Census Information on Emily Gay and Lavinia Gay Stevens

    Thanks to John Butcher for researching and sending the following information on Dr. Emily Gay
    and her sister, Lavinia Gay Stevens. I was particularly interested in this because of statements
    from two sources saying that Emily Gay's sister had married Jonathan Walker, "the man with the
    branded hand." Walker was the subject of a poem by John Greenleaf Whittier. (Click here for
    more about that.) However, nothing I could find on Walker indicated that that could be true. What
    John found also indicates that there is almost certainly no truth to the story.


    Dan,
    For your interest, just some info On Emily Gay and her family. Everything indicates that Emily had a
    sister Lavina  and they were both born in Dedham, but I could not find birth records on line to
    prove it. There was a record of Lavina’s marriage in Andover to a Moses Stevens. From the 1850
    census Lavina was living in Andover and in 1870 she was living in Milford. On the actual census,
    which is below, in the column titled “ family numbered in the order of visitation “ she was actually
    living next to her sister Emily. Never found a Death notice for Lavina, she may have died in another
    state??


    From page 764, Adin Ballou’s “History of the Town of Milford”
    Emily Gay, Daughter of Jotham and Lydia (Richards) Gay, Born July 10, 1818 Dedham, MA
    Homoeopathic Physician, Single, Became a member of the Hopedale Community in 1842 and
    withdrew in 1862.
    (From a paper I had she was listed as an original member of the Hopedale Community)

    1813
    Marriage Intention
    Mr. Jotham Gay & Miss Lydia Richards, both of Dedham, April 24, 1813.
    Town Page Detail: Dedham Church

    Marriage
    May 23, 1813 Mr. Jotham Gay & Miss Lydia Richards, both of Dedham.
    Town Page Detail: Dedham Church

    Death
    Lydia Gay Born 27 Mch 1795 Died 6 Jany 1820 A25y Wife of Jothan Daughter Abiathar Jr. &
    Elizabeth (Richards) Richards
    Cemetery Transcription
    Dedham, Massachusetts

    Death
    Gay Jothan Born 16 Apr 1791 Died 17 May 1848 A57y
    Cemetery Transcription
    Dedham, Massachusetts
    Death; Vol. 348, Page 426, Milford, MA
    From Death Record;
    Emily Gay, Physician, Died May 14, 1883 Milford, Age 64-10-4; Cause of Death; Accident
    Born Dedham, MA, Daughter of Jotham and Lydia (Richards) Gay
    New England Historical Genealogy Society Records        

    Will;
    Emily Gay, 1883, Worcester, MA, Case # 2229, Last place of residence Milford        
    Gay: Lavina R., of Dedham, a. 32 y., d. Jotham and Lydia, and Moses A. Stevens, widr., a. 40 y.,
    machinist, s. Joel and Olive, Sept. 6, 1848. Married at Andover, MA
    Page 147 and Page 315 of Andover Marriages


    Massachusetts Town Marriage Records about Moses A. Stevens
    Name:        Moses A. Stevens
    Spouse:        Lavina R. Gay
    Marriage Date:        6 Sep 1848
    Marriage Place:        Andover
    Source:        Vital Records of Andover
    Full Text:        STEVENS, Moses A., widr., a. 40 y., machinist, s. Joel and Olive, and Lavina R. Gay of
    Dedham, a. 32 y., d. Jotham and Lydia, Sept. 6, 1848.


    1870 United States Federal Census about Emily Gay
    Name:        Emily Gay
    Birth Year:        abt 1820
    Age in 1870:        50
    Birthplace:        Massachusetts
    Home in 1870:        Milford, Worcester, Massachusetts
    Race:        White
    Gender:        Female
    Value of real estate:        View image
    Post Office:        Mendon
    Household Members:        Name        Age
    Emily Gay
    50

    1880 United States Federal Census about Emily Gay
    Name:        Emily Gay
    Home in 1880:        Milford, Worcester, Massachusetts
    Age:        61
    Estimated birth year:        abt 1819
    Birthplace:        Massachusetts
    Relation to head-of-household:        Self (Head)
    Father's birthplace:        Massachusetts
    Mother's birthplace:        Massachusetts       
    Occupation:        Keeping House
    Marital Status:        Single, White, Female
       

    1850 United States Federal Census about Moses A Stevens
    Name:        Moses A Stevens
    Age:        42
    Estimated birth year:        abt 1808
    Birth Place:        Maine
    Gender:        Male
    Home in 1850 (City,County,State):        Andover, Essex, Massachusetts
    Family Number:        730
    Household Members:        Name        Age
    Moses A Stevens     42
    Charlotte E Stevens     12
    Geor W Stevens     10
    Harriet S Stevens     6
    Lavina R Stevens     35


    1870 United States Federal Census about Lavinia R Stevens
    Name:        Lavinia R Stevens
    Birth Year:        abt 1817
    Age in 1870:        53
    Birthplace:        Massachusetts
    Home in 1870:        Milford, Worcester, Massachusetts
    Race:        White
    Gender:        Female
    Value of real estate:        
    Post Office:        Mendon
    Household Members:        Name        Age
    Lavinia R Stevens  (Name Spelled Lavinia and Lavina)     53
    Harriet L Stevens, Daughter, no occupation     26
    Susan M Hastings, Teacher     29

    **See actual census page below

    Line 16 Stevens, Lavinia R., Age 53, Keeping House
    Line 19 Gay, Emily, Age 50, Homeopathic Physician

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    "...Dr. Emily Gay, who was a familiar figure on the street,
    dressed in her bloomer costume, whose only justification was
    its convenience, carrying her little medicine chest, hurrying
    along with her swinging arms and gait, doubtless reaching her
    patient's side in good time, even if a runabout had not been
    heard of." Imogene Mascroft, Hopedale Reminiscences

    GAY, Emily, dr. of Jotham and Lydia (Richards) Gay, b.
    Dedham, July 10, 1818; homoeopathic physician; has always
    lived a single woman; became a member of the Hopedale
    Community in 1842, and withdrew in 1862; has res. many yrs.
    at Hopedale, and still does. She has earnestly endeavored to
    make herself useful in her vocation, and rendered many good
    services to suffering humanity. She has survived much
    sickness and adversity, but still bears up hopefully for this life
    and the spiritual one of eternity. Ballou, Adin, History of
    Milford, 1882, pp.764 – 765.
Emily Gay

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    Richard Walker may have been the man who was confused
    with "the man with the branded hand," mentioned in the first
    paragraph in the census information text box above. Another
    possibility would be Samuel Walker.