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Orson Hiram Fay
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Birth: Jun. 2, 1844
Java Center
Wyoming County
New York, USA
Death: Sep. 29, 1903
Yakima County
Washington, USA

HIRAM FAY 1821 1864
LUCY A. ? 1824 1864

According to family tradition (history?) , he was orphaned at the age of 8 years and was apprenticed to a farmer. His sisters were adopted. At age 15, after cutting his leg severely with a scythe while cutting hay, he ray away and found a job driving a horse or mule on the tow-path of the Erie Canal. His sisters were adopted. An older sister gave him money to run away. He then drove a team west on the Oregon Trail and became a railroad contractor(laying railroad beds). He was the first to make his way through the
Royal Gorge in Colorado. Later he bought a ranch in the Grand Ronde Valley (Fay's Landing, Fay's Crossing) of Oregon before moving to Salem in June 1890.

1882 marriage record: Orson H. Fay and Anne Brinegan.

1895 Oregon state census, Marion County, Volume 1, Page 54: O.H. Fay, Annie, Orson and Lauretta.

1900 Oregon census, 8 Capital Street, 4th Ward, Salem, Marion County, E.D. 185, p. 2, dwelling 39, family 39. Orsen H. Fay, born June 1846 New York, teamster; with Mary A., November 1857 Scotland, immigrated to the United States in 1866, married 25 years, 5 children, 3 living; Orsen H. Jr., May 1883 Utah; and Lauretta, June 1885 Oregon.

Letter 18 March 1960 to Lauretta Fay Towne from Herbert C. Ball, manager of the Sunnyside Cemetery, Sunnyside, Washington. Six lots owned by Mrs. Orson Fay in Block E of the Pioneer Section. Numbered 1 to 6 from south to north: lots 1, 2, and 6 are vacant according to records. A large granite marker with the names of Orson Hiram Fay and Mary Fay is on grave 3 (date of death 1903) but there is norecord of his burial there. Mary (McGoldrick) Fay in lot 4. Child James Towne in lot 5.

Visit 4 August 2004. This is a well maintained cemetery. A small granite marker for grandson James Fay Towne is set by the right side of the large granite marker for Orson and Mary Fay.

Letter, Lauretta Fay Towne to Hazel Towne Beck, Labor Day 1968. Orson and family were moving west with the railroad construction outfit. She returned to friends in Ogden for the birth of son Orson.

Letter, Lauretta Fay Towne to Lillian Frazier, 17 January 1969. The family moved to Salem in June 1890.

Letter, Lauretta Fay Towne to Elsie Towne Green, July 1965. Moved to Oregon 1884 or 1885. Moved to Salem, Oregon, June 1890, living there. That winter was spent in Portland and in August 1903 the family moved to Mabton, Washington. There was an older brother Amos as well as two sisters.

Fay's Crossing, Union County, Oregon. Located about 5 miles south- southeast of Imbler, on Stanley Lane where it crossing the Lagrande River, between the roads intersection with Imbler Road and Mt. Harris Road.

Memories recorded by Hazel Towne Beck circa 1979-1980. Orson was orphaned at the age of 2 years in Wyoming County, New York. His sisters Lauretta nd Alvira were placed out for adoption. Orson was working on a farm by age 7 or 8, later drove a horse or mule on the tow path of the Erie Canal. He worked his way westward, at the age of 15 driving a team west on the Oregon Trail. He worked constructing railroad beds, being the first in the Royal Gorge in Colorado. Later he purchased a ranch in the Grand Ronde Valley of Union County, Oregon, where Fay's Landing and Fay's Crossing names are retained. The family then moved to Salem.

1870 in Golden, Colorado
1875 in DEl Noret, Colorado
Information provided by family member Nancy Hagood.

Family links: 
  Mary Ann McGoldrick Fay (1856 - 1914)*
  Nellie W. Fay McIntosh (1879 - 1968)*
  Lauretta Alvira Fay Towne (1885 - 1971)*
  Freddie Fay (1885 - 1886)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Burial 9/29/1903
Old Sunnyside Cemetery
Yakima County
Washington, USA
Plot: Old section across the road, Block E, Lot 4, Grave 3
Created by: lloker
Record added: Apr 07, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 68045269
Orson Hiram Fay
Added by: Kerry L. Turley
Orson Hiram Fay
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