by Lanette Hill Brightwell; Book
Too much misinformation   (2013-09-26)
This book is in two parts. The first is the lineage of Zarobable Gay, the second of Simon Gay. I am referring to the second part as I am not sure how the first part fits into my line.
The main problem with the book is that there are few references cited and there is not a list of references in the back, as all good genealogy book have. In the first generation she lists our patriarch, Henry Gay (b.1628 in England), with two brothers. This is the first I have seen brothers listed. What is the source? Then we get to the 4th generation. 90% of the notes for Thomas Gay are wrong, such as: a deed is listed in his notes dated 1763. He died in 1754 (the deed is his son's); wrong spouse is listed; he is listed as Thomas Gay, III, son of Henry Gay, Jr. Henry didn't name him the 3rd. Henry's brother Thomas had a Thomas, Jr., who had a Thomas, III.
She talks about Thomas' son, John Thomas (I have a John and a Thomas, but no John Thomas) who was born in 1740 (her notes), and in the notes section she says he was orphaned at an early age in 1760 - he was 20!
She lists 13 children for "Thomas III and Patience Wheeler" (wrong spouse). Children 5 - 13 are not his, they are his son Thomas Jr. and his wife's!
In the 5th generation she makes a common mistake. She lists Allen Gay marrying Celia Elbert, daughter of Gov. Elbert. In the notes she has pages of documents that support what we already know, that Allen did not marry this woman. So if all of the research tells you that, why is she listed as his spouse? He married Abigail Castleberry.
7th generation - Obediah Gay married Martha Hancock, he was born in 1822. Listed as one of his children - Mack L. Gay, born 1823. REALLY?! This Mack is his brother!
After that I quit taking notes. These are obvious mistakes, and with no references listed, it's hard to tell how many others there are.
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