SAMUEL GAY is one of the most enterprising of the pioneers of Tippecanoe County. He is a native of Ohio, born in Pickaway County, October 28, 1812, a son of JACOB and AMY (HERBERT) GAY. His father was a native of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, a son of JOHN GAY, a native of England, who came to the United States prior to the Revolutionary War, and died in Ohio, aged 103 years. JACOB GAY was a soldier in the war of the Revolution. The mother of our subject was a native of New Jersey, a daughter of THOMAS HERBERT, who was one of the first settlers of Ohio. The father died in 1848, aged fifty-seven years, and the mother in 1867. They had a family of five children, our subject being the only son, and is now the only member of the family living. The father was a member of the Baptist, and the mother of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
SAMUEL GAY remained with his parents until thirty years of age, and with them came to Tippecanoe County in 1834. His father bought 300 acres of partially improved land in Wayne Township, where he lived the rest of his life. SAMUEL GAY married October 11, 1834, to ELIZA REED, a native of Ross County, Ohio, a daughter of WILLIAM and NANCY REED. After his marriage he bought 300 acres of land where he has since lived, but has added to his first purchase until his farm now contains 700 acres, all under cultivation. MR. and MRS. GAY have had eight children, seven of whom are living: JOHN, EMELINE, JOSEPINE, SEYMOUR, MADISON, SANFORD and SAMUEL. MRS. GAY is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. In politics MR. GAY was formerly a Whig, and now supports the principles of the Republican party.
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