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William Roland Lay
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Birth: Oct. 3, 1843
Death: Jun. 13, 1876

Referred to as the Rev. Roland Lay by his daughter in a letter she sent to the Frontier Times magazine, June 1926, she stated her father hired William Black to make a crop on his farm. William Black was an alias of the notorious outlaw, Bill Longley. Longley started seeing a neighbor girl, Lavinia Jacks. An April Fool's note addressed to Longley was tacked to a tree on the Lay farm that contained some sort of slur. Longley accused the Rev. Lay of having a part in it and threated to kill him. The Rev. Lay sought a peace bond and Longley was subsequently placed in jail. Longley burned the jail and escaped. He secured a gun from the Jack's place and ambushed the Rev. Lay when he came out in the morning to milk his cow.
According to Wikipedia, William R. Lay's nephew was vying for the neighbor girl's affections. Longley beat up the nephew and was jailed on that account. 
Family links: 
  Mary J Foster Lay (1849 - 1879)*
  Willie Lay (1870 - 1881)*
  Rhoda Jane Lay Havens (1876 - 1951)*
*Calculated relationship
Simmons Cemetery
Ben Franklin
Delta County
Texas, USA
Created by: Linda Hudnall
Record added: Oct 26, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16337495


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