|Birth: ||Oct. 20, 1809|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 23, 1900|
William E. Lay was the son of John Lay and Mary Squires.
The boyhood of William E. Lay was spent in the wilderness home of his parents in Seneca and Sandusky counties. Indians were then abundant, and he had more Indians for playmates than white boys. The Seneca reservation was just across the river from the first home of the Lays in Seneca county. He received little education at Speers' Corners, Huron county, and scarcely any more in Seneca county. His chief instruction he obtained sitting in his father's cabin, book in hand, and reading by the light of the log fire. One winter he attended school there, but his days were pretty well occupied by farm work. In politics, William E. Lay was a Democrat until the repeal of the Missouri Compromise, when he became a Republican. He cast his first vote for Andrew Jackson at his second term. He is a man of the strictest integrity, and one of the most highly respected in Sandusky county. In social affairs he has been a leader. Having amassed a goodly fortune, he
contributes liberally to public enterprises. His family is highly cultured, and the afternoon of his life is cast in an atmosphere that is most congenial. Commanding the esteem of all good citizens, his life reflects the abilities and virtues that have lifted him to the enviable niche he occupies in the great social fabric of our land.
On April 11, 1833, William married Margaret Lee. William and Margaret had children: Polly Minerva, Harkness, Ann Elizabeth, Cornelia, Henry, Clementine, Francis Marion, Fidelia, Alice, William, and Mabel.
Information from the "Commemorative Biographical Record of Sandusky County."
John Lay (1775 - 1859)
Mary Squires Lay (1777 - 1852)
Margaret Lee Lay (1815 - 1907)
Polly Minerva Lay (1834 - 1834)*
Harkness N Lay (1836 - 1928)*
Ann Elizabeth Lay (1839 - 1888)*
Henry S Lay (1842 - 1941)*
Clementine Lay (1844 - 1936)*
Francis Marion Lay (1846 - 1864)*
Fidelia Lay Alexander (1848 - 1932)*
Alice Harnden Lay Van Doren (1851 - 1923)*
William Bruce Lay (1858 - 1939)*
Mabel Lay Hutchinson (1860 - 1942)*
William E Lay (1809 - 1900)
Helen M Lay Dewey (1826 - 1907)*
Created by: Red
Record added: Oct 22, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 79129929
Added: Oct. 22, 2011