/17/1835; died: 5/31/1892; Inscription: “Erected by Nassau Council No. 22 of the A.P.A.” [sic, his gravestone show the year of death as 1895, and the word “Friend” precedes his name at the top of the gravestone; based on a photograph provided by Adine Wakefield, December 2010.]
  5. Marriage Records, Methodist Episcopal Church of New York City, Page 98 of handwritten marriage ledger, 4 November 1858, Gazlay, David M. (single, aged 22), and Masterton, Anna Sophia (widow, aged 23), (both of NY); witnesses: James T. Stafford, S. K. Rouley [?]. Scan of page provided by Adine Wakefield, December 2010.
  6. Marriage, Sacramento Daily Union, California. Available at California Digital Newspaper Collection, cdnc.ucr.edu. 25 April 1861: In San Francisco, April 22d, David M. Gazlay to Mary S. Bowker.