When Maria Jay was born on February 20, 1782, in Madrid, Spain, her father, John, was 36 and her mother, Sarah, was 25. She married Goldsborough Banyar on April 22, 1801 in New York. They had two children during their marriage. She died on November 21, 1856, in New York, at the age of 74.
Maria was inseparable from her sister, Ann (Nancy), until she insisted on attending the Moravian Young Ladies' Seminary in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
When her mother died, she became very distraught. This tragedy was followed by the deaths of her son, Goldsborough, husband and daughter, Sarah (all within eight years). Her faith allowed her to carry on and care for her aging father-in-law. In 1819, she joined her father in his retirement at Bedford, and upon his death moved with Ann to New York City. They were once again inseparable and together, were very dedicated to charities including the Episcopal Church, Sunday schools, family members and others less fortunate and in need.
Remarkably, they died within eight days of each other in 1856.
Maria is buried at John Jay Cemetery, Rye, Westchester County, New York.
Maria can be found in the 1850 United States Federal Census at New York Ward 15 Eastern half, New York, New York (family number 790). Other members of the household include: Ann Banyer (68), Eliza Jay (26), Matilda Jay (24), Eliza Kelly (23), Mary Daley (25), Bridget Crowan (20) and Edward Taig (50).
Maria Banyer was mentioned in the following newspaper articles:
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