|Birth: ||Apr. 7, 1836|
|Death: ||Oct. 25, 1905|
Caroline's parents were Samuel and Susanah Hearing. She was born April 7,1836 in Indiana, one of nine children in the family. Her brothers and sisters were: Hiram, born June 1831 in Athens County, Ohio; John Adam, born April 12, 1833 in Athens County, Ohio; George Warren, born April 21, 1837 in Porter County, Indiana; Eliza Jane, born August 29, 1840 in Indiana; Samuel P., born November 6, 1842 in Putnam County, Missouri; Lucretia, born December 3, 1844 in Putnam County, Missouri; David Benjamin, born August 18, 1848 in Missouri and Susan Emeline, born February 6, 1851 in Putnam County, Missouri. Caroline's name is sometimes given as "South Carolina" in some of the Hearing Family papers.
Caroline Hearing married William R. Bay on February 12, 1852 in Unionville, Missouri. William R. Bay was born October 28, 1830 in Allen County, Indiana.
In the spring of 1862, William and Caroline Bay with their three living children (Susan E., David and Mary Elizabeth, Sarah Ellen had died) joined Caroline's brothers, sisters and their families in what was thought to be the "Iowa" wagon train captained by Micajah Baker who became La Grande's first attorney. They left the wagon train at Baker City and spent the winter in Auburn, just a few miles from Baker City. It is not known whether it was the loss of family or the lure of gold that figured into the decision. In the spring of 1863, William and Caroline Bay came to La Grande where they settled and lived the rest of their lives. It had been thought that a daughter, Emma A. Bay, was born in Auburn on Oct. 22, 1863, but according to a newspaper article Dec. 22, 1942 about Mary E. Bay this was not true; Emma was born in La Grande, Union County.
William and Caroline Bay had eight children, six of which lived past childhood. They were: Susan Elizabeth, born November 21, 1852 in Wayne County, Iowa; David, born October 5, 1854 in Missouri; Sarah Ellen, born January 12, 1857 in Kansas, died March 1860 in Richardson County, Nebraska; Mary Elizabeth, born December 22, 1860 in Richardson County, Nebraska; Emma Ann, born October 22, 1863 in La Grande; John H., born May 17, 1866 in La Grande; Issadora B., born February 28, 1870 in La Grande; Laura M., born May 21, 1872, died July 7, 1878 in La Grande.
William passed away February 22, 1904. Caroline passed away on October 25, 1905 and is buried beside her husband and daughter, Laura, in Hillcrest Cemetery in La Grande.
Caroline's gravestone and the LDS cemetery records have her death date as October 26,1905 - it is believed these are incorrect as other sources have October 25, 1905. The Bay Family Bible lists October 25, 1905 and death Certificate have the date October 25, 1905. Also, her obituary was in the October 26, 1905, morning issue of the paper and said she died "Last Night," which would be October 25, 1905.
Mrs. Caroline Bay
Mrs. Caroline Bay died last night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. D. Goodnough, in the first ward, from where the funeral services will be held tomorrow at two o clock. Rev Gibbs, Pastor of St. Peter's church officiating. The Interment will be in the Masonic cemetery beside her husband, Wm Bay, who preceded her one year ago last February.
Mrs. Bay was one of the pioneers of the valley, having settled here with her husband in the sixties, and her kindly administrations in the sick rooms for years in the city will always live in the memory of those whom she visited, and now at the age of nearly seventy she answered the final call. Grandma Bay was loved by a large circle of friends. She leaves one son, David Bay, and four daughters, Mrs. Susan Robinson, Mrs. C. D. Goodnough, Mrs. Isa Winkler of this city and Mrs. Emma Grant of Kansas.
LA GRANDE MORNING OBSERVER, Thursday, 26 October 1905, Page 6.
Samuel Hearing (1808 - 1862)
Susanah Helmick Hearing (1810 - 1862)
William R. Bay (1830 - 1904)*
Susan Elizabeth Bay Robinson (1852 - 1930)*
David Bay (1854 - 1929)*
Mary Elizabeth Bay Goodnough (1860 - 1945)*
Issadora Belle Bay Winkler (1870 - 1930)*
Laura M. Bay (1872 - 1878)*
John Adam Hearing (1833 - 1862)*
Caroline Hearing Bay (1836 - 1905)
George Warren Hearing (1837 - 1918)*
Eliza Jane Hearing Slavens (1840 - 1933)*
Samuel P Hearing (1842 - 1909)*
Lucretia Hearing Emmons (1844 - 1939)*
David Benjamin Hearing (1848 - 1926)*
Maintained by: Robert
Originally Created by: JEP
Record added: Jul 13, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 54914928