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John Jay (1752 - 1829)

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John Jay
Born in Frederick Co (near Winchester), Virginiamap
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Husband of — married in Bush River, Newberry District, South Carolinamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Miami Co, Ohio, USAmap
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John Jay (b. October 26, 1752, d. April 23, 1829)

John Jay was born October 26, 1752 in Hopewell, Frederick Co, VA[1][2], and died April 23, 1829 in Mill Creek, Miami Co, OH.[2] He married Elizabeth Betty Pugh on March 04, 1773 in Bush River Monthly Meeting.[2][3][1]

Notes for John Jay from (unconfirmed, see citation): Annals of Newberry SC[4]

"John Jay merits special mention, the removal of whom and family was more loss to Newberry than that of any other. He was married during the Revolution, and his seven sons and three daughters were born and, in part, married there. Courage, industry, enterprise and thrift were characteristics of the entire family.He and his sons were remarkable for rearing and training horses. No others even brothers drove as many fair horse teams as they; could crack their whips as loud and haul as heavy loads. In those early days grain, flour, pork and merchandise were transported on wagons and often long trips had to be made. Their names were Jesse, Samuel, Walt D. (always called Denny), Thomas, John, William and James. All lived to advanced age except Thomas, who died soon after the birth of his fourth child. Five of them lived on lands adjoining and reared such families that they long had the name of the 'Jay Settlement,' a name that carried with it the idea of industry, enterprise ,success and independent fortune, coupled with such honesty, probity and morality as made them a blessing to the country. John, the father, died in their midst in or about 1828, having lived to see his good example followed by both his sons and daughters, all retaining their rights in church and some being pre-eminent in it. "

From "The History of Miami County, Ohio" (1880) p. 423[5].

"John Jay came to Monroe Township in 1803, accompanied by his family of seven sons and three daughters, only one of the sons being married at that time, but the rest took to themselves wives and the family in a short time became so numerous that they formed quiet a settlement by themselves and were known as the "Jay set".Upon their arrival here they entered portions of Section 25, 36 and 31, which they soon cleared and brought under a high degree of cultivation.Walter D. Jay was the first man who refused to countenance the use of ardent spirits in the harvest field. He was a man noted for his integrity, a stanch Abolitionist, and as far as was in his power to be, a patron of education."

Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy Vol 1
page 1032
1773, 3, 4. John, s William, dec, & Mary, Berkley Co., S. C., m Betty Pugh.
1st Mo. - At our Monthly Meeting of Bush River held ye 30th day of ye 1st Mo. 1773, the representatives being called they appeared.

Where-as John Jay and Betty Pugh both appeared at this meeting and declared their intentions of marriage with each other, it being the first time this (meeting) appoints David Mote and Moses Embre to inquire into ye youn man's life and clearness in relation to marriage with other and make thier report ot our next Mo. Meeting of their care there-in.

2nd Mo- At our Mo. Meeting of Bush River held ye 27th day of ye 2nd Mo. 1773, the representative being called they appeared.

John Jay and Betty Pugh both appeared at this meeting and declared their intention of taking each other in marriage, it being the second time.Now due inquireies being made concerning them, we dont find anything to obstruct this meeting leave them to their liberty to consumate their marriage according to good order, and appoints David Mote & Moses Embre to attend the marriage and see if the same is so done, and make their report to our next Mo. Meeting of (their care) there-in and also to return the mariage certificate to record.

3rd Mo., - At our Mo. Meeting of Bush River held ye 27th of ye 3rd Mo. 1773, the representatives being called they appeared.
The Friends appointed to attend the marriage of John Jay and Betty Pugh make report that they compiled there-with and that it (was) orderly accomplished.
Bush River Monthly Meetings Records as transcribed for me by Guilford College, NC

John Jay son of William Jay deceased and Mary Jay of Berkely County and district of Ninety six and providence of South Carolina and Betty Pugh wheir rilenition's of marrage with each other before severalMonthly Meetings of the people called quakers according to the good order used among them and due inquiry made concering them They having consent of parents and parties concerned there in when sd proposals was allowed of by the sd meeting

Now these are to certify whom it may concern that for the full accomplishment of them inteutions this 4th day of ye 3rd month in the year of our Loard one thousand seven hundred and seventy-three They the sd John Jay and Betty Pugh appeared in at publick meeting of the afoesd people at Bush River in the county abve sd and the sd John Jay taking ye sd Betty Pugh by the hand did ur a solemn manner openly declare that he took her the sd Betty Pugh to be his wife promising with the Lords' assist once to be to her a loving and faithful husband until death should separate them and them and there in the same assembly the sd Betty Pugh did in like manner openly declare that she took him the sd John Jay to be her husband promising with the Lords' assistance to be unto him a loving and faithful wife until death should separate them or words to that effect and moreover they ye sd John Jay and Betty Pugh she according to the custom of marage assuming the name of her husband as a further confirmation.There of did them and there and to these presents set their hands
John Jay
Betty Pugh
And we whose names are here also under subscribed being present at the solemnization and superscription of the sd marrage have as witness here unto set our hands ye day and year first above written
Isaac Cook, Charity Cook, Mary Pearson, David Mote, Mary Finnis,Jemirriah Wright, Pet Ruble, Thomas Pugh, Ann Pugh, Mary Jay, Joseph Jay, Wim Wright, Mary Babb, John Wright, Azariah Pugh, Charles Patty, James Ballinger, Wm Pearson, Mary Pearson, and Enoch Pearson.

Children of John Jay and Elizabeth Betty Pugh are:

+Jesse Jay, b. December 08, 1773, Bush River, MM, Ohio1, d. September 25, 1840, Miami Co, Ohio.
+Thomas Jay, b. June 18, 1775, Newberry Dist, SC, d. July 08, 1815, Montgomery Co, OH.
Mary Jay, b. November 01, 1777, Bush River MM, Newberry Co, SC, d. Bef. 1820.
+Ann Jay, b. December 17, 1778, Newberry Dist, SC, d. Bef. 1829.
+John Jay, Jr, b. February 22, 1782, Newberry Co, SC, d. January 09, 1844, Wayne Co, IN.
+Walter Denny Jay, b. July 15, 1786, Newberry Dist, SC, d. July 08, 1865, Miami Co, Ohio.
+William Jay, b. June 19, 1788, Bush River, Newberry District, South Carolina1, d. August 09, 1843, Union MM, Miami Co, Oh1.
+James Jay, b. November 06, 1791, Newberry Dist, SC, d. October 22, 1845, Miami Co, Ohio.
+Lydia Jay, b. March 18, 1793, Newberry Dist, South Carolina, d. March 20, 1830, West Branch MM, Miami Co, OH.
Jane Jay, b. June 09, 1795, West Branch MM, Miami Co, OH, d. December 22, 1871.
+Samuel Jay, b. February 13, 1784, Newberry Co, SC, d. December 14, 1859, Jonsboro, Grant Co, Indiana.

Original profile by Robert Ward.


Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy [p.1017] BIRTH AND DEATH RECORDS page 1021 Ch: Jessy b. 12- 8-1773. Thomas b. 6-18-1775. Mary b. 1-11-1777. Ann b. 12-17-1778. John b. 2-22-1782. Samuel b. 1-12-1784.

"The History of Miami County, Ohio" (1880) p. 423

Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy Vol 1

  1. 1.0 1.1 William Wade Hinshaw, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy. Secondhand citation from
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 South Carolina Mag of Ancestral Research Vol 5, #3 (1675-1858). Secondhand reference from John Jay page on
  3. South Carolina Marriges 1749-1867 Implied in South Carolina Equity Records (available at the Allen Co. Public Library in Fort Wayne, OH). Secondhand citation from
  4. Unconfirmed reference from John Jay page on
  5. "The History of Miami County, Ohio" (1880) p. 423. Secondhand reference from John Jay page on

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